Topic: android

Jetpack Compose adds native support for vertical and horizontal paging

The Android development team has announced several new features in version 1.4 of the UI toolkit Jetpack Compose.  First, there is now support for vertical and horizontal paging. This enables users to flip through content with a page flip animation, as if they were actually reading a physical book or magazine. Previously in order to … continue reading

Android 14 Developer Preview 2 includes several privacy enhancements

The Android development team has announced the release of the second developer preview for Android 14. This is the final developer preview before the new version enters beta.  This preview includes a number of updates related to privacy and security. For example, Photo Picker, which provides an interface that shows a users’ media library, is … continue reading

Google announces 2023 plans for privacy for Google Play and Android

Google prides itself on its initiatives regarding security in the Android ecosystem. Over the past year it has made a lot of strides, and now the company is detailing its plans for the upcoming year. One of the areas for improvement is opening up spaces for developers to support each other. It has opened up … continue reading

The first developer preview of Android 14 now available

The Android development team today announced the general availability of the first preview version of Android 14. With this preview, developers gain access to several new features, such as more ways to build applications and take advantage of the full Android ecosystem. This brings alterations to API behaviors so users can have a more consistent … continue reading

Android app authentication just got simpler with Credential Manager

Android developers now have a better way to authenticate users using the new Credential Manager.  Credential Manager is a Jetpack API that brings together various sign-in methods into a single API, which will make it easier for users to become authenticated, regardless of their preferred sign-in method.  According to the Android team, the simplification provided … continue reading

Android 13 for TV now available with improvements to accessibility

Android 13 is now available for Android TV, Google’s Smart TV platform. This update brings with it a number of new features and improvements, including support for user controls for preferred resolution and refresh rate on supported HDMI source devices, and better ways to deliver high-quality experiences to users on different device types. The release … continue reading

Google shares info about upcoming Android Privacy Sandbox Beta

Google has been attempting to provide better ways to protect user privacy while also still providing advertisers with ways to serve relevant content to users. Its solution to reducing third-party tracking is the Privacy Sandbox. Earlier this year, it announced it was bringing Privacy Sandbox to Android and since then it has released a few … continue reading

Uno Platform 4.6 adds support for .NET 7

With the release of Uno Platform 4.6, Uno will add support for .NET 7 when it launches on November 8th.  The support consists of two parts: one is for WebAssembly and Skia (Gtk+WPF), the software library for graphics processing, and the other is for Mobile targets such as iOS, Android, Catalyst and macOS. Adding the … continue reading

Several new features added to Jetpack Compose in latest stable release

The Android development team has announced a number of new updates to help developers maximize their productivity when developing for Android devices. The announcements come from the annual Android Developer Summit, which is happening today.    Much of the news revolves around Jetpack Compose, which is a UI toolkit that the team released over a year … continue reading

Google updates guidelines for creating and managing Play Store app listings

Google is launching new features to make it easier for app developers to better display their app in the Play Store.  “The assets and information you provide – descriptions, images, and videos – are essential to users looking to make a decision on what to download,” Allison Chang, product manager for Google Play; Weifang Sun, … continue reading

Google announces support for passkeys on Android and Chrome

Google has announced that it will be supporting passkeys on Android and Chrome. Passkeys are an authentication method that offers an alternative to passwords, and the technology was announced by Apple over the summer at its WWDC conference. For users, using a passkey is similar to confirming the use of a saved password by scanning … continue reading

JetBrains releases beta of its cross-platform Kotlin development tool

JetBrains, creator of the Kotlin programming language, has announced a beta program for a new SDK for cross-platform mobile development in Kotlin. Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile will allow developers to use a single codebase for creating both iOS and Android apps.  According to JetBrains, logic elements can often fall out of sync when dealing with mutliple … continue reading

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