Topic: android

Android 13 Beta 2 now available with strong emphasis on privacy improvements

As a part of Google I/O, the team at Android announced the release of the second beta of Android 13. According to the company, this release is intended to gauge user feedback and encourage collaboration with the community. This second beta release places a strong emphasis on both privacy and security as well as developer … continue reading

Google Play to update target level API requirements

Google is introducing policy changes to Google Play to better protect Android users. New target level API requirements will prevent users from installing apps that don’t have the latest privacy and security features.  Beginning on November 1, 2022, existing apps that don’t target an API level that is within two years of the most recent … continue reading

Android announces Developer Preview 2

Android announced its Developer Preview 2 yesterday which  focuses on additional features and changes on top of last month’s original preview.  The new preview comes after the 12L feature drop was moved to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) last week, enabling developers to take advantage of over 250+ million large-screen Android devices.  Android 13 … continue reading

Google Play introduces updates for users to find apps optimized for their screen

The Android development team has announced changes being made in Google Play in order to allow users to discover and engage with high quality apps and games on large or foldable screens.  These changes are being introduced as three main updates: ranking and promotability changes, alerts for low quality apps, and device-specific ratings and reviews. … continue reading

Android Play Developer Reporting API unlocks greater analytics

Android developers will now have access to better analytics of how their apps are doing with the new Play Developer Reporting API.  Previously developers could use the Google Play Console to track app performance, but some feedback that the Android team has received is that developers want to be able to track app vitals outside … continue reading

Android to enable archiving of apps to free up space

The Android development team has announced a new feature to help reduce app storage needs. Apps can now be archived to restore up to 60% of app storage. When an app is archived, only parts of it are removed, as opposed to fully uninstalling the app where it would be removed entirely.  When a user … continue reading

Android announces 2022 safety initiatives for Google Play

The Android development team announced initiatives being put in place for Google Play to ensure user safety. According to the team, over the past year safety has been at top of mind and the team has partnered with developers to help protect their apps, prepare them to share their data safety practices with users, and … continue reading

Google to bring Privacy Sandbox to Android

Google announced that it will be bringing Privacy Sandbox to Android with the goal of introducing new, more private advertising solutions. Privacy Sandbox is an existing initiative by Google to better protect users’ private data.  These solutions will limit sharing of user data with third parties and operate without cross-app identifiers, including advertising ID. Google … continue reading

SD Times news digest: IBM Wazi aaS announced; Updated testing guidance on Android; TypeScript 4.6 RC announced

Today, IBM unveiled new developments in order to help users speed up transformation with a series of new capabilities intended to modernize apps across hybrid cloud environments. Included among these are plans to deliver IBM Z as-a-service on IBM Cloud. This release is geared towards making the lives of developers easier, bringing them: Increased speed … continue reading

Jetpack Compose 1.1 released with improved touch target sizing

The Android development team has announced the release of UI toolkit Jetpack Compose version 1.1. This release comes with several new features, such as improved focus handling, ImageVector caching, touch target sizing, and support for Android 12 stretch overscroll. Additionally, Compose 1.1 graduates several experimental APIs to stable as well as supports newer versions of … continue reading

Android Studio Bumblebee introduces new Device Manager for testing ease

The Android development team has announced that the latest version of its IDE, Android Studio, is now available. Android Studio Bumblebee 2021.1.1, which is the codename for the release, improves functionality for building and deploying, profiling and inspection, and design.  One new feature for building and deploying is the new Device Manager, which makes it … continue reading

2021 Year in Review: Security

2021 was a tumultuous time for security, marking both massive breaches — a trend that sped up during the pandemic — and widespread action for trying to fix the problem.  On May 7, 2021, the Colonial Pipeline, an American oil pipeline system, suffered a ransomware cyberattack that impacted computerized equipment managing the pipeline. In response, … continue reading

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