Topic: android

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

SD Times news digest: Android 12L in Beta 1; CloudBees raises $150 million in Series F; MariaDB announces new release model

Android released the first Beta of Android 12L, a feature drop for Android 12 that’s built for large screens, for users to test and provide feedback as they prepare apps for the feature drop coming early in 2022. Users can try the new large screens features by setting up Android Emulator in Android Studio. The … continue reading

12L OS announced at Android Developer Summit, along with Compose updates

The Android Developer Summit is happening today and tomorrow, giving developers a glimpse into some of the new changes coming to Android development.  Some of the key highlights from this year’s summit include a developer preview for 12L, the introduction of Material You to Jetpack Compose, and a new Google Play certification.  12L is an … continue reading

Android team reveals several new security updates and initiatives

The Android development team today shared a number of new features and updates that are designed to help users balance their needs and achieve mobility goals with Android Enterprise. A few notable highlights include the launch of the first Android Enterprise Vulnerability Rewards Program, embracing the use of Custom Tabs for developers to integrate authentication … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Android Basics in Kotlin course; SharePoint Framework 1.13 release candidate; Crystal 1.2

The Android development team announced the release of the final unit of Android Basics in Kotlin, a free programming course initially announced in 2020. Today, over 100,000 beginners have completed their first milestone in the course. Android Basics in Kotlin offers people with no programming experience the education needed to build sample Android apps. With … continue reading

Greater control over location data in Android 12

Android 12 final release code pushed to the Android Open Source Project

Android 12 has been pushed to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and will make its way to supported Pixel devices in the next few weeks. Devices from manufacturers such as Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi will receive the latest OS later this year.  According to the Android development team, the Android … continue reading Protection Status