Google will not tolerate Android apps that collect personal data without permission

Google is taking user privacy seriously in its expanded enforcement of its Unwanted Software Policy. The policy is designed to protect against unwanted or harmful Android app behaviors. As part of this policy, Google will start flagging apps and websites that collect user data without consent. “Apps handling personal user data (such as user phone … continue reading

SD Times news digest: GitHub team discussions, MariaDB AX, and MapR Converged Data Platform 6.0

GitHub announced a new solution to talk to team members about projects, and share information. Team discussions provides a place for team members to have public or private discussions, get updates about what is going on, and stay up to date. “Gone are the days of having your issues cluttered with discussions or your pull … continue reading

Android Instant Apps SDK 1.1 now available

Google has announced the release of Android Instant Apps SDK 1.1. Android Instant Apps is the company’s way to run Android apps without any installation. The latest release features include improved NDK support, configuration APKs, and a new API to maintain user context when switching from an instant app to an installed one. According to … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Girls Who Code coding books, Automation Anywhere opens Enterprise RPA Platform, and ReactOS 0.4.6

Coding just got easier. The Google Play team and Girls Who Code are collaborating by launching a series of coding books on Google Play. These books will help young women develop and maintain interest in computer science. The collection includes 13 books, like Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, and Girls Who … continue reading

‘Open wonder:’ Google’s Android Oreo is here

It’s smart, it’s fast, and it’s a little bit sweet: Android 8.0 Oreo is here. Android 8.0 Oreo isn’t the “world’s favorite cookie,” it’s the newest Android operating system release, bringing users and developers features like picture-in-picture, Autofill, along with added security and “supersonic speed,” according to Sameer Samat, vice president of product management for Android … continue reading

SmartBear Swagger Editor and UI, V8 6.1, and finding quality apps on Google Play — SD Times news digest: August 4, 2017

SmartBear Software’s new Swagger Editor and Swagger UI adds support for the OpenAPI Specification (OAS) 3.0, allowing users to design and document the most popular API tooling. As of last week, OAI (Open API Initiative) released a new version know as the OpenAPI Specification 3.0, which included major improvements like increased reusability, extended JSON Schema … continue reading

Android Testing Support Library 1.0, Node-ChakraCore, and MapR and Talend’s GDPR data lake solution — SD Times news digest: July 28, 2017

Google announced the Android Testing Support Library 1.0. The library is an extensive framework for testing Android apps. According to the company, the latest version is a major update to existing testing APIs and features new capabilities, enhances performance stability, and addresses bugs. Features include: Espresso improvements, ProviderTestRule, Grant Permission Rule, Android Test Orchestrator, and … continue reading

Android vitals helps developers improve app performance

Google is giving more insight into its Android vitals solution announced at Google I/O this year. Android vitals is designed to help developers find and fix bad behaviors, and improve their applications. “Poor app performance is something that many users have experienced. Think about that last time you experienced an app crashing, failing to respond, … continue reading

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Codeanywhere acquires Codebender, CA’s microservices update, Android Market and Syncfusion’s new offering — SD Times news digest: June 21, 2017

Codeanywhere, a toolset provider for web development, announced its first acquisition this week. The company is acquiring Codebender, the Arduino playground. According to Codeanywhere, the acquisition will help accelerate its roadmap to introduce more developer tools that allow developers to develop anywhere, anytime and with anyone. “Giving Codebender a home in Codeanywhere was a no-brainer … continue reading

Google open-sources Firebase SDKs, opens up Android Instant Apps, and provides new developer features

Google wrapped up the first day of its annual developer conference, Google I/O, yesterday with a number of new features and solutions for Android developers. In addition to announcing the Android O Developer Preview 2, Android Go, Kotlin on Android and Android Studio 3.0, the company announced it is open-sourcing its Firebase SDKs, opening up access … continue reading

How developers can successfully launch Android apps on Google Play

With the thousands of applications available in Google’s app store, it can be hard for a developer to stand out from the crowd. To help, Google has released five best practices developers can use to build and deploy a successful application in the Google Play store. The practices from come a developer panel the company … continue reading

Google Play starts promoting apps based on engagement

Google wants to help developers be more successful in its app store. The company announced new developer features to help improve app discovery on Google Play during its Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference. To improve the promotion of high-quality experiences, the company will begin ranking apps and games based on engagement rather than … continue reading

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