Jimmy McGee · Sep 17, 2013 at 06:00 am

App Development Presentations Offer Good Advice

It’s been over a month since XDA:DevCon 2013 took place.  It’s been 2 weeks since we’ve uploaded some of the presentations to YouTube. There were many different presentations and some of the best presentations offered advice and good programming ideas to help app developers.

The first presentation was from Commonsware Founder, Mark Murphy. Mark is the author of “The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development,” and is active in supporting the Android developer community. In his presentation “Plugin Architectures for Android,” Mark talked about how the best way to expand the capabilities of your app without impacting core functionality is to build plugins and make your app plugin-capable. This allows the main app to be more secure, request less permissions, be smaller and other great advantages. To learn more, check out the video.

The second presentation covering app development was not as technical as Mark’s presentation, but was nonetheless important. This presentation was given by Daniel Nazer. Daniel is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s intellectual property team, focusing on patent reform. In his presentation “Patent Trolls vs. App Developers,” Daniel talks about the grim reality that is patent trolling. Given how some patent holding companies, companies that don’t contribute to society any inventions and instead pick up patents for cheap in bankruptcy liquidations then arbitrarily apply their patents to software, are suing little guys who don’t have the resources to fight back—holding them up for ransom! Daniel talks about a number of proposed reforms being considered by Congress. He gives developers steps they must take to minimize the risk of becoming the latest patent troll road kill.

Finally, after all this work of making your app modular, adding support for plugins, and development around patent troll risks; app developers may be wondering whether to pursue the field. Our next presenter tries to help add some positive to the app development grind. Ariel Shimoni, Director of Publisher Relations at StartApp, offers a presentation called, “Monetization: Making Money From Your Free Android App.” In this presentation, Ariel talks about the Play Store growing at an incredible rate. He looks for the best strategy to consistently generate revenue in this “free” ecosystem. Ariel, talks about four different monetization options, and he analyzes what apps work best with each option.

If you want to see more or get a copy of the presentations slides, visit the XDA:DevCon Presentations page.


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!

Jimmy McGee

JimmyMcGee is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. View JimmyMcGee's posts and articles here.
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jul 27, 2015 at 11:29 pm · 1 comment

OnePlus 2 Announced: Specs, Price and Details

The OnePlus 2 has just had its Virtual Reality Launch event, and at the XDA Office we all watched it live to see the new Flagship Killer attempt to make us never settle for anything else. The event itself was streamed through the OnePlus 2 Launch application, and now that it is over, we know plenty about the specifications and everything the new device is offering.   The device features a premium design with metal edges and buttons and a...

XDA NEWS
Mike McCrary · Jul 27, 2015 at 03:19 pm · 2 comments

A Helpful Guide to Music Streaming Services

With the launch of Apple Music, music streaming services have recently gained a lot of consumer interest, and as usual, Apple's foray into the market has caused disruption, as competitors scramble to introduce new features and modify their pricing structures in order to better compete, and as fresh users new to the market continue to evaluate and decide which service would suit them the best.   While many people are quick to denounce all streaming services as being a variable of...

XDA NEWS
Aamir Siddiqui · Jul 27, 2015 at 12:59 pm · 1 comment

New Android One Device Dead On Arrival

Today, Google announced the second generation of Android One devices, with the new Lava Pixel V1. The Lava Pixel V1 is made in collaboration with Lava International Limited, a handset company in India which competes in the domestic market against other competitors like Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. The device features a premium looking design, with a plastic back emulating a metal look and thin bezels on the front. The spec sheet of the device includes a Mediatek MT6582 processor clocked...

XDA NEWS