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Android L Final API, Updated Preview Images, and Material Design Support Library Now Live!

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It’s the 17th of October and as previously announced, the Android L/5.0 SDK is finally out, in addition to updated preview images for the Nexus 5 “hammerhead” and the Nexus 7 “razor” (2013).

You should be able to get the latest 5.0 SDK from the Android SDK Manager, as usual:

  1. Start the Android SDK Manager.
  2. In the Tools section, select the latest SDK Tools, SDK Platform-tools, and SDK Build-tools.
  3. Select everything under the Android 5.0 section, then click Install packages…
  4. Accept the licensing agreement for the packages, then click Install.
  5. If you previously installed the Android L Preview SDK, select all those packages in the SDK Manager and click Delete packages.

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MaR-V-iN to Talk Google and Android APIs at XDA:DevCon 2014

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Our international xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28 is a celebration of all things mobile. The most popular sect of mobile development is perhaps software development. There are many different ways to develop software. You can use libraries and APIs to help advance your skills, among other things.

Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. MaR-V-iN is a computer science student, privacy enthusiast and hacker. MaR-V-iN started coding for Android at the end of Gingerbread era. Since then contributed to numerous Free Open Source Software projects. He is a big fan of penguins around him.

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APIs Released for the Illumination Bar on Xperia Devices

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Further testament to Sony’s increasing support for third-party developers comes with their release of ‘experimental’ APIs for that funky translucent illumination bar found on many of their phones such as the Xperia S. The new APIs will allow developers to play and experiment with the bar’s functionality in various situations, apps, and ROMs.

Announced at Sony’s Developer World, the APIs will allow developers to control the bar in unrestricted ways never before possible, such as setting the LED color, controlling the LED pulses, and define fading patterns. The devices that are fully supported by the APIs are the:

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Using Internal/Hidden Classes of the Android API

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Pssst… over here. Yeah, did you know about the Hidden Android Classes? Shhh… it’s a secret. They let you do stuff you otherwise couldn’t. You can read internal data, like the text message database stored on a phone. You can also gain lower level access to the hardware in order to extend your app’s access to things like the touchscreen input values, or WiFi radio usage. To get your hands on that kind of contraband, you’ll need to do some poking around in the Android SDK, and make a few… changes… to the way your Eclipse ADT plugin works.

This information comes to our attention because XDA Recognized Developer E:V:A bumped his own post out of year-old obscurit. . . READ ON »

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