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Learn How to Create an Old School Dialer

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XDA is not only a great source for custom ROMs, kernels, and various modifications for numerous devices–it’s also a great place to find tutorials and other materials that help you to understand the Android ecosystem better. These resources then help you on your quest of eventually becoming a developer. Every developer started off not knowing how to code, but learning and ambition can work wonders.

Creating your first project can take days or weeks if you are learning just by yourself. You can reduce this time significantly by following the video tutorial by XDA Senior Member sylsau. By following this guide you will become… a time traveler and change your currently used dialer to classic r. . . READ ON »

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Meet Jack and Jill: Android’s Experimental Toolchain

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Earlier this week, Google finally pushed the stable version of Android Studio, replacing Eclipse with ADT plugin. It appears that the Mountain View company is on a roll, as they recently announced a very new and experimental toolchain named Jack and Jill.

Jack (Java Android Compiler Kit) and Jill (Jack Intermediate Library Linker) are the two tools at the core of the new toolchain. Google is encouraging developers to play with it a bit to see whether or not there are some noticeable improvements. Here’s a short explanation by Google regarding the new toolchain:

The Android Gradle plugin and Jack collect any .jack library files, along with your source code, and compiles them into a set of dex files. Durin

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Android Studio Finally Reaches Stable Release Status

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After months of hard work, the Android team has announced the first stable build of the Integrated Development (IDE) built on the IntelliJ IDEA (Community Edition) Java IDE. Android Studio 1.0 is finally available to download for all major platforms. As such, Android app developers will undoubtedly be very pleased.

The first release candidate was released just a few weeks ago. The IDE will be distributed just like Google Chrome, meaning that those of you who want the latest features will be able to use the Canary channel. More stable builds can be found in Dev and Beta channels, while the Stable contains carefully tested builds.

Android Studio has lots of features that may be useful for experienced deve. . . READ ON »

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Android Studio Reaches Release Candidate Status

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Android app developers have a few options when comes to Android IDEs. One of the most commonly used is the Android Studio. The IntelliJ Studio has been in active development for some time now. Android Studio is nearing its first stable release. As such, the first Release Candidate has been submitted to the Canary channel.

The release can still be described as not fully functional. There are a few bugs that still need to be ironed out, but the IDE will get its stable release shortly. In addition to some bug fixes, Android Studio has a new logo that is now available on the splash screen. The release candidate comes with Maven repository bundled up, so there is no need to be online in order to create a project.

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Google Play Store Payments Available in China

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Google has taken a big step to make its services accessible globally. Since the introduction of paid apps, Google managed to introduce them in over 2/3 countries in the world, but one country was still missing. And as you know by now, this country is China.

Over the past year, Google has extended paid apps to 60 countries across the globe including Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Qatar and Venezuela. China is by far the largest new market, with more than 700 million active smartphone users–and this number is still growing.

Google announcing merchant support in China gives local developers an opportunity to monetize their work directly rather than simply through advertising. Chinese dev. . . READ ON »

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Google Helps App Developers Prepare for Android Lollipop

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A little under two weeks ago, Google let the world know that today, November 3rd, would be forever remembered by Android fanboys as “Lollipop Day.” There is quite a lot to be excited about from an end-user perspective, as Lollipop adds quite a bit of user-facing changes such as Material Design, as well as an even greater number of under-the-hood changes.

All this Lollipop fun isn’t just for end-users, though. Developers also have quite a bit to be excited about, since a newer and more refined version of Android will attract more people to the platform. This then creates a larger potential customer base, and ultimately aids developer revenue.

As we countdown the final seconds to release, Goo. . . READ ON »

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Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement Due Tomorrow

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Every once in a while, Google updates the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement.  This agreement must be accepted by every developer within one month after changes are published, otherwise certain services may be suspended. The last change was published Septempber 25, 2014, which means tomorrow is the deadline.

Here’s a copy of the reminder email, which was sent out today to each Google Play Developer.

Hello Google Play Developer,

Our records have indicated that you have not yet accepted the updated Developer Distribution Agreement (“DDA”). This is a friendly reminder that the acceptance due date is October 25th. In order to avoid any disruption in service, please sign in to the D

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Add Charts to Your Application with HelloCharts

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Charts give you a way to represent your data in a clear and concise manner. This becomes even more important on mobile devices, where screen sizes require you to provide your data in a straight forward manner, and users expect a simple representation instead of an overwhelming table.

There are several libraries that allow you to use charts in your applications already, but HelloCharts by XDA Forum Member lech0 is a new, easy to use library that supports several chart types. It also sets itself apart with quite a few features. As you would expect, it supports line, column and pie charts, as well as bubble charts. It also allows users to zoom, scroll and fling charts to focus on the area they’re interested in. D. . . READ ON »

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Design Your App with Ease Using B2tsoftware Online Tool

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When making an application, thinking about its design is often an underestimated but important step. After all, it’s what your users see, so it’s crucial to keep it clean and intuitive (especially for less technical apps). Depending on the nature of your app, it might be a good idea to plan this step ahead instead of implementing it straight away and testing it as you build it. A paper and pencil are good starting points to get the basic layout, but you’ll probably want to get a feel of how your app will really look onscreen before you start implementing your design.

Google provides developers with several resources in an attempt to facilitate app design and planning, but that still involves qu. . . READ ON »

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