Posts From Steven Zimmerman

Steven Zimmerman
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Steven grew up wishing he could take the internet everywhere with him. His first smartphone was an HTC Legend, and he's been tinkering and playing with Android ever since. With a background in accounting, he strives to bring a unique perspective to the tech journalism world.

Analysis: How even Huawei’s use of AOSP may be in jeopardy with the US-China trade war

With the recent trade restrictions that were placed on Huawei, its partners such as Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and others were forced to end all future agreements with Huawei, including revoking Huawei’s Android license. The common understanding is that since AOSP is open source, Huawei cannot be blocked from using it and this will just result...

Flutter 1.5 Bridges the Gap, Adding Support for Web, Embedded, and Desktop

It was just a year ago that Google first announced the Flutter Beta at MWC. Since then, Flutter has grown by leaps and bounds to quickly become arguably the best framework for multi-platform coding across iOS and Android. This year at Google I/O 2019 they are taking it beyond mobile with the launch of Flutter...

Android Jetpack Rockets Forward With Cameras and Biometrics

The speed and ease of development have been core focuses of the Android platform practically since day one. Right from the beginning, Google set out to lay the foundation for how to support the greatest number of devices in the easiest possible manner on already available phone hardware. Last year at Google I/O 2018, Google...

Qualcomm Spectra 380 Launched: World’s First ISP With Integrated AI

Yesterday in Hawaii at the Snapdragon Technology Summit, the long-anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 was launched. While the new chip brings various substantial changes (from significantly more accurate GPS to the first new 2.4 GHz WiFi version in a decade, to 5G cellular connectivity), the discussion keeps coming back to imaging and the massive improvements that...

Flutter 1.0 Is Now Available: Stable Native Cross-Platform Development

The long awaited initial stable release of Google's Flutter framework has finally arrived. Today at the Flutter Live keynote, Google is announcing the release of Flutter 1.0, just 10 months after the initial beta was revealed. Developing cross-platform apps can be a mess of non-native code, so Google set out to attempt to solve this issue...

AndroidTO 2018: Canada’s Longest Running Android Conference Turns 9

On November 6th AndroidTO will be returning to Toronto for another year as the largest and longest running Android conference in Canada. AndroidTO 2018 is hosted by Symbility Intersect at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is a part of the Google Developer Group DevFest 2018 season as the final conference before...

Flutter Release Preview 2 Available Now, Google Flutter 1.0 Up Next

Google's goals of simplifying cross-platform app development take another leap forward today with the announcement of Flutter Release Preview 2 at Google Developer Days China in Shanghai. This is an important milestone in Flutter's history, as it is the last major release before Flutter 1.0 is launched, and allows us to truly get a feel for...

Google Flutter Release Preview 1: Next-Gen Native App Design

Cross-platform development is a difficult problem to solve, but Google feels that they have created a toolkit that will go a long way to helping simplify it with Flutter. Earlier this year at Google I/O, they announced Flutter Beta 3, which they felt was a production ready build of the cross-platform UI framework. Google is...

Google’s Flutter Beta 3 Takes Another Leap Towards Simple Cross-Platform App Design

Tomorrow at Google I/O’s developers keynote, we will see the official launch of Flutter Beta 3. This beta is an important step towards the 1.0 build for Flutter, with a heavy focus on solidifying the improvements that Google has been working since they launched the initial Flutter Beta. First and foremost among those improvements is the...

Google Launches Flutter Framework Beta for Native App Design

Today at Mobile World Congress, Google is announcing a major update in their attempts to simplify UI development across platforms. With the launch of the first beta build of Flutter, Google hopes to signal that their new mobile UI framework is stable enough for use in mainstream apps. While Flutter was unveiled in its current form...

AndroidTO 2017 Developer Talks are now Viewable on YouTube!

Over the past couple months, the XDA Portal team has covered the AndroidTO 2017 and Droidcon UK 2017 developer conference, and you can now view the talks from AndroidTO 2017 on YouTube! AndroidTO is the largest and longest running Android conference in Canada, with 8 years of conferences to date. The conference is hosted by Symbility...

UHD Premium Video Recording Brings Lifelike Colors to Snapdragon 845 Devices

As display densities approach an inflection point, companies have started looking for new ways to improve image quality -- specifically in the areas of color space, contrast ratios, and high dynamic range (HDR). With the announcement of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and the Spectra 280 Image Signal Processor (ISP) at the Snapdragon Technology Summit on...