Posts From Zachary Wander

Zachary Wander
Zachary Wander

Started out rooting and installing custom ROMs before moving onto modifying Android apps in Smali and subsequently developing various customization and utility apps for Android, such as SystemUI Tuner. Check me out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wander1236.

Galaxy Watch 4 update promises to improve touch bezel responsiveness

It's been a little under a month since Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch 4 series, and they're already receiving their second update. The latest Galaxy Watch 4 update, with build number BUI5, doesn't have many details in the changelog, but after installing it on my own watch, here are the changes we found. Touch Bezel Improvements For...

Flutter 2.5 released with full-screen Android app and Material You support

If you're into cross-platform development, chances are you've heard of Flutter. Using the Dart language, Flutter is a cross-platform UI framework that aims to make developing for anything from iOS to the web as easy as possible. Yesterday, Google announced the release of Flutter 2.5 and Dart 2.14, and there's a lot that's new. This article...

JetBrains launches Kotlin Basics, a free starter course on Kotlin

Back in 2019, JetBrains launched its Academy program. Academy lets anyone who wants to learn a language do so through guided lessons and projects, with integrations in JetBrains' IDEs. For instance, JetBrains advertises lessons in over 400 topics related to Java programming. In general, full JetBrains Academy courses cost money, while courses in beta are...

JetBrains Compose for Desktop and Web is now in alpha

If you haven't heard of Jetpack Compose, where have you been lately? Google created this declarative UI framework to replace the standard XML layout engine in Android. Compose lets developers create their layouts and accompanying logic all in Kotlin. JetBrains, the company behind Kotlin, also got in on the Compose action and is working on...

Google launches Android Studio Arctic Fox and Jetpack Compose 1.0

Today, Google is releasing both Android Studio Arctic Fox and Jetpack Compose to stable. This isn't exactly a surprise announcement, since Google first announced that the latter would be released to stable this month back in May. We've got a bunch of coverage (linked below) in case you're not in the loop. But either way, you...

Amazon Appstore is working on supporting Android App Bundles

About a year ago, Google announced that it would be requiring developers to use its new App Bundles format on the Play Store. We already wrote an article about this new format and why this requirement is worrying some, but here's a quick recap. App Bundles are a new way to distribute apps. By splitting up...

Why Google Play’s APK replacement is scaring some security experts

Last November, Google announced that developers will be required to publish new apps on the Play Store using the Android App Bundle (AAB) format instead of an APK. Just the other day, Google reminded developers of this upcoming requirement, setting off a firestorm of controversy from users who believe that Google is killing APKs, eliminating...

Google unveils loads of new Firebase features to streamline app development

Google I/O kicked off earlier today, and at the big Developer Keynote, we're getting a lot of Android development-related news. There have been changes to Flutter, new features in Jetpack, and, if the title of this article didn't tip you off, new things in Firebase. In case you don't know, Firebase is Google's cloud-based app tooling...

Flutter 2.2 announced at Google I/O 2021 with new features for app development

Google I/O is happening right now, and that means, of course, there's a bunch of new Android development news! If you're reading this post, then that means Google has just (or already) announced Flutter 2.2, a new version of their cross-platform app development framework. Flutter Adoption Stats There's actually quite a bit of new stuff for a...

Google unveils new features for Android Jetpack, Android Studio, and Kotlin at Google I/O 2021

We're now well into the Google I/O 2021 developer conference, and so we're seeing a bunch of developer-centric news for all of Google's development products. On top of changes to Flutter and Firebase, we've also got some new features for native Android development, including announcements about Android Jetpack, Android Studio, and even Kotlin. Jetpack Compose Jetpack Compose...

How to install apps for Android Auto that Google hasn’t approved

Android Auto is a great service. In compatible cars, you can plug your phone in and get instant access to music, radio, navigation, and more. But it's a pretty closed ecosystem. Only apps that Google approves can officially be used. The official reason for this is for safety. Google doesn't want people watching videos while...

Jetpack Compose for Web enters preview as a new UI framework for web development

In the past few years, there's been a pretty big push for cross-platform program development. Frameworks like React and Flutter were created to allow developers to share a single codebase across Android, iOS, desktop, and even the web. Even JetBrains, the company behind some of the most popular IDEs and the Kotlin programming language, has...