API Posts on XDA

PSPDFKit, the PDF Framework used in Dropbox and Evernote, is now Available in a Standalone App [XDA Spotlight]

The beauty of Android lies in its intents system. Unlike iOS, Android has the ability to replace most default applications with third-party software. In Android, applications can define intent filters that allow them to react to certain events such as tapping a URL or opening a file. Applications that can handle opening PDF files are quite numerous,...

XDA Spotlight: Connect Third-Party APIs to Google Assistant using the Voice Assistant Webhook

Some owners of the Google Home may feel a bit disappointed at its lack of native features, but others such as myself are holding onto hope that third-party developers will be able to plug any holes in its functionality. We're excited to see the work some developers such as João Dias have put into supporting...

Most of the Google Hangouts API is Being Killed on April 25th

The Google Hangouts API has been available for a while, and it's enabled various services to popup around Google's messaging platform. We've seen apps that let you draw on your face, letting you play a game of ping pong during a conference call, and more. However, these services and more will be shut down on...

Google Launches “Actions on Google” Developer Platform for Google Assistant

When Google took the stage on October 4th to unveil the highly anticipated Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, many users were thrilled at the apparent renewed attention that Google was giving to their hardware line-up. However, if one were to pay attention to the plethora of other products and services announced at the Google Event, it's...

Why You Should Prioritize Your API Strategy Before its Design

An API can be an integral part of a mobile application or service, and they aren't something you should just throw together without thinking things through, as detailed as the results could be. While the design of your API is important, it's probably best that you think about the overall strategy first. Once that has been laid...

Popular 3rd Party Twitter App Fenix Pulled From the Play Store

Just 6 months after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised to reset relations with Developers, it is apparent that the biggest issue facing Twitter developers is not changing anytime soon, as the popular 3rd party Twitter app Fenix has been given a death sentence after reaching the controversial 100,000 token limit. Matteo Villa, the app's developer announced on Twitter...

Why Images in some Camera Apps are Upside Down on the Nexus 5X

New users of the Google Nexus 5X may have noticed a peculiar problem arise when they snap a picture using some third-party camera apps - the image ends up being upside-down! This issue isn't exclusive to the Nexus 5X, though, as it has previously occurred on the front-facing camera of the Nexus 6. What causes this problem? Is it...

Twitter CEO Sorry for Poor Relationship with Developers

Twitter has had a rocky relationship with third-party application developers for several years now. From the controversial 100,000 token limit that capped the growth of third party clients to the recent incident where they took down an archive service that tracked tweets by politicians, the company is under fire for the way it has treated developers...

Audio-Focused APIs Mark Promising Direction for Android

Aside from Android, I've maintained a healthy interest in writing and producing music over the years, and unfortunately I've never quite found a compelling use for my smartphone as part of my audio set-up. Annoyingly for me, Apple have always had a bit of a head start here, or more rather an increased focus on...

Switcheroo: Control Any Device From Your Mobile

Meet the Switcheroo, developed by Amal Graafstra the founder of Dangerous Things. It is a small circuit board that once installed can control almost any device from your phone. Utilizing Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and either open or secure options as they put it "Anyone can control that toy, but only you can unlock your door."   Amal, who you may...

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

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: Start the Android SDK Manager. In the Tools...
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