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Android Studio 4.2 brings IntelliJ upgrade, Safe Args support, and more

In October last year, Google rolled out Android Studio 4.1 with support for foldables in the Android Emulator, a few style updates, TensorFlow Lite enhancements, and more. Over the last few months, the company has been working on the next major Android Studio update, and it's now finally available on the stable channel. Android Studio 4.2...

Developers can now start building Windows apps with Flutter

Flutter is an open-source app development framework made by Google. One of its main goals is to make developing for multiple platforms easier, by allowing developers to share a single codebase across multiple targets. Up until now, you could use Flutter to build a unified application for Android, iOS, macOS, Linux, and the web. If...

Google is addressing developers’ concerns with the Play Store; will hire more reviewers and handle appeals better

Every few weeks, we seem to hear a story about how an app developer is stuck with a banned account or a removed app and then running pillar to post trying to "contact a human" from Google to get more clarity on the specifics of their violation. We have covered such instances whenever we could,...

Android Studio 3.5 Canary adds “Apply Changes,” an Instant Run replacement

Android Studio 3.5 (currently in the Canary and Dev channels) now features a new way to push code changes to your app and see their effects on the fly without having to restart the app. Dubbed simply "Apply Changes," it's the successor to the "Instant Run" feature in previous versions of Android Studio. Google's Android Developers...

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...

Apps shared via Google Files Go, SHAREIt, and Xender will be verified by Google Play

Google has worked on a way to keep those users secure who love side-loading applications. Back in June, they started to automatically add security metadata to any app uploaded to the Google Play Store so that they can be verified as originating from Google Play when shared elsewhere. This helps users by having their side-loaded...

Google announces improvements to App Bundles, Instant Apps, and app management tools

Each year, Google hosts an invitation-only event called Playtime. Google invites selected developers of apps and games from the Play Store to the event to share the latest features and tips to improve their apps. At this year's event, Google announced updates to the Android App Bundle, Google Play Instant, and the Google Play Console. Android...

How to Locally Capture a System Trace on Android Pie

Tracing is an invaluable tool that enables developers to understand the impact that various changes have on a system and can provide clues to identify the root cause of problems. systrace is one such powerful tracing tool that collects timing information from processes running on an Android device. systrace was used extensively by the Android performance...

[Update: Not leaked] Source code for DexGuard, commercial anti-piracy software, leaks online

DexGuard is a popular commercial anti-piracy software written by Guardsquare which can help obfuscate an APK file. It's pretty easy to decompile an Android app and take a look at its internal workings, but obfuscation programs such as DexGuard make that pretty difficult. The software protects applications from reverse engineering attacks too, to prevent users...

Firebase adds In-App Messaging, BigQuery exports, Jira Software integration, and more

Whether you're independent or part of a small or large team, you probably rely on tools like Google's Firebase to make your life easier. Rather than set up your own crash reporting system, you just integrate Crashlytics. Rather than implement your own push messaging service, you just use Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM.) For smaller or even...

Google publishes guidelines on supporting phones with notches on Android P

The year 2017 gave birth to the notch trend, for better or for worse. The Essential Phone is widely regarded as the phone that kickstarted the display notch trend, with Apple shortly following up on that trend with the iPhone X---and making it the norm on 2018 flagship phones in the process. Since then, we've...

Google bans cryptocurrency miners, apps to sell guns, and more from the Play Store

Google is beginning to take a stronger stance on what can and can't be on the Google Play Store. Following up on a recent ban on Fake ID applications and gambling, a number of others have now been banned too. Cryptocurrency miners, applications to sell guns, and a whole lot more have been barred from...