In a surprise move Parse/Facebook announced that they are shutting down Parse, the hugely popular Mobile App Service – Parse.com
Facebook had acquired it in 2013 to help small mobile developers build apps using Facebook tools and servers.
Its bad news for people who have come to rely on the developer platform for things like providing facebook login, push notifications, analytics and a server back end for applications.
On Jan. 28, 2017, Facebook will stop providing those services.
About 600,000 apps use Parse.
According to official announcement via blog post – http://blog.parse.com/announcements/moving-on/
Developers who don’t want to rewrite their applications to work with a new back-end service provider can follow a migration guide from Parse to make their applications work with an independent MongoDB instance and a new open-source Parse Server that’s running on Salesforce owned developer platform provider Heroku.
Google released version 2.0 of its popular integrated development environment (IDE) for developers – Android Studio
In Android Studio 2.0, Google has introduced various new features like:
Developers can quickly see changes to code running on a device or an emulator. Developers can add a line of code, delete a line or modify it, and instantly see what impact that change has on the application when it is running on a device
New GPU Profiler tool
Ability to record entire sessions, display GL State and Commands details, and walk through the GL Framebuffer and Textures while the application is running OpenGL ES Code
Android Emulator features a new user interface
It has a new toolbar and an additional control UI so that common emulator actions can be taken without having to use command line options. The Emulator allows APKs to be dragged and dropped onto the window and the new toolbar enables volume control, screen rotation, screenshots, and other emulator actions
Virtual Device Manager
Developers can have multiple pre-defined device profiles for testing their applications in emulation mode. A multi-screen app development feature lets developers build apps for different Android devices, including smartphones, tablets, Android Wear and Android TV
The new version will immensely help Android developers improve their workflow and speed up application coding and deployment times.
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Google Search will now display Facebook public profiles on Android phones.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Facebook will allow Google’s search engine to crawl through and index its mobile app.
Results from Google search will display some public content from Facebook app such as public profile information.
It also has access to content such as business listings called Pages, Groups and Events.
The results will appear as “deep links” that take users to the Facebook mobile app.
Google is trying to make sure its search engine remains useful on smartphones.
Google already indexes information from public Facebook profiles on the Web.
But it can’t always index information inside mobile apps, which is where people spend the bulk of their time on smartphones.
As on the Web, Google cannot show content that is shared privately, Facebook said in an emailed statement.
“When people search for public Facebook content on the mobile web, those who use Facebook for Android can now click through and go straight to the Facebook app,” the statement said.
Facebook has also recently updated its search service.
As more and more people shift to mobile phones and people spend more time with apps, Google will have to devise methods to crawl within apps.
Android powers hundreds of millions of mobile devices across 190 countries around the world. It has the largest installed base and is growing rapidly, with more than a million new Android devices being activated every day. In this post, we will be presenting a few reasons why the Android Platform is excellent for both users and developers:
Large Installed Base
Android’s openness has made it the top choice of developers and users alike. This has driven strong growth in Android apps downloads, with over a billion games and apps being downloaded every month by users from the Google Play Store. Consequently, this leads to more apps and games being developed to cater to the growing needs of the users.
With its global partnerships, Android is also constantly striving to bring new capabilities to developers and users. For developers, the innovation of the platform allows you to build differentiated and powerful applications using the latest mobile technologies and tools. Android also gives users access to the latest innovations and technologies, including vibrant touch screens, multi-core processing, state-of-the-art sensors, high-performance graphics and more.
Strong Development Framework
Android gives developers everything they need to build the best app experiences. It offers a single application model that allows you to deploy your apps to millions of users across a wide range of devices. There are also a wide range of tools available for creating apps that take advantage of the hardware capabilities available on each device.
Open Marketplace for App Distribution
Android’s premier marketplace, Google Play allows sale and distribution of Android apps. In an open marketplace, developers are in complete control of how they distribute and sell their apps. They can price these apps according to their liking and change them at any given time. Also, developers can take advantage of demand-side platforms, which are supported by Android, to reach consumers more effectively.
Google has launched an App Entrepreneurship Course – Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree
There are so many apps now in marketplace that it has becoming difficult for an app developer to make money.
Also most of the apps have very poor quality and offers little value to mobile user.
Google has kept that in mind and in partnership with Udacity launched the Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree
It is a 4-7 Months course and enrollment closes October 26
To enroll – https://www.udacity.com/course/tech-entrepreneur-nanodegree–nd007
According to Google Blog – “As a developer, writing your app is important. But even more important is getting it into the hands of users. Ideally millions of users. To that end, you can now learn what it takes to design, validate, prototype, monetize, and market app ideas from the ground up and grow them into a scalable business with the new Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree”
Associated with the program are Geoffrey Moore, author of “Crossing the Chasm”, Pete Koomen, co-founder of Optimizely; Aaron Harris and Kevin Hale, Partners at Y-Combinator; Nir Eyal, author of the book “Hooked: How to build habit forming products” and co-founder of Product Hunt; Steve Chen, Co-Founder of YouTube, and many more.
All of the content of the nanodegree course is available online for free at udacity.com/google. The Tech Entrepreneur offering will consist of the following courses – Product Design, Prototyping, Monetization, App Marketing
Also at the end of course you can pitch your ideas in front of Venture Capitalists.
Google has launched two new Nexus smartphones. The Nexus 5X made by LG and a larger Nexus 6P built by Huawei.
Google Nexus is a line of smart phones that run the Android operating system. Google manages the design, development, marketing, and support of these devices, but some development and all manufacturing is done by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The most significant feature is that – Nexus 6P will be the first smartphone to have the latest version of Android, Marshmallow. Also below the rear camera of Nexus 6P is the Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor, which Google claims can recognize fingerprints. It will not only unlock the handset, but also authenticate Android Pay payments and app downloads; it will also work with other apps.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings a range of features to the Nexus 5X. There are controls to better manage apps, giving control over permissions, as well as notifications. You can also have power management for apps, with a Doze function letting them sleep in the background to preserve power.
More details on Android Marshmallow
Nexus 5X Specs
• Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
• Display: 5.2 inches, FHD (1920 x 1080) LCD at 423 ppi, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, Fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
• Rear Camera: 12.3 MP¹, 1.55 µm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted autofocus, 4K (30 fps) video capture, Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
• Front Camera: 5 MP, 1.4 µm pixels, f/2.0 aperture
• Processors: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 processor, 1.8 GHz hexa-core 64-bit, Adreno 418 GPU
• Memory & Storage: RAM: 2 GB LPDDR3, Internal storage: 16 GB or 32 GB
• Dimensions³: 147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
• Weight: 136 g
• Colour Options: Carbon, Quartz, Ice
Nexus 6P Specs
• Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
• Display: 5.7 inches; WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display at 518 ppi; 16:9 aspect ratio; Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4; Fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
• Rear Camera: 12.3 MP¹; 1.55 µm pixels; f/2.0 aperture; IR Laser assisted autofocus; 4K (30 fps) video capture; Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
• Front Camera: 8MP camera; 1.4 µm pixels; f/2.4 aperture; HD video capture (30 fps)
• Processors: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 v2.1, 2.0 GHz Octa-core 64-bit; Adreno 430 GPU
• Memory & Storage: RAM: 3 GB LPDDR4; Internal storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB
• Dimensions: 159.3 X 77.8 X 7.3 mm
Google has now confirmed that both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will begin shipping in October. The Nexus 5X starts at $379 and the Nexus 6P starts at $499.
Google launched a WiFi router yesterday.
The router comes with in-built antennas that will scan the airwaves to spot the fastest connection.
The cylinder-shaped router, named OnHub, can be pre-ordered for $199.99 at online retailers including the Google Store, Amazon.com Inc and Walmart.com.
With the router, users will be able to prioritise a device so that they can get the fastest Internet speeds for data-heavy activities such as downloading content or streaming a movie.
The router can be hooked up with Google’s On app, available on Android and iOS, to run network checks and keep track of bandwidth use among other things.
Google said OnHub automatically updates with new features and the latest security upgrades. The router is being manufactured by network company TP-LINK.
It is move aimed at a connected home and household devices to Internet as the global market for “Internet of Things”, will nearly triple to $1.7 trillion by 2020 according to research firm International Data Corp.
Intel has introduced a Integrated Native Development Experience (INDE) called Multi-OS Engine that aims to make it easier for Java developers to port their Android apps to the iOS platform.
Intel INDE is a cross-platform development suite that allows developer to create applications for Android, Windows, and OS X. The new Multi-OS Engine makes it possible to use Java to create native apps for iOS and Android, natively supporting both the x86 and the ARM platforms. INDE, furthermore, enables writing native UI for better user experience by providing access to iOS API through auto-generated Java bindings for Objective-C and C libraries.
Intel INDE’s Multi-OS Engine is stil in beta, but it is available for early access to subscribing developers.
Developers can use the IDE of their choice, either Xcode on Mac or Android Studio on Windows.
INDE is available in three editions: Start, Professional, and Ultimate Edition.
Intel believes the tools will help them save time and effort in trying to reach multiple platforms and make applications available more swiftly.
Now, app developers can make use of INDE in order to design Java-based iOS apps in Windows or Mac within Android Studio or using Xcode. Devs can debug a device from here, but also from a simulator.
“Last year, Google unveiled its design vision for the future. Called Material Design, it incorporates bold colors, flat elements, and informative animations to create a fresh user interface for the modern age.
Here are 10 Android apps that have taken advantage of Google’s new tools to provide fresh takes on old ideas.”