Mastering the Android Developer Tools to Build Better Apps

I’d like to present a resource on tools to develop Android apps. While I don’t teach how to write code or have a complete tutorial on how to use the development tools, these are essential part of the app development process and a lot of readers express an interest in hearing more. If you are going to develop native Android apps in Java rather than use a cross-platform framework (and sometimes even if you are using such a framework), you will be using the Android Developer Tools. There is a wealth of discussion on these tools, and now there is a book – Android Developer Tools Essentials (by Mike Wolfson and Donn Felker) – which I highly recommend.  Read on to see why. Continue reading

COPPA and Privacy in Android Apps for Kids

If you make Android apps or games for children and aren’t already familiar with COPPA, you should get up to date on the requirements as quickly as possible.

COPPA, or the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, goes into effect on July 1, 2013.  It is aimed to protect children under the age of 13 and give parents control over what information is collected from their children.

In case the rules are a bit confusing, the FTC added a FAQ page that provides some pretty clear guidance for businesses to ensure that they are compliant.

Does this rule apply to you?  Continue reading

Google I/O 2013 – More Notes on Android Development

Google I/O 2013Google I/O 2013 provided a wealth of information, and Google both live-streamed the event and posted the videos for the sessions.  Android developers can learn a lot from this free material, but not everyone has time to watch all the videos (even at 1.5 speed, as I usually watch videos).   So, here are more of my notes (don’t forget to see part 1 of my Google I/O 2013 notes). Continue reading

Google I/O 2013 Notes for Android Developers

Google I/O 13Google I/O is always a great source of information for Android developers and anyone else who uses Google technology.

Most of us can’t make it there in person (as the tickets sell out immediately), but luckily Google makes the videos available for free.  The Android team went one step further this year, and made a one-stop curated list showing all of the Android videos from I/O 2013!

While I highly suggest viewing a few of the most relevant videos to your needs, let me share a few things to be on the lookout for.  This isn’t a comprehensive list, just a few things I thought were interesting! Continue reading

Android Alternate Market Review – Synapsy

synapsy-logo-api-betaSynapsy is another app market that looked interesting, but as you’ll see in this quick review it didn’t make the grade.

Generally, I am a fan of aggregators – the more app stores you bring into one interface, the more reach you can get from a single deployment of your app.  This store sent a direct email to the address on file for my apps on Google Play, and a decided to take a look. Continue reading