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Author Archives: Francesco Azzola

I'm a senior software engineer with more than 15 yrs old experience in JEE architecture. I'm SCEA certified (Sun Certified Enterprise Architect), SCWCD, SCJP. I'm an android enthusiast and i've worked for long time in the mobile development field.

Internet of Things with Android and Arduino: Control remote Led

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This post describes how to control a remote Led using Arduino and Android. Nowadays a new emerging technology is Internet of Things (IoT): in other words all the physical objects (things)  are connected together  using internet infrastructure. Arduino is one of the most important object in this ecosystem. In this post, we will explore how to integrate Android with Arduino ...

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Android Google map: Add weather data

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This post describes how to add weather layer to google map. We want to add weather information to a map so that we can have a look about clouds, temperature, pressure and so on. In the previous post we talked about how to get weather information and how to parse the data to create a UI, now we want to ...

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NFC Android: Read NDEF Tag

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In this post we want to describe how to read NFC tag. Android SDK provides a set of API that can be used to read the NFC payload, anyway if we look at the NFC spec we can notice there are several type of payload depending on the type of the tag. Android SDK doesn’t provide any support to parse ...

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First steps with NFC in Android

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This post describes how to use NFC in Android. The NFC technology stands for Near Field Communication and you can find the specification at NFC Forum. In this first post, we will analyse some basic aspects of NFC and we will describe how we can implement an app in Android that handles NFC tags. If you want to experiment NFC, ...

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Android Text to Speech (TTS)

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This post describes how to use text to speech (TTS) in Android. It isn’t so common to find a post explaining how to use it and it is a part of Android not much covered. In my opinion, TTS is very interesting because it can add some nice features to an app. Text to Speech is a feature of Android ...

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Develop android weather app with Material Design

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This post describes how to create a weather app using material design guidelines. Material Design is  a set of rules for visual design, UI interaction, motion and so on. These rules help developer when they design and create an Android app. This post wants to describe how we create a weather app using Weatherlib as weather layer and Material design ...

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A Guide to Android RecyclerView and CardView

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The new support library in Android L (Lollipop) introduced two new UI widgets: RecyclerView and CardView. The RecyclerView is a more advanced and more flexible version of the ListView. This new component is a big step because the ListView is one of the most used UI widgets. The CardView widget, on the other hand, is a new component that does ...

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Control Sphero using Temperature Sensor in Android

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One of the most interesting topic around Android it is how we can connect our smart phones to other devices or smart devices to get information from them or to control them. In this post I want to introduce a new way to use our Android phone and explain how we can use it to control Sphero ball. Introduction In ...

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Android promoted Actions: Floating action button (FAB)

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Recently new design pattern were introduced in Android. One of the most known pattern is the Promoted Actions. They are actions that  are directly visible in the UI instead of using action bar button; for this reason these actions are called promoted, they can be easily accessed and define the main action in the current UI. For example, if we ...

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Android Listview with multiple row layout

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In many posts we talked extensively about ListView and how to handle it: creating custom adapter or handling user interactions. In this post, I will cover another aspect related to the ListView that was not covered in the past: ListView with multiple row layout. By now we have seen rows having the same layout, anyway it is possible to have ...

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