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Building a Restful API interface using Android Things

Building a Restful API interface using Android Things is useful whenever we have to connect Android Things to an external system. This article explains how to build a Restful API interface using Android Things so that other apps or applications can invoke this API. There are several scenarios, where Android Things has to be integrated with external systems and it ...

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Applying Google’s Android architecture with ObjectBox database

If you haven’t seen Google’s architecture, you can learn more about it here. Also, if you’re not familiar with ObjectBox, check out this post. Introduction The goal with the architecture is to end up with something like this:           The main difference is that I’ll be using ObjectBox instead of Room. The architecture doesn’t enforce any ...

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Activation UI and the Builder Pattern

I wrote two posts about the SMS activation process. In the first I discussed using the Twilio API via REST and in the second I discussed the native interfaces for SMS interception we can use in Android. Now it’s time to put this all together and create a single API that’s fluid. It should include the full UI process but ...

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ObjectBox, a modern and easy to use Android database

If you’re familiar with libraries like greenDAO or EventBus, you may have heard of the company that created them: greenrobot. If not, I recommend checking them out. In short, they build high quality open source libraries for app developers. Recently, they have come out with a new library called ObjectBox. It is used to help manage your app’s local data ...

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How to use Voice to control IoT devices using Android

In this post, we will describe how to use voice to control IoT devices. In other words, in this article, we will use our voice to send a set of commands to an IoT device. During this post, we will build a voice-activated IoT project. This is an interesting topic because this project uses a different way to interact with ...

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Intercept Incoming SMS on Android

Last week I talked about using SMS to activate your application which is a pretty powerful way to verify a user account. I left a couple of things out though. One of those things is the ability to grab the incoming SMS automatically. This is only possible on Android but it’s pretty cool for the users as it saves on ...

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