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Android – Using Jelly Bean notifications

Last post was long ago! I’ve been very busy lately… but learning a lot from Android! (and Node js too… I’m in love with this platform!) Other things that I decided for those who are following me is that, since now, articles will only be in English (sorry =/ ) and all the source code of my examples will be ...

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Top 5 Picks of Google IO 2012

Google IO 2012 developer conference has just concluded last week amid lot of fanfare. I for one think that Google has lot more influence on Enterprise technology than it seems. Some of what Enterprises see as latest and greatest of technology (such as Map Reduce) has been pioneered in Google a while ago. This is one the main reasons why ...

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Android – Dashboard design pattern implementation

Before reading this article, please learn the prerequisites mentioned above so that you can have better idea for the implementation of this solution which i am going to discuss here. Do you know what is Dashboard pattern exactly? In brief, we can say Dashboard is a page containing large and clear symbols of main functionality and optionally an area for ...

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Android: Smooth List Scrolling

If I had to compare iOS to Android and only list one major benefit iOS has over Android, it would be the scrolling list performance, hands down (and I’m not the only one, or two, or three to say this…). Seeing as scrolling lists are essential to just about every major mobile app, it affects the end user the most. ...

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Android Emulator: Scale size without using Eclipse

As you might have read following my previous post I’m currently experimenting with mobile web solutions. In such a case, having an Android emulator is quite comfortable for quickly testing your solution. Personally though, I hate the default emulator skin, mainly also because it takes up quite a large portion of your screen. Hence, I normally use a custom emulator ...

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Android: Facebook’s Notification Widget

Have you ever checked out the Facebook app? When you click on the Notifications button at the top, the app creates a nice overlaid window that contains a scrolling list view of all your info. It doesn’t dim out the background, and it also disappears if you click anywhere on the screen that isn’t in the overlaid window itself. The ...

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Android Emulator with Nexus One skin

I know it doesn’t really increase your value during development. It’s just for fun but those of you that like it, here are some links that point to Nexus One skins that can be used on your local dev emulator. http://www.tughi.com/2010/01/19/nexus-one-skin/ http://timhoeck.com/2010/01/16/nexus-one-emulator-skin/ Update: The Nexus S skin is available at here. Installation is easy. Just extract it to <android-sdk-install-root>/platforms/<your-platform>/skins and ...

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Does your App Support Android 4.0? Think Again

Think your app supports Android 4.0 just because you support 2.2 or 2.3? Maybe not. If your app uses a few common Java classes, you may want to double check your app on several 4.0 devices. Probably like most developers, when we saw Ice Cream Sandwich release, we didn’t have any thoughts that our app may not work properly. All ...

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