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Exploring the Android 11 Developer Preview: Permission Changes

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That time of the year has come, a new Android version is on the horizon! As announced in a blog post earlier this week, the first developer preview of Android 11 is now available – along with details on some of the changes that are happening. With this announcement come some changes to how the system operates when it comes to permissions and how this will affect applications – I...

Adding admob adverts to Flutter applications

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In many applications that we build we want to offer some way to monetize the product. Be it through in-app purchases, subscriptions or even advertisements – these all provide a way for developers to monetize their application. We’ve long experienced, or implemented, ads through our Android and iOS applications, and now that we’re building Flutter apps we want to be able to do the same here too...

Exploring Android Jetpack: Preferences

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Settings screens provide a way for our users to configure our application for the way in which they want it to look, feel and behave. As well as this, it’s also a great place for us to provide links to external information such as privacy policies, open-source licences and more. Whilst we can build these screens ourselves, there can often be a lot of boilerplate for what seems like such a simple...

Chord Assist: Building an accessible smart guitar for the mute, deaf and blind

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In 2017 I created an Android Things project called BrailleBox — a Braille News Reader for the partially sighted. I’m really passionate about helping others and using the knowledge I have to do so, even if it means learning new things to help achieve that goal. This was the main driver for creating Braille Box, but I felt that I could go further and create something that could help others engage...

Exploring Firebase UI on Android: Authentication

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Firebase UI provides us with a collection of utilities that make it easier to implement common UI components within applications. Firebase authentication provides us a way for our users to validate their identity, without the need to implement all of the back-end work ourselves. hen compared to interacting with the authentication APIs directly, Firebase Authentication UI handles a lot of things...

Digging into failed redirects within Android Webviews

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  Header Photo by The Nigmatic on Unsplash Discovering the issue It was the 14th December and we were winding down ready for the Christmas break. Our code freeze had kicked in several days previously and we had shipped an update at that time to get a couple of priority bug fixes before the holidays. We are currently working on some bigger updates on our beta branch, so there hasn’t been any...

8 Steps to Google Pay on Android

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Within our Android Apps we can use the Google Pay API to plugin a convenient way for our users to checkout in our app, without the need for them to enter any of their payment information (after an initial setup). This brings the user a collection of advantages such as: A centralised place to complete all their payments within your apps, just like they are able to do on the web or in stores A...

Serving web pages with Firebase Hosting

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Firebase Hosting is a tool that provides us with a way to host web applications, allowing us to serve both static and dynamic content to our users with a simplified method of hosting. Whether it’s a web app, or a simple static landing page for a pre-launch of our product, we can deploy content to Firebase Hosting with a single command using the Firebase Command Line Interface. When we host our...

Native Flutter Experiences: Tabbed Navigation

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When building Flutter applications, we have the ability to create native components which are styled for the native experience on both Android and iOS. Whilst by default we may implement things in a material style, it is important to bear this native experience in mind. In the first set of these articles we will take a quick look at implementing tabbed navigation for the styling of both Android...

Exploring the Android Fragment Scenario component

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I’m always curious about what tools and features are coming up next in android — and to be sure I don’t miss out on any of this I like to keep an eye on release notes over on the android developer site. Two that caught my eye recently where the fragment-1.1.0-alpha01 and fragment-testing-1.1.0-alpha01 releases, within the testing side of things we see a new FragmentScenario component which...