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Exposing Notification Settings to the Android System

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Have you ever looked at the Android System settings page for a specific application and wondered about the option to view “Additional settings in the app”? If you haven’t seen this before in your settings, or aren’t aware of it, this is what it looks like: This option allows developers to essentially provide a link to a push notification settings screen in their application — this allows users to...

Exploring Image Keyboard Support on Android

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During a recent hack day we added a bunch of small but impactful features into our application, one of these being integration with the GIF input provided by the Google keyboard. This involved us making use of the Image Keyboard Support (IKS) functionality that was introduced in Android 7.1 (API level 25), this allows us to hook into the media functionality of keyboards and make use of the data...

Modularizing Android Applications

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We’ve all been there. Single module android applications — at some point in our Android development career it’s likely we’ve worked on, or are working on, a project that consists of a single module. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that at all and in a lot of cases, a single module will most likely do the job. But in cases where our applications may grow, or we may want to take advantage of new...

Exploring Firebase MLKit on Android: Landmark Detection (Part Four)

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At Google I/O this year we saw the introduction of Firebase MLKit, a part of the Firebase suite that intends to give our apps the ability to support intelligent features with more ease. With this comes the landmark recognition feature, giving us the ability to detect known landmarks within an input feed so that we can display this landmark information on-screen to the user. In this post I want to...

Exploring Android on Chrome OS: Optimising keyboard navigation

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Recently I managed to get my hands on a Pixelbook. If you haven’t got one, or even read to much into them, then you’ll be excited to know that they have the ability to run Android applications on them. That means that if you have an application in the Play Store, anyone on Chrome OS can download that app, install it and run it on their device. Whilst in most cases the applications will work out...

Exploring Android P: Magnifier

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At Google I/O there were a lot of new announcements around the latest version of Android, P. One of these announcements was the new Magnifier functionality—a feature that will make it easier to view and select content that the magnifier is currently being shown for. In this article we’re going to take a quick dive into what this magnifier is and how we can use it on our own view components within...

Exploring Firebase MLKit on Android: Barcode Scanning (Part Three)

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At Google I/O this year we saw the introduction of Firebase MLKit, a part of the Firebase suite that intends to give our apps the ability to support intelligent features with more ease. With this comes the barcode scanning feature, giving us the ability to scan barcodes and QR codes to retrieve data from the real world and manipulate it inside of our applications. In this post I want to dive into...

Learn Clean Architecture for Android at Caster.io

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Last year I opened sourced a collection of Clean Architecture boilerplate repositories over at my works’ GitHub page. Whilst these were experiments and me exploring to find a balance between abstraction and maintainable code, these all gathered quite a bit of attention and with this attention came a lot of questions. These questions were all understandable to be asked as there was a lot going...

Exploring Android P: Priority Buckets

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At Google I/O there were a lot of new announcements around the latest version of Android, P. One of these announcements were Priority Buckets — a battery management update to Android where the system will prioritise resources based on both how recently, and how frequently, the application in question is used. In this article we’re going to take a quick dive into what these buckets are and how...

Exploring Firebase MLKit on Android: Face Detection (Part Two)

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At Google I/O this year we saw the introduction of Firebase MLKit, a part of the Firebase suite that intends to give our apps the ability to support intelligent features with more ease. With this comes the face recognition feature, giving us the ability to recognise faces along with the ‘landmarks’ (nose, eyes etc) and expressions of those faces. In this post I want to dive into how we can...