Exploring the Play Billing Library for Android

In-app billing is a powerful part of the Android framework that allows us to easily monetise our applications with in-app purchases and subscriptions. Google previously provided us with the in-app billing which allows us to implement this within our apps. However, I remember this never being exactly a straightforward task — we’d have to add a InAppBillingService class, bind to it, remember to unbind from it and when it came to carrying out IAB requests — the library required us to pass multiple parameters and then pull apart the response as a JSON object. However, I recently had a chance to try out the…

Introducing Custom Map Styles for Google Maps

Play services has just received an update to version 9.6.0 and there’s an awesome new addition to it, custom styling for Google Maps 😍 I feel like this has been a long time coming, so I decided to give the documentation a good read to see exactly what we can do with this new feature 🛠 Why should I use this? Maps can becomes very cluttered for users. All of the roads, rivers, labels, points of interest and more can quickly make it hard to There are a number of reasons why you may wish to style your maps, such as:…