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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...

Exploring KTX for Android

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Yesterday Google announced android-ktx, which is a set of Kotlin extensions for Android app development. It looks like the aim of the library is to continue with the advantages that kotlin brings to our project — less code, more fun and a simpler to understand project. Now, the library is only in preview so it is likely to change — it will probably up offering more capabilities when it is...

Exploring Firebase Predictions

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At the Firebase Summit this week there were several exciting things that were shared with the community — the one that caught my eye the most was Firebase Predictions. This new service allows you to utilise Firebase to predict the behaviour of users in your app, allowing you to provide personalised experiences that can be used to improve retention in your applications. I wanted to give this a try...

Exploring Android O: Notification Badges

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Now the Android O APIs have finalised, Android O is just around the corner — which means we need to be sure our apps are filled with the latest goodies from the API. In this article we’re going to be taking a look at one of my favourite Android O features: Notification Badges 👌 I feel like these have been a long time coming, so let’s take a look at what these are and how we can use them in our...

Exploring the new Android Architecture Components library

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What an I/O! There were so many exciting things announced this year and too much that I want to write about! One of the topics that I (and a lot of other people) were hyped for was on Architecture. From these talks Architecture Components was announced, and after playing with them since, I’m taking this time to share my experiences with them 🤘 What are Architecture Components? Architecture...

Exploring Firebase on Android: Dynamic Links

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Firebase is such an exciting new collection of services that I’ve been reading up on and experimenting with. In this new series of articles, we’ll be covering the features of firebase to learn exactly what we can do with each integration. In this chapter, we’re going to be taking a look at Firebase Dynamic Links — the integration that allows us to provide deep links that have the ability to...

Exploring the Android Design Support Library: Bottom Navigation View

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It’s been a while since I wrote about the Android Design Support Library and I was super excited to wake up this morning to discover that the Bottom Navigation View has been added to version 25 of the Design Support Library! The Bottom Navigation View has been in the material design guidelines for some time, but it hasn’t been easy for us to implement it into our apps. Some applications have...

Exploring the Google Awareness API

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After months of waiting, we finally have access to the Google Awareness API. This new API allows to craft context-based experiences within our applications, allowing us to provide a more personal and customised experience for our users. In this article we’re going to take a deep dive into the Awareness API features so we can easily bring these experiences to our apps right away. What is the...

Things I did at Droidcon London

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At ribot we get the chance to attend conferences throughout the year, so me and Iván made a trip up to Droidcon London. I learnt a lot, met some great people and made a lot of notes over the last two days – so here’s a (very) brief summary of my time at the event. Note: I’m typing this on the medium app as I watch the talks, so they’ll likely be brief because of this. I’ll build on detail...

Exploring Google Play Services: Place Picker & Autocomplete

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The Place Picker Widget and Autocomplete component are two powerful features part of Google Play Services. Here we take a look at both of these componenets and how we can implement them in our applications. As of Play Services 7.0, Google have made some great features available for us to implement into our apps – two of which include the Place Picker UI widget and Autocomplete component...