Android app developers face a difficult tradeoff when it comes to showing web content in their Android app. Opening links in the browser is familiar for users and easy to implement, but results in a heavy-weight transition between the app and the web. You can get more granular control by building a custom browsing experience on top of Android’s WebView, but at the cost of more technical complexity and an unfamiliar browsing experience for users. A new feature in the most recent version of Chrome called custom tabs addresses this tradeoff by allowing an app to customize how Chrome looks and feels, making the transition from app to web content fast and seamless.
Already experience this feature in some apps, like Feedly and WordPress Mobile. But just know it’s called Custom Tab.
Source: Chromium Blog: Chrome custom tabs smooth the transition between apps and the web
Android development uses the popular Java programming language. In this video we look at the basics of Java and the additions that Android brings to it.
So Android is basically Java. This is nostalgic. Bring back memories ????
Source: Watch: Understanding Android and Java
Chris Ward looks at the 2015 trends in mobile development covering new languages, increasing use of frameworks and much more.
When will start learning mobile development ?
Source: 2015 in Review, New Languages, Rising Frameworks and More
In this video Chris Ward outlines a history of Android versions, and asks whether we should still support them in our applications and, if so, how.
Oh, so according to those stats in the video, Lolipop is not widely used. Hmm…
Source: Watch: The Evolution of Android’s Ecosystem
Kotlin (Switf for Android), FTP learning, site migration, and “plugin territory”.