Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

When thinking of building an Android app, we often think of something with a screen and a contained function. It could be a game, or a tool to perform a common task.

But apps can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You could build a service that runs in the background and quietly makes life easier for the user. You could create a widget, or a launcher. How about a keyboard?

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Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

When thinking of building an Android app, we often think of something with a screen and a contained function. It could be a game, or a tool to perform a common task.

But apps can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You could build a service that runs in the background and quietly makes life easier for the user. You could create a widget, or a launcher. How about a keyboard?

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Google is fighting a surge of ads that automatically download apps

Google is fighting a surge of ads that automatically download apps

Google is fighting a surge of ads that automatically download apps

As the number of people accessing the internet on phones and tablets grows every day, as does the number of advertisements that try to take advantage of users. To combat this problem, Google is constantly removing bad ads and putting new filters in place to try to rid the internet of such advertisements.

In Google’s annual report on its effort to fight bad ads on its AdSense platform, the company stated it is seeing a lot more of what it calls “self-clicking” mobile ads. What are self-clicking ads? If you’ve ever been scrolling through a web page on your phone, and you’re suddenly whisked off to the Play Store to download an app you’ve never heard of, a self-clicking ad is likely to blame. In 2015, it only found and deleted a few thousand of these ads on the service, but in 2016, Google found and disabled over 23,000 of these self-clicking ads. This is a huge surge compared to what the company found in 2015, and it proves that scammers are becoming more hip to pushing their schemes to mobile web devices.

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The best Android app makers for making apps with zero code

The best Android app makers for making apps with zero code

The best Android app makers for making apps with zero code

Want to build an app but don’t know how to code? Don’t have the inclination to learn?

Don’t worry: there are still plenty of options out there for you. Android app makers are tools created specifically for those people who want to release an app on the Play Store (and possibly other app stores, ssh!) but don’t want to get involved with learning Java or Objective-C. These Android app creators are largely drag-and-drop affairs. A little customization here, a little branding there and voila, you have an app!

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Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

When thinking of building an Android app, we often think of something with a screen and a contained function. It could be a game, or a tool to perform a common task.

But apps can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You could build a service that runs in the background and quietly makes life easier for the user. You could create a widget, or a launcher. How about a keyboard?

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Improve your app’s UI with animations

Improve your app’s UI with animations

Improve your app’s UI with animations

Animations can add visual cues that notify users about what’s going on in your app and improve their understanding of its interface. Animations are useful when loading content, or when a screen changes state. They can also add a glossy look to your app, which gives it a higher quality feel.

Animations are not necessarily meant to make your app pretty. They are meant to grab the attention of the user and enhance their experience. With thousands of applications available for download every day, yours will only stand a chance if it’s not boring or unpleasant to users.

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LG posts info on January 2017 Android security updates

LG posts info on January 2017 Android security updates

LG posts info on January 2017 Android security updates

While we still have a few more hours until 2016 reaches its end, LG has decided to go ahead and post the patch numbers on Google’s January 2017 security updates for Android. LG’s website also has information on some patches that are specifically for the company’s handsets.

The website says there will be a total of 73 security patches on the Android side in January, with seven of those updates labeled as “critical”. In addition there will be eight more updates that are just for LG’s smartphones like the LG V20. While there’s no specific info for the Google security updates, other than their identification numbers, there are more details on the eight LG patches. One of them is labeled as “critical” and specifically affects devices that use chips from MediaTek. LG says the patch is to get rid of the MTKLogger application which can log “personal information to storage without user consent” and  “can be started by third-party application without user consent.”

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Google to roll out January’s Android security update next week

Google to roll out January’s Android security update next week

Google to roll out January’s Android security update next week

Google may be getting ready to release the latest Android security update next week, but slightly later than usual. Support pages on Verizon Wireless for its Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones show that the upcoming patch could go live for those devices on Tuesday, January 3.

The support pages show that the build number for the new security patch will be NMF26U. Normally, these kinds of updates begin to roll out on the first Monday of each month, which in January’s case is on January 2. However, due to the officially observed holiday of New Year’s Day, that may explain why the Verizon support pages show the update is being pushed back to Tuesday, January 3.

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Android 7.0 Nougat rolls out to Sony Xperia X and X Compact

Android 7.0 Nougat rolls out to Sony Xperia X and X Compact

Android 7.0 Nougat rolls out to Sony Xperia X and X Compact

It appears Sony is once again in line for the big Android 7.0 Nougat update, bringing the upgrade to two more of its devices. A new report claims it is currently rolling out internationally for Sony’s Xperia X and Xperia X Compact phones.

The report comes from the unofficial Xperia blog, but its stories do tend to be very accurate when it comes to these kinds of updates. It states the build number for this update is 34.2.A.0.266. Sony is rolling it out in select regions so far, including Australia, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Thailand and Vietnam. However, the update will likely makes its way to the rest of those phones, including the US, over the next several days.

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Facebook might release the Events app for Android today (Update: now available!)

Facebook might release the Events app for Android today (Update: now available!)

Facebook might release the Events app for Android today (Update: now available!)

Update: Well, that was fast. Facebook has just released its Events app to the Google Play Store. Head to the link below to give it a shot!

Original post: Around 100 million people use Facebook events on a daily basis. That’s why the company decided to launch a standalone Events app back in October. Initially available for iOS devices, the app is now making its way over to Android. According to TechCrunch, Facebook will release the Android version of its Events app today.

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