Keeping you up to date
This week is full of stuff from the Android Team. They’ve been cranking out the DevBytes faster than we can keep up with them.
Efficient Data Transfers: Variable Update Frequencies (VIDEO)
Reto Meier explains efficient data transfers by overviewing batching, bundling and Sync Adapters. This video includes a large amount of information in a short amount of time, it is worth bookmarking for easy access.
Android Design In Action – Onboarding (VIDEO)
Learn how to properly onboard new users to your application. First impressions matter!
Reduce the Jankiness in your TextView Alpha (VIDEO)
This 30 second clip shows you how to reduce the jankiness in your application that is caused by the alpha property in the TextView.
Daniel Olshansky explains how to achieve a custom folding effect with stills and live camera feeds.
This article details the use and execution of Parcelables in Android, including the use of annotating with Parceler. If you have to serialize Java Objects between Contexts this will be a great time saver.
Optimizing Line Length
Roman Nurik explains the basics of readability in Android apps with some sample code as well.
Google’s Android Apps Look Boring – And It’s a Good Thing
This article is an interesting opinion on the importance of the standardized look, of Google Android apps.
Android Studio 0.2.10 Released
Android Studio update 0.2.10 fixes bugs and includes integrated trace view and quick documentation improvements.
New Google Play services Release
This release includes a number of bug fixes as well as a new map padding feature that allows you to reposition the controls on a map.