Android 4.0 Requires Holo Theme to Be Available On All Phones
Google today indicated via the Android Developers Blog that all Android 4.0 devices, be they smartphones or tablets, must include the native Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich "Holo" theme for app compatibility. According to Google, any device that has access to the Android Market has to include the Holo theme. The standardization applies to the Holo widgets too, which Google wants to be consistent from device to device. Google said that the intent behind this decision is not to limit what developers can do with respect to the appearance of their apps, but rather to provide a level of consistency in how developers can create apps that will run on all devices. Google has made a new API (Level 14) available for developers to work with the themes and incorporate them into their applications moving forward. Google also offers details on how to make apps designed for Android 4.0+ work with devices running Android 2.3 and lower.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Google Refreshes Nearby Connections API for P2P Interactions
Jul 31, 2017
Google today released the Nearby Connections 2.0 API to developers, which will eventually help Android devices find, connect to, and communicate with other nearby devices all on their own. The vision is to make it possible for Android handsets to automatically share information with internet-of-things-type devices, such as personal temperature preferences with thermostats, Netflix playlists with connected television sets, and so on.
Google Releases reCAPTCHA API to Improve Android Security
Jun 9, 2017
Google today announced a new tool developers can use to authenticate people securely while simultaneously improving the experience for mobile phone users. The company made available the new reCAPTCHA Android API as a part of Google Play Services.
Awareness API from Google to Power Contextually Aware Apps
May 19, 2016
Developers will soon be able to make their apps aware of their surroundings thanks to the new Awareness API. The API can support up to seven different signals at once, including time, location, places, beacons, headphones, activity, and weather, to deliver contextually aware information.
Google Play Services to Drop Support for Gingerbread
Nov 21, 2016
Google today said the next iteration of Google Play Services will sever backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Today, Google Play Services — the core code behind app compatibility across Android platforms — is 10.0.0 and supports API level 9.
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