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Video games are serious business with Unity3D [DEALS]

Posted by wicked February - 20 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

With several billion dollars worth of sales every year, the video game industry is expected to continue its monumental growth over the next few years at least. Much of that growth is due to the increasing number of platforms that games can be played on. While computers and consoles used to reign supreme, mobile devices now are a dominant force on the video game landscape. The mobile device video game industry is strong and will only get stronger. Android Community Deals readers can, for a limited time only, save hundreds of dollars and claim a piece of the industry for themselves and solidify their professional futures by purchasing the Unity3D Game Developer Course Bundle.

The Unity3D Game Developer Course Bundle offers students the opportunity to learn valuable video game development skills through 7 courses that offer more than 40 hours of educational content.

With this course bundle you’ll explore mobile game design using the Unity3D development platform. Don’t have any experience with Unity3D? That’s no problem. You’ll get up to speed fast and start designing your first game right away, making this bundle great for game development beginners.

The courses in the Unity3D Game Developer Course Bundle will teach you game development processes and techniques as well as practical knowledge for game design. You will learn about terrain, textures, gameplay spaces, lighting, and debugging techniques. You will even design complete games as part of your learning process.

Industries come and go. To safeguard your future, put yourself in a position to reap rewards for years to come and place no limitations on your own success. Success is yours for the taking with the Unity3D Game Developer Course Bundle, just $39 at Android Community Deals for a limited time only.

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Get your Android Programming chops with Infinite Skills [DEALS]

Posted by wicked February - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Ever wondered if you have what it takes to master the arcane art of Android app development? Well, wonder no more because now you have the chance to find out for yourself and for only a fraction of what you would normally pay elsewhere. Thanks to Infinite Skills, you now have the chance to develop and train your Android programming muscles when you buy this Android Developer Course with your usual Android Community Deals discount.

For just $19, which, by the way, is just 20 percent of the original $99 price tag, you get access to over 105 lectures, spread over 9.5 hours worth of content. And you don’t even need to already know programming to get started. Just dive right in and you will be introduced to both core and advanced Android development concepts, including media playback, camera access, sensors, and a lot more. And for all your effort, you will receive a certificate once you finish the course.

All you need to get started, aside form the course, of course, is a computer or mobile device. The deal includes lifetime access to all content, including working files and exercises. And, if you’re not satisfied, you even get a 30-day money back guarantee. But at only $19, it’s already a steal. So get Infinite Skills’ Android Developer Course now.

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Learn to make Lollipop apps with Bitfountain Android Course [DEALS]

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Almost everyone nowadays has an idea for the next great mobile app, but not everyone follows through with them, mostly because of lack of knowledge if not the lack of time. Fortunately for Android lovers, Google is making things easier with the Android Studio suite of tools. And to help you get familiar with the new tool, Bitfountain has a rather extensive course that will take you from beginner to expert when it comes to Android app development. And best of all, it’s now offered with a rather hefty discount!

Programming and app development is becoming en vogue and some schools are integrating such courses into their regular curricula. But let’s face it, it’s not exactly a walk in the park and not everyone has the luxury of going to school for it. The next best thing, then, would be for someone to personally guide you by proxy, and that is where instructional videos and lectures come in. Bitfountain’s Android course takes you through from beginning to end, starting with Java all the way to more advanced topics like Google’s API and SQLite, all using the shiny new Android Studio 1.0 integrated development environment (IDE).

And don’t think that this is some outdated material. The course also covers the latest Android 5.0 version, including instructions in that fancy Material Design language. As a bonus, it even teaches some good programming practice by introducing you to Git source code version management. All these, delivered in over 30 hours of video lectures and more than 10 app building exercises, can be yours for only $89, a fraction of its original $499. Get the Bitfountain Android Lollipop course now at Android Community Deals.

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2015 AT&T Developer Summit and Hackathon [Sponsored]

Posted by wicked January - 12 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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The AT&T Developer Summit has become the top annual pre-CES event for the mobile community. Held at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, it combines a standard informational expo with a prize-filled Hackathon. This year the dev program team at AT&T was nice enough to invite XDA, including Jordan and I, so we packed our toothbrushes and boarded a plane.

When we arrived at The Palms on Saturday morning, there was a long line of eager developers waiting to register. More than 700 competed to win a share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes, with top prize of $25,000 to the most creative, most useful, most interesting, and most well-constructed app. After check-in and registration, developers found a table in the Rain nightclub, dubbed Hackathon North, or they made camp in Hackathon South. Once everyone was seated, the presentations began. All the sponsors had three minutes to pitch their available APIs and development kits.


At the conclusion of the presentations, development began. Teams were formed, concocted an idea, and spoke to API providers. Many coded through the night. During the Saturday afternoon session, Jordan took the opportunity to interview two of the teams–Team Red Alert and Team GamifiedHome–in a live stream.

Representatives from the AT&T Drive Studio were in attendance to help Hackathon teams use their development kit to integrate with the Connected Car. The term “Connected Car” means a number of different things: car cellular connectivity, infotainment services, and vehicle telematics. Being able to get telemetry and diagnostic data and perform remote operations are just some of the features AT&T Drive offers developers. Jordan sat down with Ransom Murphy from AT&T Drive team to learn more:

Back to the Hackathon: Each team found a problem that they felt needed a solution. There was a great diversity of teams covering a wide gamut of projects. Here’s a recap of the action:

After 24 hours of hard work, the teams were wrapping up their marathon development sessions and by ten in the morning, judging began. Official judges went around and evaluated all the teams’ projects,  selecting a top 20.  Then there was a lightning pitch, where each team lobbied for victory. The winners of the top prizes were announced the next day during the AT&T Developer Summit Keynote Address.  

The next day a bunch of exhibitors got together to talk to the attendees in the expo center. With great information sessions you could learn a lot more about Connected Cars, wearables and more. Finally, after the Developer Summit was over, they ended the event with a concert. Everyone got together to listen to the music of Neon Trees.

Overall, the event was an amazing experience. While we did not participate in the Hackathon ourselves, in interviewing the teams and observing the event we got caught up in the electric atmosphere. Like the developers, we felt an odd mix of optimism and exhaustion. If you ever have to opportunity to participate in this, or any of AT&T’s Hackathons, we highly recommend it.

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Android TV wave spells the end for Google TV

Posted by wicked January - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Google TV and Android TV teams took to Google+ today to announce the end of the road for the development on the Google TV platform. As the team indicates in their open “letter” to Google TV developers, the focus going forward will be working on the Android TV platform and helping OEMs get them to market. Much of this new focus is driven by the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop and the ability to bring Android to the television form factor. In addition to Android TV, Google’s own development team will be working on the Google Cast ecosystem.

Google’s developers say existing Google TV devices will continue to work, along with all of the apps that have been developed for the platform. However, Google TV libraries will no longer be available. Without being specific, they do indicate that a “small subset of Google TV devices will be updated to Android TV.” Other than those devices, Google is looking forward to new devices coming to market from Sony, Sharp, Philips and other manufacturers.

Google’s teams say they have made new Leanback support libraries available to help developers transition their existing apps over to the Android TV platform.

What do you think of the “death” of Google TV?

source: +Google TV Developers

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VR unit Google Cardboard is still alive in Google’s eyes

Posted by Tom December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

What seemed like a daft gimmick, the makeshift VR unit Google Cardboard is still being taken seriously by Google itself, meaning us consumers can still get some cheap VR antics on the go for the foreseeable future.

Google continues “working to improve” Cardboard and has launched a dedicated collection page on Google Play for Cardboard apps.

App highlights include a Paul McCartney concert and a trip to Middle Earth.

Developers are also encouraged to get involved, with a new Cardboard software development kit (SDK) released for Android and Unity.

2015 will also see a viewer calibration tool for developers and no doubt a fresh batch of apps.

Via techradar

Be an App Dev Master with this Elite Android Hacker Bundle [DEALS]

Posted by wicked December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

No, this isn’t the type of hacker that breaks cyber laws and gets into all kinds of mischief. Originally referring to “hacking at” a problem, you too can also become an elite hacker, or programmer if you will. All you need are the right tools. Some say that knowledge is one of the most important tools, that is why we’re bringing you not just one, not even just two, but a whole bundle of seven programming courses to get your brain in tip top shape for Android programming.

Unlike the Android App Programming course we offered last week, this one covers a whole gamut of topics, some with more in-depth treatment than a cursory overview. For instance, there are courses here that will take you through the fundamentals of Java, the programming language used to write Android apps and even major parts of Android itself. Of course, you also get a number of courses that deal with Android app development directly, in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. And yes, there is even a course on actual Android hacking for the sake of penetration testing and security analysis.

These courses are offered on Udemy, one of the more popular sources for online courses. Once purchased, the courses are yours forever and you can view them and download them any time you wish. And if by chance you happen to not like them at all, a 30-day money back guarantee is offered for your ease of mind.

Originally price at $503, this Android Community Deal shaves a whopping 92 percent off the price, leaving you with only $39. Better hurry though, as the clock is ticking on this Elite Android Hacker Bundle deal.

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New Android 5.0 Lollipop features, according to Android DevBytes video

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Most Android developers have heard of the Android team’s DevBytes video series. Usually they show off single pieces of Android and offer tips on best development of apps. This time out, they’ve posted a nice overview of Android 5.0 Lollipop and everything that devs and users have to look forward to.

One of the key takeaways here for developers is something we’ve already mentioned as well, you can get started developing and testing on Android 5.0 Lollipop today, just download the API level 21 Android 5.0 Platform, and the released SDK, Platform and Support tools and packages from the SDK Manager.

The video squeezes a ton of stuff into a few short minutes, and it all looks and sounds good. The more we learn about Android 5.0 Lollipop, the more it looks absolutely appealing and very promising for the next generation of Android devices. Highlights of the video include:

Material Design and multi-device design – Google wants Android to go well beyond just the phone in your pocket, with Material Design, they plan to bridge the gaps between hardware. In the end, the visual, motion and interactive tools of Material Design should look and function as good in your car as on your phone.

Enhanced notificationsAndroid 5.0 Lollipop has cool new floating notifications that are even accessible from your lockscreen. The focus here is that developers can provide different notifications, one that is private, containing sensitive information, and one that is a little more public, for the lockscreen where potentially anyone can see it. On a side note, did you notice the Public and Private notification markers in the video, mixed up and hilarious.

Android 5.0 Lollipop DevBytes Private Notification

Concurrent documents in Recents – We still get the recents button to view all of our open and recent apps. What is new here is the ability for an app to place multiple instances in the ‘recents’ list. The idea is simple, each browser tab, for example, can be its own entry, allowing you to jump directly to the tab, instead of just to the browser and navigating from there. It looks handy enough, but I fear it will reek havoc on those of us that have an OCD need to keep the list clean.

Android 5.0 Lollipop DevBytes Concurrent recents

In the Performance category, we are reminded that Android 5.0 Lollipop will run the Android Runtime, or ART, and that it supports 64-bit architecture. Don’t forget that the Android L Preview emulator is already available.

Project Volta promises improved battery life by helping apps identify when your device is up and running, instead of every app waking your device whenever it feels like it. Looking at security, if not the improved functionality, WebView has been stripped from the OS and made to be its own app. This is great news where an app update, instead of a full OS update, can fix any future problems. Best of all, WebView is now based on Chrome 37.

Network connectivity improvements and the ability to capture RAW camera images are also along for the ride. In all, Android 5.0 Lollipop is about the best and biggest OS update Google has punched out yet.

With all the new tools and functions, what are you most looking forward to from Android Lollipop?


Via: Android Developers;

XDA at the Big Android BBQ 2014

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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jfe935slSo it’s that time of year again–a time when the smell of BBQ and the enthusiasm of Android users from around the world come together in the heart of Texas to form the Big Android BBQ. Year after year, the Big Android BBQ brings together the brightest and hungriest minds in the Android world to learn and share, and this year will be no different.

After just setting up our booth, I am excited to see how this year is shaping up. We have a lot of cool things in store and have partnered with NVIDIA to bring together a great, interactive booth. Make sure to stop by if you’re here.

Follow Twitter hashtag #xdaatbabbq5 to keep up with what’s happening with the booth, our giveaways, quizzes, and any other special things going on.

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MediaTek Labs launched to support development of wearables and other devices

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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MediaTek announced today the launch of a new global initiative they are calling MediaTek Labs to provide resources for the development of wearables and “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices. The new project tries to provide support for a variety of groups that may be involved in efforts to create new devices across a wide range of skill levels. According to Marc Naddell, vice president for the new MediaTek Labs, “with the launch of MediaTek Labs we’re opening up a new world of possibilities for everyone — from hobbyists and students through to professional developers and designers — to unleash their creativity and innovation. We believe that the innovation enabled by MediaTek Labs will drive the next wave of consumer gadgets and apps that will connect billions of things and people around the world.”

The heart of the new initiative is MediaTek’s LinkIt development platform. The platform provides an operating system for wearables and IoT that run on a MediaTek Aster chip and also supports MediaTek’s WiFi and GPS chipsets. MediaTek also created a LinkIt Hardware Development Kit to be used for prototyping devices and the LinkIt ONE from Seeed Studio, a third-party development board compatible with the new hardware reference design.

MediaTek is also making a preview release available of the MediaTek SDK for Android so developers can start working on adding support to their code.

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You can read the full press release announcing the new MediaTek Labs below:

TAIWAN, Hsinchu — Sept 22, 2014 — MediaTek today launched MediaTek Labs (http://labs.mediatek.com), a global initiative that allows developers of any background or skill level to create wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The new program provides developers, makers and service providers with software development kits (SDKs), hardware development kits (HDKs), and technical documentation, as well as technical and business support.

“With the launch of MediaTek Labs we’re opening up a new world of possibilities for everyone — from hobbyists and students through to professional developers and designers — to unleash their creativity and innovation,” says Marc Naddell, vice president of MediaTek Labs. “We believe that the innovation enabled by MediaTek Labs will drive the next wave of consumer gadgets and apps that will connect billions of things and people around the world.”

The Labs developer program also features the LinkIt™ Development Platform, which is based on the MediaTek Aster (MT2502) chipset. The LinkIt development Platform is the one of the best connected platforms, offering excellent integration for the package size and doing away with the need for additional connectivity hardware. LinkIt makes creating prototype wearable and IoT devices easy and cost effective by leveraging MediaTek’s proven reference design development model. The LinkIt platform consists of the following components:

System-on-Chip (SoC) — MediaTek Aster (MT2502), the world’s smallest commercial SoC for Wearables, and companion Wi-Fi (MT5931) and GPS (MT3332) chipsets offering powerful, battery efficient technology.
LinkIt OS — an advanced yet compact operating system that enables control software and takes full advantage of the features of the Aster SoC, companion chipsets, and a wide range of sensors and peripheral hardware.
Hardware Development Kit (HDK) — Launching first with LinkIt ONE, a co-design project with Seeed Studio, the HDK will make it easy to add sensors, peripherals, and Arduino Shields to LinkIt ONE and create fully featured device prototypes.
Software Development Kit (SDK) — Makers can easily migrate existing Arduino code to LinkIt ONE using the APIs provided. In addition, they get a range of APIs to make use of the LinkIt communication features: GSM, GPRS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
To ensure developers can make the most of the LinkIt offering, the MediaTek Labs website includes a range of additional services, including:
Comprehensive business and technology overviews
A Solutions Catalog where developers can share information on their devices, applications, and services and become accessible for matchmaking to MediaTek’s customers and partners
Support services, including comprehensive FAQ, discussion forums that are monitored by MediaTek technical experts, and — for developers with solutions under development in the Solutions Catalog — free technical support.

“While makers still use their traditional industrial components for new connected IoT devices, with the LinkIt ONE hardware kit as part of MediaTek LinkIt Developer Platform, we’re excited to help Makers bring prototypes to market faster and more easily,” says Eric Pan, founder and chief executive officer of Seeed Studio.

Makers, designers and developers can sign up to MediaTek Labs today and download the full range of tools and documentation at http://labs.mediatek.com.
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About MediaTek Inc.
MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company, and a market leader in cutting-edge systems on a chip for wireless communications and connectivity, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world’s first octa-core smartphone platform with LTE and our CorePilot™ technology releasing the full power of multi-core mobile processors. Through MediaTek Labs™, the company is creating a worldwide ecosystem in support of device creation, application development and services based around MediaTek offerings. With an emphasis on enabling technology for the masses and not the chosen, everyone can be an Everyday Genius. MediaTek [TSE:2454] is headquartered in Taiwan and has offices worldwide. Please visit www.mediatek.com for more information.

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