A long time ago CyanogenMod became LineageOS and they pushed libraries on GitHub and one caught my attention. It was those for Android TV. This has to mean they were building it for something right? It wasn’t just because they can. well today under the codename foster we have confirmation it was for something and […]

Kotlin has been discussed in the Android development community as a potential replacement for Java. It has several advantages that make it quicker and easier to write, with less boilerplate and potential errors. It can be compiled into Java, making it possible to use on Android, although with a few workarounds. Today, Google announced that […]

Exoplayer version 2.2 is upon us, exactly what does this mean to the average user? Better video playback and more features in any video oriented applications in a nutshell. People who want to know the underlyings of ExoPlayer please read on. ExoPlayer 2.2 adds a number of new features, as well as another batch of […]

ExoPlayer has become Google’s de-facto embedded media player for apps. Unlike the MediaPlayer, ExoPlayer can be updated outside of the operating system, allowing more users to take advantage of new features and security fixes. For example, ExoPlayer version 2.1 has just been published, allowing any app that plays video and audio to take advantage of […]

The Google Assistant is getting an API today with the launch of “Actions on Google,” a way for developers to build “conversation actions” that can be called up on the Assistant’s various interfaces. This stays true to the API being available in December as we talked about when covering the Google Home Cheatsheet. The “Actions on […]

Google always publishes Google Cast release notes for devs every time there’s a new release. Last month there was 3 updates which is unheard of but a lot went on last month. So this month has been quiet until now. Today Google has finally updated Cast to support 4K for all devs and not just […]

Subscriptions are a new type of business model for software developers, with spending in these apps growing “10x over the last three years” according to the Director of Global Head of Apps Business Development for Google Play Larissa Fontaine. To continue promoting it, Google has made some moves to increase the revenue and users developers […]

Android TV is one of many smart TV platforms in its infancy. While TVs themselves have existed for many decades, integrating a more robust operating system into them and adding an open application platform has created a huge realm of unexplored opportunities. Although there have been a handful of developers which have taken advantage of […]

The Live Channels app has been updated yesterday to include a DVR activity and a user interface for recording. How do these things work? We take a deep dive into this new API and user experience using a hastily thrown together app. The app integrates YouTube videos into Live Channels to play them as you’d […]

One of the new features in Android 7.1, a minor update to Nougat, is App Shortcuts. This allows apps to specify specific actions the user can take right from the homescreen. While the notification drawer can be a powerful way to respond to events, app shortcuts lets users open apps for a specific purpose. Many […]

ColorTV is trying to make TV ads great, focusing exclusively on the big screen user experience, where users engage with ads differently. In addition to simple video ads, ColorTV is launching its own content recommendation system, called Spectrum. This system can be used by marketers for sponsored content, or employed by a developer to keep […]

It’s not easy being an app developer. With over a million apps on Google Play, your great idea may become hidden by all of your competitors. You may be looking for some way to differentiate yourself and get ahead, whether that be some promotion or marketing scheme. However, Google Play has policies around promoting apps […]

At Google’s press event two weeks ago, they announced their new phones would be coming with an all new version of the operating system, Android 7.1. To help developers get early access to the software and start adding support in their apps, Google has just published the first developer preview for the Nexus 5X, Nexus […]

W3, the World Wide Web consortium, is a consortium of companies and individuals who set the standards for the web. When HTML5.1 moves to HTML5.2, or JavaScript moves from ES5 to ES6, it is accepted by the members of this body and then it rolls out to users through browser updates. So they are often […]

The Weather Network is an industry leader in multi-platform local weather information services and today announced that it is enabling DoubleClick’s Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) solution for its Android TV app.  DoubleClick DAI allows advertisers to dynamically target The Weather Network’s Android TV audience. Since their Android TV app supports both direct and programmatic sales, DoubleClick’s DAI […]

Google’s first Indie Games Festival is about celebrating indie game developers and giving them a chance to network and possibly win awards for having the best game. Registration is now open and you can take a look at the top games which will be exhibited during the event. Some notable games include Riptide GP: Renegade, […]