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Ankur Kotwal
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Attended Australian Graduate School of Management
Lives in Sydney, Australia
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  • Australian Graduate School of Management
    MBA, 2010 - 2013
  • University of Technology, Sydney
    Software Engineering, 1999 - 2004
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    APAC Head of Scalable Developer Advocacy, 2014 - present
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    Android Developer Advocate, 2011 - 2014
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App users think of their location as meaningful entities (e.g. Sydney Harbour Bridge), not as latitudes and longitudes. The Places API on Android enables you free your users from a world of mysterious numbers!
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There's no place like...-33.905613, 151.184640
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Every time I fly, I'm reminded that watches now have airplane mode. What an advanced world we live in!
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I wish it also turned on plane mode on the phone, plus not ask for confirmation, as the menu is hidden in settings, it won't ever be hit unintentionally 
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Enjoying watching Santa deliver presents on the big screen via Chromecast on Google Santa Tracker!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.santatracker
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My son kept asking all day, 'Dad, where is Santa now?'. It was great fun.
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As a recurring member of the Google Santa Tracker team, today is a hugely exciting day. We get to share the experiences that our team has been working hard to build. The website and Android app are now live!

As you'll notice, various parts of the experience (including Chromecast) are locked and released as part of the advent calendar. So be sure to come back daily to see what's new.

On the 24th of December, we can all follow Santa travel the world on our phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and TVs!

Check it out and let us know what you think. See if you can find the easter egg on the village, within the app. :)

App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.santatracker
Website: https://santatracker.google.com
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The Leanback library makes it easy to get started on Android TV app development. Here's how!
 
With Android TV devices hitting the market in the coming weeks, there's no better time to get started building Android TV apps (developer.android.com/tv/index.html). In the latest DevByte, +Ankur Kotwal shows you how to quickly build beautiful Android TV apps with the Leanback Support Library.

#AndroidDev   #devbytes
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Great!
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Google Fit has launched. My favourite part of it is that fitness activity is captured in the background. I don't have to launch an app to record a run or bike ride. Coupled with Android Wear, things like heart rate are also included. All up, it's exactly the kind of fitness experience you want - always there but not intrusive.
 
Run, bike, walk, however you choose to sweat it out, #GoogleFit is now available on #Android devices to track it for you. http://goo.gl/GXoj1n
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I like how clean it looks. It would be great if Google MyTracks could record it's data to Google Fit as well, but I guess that's not that far away. For average use step counters are great, but sometimes I prefer the highly accurate data and map of Google MyTracks.
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Really great presentation on the journey behind building the Falcon 3 app. Lots of good advice from a real app.

I'm a big fan of the app +Joaquim Verges​!
Lessons learned from building Falcon Pro 3
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Awesome news! Android TV will run across all of Sony's 2015 Bravia line of TVs.
 
Sony just announced that all of their 2015 Bravia TVs will run Android TV! Oh and they are Google Cast ready too! Find out more about Android TV SDK here: https://developer.android.com/tv/index.html 

#AndroidTV     #ces2015  
BRAVIA meets Android TV. Discover everything about Sony Android TV, the most advanced 4K UHD TV. Your smart TV just got smarter.
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Woohoo!
 
Android Studio 1.0 is released!

Android Studio is the new & official Android IDE. Develop Android apps for Android phones, tablets, Android Wear, Android TV, & Android Auto. Learn more about it below.

#AndroidDev  
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Congrats guys - Its been really exciting to see Android studio mature and develop.  Its a great improvement over Eclipse.
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Android developers have been asking us for a way to split up Play services dependencies. That change is here with Google Play services 6.5!
 
Google Play services 6.5

We're now rolling out a new version of Google Play services to Android devices worldwide. This update brings the latest and greatest APIs from Google and a new way of including Google Play services in your apps:

Google Maps - Google Maps now provides a map toolbar for quick access to common actions such as getting directions and a new ‘lite mode’ for displaying static maps.

Drive updates - We’ve added the ability add custom file properties to Drive files and you can now control when your app syncs files by network type or charging status as well as cancel pending uploads.

Google Wallet - The ‘Donate with Google’ joins the existing ‘Buy with Google’ button to make it easy to take donations from your app.

Granular Dependency Management - With this release, you’ll be able to depend only on the parts of Google Play services that you use by utilizing separate libraries for each API.

You'll be able to get started with the new APIs as soon as the Google Play services rollout is complete -- a process we expect to take several days. We'll then release the updated Google Play services SDK and you'll be able to download it through the Android SDK manager. Watch for more information coming soon.

Check out the post below for details.

#GooglePlayServices
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cool to have split that huge dependency. Thx a lot. 
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Here's how to get started building for Google Fit on Android.
 
After previewing it earlier this summer, today the Google Fit APIs are fully available on Android, Android Wear and the web so that you can build and publish apps for users on Google Play. Head to http://developers.google.com/fit to learn more.

The Google Fit platform gives the user one place to keep all their fitness activities. With the user’s permission, any developer can store or read the user’s data from Google Fit and use it to build powerful and useful fitness experiences for their users.

Read the blog post for more info: http://goo.gl/ohFykd
Get started with Google Fit at: http://goo.gl/vpdLCJ
Join the community to discuss the platform and share ideas: https://g.co/fitdevs
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