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support teams been busy, update to testing support as well. Going to be a busy day catching up.
 
New version of the Android Testing Support Library[0]

The release includes two major additions:
Espresso-Intents[1]: a Mockito-like API that enables hermetic inter-activity testing by allowing test authors to verify and stub outgoing intents.
Test Rules[2]: a set of Junit4 rules that replace ancient framework APIs like ActivityInstrumentationTestCase2 and ServiceTestCase.

All samples have been updated and a set of Espresso-Intents samples[3] has been added to help you get started.

Of course, we have also squashed some reported bugs and addressed minor feature requests from android-test-kit[4]. See release notes[5] and javadoc[6] for details.

Happy testing from the ATSL team +Valera Zakharov +Nick Korostelev +Jose Alcérreca and +Stephan Linzner 

#AndroidDev #AndroidTesting

[0] https://developer.android.com/tools/testing-support-library/index.html
[1] https://code.google.com/p/android-test-kit/wiki/EspressoIntentsSetupInstructions
[2] https://code.google.com/p/android-test-kit/wiki/JUnit4RulesInATSL
[3] https://github.com/googlesamples/android-testing/tree/master/espresso/IntentsBasicSample
[4] https://code.google.com/p/android-test-kit/issues/list
[5] https://code.google.com/p/android-test-kit/wiki/ReleaseNotes
[6] https://developer.android.com/reference/android/support/test/espresso/package-summary.html
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Just gave this a try, really quick and simple to take an existing APK and generate a Chrome App. Still in Beta but once you have ARC installed the process is super simple. Definitely need to make sure you have your tablet layouts sorted out though for the best results.
Contents. Test your app; Upload your app; Best practices. Getting Started with ARC. The App Runtime for Chrome (Beta), or ARC, lets you run your favorite Android apps on Chrome OS. By following these steps, you can try out the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) during this Developer Preview.
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The trials and tribulations of writing a gradle plugin.
 
Trello's got a new engineering blog! I kicked it off with a post about writing Gradle plugins.
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GitHub DDoD attack, still going on this afternoon.
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as a developer reading things like this are give valuable insight into design and help you make those little design decisions that can make a big difference to your apps.
 
Writing an Effective Design Brief: Awesome Examples And a Free Template To Get You Started via +Canva  http://bit.ly/1D2Wmvt
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no excuses now not to be testing apps as you develop. Super simple and efficient. Thanks +Stephan Linzner et al.
 
Last December, we announced the availability of Espresso 2.0 and AndroidJunitRunner as part of the Android Testing Support Library. The testing support library features and API references are now officially documented on http://developer.android.com/tools/testing-support-library. Happy testing!

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definitely a must read for Android Devs, some real juicy stuff in this one.
 
Android Support Library 22.1 - ActionBarActivity is dead, long live AppCompatActivity
You’d be surprised how much we can pack into a 0.1 update to the Android Support Library: revision 22.1 includes improvements to Support V4, AppCompat, Leanback, RecyclerView, Palette, and Renderscript.

Support V4 adds drawable tinting to all API4+ devices, the new ColorUtils class makes working with colors easier, and new interpolators have been added to make great animations.

AppCompat gets a remake as we deprecate ActionBarActivity for the new AppCompatActivity, now built on a AppCompatDelegate that can be used to add AppCompat functionality to any Activity. There’s also a new AppCompatDialog, support version of AlertDialog, improvements to widget tinting, and expanded android:theme support.

Leanback now includes a guided step functionality, making it easy to build a multiple step process that looks great on Android TV.

RecyclerView seeks to make life easier with a new SortedList data structure, making it easy to tie a changing set of data to a RecyclerView.Adapter.

Palette is now 6-8 times faster and has a new Builder pattern for constructing Palette instances.

Renderscript improved reliability and performance and adds additional script intrinsic operations, bringing new pre-defined operations to all API 8+ devices.

Check out everything that has been added in this release and download the updated Android Support Library via the Android SDK Manager.

#AndroidDev   #AppCompat   #SupportLibrary   #Leanback  
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Will come in handy.
 
EE Offering Customers A Free Rechargeable 2,600mAh Power Bar With Unlimited Swaps In-Store

#android   #ee   #powerbank   #uk   #freebies  
Battery power is an increasing issue for mobile device owners. Although, smartphones are considered to be generally coming equipped with better and more ef
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If you develop on Android then this is worth watching. The info on the sort of complications they face in emerging markets relating to devices and networks is something that should always be considered when developing your apps. 

Will your app run on a 4 year old device with a poor data connection?
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like +Jesse Wilson said earlier 24 classes for Picasso v 24 packages for Fresco. If I include that in an app the PM is going to go nuts!
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I noticed on http://www.materialup.com that there is a growing number of mockups that use the basic material elements without any noticeable additional styling. Please, please, please add your own twist before we end up with a load of apps that all look the same.
Material is making developers lives easier when it comes to creating a passable user interface, and in the hands of some a truly enjoyable UI. The one big problem I have with it is that there is a tendency for...
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let the forensic examinations begin
 
It is now possible to bring the benefits of your app to your users wherever they happen to be, no matter what device they have near them. Get started today by checking out our new reference sample: it's a bare-bones, but functional music player that works across your phone, car, watch and Google Cast devices. It's built on the new media APIs in Android 5.0 Lollipop and supports all the mentioned form factors in a single codebase!
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