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Russell Collins
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Husband of one, son of two, father of three, driver of four, one of five.
Husband of one, son of two, father of three, driver of four, one of five.

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LAUNCH NEWS

After 4 months since my initial book release and lots of positive feedback, I’m excited to announce that the eBook version of my book Use Your Voice has finally launched!!! Starting today, it’s available on Amazon right here: bit.ly/useyourvoiceebook

It works on Kindle Fire devices, phones / tablets using the Kindle Reader app, and even on desktop! I know because the engineer in me tested those all devices :P haha!

If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I’d love for you to check it out, maybe even share with a child in your life, and let me know your thoughts! Thank you and have a beautiful Thursday, everyone!! XOXO
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Building Kotlin friendly APIs - Interoperability

Use interop lint checks to update your code to be Kotlin friendly. Learn all about them in this video by @objcode.

Watch here → https://goo.gl/fdmUsj
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I'm a build engineer. And this room just got dusty or something because my eyes are a little watery now...
Announcing new SDK versioning in Google Play services and Firebase

Learn how this affects you in @CodingDoug's post → bit.ly/2HMvoN6

Starting with Version 15, the Play services & @Firebase SDKs for #Android will observe semantic versioning. Look forward to individually updated dependencies & faster cycles for fixes & new features.
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Clearing data in the app between tests is crucial to ensure repeatability and avoid test result corruption from state leakage. Nice to have it bundled now.
Testing support library release notes

Read more here → https://goo.gl/nfuTRp

We’ve just released a new version of the Android Testing Support Library including Jacoco fixes and a new `clearPackageData` flag to clear app data between tests!
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I wonder what my phone does at night that's so fun...

...I certainly can't trust it as an alarm clock if it isn't plugged in these days.
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It's also been autoplaying that damn Coachella video each time I connect YouTube to a Chromecast in my house.
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Instant apps is great and all but I'd also like to see a page in the games app that shows how much I've spent per title to help me budget my gaming more effectively.
With all the great games available on Google Play, we want to make discovery easier and remove friction during the install process. Installing and opening a game takes time and results in many players never getting to experience your game. We’re thrilled to announce that instant apps is now available for games.

Read the full blog post here → https://goo.gl/WMa1td
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I'm a big fan of the privacy improvements but I feel like support for display cutouts just wasted everyone's time chasing one of Apple's bad ideas.
Framework Fragments and Loaders have been officially deprecated in Android P. Use the Support Library versions to get consistent behavior across all API levels, backported bug fixes, and Lifecycle and ViewModel support.

Oh yeah, and a bunch of other cool stuff in P.
Previewing Android P
Previewing Android P
android-developers.googleblog.com
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Taking my first dive into creating content for YouTube. Procreate is the app I did the painting in and it has a great time-lapse playback feature. I exported the video into imovie and added a sound track and one effect. Hopefully I can make more of these in the future and add some commentary for things like explaining my process and brush selection.
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A nice article about my old employer. They were always very interested in moving forward with tight engagement with their userbase. Even when it was just web based games, they always had a cohort of players they'd work with on new stuff.
Big Fish Games - De-risking game launches with open beta testing

Watch and read about the latest Android Dev Story → goo.gl/TcefLn

We chat with Big Fish Games, a Seattle based publisher and distributor of casual games, to learn how they evolved their beta and launch strategies using the Google Play Console.
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