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Come and discuss the latest news from Google I/O, and hear from our panel of attendees and experts on the most exciting news to come out of Google.
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We know there are some C# developers in this area. Here's your chance to play with Android. This one is on a Tuesday due to timing with the speaker.

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Xamarin enables developers to create native iOS, Android, and Mac apps in C# and share code across all platforms while providing 100% API coverage on each platform. In this session we will go over all of the products on the Xamarin platform including the development tools and how they work under the hood to leverage the .NET framework in iOS, Android, and Mac apps. We will dive into creating Android apps in C# inside of Xamarin Studio & Visual Studio comparing how it would be done in Java and build our first Android app in C#. We will cover how to design user interfaces with Xamarin and how to add rich functionality with pre-built components. To finish it off we will cover how to share the code we wrote to reach over 2.6 Billion devices running other platforms such as iOS and Windows.

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James Montemagno is a Developer Evangelist at Xamarin and Android Fanboy. He has been a .NET developer for over a decade working in a wide range of industries including game development, printer software, and web services. Previously, James was a professional mobile developer on the Xamarin platform for over 3 years, with several published apps on iOS, Android, and Windows. He can be found on Twitter @JamesMontemagno and blogs code regularly on his personal blog www.MotzCod.es
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This month's meeting will start with a short webinar from 6:30-7:00 and then continue with a job scheduler coding lab till 9pm.

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A Peek at Job Scheduler:

One of the additions to Android 5.0, courtesy of the Project Volta initiative, is JobScheduler. This is an enhanced version of AlarmManager, allowing you to apply additional criteria beyond time to indicate when work should be performed. On the other hand, it is also a bit more restrictive, requiring a special JobService subclass to handle the background work.

In this 30-minute webinar, we will review how you can use JobScheduler in your Android applications, to offer functionality at lower battery cost for the user.

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About the Speaker

Mark Murphy is the founder of CommonsWare and the author of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development. He is active in supporting the Android developer community, from answering questions on StackOverflow to publishing sample code and reusable components as open source.
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Thu, February 12, 7:00 PM CST
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This month Nathan from Dialexa (dialexa.com) will be joining us to talk about augmented reality/virtual reality.  The meeting is outside of our normal Thursday's this month so expect to meet on Friday (if you didn't notice the date).

Nathan will be presenting about the Moverio BT-200 from a developer perspective. 
The presentation opens the discussion for the emerging AR/VR landscape and the devices available today.

We will look at the hardware and capabilities of the BT-200, especially how it is unique.

Then he will go over getting the developer environment setup for the BT-200.

Next we will look at some 3rd party SDKs for augmented reality that will help developers start developing more complete solutions quicker.

Finally we will look at some of the areas and applications that others are developing to further inspire developers.

Prelaunch Labs will have some of the Moverio BT-200 devices available for demonstration.  The device supports Android 4.0 so most 4.0 compatible APK's should run on the device.
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Check out the Verizon app challenge for 2015. $20,000 is awarded to the winners. 
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is an exciting, creative and collaborative competition that offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams. Designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Challenge shows students exciting new possibilities for their futures, opening doors they may never have known were there. Teams of ...
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Our friends over at +*****​ have graciously shared a discount code with us. Use code "momo" for free attendance to this upcoming hackathon! Have fun.
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NEST Interest Survey and Call for Speakers: We're thinking of dong a Nest Thermostat hacking meetup in February. What's the interest? Would you attend and do you already have expertise in the area?  We could discuss interesting automation opportunities related to Auto and Wear also.
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Get a jump start on your new years resolution to hone your android skills.

Come out and work through a simple coding challenge. These are designed to be simple exercises that should we provide a modest challenge,  promote better design and produce functioning code.  
It isn't competition, but a chance to all get together and explore an area of android. 

Focus: Android Wear.

Please come with Android Studio installed as google highly suggests using it for Android Wear development. Also, be sure to RSVP on the meetup.com site: http://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Android-Development-Group/events/219151352/

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We will have food available at 6:30, and plan to start the coding at 7PM.

Location:
We have a new location! We are now at the Aberdeen on the 8th floor. Make sure to take the North elevators up to the 8th floor, as the South Elevator entrance is not setup to receive guests.

Parking:
Guests can park in the levels of the Aberdeen parking garage on the north side. 
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Happy Friday everyone!

We've received a special coupon code for the Big Android BBQ from Aaron Kasten himself for members of the Dallas Android Developer group. If you use the coupon code "DADG" (without the quotes, all caps), you can get $50 off, making the cheapest ticket just $25. That's probably worth it just for the BBQ alone!

There will be 3 Googlers at the BBQ keynoting and presenting: Reto Meier, Timothy Jordan, and Chet Haase. They are all extremely entertaining, and will probably teach you a lot. Along with all the other great speakers, there is a ton to do, and learn, so if you can make it, even just for Saturday, you'll probably have a great time.

We look forward to seeing you all there!
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We had some technical difficulties, but overall we had a great talk from +nelson ramirez at the +Dallas Android Developers Group about the various Image Loader libraries available on Android.

Here are links to all the libraries that were discussed. Is your favorite here?

ION: https://github.com/koush/ion Picasso: https://github.com/square/picasso
XL Image Utils: https://github.com/xtremelabs/xl-image_utils_lib-android
Universal Image Loader: https://github.com/nostra13/Android-Universal-Image-Loader

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Reto Meier and Timothy Jordan are coming to this year's BABBQ! If you don't have your tickets yet, get them now. We have a sneaking suspicion that this event will sell out. 
 
We're excited to announce this year's #BABBQKeynote speakers, +Reto Meier  and +Timothy Jordan  will lead the event discussing all things #Android . Join us at the #BABBQ5 kick-off on October 17. And this isn't the only Google-flavored news we've got, so make sure to stay tuned over the next week as we will be detailing even more Google involvement.

Find out more! -> http://bit.ly/1uopO8B
You read that right folks! Googlers Reto Meier and Timothy Jordan will be giving the KeyNote address at the Big Android BBQ on October 17! Their talk will cover the evolution of Android, starting first as a mobile platform an...
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