Posts filed under ‘Android’

The Google Play Services APIs for Android

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Why Use the Google Play Services APIs?

Google Play Services (also known as Google APIs for Android) and abbreviated GPS, is a set of APIs that are delivered in the form of an app that can be updated via the Google Play Store. The reason Google provides these APIs this way is to reduce fragmentation of the Android platform. Fragmentation is a result of many different versions of Android running on devices out in the wild.

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May 27, 2016 at 9:05 am 1 comment

Testing Location-Aware Android Apps on an Emulator

Tricky Android Emulator SetupGet Last Location

I found that testing apps that use the Android Fused Location Provider on an emulator
can be a bit tricky! (But, as a software developer, doesn’t every new thing you try turn out to be tricky?)

You need Google Play Services to Access Location Data

The Fused Location Provider is one of the APIs provided by Google Play Services. If you are creating a location-aware app, Google recommends that you use the this API rather than the older android.location API. In order to test your app in an emulator, you will need to have Google Play Services installed. The default Google Android Emulator images don’t include Google Play Services, but it is available and you can include it when you create an AVD (Android Virtual Device, aka emulator).

Watch a video of me using this post to set up an emulator:

http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cDhuruiixn

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May 26, 2016 at 5:33 pm 1 comment

How to Enable Developer Mode on an Android Device

If you are developing Android apps, you will want to test them on an actual device. In order to do this you need to enable Developer Mode on your phone or tablet. Here are the steps to do this:

  1. Open settings
  2. Go to About Phone or (About Tablet)
  3. Scroll down to Build Number and click on it 7 times
    (Yes, that sounds strange, but that’s what you do.)
  4. Now go back up to your settings list and you will see that Developer Options has been enabled.

I’ve attached a video so you can see how this is done.


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October 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

Xamarin Android course

Xamarin Certified

Certified in 2014

Free Guest Access!
I’ve added free guest access to the first two weeks of my course here: CS235AM Moodle Course. You can log in using the “Guest” button without being enrolled as a student at the college. If you like what you see, you can enroll as a student at Lane Community College, then contact me so I can clear you to register for CRN 33368. The class starts January 8, 2018, but you can register later after cheking out the first week or two.

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September 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm 1 comment


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