Author Archives: JD Maresco

About JD Maresco

JD is a startup consultant and code mentor. He consults with and trains growing startup teams on tactical ways to hack their work, using code to automate their workflow. He is also a mentor for GA's Web Design Circuit.

Advocating for Android: A Conversation with Google’s Reto Meier

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Tens of thousands of people have decided to jump into a community of supportive developers building mobile apps and games for Android devices. Reto Meier is an Android Developer Advocate at Google, inspiring and supporting the Android developer community with training and resources. We sat down with Reto to talk about his own journey into code, why he chose to focus his career on Android, and where he sees the ecosystem going in the next several years.

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9 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Android

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7 Essential Skills You Need to be an Android Developer

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Building Android applications requires a deep knowledge of programming and design. When approaching a new technology for the first time, it often helps to break it down into pieces. If you’re a web developer already, many of the concepts and technologies involved in Android development will be analogous to things you already know – although building apps for mobile devices often requires mastery of a number of more nuanced concepts. Mobile devices have smaller screens, simpler processors, and – in the case of Android – many different manufacturers, meaning that developers need to keep code flexible and account for a variety of user scenarios.

So what does it take to become an Android developer? We asked some of the brightest developers in our community – here’s what you need to know.

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The Newbie’s Guide to Android Development

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In the last 10 years, Android has made a name for itself, not only with its candy-themed platform updates, but also with its widespread, and unexpected, success. In its lifetime, the open-source mobile operating system has grown to include 1.4 billion active users and 80% of smartphones today run Android software. Over 1 billion Android phones were sold in 2014 alone.

Mobile developers in the programming community are the minority – just over 9% of total developers in the world say they’re focusing on mobile devices, according to Stack Overflow’s 2015 developer survey. Of these mobile developers, however, Android developers make up the larger group, with 44.6% self-identifying as Android developers, compared to 33.4% who say they are building for iOS. Even so, many companies struggle to find enough developers to complete their Android projects. This trend is likely to continue as the overall number of smartphone users – and Android users, specifically – continues to grow.

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