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Quiz: How Much Do you Know About Android?

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How much do you know about Android?

Mobile app development is hotter than ever. But along with Apple's iOS platform, there's a huge market for Android apps. How much do you know about this emerging technology and its job opportunities?

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 understanding of programming language and design. When approaching a new technology for the first time, it often helps to break it down into pieces. If you’re an experienced web developer already, many of the concepts and technologies involved in Android app 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 interface 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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The Future of Mobile: Top 10 Mobile Development Predictions For 2015

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10 things you can expect to see in the world of mobile this year.

With huge improvements to mobile devices and wearables in 2015, app developers are having to evolve in order to navigate the new landscape and stand out among the competition. Just last week, a number of hardware and software providers made waves at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, setting the bar high for third-party apps and developers for the year to come. Even more recently, Apple’s Watch announcement changed the game by staking a whole new category.

We sat down with Amol Sogal, mobile product manager at StumbleUpon, and Greg Isenberg, Founder & CEO of mobile video app, 5by, to hear their predictions on the future of mobile. Both StumbleUpon and 5by overhauled their mobile apps this fall including adding all-new core experiences, new navigation paradigms and transitioning to more interactive user interfaces. According to them, here are 10 trends you can expect across the mobile development space in 2015.

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Android, iOS, or Windows: Which Mobile Development Platform is Right For Your App?

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Understanding-Mobile-User-ExperienceWhen you set out to build a mobile app, one of the first things you will need to decide is just what kind of app to build. Should you build an app for the iPhone? What about the Android? Should you forego a traditional app, and bet it all on a HTML-based web app?

In this post, I’m going to walk you across the mobile development landscape, and share the lessons I’ve learned to help you decide the right mobile platform for your app.

Build Native, or Go Web-Based?

When you think of a mobile app, you are likely envisioning an app you download via a marketplace like Apple’s iTunes. Apps like these are called ‘native’ apps, because they live on your phone, and run directly atop your smartphone’s operating system.

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