There were plenty of nice, new features that rolled out for developers in this year’s Google I/O conference. This article will go over some of them and highlight how they will affect both producers and consumers of technology.
Every developer needs an office, and for most coders this place in the integrated development environment or IDE. IDEs allow developers to code their projects in a way that is visually comprehensive to them; i.e. there are different colors to represent different types of code and there are also indicators to signify when a piece of code is missing some symbol of syntax. Since there is nothing more frustrating than coding a big project and then receiving an error stating that you missed something, IDEs have been a boon those who code.
Android Studio is an IDE that is specifically made for developing on that operating system. From the site, this new app will feature:
• Gradle-based build support.
• Android-specific refactoring and quick fixes.
• Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility and other problems.
• ProGuard and app-signing capabilities.
• Template-based wizards to create common Android designs and components.
• A rich layout editor that allows you to drag-and-drop UI components, preview layouts on multiple screen configurations, and much more.
The most popular mapping technology is getting some upgrades. The new features are location APIs that will allow producers to create apps based the location of the user. The first features will increase the accuracy and diminish the lag time when locating yourself among your surroundings. If you’ve used Google Maps on your phone to find your way around, sometimes the little blue arrow that represents the user takes its time showing up, other times it show up in the wrong place. This new feature will ensure developers will be able to use your exact location for future apps.
The next feature is one that allows developers to trigger events based on your location. Up to 100 of these events can be programmed in to the app. Imagine going to a restaurant that your friend has recommended. The thing is, you didn’t read your Google+ feed yet and hadn’t realized that your friend had recommended. With trigger events based on your location, your phone can inform you that you are about to enter the exact restaurant that your friend was raving about last night. Pretty cool.
Lastly, there is a feature that allows the developer to determine whether the user is walking, cycling, or riding in a vehicle. Just by knowing how you are transporting yourself, developers will be enabled to give a lot more accurate and relevant customizations to your destination and things that you can do once you get there.
Samsung Galaxy 4 Nexus Version
Google will be offering the ever popular Galaxy line of phones in the Nexus version. This phone will come with a vanilla version of Android Jelly Bean installed. What this means to producers of technology is that they will be able to update their phone as soon as updates are rolled out. This ensures that they are up-to-date on the latest and greatest features that the phone has to offer, and usually before a majority of phones as they must wait for their carrier to release them. Also, switching carriers is as easy as switching SIM cards on an unlocked phone like the Nexus S4.