Amazon has added the Fire HD 8 to their Christmas sale for the Echo and Tablets. The tablet is now on sale for $69.99 which is $20 below the regular price for the device. The unit is configured with 16gb of RAM and is available in 4 colors. The tablet released earlier this year and is the latest in the Amazon Tablet lineup.
The Nextbit Robin is currently on sale on Amazon for $145 after numerous price drops since its release earlier this year. Is available int Midnight and Mint colors with 32gb of storage. A differentiating feature of the nextbit is the included 100gb of cloud storage and its ability to dynamically offload unused apps to the cloud
Starting your adventure with ConstraintLayout, the new layout that’s available in a support library and is closely integrated with the visual UI editor in Android Studio 2.2, I recommend that you watch the introductory video above or work through our codelab first.
Today Google released the Actions Api and documentation for the Google Assistant which powers the google Home. While the Api is now available your actions won’t be available to the public until next year.
Your actions won’t need to be installed as you would on amazon Echo’s Alexa Skills. Users would just say a conversational phrase asking for the action by name, i.e ok google let me talk to personal chef.
Check out the introductory video below on the you tube channel.
You can write your own parsers to parse the text spoken by the user or use API.AI which was recently acquired by google to build out user interface.
Early partners that will be launching in the weeks to come are Quora, WebMD, Lonely Planet, NPR One and Buzz Feed to name a few. Purchases and Bookings will follow as well.
As the Android 7.1.1 update started rolling out yesterday I thought it was time to take a look at what is new for developers in this release. The update is an incremental increase that builds on features released in the build on the Pixel devices.
If your app targets Android 7.1 or higher you can define shortcuts to specific actions in your app. These shortcuts can be displayed in a supported launcher and let users quickly start common tasks in your app.
Image Keyboard Support
SDK Api level 25 provides the Commit Content API which provides a universal way for input method editors (IME) to send images and other right content directly to a text editor in an app.
With this api you can build messaging apps that accept rich content from any keyboard as well as send rich content to any app.
Apps can now define circular launcher icons which are used on devices that support them. Currently that is only the Pixel line. When a launcher requests an app icon the framework returns either andorid:icon or android:roundIcon depending on the device configuration.
For Details on the API differences check out the API Diffs for more information.