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Making Your Watch Face Wear 2.0 ready

Updated 18/5/2017 for the new Gradle 4.0 plugin capabilities! Android Wear 2.0 is right around the corner. The preview can be downloaded for a variety of devices and the final version is set to be released in February. Time to get your wearable app or watch face ready for 2.0!

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Google Allo works with SMS and even when not installed

Google’s new messaging app Allo takes a unique and interesting approach to get new users on board: it sends notifications to Android users and even allows them to type a response. For non-Android users, a text message is sent with an invitation to install the app. Whether or not this

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A modern Hungarian notation

Some discussion has recently popped up on the internet about the use of Hungarian notation. Many software engineers are passionate about conventions, and we know a topic so sensitive can get people worked up! We, too, would like to share our thoughts about an approach to modern-day Hungarian notation. Mark

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Debugging Android devices on Linux

Often working with custom-built Android hardware, we’ve found that it can sometimes be tricky to enable debugging on our devices through ADB on Linux. Drilling into the problem, we’ve found that simply looking up the vendor ID with lsusb and adding a udev rule is sufficient. This can be especially

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Pixplicity Talks – Developing Hardcore Android Wear Apps

We close our series about developing for Android Wear with a video about developing fully fledged Android Wear apps. Episode 4 on Android Wear Throughout the series, we’ve covered many topics: the first video introduces you to guidelines about designing for Android Wear, the second shows how easy it is

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Pixplicity Talks – Android Wear Watch Faces

There is already an assortment of watch faces available on Google Play, and if you want to materialize your own awesome idea, Android Wear is your creative sandbox! Paul explains in Pixplicity’s newest video what the most important principles about designing a watch face for Android Wear are, as well

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Pixplicity Talks – Rich Android Notifications

This episode of Pixplicity Talks continues its venture in the world of Android Wear by expanding on enriching notifications. One of the most important aspects of the user experience on wearables, notifications, can require quite a bit of tinkering to become user friendly. Episode 2 on Android Wear NotificationCompat should

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Pixplicity Talks – Android Wear

Paul Lammertsma, our CTO here at Pixplicity loves to talk about wearables. Smart watches have come a long way lately and are recently capturing more and more attention. What is the current user experience, how to improve it and what should be kept in mind when designing for wearables? These

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Video Series Announced – Pixplicity Talks

We’ve got fresh news for Android lovers!   As many of you already know, we love our job! We love creating the best, most intuitive mobile software that will turn your device into anything you wish, often exceeding what was thought to be technically impossible simply through creativity and experience.

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Setting the install vendor of an app

In a recent project, we wanted to add an alternative payment method for in-app purchases for installs outside Google Play. In correspondence with the Google Play ToS, the alternative payment method should only be available if the app was installed outside of Google Play. The code was straightforward enough: PackageManager

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