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Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Today at the 2nd annual Project Ara Developer Conference at Google's Mountain View, California home, the launch of the project has been revealed - sort of. You getting a Project Ara device in your hands isn't going to be as easy as heading to your local mobile carrier or department store. It's also not likely that you're going to be in a launch city from the start. In fact, unless you live in Puerto Rico, you're going to have to wait at least a few months more. Project Ara "launches" in 2015, but not necessarily for you and your pocket.

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Project Ara Module Marketplace ushers in Dev Event 2

Project Ara Module Marketplace ushers in Dev Event 2

The modular phone system known as Google's Project Ara is well underway, and leading up to the project's second big developer event ever - taking place this week - the creators of Ara have released their newest MDK. This piece of work is made for creators of Modules - instead of a Software Development Kit, this is a Module Development Kit. What developers will find inside is the first solid chat on the Ara Module Marketplace - how you can get involved and what it takes to be a Module Developer, too.

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Project Ara released 2nd dev kit ahead of February conference

Project Ara released 2nd dev kit ahead of February conference

CES 2015 might be over, but that doesn't mean that new, interesting gadgets are going to stop flowing. Scheduled for later this week, or perhaps delayed to February, is Google's second Ara Developers' Conference. To kick off that rather enticing event, the Phonebloks community has announced the release of the second Module Developers Kit, version 0.2, This kit marks the evolution of the modular smartphone dream into something that is closer to retail reality, giving not just developers something new to chew on but even has something for end users to anticipate.

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Three ways to learn Android programming in 2015

Three ways to learn Android programming in 2015

Now that the new year is firmly off and running, what about you? Are you just plodding along, or did you come up with a resolution for the new year? Some want to lose weight or quit a nasty habit, but we’d like to suggest a new habit: programming. If you’ve always been curious to learn how to make an app on your own, there’s never been a better time to do learn. Several do-it-yourself courses are available for your Android coding desires, and we’ve got a few you should check out.

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Mizuu 3.0 media explorer for Android goes free as dev gets job

Mizuu 3.0 media explorer for Android goes free as dev gets job

A feel-good story doesn't often come out of the halls of app developers - every once in a while someone gets lucky and creates a Flappy Bird, but generally it's all hard work and small reward. This is not the case for the developer known as Michell Bak. This man worked hard on a media server app by the name of Mizuu for several years, releasing it for Android and creating the best software he could to make his way in the world.

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Google says no more user testimonials in Play Store app descriptions

Google says no more user testimonials in Play Store app descriptions

Android fans know that the Play Store’s app description are sometimes a bit dubious. Full of people you don’t know saying all kinds of wonderful things about the app, the goal is downloads. For Developers, testimonials proved a handy way to let customers sell their app for them. Google is now asking that those testimonials stay where they belong — the reviews section. In a recent change to Android Developer guidelines, Google is telling Developers to take testimonials out, or risk having their app pulled.

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Aviate Android launcher: the Yahoo experience

Aviate Android launcher: the Yahoo experience

This week we've had a chat with Mark Daiss, Product Manager for Yahoo Aviate & Aviate Co-founder on the successful launch and continued updates to the Aviate Android launcher app. With the addition of Yahoo search to the app this week, the full replacement of your standard smartphone user interface is primed for action. Just in time for Christmas, just in time to change the way your brand new Android smartphone looks from the inside out. Supposing you want the Yahoo experience, that is to say.

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Google debuts Route 85 video series to attract iOS developers

Google debuts Route 85 video series to attract iOS developers

While Google has the Android platform to dominate with its own apps and services, it still benefits the company to have a presence on iOS devices. In an effort to expand that position, as well as appeal to developers who prefer Apple's platform, Google has just announced the Route 85 web series that aims to promote the use of their SDKs and code libraries compatible with iOS.

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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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Google’s Android Studio now available, ready for your app creations

Google’s Android Studio now available, ready for your app creations

Android now has an official IDE. Android Studio has come out of beta today, and provides the first true cross-platform IDE for Developers who can’t get enough Javascript. Announced way back at Google I/O 2013, Android Studio is the first official IDE from Google, and could end up serving as a watershed moment in Android development history. It’s also likely to get some add-ons in the near future, which could make it much easier to work with for novices and experienced developers alike.

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First ever Yahoo Mobile Developers Conference set for February 19, 2015

First ever Yahoo Mobile Developers Conference set for February 19, 2015

Google has one; so does Facebook. Apple’s own event sets a standard, and even Samsung has jumped on-board. Now, Yahoo has their own Developer’s conference, with the focus being on mobile. The first ever Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference will take place on February 19, 2015. Recent Yahoo acquisition Flurry will figure prominently, with Yahoo saying they’ll introduce what’s next from Yahoo as it relates to mobile Developers. Yahoo exec Simon Khalaf will also give a “State of Mobile” address to attendees.

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Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 dev board

Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 dev board

When it comes to "small computers", which covers anything from embedded systems to mobile devices, ARM, and to some extent Intel, are probably the best known names. But that doesn't mean they're the only game in town. The MIPS architecture, which powers an equally big number of embedded systems, including game consoles, is also a contender. Developers for those systems now have their own board to play around and experiment with, now that Imagination has released its own Creator CI20 as part of its programme to hook in more developers and users.

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