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Questions tagged [android]

Android is Google's open source OS and system for smart phones and tablets. Use this tag for software engineering questions about Android; for user questions, visit our sister site Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange.

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Trademark question: naming an app after a common noun when an app from another store uses it [closed]

Here's my scenario with made-up names: A big company called Supersoft have announced that in about 3 months they're going to release an Android app called "Supersoft Metronome" (where Metronome is a ...
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Developing Android apps for someone else

We have developed several apps and published them on Android Market. We are now writing an app that another company will brand and sell through their own publisher account. The other company has no ...
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How to get GPS enabled device angle

I am planning to buy a GPS enabled android phone and develop an Augmented Reality application (which will point the locations in front of camera). All i found about GPS is that it just tells the ...
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Is it necessary to have an Android device to learn programming for the Android?

Is it compulsory to have an Android device to learn programming for Android ? Currently, Java is my primary programming language.
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What cannot be unit-tested in mobile app?

I really value unit-testing in developing webapps. I haven't had any experience in developing mobile apps. Is there anything that cannot be unit-tested in mobile apps? And what is the workaround for ...
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Which mobile development platform is easiest to develop? [closed]

From your experience in developing mobile apps, which mobile development platform is easiest to develop? iOS, Android or WinPhone 7? And why would do you think it is the easiest? If you can order it ...
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Costs of Switching to Java [closed]

I'm a C# dev and I have plans of starting to develop apps targeting Android, which of course means Java. I have heard good things about Mono for Android and the idea of reusing my skill set is ...
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Android development & hardware testing - Which handsets & tests? What are the best options/deals? [closed]

I'm quite new to Android development. I spent a few weeks, doing tutorials and developping simple apps. Now, I'm focusing on all the test aspects. I have done Junit tests before so I thought it would ...
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Code smells in Android?

This question arises from seeing code where I feel like something is wrong but I can't put my finger on it while developing Android. What are some red flags in Android development that says your ...
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Functional Languages that compile to Android's Dalvik VM? [closed]

I have a software problem that fits the functional approach to programming, but the target market will be on the Android OS. I ask because there are functional languages that compile to Java's VM, ...
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How to conduct a good tech workshop

I am currently trying to organize a small workshop for several people to generate interest in android. I intend to conduct a hands-on workshop, taking everyone through various components and features ...
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What are your experiences selling on the Android Market? 1 year on

Follow up to this question So a lot has changed in the smartphone market in the last year (Specifically Androids market share, OS updates and marketplace updates). Given these changes I think it is ...
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Any hard evidence on how much smart phone app developers have actually earned? [closed]

I am considering making a smart phone app. Before I start, I want to see whether it is worthwhile at all. Unfortunatelly, I find it very hard to find any hard evidence on how much the developers of ...
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How to decide : Phone App or Web App [closed]

From your real life experience & executed work. How to choose between starting a project as a Phone App or a Web App ? From what I've read, it is a matter of : the need vs time & $ cash to ...
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Unit test storage on Android apps

I've been experimenting recently with Android applications. I've developed the convention (which I've seen used elsewhere) of placing my unit tests in a parallel source folder within an Eclipse ...
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Just wondering about “Do-It Yourself Apps” on the internet versus apps written by us developers

I have been doing Objective-C programming over the past few weeks, and I have learnt a lot. However, I see that there are other Web-companies offering services to consumers directly from their website ...
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How Data Transfers differ on Smart Phones: Iphone vs. Android vs. Windows Phone [closed]

I am interested in how each individual smart phone is allowed to handle data transfers within a third-party app. I am interested in designing apps that allow customers to update, transfer, download, ...
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How to port a J2ME application to Android platform? [closed]

I have heard that there are soft wares for converting an existing J2ME app to Android? But I was doing a manual conversion till now. Am I doing a silly job/is it possible to do convert any J2ME ...
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Company internal Android Market

i want to establish Android in our company. Since our company doesn't want our future internal Android Apps distributet to the Google Android Market i would need to setup an internal market. But i can'...
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What attracts software developers such as yourselves to choose to program for the Android mobile platform? [closed]

Dear programmers, as part of my final year university project, I am conducting research into what makes programmers prefer to program for Android as opposed to other mobile operating systems. The ...
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Is Android a language or a framework/platform?

I know that Android uses the Java language with a limited Java SDK and that Google claims it isn't Java. But is it right to say that Android is a Programming language? Or is it more right to say that ...
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what should a developer know/address to build commercial Android Apps? [closed]

Android and mobile development is an exciting area of development. As it is a new discipline, what would be expected of an android developer to build commercially robust applications in terms of ...
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Converting to a mac-book pro for multi disciplined development [closed]

I am in a bit of a bind. I have been contracted to create a small suite of applications for Android, iOS and WP7. Currently I am also on the market for a new notebook for development. Now the issue I ...
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How can I find contract Android work?

Two years ago, following 15+ years in Win32 and SymbianOS, I decided to intensively focus on Android. I took the best part of 2009 off work to learn the new platform thoroughly, and that seems to have ...
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Technical documentation of Android app

You are joining the development team of an existing Android app and are handed a technical document about it. What information would you like it to have?
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Growing mobile developers inside a web development org

I work for a "mature web startup" as a web developer (mainly using PHP). Our main site has about 8 million registered members at the moment. However, the site is basically impossible to use on ...
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Does it make sense to make an Android version of my application?

I am a teenage hobbyist in high school, and I mostly release my software as open source; therefore I have little experience actually selling software, let alone in a specific area -- Android phones. ...
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Why should I learn to make apps for Windows Phone 7 instead of Android? [closed]

What would be the reason one learn to make apps for Windows Phone 7 instead of Android phones? Is there any reason why Windows Phone 7 is the platform that a developer choose instead of Android? ...
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How is Sencha Touch performing on Android in practice? [closed]

I'm just about to start a project using Sencha Touch, and just done some minor testing on my HTC desire device. All tutorial videos at Vimeo seems to be using an iPhone emulator running on a Mac. Im ...
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What are the best strategies for selling Android apps? [closed]

I'm a young developer hoping to sell my apps I made for Android soon. My applications are basically 99% finished so I'm investigating what would be the best marketing strategy to use to sell my apps. ...
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I'm porting my app from iOS to Android: what do I need to know? [closed]

What pitfalls should I avoid? What Java language paradigms do Objective-C developers consistently misunderstand? I learned to program in Java, but I have worked in nothing but Objective-C for years ...
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Should I use native android junit framework?

Can anybody share a reason (or list of reasons) of not using the native android junit framework but a standalone one like robolectric or something like that? I'm just trying to understand what ...
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What is Android's payment system like? [closed]

I've heard that Apple pays the developers in lump sums (I forget how often) for their app downloads. My question is does Google work the same way with Android? If not, how do they operate their ...
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Would a multitouch capable PC allow me to do Android development simulating the touch UI without an Android device?

I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab as a reference implementation (phone and first gen Android tablet), of Android 2.x for app development. I have noticed a slew of Android 3.0 slates being ...
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As a C# developer, would you learn Java to develop for Android or use MonoDroid instead? [closed]

I'd consider myself pretty well versed in C#. It's my language of choice at the moment, and it's where basically all my professional experience lies. Still, I'm puzzled by the existence of the ...
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Copyright issues with encryption algorythms

I'm developing an application for Android/Java. This application is a kind of password manager, so I'm storing encrypted passwords under the hood of a master password. There are a number of encryption ...
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Should I still consider using Appcelerator Titanium for building mobile apps if I don't have any web dev skills? [closed]

I'm an experienced desktop developer who's recently begun writing iOS apps and would like to venture into Android development as well. I've been hearing a lot of talk surrounding the Appcelerator ...
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How do you manage the testing of your Android software on physical devices?

I'm in charge of managing mobile application development at my company, and I am currently building a mobile device "library" for testing. Essentially, we want to have a representative device in-house ...