Google I/O Recap: What's new in Android?

Lots of exciting Android news came out of Google I/O this year: Material Design, Android TV, Android Auto, Wearables, and the new Android L Developer Preview. Let's get together and discuss these recent changes and more.

We will have (4) short presentations focusing on the topics below followed by Q&A and open discussion with our speaker panel.

Material Design
Jason Donmoyer (AWeber)

Upon first glance, Google’s Material Design spec appears massive and overwhelming.  Coupled with the recent UI rewrites coming out of Mountain View, this has many developers concerned about the impact of targeting Material Design in their existing applications.  Alleviate some of your worries and come learn about some of the important API changes introduced in Android L to help ease the transition to Material Design.

Jason Donmoyer is an Android Developer at AWeber Communications and Co-founder of threddies.com.  He’s a long time Java developer and an all around sound, light and chemistry tinkerer who has been involved in developing and publishing several Android applications.

Project Volta
Matt Rein (AWeber)

In 2012, Android JellyBean and Project Butter aimed to replace “janky” UI interactions with snappy, 60 fps graphics across the board.  In 2013, Google announced Project Svelte, with lofty goals of ensuring the latest version of Android, KitKat, can run on traditionally underpowered devices, even those with only 512MB of RAM.  This year, in the Android L release, Google turned their focus towards one of the biggest complaints that users have about their handsets with Project Volta - battery life!  In this talk, we will go over what Project Volta really is, including the new Battery Historian tool and JobScheduler APIs which are meant to make it easier for developers to be good citizens in the Android ecosystem when it comes to device energy usage.

Matt Rein is an Android Developer at AWeber Communications.  In his spare time he’s been learning to develop apps for Android Wear, as well as teaching himself the new Swift programming language for Apple’s products. 

Notifications
Chuck Greb (Mapzen)

Material design. Lock screen display. Public and private visibility. Heads-up! In this talk we'll explore the funky side of notifications in Android L.

Chuck is an Android developer at Mapzen. He builds open source and open data tools for location-aware applications.

Android Wear
Arpit Mathur (Comcast)

In this session we'll look at the Android Wear SDK for smart watches. We'll take a look at both the Rich Notification bridging and the native app support as well as discuss the user experiences for applications on Android Wear.

Arpit is a Software Engineer working for Comcast Innovation Labs in Philadelphia with a long history of programming in a variety of user interface technologies including Flash, Flex, JavaScript/HTML and lately Objective C and Java for Android. He is an Open Source enthusiast and is very interested in design and User Experience and bringing better UX to the Android platform.

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    1 · August 1

  • Chuck G.

    Slides and sample project from my talk on notifications:

    http://www.slideshare.net/ecgreb/notifunk
    https://github.com/ecgreb/notifunk

    2 · July 31

  • Chuck G.

    Did anyone leave a black notebook with gold writing on the cover at the meeting last night?

    July 31

  • W B.

    Are any of these meetups ever streamed? No matter how early I leave work for one of them I never actually make it to the city in time. I'm sure other people stuck in the suburbs feel the same way

    July 30

    • Matt R.

      I floated the idea last night of forming an Android meetup in the Philly suburbs. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please sign up for the mailing list to hear more information about this new group as it develops. Believe me - you're not the only one who finds it painful getting into the city, especially on a weeknight. http://bit.ly/DroidBu...­

      1 · July 31

  • John M.

    great topics and good information for all levels of experience

    July 30

  • Sean S.

    I unfortunately can not make it tonight! Such great talks this time!

    July 30

  • Alex O.

    As a Google Glass explorer and Android developer I am interested in wearable technology as it applies to medical and healthcare fields. I am also interested in learning about Android L and notifications. I would like to know who is doing hiring out there in Philly or in the near by areas for these type of technologies.

    July 30

    • Sherry F.

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      Thanks,

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      Synerfac Technical Staffing

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      July 30

  • Chuck G.

    Speakers and topics have been posted.

    RSVPs will close at midnight tonight. Please respond if you haven't. Your name must be on the list to get into the building.

    Also don't forget we are giving away 2 free tickets to Droidcon NYC!

    July 29

  • Chuck G.

    Hey all we have 4 speakers confirmed but would love to get a few more into the lineup so if you have a topic you would like to talk about hit me up.

    Also I'm happy to announce that we will be giving away 2 FREE tix for Droidcon NYC at the meeting on 7/30. Droidcon is the largest international community-driven Android conference in the world and its coming to New York on September 20th & 21st. You don't want to miss it!

    http://nyc.droidcon.com/2014/

    2 · July 22

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