Hands-on with Android KitKat and Google Play Services

  • January 16, 2014 · 4:30 PM

So, we finally have KitKat in our hands with the new Nexus 5. Also Google Play Services is updated and has been split out in two versions, one for Froyo and the other for the newer devices. All we need now is a customer who will pay us to create an app which incorporates all of the great new features in both KitKat and Google Play Services so we can have some time to investigate these features. And then you wake up from your dream and realise time to investigate new stuff is something all developers lack, but love to do. 

In this meetup we want to challenge you to pick just one of the KitKat or Google Play Services features or APIs and do a little investigation, maybe a demo app, clean-up some code and do a short 10-15 minute presentation about your findings. If 10 to 12 people do this we end up with a meetup with a lot of experience, code and demo's to still have some kind of fulfilment about hacking away at all the cool new features to simply see if and how they work.

Are you game?

If you are excited about one of these features below (or another cool new feature not in the list) and want to do some investigation on how to set-up an Android project (preferably in Android Studio), create a demo and open source some code then please send us an e-mail at: [masked]. If you know a good Android developer who is working with one of these features already but doesn't know about our user group yet please encourage them to talk about their experience at this meetup.

The following topics and speakers have been confirmed:

Cloud Save - René de Groot
René is lead Mobile developer at Sogeti and has done open source development of various applications, including the dev tool Device Profiler.

Backup ServiceQuirijn Groot-Bleumink
Quirijn is a driven mobile software engineer and a keen traveller. He has already published multiple Android applications like IP Tools. Besides Android Quirijn has experience with web development and document management.

Printing Framework - Paul Lammertsma
Paul is CTO and co-founder of Pixplicity, Holland’s leading Android-specific consulting and app-building company. He applies his knowledge of Java, Android and Linux in Pixplicity to develop high-quality apps and provide technical solutions for customers such as Mercedes-Benz, Nestlé, De Telegraaf, AGIS and De Consumentenbond.

Achievements & Leaderboards - Raul Portales
Raul is passionate about developing apps with a great user experience. He has released several great games with Pill Tree in the past (a.o. Chalk Ball & Space Cat) and PlattySoft in the last couple of years (a.o Codemon).

Storage Access Framework - Hugo Visser
Our very own co-organizer Hugo is stepping up to the plate to talk on the new Storage Access Framework. Hugo is working on many Android apps at Qbus (a.o. Figure Running and Weerplaza) and has a couple of personal apps in the app store as well. His most popular app being Rainy Days.

Full screen Immersive modeScreen Recording - Ali Derbane
Ali is a long time Android developer working at Itude Mobile. He is passionate about Android and spreading the word by hosting workshops and speaking at various conferences. His last talk was on functional testing using Calabash at both droidcon UK and NL (slides).

Activity Recognition - Jaap Beetstra
Jaap is an Android developer and co-owner at App It Up. App It Up created several Android apps, most related to automotive segment. Kenteken Opzoeken and DirectLease TankService are the best known.

GCM Cloud Connextion Server (XMPP) - Wolfram Rittmeyer
Wolfram is a Java (EE) software developer from Münster (Germany) who started focussing on Android development from 2010 onwards. He is well known for his great Android blog posts and -tutorials which you can find at http://www.grokkingandroid.com

Transition Framework - Bolot Kerimbaev
Bolot is a software engineer and instructor at Big Nerd Ranch. Bolot studied Computer Science at Georgia Tech, receiving both his B.S. and M.S. Degrees - while also teaching Taido Karate. Bolot has been developing web applications for over 14 years using Smalltalk, ColdFusion, Java, and even his own web server.

What's new in location + Geofencing - Bas Flaton
Bas is lead Android developer at Nspyre and is working in agile teams on large-scale Android projects, mostly running in non-phone environments (in-car, embedded).

Real-time multiplayer - Jaap-Jan Pruijs
Jaap has a background as a Java EE application architect (ABN-AMRO, Aegon, Transavia). With an interest in mobile technology since J2ME and games (winner of the 2012 gametechnology student challenge). He also likes to party and is currently developing the Android app for 

We hope to see a lot of you at our first meetup in 2014!

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  • Tianle Z.

    Like the 15 mins session very much, but I feel the topic is a bit too much, and break a bit too short. One hand it is very nice too hear more topic, but for some early topic, I don't really have chance to ask questions or dive a bit deeper into it. Like GeoFencing these kinds of things, I had few questions, but at the end of the Meetup, I can't remember them any more. :)

    January 17, 2014

  • Maarten E.

    Interesting format, good speakers with nice code samples

    January 17, 2014

  • Iulia S.

    Really liked the 15 minute format and that all speakers respected that, even if we wanted to hear more :)

    2 · January 17, 2014

  • Mats H.

    It was a really nice meeting and I really liked the format of the 15min talks, kept it interesting and active

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Jaap-Jan P.

    The newly released version of Google Play Services now supports Turn-based multiplayer:
    Looking for samples: https://github.com/playgameservices/android-samples

    2 · January 17, 2014

  • Eugen M.

    Update from Raul (Just repost so you don't miss it):

    January 17, 2014

  • Jordan G.

    Thanks for the nexus 7! The event was great. I really like the 15 minutes talks format.

    2 · January 17, 2014

    • Johan P.

      Thank you for attending Jordan. I hope you have a lot of fun with you Nexus 7!

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • Joan P.

    Very nice meetup, I've enjoyed a lot the 15 minutes format :-)

    2 · January 17, 2014

  • Eugen M.

    That was a great meet up even that I haven't got the Nexus 7. A lot of good to know information, some inspiration for future and the great unity with old and new friends. Thank you!

    4 · January 17, 2014

  • Eugen M.


    Small correction - "DirectLease TankService" app link is going to "Kenteken Opzoeken"

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • Lars W.

    I hope I can make it! Not sure yet.

    December 10, 2013

  • Lars W.

    I hope I can make it! Not sure yet.

    December 10, 2013

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