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Meetup at Udacity: Android Design Patterns for the iOS designer + Apportable

We're going to briefly stray from iOS to get some insight into the Android world.

Android Design Patterns for the iOS Developer

We'll start with design expert Greg Nudelman, author of Designing Search and the new Android Design Patterns: Interaction Design Solutions for Developers (Wiley, 2013).

Greg will discuss:

1) Key differences between Android 4, Android 2.x and iOS. How to use the new Android action bar scheme and overflow menus to implement "Right Size for Every Device" (and where this fails). How to design Android buttons, actions and menus. The truth about the Drawer menu: Google Plus and Bank Simple use it – should you? How to design forms and screens to flow, without containers with rounded corners with Mobile Space Unbound design principle.

2) What's around the corner for Android 4, including a quick tour of 5 "experimental" Android patterns from Greg's book Android Design Patterns: Interaction Design Solutions for Developers (Wiley, 2013)

For those who want to go further, Greg will give away two copies of his new book Android Design Patterns: Interaction Design Solutions for Developers.

Greg Nudelman is Mobile and Tablet Experience Strategist, Fortune 500 Advisor, Author/Speaker and CEO of DesignCaffeine, Inc. For over 15 years he has helped his clients eBay, WebEx, Wells Fargo, PayPal, Safeway, Cisco, IBM, Associated Press and Groupon amass millions of satisfied customers. Internationally acclaimed design workshop leader (with sold-out workshops Adaptive Path’s UXWeek, SXSW, MobX Berlin, UX Israel, IA Summit, WebVisions, Design4Mobile, Search Engine Summit, Enterprise Search Summit, Net Squared Conference, DrawCamp, and SketchCamp), Greg authored Android Design Patterns: Interaction Design Solutions for Developers (Wiley, 2013), Designing Search: UXStrategies for eCommerce Success (Wiley, 2011), co-authored Smashing Mobile Book (2012) and contributed to half-dozen UX design books. More info: and


Apportable: Write Android apps with Objective-C

San Francisco startup Apportable is building Objective-C infrastructure to allow iOS apps to be easily recompiled for Android [read this sentence twice]. Apportable lead engineer Zac Bowling will join us to present Apportable and take us through a simple cross-compilation demo.

Apportable was a sponsor of iOSDevCamp and there presented details of the Apportable SDK, which top-tier game developers are using to bring iOS games to Android. Here's a partial list of Apportable customers.


BONUS: Udacity and the future of online education

Udacity's Jerry Morrison will introduce us to our host, Udacity, and tell us about Udacity's vision for the future of online education.


Pizza Sponsored by Extreme Reality

"Extreme Reality (XTR3D) is the only company to bring full-body 3D motion control experiences to any computing device and operating system via a devices native or peripheral camera. Offered as a software development kit (SDK), the companys Extreme Motion product enables developers to create applications and games that break the physical barriers of hardware and environment required by current motion control technology. With 14 patents granted worldwide, the Extreme Motion technology recognizes and analyzes the three dimensions of a users skeletal joints and the movement and interrelation of the joints. Extreme Reality was founded in 2005 and is based in Herzelia, Israel. For more information please visit or join the conversation and like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @ExtremeReality1."

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  • Greg N.

    Thanks everyone for joining us! Great questions -- very stimulating discussion. Here's that link to the book and the free Android 4 course again:

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentations and networking after the event, thanks to Udacity for hosting. Looking forward to the next meetup!

    August 20, 2013

  • Joey J.

    Great lineup of speakers as usual; lots of information to digest. I just wish people would not RSVP and then not show up. I had several friends who wanted to attend, but were on the waiting the list and clearly not everyone with a ticket showed up.

    August 20, 2013

  • Trung B.

    Very informative meeting.

    August 20, 2013

  • Andy Le R.


    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation by Greg Nudelman. Is an eBook version of his new book available?

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome pizza! Thank you to our pizza hosts!

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Raj


    I'm looking for a rockstar developer to lead the development of a High Potential App on IOS and eventually android.

    If interested pls email:


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    August 19, 2013

  • Jay G.

    Useful Twitter handles for tonight's #SViOS meetup: @designcaffeine (Greg Nudelman), @apportable (Apportable), @zbowling (Apportable), @Udacity (thanks for hosting!), @xtr3d (Extreme Reality), @timburks (SViOS), and #SViOS

    1 · August 19, 2013

    • Hank L.

      there is one that is more easier than use twitter called "chat around here". Search udacity from that app to join the chat room.

      August 19, 2013

  • Hank L.

    Interesting topic. Sorry could not make it today due to long waiting list.

    Foli ( is a startup with good product and good seed fund. we are looking for IOS developers to join to move the company to the next stage.

    August 19, 2013

  • Oswald C.

    Schedule conflict;(

    August 19, 2013

  • RebeccaO

    Sorry, can't make it tonight...

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have another appointment.

    August 19, 2013

  • Ramesh

    is there an App,that will move me into non waiting list

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Larry T.

    Is there a waiting list?

    August 2, 2013

    • Tim B.

      Fixed - there should be now.

      2 · August 2, 2013

    • Larry T.

      Is. Thx.

      August 2, 2013

  • Satoshi O.

    I am really interested in the topic.

    July 23, 2013

  • Matthew Y.

    iOS and Android engineer plus CTO Software Architect and Cloud Architect

    July 23, 2013

  • SmartPhoneRecords

    We look forward to meeting and networking with everyone.

    July 21, 2013

  • David N.

    I've completed the Udacity CS101 course. Udacity is awesome.

    July 19, 2013

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