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Wednesday opening remarks by the Android Open program chairs, Brady Forrest and Marko Gargenta.
Keynote by Massimo Banzi, Co-founder, Arduino.
A Nexus One has a GPS, compass, antennas and the processing power necessary for orbit. When you factor in that it is several orders of magnitude cheaper than anything else up there you can understand why there's so much excitement around putting Android into space. Will Marshall of NASA is gong to talk about their latest work on this front. He'll later be at the Mini-Maker faire.
by Bob Lee
Keynote by Bob Lee, CTO, Square Inc.
More than half of the 1 billion people in Africa carry a cell phone, but only 12% are online. In the last few years, mobile technologies have revolutionized everything from actual revolutions, to rural commodity pricing, to how people pay for bubble gum.
by David Merrill
Sifteo cubes are a new platform for Intelligent Play that combine the hands-on experience of classic games (dominoes, board games) with the interaction possibilities of videogames. Hear how the idea came about and how you can develop apps for this new platform.
Today's browsers sport amazing capabilities, truly graduating from markup renderers to sophisticated app run-times. We're sure to see some amazing new web applications just over the horizon that take advantage of these new capabilities. At the same time, the mobile ecosystem is white hot and we're seeing a range of start-ups pursue an "app-only" strategy.
by Derek Halliday
Over the past decade, mobile technology has vastly expanded the global reach of activists and rights defenders. As these groups have become increasingly reliant on mobile technology, they have also become increasingly vulnerable to attacks that seek to disrupt their activity and operations.
by David Wu
HTC Sense is a customized UI framework that enhances the stock Android by centering its design around people and their social networks. It aims to provide a seamless social experience across applications and widgets, while conserving battery life and maintaining performance. In this session we will share some of the technical challenges in designing HTC Sense and experiences to overcome them.
While most developers wait for new platform features, others choose to create them: developing for rooted devices provides both compelling opportunities and "interesting" challenges for those who not only want to, but /insist upon/, pushing the boundaries of what is normally considered possible.
by Ken Singer
CIOs must learn to navigate Google's complex OS in today’s world of employee-owned devices. These days, employees walk around with sensitive data and company trade secrets in their pockets – literally.
This session will examine the benefits and challenges that come with keeping the company’s data safe and employees’ happy using their Android devices at work.
Twitter's life blood is mobile and their Android client is top-notch. Sara & Brady will discuss Twitter's mobile development, testing and deployment methodologies.
by Kiran Prasad
Development of almost any software has some aspect of Design, Implementation, Testing and Deployment. When working on mobile software, the differences in platforms make it a bit more difficult to navigate these stages of product development.
Though Android is built on top of Linux, can "classic" Linux apps be made to run with or under or on Android? Can such apps be made to "talk" to Android components and vice-versa? Beyond getting the basic legacy Linux apps running under Android, this talk will go over some tips and tricks for making Linux apps coexist and interact with the Android stack on the same Linux kernel.
by John Malloy
We have never lived in such interesting times for mobile software development. Developers have more choice and runway for innovation than ever before and we hope to keep it that way. Android has skyrocketed as a platform with both developers and consumers.
Enjoy your lunch and then check out the Mini Maker Faire showcasing state-of-the-art hardware, apps, and projects in the Android marketplace.
by Sean Byrnes
Flurry Analytics tracks over 10,000 Android applications totaling more than 150 million application sessions per day. Analyzing the data, we'll share insights to help you better drive your app business. How does engagement vary between categories? Between Android OS versions? How is user engagement changing as the market matures?
Have you ever wanted to create a cool new hardware accessory for your Android device? But do you find the thought of writing Android code daunting?
Attend this session and you will learn how to create Android accessories without the need to learn Android development first.
It's like cheating on your Android accessory development test!
With the release of the Android ADK there will be an incredible demand for apps that assist in the automation of home appliances. The development community will have a difficult time keeping up with the demand. As a result new tools need to be created to enable casual programmers and end-users to develop solutions.
Google's Android Market is far and away the most popular Android distribution channel, but it's not the only game in town. The wide variety of Stores, Markets and Shops are both a key to Android's continued success as a platform and a huge pain in the neck for users and developers.
This session will show the types of problems that compilers, debuggers, and test suites can't solve. Items that often only show up in real-world situations for consumers and end-users. Then it introduces the MOTODEV App Validator tool as a solution for developers.
by Will Ro
As smartphones and tablets become more ubiquitous, you need to constantly consider ways to reach employees, partners and customers within their mobile lifestyles. As the lead of HTCpro, Will Ro will discuss the steps required to build successful mobile solutions, outlining the benefits of designing across platforms – including Android and iOS – and the downside of using off-the-shelf apps.
Being an Android developer is not always as glamorous as you would expect. You’re often a second class citizen in the world of mobile development that is dominated by iOS. You have to deal with a multitude of devices and carriers. This talk is an irreverent look at some of the experiences the speakers have had working in the world of mobile and Android. Sometimes it’s so funny that it hurts.
The face of IT and of mobile computing is dramatically changing before our very eyes. There are an estimated 4 ½ billion mobile devices on earth. A successful mobile application can result in millions of simultaneous users, consuming gigabytes of data per day. Everything from games, to business apps, to social networks are putting unbelievable demands on developers and server side technologies.
by Mark Murphy
One of the staples of the new Honeycomb UI framework is the action bar -- the combination toolbar, menu, and title bar that appears at the top of most Android activities. This presentation covers a myriad of topics related to using the action bar, from simply enabling it, to customizing its contents, to supporting context-sensitive operations.
Android is gathering massive market share in smart phone. It is a growing trend for businesses, companies and startup to build and launch Android and iOS simultaneously. We gather a panel of mobile designers and developers to discuss strategy and challenges on app design, UI/UX, development, database / NoSQL and server / cloud.
by Ken Jones
Fragments were introduced in Honeycomb "primarily to support more dynamic and flexible UI designs on large screens." Google's introduction of the Android Compatibility package extended Fragment support to devices running version 1.6 or later. In this session, learn how Fragments can make your applications more modular, flexible, and portable -- even for smaller handheld devices.
by Alex Gaber
Every once in a while a new technology changes the game. Some benefit from it while others fail to adapt. Long Term Evolution, or LTE for short, is on surface just yet another fast wireless standard bringing us faster mobile networking. But just like the freeway was much more than just a faster road, LTE actually has a chance to change the rules for app developers and create new possibilities.
by Yahya Mirza
RenderScript is Google’s open source solution to the problems of productivity, performance and portability. This presentation uses a simple numerical algorithm as a case study under Android-x86 and the Intel Sandy Bridge CPU. This presentation’s objective is to provide insight into how a RenderScript program works and how a RenderScript compiler translates source programs to a specific target.
9th–11th October 2011