In the last few months the MailOnline mobile team has completely rewritten from the scratch their Android application. Getting rid of the old code, we came across to a lot of iterations and problems those have forced us to re-think the entire background synchronization and the resource management. As one of the Android developer who has developed this version, I’m very proud to say that this version is definitely better, faster and smoother than the prior one.
The main features, improvements and changes that you’ll certainly noticed from the screenshots are:
- Load more articles when you reach the bottom of a channel
- Swipe down to sync news in the channels page (with progress percentage)
- Swipe between different channels
- A new drawer menu that will appear swiping from the left edge of your screen (enable in settings)
- Share and comments feedback inside the articles
- Shortcuts from article to main channels
- Filters on data and image sync
- Different priority and order for channels (based on your preferences)
- Enriched FAQs screens
There’s still always something new to do and to improve but this can be consider a really good app that will allow thousands and thousands of people to read their favorite news paper.
I have just finished this wonderful technical book about android programming and I think that can be a good idea sharing personal my impressions with you.
In the past two years I have red some Italian books written by Massimo Carli, finding them useful for a base approach. Growing my thirst for knowledge I have encountered Reto‘s work that in my opinion offers a more complete and wider view about this powerful platform.
The book is structured in 19 chapters those present to you a deep overview on all platform features. The most important feature that I have found particularly interesting is the attention provided by the author in teaching step by step through examples. This is a very important point that many teachers and writers forget when they have to write a book because they think that’s better talking in a smoky enchanted way than educate easily and directly the readers.
The author during these chapters provide a full set of examples, related in most of case to an app that reports earth quakes, that grows in page by page involving features, concepts and abstractions like:
- Intents, IntentFilters and Pending Intents
- Activities, Services and Receivers
- Maps and Geolocation
- Threads and AsyncTasks
In just 21,84€, a very competitive price for the contents, you can purchase an ebook that’s too intuitive and expressive for new developers but at the same time for the more expert ones. I have personally bought my ebook on Amazon but if you prefer you can find it on other stores like Wrox or directly in Google Play.
See you next time, maybe with a tutorial 🙂