Android Oreo Notification Channels

Mark McLemore
November 7, 2017 Android, Xamarin Platform

One of the most important features introduced in Android 8.0 Oreo is notification channels. Notification channels make it possible for you to group notifications so that all notifications posted to […]

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Simplified App Signing with Secure Files in Visual Studio Team Services

James Montemagno
November 6, 2017 Android, iOS, Xamarin Platform

One thing I never want to worry about when building my apps is needing to remember where I stored my provisioning profiles, certificates, and keystores. Thanks to Visual Studio Team […]

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Augmented Reality in Xamarin.Android with ARCore

Jon Dick
October 30, 2017 Android, Xamarin Platform

Now that you’ve had a chance to augment reality in your Xamarin iOS apps with ARKit, it’s time to explore Google’s take on AR in your Xamarin Android apps. The […]

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Introducing the Android SDK Manager

Cody Beyer
Cody Beyer
October 25, 2017 Android, Xamarin Platform

To make the process of managing Android SDKs as smooth as possible, we’ve revamped the Android SDK Manager in Visual Studio for Mac to create a seamless, integrated experience. Not only […]

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Android Support Library v26 Overview

Jon Douglas
Jon Douglas
October 2, 2017 Android, Xamarin Platform

The Android Support Library v26 brings lots of new features to our Android apps, including fonts as resources, downloadable fonts, emoji support, an autosizing TextView, physics driven animations via Spring […]

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Webinar Recording | Exploring UrhoSharp 3D with Xamarin Workbooks Webinar

Courtney Witmer
Courtney Witmer
September 27, 2017 Android, Education, iOS, Xamarin Platform

Folllow along with Charles Petzold as he builds a 3D app from the ground up with UrhoSharp and Xamarin Workbooks in this webinar recording. UrhoSharp is a powerful, high performance 3D graphics engine suitable for games, animation, and data visualization. Used together, UrhoSharp and Xamarin Workbooks give developers a streamlined way to get started with […]

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3 Reasons to Try Xamarin Previews in Visual Studio 2017

Jimmy Garrido
September 26, 2017 Android, iOS, Xamarin Platform

Previews are a great way to try the latest-and-greatest in mobile development, from the new Xamarin Live Player that allows you to instantly visualize your XAML-based user interface as you type, to support for new SDKs like Android Oreo or iOS 11. Then arises the great dilemma: how do I try all the awesome stuff […]

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ActivityTask: A Helper for Async/Await on Android

Jérémie Laval
Jérémie Laval
September 25, 2017 Android, Xamarin Platform

At Google I/O, several members of the Xamarin team attended the Architecture Component talk on Android lifecycle (which I recommend you watch). While the solutions presented there are interesting and, in some cases, map to patterns we already have in .NET, it resonated with those of us present because of how those Android lifecycle details […]

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Protecting Your Xamarin Apps with Dotfuscator

Guest Blogger
September 20, 2017 Android, iOS, Xamarin Platform

This is a special guest post from Joe Sewell, a developer on the Dotfuscator team at PreEmptive Solutions. Let’s be honest, releasing a library, desktop app, or mobile app can be a bit scary. Once your software is freely available to the world, you lose a certain degree of control over how it will be […]

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Learn How The Lean Cook Uses Mobile to Drive Revenue and Promote Healthy Living

Lacey Butler
Lacey Butler
September 18, 2017 Android, Case Studies, iOS

The Lean Cook, a popular UK diet and fitness blog started as a hobby by a husband and wife team, is a prime example of how to design apps for the user. Instead of simply […]

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