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Takeaways from AnDevCon
I attended AnDevCon in Boston last week, which was a conference for Android developers. Here are the things that may be of interest for Andromo users:
- Blackberry has new tools available for wrapping your APK and creating a BAR file for use on the new Blackberry devices. (They even had a promotion for those attending the conference where they will be sending out free Z10 phones for those of us that submitted apps to Blackberry World, so now I will have a real Blackberry device to test on.) So if, like me, you tried submitting your app last year and ran into roadblocks, you might want to give them another try.
- Intel was doing a big push for compiling your app to run not only on the Atom (mobile) processors, but also their Core (desktop) processors. One of their partners is about to release a version of Android that will run on a PC instead of Windows! The demo they showed looked very good. Perhaps Andromo could give us the option to compile for Intel in the near future? (Hint, hint...)
- Amazon was there in force. They were very happy to answer my questions and talk to me about my experiences with their appstore. Their ad network apparently works internationally now. I talked to them about Fire TV, and how much an Android app needs to be changed to work well with it, and it sounds like it's mostly a matter of using font sizes and images that look good on today's TV screens. I believe I saw that Andromo is already looking into this, and it sounds like another exciting opportunity!
- Millennial Media had a nice booth there. I told them about my experience with other ad services, and that Admob is the only one that's really worked for me. They pointed out that you can use their ads with Admob if I want to give them a try, but I wasn't clear whether you can just add them as another network within your Admob settings or if it takes programming.
- Dolby was there offering to give away Kindle Fire HDX tablets to the first 10 developers to include their SDK in an app for the Amazon appstore. Apparently the new Kindle Fire tablets have hardware from Dolby that sounds really, really, good, and all you have to do is include the SDK and turn it on. The Dolby guy I talked to said even mono podcasts would sound better (hint, hint... ).
- For those that like trying different ad networks, there were flyers floating around from www.aerserv.com, but since I didn't see an actual physical presence, I'm not sure where they came from, or whether they're any good.
- Nokia has just introduced an Android phone in countries outside of North America, and they have their own app store. They have a developer site at dvlup.com.