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Fire up the DRV. Josh Matthews appears on Bloomberg TV today!

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Fresh off the heels of Apkudo’s FierceWireless “Fierce 15” award, Josh Matthews will appear on Bloomberg TV’s famed in-depth investor program “Taking Stock with Pimm Fox” today at 5:20 pm EST! Josh will sit down with Pimm to discuss what makes Apkudo fierce, the state of Android, and how Apkudo helps mobile network operators, device manufacturers, and application developers make fierce products. Watch “Taking Stock with Pimm Fox” on Bloomberg TV at 5:20 pm EST! Click here to find Bloomberg TV in your area, or watch it online! Did you miss Josh’s last appearance on “Taking Stock”? No worries, you…

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Hacking for Fun and Profit (Mostly for Fun) – AnDevCon Boston!

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This May our very own David Teitelbaum gave a class at AnDevCon Boston about hacking APKs. A variation on his previous AnDevCon class, this session showed Android developers how to dive deep into the internals of Android. Check out his slides and you will explore the wonders of Dalvik bytecode, smali syntax, decompilation tools, patching techniques, and common methods you can use to (try to) protect your apps. Check out his slides, here! Thanks to all the wonderful folks at AnDevCon and the Android developers that attended David’s class! We hope you enjoyed it!

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Cincinnati Bell Saved $500,000.00 Using Objective User Experience Data to Reduce Android Device Returns

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Cincinnati Bell Saved $500,000.00 Using Objective User Experience Data to Reduce Android Device Returns May 29, 2013 – Baltimore, MD – Apkudo, the Android innovation company, today announced the release of a case study with wireless carrier Cincinnati Bell discussing how their use of the Apkudo Approved program on one of their Android devices saved the company at least half a million dollars in device return associated costs over the course of a year. Apkudo Approved objectively analyzes the user experience of a carrier’s Android devices, generating millions of data points against potential user and app scenarios allowing carriers to…

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Apkudo Joins the Competitive Carriers Association

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Baltimore, MD – Apkudo, an Android user experience innovation company, today announced it has joined the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) as an Associate Member. The CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s more than 100 members covers 95 percent of the nation. As leaders in Android device analysis, Apkudo helps worldwide mobile device manufacturers and network operators assess every aspect of the user experience of Android devices before launch, providing an opportunity to optimize performance, better market and position devices, and improve customer satisfaction. “We’ve…

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Python packages and plugins

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While we obviously do a lot of work on the innards of Android, putting together a backend infrastructure requires a lot of engineering. We use a number of different technologies for this, and from time to time come across stuff we think could be generally interesting to others (even if it isn’t Android focused). This post is focused on Python, which we use pretty extensively. We like keeping up with the new language developments, so most of our Python posts will be related to Python 3, not the old Python 2.7. One thing that can be a little confusing with…

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Android Testing MindMap – there’s a lot to consider!

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Think Android testing is easy? Think again! Friend of Apkudo Daniel Box, Quality Assurance Manager over at Mubaloo, recently completed the intense task of creating an Android testing MindMap. As you can see, there’s a lot to take into account when testing an Android app or website. Have a look below and if you’d like to download it yourself, check it out here. Many thanks to Dan for including us in the MindMap. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @dnlkbox!

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Think You Know Android? Name That Device pt. II!

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It has been two weeks; I am here to issue you with another challenge. It’s not as physically taxing as the Ironman Triathlon, and not as delicious as the Cinnamon Challenge. No, this is much, much worse. Are you ready for a mind-melting, brainteaser that will leave you puzzled for the next 5 days? You’re about to be stumped by the multitudes of Android Devices available to consumers all over the world. We’ve got every Android Device in the App Analytics Lab. Can you identify them all? Here’s a reminder of how to play: Take a look at the hint…

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Enabling HierarchyViewer on Rooted Android Devices

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The HierarchyViewer is an Android SDK tool that gives developers the ability to introspect on all aspects of an application’s layout at runtime. The tool can be extremely useful for developers when debugging the view state of an application across a realm of devices. Unfortunately, the Android SDK has limited this tool to “devices running a developer version of the Android system”. I personally had no idea what Android meant by this statement, so we spent some time investigating the implementation of the ViewServer in Android OS and fortunately found that the HierarchyViewer can be enabled with any Android device as…

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AnDevCon III – Another One for the Books

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This time last week we were drinking lots of water and taking aspirin, handing out t-shirts on the show floor, talking to developers about Apkudo App Analytics and Apkudo Device Analytics, and debating how awesome the Apkudo cookies were (survey says: very awesome, as seen here). We’d just pulled ourselves from bed after a wonderful party at Knuckle’s Bar the night before replete with drinks, food, and a lot of laughs. We met some really excellent people and reconnected with plenty of others. While it’s true that conferences can take a lot out of you (energy and electrolytes, mostly), they…

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