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Melissa Blanken

Instrumentation 101 – Must have tips for Android developers

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Thanks to everyone who came out to our class! It was great meeting and chatting with all of you Android developers. If you missed your chance to check out our 30 minute primer at AnDevCon IV, you’ll find the details of our Android Instrumentation 101 talk in this post along with download links for the demos and scripts used in the presentation. You can download the presentation here. Testing can be boring and tedious, but its role is very important. In the long run you’ll save time fixing bugs in your application. Fortunately, Android supports many tools for testing. The…

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ZOMG! AnDevCon is next week!!

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ZOMG! AnDevCon starts next week!! We’ve got a pretty packed schedule on Wednesday, dropping all kinds of knowledge. Come check out our classes: Hacking APKs for Fun and Profit (Mostly for Fun), Part I From 10:00 am – 11:45 am Hacking APKs for Fun and Profit (Mostly for Fun), Part II From 11:30 am – 12:45 pm Come see David Teitelbaum dive deep into the internals of Android in this two-part, 150-minute class. 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. Extremely hands-on,…

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Name That Device!! Part 4

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Let’s talk about Android devices, shall we? As Apkudo’s Lab Manager, I live and breathe Android. There isn’t a device out there I haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know, touch, and feel personally. I can rattle off Android devices like you wouldn’t believe. Hey, it’s my job! One of the best parts about my job is to challenge all the other Android lovers out there to a little game I like to call, “Think You Know Android? Name That Device!” Were we to ever meet in person, I would challenge you to a ‘Name Off’ and as sure…

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DroidCon UK might be over, but DroidCon NL is a week away!

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Thanks to everyone who came out to catch David Teitelbaum’s class at Droidcon UK, “Who Needs Thumbs? Android Instrumentation and Reverse Engineering.” We had a fantastic time mixing it up with all the Android Devs in London and appreciate all the great feedback on Twitter! For all of you who’ve asked, you can find the slides here. Are you thinking to yourself, “I couldn’t attend DroidCon UK and I’ll never forgive myself because this class sounds SO interesting. I wish there was somewhere else I could go to learn how to reverse engineer my favorite apps!?” Well you’re in luck!…

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Developer Economics 2013: Best practices for app development & marketing

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Apkudo is proud to be a partner in the VisionMobile Developer Economics 2013 survey! As we launch the Developer Economics 2013 online survey, Senior Analyst Andreas Pappas has written a guest blog post to introduce Developer Economics 2013, the fourth in our series of developer research reports. This time we’re benchmarking the building blocks of the app economy, from analytics tools to voice APIs. Join us in Developer Economics 2013, take the online survey and win great prizes. Enjoy!   Back in June 2012 we launched Developer Economics 2012, the third in our series of reports that focused on app ecosystems, developer…

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Reverse Engineering Android: Disassembling Hello World

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When it comes to learning Android, it’s amazing how easy it is to find tutorials, code samples, and documentation to immerse yourself into. Interestingly, I’ve found the inverse to be true for the, dare I say, way cooler world of hacking Android. Reverse engineering Android applications can be really fun and give you a decent knowledge for the inner workings of the Dalvik Virtual Machine. This post will be an all-out, start-to-finish, beginners* tutorial on the tools and practices of reverse engineering Android through the disassembly and code injection of the Android Hello World application. *Beginner means that you know…

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Meet Apkudo’s Newest Employee – Ben “Sponge BRog” Rogers!

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You know what’s awesome? No, not “Gangnam Style.” Focus, people! That song isn’t even a little bit awesome! What’s awesome is when you have an employee that starts off as a part-timer but then proves themselves to be so perfect for the team you’re like, “Hey, let’s give this guy some health insurance. And a full time job.” When Ben Rogers started here a few months ago he quickly learned the ins-and-outs of the Device Analytics lab and was eager to get his hands on everything in the App Analytics lab, too. The guy is like a sponge (earning him…

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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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Come meet us at DroidCon London!

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We’re taking this show on the road, folks. Our VP of Engineering, David Teitelbaum, is presenting a class at DroidCon London! That’s right, ladies and gents. We’re bringing our Android hacking love across the pond to show all the devs in the UK how to hack their favorite Android apps straight off Google Play. The class will teach developers the fundamentals of APK reverse engineering, including Dalvik executable disassembly/reassembly, code injection, and view hacking using tools such as Smali/Baksmali and Romain Guy’s awesome ViewServer. Here are the deets: Who? David Teitelbaum presenting at Droidcon London What? Who Needs Thumbs? Android Instrumentation…

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Think you know Android?! Name That Device pt. 3

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I have a vision that one day soon, all shall use Android phones. And when that day comes it will behoove you to know what has come before. Knowing the history of our beloved Android phones from the HTC G1 to the Samsung Galaxy S3 is just as important as knowing how to speak French or build a canoe. The knowledge of Android smartphones can only strengthen our future devices. And so, my fellow Android lovers, go forth on this day to be confounded by the challenge ahead. Be stumped by scores of Android devices in the App Analytics Lab. Can…

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