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Melissa Blanken

Think You Know Android? Name That Device!

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The beauty of the Android operating system is that it’s open and free. This means consumers aren’t all stuck with the same boring, cookie-cutter devices. We get variety! And who doesn’t like variety? At Apkudo we’ve got every Android device in the App Analytics Lab. I’m talking seriously unique, obscure, and rare devices. One of the funnest things about working with all of these phones and tablets is playing a little game we like to call, “Name That Device!” It’s so much fun that we want you to play, too! About once a week I’ll be posting a puzzle, recording…

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Meet “The Deej,” Apkudo’s Newest Engineer!

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One of the greatest things about working for a start-up is watching the company grow. Over the last year I’ve been a witness to the addition of every new employee on our staff. Each one of them brings something special to the mix and work hasn’t ever felt like ‘work.’ Our newest addition to the Apkudo team is Daniel “The Deej” Joyce, Engineer Extraordinaire. We wanted to get to know Deej on a deep, spiritual level so we asked him 10 Questions (it was actually 11, but he refused to answer “Who Farted?!”). Here we go! 1) What made you…

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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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Let’s Get Buzzed Again, Shall We?

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Boy oh boy, it feels like AnDevCon II was only yesterday, doesn’t it? All those workshops, classes, that fabulous expo… Android developers – we’ve been missing you. Let’s #GetBuzzed again next week, shall we? We’ve got a boatload of things happening at AnDevCon III and we can’t wait to see each and every one of you. Here’s what we’re up to: Tuesday, May 15 At 1:45 pm Apkudo Engineer David Teitelbaum and CEO Josh Matthews will present the class, “Who Needs Thumbs? Android Instrumentation and Reverse Engineering.” This advanced level class will teach developers the fundamentals of APK reverse engineering, including…

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Josh Matthews Appointed to Application Developers Alliance Board of Directors!

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We’re very proud to announce that Josh was recently appointed to the Application Developers Alliance Board of Directors! Here’s our press release announcing it: Apkudo CEO Josh Matthews Appointed to Application Developers Alliance Board of Directors Matthews Named as a Founding Director of Newly Formed Apps Alliance April 11, 2012 – Baltimore – Apkudo, Inc., an Android innovation start-up, today announced the appointment of Josh Matthews as a Founding Director to the Application Developers Alliance Board of Directors. With a breadth of experience in the embedded Android ecosystem in addition to being a champion for Android application developers through Apkudo,…

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Testing ROI – A Numbers Game

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This is a guest blog by Bill Weinberg, Senior Executive, Mobile Practice Partner – The Olliance Group Everyone agrees that testing software (and device testing too) is necessary and valuable. Everyone looks to testing to endow software and handsets with quality and reliability. But test engineering is often pure misery – in the quest for bugs and faults and other failures, developers are damned if they find bugs and more damned if they don’t. Testing is a numbers game. There are probably graduate theses and tortured theorems that testify in detail as to why you can never totally test a…

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Of CES, Fragmentation, and Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Hear ye, hear ye, fellow tech nerds! The glorious Consumer Electronics Show is upon us and you know what that means, right? A crop of new Android phones! But with the bountiful harvest of these snazzy new gadgets comes…dun dun dun…fragmentation! Ah, fragmentation. The Android application developers mortal coil. Different UIs from different OEMs, divergence in hardware, look and feel, behavior, APIs, etc, etc, we developers need a hero. Enter Ice Cream Sandwich. While ICS is a step in the right direction for fragmentation in some respects (e.g. unifying Honeycomb and Gingerbread), there are some ways it makes things a…

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Gnarly, Bro

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Late last week we got our first entry for the “Get Buzzed T-Shirt Photo Contest,” and it’s too badass not to share. Check it out: And, yes. He stuck that landing like a boss. Big thanks to David Wagner for shredding with our t-shirt on. Keep the pictures coming, everyone! -Kate

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Developer Survey T-Shirts: An update

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First, I’d like to say again how thankful we all are that so many developers took the time to fill out our Android Developer Survey. You guys and gals kick serious ass. We’ll be publishing a report with the survey results soon after the new year so keep an eye out for it! About the t-shirts Fun fact: 9 out of 10 scientists agree. Wearing an Apkudo t-shirt makes you 24% more attractive to the opposite sex.* I’ve gotten a few emails, tweets, and strangely enough a homing pigeon – which I thought to be an antiquated, however effective, form…

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Testing with Monkey

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There’s no point sugar-coating it: testing is not exactly the most fun you can have with a computer. However, it’s an important part of providing a good user experience. Well-tested apps make their users happy, and happy users don’t post incomprehensible one-star reviews like these (taken from a recent sampling of high-ranking Market apps): On Android, there are many options available for automated testing, starting with the Android Testing Fundamentals page, then moving on to beta testing and advanced automated testing packages like Robotium. But how many people actually use these tools? At Apkudo, we’re interested in questions like these,…

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