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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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Get Buzzed with Apkudo at AnDevCon

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Launching a company is no easy feat. We’ve all been busy bees preparing to launch the Apkudo test platform. We’re also gearing up for our participation at AnDevCon, which is going to be our little taste of honey. We’ve got a lot going on at AnDevCon – here’s the buzz: 1) Apkudo CEO Josh Matthews will participate in the “Lightning Talk” sessions between 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm on Monday, November 7. Josh is going to give a super-fast, super-fun presentation on Android’s biggest challenge – the F word (not that F word, the other F word – fragmentation!) –…

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Hello and welcome

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tl;dr: Android is great. Fragmentation sucks. It causes experience problems. Such as Launch Anxiety. But it doesn’t have to. We’re working on that. Our first product, the Apkudo test platform, lets developers see their apps run on every Android device. Launching November 6 early November. Free. The long version: I don’t think it’s possible to overestimate the impact that smartphone technologies have had on our world. The opportunities that arise when you have an accessible, capable, and connected computing device in the pockets of a critical mass of users is astonishing; the smartphone becomes a delivery mechanism for innovation, and…

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