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Google is currently hosting their Google I/O conference in San Francisco, and have just announced a whole range of improvements to Android and other Google products. In a seven-hour keynote (really? did they stop for drinks?) we got to hear about the new version of Android "M".
With more than 50 new products and initiatives, it can be hard to filter out the noise, so here are some of the announcements that have made us sit up and take notice so far: the ones which will have the most practical impact in the short-term.
- - A new permissions system, apps will ask for permissions when they need them, instead of requesting all permissions when an app is installed or updated. Like on iOS.
- - "Doze" should help battery life. It will automatically shut down apps in the background to save power. Like on iOS.
- - Android Pay will let you pay for physical goods using NFC. Sounds similar to Apple Pay. Like on iOS.
Indeed it seems that over time, Android is becoming iOS and iOS is becoming Android. Rumours about what's coming in iOS9 include a new "Proactive" screen which sounds exactly like Google Now.
It's good for consumers - any "must have feature" in iOS is copied in the next version of Android, and vice versa.
There were some interesting improvements to Google Play too:
- - You can run A/B tests for your app description and photos
- - Cloud Test Lab - automatically test your app on hundreds of physical Android devices
- - Customise your Developer page with text and images to match your brand
We're looking forward to getting our hands on the new tools!
At the most recent CocoaHeads meetup in Shanghai, I presented 21 of my favorite tools which I use on my Mac. These are not necessarily specific to iOS development, but they are all tried and tested tools which save me a few seconds, a few minutes or a few hours of my time.
We had a busy year of the horse! 2014 was the first year for our new Chile office. We explored iBeacons, helped people swipe through their support tickets, attended cool events like Barcamp, CocoaHeads and GMIC, got kicking for the World Cup, helped a local entrepreneur, made some Shanghai street signs, figured out a more agile way to price apps, discovered two ways to build a pyramid, got ready for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, made some awesome educational games, celebrated Christmas, and welcomed our newest team member Anukriti.
Who knows what the year of the sheep will bring? We're hoping it'll be a baaaaaaa-d ass year!
Nobody cares what the fox says!
Music is sometimes really helpful for getting lost in your work, and at Reign you see a lot of headphones and tapping feet in a otherwise quiet office.
Ever wondered what kind of music your coworkers are listening to?
Or why, when I did, I realised we would probably never be able to agree on a playlist with such varied musical tastes. Here is roughly 5 songs from each of our team members, all mixed up. Click to download & get to know them:
Or listen to it on Spotify. (However here, all of the Chinese songs, some of the remixes and French songs are missing. )
ReignDesign had a fun and exciting year! We released some apps, visited conferences and contemplated new technology! Here's a Top Ten List of our biggest moments.