I've spent my Monday and Tuesday at the free to attend Android Developer Summit, put together by Google in Mountain View, California. This summit is a kick-off event for Google's Android Developer Conference (AnDevCon) that is happening next week.
I, among other things, am an Android developer, so let me share a few things that I found interesting at the summit.
Google is putting a lot of emphasis on their latest major release of Android Studio, with major version number 2.0. One of the highlights with Android Studio 2.0 is a new and improved Android emulator. If you're familiar with Android development you're probably familiar with the fact that the current stock Android emulators are not very good. In fact, often when Couchbase has mobile development workshops, the emulator is often the bottleneck that we experience. Google claims to have fixed these issues.
I feel pretty certain that anyone developing Android applications will experience a benefit from this latest release.
In the developer sessions that I managed to attend, I witnessed Google's Android engineers showcase a ton of cool features and development concepts that I hadn't used myself. For example, did you know you can use data bindings between your UI and your application logic? It left me pretty impressed, like the first time I saw AngularJS handle data bindings.
Next week Couchbase will be at the Android Developer Conference (AnDevCon) in Santa Clara, California. I personally will be giving a presentation on building offline first Android applications. I hope everyone who attends gets a chance to swing by our booth and say hello!