Developer News of the Week you can't Miss

Oh yeah!Back with this week Developer hub containing News ,Recommended tools  for the developer.
We try to pick up those tools and apps for designers and developers that are genuinely worth checking out and promise to make you all feel glad about having found such stuff that are created with the clear aim to help you out wherever you get stuck.

So Lets start Checking this week Developer News and tools you can look out for

SecretKeyFactory API in android 4.4

In Android 4.4 KitKat Google made a subtle change to the behavior of SecretKeyFactory. This change may break some applications that use symmetric encryption and meet all of the following conditions: Use SecretKeyFactory to generate symmetric keys, and use PBKDF2WithHmacSHA1 as their key generation algorithm for SecretKeyFactory, and Allow Unicode input for passphrases. 

Unexplained 1star rating in Google play

Earlier this month an update to the Play Store began rolling out with a brand new ratings widget appearing on the main landing page and within landing pages for each major section (Apps, Movies, Books, etc.) The simple card encouraged users to give a score of 1 to 5 stars on a previously downloaded (or claimed) item in exchange for some suggestions about similar items they might be interested in. While this seemed like a relatively innocuous addition, obviously intended to drive additional downloads, it seems to have had a unexpected negative effect: Several developers are reporting a drastic rise in 1-star ratings on otherwise successful apps.

ADD is reloading 

Android Developer Days is reloading not only for 2014 but also for you in order to expand the vision of attendees. Android Developer Days is going to take place in Ankara, Turkey on May 16/17. It is again free and it is open to everyone.Call for papers is open now.

 Well this week that were news for Developers.
Now look into the next session Suggested Tools to look out for this week for android developement.

Suggested Tools For Developers


PhoneHome is a standalone library that sends logs from remote Android devices to a central server for debugging. PhoneHome requires nothing of end users.

Ghost Log 
Jeff Gilfelt has released Ghost Log as open source. It's an Android application that displays the device logcat buffer in a system overlay window. 

  • Persistent logcat display as a system overlay
  • Customisable log filters and display options
  • Auto filter by the current foreground Activity process
  • Quick access to pause/play, clear & share functions via rich notification
  • Integration support for non-root devices 
An Android staggered grid view which supports multiple columns with rows of varying sizes.

  • Configurable column count for portrait and landscape orientations.
  • Sync'd row position across orientation changes.
  • Configurable item margin.
  • Support for headers & footers.
  • Internal padding that does not affect the header & footer.    


A surgical debugging tool to uncover the layers under your app. 


Other News:
 Learn applications for handheld systems  :A free Coursera course starting on January 21st: Introduction to the design and implementation of applications for handheld systems, such as smartphones and tablets, running the Android Platform.


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