More than 1,000 designers, developers and makers gathered at Droidcon London 2014 last week to network, share and learn all about the latest developments in Android. The two-day event (not to mention the weekend hackathon) was packed with demonstrations, workshops and talks. Here’s a rundown of the highlights.
From Intel, Software engineer Dmitry Rizshkov spoke about Intel® Integrated Native Developer Experience (Intel® INDE) and how it helps you create native applications. His colleague Jamie Tanna also took to the floor to discuss devices powered by Intel technology, including the new Tesco hudl2 Android tablet, which was a popular feature in the exhibition space. Jamie also spoke about native coding and app optimisation to ensure the best performance on devices like the hudl2.
On Friday, Intel’s Xavier Hallade presented the Android NDK to the attending developers, many of whom were familiar with the tool. Xavier’s talk took a detailed, hands-on approach to the Android NDK which Android developers can use to include C or C++ code in their apps.
Other popular subjects in the Barcamp talks and the workshops throughout both days included: wearable technology, application security and ways to speed up the build process. Android Wear was a hot topic, and we were encouraged to look ahead to a future beyond the smartphone, when devices such as smartwatches become the norm, in a great talk by Troed Sanberg of Sony.
Google’s Chet Haase brought us up to speed on the latest version of Android, Lollipop, in his keynote and other luminaries from companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Soundcloud and Amazon spoke about everything from seamless video streaming to responsive game design and cloud connectivity. Check out the Droidcon website where presentations will be made available soon.
Look out for next week’s post, when we’ll go into more detail on some of the demos we enjoyed during the Barcamp.
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