Google I/O Takeaways: What Android App Developers and Product Managers Need to Know

Once again, Google’s annual developer conference has come and gone. Last week, The Nerdery was an official host site of the 2015 Google I/O live stream viewing, and two of our Nerds were lucky enough to travel to San Francisco to attend the conference in person. The list of announcements that came out of the keynote address is long, but the overall feel of this year was a focus on refinement rather than reinvention.

Translating those changes into a product roadmap can be difficult, but we’ve identified some of the key takeaways for those developing or maintaining an Android application.

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Apple WWDC 2015 Predictions

In advance of Apple’s annual June spectacle, WWDC (that’s Worldwide Developers Conference for the layperson), we thought it’d be fun to pick the brains of our mobile Nerds and learn what they expect to hear from Apple’s bigwigs. Introducing our panel:

Jon Rexeisen is a Principal Software Engineer (iOS), veteran of many mobile-focused Nerdery webinars and is attending his sixth(!) consecutive WWDC.
Sarah Olson is a Senior Software Engineer (iOS) attending her first WWDC, thanks to her winning app entry courtesy of Apple’s WWDC scholarship competition for members and alumni of select STEM organizations.
Kenton Watson is a Senior Software Engineer (Android) here to shake things up with the outsider’s perspective only an Android developer could bring.
Ben Dolmar is The Nerdery’s Technology Manager for mobile development.

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Security on the Client-side

Whether in a desktop browser or the embedded webview of your favorite social media app, your website is a battleground. Keeping your users and their data safe is one of the most difficult (but important) problems to solve when creating any Internet-connected product. There’s plenty to be done to ensure that data stays safe server-side, but your first and last line of defense is client-side.

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Why 60% of software projects are at risk before they even start

There are a lot of well-intentioned business owners, product managers and decision makers within organizations who want to make their business better. Some have plenty of money and are ready to spend when they’re told they’ll see, “a huge ROI because [technology fad of the month] is the next-big-thing.” Others have money burning a hole in their pocket while wistfully looking at their competitors, green with envy, and thinking, “Damn, they’ve just launched a mobile app, and I hear mobile is big with the kids these days. I should probably have an app, too.”

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Helping Sick Kids – One Video Game At A Time

Over the past three years, Extra Life Nerds has raised more than $30,000 for sick kids by playing games for 24-hours straight as part of Extra Life.

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Sitecore Announces Upcoming Change to Geolocation Services

Sitecore, a software company that specializes in content management and digital marketing systems, recently announced it would be taking over the integrated services currently provided to Sitecore customers by the popular third party integration, MaxMind GeoIP Lookup Service. Starting May 4th, Sitecore will begin offering this service directly via Sitecore IP Geolocation Service, an app available through the Sitecore App Center.

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Planning for the Maintenance of Your Website or App

So, you’ve been working on your website or app for the past six months and it’s finally set to launch–high-fives! All done, right? Well, not exactly. What many people don’t realize is that digital projects are never really “done.” Building and deploying software is only one part of the larger development process. Maintaining and improving your software’s functionality for the long-term is a critical next step. If you’re not working with your development partner to determine a sustainable software maintenance plan, you’re running the risk of falling behind user needs and adding significantly to both your timeline and budget later.

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Presidential Web Challenge welcome/skateboard break

To kick off Web Challenge weekend, Nerdery President Tom O’Neill wrote the message below to teams, nonprofits, sponsors and volunteers. But the key to any 24-hour workday is making time for simple pleasures – like skateboarding. Enjoy your weekend. Let’s ride.

“On any given Monday morning when people ask me if I had a good weekend, my answer is consistent. I can find something to like about any weekend – haven’t had a truly bad one yet. But the annual weekend of our Overnight Website Challenge is one that I get especially stoked about.

“My utility as a programmer wore off at The Nerdery a few years back, but I still dabbled in software development during Web Challenge weekends until finally being sentenced to the sidelines, where I now gladly root for all of you. As cheerleader-in-chief, I play no favorites at these nerdathons for nonprofits. I see you all as generous champions of worthy causes, and friendly rivals, and winners. I have all due respect for all of you.

“If you’re participating in the Twin Cities, expect to be high fived by me at some point in the next 24 hours. If you’re in Chicago or Kansas City, expect your high five another time. Our Phoenix Nerds can expect that our Web Challenge will go west next spring.

“But for now, with 31 pairs of nonprofits and teams in three cities this weekend – Chicago, Kansas City and St. Paul – I want to thank you all for being an important part of this growing community initiative. Nonprofits, nerds, sponsors, friends, thanks.”

– Tom O’Neill, President, The Nerdery

Mobile-Friendliness Essential for Google’s April 21 Update

Google recently made two major announcements that will dramatically impact where websites land within all search results.

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How I Used a Wireframing Tool to Build a Website

People who know me know I love misusing and abusing tools. So when fellow User Experience (UX) Designer Fred Beecher told me that the latest version of Axure, a rapid-prototyping tool used to generate interactive clickable wireframes and mockups, was basically a JavaScript frontend, I felt compelled – nay, tasked – to attempt to build a website using only Axure. This is what I do in what passes for my spare time, apparently.

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