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android studio ui

ConstraintLayout – Guidelines, Barriers, Chains and Groups

Since my initial blog post about ConstraintLayout, there have been a whole bunch of new features added (and lots of improvements) to ConstraintLayout. This blog post aims to cover some of the new features, namely Guidelines, Barriers, Chains and Groups. Some of these features require using Android Studio 3.0 Beta 5 and the beta version of […]

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android firebase ui

A/B Test your App using Firebase Remote Config

Last week I was in Nairobi and Cape Town giving a talk on Remote Config and Test Lab in Firebase. I had such a great time and thought I should share some of the content I presented online. What is A/B Testing? A/B testing is the process of experimentally testing your UI on different audiences in order to […]

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android ui

ConstraintLayout 101 & the new Layout Builder in Android Studio

What is ConstraintLayout? ConstraintLayout  is a new type of layout that you can use in your Android App, it is compatible down to API level 9 and is part of the support library. Its aim is to reduce layout hierarchies (and improve performance of layouts) and it also reduces the complexity of trying to work […]

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android ui

Optimizing Layouts in Android – Reducing Overdraw

You have a great idea and you have launched your application into the wild. Now you hear people complaining how your app is slow and horrible to use. Sad face. One such step to improve the rendering time of your application is to have a look at the GPU Overdraw tool.