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GDG Armenia held ecaHack Yerevan, an Android hackathon featuring "Angry Designers vs Android Developers", where the designers had a look into developers apps and gave them some advices regarding to design. The hackathon was sponsored by Alcatel One Touch and each member of the winner team got one Alcatel One Touch Idol. Check out the photos.
GDG Dublin held their meetup with a talk on AdMob for Android and iOS, entitled “Admob for Android and iOS developers”.
GDG Mbale’s Hassan Nsubuga has been managing a university course session since September. They are now through with the basics and have a firm foundation, so this month they will be doing a lot of advanced stuff including exploring the latest API enhancements with KitKat.
GDG Warsaw held an Android Barcamp focused on App Quality. The discussion was moderated by GDG organisers, but the talks were given by the community members, including some top Android companies and developers in Poland.
GDG Blrdroid held their meetup in collaboration with GDG Bangalore, where they talked about a wider range of things from incorporating user feedback to effectively using the cell radio. David McLaughlin from the Developer Relations team also visited during the meetup and delivered the keynote. They also hit a milestone with its 4th anniversary on the 9th of October and crossed 4300 members in the past few days so its been a memorable couple of months for them.
GDG Dublin held its DevFest, which featured a codeLab on Android titled “Codelab: Intro to Android Development.”
GDG GAUG held the Google Devfest 2013, where they had two tracks and more than 200 delegates attending. They also had a Hackathon and they hit the 1000 member mark this month, which makes them the second largest android community in India after GDG Blrdroid.
GDG Miage held their DevFest where they gave a talk about Intents and Services. The also held a startup Weekend Bootcamp where they talked about Activites and Layouts. They will also hold an Android Workshop in December.
GDG Uruguay had their DevFest, where they held an Android workshop for beginners as an Android vs iOS comparison, a session on best practices using YouTube APIs in Android, and What's new in Google for developers (with a special section about Android). You can see pictures on the G+ page.
Abidjandroid/GDG Côte d'Ivoire held an Android Launch Party featuring the KitKat release.
The Dutch Android User Group had a very interactive presentation on Android Code Puzzlers and Tips & tricks, where they rewarded participation by giving out books, tshirts, jelly beans and kitkats. The presentation was at the Dutch JFall conference, organized by the NLJUG. It's a large yearly Java conference and the DAUG had the only Android session there.
The GDG Berlin Android meetup this month featured the KitKat release.
At the GDG Cairo DevFest there was a "What's new in Android SDK" session on day 1, and an Android workshop on day 2. Kitkat also provided interest in the sessions and the snacks bar. The KitKat presentation, the track organization, and everything related to it were all organized by women.
GDG Cape Town held an Android Workshop.
GDG Udine organized a talk after the release of KitKat for a school in Pordenone.
Hugo Visser from Droidcon Netherlands organized an Android hackathon themed "Location, Location, Location".
GDG Warsaw had over 250 attendees at their DevFest, which featured session tracks on Android and Web and a whole day of Code Labs in Android, AngularJS and Arduino.
GDG GAUG are planning a codelab and hackathon.Max Bonbhel from the African GDG Android is hosting AAC 2014 and Android GDG Barcamp events in December. Also, in order to encourage African Java developers to move to the Android platform, he created the Africa Android Training (AAT) program. The training material targets developers with different levels of experience in Java development. More than 60 developers have been taking part in the weekly sessions. The next 10 sessions will start Saturday, November 9, 2013. 260 GDG and Java User Group members have already registered from 12 Countries.
Eyal Lezmy presented two sessions. “Play Store bashing, learn from the biggest fails” looked at several applications, mainly developed by huge companies, and analyzed why they failed to satisfy the users or the Android guidelines. “Android, the life of your app” tells a story, living the life of a user, identify the frustrations he can encounter and present ways to avoid it, as a developer.
Mario Viviani presented and recorded the next Android App Clinic - Italia. This episode was regarding the Cards UI and SMS app support in Android 4.4. They experimented with a short form of the video (10 minutes instead of 20) and in less than day it got almost 400+ views -- which is great considering it's in Italian! The previous episode reached 1300 views all-time and was the most successful video of GDL Italia in Q2.
Matthias Käppler contributed the first Android specific component to the RxJava project, and spoke about RxJava and reactive programming on Android at DroidCon UK. He has also open sourced Memento, an Android annotation processor to replace the deprecated onRetainNonConfigurationInstance.
Wojtek Kaliciński’s talk, "Android - is it time for a break yet?" highlights not only what's new in Android 4.4 KitKat, but also how to take your app to the next level by making sure you provide the best app experience possible to all 4.0+ users.