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Google Alternatives for More Privacy and Less Monopoly

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I hope I don’t have to explain why Google is bad, but just to give a few reasons to switch to alternatives: You’ll probably get better privacy because those alternatives collect less data about you, your data won’t get sold to advertisers or government organizations that easily and you help to prevent a monopoly. Sometimes alternatives are also just better than the Google product and don’t lock you in so much.

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Using A Holo Design App in 2018

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It’s 2018. Long gone are the days where Holo UI is the current design language for Android apps, Material Design is everywhere since 2015. But one of my favorite and most used apps still uses Holo UI…

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I Really Bought the Xiaomi Mi A1 - My First 24h Impressions

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At the beginning of December 2017 I wrote that I will buy the Xiaomi Mi A1 when it finally gets the update to Oreo. That’s exactly what I did. I’ve been using it for over 24 hours now, so my first impressions here:

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What Happened To Custom ROMs?

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I’ve been in the Android scene a little longer already. Maybe not as long as some others, but Android 4.0 was the first version I used. A lot of time has passed since then. But when I look back in time today, it strikes me that one thing that had found many followers at the time is no longer really important.

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Is Android also a Walled Garden?

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The openness of the system is often praised as one of the main reasons for Android enthusiasts. You can install apps not only from the official store (Google Play) but also from other sources. But isn’t that like running a Windows computer without a virus program?

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Android and the Fragmentation Problem

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Guess what one of Android developers' biggest problems is! Well, guess what? It’s the fragmentation! And who’s fault is it? Google? Nope, the manufacturers!

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I’ll Buy the Xiaomi Mi A1 when it get’s Oreo

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Yes, I will really get my money together and buy this device when it has received the Oreo update, even if it is after Christmas.

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Go, Android Go!

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Since Google I/O this year we know about Android Go. An optimized system for low-end smartphones with RAM up to 1 GB. Packed with a slimmer Android version and the Go variants from all the Google apps.

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The Day All Android Developers Will Use Kotlin

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Advantages, statistics and my own experience

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Publish multi-module Android libraries on JitPack

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If you’re an Android developer and learned to love the benefits of open source, you may want to publish you’re own libraries sometime. A common used services for building and providing Android libraries is JitPack. It’s a user friendly alternative to jCenter, which takes a lot of pain from the process of publishing a library. It’s as simple as adding a few lines of code to your project.

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