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Now in Android – a new, open source, real-world sample app

For two years, ‘Now in Android‘ has been a popular blog and YouTube series, providing you with the latest and greatest developer news from the Android team. Starting today, you can check out the alpha version of the Now in Android app on GitHub! 🎉

The app has two goals:

  • Firstly, it showcases best practices, opinionated designs, and solutions to complex real-world problems which other sample apps don’t handle. It does so with an open source implementation of a real world app.
  • Secondly, it helps you (the developer) keep up to date with the areas of Android development which interest you most. It is a working app planned for publication on the Play Store.

For this first alpha release, the Now in Android app includes:

As well as these features, we are also documenting the learning journeys we took to certain decisions with the app’s design and implementation. Check out our first journey on the app’s Architecture here.

Since this is an alpha release, Google expect that there will be bugs and missing features, and we would greatly appreciate your feedback. Developers have some exciting features planned, such as user authentication and loading data from a real backend. Check out the app and let authors know what you think!

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