25 new Android libraries, projects and tools worthy to check in Spring 2018

Michal Bialas
10 min readApr 17, 2018
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This is a list of 25 newest Android libraries, projects and tools released in past 3 months. All of them are my personal choice. They are not in the ranked order. Definitely worthy to check and be included in your project or just play with them and have a lot of fun. Enjoy!

1. scrcpy

Let’s get off to a good start with scrcpy! This tool is developed by Genymotion team and does exactly the same what Vysor does (if you’re not familiar with this tool, you can check my article about 10 useful tools for Android Developers).
It provides display and control of Android devices connected on USB. It does not require any root access. It works on GNU/Linux, Windows and MacOS and it is for free.

README is really comprehensive and well-written. It includes how to install and build the project. For Mac users the project is available via homebrew as well. I personally built and installed the project on my own and I can confirm, it works like a charm. I recommend this tool in 100%.

2. Long Shadows

This is a library for efficiently generating and rendering beautiful long shadows in Android.

This library include many features like for instance:

  • Supporting any type of View,
  • allowing to a precise control over shadows on every View,
  • multiple shadows for a View,
  • shadow animations,
  • async calculations and many more.

README is full of great examples and really well-written. It is probably one of the best README I have ever…

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Michal Bialas

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