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In recent weeks, there have been some changes to the Firebase machine learning products. Firstly, we had a name change. Firebase MLKit is no longer, it is now known as Firebase Machine Learning. MLKit does still exist, but it is now its own product as is known as MLKit. So you are probably thinking what is the difference between these two products?

Well, MLKit now is the solution for on-device machine learning for mobile apps. …


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Android Studio 4.0 was recently released to the stable channel and it came with many new features. A feature I’ve been looking forward to has been the Layout Inspector. I’ve been doing mobile development for a while, including iOS development, and when debugging iOS apps, especially when it came to UI bugs, Xcode had a great tool for this. It was called Debug View Hierarchy. This tool allowed developers to capture a screen running on your simulator or on device and inspect all the elements, constraints and attributes of the view.

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I always wanted this in Android and i’m happy that it’s now be released in the latest version of Android Studio. …


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Testing is a critical part of the software development cycle. There are different types of tests, such as unit testing, UI testing and even manual testing. When it comes to making app builds available to QA engineers, we can do this in many ways. Two options that have recently been made available to Android developers are Internal app Sharing on Google Play and Firebase App Distribution.

Both of these platforms serve a simple purpose, which is to get debuggable versions of your app to your QA engineers to test the work you have produced. …

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