Android 6 Essentials
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Android 6 Essentials

Yossi Elkrief

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Android 6 Essentials

Yossi Elkrief

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About This Book

Design, build, and create your own applications using the full range of features available in Android 6

About This Book

  • Learn how to utilize the robust features of Android 6 to design, develop, and publish better Android applications
  • Get useful guidance on creating new apps or migrating existing apps to support features such as app permissions, app links, fingerprint authentication, etc
  • A fast paced guide, packed with hands-on examples that ties all the features such as API, audio, video, camera, tab customization together under a single cover

Who This Book Is For

This book is for Android developers who are looking to move their applications into the next Android version with ease.

What You Will Learn

  • Familiarize yourself with the features of Android 6
  • Code with the new Android permissions model
  • Use apps auto backup and restore lost data automatically
  • Increase user engagement with apps through an assistant using triggers and providing contextual assistance
  • Assess and handle proper usage of the API
  • Work with Audio, Video, Camera in Android 6
  • Utilize the new features in Android for professional purposes
  • Understand and code Chrome's custom tabs

In Detail

Android 6 is the latest and greatest version of the Android operating system, and comes packed with cutting edge new features for you to harness for the benefit of building better applications.

This step-by-step guide will take you through the basics of the Android Marshmallow permissions model and beyond into other crucial areas such as the Audio, Video, Camera API and Android's at work features. Learn how to create, deploy, and manage Android applications with Marshmallow's API and the latest functionalities.

The combination of instructions and real-world examples will make your application deployment and testing a breeze.

Style and approach

This easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorial provides explanations and examples to add the new Android 6 features to your skill set. Each chapter provides sequential steps and detailed information about the API, as well as best practices and testing options.

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Android 6 Essentials

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Android 6 Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
Why subscribe?
Free access for Packt account holders
What this book covers
What you need for this book
Who this book is for
Reader feedback
Customer support
Downloading the example code
Downloading the color images of this book
1. Android Marshmallow Permissions
An overview of Android permissions
Permission group definitions
Permissions that imply feature requirements
Viewing the permissions for each app
Understanding Android Marshmallow permissions
An overview
Permission groups
Runtime permissions
Taking coding permissions into account
Testing permissions
Coding for runtime permissions
Best practices and usage notes
Minimalism is a great option
Asking for too many permissions at once
Honesty can be a great policy
Need support handling runtime permissions?
Some permissions are normal and safer to use
2. App Links
The Android Intent system
Creating a website association
Why this file?
Triggering app link verification
App link settings and management
Testing app links
Checking manifest and listing domains
The Digital Asset Links API
Testing our intent
Checking policies using adb
3. Apps' Auto Backup
An overview
Data backup configuration
Including or excluding data
The backup configuration syntax
Opting out from app data backup
Backup configuration testing
Setting backup logs
Testing the backup phase
Testing the restore phase
Important bytes
What to exclude from the backup
BackupAgent and backup events
4. Changes Unfold
Power-saving modes
The Doze mode
What happens to apps when a device is dozing?
Testing apps with Doze mode
The App Standby mode
What happens to apps when in the App Standby mode?
Testing apps with the App Standby mode
Excluded apps and settings
Removable storage adoption
Apache HTTP client removal
Text selection
Support library notice
Android Keystore changes
Wi-Fi and networking changes
Hardware identifier
APK validation
USB connection
Direct Share
What if we have nothing to share?
Direct Share best practices
Voice interactions
The Assist API
Bluetooth API Changes
Bluetooth stylus support
Improved Bluetooth low energy scanning
5. Audio, Video, and Camera Features
Audio features
Support for the MIDI protocol
Digital audio capture and playback
Audio and input devices
Information on audio devices
Changes in AudioManager
Video features
Why do we need to know this?
Camera features
The flashlight API
The reprocessing API
Changes in the camera service
6. Android for Work
Behavioral changes
The work profile contacts display option
Wi-Fi configuration options
The Wi-Fi configuration lock
Work Policy Controller addition
DevicePolicyManager changes
Single-use device improvements
Silently installing/uninstalling apps
Improved certificate access
Automatic system updates
Third-party certificate installation
Data usage statistics
Managing runtime permissions
VPN access and display
Work profile status
7. Chrome Custom Tabs
What is a Chrome custom tab?
What is WebView?
Customization options
When to use Chrome custom tabs
The implementation guide
Can we use Chrome custom tabs?
Custom UI and tab interaction
The custom action button
Configuring a custom menu
Configuring custom enter and exit animations
Chrome warm-up
Connecting to the Chrome service
Warming up the browser process
Creating a new tab session
Setting the prefetching URL
Custom tabs connection callback
8. Authentication
The Fingerprint authentication API
How do we use fingerprint authentication?
Setting up for testing
Credentials' Grace Period
Cleartext network traffic
So, what do we do with the cleartext network traffic flag?

Android 6 Essentials

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