Really chuffed my talk on Hardening your Android app ws accepted at Devoxx UK on 26th/27th March. Devoxx is a diverse conference for all Java technologies, so come along a say hi. Feel free to use the 10% off code SPUK13.
What’s in the talk:
- Encryption and key management on Android
- Using SSL better
- Android Permissions made easy
- Make it harder to pirate/repackage your app
Plus a bunch of other tips I’ve picked up along the way.
This is my slides from last nights SWmobile meetup.
Here’s a copy of the Write less do more presentation I gave at Droidcon 2012. Really enjoyable event met some great people!
Thanks for all the positive feedback
Great time at Apps world and we even picked up a few awards!!! also enjoyed speaking about Enterprise app security.
After a recent hard disk failure I found myself hunting around for the various system config things and thought I’d blog it to ensure I knew where to look next time and to maybe save someone 5mins.
Backup Documents folder to Dropbox
An easy way to ensure you docs on mac are safe is to Create a Symlink from to Documents to a folder in Dropbox. Assuming you have Dropbox installed to the standard place in your home dir. Open the terminal type:
ln -s ~/Documents/ ~/Dropbox/MyMacDocs
That’s it, all done. You should she the files and folder start to sync
Add adb to Path so you can use it in the terminal
If like me your an android dev you know its useful to access adb from the terminal. Heres how…. Create a file called .profile in your user dir (~/ or /Users/<;user.name>;/) Open the .profile file and add the following line:
Now restart the terminal and type adb version
If all went ok you should get the following response Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.29
Show hidden files
Another useful thing todo on mac is to show hidden files. Open the terminal type:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
Finally the new Kindle ‘Fire’ was announced yesterday with much promise for content and mass market pricing. As a consumer I’m really excited about an android tablet at that price with the potential to sell millions.
As a Android developer I’m still stoked , true it’s a highly customised version of Android (which i’m coining the phrase “Amzoid”) and which api level or specific system features are still unconfirmed (based on 2.1 I hear rumoured). An app approval process to boot!
So my life just got more complicated but I see it as an challenge. The same as I see the current fragmentation issues; it being a developer challenge rather than an issue for customer and businesses.
My biggest questions to Amazon are
a) When can we get the great cloud based music and video player’s in the UK?!
b) When can UK devs get hold of one?
I got together with Sarah at Mubaloo and wrote a few articles and they got published, yay! check them out:
http://mobile-device.biz/content/item.php?item=31987 [be prepared for the big head shot :S ]
http://www.telecomtv.com [extra points for those who spot the misspelling of Bown ;)]
Just encase anyone else was curious as me about gambling on Android marketplace or the alternatives.
Gambling is not permitted on the Android marketplace. Quote from the t&c‘s “Gambling: We don’t allow content or services that facilitate online gambling, including but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting and lotteries.” –
Alternative app stores:
- Vodafone and Orange have their own Android app stores, however Vodafone note that can’t be “Gambling-related”, confident Orange will be the same.
- Amazon app store is US only
So it looks as if getjar is the only viable app store at the moment that allows gambling apps in addition to distributing directly (which you can do with Android). For example client could have the application .apk downloadable from their website.
Hope this saves someone time when looking it up.
Managed to make it in to Android Magazine issue 3 with an interview I did about Sony/Amazon Android tablets. Check out page 7, here’s a PDF scan of the article that someone else scanned in [honest].
If you haven’t read the magazine yet it’s well worth checking out, it’s not just for geeks like me 😉
Updated with correct cover image and link to info
Started a tumblr blog to highlight some of my fav and superbly designed Android apps. http://iheartappdesign.tumblr.com/
Hoping to add to it regularly and tag them so other devs and app designs can see good examples of sign on page or dashboard. Looking for a better tumblr theme – watch this space.