On Monday, July 17th, we held our very first London Android Livecode event at the Hub Westminster. Inside the lovely venue, was a room packed with developers– from beginners to fully-seasoned professionals, all eager to learn more about the Android platform. We had three speakers, the first of which was Yinon Horwitz, of SmartApp, based in NY and Israel, who started us off with a presentation on the latest options for monetizing Android apps. He shared several common practices and gave good food for thought for those considering developing their own indie app to put on the market. His slides can be found here.
Secondly we heard from Lukasz Pilliszczuk who discussed augmented reality in relation to android apps. In particular, he presented an app he created using image recognition to initiate an AR basketball game. He discussed various things to think about when creating AR apps and recommended looking into frameworks for developing these apps rather than attempting to create an AR app from the ground up. Check out his github page for more info and updates. Also of note, Lucasz released an Android app for bike sharing users in London called Univelo London, free to download on the play store here.
Finally we saw a live code demonstration from David Roulin, Advocate developer at Corona Labs. He demoed in about 30 minutes using approximately 30 lines of code how to create a simple Android game using the Corona Labs SDK. We made some attempts to record the session but ran into a few unfortunate hiccups. Nontheless, you can check out David’s github page for a look at the code.
Afterwards we socialised a bit with beer and pizza– all in all a great meet up! Keep a look-out for the next London Android Livecode, should be happening in mid-September!