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Android L To Release November 1st

After Apple’s big fail, smartphone users are focused on another release, the ‘Android L’. Though rumors have been circulating on the web for months and despite Google has not made any official announcement, we believe the time for an update is closer than ever, and November 1st could be ‘the date’.


All the Android lovers are currently waiting two different releases, the Nexus 9 by HTC will be revealed first possibly on October 16th and the Android L will follow on November 1st. This final version, is about to bring a bundle of new changes, with Sundar Pichai, Android dept. CEO, stating it to be one of the biggest upgrades to Android yet, we can’t wait to test it.

Lollipop? Lemon Meringue Pie? Laddu? We don’t know what the exact name of the next Android version will be, all we know is that currently is named “Android L”.

Android L features

But let’s take a look at its features. First of all we are expecting radically new design, 5000 new APIs. The update is already available for all the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 developers since June 26th and it seems to go beyond the usual mobile updates.

The new Material Design is pretty unique, yes, it’s flat, but it’s meant to make any animation look real. Basically a “flat 3D”. Roboto font has also been updated, so everything from watch to TV to mobile looks the exactly  the same. The animations on the screen will be connected to one another. Another variation we will see in the update is that notifications will flow over the screen from the top, so if you get a call while you’re playing, you’ll be notified with a pop up message on top of your screen and the same will be for your text messages or any other app notifications. The home button, back button and multi-tasking buttons on Android have been polished too. For android this is a big step ahead as it will finally have a cleaner, more intuitive-looking mobile platform.

HTC has already connected with its Android users giving the following statement about its upgrade to Android L: “HTC is excited about the new features in Android L and we can’t wait to share them with our customers. We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible”.

So, what are your thoughts about it? Hopefully this time we’ll have something to really be excited about.


Nokia Here: 1 App, 200 Countries

HERE me now,  let me introduce the groundbreaking GPS app that works without an Internet connection. You heard right. The app named playfully HERE was developed by Nokia and will only be available exclusively on Android. Nokia have recently announced that they are partnering up with Samsung to bring two versions of their HERE app on the Market, one for their Android devices and the other for Samsung’s Tizen-powered devices such as its new Gear S smart watch.

here-nokia-for-samsungCan’t find Google on the map

The beta version of the app is to be released in October alongside the arrival of the Gear S. The app allows you to plan and calculate your route for more than 750 urban areas across 40 countries and get maps for almost 200 countries. Currently dominated by Google’s ‘Google maps’, the arrival of HERE may spell trouble for Google. This is also particularly frustrating for them as they have been at the center of all Samsung devices, though recent rumors suggests that tensions are running high between Google and Samsung. With HERE being available on Android will only intensify these tensions as previous rivals Samsung and Nokia pair up.

A ‘glimpse’ into the features

The HERE division of Nokia that wasn’t sold to Microsoft is Nokia’s mapping and location intelligence business. Previously, HERE was only available on Windows phone, as part of a four-year licensing deal, now it seem as this area is expanding. Now with HERE on the market, Google Maps will be facing heavy competition. The app brings about many similar features as Google Maps, but also has a few tricks up its sleeve. One of these tricks that stand up tall against Google Maps is ‘glimpse’. This allows you to share your location to your friends from any location in the world; that is, if you want them to have that information. And, it also surpasses expectations in their offline mapping area, which allows you to plan your route quickly without risking loss of connection.

Sean Fernback, SVP of Nokia says “Nokia aims to deliver maps and location cloud experiences to as many people and businesses as possible, independent of their device and operating system, this collaboration is another huge step for us in that direction.”

The HERE app in terms of functionality is actually quite fascinating. Alongside offering the standard walking, drive and public transport options, the ability to view offline and keep them stored on your device means you can view them at any time and not have to worry about loading time or loss of signal. This function is the most appealing to me, and as I sit ‘here’ with my iPhone 5s, I can’t help but feel slightly envious. This is truly something amazing, and reflects the trajectory of exponential advancements in technology.

The online experience

You’ve only been told about how the app works when it is offline; wait till you hear what it can do when it’s connected to the Internet. With live traffic and real-time schedules, you can plan your route more strategically to make sure you don’t miss that hair appointment. Not only this, but you are also able to save and share places you’ve visited and liked and can add them to your ‘collection’. There is a bright future for Nokia in terms of growth, and since handing over their devices division to Microsoft; this transaction is one their most lucrative.

Excited about Nokis’s app? Than why don’t you create your own location based app. With just a few simple steps and many app templates to guide you, there is nothing you cannot do! Here are the templates: Route Director, Local guide app.



2nd Monday Giveaway: Winner Announced!

After the great success of the 1st competition won by Fruit Slayer ,today we are ready to announce the winner of the 2nd Monday Giveaway,that closed on Sunday July 15th. 

The whole Chupamobile Team would like to thank again all developers who entered the contest for their creativity and enthusiasm, you are really the best!  Stay tuned for future contests!

And now, the $500 award goes to:
Andrei Catinean, with City App Template



City Application Template is a native Android application that provides you an easy way to create a presentation application of a particular city. It doesn’t require programming knowledge, all you have to do is to edit a couple of configuration files.

hmm… What do I sell?

The more difficult task is coming up with an item to sell!

When you are in the decisional process of “what to develop?”, you should start thinking about creating scripts that other mobile developers  would have a hard time implementing themselves.
Something that  cuts the development time and cost of other coders/designers.
You can also read some  forums about mobile development and take note of the developers need in posts like this “Pls help me. I don’t know how to code ….”.

Just trying to make your items suitable for someone with little programming knowledge will help in boost your sale.


Chupa, the brand new Mobile Development Marketplace.

Dear mobile developers, we are proud to invite you to ChupaMobile  “quiet launch”– the online marketplace where mobile developers buy and sell, from each other,  cutting edge source-code packages and components for a variety of Mobile development languages and frameworks.

We invited a list of selected developers in start populating our MarketPlace, maybe you’re one of them, or maybe not, in any case you are warmly welcome to pitch in.

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