Mobile coders have been taking advantage of Google’s Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) platform Firebase Realtime Database for many years, helping them focus on building features for their apps without having to worry about the back-end infrastructure and database. By making it easy to store and persist data in the cloud and take care of authentication and security, Firebase allows coders to focus on the client side.

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iOS developers have been fortunate enough to enjoy and work with the robust development platform that Apple has provided, primarily Xcode. This has helped inspire the engaging and powerful apps that consumers enjoy on the App Store today. Xcode provides an intuitive IDE and that, coupled with the emergence of Swift as a truly modern programming language, has made programming on the platform sheer enjoyment.

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Application widgets provide your users with easy access to your application’s most frequently used features, while giving your app a presence on the user’s homescreen. By adding a widget to your project, you can provide a better user experience, while encouraging users to remain engaged with your application, as every single time they glance at their homescreen they’ll see your widget, displaying some of your app’s most useful and interesting content.

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An app’s credibility today highly depends on how the user’s private data is managed. The Android stack has many powerful APIs surrounding credential and key storage, with specific features only available in certain versions. This short series will start off with a simple approach to get up and running by looking at the storage system and how to encrypt and store sensitive data via a user-supplied passcode. In the second tutorial, we will look at more complex ways of protecting keys and credentials.

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