40 leading Android developers to follow on Twitter

Android continues to lead the world in mobile market share. The open source operating system has a community of developers as vast and diverse as the ecosystem itself, so it wasn’t hard to find dedicated, engaged Android developers sharing helpful news, tutorials, and ideas on Twitter.

This list has a lot of Google developer experts and mobile Java experts who are sure to keep you up to date on skills and tools once you start following them. Here are the 40 Android experts you should follow.

Chiu-Ki Chan


After 6-plus years as a software engineer at Google and more than a year developing at two startups, Chiu-Ki Chan now runs her own mobile development company, Square Island. Chan is a public speaker, a Pluralsight course author, and teaches in Caster.io videos. She is also the co-creator of Android Dialogs and runs the 360|AnDev conference.

Jake Wharton


Jake Wharton was there at the beginning of Android, coding for the platform before he even knew that it would dominate the mobile landscape and end Blackberry’s dominance. He’s been an Android engineer at Square for more than four years, and he’s a major contributor to RxJava (reactive extensions for the JVM) and RxAndroid (RxJava bindings for Android). 

Donn Felker


Donn Felker is a co-host of the Fragmented Podcast and the founder of Caster IO—a bite-sized video lessons site for Android development (like RailsCasts for Android). He’s also  the author of Android Application Development for DummiesAndroid Tablet Application Development for Dummies, and he contributed a chapter to Android Developer Tools.

Kaushik Gopal


Kaushik Gopal is the other co-host of Fragmented Podcast. He currently works as a senior Android engineer at Instacart, and maintains an Android NTP time library, open

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Direct Connection Advertising & Marketing Acquires FastrackCE, a Leading Provider of Insurance Continuing Education

The transaction broadens the marketing agency’s diverse portfolio of insurance services

FAIRFIELD, Calif., July 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Direct Connection Advertising & Marketing, a full-service advertising and marketing agency specializing in the insurance industry, is thrilled to announce its acquisition of FastrackCE, a leading provider of state-approved insurance continuing education (CE) courses.

Established in 1999, FastrackCE has established itself as a simple and affordable solution for fulfilling insurance CE requirements in 34 states and counting. Developed by industry experts, the course library encompasses both state-mandated and general subjects.

Anita Nevins, Founder and Co-CEO of Direct Connection, expressed her enthusiasm for the acquisition and the opportunities it presents. “Direct Connection has always been committed to empowering insurance professionals with cutting-edge strategies and resources,” she stated. “The addition of FastrackCE to our portfolio enhances our ability to deliver innovative and accessible education solutions to the insurance industry, and further strengthens our position as a leading provider in the market.”

Brad Nevins, Co-CEO of Direct Connection, has held an ownership stake in FastrackCE since its inception. With the acquisition, Direct Connection will now fully service existing and future FastrackCE customers, delivering robust support and an enhanced user experience.

“We are excited to integrate FastrackCE into the Direct Connection family,” said Brad Nevins. “Having been involved with FastrackCE from the beginning, I am confident in the tremendous value it brings to insurance professionals seeking convenient and high-quality continuing education. We look forward to building on FastrackCE’s success and providing exceptional service to our valued customers.”

Notably, FastrackCE recently made significant investments in enhancing its technological infrastructure. This includes the launch of a new and improved website, offering users an optimized and seamless experience. Looking ahead, the company is actively developing new and updated course curriculums.

Direct Connection’s acquisition of FastrackCE

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Mozilla states “most leading apps” on Android have misleading privateness labels

A man laughs at his smartphone while a cartoon characters peaks over his shoulder.
Enlarge / The minor Android robot is looking at almost everything you do.

It appears like trusting developers to just tell the truth about information selection on Google Participate in isn’t performing out. Just like on iOS, Android introduced application privacy “nutrition labels” in the Participate in Retail outlet final year, with the idea currently being that users could immediately get a look at how considerably information just about every application collects. The noticeable problem with this system is that the developers fill out the facts-assortment types, and there is certainly nothing at all to prevent them from lying or omitting certain facts-selection procedures. It is really no shock, then, that when Mozilla a short while ago audited the top applications on Google Perform, it discovered that “most best applications” have “phony or misleading” application privacy labels.

Mozilla states it surveyed 40 of the Participate in Store’s most well-known applications by worldwide downloads and uncovered that “in practically 80% of the apps we reviewed, we located some discrepancies in between the apps’ privateness procedures and the details they documented on Google’s Info Protection Variety.” Every app obtained a quality of “Poor,” “Needs Improvement,” or “OK,” with 16 out of 40 applications obtaining the most affordable score.

Mozilla did not will need to dig really deep to find flaws, saying that lots of apps’ privacy labels openly contradict their general public privateness guidelines. Snapchat, TikTok, and Twitter all claim “No facts shared with third get-togethers” on the Participate in Store but depth third-social gathering sharing in their privateness insurance policies. For absolutely free apps, the checklist of recipients earning a “lousy” quality is not extremely surprising: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Facebook Lite, Snapchat, Twitter, and, the just one shock, Samsung Press Expert services. A large amount of paid out games like

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