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Round Launcher Icons in Android 7.1

Circular launcher icons have become standard since the introduction of Android Nougat 7.1 and the new Pixel Launcher. Google has even introduced a new API enabling developers to specify a round launcher icon for launchers that support it, which is great if you have strong branding and only want a round icon to show up to match the launcher.

Enhanced Device Logging in Visual Studio

During development we often print out logs, warnings, and errors to the console to help with the debugging process. However, with the complexity of mobile operating systems and applications, we often need to see what's happening on the device or being logged by other parts of the operating system. This is where the iOS and Android device logs come in to help; they've been completely redesigned in the latest version of Xamarin for Visual Studio.

Planet Xamarin: Follow Your Favorite Community Bloggers

Thee Xamarin development community is expanding and flourishing, with the Xamarin blog and Xamarin MVPs offering a plethora of knowledge for developers to soak up. As the community has continued to grow, so has the number of amazing developers blogging, recording, and podcasting about their libraries, apps, and experiences with Xamarin. In light of this, we've worked with community members to create a community blog aggregation platform that anyone can subscribe to via RSS. We call it Planet Xamarin and it's launching today!