Today, we are happy to announce the release of all Xamarin API documentation as Open Source. Additionally, we have moved the hosting of Xamarin.Forms, Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.iOS & Xamarin.Mac, and SkiaSharp from their old Xamarin home to docs.microsoft.com.
When it comes to application size, bigger is not better. In fact, it’s one of the key factors a user takes into mind when considering installing or uninstalling your application. Imagine if a user ran out of space on their device and your app was one of the biggest offenders for used space. It would be quite a shame for your application to be one of the first to be uninstalled, purely for how large it is...
Give a warm welcome to WorkManager. WorkManager is a library that makes it easy to schedule deferrable, asynchronous tasks even if the app exits or the device restarts. It was designed to be backwards compatible to API 14 and does so by wrapping JobScheduler, AlarmManager, and BroadcastReceivers all in one.
Unlock the power of Glide with “GlideX”: a simple library to swap-in Glide’s image loading implementation in-place of what Xamarin.Forms ships in the box.
View PDF files within your Xamarin.Forms apps using the Syncfusion PDF Viewer control. Find the runnable demo of this blog in this GitHub repository.
Learn more about Xamarin.Android’s D8 and R8 integration and deep dive on how R8 is being developed for Xamarin.Android and D8 as the next-generation DEX compiler to speed up and shrink Android apps.
Starting with Xamarin’s Android Support Library version 28, we are introducing multi-targeting. This includes assemblies for older support library versions when your application's TargetFrameworkVersion is lower than the expected version.
As a Xamarin developer working on Android apps, you may be well-aware of two issues that slow down your everyday development; build times and the correctness of the build. If you aren't sure what the latter is, think back to the last time you had to manually remove your bin/obj folders within your project in order to fix a failure.
The ability to see the design view and layout XML at the same time, side by side, was one of our most requested features for the Android Designer. With Split View, new in the Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8 release, you can switch back & forth freely between both modes of working. Edit the layout XML to see the changes immediately previewed in the designer or make changes in the designer and see the XML update.
Google recently released Android Pie for developers to enhance their apps and build new experiences with. Previously, Microsoft released an Android 9.0 Preview for Xamarin.Android and as of today, you can download the stable support for Android Pie inside Xamarin.Android 9.0 with Visual Studio 2017 15.8 and Visual Studio for Mac 7.6.