This year at Microsoft Ignite the Xamarin team was everywhere! In addition to being all around the Developer Architecture Center booths, there were sessions and workshops throughout the conference - all available on-demand!
See how you can create a contact application to send an sms, email, place a phone call, and navigate to a location with just 4 lines of code with Xamarin.Essentials.
Xamarin.Essentials, your favorite cross-platform library to access native features from shared code adds new file bases APIs for sharing, email, and opening. It also adds watchOS, tvOS, and Tizen platform support in the 1.3 pre-update!
Browse the Xamarin.Essentials Maps documentation to learn about all of the great cross-platform native APIs with additional implementation and limitation details. Xamarin.Essentials is open source on GitHub where you can report issues, ask for features, and contribute to the library.
In the recent release of Xamarin.Essentials (1.1.0) we introduced several new stable features including detect shake, browser customization, and a plethora of platform helpers. The team also added the top requested features: file sharing! It is extremely easy to get started using these new preview features with just a few lines of code.
Introducing Xamarin.Essentials 1.1.0! Xamarin.Essentials’ built-in Accelerometer API now gives you ability to detect shake movement, Geolocation API detects mock locations, and the Browser API now supports more customization.
Debugging your ASP.NET Core Web API backend against you Android emulator should be simple, and with this quick tip you can use Xamarin.Essentials and Kestral to enable local debugging.
An essential part of any mobile application is the ability to persist data. Sometimes that is a large amount of data that requires a database, but often it is smaller pieces of data such as settings and preferences that need to be persisted between application launches. This is where Xamarin.Essentials can help out with its wide range of cross-platform APIs for mobile apps.
As a mobile app developer, it's great to be able to pull data from the server to our apps to provide users with a delightful experience. Of course, until your user puts their device on airplane mode or hits a rough patch with no cell reception. To provide the best user experience we need access to the current network state of our users' device. Better yet, be able to register for changes to that network state. Doing this will allow our mobile apps to react to different network conditions to provide users with instant feedback. With the connectivity API in Xamarin.Essentials, we can do just that with a few lines of code.
Every mobile application requires access to native functionality. When developing native mobile apps with Xamarin, developers are able to integrate deeply into iOS and Android since Xamarin exposes every API directly in C# to access these features. To help streamline and simplify development when needing to add native features to apps we are pleased to introduce Xamarin.Essentials, a new library that abstracts these native APIs into a set of cross-platform APIs. This means that you now have access to over 30 native features from single APIs that can be called directly from your shared business logic.