Recap: droidcon New York 2023

Tuesday 10/3/23 12:34am
Posted By Morris Novello
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If you’re looking for a one-stop shop that offers news, learning resources, and conferences on all things related to Android development, then droidcon offers just that. Known mainly for their developer conferences of the same name, droidcon recently wrapped up their New York conference, held in NYC on September 14 and 15, 2023. Its keynotes, technical deep-dives, and in-booth demos were attended by over 650 developers and covered a wide range of topics.

Since Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has a breadth of Android solutions spanning many verticals and an increasing commitment to higher-level APIs and developer-centric support, we were particularly excited to sponsor and attend our first ever droidcon event and meet with Android developers face-to-face.

Key Observations
As a conference aimed at Android development, droidcon New York didn’t disappoint. Code samples, demos, metrics, and everything else developers need in their day-to-day jobs was on display, discussed, and dissected.

The most notable recurring theme was JetPack Compose (aka Compose) – a toolkit for simplifying UI development through declarative constructs. Several talks focused on Compose development and optimization, with many other talks referencing the toolkit. Other popular topics included Kotlin development, UX and general app optimization, as well as cross-platform mobile app development.

On the booth side, there were several vendors offering SDKs backed by cloud services for securing and testing Android apps. Also at the event was local company Peloton, who use the Qualcomm® QCS605 SoC in many of the Android touchscreens found on their exercise equipment. Other household names included Uber, American Express, and Vonage.

Qualcomm Speakership: Unlock Your App’s Potential
To show how developers can take full advantage of Snapdragon® mobile platforms for media-rich Android apps, our very own Michael Genewich, Senior Director Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Praveen Chavan, Principal Software Engineer and Manager at Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc, presented Unlock Your App’s Potential.

Figure 1 – Mike and Praveen discuss how to build media-rich apps on devices powered by Snapdragon technology.

Mike opened by introducing developers to key features of the Snapdragon Mobile Platform and discussed the role of the platform in many of today’s premium, mid, and entry-level tier Android smartphones. He then discussed how Android on Snapdragon (AOSD) is making it easier for app developers to add native-like capabilities through Android APIs, enhancements, vendor extensions, and custom APIs. He has also covered Qualcomm Technologies' Single System Image (QSSI) – a special build of AOSP optimized for devices powered by Snapdragon technology, as well as our presence in other verticals and involvement in open-source projects.

Praveen then dove deeper into the code for developing media-rich apps including:

  • HDR Capture: Checking for HDR support, requesting an HDR profile, setting up capture session, and performing HDR encoding. For more information see our HDR video capture topic.
  • Regions of Interest (ROI): Vendor extensiodns to improve video quality using ROI (bounding boxes in which to improve quality while balancing power and performance). His code showed how to check for ROI and configure the regions. For more information see: ROI.
  • Audio Offload: Praveen covered the audio offload work we’ve been co-developing with Google and YouTube for ExoPlayer, and showed code samples on how to enable it at runtime.

Snapdragon Spaces Booth
Our droidcon booth was dedicated to the Snapdragon Spaces™ XR Developer Platform – our development platform for building immersive, spatial experiences on headworn Android XR displays.

Figure 2 – Our droidcon booth included a Snapdragon Spaces demo, and the ever-coveted swag.

The Snapdragon Spaces team was on hand to demo Virtual Places, by The demo utilizes Dual Render Fusion, enabling users to scroll through a street map on their smart phone, while viewing the corresponding 3D street view in the headworn display.

The demo was a big hit with Android developers, many of whom are involved with or starting to investigate AR. Attendees from the geospatial mapping and educational verticals enjoyed the demo and learned about potential use cases of AR for their target users.

That’s a Wrap!
We sincerely enjoyed sponsoring, attending, and presenting at droidcon New York 2023. We’d like to thank all of the developers who attended our talk and visited our booth, and we look forward to future events.

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