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The Best of the Week (Nov. 15): Mobile Zone

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Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Mobile Zone (Nov. 15 to Nov. 21). Here they are, in order of popularity:

1. Android vs. iOS: The Development Process Compared

This recent article makes a detailed comparison of Android and iOS development and asks a question: Which one should you pursue first? The author compares IDEs, configuration, UX design, languages, APIs, internet connectivity, social media sharing, fragmentation, and the publication process.

2. A Thorough Review of Android 4.4 KitKat

Most of this review is a direct comparison between KitKat and Android's previous generation, Jelly Bean, with changes explained and side-by-side pictures for everything that's noticeable. The review points out a lot of big changes and improvements, but notes that there are some areas where KitKat still lags behind.

3. Rebound: Spring Animations for Android 

Android developers interested in getting some spring in their step (get it?) might be interested in Rebound, a Java library that allows you to create animations of varying tension and friction that model spring dynamics.

4. How to Use Google Maps Android API v2

This set of slides from Cyril Mottier on Speaker Deck explores a particularly useful element of Google Play services: The Google Maps Android API v2. The API allows you to embed maps (standard or customized) in your application and leverage Google's vector-based maps.

5. How to Implement Hashtags in an Android Application

This tutorial explains how to implement hashtags in Android applications using the Linkify class in the Android SDK, and in a more general sense, how to make any text work as a hypertext link.

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