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Showing Our Android Community Developer Love in May

April 25, 2013ByBear Douglas

It's been a big year for Facebook and Android. We rolled out a full rewrite of our native Android app last summer, and released a major update to our Android SDK in the fall. Earlier this month Facebook Home, a brand new social experience on Android, went live on Google Play. Last week at Mobile DevCon New York, we open sourced our Android build tool, Buck, which runs on average twice as fast as Ant.

And we're only getting started.

Join us for our biggest developer party yet to kick off Google I/O on Tuesday, May 14th. You'll get to meet the Facebook team and other top-notch Android devs, learn about the coolest new apps, and, of course, get some Facebook Developers Android swag.

Need another reason? We'll be giving away a MacBook Air every day of Google I/O to a developer we see at the conference wearing the Facebook kickoff party shirt.

And if you've come to talk shop, members of the Facebook team will also be there to help you learn how Facebook can drive app discovery in a crowded marketplace, and keep people interested and coming back to your app.

You can learn more and register your interest here.

Later in May, we'll be out in full force at this year's AnDevCon Boston, with a keynote and three classes led by Facebook engineers.

Join Facebook Home engineers Will Bailey and Luke St. Clair for a keynote on Tuesday evening about our new user experience on Android. We'll talk about why we built Home, how we designed its UI, and how we optimized battery and data usage. We'll have a few technical deep dives, and will share some insights about how we built the product to be centered around people.

Our first class session, by Android team engineers Frank Qixing Du and Mark Peng, covers the native rewrite of Facebook for Android and the major performance challenges the team faced. They'll talk about app design, GC and memory optimization, view optimization, and what techniques and tools you can use to make your Android app more performant.

For those of you building apps that use Facebook, we'll have two workshops about the basics of our Android SDK, and advanced tips to make your apps and the stories people publish from them sticky. We'll be around throughout the conference to chat and answer any questions you have about your integration.

We're looking forward to meeting more of our Android developer community in May. We hope to see you at these events, and stay tuned for more in the coming months.