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    Web app developer since 1994 and former Developer Advocate with Google now residing in Peru. I am currently offering public and private developer training courses in the US and Latin America as well as working on Android, GWT, and App Engine projects.

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Android + Cloud with Mobile Backend Starter

Posted by David Chandler on May 21, 2013

The Google Cloud Solutions team has made it easier than ever to create a cloud backend for your Android application. Brad Abrams and I presented it last week at Google I/O, and Brad has published a gigantic step-by-step blog post with copious screenshots on how we built our sample app, Geek Serendipity. Here’s all the related content in one handy list:

8 Responses to “Android + Cloud with Mobile Backend Starter”

  1. […] Google Cloud + Android with Mobile Backend Starter […]

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  3. […] the walls of that room. David Chandler, one of the Google developers who gave the presentation, has collected a number of additional resources here, on his personal […]

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  5. Hi David,

    Great Job on this new product. We definitely needed something from Google in this space. I have compiled a detailed analysis of each service in the platform here: http://openmobster.blogspot.com/2013/06/dissecting-google-mbaas-platform.html

    Let me know if I made any errors in understanding the service.

    Thanks
    Sohil
    CEO, OpenMobster, Open Source MBaaS Platform

    • Hi, Sohil. Mobile Backend Starter doesn’t support automatic offline sync. It provides the lower-level tools (GCM and RESTful services) that you could use to implement sync.

      • Hi David, thanks for your reply. I apologize for making the assumption that sync was supported out of the box. I have made the correction on the blog entry. I was mistaken by the Push notifications explanation that data updated on one device is pushed to other devices. I thought it meant data stored locally on the device. I am assuming that since there is no sync, there is also no local storage/offline use of data. Is that correct? Does this mean that the App can function only when online. What about the latency issue of downloading a lot of JSON data remotely on demand.

        Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions!!!!

      • You’re correct, Sohil. MBS currently has no local storage / offline support, although that’s definitely something the team is looking at. That’s a much bigger nut to crack, as you know :-)

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