Facebook Launches 3 New Open-Source Tools For Android Developers


Most of Facebook’s announcements at its F8 developer conference this week were iOS-centric, but today, the company also released threenew open source tools for Android developers.

The first is a performance segmentation library called Year Class that is meant to help developers quickly figure out what kind of device a user is running. Thanks to this, a developer can quickly tune an app for an older device by turning on some advanced animations, for example, or enable fancier features for more modern phones. For the most part, the tools use CPU speed, as well as the number of available cores and RAM to determine the “year class” of a given device.


The second new tool, Network Connection Class, does something similar, but for network connections. Turns out, just knowing that a user is on an HSPA connection doesn’t actually tell you all that much about the actual network…

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