Google Play Developer Console gets a major injection of new features

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Google I/O 2013 keeps churning out awesome new additions to services they offer, and the Google Play Developer Console is no exception either. As you can see in the picture above, the service includes Optimization Tips, App Translation Service, Usage Metrics & Referral Tracking, Revenue Graphics and the most applauded, Beta Testing & Staged Rollouts. All of these services are intended to help developers make better apps. App Translation helps users see were there app is used the most. If the developer see that his app is being used in Russia, however the app isn’t translated into Russian, the new service can help in that area.

As I stated earlier, Beta Testing & Staged Rollout got the most reception from the group at I/O. The service is just what the name suggests. Developers will now be able to rollout better apps in the form of betas as well as getting updates to them faster. Revenue Graphs allow developers track where they are making most of their money from, whether it be in-app purchases or the app itself.

Stay with us as we try to bring you all the info for these new features, as Google I/O progresses over the next few days.

 

Developer interest in Android on the decline

In yet another sign that the apocalypse is upon us, a recent poll from Appcelerators reveals data that may make Android owners shake their head in confusion. While Android currently maintains a 25% margin in activated devices compared to Apple, iOS is still the clear favorite among 5,500 developers polled. Moreover, the Android platform took a dive in the latest polls compared to the previous quarter. Additionally, this is the fourth such decline since June ’11. However, before we jump to too many conclusions, it’s duly noted that all platforms declined at almost the exact same rate with one exception – Windows 8. Windows 8 was the lone increase in developer interest. Now, if all of those developers jumped ship from all other platforms and onto Windows 8 then there would definitely be more of an incline on the Windows 8 side. So what gives? Why the consistent drop almost across the board in developer interest, and more importantly regarding our beloved Android devices? Let us know what you think.

source:  TechCrunch

Google Updates The Design To Its Android Developers Webpage

The Mountain View Giant has just jazzed up its Android Developers webpage which allows developers of all types to “design, develop and distribute” all types of apps. The website will include items such as design templates and the ability to publish awesome concepts and content to the Play Store. What’s even more is interested developers will get to see the Android Developers keynote as well as over 40 developer sessions at Google’s upcoming I/O.

Looks like all you amateur and pro developers will have an even bigger reason to create and share the next great app for Android devices. I’m sure many of you are itching for more details, so why not hit the source link to check out the page in all it’s glory?

source: Google Android Developers

Some European developers waiting for Google to dip into its wallet

It’s been exactly a week since Google re-branded the ever-present Android Market and launched the Google play store, however it seems all may not have gone without a hitch. A thread in Google’s official Checkout Merchant forum is racking up the posts from disgruntled developers claiming they haven’t seen a payment for February as yet. Developers are ordinarily paid through Google Wallet on the 2nd of each month with funds clearing on the 7th however a week has passed with many developers still waiting for their payment. Google is yet to comment on the issue.

Hopefully Google doesn’t drag its heels too long before getting a response to the developers. A successful operating system is only as successful as the ecosystem that surrounds it and with over 300,000 applications currently available on the Google play store, the value that the developers add is clear to see. Fingers crossed for a timely resolution.

source : Google Checkout Merchant

Missing Out on MWC? Check Out These Recap Videos from the Android Booth

In case you were wondering what kind of awesome stuff you were missing at MWC and more importantly the Android booth, the Android developers YouTube page has aired day one, and day two recap videos for your viewing pleasure. The day one video breaks down all the rad things that are not only going on at the booth, but in the world of Android in general. You really gotta check out the robot that makes custom bedazzled Galaxy Nexus battery doors (say what?), and the conveyor belt carrying almost every Android device ever created. Also the day one recap has interviews with some of Android’s most creative app developers, and the day two video is all about the Android digital media experience, outlining the endless possibilities of music, books and videos, on and off line. Jump past the break to check ‘em out, your really gonna dig these.


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Google Kicks Off Android Developers Google+ Page, Encourages Hangouts and More

Today, Google made another step in the right direction in its latest effort to further engage with the Android development community by announcing the launch of the Android Developers Google+ page. The page is intended as “a place for Android developers everywhere to meet, share, and connect with the people behind the Android developer experience”. Even if you aren’t a developer this should be an interesting page to keep an eye on.

From Google’s recent addition of the Android developers Blog, Google Groups, Holo and the new style guide, and now G+, it clearly seems that the big G wants to make Android a more inviting place for developers. Not only will these outlets provide a place for devs to get together, it should prove to help Google in keeping everyone on the same page.

It kinda seems like god ol’ Andy’s all grown up now, huh? He isn’t just a cute little kid anymore… *sniffle*. So anyway, if you want to keep tabs on Google’s new Android developers G+ page be sure to hit the link below and add them to your circles. You never know if/when Andy might stop by!

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Android Developer’s YouTube Channel Confirms Ice Cream Sandwich Reveal Next Tuesday

This isn’t a big surprise, but it’s always nice to get the word from the horse’s mouth. The Android Developer’s channel on YouTube is counting down to next Tuesday with the title “Android ICS launch”. While we continue to hang out in Rumorville over ICS and what the next Nexus will really be, it looks like all ICS questions will be answered Tuesday. Stay tuned as we will be live at the event sharing the news as we see it.

[via droidlife]

App piracy is taking money away from Android developers (Study)

According to Yankee Group’s 2011 US Consumer Survey, Android app piracy is a major concern among developers. The study suggests that users across both Apple and Android platforms download on average, 40 apps per year but Android developers aren’t getting their fair share of the money. The survey included 75 Android developers and suggests Piracy to be an ongoing problem.

Findings from the survey:

  • Piracy is a problem for Android Among the Android developers surveyed, 27 percent see piracy as a huge problem and another 26 percent see it as somewhat of a problem.
  • Google isn’t helping. Fifty-three percent of developer respondents say Google is too lax in its Android Market policies.
  • Piracy hurts developers’ top and bottom lines. About a third of developers say piracy has cost them in excess of $10,000 in revenue. Additionally, 32 percent say it increases their support costs, while another quarter say they see increased server costs due to heavy loads imposed by pirated copies.

Yankee Group director, Carl Howe, and author of “Android Piracy: How Republished Apps Steal Revenue and Increase Costs”, had this to say about the findings. “Android apps are living in the Wild West without a sheriff. With five other major mobile OSs competing for consumer dollars, Google can’t afford to simply let pirates kill app developers’ businesses. They need to foster some law and order or developers will flee to other platforms and Android will lose customers.”

Let’s show our developers that we’re here to stay. Head to our apps database and spread some cheddar.

[via marketwatch]

Android Market Allows Developers 4000 Characters for App Description

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Android app developers are going to love this character limit increase because it actually gives them enough space to properly describe their app in the Market. What once was 325 characters is now 4000, and after the “Recent Changes” was added to the market, this allowed more space reserved for actual descriptions rather than update/bug fix information when new versions were published to the Android Market. This may be so much space that the Developers of the Twitter app may not know what to do with more than 140 characters! Kidding.

Yes, that’s 10 times more space, and for the effect, you’d have to Tweet 28.5 times to hit that many characters. Cool hey?

[via - Android Market]

How to: Improve the quality of your apps

With Android being so popular in the United States and across the world, it’s no wonder that developers are scambling to get on the Android bandwagon. Unfortunately, some of them do anything to hop on board and just end up slapping some crappy code together, call it an app, and send it to the Android Market. Then thousands of people download that crappy app and get a sour taste for the Android Market and Android in general. Obviously this is bad news.


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