31 Jul 2014
With rumours swirling about that the new iPhone will be using sapphire crystal glass for its display screen among others, it seems that another OEM has gotten ahead of them. … Continue reading
31 Jul 2014 7:30am GMT
After few leaked photos and details, Verizon Wireless has officially launched the LG G Vista, which comes with a 5.7-inch qHD display (960 x 540) and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The … Continue reading
31 Jul 2014 6:30am GMT
As Motorola inches towards the closing of the Lenovo deal, the company has announced a change in their leadership team. Charlie Tritschler has been promoted to Senior Vice Present of Product Management, overseeing product development on all the company's products. Tritschler joined Motorola in March of last year from Amazon's Kindle team and has made a […]
Come comment on this article: Motorola announces change of leadership
31 Jul 2014 4:40am GMT
With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That's why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day's hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!! Apps Yahoo Finance gets redesigned with new interactive graphs […]
Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 30, 2014
31 Jul 2014 3:11am GMT
Last week Verizon Wireless announced that they are updating their Network Optimization policy to include 4G LTE customers and would start throttling the heaviest users. This new policy is clearly aimed at their unlimited data customers and will go into effect on October 1. It's obvious that customers aren't pleased with this, but more importantly, The […]
Come comment on this article: The FCC isn't pleased with Verizon's new policy to throttle unlimited data customers
31 Jul 2014 3:09am GMT
30 Jul 2014
By Bruno Oliveira, Tech Lead of the I/O app project
The source code for the 2014 version of the Google I/O app is now available. Since its first release on Google Play a few weeks before the conference, the I/O app was downloaded by hundreds of thousands of people, including on-site attendees, I/O Extended event participants and users tuning in from home. If one of the goals of the app is to be useful to conference attendees, the other primary goal is to serve as a practical example of best practices for Android app design and development.
In addition to showing how to implement a wide variety of features that are useful for most Android apps, such as Fragments, Loaders, Services, Broadcast Receivers, alarms, notifications, SQLite databases, Content Providers, Action Bar and the Navigation Drawer, the I/O app source code also shows how to integrate with several Google products and services, from the Google Drive API to Google Cloud Messaging. It uses the material design approach, the Android L Preview APIs and full Android Wear integration with a packaged wearable app for sending session feedback.
To simplify the process of reusing and customizing the source code to build apps for other conferences, we rewrote the entire sync adapter to work with plain JSON files instead of requiring a server with a specific API. These files can be hosted on any web server of the developer's choice, and their format is fully documented.
Storing and syncing the user's data (that is, the personalized schedule) is crucial part of the app. The source code shows how user data can be stored in the Application Data folder of the user's own Google Drive account and kept in sync across multiple devices, and how to use Google Cloud Messaging to trigger syncs when necessary to ensure the data is always fresh.
The project includes the source code to the App Engine app that can be reused to send GCM messages to devices to trigger syncs, as well as a module (called Updater) that can be adapted to read conference data from other backends to produce the JSON files that are consumed by the I/O app.
We are excited to share this source code with the developer community today, and we hope it will serve as a learning tool, a source of reusable snippets and a useful example of Android app development in general. In the coming weeks we will post a few technical articles with more detailed information about the IOSched source code to help bring some insight into the app development process. We will continue to update the app in the coming months, and as always, your pull requests are very welcome!
30 Jul 2014 9:14pm GMT
It's great that Android doesn't tie you down to a specific app for different types of files, but sometimes the default "Complete Action With" behavior is annoying, if not limited. … Continue reading
30 Jul 2014 8:40pm GMT
29 Jul 2014
By Kobi Glick, Google Play team
If you're growing your business on Google Play, the Google Play Developer Console is one of the most important tools at your disposal. At Google I/O, we introduced a number of new changes that give you valuable insight into how your app is performing. Here's an overview of some of the improvements you can now take advantage of.
Publishing API for scaling your app operations
Today we're happy to announce that the Google Play Developer Publishing API is now available to all developers. The API will let you upload APKs to Beta testing, Staged rollout and Production, and integrate publishing operations with your release processes and toolchain. The Publishing API also makes it easier for you to manage your in-app products catalog, provide tablet-specific screenshots, and localize your store listing text and graphics. The Publishing API will help you focus on your core business, with less time managing your releases, even as your business grows to more apps and markets.
Actionable insights at the right time
Email notifications for alerts
Recently, we added Alerts in the Developer Console to let you know when there are sudden changes in important stats like app installs, ratings, and crashes. You can now turn on email notifications for Alerts so that, even while you're not in the Developer Console, you'll be informed of relevant events before they can have a broader effect on your app. You can turn on email notifications for one or more of your apps under Email Preferences in the Developer Console settings.
New Optimization Tips
You'll now see new Optimization Tips with instructions when we detect opportunities to improve your app. For example, we'll let you know when updated versions of APIs you use are available - such as new Google Play in-app billing or Google Maps APIs. For games developers, we'll also surface opportunities to use Google Play game services that can help improve users' gaming experience and drive engagement. To see what tips we suggest for you, go to your app in the Developer Console and click on Optimization Tips.
Better data to inform your business decisions
Enhanced revenue statistics
To help you better understand your commercial success, we've enhanced revenue statistics in the Finance section of the Developer Console. We now let you see the average revenue per paying user (ARPPU) and give you more ways to analyse buyer data, such as comparing returning buyers (i.e., those who also made purchases in the past) to new buyers.
Bulk export of reviews
You can already engage with your users by reading and replying to reviews in the Developer Console and we've now added bulk export of reviews so you can download and analyze your app's reviews en masse. This is particularly useful if you receive a large volume of reviews and want to perform your own sentiment analysis.
Improved stats for beta releases and staged rollouts
Since last year's launch, you've used beta testing to release alpha and beta versions of your app, and staged rollout to gradually launch your app to production. To help you make the most of this feature, we're now improving the way alpha, beta and staged rollout specific stats are displayed. When viewing your app and crash statistics you can now filter the app version by alpha, beta, or staged rollout to better understand the impact of your testing.
Improved reporting of native crashes
If you develop in native code, we've improved the reporting and presentation specifically for native crashes, with better grouping of similar crashes and summarizing of relevant information.
Deep-linking to help drive engagement
Finally, we've also added website verification in the Developer Console, to enable deep-linking to your app from search results. Deep-linking helps remind users about the apps they already have. It is available through search for all apps that implement app indexing. For example, if a user with the Walmart Android app searches for "Chromecast where to buy", they'll go directly to the Chromecast page in the Walmart app. The new App Indexing API is now open to all Android developers, globally. Get started now.
We hope you find these features useful and take advantage of them so that you can continue to grow your user base and improve your users' experience. If you're interested in some other great tools for distributing your apps, check out this blog post, or any of the sessions which have now been posted to the Google Developers Channel.
29 Jul 2014 5:14pm GMT
21 Jul 2014
Srikanth Rajagopalan, PM Director and Workplace aficionado
Recently at Google I/O, we announced a comprehensive set of new features that will allow IT organizations to easily deploy and manage Android devices in enterprise environments. These features will be built into the upcoming Android L release.
Samsung, with its KNOX technology, has been a thought leader in the enterprise mobility space. In order to accelerate Android adoption in the enterprise, we have partnered with Samsung to bring key KNOX functionality into Android, for the benefit of the entire Android ecosystem. We thank Samsung for their contributions. These new capabilities will make it easy for IT organizations to allow employees to bring their own Android devices to work (BYOD) and use them on the corporate network or to simply issue new Android devices to their employees. IT administrators will be able to manage a wide range of Android devices from many manufacturers, using third-party Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions that are built on top of the new enterprise APIs launching with Android L release.
Google and Samsung together designed the new enterprise APIs around three major concepts:
- Device and data security
- Support for IT policies and restrictions
- Mobile application management
Device and data security
At the core of the expanded enterprise capabilities being introduced in Android 'L' lies a set of technologies that are designed to keep personal and corporate data both separate and safe. We achieve the data separation by building on the existing multi-user support in Android: personal and corporate applications will run as two separate Android users. Data is kept safe by using block-level disk encryption as well as verified boot technology. For those of you familiar with KNOX, this is analogous to KNOX Workspace. EMMs will be able to take advantage of new Android SDK APIs to enable the creation of a managed profile, which is where all corporate applications and data will reside.
Support for IT restrictions and policies
EMMs can use new Android SDK APIs , which have evolved from KNOX APIs, to allow IT admins to enforce a wide set of policies, ranging from system settings and certificate provisioning to application-specific (e.g. Chrome) configurations and restrictions.
Mobile application management
EMMs will be able to use new backend APIs, adapted from KNOX APIs and built around strong security principles for on-device app deployment, to allow IT admins to curate the corporate application catalog and to remotely deploy applications to the managed profile on the employees' devices.
We encourage developers interested in the new Enterprise APIs to download and test the Android L Developer Preview. For developers who have already built applications using Samsung KNOX APIs, Samsung will be providing a KNOX Compatibility Library that will let such applications run on all Android L devices.
You can read more about this collaboration on the Samsung KNOX blog. Stay tuned for additional details.
21 Jul 2014 4:16pm GMT