21 Feb 2017
The world is still waiting for Samsung's 2017 flagship and will continue to do so for a couple more weeks, but leaks are beginning to come in at a quicker pace. Now we're getting all different types of information regarding the Galaxy S8 coming this spring. Things like its launch date, appearance, and logo have […]
Come comment on this article: Get a look at the on-screen buttons from the Samsung Galaxy S8
21 Feb 2017 4:24pm GMT
It is highly unlikely that the Sony M4 Aqua will get an official Android Nougat update from Sony, given the fact that they've already announced that only the Xperia Z family of devices will get a taste of Android 7.0. Never mind that this midrange phone might actually have the chops to run Nougat. So […]
21 Feb 2017 4:00pm GMT
It's proving more and more difficult with each passing year for manufacturers to keep their new smartphones a secret. Just days after a huge leak showing off promotional materials for Lenovo's upcoming Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, hands-on photos have appeared online showing the smaller device in all its glory - and with one […]
Come comment on this article: Hands-on photos show off Moto G5 with new design and fingerprint gestures
21 Feb 2017 3:06pm GMT
One of the best reasons for rooting your device is that you'll be able to install Viper4Android. Ever since rooting became a thing and smartphones became the logical source for your portable music, Viper4Android was one of the simplest ways to improve your phone's audio output, and it's ridiculously effective. Now with this latest update, […]
21 Feb 2017 3:00pm GMT
LG's teasing another new feature for the upcoming G6 on their Instagram account, and they're not-so-subtly confirming that you'll be able to take their 2017 flagship into the swimming pool or shower. There's no indication of exactly how water resistant this thing will be, but we know it's happening. Water resistance has been pretty standard […]
Come comment on this article: LG confirms waterproofing for the G6
21 Feb 2017 1:30pm GMT
WhatsApp is about to have its 8th birthday and to celebrate this milestone, they are bringing, or rather, reinventing, a new way of letting people know what you're up to through not just through text but decorated photos and videos. Yes, the status feature will act like what Snapchat Stories, Instagram Stories, and Messenger's your […]
21 Feb 2017 1:00pm GMT
16 Feb 2017
Reigns, by Nerial, from the United Kingdom
You are the King. For each decision, you only have two choices. Survive the exercise of power and the craziness of your advisors... as long as you can.
The Battle of Polytopia, by Midjiwan AB, from Sweden
A turn based strategic adventure. It's a game about ruling the world, fighting evil AI tribes, discovering new lands and mastering new technologies.
Causality, by Loju, from the United Kingdom
A puzzle about manipulating time, altering the sequence of events and changing the outcome of each level to help a group of astronauts find a route to safety.
Blind Drive, by Lo-Fi People, from Israel
You're driving blindfolded as a mysterious voice gives you suicidal commands on the phone. Survive on-rushing vehicles using only your hearing to guide you.
Gladiabots, by GFX47, from France
A competitive tactical game in which you design the AI of your robot squad. Use your own strategy, refine it online and fight for the top of the leaderboard.
Happy Hop: Kawaii Jump, by Platonic Games, from Spain
This isn't just an original one-tap endless hopper, it's also the cutest one. Ever wondered what's in the end of the rainbow? That would be Happy Hop.
Lost in Harmony, by Digixart Entertainment, from France
Experience music in a new way with the combination of rhythmic tapping and choreographic runner to go through two memorable journeys with Kaito and M.I.R.A.I.
Paper Wings, by Fil Games, from Turkey
A fast-paced arcade game which puts you in control of an origami bird. Avoid the hazards and collect the falling coins to keep your paper bird alive.
Pinout, by Mediocre, from Sweden
A breathtaking pinball arcade experience: race against time in a continuous journey through this canyon of pulsating lights and throbbing retro wave beats.
Rusty Lake: Roots, by Rusty Lake, from Netherlands
James Vanderboom's life drastically changes when he plants a special seed in the garden. Expand your bloodline by unlocking portraits in the tree of life.
YouTube influencer campaigns worth up to 100,000 EUR
Premium placements on Google Play
Tickets to Google I/O 2017 and other top industry events
Promotions on our channels
Special prizes for the best Unity game
It's been really inspiring to see the enthusiasm around this inaugural edition, and the quality and creativity of the indie games developed across the eligible European countries. We are looking forward to bringing a new edition of the contest to you in late 2017.
16 Feb 2017 7:59pm GMT
15 Feb 2017
Millions of people around the globe have limited or no access to basic financial services to enable them to manage their day-to-day finances. Mobile technology can help bridge this gap by connecting historically underserved consumers with high-quality tools to help them improve their financial health.
Often faced with an uncertain regulatory environment and/or a highly fragmented financial marketplace, many developers struggle with building great app experiences while also navigating this complex financial space. That's why we recently worked with CFSI, the authority on consumer financial health, to create the FinTech App Development Compass, a six-step guide for building high quality mobile apps to make financial services more accessible on Google Play.
Below, we're sharing six tips to consider when building a financial services app. For more, read the complete FinTech App Development Compass.
Tip 1: Know Your User
Understand who your consumer is and what difference your product can make in their day-to-day life. What are their financial needs? How can your product improve their financial health? How does your product fit within the context of their financial lives?
Tip 2: Focus on Access
Responsibly expand access to your product. Consider how your product can fit seamlessly into your users' routines. Consider your users' circumstances, including that English may not be their first language and that they may be using older devices with limited data plans.
Tip 3: Establish and Maintain Trust
Trust is at a premium in the financial space. Make sure you are developing mutually beneficial financial solutions that deliver clear and consistent value. Similarly, make sure you are using the latest security tools available from the Android platform to secure your users' data.
Tip 4: Test and Iterate
Tip 5: Drive Positive User Behavior
Drive positive consumer behavior through smart design and communication. Leverage the Android platform tools like Material Design and notifications to steer users toward positive action or take financial action at appropriate times.
Tip 6: Recognize the Value of Mutual Success
Remember that the best business models are win-win: If your users' financial health improves, your company profits. Consider embedding financial impact and technological tracking capabilities within your platform from the beginning.
For additional information, refer to the CFSI Compass Principles and get the Playbook for Developers app to stay up-to-date with more features and best practices that will help you grow a successful business on Google Play.
15 Feb 2017 5:29pm GMT
09 Feb 2017
- Posted by Hoi Lam, Lead Developer Advocate, Android Wear
Android Wear 2.0 recap
Android Wear 2.0 is our biggest update since we launched Wear in 2014, with numerous platform and developer enhancements. Some of the highlights include:
- Material Design for Android Wear - A new system user interface and design guidelines, featuring a darker colour palette, vertical layout and visual components such as the
WearableNavigationDrawer. We have also enhanced notifications on the watch with the new
MessagingStylerich notification style and inline actions.
- Watch Face Complications - Complications are areas of the watch face that display information other than time. Apps can supply data to supported watch faces by creating a
ComplicationProviderService,and watch faces can render this data in a style that suits the watch face design.
- Standalone Android Wear apps and iOS support - Apps can now be downloaded directly to Wear devices via an on-watch Google Play Store. In addition, these apps can access the internet directly without relying on phone apps. This means that apps can now run on Android Wear devices that are paired to iOS devices.
New hardware supportThe first two watches with Android Wear 2.0 give users more ways to interact with their smartwatches. In the final SDK, we have added API support for physical button locations and rotary input. At present, developers will need the new LG Watch Style or LG Watch Sport to test these new functionalities; however, we are working to add these new hardware features to the emulator. Stay tuned for updates! The SDK also includes a few other final bug fixes, such as support for more than three items in the Wearable Action Drawer.
App review changesNow that Android Wear 2.0 is live, we'll soon update the Android Wear App Quality review process with two important changes. First, enhancing your phone app notifications for Android Wear will no longer be sufficient for passing the review. Second, it will soon be required that you upload a watch APK that's compatible with Android Wear 2.0. Only apps that pass these criteria will receive badging in Play Store on the phone and be eligible for top charts for Android Wear apps. These changes will ensure a more consistent experience for users and allow us to streamline the review process for you.
The journey doesn't stop here!The Android Wear 2.0 developer preview lasted longer than we originally planned, but we think that the extra time has paid off in a big way. Thank you once again for your input and patience. You helped us achieve a higher quality bar than we could have achieved on our own.
We have integrated the Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview documentation into the main Wear developer documentation site and we continue to maintain links to the factory images for the preview devices. For developer related bugs, please continue to file developer bug reports or post comments in our Android Wear Developers community.
From the Android Wear team: Thank you again for your feedback and support!
09 Feb 2017 6:05pm GMT