20 Jan 2020

feedAndroid Community

Huawei Mate X foldable display not so sturdy as well

Smartphones with foldable displays were the next big thing in the market but after Samsung initially rebased their Galaxy Fold, people started questioning whether it's actually viable for long-term use. The Galaxy Fold got bad reviews for its durability early on and so Samsung had to delay the actual launch. Huawei also delayed its Mate […]

20 Jan 2020 3:10am GMT

Xbox Console Streaming for Android ready for global markets

Over a couple of months ago, the Xbox Console Streaming service rolled out but was only on preview. Last week, the Xbox Console Streaming Preview started to expand to more markets around the world. This means Microsoft is doing its job in improving the service so more people can experience the new gaming sensation. It's […]

20 Jan 2020 1:36am GMT

19 Jan 2020

feedTalkAndroid

The best budget smartphones under $300 in 2020

'Flagship' smartphones from the biggest tech brands seem to only keep skyrocketing in price, but fortunately the Android ecosystem is rich with great options at far lower prices, so let us lay out the best choices for you so you can make your next wallet-friendly phone one that you'll love!


Come comment on this article: The best budget smartphones under $300 in 2020

Visit TalkAndroid

19 Jan 2020 6:31pm GMT

18 Jan 2020

feedAndroid Community

LG V50 ThinQ Android 10 OS update ready in South Korea

LG may be slowing down these days but we're expecting new LG G and LG V ThinQ phones will be revealed at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. LG is determined to turn around the mobile business but it may take a while. Before all these happen, expect the other South Korean tech giant to release […]

18 Jan 2020 12:00am GMT

17 Jan 2020

feedTalkAndroid

Huawei P40 Pro shows off a new design and five stunning colors in latest renders

A new render of the upcoming Huawei P40 Pro has leaked, showcasing a brand new design, camera layout, and color options. If you were thinking Huawei would avoid the massive camera module trend of 2020, think again. Huawei P40 Pro Huawei's set to announce these phones sometime in March, although we're not expecting Google Play […]


Come comment on this article: Huawei P40 Pro shows off a new design and five stunning colors in latest renders

Visit TalkAndroid

17 Jan 2020 7:09pm GMT

Xiaomi Mi 10 shows up in the wild

We're finally seeing some photos of the Xiaomi Mi 10 out in the wild, giving us a look at what to expect next from the company. However, it may not be all we were expecting. Rumors so far have told us that this was supposed to be an extremely clean smartphone, but it's following Samsung's […]


Come comment on this article: Xiaomi Mi 10 shows up in the wild

Visit TalkAndroid

17 Jan 2020 4:41pm GMT

09 Jan 2020

feedAndroid Developers Blog

Enter the Indie Games Festival from Google Play

Posted by Patricia Correa, Director, Developer Marketing

Indie Games Festival banner

The indie developer community released several fantastic titles on Google Play during 2019, showing the technical skill and innovative design that makes them an essential part of the gaming landscape.

To continue helping indie developers thrive, today we're announcing the 2020 edition of our annual Google Play Indie Games Festival. This year we will host three competitions for developers from several European countries*, Japan, and South Korea.

Prizes:

Prizes are designed to help you grow your business, including:

Eligibility:

The contests are open to developers from selected countries, with no more than 50 employees. The submitted game must be new, released at least in open beta between May 7, 2019 and March 2, 2020. See other requirements in the terms and conditions for each of the contests.

Process:

process banner for Indie Games Festival

Simply fill out the relevant form by clicking here. Submissions are open until March 2, 2020, at 3pm CET.

The Top 20 entries in each region will be announced in March and invited to showcase at the Festival events where the field will be narrowed to 10 by the event audience, industry experts and the Google team. The Top 10 will present their games on stage and the 3 winners will be selected.

Not submitting a game? Come and take part:

Even if you're not submitting a game to the competitions, we'd love to see you at one of the Festival events on the 25th of April 2020.

Learn more and sign up on g.co/play/indiefestival

* The European competition is open to developers from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland).

How useful did you find this blog post?


09 Jan 2020 8:00am GMT

18 Dec 2019

feedAndroid Developers Blog

Kotlin/Everywhere - it’s a wrap!

Posted by Florina Muntenescu, Developer Advocate (@FMuntenescu)

At Google I/O 2019 we announced that Android development will become increasingly Kotlin-first. Together with JetBrains, we also launched Kotlin/Everywhere - a global series of community led events focusing on the potential of using Kotlin everywhere; on Android, servers, web front-end and other platforms.

Kotlin/Everywhere events took place from May through December and we want to thank everyone for getting involved

👨‍💻👩‍💻30,000+ developers participated in-person at Kotlin/Everywhere events

🎥🍿200,000 views of live-streams and event recordings like Kotlin/Everywhere Bengaluru, Minsk, Chicago, Buenos Aires and more.

📅 500+ events: from short evening meetups, half-day sessions, and full day events, to Kotlin/Everywhere tracks at larger events like DevFests, or even StudyJams that spanned several weeks.

🎤~30 speakers from Google and JetBrains gave ~70 talks at events around the world.

🌎 85+ countries/regions: from United States to Chile, Kenya, Greece, Taiwan, New Zealand

💻 Many of the resources used or created for Kotlin/Everywhere by Google and JetBrains are available online:

General Kotlin:

Kotlin in Android:

Kotlin in Google Cloud Platform:

Multi-platform Kotlin:

We're grateful for this engagement with Kotlin from communities around the world, as well as for all the organisers, speakers and attendees who made these events possible! To participate in more Kotlin events, check out JetBrains' KotlinConf'19 Global initiative, happening through March 2020.

With all of the resources available, there's never been a better time to adopt Kotlin… Everywhere!

18 Dec 2019 5:08pm GMT

17 Dec 2019

feedAndroid Developers Blog

Our highlights from Android & Google Play in 2019 - building for the next decade

Posted by Patricia Correa, P&E Developer Marketing Director

The last 12 months have seen Google Play continue to grow, with over 116 billion downloads of the apps and games that you created.

We've been working hard to build the latest technology and tools for modern Android development and distribution, improving Google Play and the Play Console to offer you new and better ways for your app to be discovered, promoted, and monetized.

A key focus has been addressing the challenge of keeping users safe and maintaining trust in Google Play.

Modern Android development

We are focused on building great tools and services and your feedback is crucial in helping us do so. You have told us that you love Android's openness, but we have also heard that you would like us to marry it with an opinion about the right way to do things. We call this approach modern Android development: opinionated and powerful, for fast, easy development, taking away everything that slows you down so you can focus on building incredible experiences. You can see modern Android development come to life in a number of investments we made this year:

Android 10

Android 10, released earlier this year, is built around three important themes. First, Android 10 is shaping the leading edge of mobile innovation with advanced machine-learning and support for emerging devices like foldables and 5G enabled phones. Next, Android 10 has a central focus on privacy and security, with almost 50 features that give users greater protection, transparency, and control. Finally, Android 10 expands users' digital wellbeing controls so individuals and families can find a better balance with technology.

Modern app and game distribution

We introduced Android App Bundles last year as a mechanism to simplify and streamline app distribution, overcome the constraints of APK publishing, and introduce advanced distribution features such as dynamic delivery. There are now over 300K app bundle apps and games in production, covering nearly 30% of all active installs. If this doesn't include your app or game, check out 16 reasons to publish your apps and games with the Android App Bundle.

This year we've made it much easier to test and implement app bundles and dynamic delivery. Internal app sharing makes it easy to share test builds with others. You can easily grant anyone on your team the ability to upload a test build to Play and get a download link to share with your testers. With internal app sharing, you can be sure that each device is receiving exactly what Play would deliver in the wild. You don't need to use version codes or the prod signing key, and can even upload debuggable artifacts.You can also get download links for old versions of your app from the Play Console, whether they're app bundles or APKs.

Protecting the ecosystem

In 2019, you helped us make Google Play even safer, building user trust in your apps and Google Play as a whole. Thanks to your hard work, we have:

To help you protect your apps, we've improved our ability to detect impersonators, repackaging, bad content, and other forms of abuse. Additionally, we're investing in resources like policy-focused Play Academy courses to help you better understand and navigate our policy changes.

Because the threats are always changing, it'll take all of us working together to keep users safe and our platform secure. Thank you for continuing to work with us on this.

Building better app businesses

During 2019 we continued to look for new ways to help you market and monetize your apps and games:

And that's a wrap

With such scale comes responsibility. We're committed to ensuring our users' safety for the future, to making development easier and distribution faster, and to offering you more effective ways for your app to be discovered and monetized.

On this note, we hope we can all continue working together to make Android and Google Play better for billions of people around the world, in 2020, and the years to come. From everyone on our team, we wish you all a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.

How useful did you find this blog post?


17 Dec 2019 8:00pm GMT