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The Google Play Awards are returning to Google I/O

Posted by Purnima Kochikar, Director, Apps and Games Business Development, Google Play Drum roll please! The Google Play Awards are back again this year and will take place Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm (Pacific Time) during Google I/O,...Show More Summary

App onboarding for kids: how Budge Studios creates a more engaging experience for families

Posted by Josh Solt (Partner Developer Manager, Kids Apps at Google Play) and Noemie Dupuy (Founder & Co-CEO at Budge Studios) Developers spend a considerable amount of resources driving users to download heir apps, but what happens next is often the most critical part of the user journey. Show More Summary

Java 8 Language Features Support Update

Posted by James Lau, Product Manager Yesterday, we released Android Studio 2.4 Preview 6. Java 8 language features are now supported by the Android build system in the javac/dx compilation path. Android Studio's Gradle plugin now desugars...Show More Summary

A New Issue Tracker for our AOSP Developers

Posted by Sandie Gong, Developer Relations Program Manager & Chris Iremonger, Android Technical Program Manager Like many other issue trackers at Google, we're upgrading our Android Open Source Project (AOSP) issue tracking system to Issue Tracker. Show More Summary

FORTIFY in Android

Posted by George Burgess, Software Engineer FORTIFY is an important security feature that's been available in Android since mid-2012. After migrating from GCC to clang as the default C/C++ compiler early last year, we invested a lot of time and effort to ensure that FORTIFY on clang is of comparable quality. Show More Summary

Android O to drop insecure TLS version fallback in HttpsURLConnection

Posted by Tobias Thierer, Software Engineer To improve security, insecure TLS version fallback has been removed from HttpsURLConnection in Android O. What is changing and why? TLS version fallback is a compatibility workaround in the HTTPS stack to connect o servers that do not implement TLS protocol version negotiation correctly. Show More Summary

Changes to Device Identifiers in Android O

Posted by Giles Hogben, Privacy Engineer Android O introduces some improvements to help provide user control over the use of identifiers. These improvements include: limiting the use of device-scoped identifiers that are not resettable updating...Show More Summary

Android Things Developer Preview 3

Posted by Wayne Piekarski, Developer Advocate for IoT Today, we are releasing the Developer Preview 3 (DP3) of Android Things, bringing new features and bug fixes to the platform. This preview is part of our commitment to provide regular updates to developers who are building Internet of Things (IoT) products with our platform. Show More Summary

Android Developer Story: Robinhood uses Android Studio to quickly build and test new features

Posted by Christopher Katsaros, Developer Marketing, Android Robinhood is a free stock trading app that allows users to buy and sell stocks commission-free in the US. It is designed to make financial investment easy for all users, even...Show More Summary

Focusing our Google Play games services efforts

Posted By James Smith, Product Manager, Google Play In order to help developers make great games and build their businesses, we offer Google Play Games Services (GPGS). GPGS provides powerful tools to build, analyze and retain your audience and optimize your game. Show More Summary

An investigation of Chrysaor Malware on Android

Posted by Rich Cannings, Jason Woloz, Neel Mehta, Ken Bodzak, Wentao Chang, Megan Ruthven Google is constantly working to improve our systems that protect users from Potentially Harmful Applications (PHAs). Usually, PHA authors attempt to install their harmful apps on as many devices as possible. Show More Summary

5 tips for indie game success, from indie game developers

Posted by Sarah Thomson, BD Partnerships Lead, Indies, Google Play Games Mobile gaming is a fun place to be right now. It's a landscape seeing tremendous success year after year with great potential for additional growth and innovation. Show More Summary

Update your app to take advantage of the larger aspect ratio on new Android flagship devices

Posted by Neto Marin, Developer Advocate, Google Play To deliver more engaging viewing experiences to their users, many Android OEMs are experimenting with new, super widescreen smartphones. Samsung has just announced a new flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S8, featuring a new display format with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Show More Summary

Calling all early adopters for Android Studio previews

Posted by Scott Main, Technical Writer If you love trying out all of the newest features in Android Studio and helping us make it a better IDE, we're making it even easier to download early preview builds with a new website. Here, you...Show More Summary

5 tips for building communities on mobile

Posted by Dave Geffon, Partnerships Manager, Google Play Games The most successful games usually have the strongest communities. They are a powerful force in driving additional engagement and increasing awareness for your titles. At GDC 2017, we spoke with a few game developers about best practices for successfully building their own communities. Show More Summary

5 Tips for Launching Successful Apps and Games on Google Play

Posted by Adam Gutterman, Go-To-Market Strategic Lead, Google Play Games Last month at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), we held a developer panel focused on sharing best practices for building successful app and game businesses....Show More Summary

Diverse protections for a diverse ecosystem: Android Security 2016 Year in Review

Posted by Adrian Ludwig & Mel Miller, Android Security Team Today, we're sharing the third annual Android Security Year In Review, a comprehensive look at our work to protect more than 1.4 billion Android users and their data. Our goal is simple: keep our users safe. Show More Summary

Introducing Android Native Development Kit r14

Posted by Dan Albert, Android NDK Tech Lead Android NDK r14 The latest version of the Android Native Development Kit (NDK), Android NDK r14, is now available for download. It is also available in the SDK manager via Android Studio. So...Show More Summary

O-MG, the Developer Preview of Android O is here!

Posted by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering Since the first launch in 2008, the Android project has thrived on the incredible feedback from our vibrant ecosystems of app developers and device makers, as well as of course our users. MoreShow More Summary

Android Developer Story: LinkedIn uses Android Studio to build a performant app

Posted by Christopher Katsaros, Developer Marketing, Android LinkedIn is the world's largest social network for professionals. LinkedIn has 10 apps on Google Play, including the flagship LinkedIn app, which provides all of the same features...Show More Summary

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