Google announces Senior Web Developer Nanodegree, new minimum app prices and more

by: Jimmy WestenbergNovember 17, 2015

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Google today at the Chrome Dev Summit announced quite a few changes to the way developers can utilize the Google Play Store to help grow their application and game businesses. For starters, Google is now letting devs in 17 different countries reduce the price of their paid apps, games and in-app purchases. This change will give developers more flexibility in pricing their services to better suit consumers in different areas. Here is the list of countries affected by this change, along with their new and old minimum pricing requirements:

  • Brazil: R$ 0.99 (was R$2.50)
  • Chile: CLP $200.00 (was CLP $500.00)
  • Colombia: COP$ 800.00 (was COP$ 2000.00)
  • Hungary: Ft 125.00 (was Ft 225.00)
  • Indonesia: Rp 3,000.00 (was Rp 12,000.00)
  • Malaysia: RM 1.00 (was RM 3.50)
  • Mexico: MXN$ 5.00 (was MXN$ 9.90)
  • Philippines: ₱15.00 (was ₱43.00)
  • Poland: zł1.79 (was zł2.99)
  • Peru: S/. 0.99 (was S/. 3.00)
  • Russia: руб 15.00 (was руб 2.00)
  • Saudi Arabia:﷼ 0.99 (was 2.00﷼)
  • South Africa: R3.99 (was R10.00)
  • Thailand: ฿10.00 (was ฿32.00)
  • Turkey: ₺0.59 (was ₺2.00)
  • Ukraine: ₴5.00 (was ₴8.00)
  • Vietnam: ₫6,000 (was ₫21,000.00)

Last year, Google introduced a handy playbook for developers to help them grow their app and game businesses. The book, entitled “The Secrets to App Success on Google Play”, was downloaded more than 200,000 times. Today Google has released the second edition of the book, which covers all the new tools such as Store Listing Experiments, Smart Lock for Password and more. It also gives the best practices for improving the quality of your app, ways to grow a valuable audience, increase engagement and retention and more. If you’re interested in the new edition, follow the Play Store link below for the free download.

Download The Secrets to App Success on Google Play (Second Edition) from Google Play

Last but certainly not least, Google has also introduced a new Senior Web Developer Nanodegree Program with Udacity. This course will teach you the tools, frameworks and techniques needed to write robust code for progressive web applications that are both secure and easy to use. If you were to spend about 10 hours per week on this course, most students will be able to earn this Nanodegree credential in about 9-12 months.

Google explains:

Along the way, [students] will also learn how to integrate new technologies, such as Service Worker and Web Components, and work extensively with Gulp and other tools. You’ll hear from Google experts, such as Ido Green, Jake Archibald (co-author of the Service Worker spec), Luke Wroblewski (author and strategist),  Paul Bakaus (Studio 5 CTO, Zynga) and Alice Boxhall (author of the Chrome accessibility developer tools).

Interested in signing up? You can do so one of two ways. The first way is the paid route, where you’ll have access to code-level project reviews and feedback, coaching, support from a cohort of peers, building a portfolio of work and career support services. The second option is free and includes the same instructional courses, quizzes and projects individually, which you can take at your own pace.

For more information on this new course and to be notified when enrollment opens, head to the link attached below.

  • PeterCaoPotato

    Udacity as referred in this article, its cofounder Sebastian Thrun had involved into a decade long criminal case which is fascism by nature and which had endangered human lives, starting from a simple campus atrocity case with clear evidence and serious police investigation __[Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]__http://alturlDOTcom/pa672 (replace DOT with . for the right web address) __attention to the 7 photo evidence;

    But how could such a simple campus atrocity case turn into a series of fascism crimes for over a decade long which got more and more innocent people involved?___That’s because miscarriage of justice (by cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc.) is going on; fascism prevails; Justice has not been done;


    ___Such fascism crimes have to be disciplined by laws and such fascists like Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun/ZZZ/YYY/VVV and the likes have to be brought to justice; they can’t escape from it;

    • PeterCaoPotato

      ___Sebastian Thrun had purposefully conspired me in collateral with this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler when I cautiously tried to approach him even though he clearly knew I was encouraged to contact him with valid reference from his bosses of Stanford Computer Science department; In March 2010, one day before I tried to file an important complaint at judicial authorities against an officer whos miscarriage of justice biased on Thrun, Thruns student Mr. David Stavens (also an Udacity cofounder) had gone to Stanford police and lied to police and falsely accused me in collateral with Thrun; ___So what kind of education had Mr. David Stavens received from Sebastian Thrun in Stanford Computer Science Department, other than computer science?

    • PeterCaoPotato

      In addition, here is a quote about the moral issue in Sebastian Thrun’s career, according to an insider’s revelation (not mine) that:


      Thrun is shamelessly taking credit for work done by others. In Germany, his native country, prof. Dickmanns already had fully autonomous, fast, self-driving cars (160km/h) in traffic in 1995, long before anybody else, and 10 years before Thruns team joined the fray by participating in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge for self-driving cars. And the DARPA objectives were not that hard to achieve, as quite a few teams were able to reach the goal. One of them was a financial services company that had never dabbled in robotics before. All of this is easy to verify. Or take the online courses of Udacity. In Germany, prof. Loviscach started online university lectures back in 2009, and got millions of clicks long before Thrun jumped on the train 3 years later. The award-winning prof. Vornberger published his popular videos already in 2002, even before the Khan Academy, currently the most visible mass education outfit. (Germany has a long tradition of distance teaching – Univ. Hagen with over 80,000 remote students has specialized on this for decades.) Even at Stanford, Thrun was not the first. His colleague prof. Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera, got hundreds of thousands of viewers for his youtube machine learning course, long before Thrun followed suit and put his own lecture online. Or take Google Glass. No wonder that prof. Babak Parviz, its creator, got miffed when Thrun started taking credit for that as well. More examples from Academia could be listed. If there is one recurring theme in Thruns carreer, its his (more or less subtle) attempts at festooning himself with achievements of others.


      Also, according to an article on ieee dot org “The Unknown Start-up That Built Googles First Self-Driving Car” Posted 19 Nov 2014 the real power behind google’s self-driving car project is a group of students from 510 System from Berkeley, but not the self-claimed ‘godfather of self-driving car’, Mr. Sebastian Thrun;


      ___Would such a personnel really be up to the moral standard as a role model in the world of education, science and technology or innovation, according to the moral standard of GOOGLE under his new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai?

  • PeterCaoPotato

    So it is true that “Fascism may not exist in everywhere, but could come from anywhere” … and now Fascism is coming from GOOGLE under his new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai’;

    But Shouldn’t GOOGLE’s new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai understand that “Protecting human lives and their basic rights of living supersedes teaching, doing business or doing research”? Before this decade long fascism criminal case coming along with Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun clarified and those fascists on side of Sebastian Thrun brought to justice, GOOGLE under his new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai had made a wrong choice to keep their partnership with Udacity and its cofounder Sebastian Thrun and to keep advocating Sebastian Thrun in name of GOOGLE___Would GOOGLE’s new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai dare say no?

    GOOGLE is now associated with fascism crimes via Udacity and its cofounder Sebastian Thrun; But, Would GOOGLE’s new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai help us deal with those fascism crimes coming along with Udacity cofounder Mr. Sebastian Thrun, as well? Cause it’s GOOGLE relevant now :(

    Wouldn’t anybody from GOOGLE deserve to know the truth of this decade long fascism criminal case coming along with Udacity cofounder Mr. Sebastian Thrun, as well?___What’s going on here, Mr. Sundar Pichai of the GOOGLE new CEO?

    Would GOOGLE under its new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai like to be labelled as ‘fascism supporters”? … What is GOOGLE’s new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai thinking he is doing?… Really Hard To Understand (RHTU) …

  • PeterCaoPotato

    Obviously, GOOGLE’s new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai would also have the responsibility to fight against such fascism crimes starting from a Stanford Campus atrocity case coming along with Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler, hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV, and even Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, which had disrupted human society for over a decade long without an end;


    I’ve said the following to folks of the Smithsonians and the ‘U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ and the ‘Internet Society’, who recently scheduled to blatantly boost Thrun’s image with distinguished ‘James Smithson Bicentennial Medal’ award and a talk show staged at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History; I wish my words would have made them rethink their stance in this war against fascism crimes; and I also think these words would universally apply to anyone in human society, and I wish that each one of the Trustees of Stanford University Board would hold the integrity and moral standard high enough to agree with what the meaning of the following words carry on, and now same wish to GOOGLE’s new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai:


    Dear Mr. Al Horvath, Acting Secretary of Smithsonian,
    Mr. John Gray, Director of National Museum of American History,
    Mr. León Rodríguez, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
    Ms. Kathy Brown, CEO of the Internet Society,
    and all other people related to this event,

    ___With your names listed in it, this is also about you, about your fame, your prestige, your morality, your credibility, about who you want to be in alignment with, i.e. what kind of a bird of a feather you want to belong to, about how you want to be seen in sight of the majority of the average people, about your commitment to the whole world of humanity, about how your heritage to be remembered in history by our descendant generations in the future … Doesn’t that make any sense to you? Doesn’t that mean anything to anyone of you, at all? Don’t you feel anything in it, after all? … Your thoughts and feedbacks, please:)

    ___I hope the above words would also be understood by Stanford University Board of Trustees, hope I not?:)

    ___I don’t see any of such hope, so far; this PRTENTIOUS Presidential Search Committee is arrogant, conceited, thuggish, pretentious and cowardice, same as those fascists in my public challenge; They are birds of a feather, now;

    ___But do we have any hope in case of GOOGLE’s new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai? I wonder;

  • PeterCaoPotato

    I wish this campus atrocity case ___[Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]___, which turned into a series of fascism crimes for over a decade long, could serve as an Educational Material to all Universities and Institutions World-Wide;

    ___Watch out! If any lady from Germany (e.g. Gabriele Scheler) works on your campus, she could behave extremely irrationally, such as molest your office properties, physically injure other scholars (e.g. in case of Gabriele Scheler, see photo evidence of her inhuman atrocity on my body as documented in http://alturlDOTcom/pa672 (replace DOT with . for the right web address)), and then recant her testimony and shamelessly falsely accuse victims with the collusive help from some cowardice and malicious hidden judicial officers (in this case, ZZZ/YYY/VVV, from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc. Who are they? Why are they hidding from public scrutiny?)___and that’s why Miscarriage of justice is going on;

    ___And also watch out! some Professor of German origin (e.g. Sebastian Thrun), the fascism powers behind whom could bring into our lives fascism crimes which could endanger human lives … and even though both this Germany lady and this professor of German origin (Gabriele Scheler and Sebastian Thrun) had committed crimes on your campus with clear evidence and serious police investigation, they could still pretend innocent by keeping silence (can they fool us like that for ever?), despite so much concrete evidence and undeniable facts of their involvment into fascism crimes which had produced endless tragedies into our lives, and they could even terrorize/extort authorities and retaliate on victims and set up coups in your University, with the political support from the most powerful figures from Germany (Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel; Merkel must have plotted to form an alliance of Axis in the U.S.___What?Who?You bet, easily … here are two live examples Stanford Board of Trustees and a PRETENTIOUS “Presidential Search Committee” Particularly Mr. Isaac Stein of Search Committee Chair, and Mr. Steven A. Denning, Chair of Stanford University Board of Trustees, and now even including GOOGLE’s new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai___to be honest, all of them are very PRETENTIOUS and very THUGGHISH, anybody disagree? please step forward and I’ll tell you how ……);___and that’s why fascism prevails;

  • PeterCaoPotato

    Dear Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel,

    ___Did you provide political support to the two German civilians Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler over their unruly fascism criminal behaviors in the United States, starting from a Stanford University Campus Atrocity Case [Stanford Police Case Number: IR#04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]?__case link: http://alturlDOTcom/pa672 (replace DOT with . for the right web address; attention to the 7 photo evidence);

    ___Did you besiege/terrorize/extort authorities and innocent companies and innocent universities of the United States, e.g. authorities of Google and Stanford University, and at the same time conspire to terrorize/retaliate on victims, in order to obstruct justice in the handling of this criminal case in the judicial system of the United States? That’s very much a ‘thuggish’ behavior, isn’t it? Did you play such a thuggish trick again these days, which led to oppression and fascism persecution of Stanford authorities and plotted to install coup in Stanford as what happened recently, and which would add another case of anti-humanity crime you fascists have committed against Stanford people___fascism prevails, again?

    ___Did you motivate tycoons from the world of education, academia, industry, business, foreign-affairs, politics and even from the inside of the judicial system, etc. to purposefully mess up this case in an effort to cover up Gabriele Scheler and Sebastian Thrun’s involvment into fascism crimes on land of America?___That’s a serious offending to the dignity and sovereignty of the people of the United States as well as to the whole world of humanity, isn’t it?

    By the way, how could you stir up waves in an American University as a Chancellor of an European country? Did you plot to form an alliance of Axis from the inland of the United States to rival U.S. Authorities and to act against humanity? ___(What?Who?You bet, easily… tell you what if asked …); Why are they gambling their fame working for you? Did you abduct their morality and credibility? ___What’s the deal behind the scene?

    Chancellor Merkel, what’s going on here?___Would you please give us a candid answer that can withstand public scrutiny? As you see, many top-notch Universities from around the world are watching you on this matter … nobody wants to be seen as coward or immoral___Why would you?


    Peter Cao



    So, is that where the problem is? Mr. Sundar Pichai of GOOGLE’s new CEO?

  • PeterCaoPotato

    But, one thing this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler, her fascism collaberal Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun and cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV who’re miscarriage of justice dare not do is: Show me (as one of the primary victims to their fascism crimes) their recanted testimony and evidence that they used to disrupt our lives for over 10 years, and clarify the case with CONFRONTATION, as I challenged them all the time; And BY LAW, that’s what they have to do___for fairness and for justice;


    At this stage, the most confusing part of this case is: __What are the real identities of judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, who must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, including everybody in Stanford University) handling Sebastian Thruns case and this criminal suspect Gabriele Schelers recanted testimony?

    The point is: How could this campus atrocity case remain unclarified at judicial authorities for over 10 years? How did ZZZ/YYY/VVV rule this criminal case behind the scene? What had they done behind the scene; Why are they hiding from a victim as I am during these many years, despite my challenges to clarify the case with CONFRONTATION, all the time?

    Can anyone here, especially GOOGLE’s new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai, help us know who they are? I have serious questions to ask them;

    ………………… P.S. …………………

    — ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? etc.), but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can’t hide their real identities from us for ever;

  • PeterCaoPotato

    Here is the summary of the situation, no time to translate into English now, later …

    文中提到的 Udacity 其创始人 Sebastian Thrun 卷入了一系列危及人生命的法西斯犯罪案件,始于一个校园暴力案【斯坦福警察档案号: IR 04-111-0335;受害人: Peter Cao; 犯罪嫌疑人: Gabriele Scheler】Sebastian Thrun 一方 Fascism 在美国司法系统中极具势力,使得这个本来是非分明,证据明确,并经警察严肃调查过的校园暴力案 后来在美国司法系统中颠倒黑白,制造冤案以掩盖 Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 一方所犯法西斯罪行;而至今那些后来制造冤案的司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV)对受害人隐匿他们真实身份黑心办案,并对当事人掩盖案件材料,侵犯隐私,威胁恐吓,阴谋陷害,以阻止澄清案情,从而达到袒护 Sebastian Thrun 与 Gabriele Scheler一方法西斯犯罪的目的;

    Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 和他们背后的 法西斯 份子行为有违人文主义基本准则 (against the basic principles of humanity), 他们应当受到法律制裁;

    ___有人能让大家知道那些后来处理本案司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? … ) 的真实身份么?我有严肃的问题要问他们;

  • PeterCaoPotato

    ___Some Message Directly to Sebastian Thrun___

    Sebastian Thrun,

    Do I have to remind you that you are the center on the fascism side in this war of anti-fascism v.s. fascism in a series of retaliatory facism crimes against human society, starting from a Stanford Campus Atrocity case [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]? the dire consequences out of such fascism crimes coming along with you have been disrupting human society for 11 years and counting; no doubt, there exists a very powerful fascism circle behind you both inside and outside of Stanford University, who had committed fascism crimes for your sake, centered on you, with your collaboration, and you are one of them;

    For years, I’ve witnessed fascism supporters jump out from the world of academia, education, science and technology, foreign affairs, politics, and even from the inside of judicial system, etc., so here comes another set, led by German media group Bertelsmann, with Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective – a charitable organization run by Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs – and Google Ventures joining as new investors, Particularly, Mr. Kay Krafft, chief executive of Bertelsmann Education Group___They can add some weight on you, but I am sure that not one of them can say that you are innocent in those fascism crimes (what’s worse in this case is that we are all suffering from a corrupted judicial system, in addition to the fascism crimes coming along with you, Mr. Sebastian Thrun); such anti-humanity crimes coming along with you will not be tolerated anywhere in human society; when this decade long anti-humanity criminal case clarified, you will have to face moral and lawful consequences, accordingly; nobody can substitute you in this regard;

    I had told you this back in 2007, and I can tell you again today, Mr. Sebastian Thrun, that “Don’t try to act as innocent”;


    Peter Cao

  • PeterCaoPotato

    It is a tough task to challenge such fascism crimes; As a victim of a series of retaliatory fascism crimes centered on Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun, what I posted on the web are no more than facts, facts those fascists I challenged dare never officially deny, either publicly or in private; I bet such of their fascism crimes would not be tolerated anywhere in human society; If anyone disagree, especially those in my public challenge, please give us a candid answer right here on this board, which part in my statements is not base upon facts? Whats going on here?

    ___Equal opportunity and freedom of speech, please:)

  • PeterCaoPotato

    And for those who still want to join this ‘thuggish’ group in support of fascism crimes, particularly, Mr. Isaac Stein of a PRETENTIOUS ‘Presidential Search Committee’ Chair and Mr. Steven A. Denning, Chair of Stanford University Board of Trustees, and now also including the new comer GOOGLE under his new CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai, I can reaffirm you that such fascism crimes coming along with Gabriele Scheler / Sebastian Thrun / ZZZ/YYY/VVV and now even Angela Merkel would not be tolerated anywhere in human society, and that you have chosen unwisely in alliance with Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun’s side, and that you can play up Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun and retaliate on victims as much as you like at this moment, but your fame and credibility as moral majorities will be destructed, and when this decade long criminal case clarified eventually, you all will be despised as supporters to fascism crimes;

  • Pez Smith

    Peter, tell us what you think of the R$ 0.99 in Brazil!!!

    • PeterCaoPotato


      Tell us who you actually are?

  • Nanodegree! Sounds like the future ;)