Google improves Android with each new iteration by baking in new features, but where do they come from? Could it harm the app ecosystem if the hard work developers put in on an app has no pay off because the improved core functionality makes it obsolete? We take a look at developer pain, discuss the impact, and remember some pioneering apps that no longer seem necessary.
Put yourself in the shoes of someone who writes software in order to feed a family. Which platform are you going to support? The one that has the prettiest user interface? The one that’s open source? None of that matters, you’re going to write for the operating system that can give you the most revenue.
Many developers are shying away from working their magic on Exynos-based devices due to Samsung’s reluctance to share proper documentations and sources for its chipset. Following its promise to come up with a solution, it seems Samsung is ready to open its Exynos playground – albeit partially.
The good news for Indian developers is that Google now allows them to submit paid apps and apps that make use of subscriptions and in-purchases. Up until now, Indian devs were only able to submit free apps to the virtual marketplace.
Good news for all you Android developers – Google has rolled out the new version of the Android Developer Console.
It was recently revealed that only 5% of new Android activations are tablets, while daily a staggering 1.2 million Android smartphones are activated. However that still means that 70,000 or so tablets are activated every day, which after a quick bit of calculation, means nearly 2 million Android tablets are activated every month. Google has published some new tips urging developers to optimize their apps for tablets, as well as smartphones, as it forecasts that the number of Android tablet users, will grow which in turn offers developers new opportunities for monetization.
The dates for the Big Android BBQ in the Dallas, TX are right around the corner. With the event approaching fast, the folks behind the conference have released the upcoming sessions schedule for all to see. They have something for all types of Android fans attending. Whether you’re a developer and looking for the latest trends, trying to find ways to monetize Android, or a general Android enthusiast looking to geek out and have a good time, they’ll be plenty of sessions for you. If you’re looking for a more personal, casual approach, the Big Android BBQ staff have you…
Google Play Services is rolling out OAuth 2.0 for strong security without passwords. The basic idea is to streamline the user experience and ditch that irritating sign in. Developers who implement OAuth 2.0 will be able to enable their apps or games to authenticate your device through your Google account. So, in effect you’ll enter your password for Google once and that will be it.
In our latest Developer Interview, we’ve sat down with Frank Chen, the CEO of Moborobo Inc. Moborobo is an impressive management tool for PC and Mac that lets you easily synchronize, manage, and transfer your Android data. We’ve discussed about developing for Android, the challenges and rewards of working on Android, monetization, and other hot issues for Android developers.