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Google Play introduces separate change-logs for alpha, beta and production versions of apps

Google has introduced a new change for developers that allows them to create separate change-logs for alpha, beta and production apps.
March 21, 2014

Up until now, developers had to use the same text for change-logs in Google Play, regardless of whether folks were interested in the alpha, beta or stable release of an app. In the latest update, it’s now easy for app makers to provide different change-logs for alpha testers, beta testers and just regular users looking to download the latest stable (production) version of an app.

This might not seem like a major change, but it’s still a welcome one. In short, it makes it easier for developers to convey what’s new in a specific version of their app without adding extra confusion for those downloading the standard app, or leaving beta/alpha testers in the dark about what’s new in these developmental builds.

It’s nice to see Google continually improving the layout and experience of the Google Play store with changes like these. Now here’s to hoping that developers actually make the changes needed to utilize the new separate “What’s New” descriptions.

If you’re a developer interested in making the change (or just a reader curious about the change) you’ll want to head over to Google’s support page for more details.