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Improvements for smaller app downloads on Google Play

Google Play continues to grow rapidly, as Android users installed over 65 billion apps in the last year from the store. We’re also seeing developers move to update their apps more frequently to push great new content, patch security vulnerabilities, and iterate quickly on user feedback.

However, many users are sensitive to the amount of data they use, especially if they are not on Wi-Fi. Google Play is investing in improvements to reduce the data that needs to be transferred for app installs and updates, while making data cost more transparent to users.

Find out about improvements to Google Play (http://goo.gl/txc4uv) to understand the updates and learn some tips for ways to optimize the size of your APK.
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You have to improve visibility of apps: applications are undiscoverable.
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Android Developers Backstage podcast episode 53: ADB on ADB.

+Chet Haase and +Tor Norbye chat with +Elliott Hughes from the native tools and libraries team about the real ADB.

http://androidbackstage.blogspot.com/2016/07/episode-53-adb-on-adb.html
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We're happy to announce PROCESSING for #Android now supports live wallpapers, watch faces & Cardboard!
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Connecting your App to a Wi-Fi Device

Connecting Android applications to Wi-Fi enabled devices is becoming more and more common with the IoT and the APIs have enhanced over the last couple of Android versions.

http://goo.gl/mfocAa
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+Rich Hyndman I'll dig out the old project soon, and implement the recommendations and let you know.
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The Awareness API: Using What Your Phone Knows About You

We take our phones with us everywhere; packed with sensors phones are increasingly aware of their environments. As app developers, this gives us an amazing opportunity to create personalized, contextualized experiences and delight our users.

Learn more about how to create delightful, intelligent, context aware apps with the Android Awareness API: https://goo.gl/Oq0MQ3
Context and the Creation of Delightful, Intelligent, Apps
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+Android Developers​, +Android​ BatteryManager.isCharging always returning false on API 23. I Think its a bug. I tried on both emulator and physical device.
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Announcing the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco, Sept. 24 | Android Developers Blog

To celebrate and showcase the passion and innovation of indie game developers, we’re hosting the Google Play Indie Games Festival at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco, on September 24. If you’re interested in connecting directly with fans and building your network, we’re accepting submissions now through August 14. We’ll be selecting high-quality games that are both innovative and fun.

Learn more here:
http://goo.gl/QwO6xE

#PlayIndie
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Congrats...
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Android Nougat: Bundled Notifications

The notification shade is an important space for users and developers alike. There’s a fine balance between posting great notifications using actions, Direct Reply, and a style like MessagingStyle and having an app take over the entire notification shade with multiple notifications.

Bundled notifications give the best of both worlds: a way to group similar notifications together and allow users to expand the bundle and interact with individual notifications and their actions.

By adding your notifications to a group and marking one notification as your group summary, you’ll get the best experience on Android Nougat devices, support for interacting with individual notifications on all versions of Android Wear (no matter what API level the phone is on), and full backward compatibility by showing only your summary notification on pre-API 24 phones and tablets.

Read the blog post for all the details: goo.gl/7jBJZJ

See this video and many others in the full #AndroidNougat playlist: https://goo.gl/ItWFK7
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+Ian Lake​ that's good news. Does that mean you can't customize the summary notification?

What about pre-N? You face the issue there, right?
And on N: can you customize the summary? if yes the issue arise isn't it?

Thanks for clarifying things out.
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Reduce asset size to save users $ or ₹ - tips on conserving data for billions on Android and Web:
 
Conserving data for billions

Data is expensive, so to retain data-sensitive users (like those on pre-paid plans) you need to optimize when and how your app or site uses data. Today we bring you a tip on benchmarking and reducing your data use for billions of users:

On Android and the Web, switching to WebP compression for non-vector images, like photos, can reduce asset size in native apps as well as on the Web. For the Web, use the Chrome DevTools Network panel (https://goo.gl/06d9kq) to determine total byte size for all resources on your page, and resources like WebPageTest (http://goo.gl/aJv2v6) to get a sense of other sites in your market.

This is the third of five weekly posts we’re sharing on how to build Android and Web products for billions of users. Check out our full lists of Web (https://goo.gl/Ss5L5Z) and Android (https://goo.gl/rbqGrj) resources on building content for billions.

Previous posts on building for billions:
Content: https://goo.gl/vn8MiU
Connectivity: https://goo.gl/91hbxZ
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StoryToys finds success with the Family section on Google Play

Based in Dublin, Ireland, StoryToys is a leading publisher of interactive books and games for children. Since the launch of the Family section on Google Play, StoryToys has experienced an uplift of 270% in revenue and an increase of 1300% in downloads. Hear the team at StoryToys discuss how the Family section creates a trusted and creative space for families to find new content.

https://goo.gl/Nu2DGi
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Upcoming AMA with Android engineering team, July 19 @12pm PT * /r/androiddev

The Android engineering team will participate in its first ever AMA on /r/androiddev this Tuesday, July 19 from 12-2pm PT.

This will be your chance to ask us any and every technical question related to the development of the Android platform -- from the APIs and SDK to specific features. Please note that we want to keep the conversation focused strictly on the engineering of the platform.

https://goo.gl/8bRZKN
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+Android Developers​ next time please keep the AMA like these for a bigger window so that the next half of the developers sleeping on the other side of the world can also join in with their questions. 😊
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Android Nougat: Better Notifications with Direct Reply

Direct reply takes notification actions to a new level by letting the user enter text directly in the notification itself, letting them quickly reply to that chat message or email in one easy step.

If you’ve already built notifications with voice reply on Android Wear, Direct Reply is powered by the same RemoteInput API, making it possible to reuse all of the code you’re currently using.

Watch the video to get all of the details on some of the best practices like choosing the appropriate PendingIntent for your action, updating your notification after receiving text via Direct Reply, and how you might use the new MessagingStyle to make a great chat experience, then read the blog post for all the details: goo.gl/DdPd6Q

See this video and many others in the full #AndroidNougat playlist: https://goo.gl/KaXWft
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+Daniel Bateman Yes.


+Ian Lake I stand corrected, thanks, I look forward to seeing it in action.
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Testing connectivity for billions

Building tests for slow, flakey, and offline connections into your early testing practices and timelines can improve the experience of your users globally. Today we bring you a tip on tools for testing for billions of users:

On the Web, Chrome Dev tools enable you to test your site with a variety of upload/download speeds and round-trip times - access these from the Network Panel. Android Emulator also allows you simulate various network conditions while running apps (including web browsers and hybrid web apps) on Android.

There’s also always Airplane Mode for simple functionality and notification checks. The Cloud Test Lab also lets you test on physical devices popular in your target market, but we’ll get to hardware in a future tip. Let us know what you do to test on limited bandwidth in the comments!

This is the second of five weekly posts we’re sharing on how to build Android and Web products for billions of users.

Check out our full lists of Web (https://goo.gl/FxPxIG) and Android (https://goo.gl/pQIftY) resources on building content for billions.

Part 1: https://goo.gl/E9mvV2
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We use Charles Proxy for checking and testing network requests. It also lets you simulate slow and bad connections. Very happy with it!
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