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Read about the updated APK patch size estimator tool and how it lets you track the size of your updates between releases, in this article by +Wojtek Kaliciński https://goo.gl/W8GZtl

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Half an hour till Santa takes off! Follow on the Google Santa Tracker app or santatracker.google.com I'll be watching on Chromecast too 🎅🎄 
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Images for Billions #4

When your Android app is doing the work of fetching images over a network, you can leave your users waiting if connections are slow. Two tips to keep things feeling speedy:

First, prioritize text data requests before images. This lets your user navigate past loading images that they don’t need anyway.

Next, display placeholder colors while fetching images. The palette support library lets you select a placeholder color block based on the requested image’s color balance, and set that as the background in an ImageView, so the look of your app stays consistent while loading images.

This is the fourth of five weekly posts we’re sharing on how to optimize images on Android and Web for billions of users. Check out our full lists of resources at g.co/dev/billions.

G+ Images post #1: https://goo.gl/6jZiVA
G+ Images post #2: https://goo.gl/uNn7hj
G+ Images post #3: https://goo.gl/IH3wQF

Pallet support library: https://developer.android.com/topic/libraries/support-library/features.html#v7-palette

Here’s an example of using placeholder colors to show images are loading:
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How many presents have you collected in Present Quest so far?
Santa's Back! Visit Santa's Village on the Santa Tracker #Android app and unlock exclusive games only available on the app. https://goo.gl/vUgk6A
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In part 4 of this series, Ankur Kotwal presents a tour of the Google Maps API Web Services to help you orchestrate the use of Geo data in your apps.

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Google Santa Tracker 2016 for Android is out now! As product manager, I'm keen for you to try Present Quest! 

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Scroll lock like its 1999!
Control page and map scrolling to give your users a great mobile experience with our new smart scroll functionality: https://goo.gl/bB8pKG
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Allo's assistant is pretty cool. Get in a group chat and get it to help plan your next meet up.

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The maps styling wizard has some very nice looking default styles. Be sure to check them out and share with #MapStyle
With our new custom #MapStyle wizard, you can pick from preset styles, create your own & even setup features like auto-night mode. Learn more from Ankur Kotwal in this Geocast: https://goo.gl/HC5glC
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We've added Node.js to our client library family. Learn about the benefits of using these libraries and best practices → https://goo.gl/n8EoDx
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