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Francis Ma
Product Manager at Google, former entrepreneur, ice hockey fan
Product Manager at Google, former entrepreneur, ice hockey fan

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Nice work +Anish Acharya +Jeson Patel!
Thank you for brining back sanity and new smarts to my notifications!!

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Watch what happens with this Canadian anthem singer's mic fails!  The Toronto fans finish the US national anthem!  Okay, Americans.. I expect the same for 'O Canada' if this ever happens on US soil..  Study up!  :)  /via HuffPostCanada []

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Lots of goodies rolling out... !
Google Play services 6.5

We're now rolling out a new version of Google Play services to Android devices worldwide. This update brings the latest and greatest APIs from Google and a new way of including Google Play services in your apps:

Google Maps - Google Maps now provides a map toolbar for quick access to common actions such as getting directions and a new ‘lite mode’ for displaying static maps.

Drive updates - We’ve added the ability add custom file properties to Drive files and you can now control when your app syncs files by network type or charging status as well as cancel pending uploads.

Google Wallet - The ‘Donate with Google’ joins the existing ‘Buy with Google’ button to make it easy to take donations from your app.

Granular Dependency Management - With this release, you’ll be able to depend only on the parts of Google Play services that you use by utilizing separate libraries for each API.

You'll be able to get started with the new APIs as soon as the Google Play services rollout is complete -- a process we expect to take several days. We'll then release the updated Google Play services SDK and you'll be able to download it through the Android SDK manager. Watch for more information coming soon.

Check out the post below for details.


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You'd be missing out if you're an Android developer and have not read this...!
Introducing a new guide, “The Secrets to App Success on Google Play”

Publishing your app on Google Play is a good start, but it’s only the first step to building a sustainable app business. That’s why we’ve written “The Secrets to App Success on Google Play,” a detailed guide on the best practices and tools you can use to maximize the reach, retention, and revenue of your new app.

Get the guide now:

We’ll release the guide in more languages in the coming months and we’ll continue to update with best practices to help you distribute and monetize your app successfully. 

Once you’ve checked out the guide, we’d love to hear your feedback so we can continue to improve:

#AndroidDev   #GooglePlay

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A New Look for Google Developers on the Web #io14  

And just in time for Google I/O, huh?

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A product will never achieve greatness without design.
+Irene Au on design...  For CEOs (and everyone else.)

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Some of my favorite apps!
Lots of new partners launching Google+ Sign-In in the past few weeks! Big congrats to all our partners across multiple platforms. Try signing in with Google to see what they've done:

On Web: +BuzzFeed, +BBC News, +iHeartRadio, +The Wall Street Journal  
On Android: +Flipboard+feedly, +shopkick  +iHeartRadio 
On iOS: +shopkick, WeHeartIt  
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