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Software Engineer at Google (formerly at Nest), cheese lover and happy married man. Dev of "URL Shortener" for Android.
Software Engineer at Google (formerly at Nest), cheese lover and happy married man. Dev of "URL Shortener" for Android.

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Sunsetting the URL Shortener Android App

Few months ago, Google announced [1] that the http://goo.gl service will permanently shut down.
As you might know, the URL Shortener Android App [2] relies largely on the URL Shortener APIs to both shorten URLs, get Click Analytics and retrieve your Shortening History. As the APIs gets deprecated, the app will also gradually shut down.

On February 1, 2019
The URL Shortener Android App will be removed from the Play Store.
Existing installs should continue to work.

On March 1, 2019
The URL Shortener Android App will stop working.
It won’t be possible to create short URLs nor retrieve history via the app. You should uninstall the app at this point.

Until March 30, 2019
Per Google announcement, the http://goo.gl web console should still work for you: “if you have existing http://goo.gl short links, you can continue to use all features of http://goo.gl [...] until March 30, 2019, when we will discontinue the console”.

Per Google, it’s worth noting that “all existing links will continue to redirect to the intended destination”.

The intent of the URL Shortener Android App always was to provide a simple, fast and native way to shorten links on Android.
Good news is, there are many more options to do so today! Bitly ‐ just to name one ‐ is a popular shortening service that also provides an Android application [3].

I’d like to thank everyone who used the app throughout the years, suggested features, helped with translation, reported bugs or left constructive comments. It’s been an incredible journey, and a lot of fun.

À bientôt !

[1] https://developers.googleblog.com/2018/03/transitioning-google-url-shortener.html
[2] https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tdevaux.googleurlshortener
[3] https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bitly.app

Note: The URL Shortener Android App and this post are not affiliated nor endorsed by Google Inc.
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URL Shortener 3.0 for Android is out!

It's been a long time without any update, but I hope you'll like this one.

The coolest feature (I think) is the Analytics Sheet. It fixes something that annoyed me from day one. When clicking on a short link (like goo.gl/n2Uiwn), should it open the app, or the browser?

You're left with the default Android Chooser. Either you live with it, and always do one or the other, or you pick "ALWAYS" and you're trapped: you won't be able to get the Analytics, or you won't be able to select another browser or app to open the link.

Not anymore!
Click on a link, select "Open with URL Shortener", then "ALWAYS".
You'll then get a sheet similar to the Android Chooser AND you'll get the Click Analytics too. No need to choose, nor leave the app you clicked from!

There is a bunch of other new features:
• UI refresh: new icon, reveal animations, launch screen, list animations, etc.
• New login flow
• Integration of new permission model
• Performance improvements
• Lots of fixes in preparation for Android Nougat
• Option to remove "http://" when sharing
• Ukrainian and Slovak support
• Chrome Custom Tab support: option to stay in the app to open links
• Lots of bug fixes

Get it on Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tdevaux.googleurlshortener

(Note: it's a staged rollout, starting with 20%)

#android #urlshortener
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URL Shortener 3.0 for Android is out!

It's been a long time without any update, but I hope you'll like this one.

The coolest feature (I think) is the Analytics Sheet. It fixes something that annoyed me from day one. When clicking on a short link (like goo.gl/n2Uiwn), should it open the app, or the browser?

You're left with the default Android Chooser. Either you live with it, and always do one or the other, or you pick "ALWAYS" and you're trapped: you won't be able to get the Analytics, or you won't be able to select another browser or app to open the link.

Not anymore!
Click on a link, select "Open with URL Shortener", then "ALWAYS".
You'll then get a sheet similar to the Android Chooser AND you'll get the Click Analytics too. No need to choose, nor leave the app you clicked from!

There is a bunch of other new features:
• UI refresh: new icon, reveal animations, launch screen, list animations, etc.
• New login flow
• Integration of new permission model
• Performance improvements
• Lots of fixes in preparation for Android Nougat
• Option to remove "http://" when sharing
• Ukrainian and Slovak support
• Chrome Custom Tab support: option to stay in the app to open links
• Lots of bug fixes

Get it on Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tdevaux.googleurlshortener

Note: it's a staged rollout, starting with 20%.
Also, this app is not affiliated with Google in any ways.

#android #urlshortener
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My dear international friends! Some new features need translations. If you speak any of the following, you can easily create an account and translate few sentences!

Help needed in Arabic, Czech, Dutch, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian.

getlocalization.com/googleurlshortener

Thanks so much!
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+Google Self-Driving Car Project
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