Google To Developers: You Have The Con

On Monday Google made its new Google Play Android developer console available to devs. In July the console was announced at Google I/O and to test a beta version devs were invited.

“The key areas possible for any application platform are developer tools and portal,” Al Hilwa, applications development software program director at IDC, told LinuxInsider. “With the coming launch of Windows Phone 8, which ups the informal in this area, it is not surprising that Google has been investing here.”

“Lack of providing developers in both Android and iOS, with a proper back channel to know how users are seeing, choosing and extremely using their apps,”

Google To Developers: You Have The Con

The Console’s Features

Google has examined the interface, so using navigation and search users will easily find their way around, and if users have a lot of apps it will quickly loads.

The console lets devs track the success of their app over time. It measures graph on a certain day, changes over time for both the all-time average user rating and new user.

Devs will be able to break down the data by device, country, language, carrier, Android version and app version.

In the app publishing process Google has also restructured and designed. Devs can either start with an Android application package file (APK) or an app name, and can save their work before they have all the information. Devs can also now view the differences between the app new and old versions. This lets them catch unplanned changes before publishing an app new version.

In the console dev has keep changes to an app, in the web users will able to see the any of 49 languages. Translation is automatic. In mobile devices Google plans to offer this multilanguage capability

The console does not yet support advanced features such as multiple APK support, APK expansion files, and announcements. Devs will have to switch back to the old version to use these.

Google To Developers: You Have The Con

Order From Chaos

“The Android platform is known for being disorder and not privately supported by Google,” IDC’s Hilwa said. “Clearly Google’s a confidence in self-service for developers, and they are improving workflows, language expanding and increasing the analytics, these all are essential for the platform in the face of a well-capitalized continued success. With Windows Phone 8 Microsoft that is going to gain market share more in mobile device.”

“Many OS versions Android supports and it running on so many devices, it would be very useful for developers to see the installed OS versions and devices their apps. However, he did not see that description of the functionality in the console.

In the new console they provided additional insight into reviews “is really a small step,” Abadir continued. “The data developers really need to intelligently increase their apps in the field analytics that track patterns usage, and clickstreams.” These features are included in appMobi’s HTML 5 mobile app cloud services.

Taking On iOS

The new Android dev console “is an iterative improvement of the Android developer experience,” Abadir stated. “It’s not a crucial advance.”

Still, “it’s well known that extremely lacking of Apple’s developer dashboards and analytics, so Google could have seen this area as a place to show their developers better experience,” Abadir suggested.


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