Google Provides Devs with New App Stat Tool
Google has made available a new Application Statistics console that Android developers can use to view how their apps are performing on installed devices. It has insights on things such as Android platform versions, devices, user countries, and user language. Google is making statistics available as far back as December 22, but will provide daily statistics moving forward. Google hopes that developers will take advantage of this tool to improve their performance of their applications.
Google to Help Developers Make Apps More Accessible
Google today released a tool for developers that will scan apps and provide feedback on their accessibility. The idea is to help developers view their apps from a different perspective and gain insight about how their user interface choices may or may not work for those with special accessibility needs.
Google Reveals Android "L" Features
Google today talked about some of the new features that will eventually appear in the L release of Android later this year. Google has re-envisioned the lock screen to incorporate more of the notifications, as well as the ability to automatically unlock the device when a trusted wearable is nearby.
Google Expands Cardboard Availability
Google today made its Cardboard app available to more countries and more languages. Google says the app can be used across 39 languages in more than 100 countries around the world.
Google Search App Can Be Used to Open, Interact with Other Apps
Google has updated the main search application for Android devices and expanded its ability to use voice commands with other installed applications. For example, users can say things like, "Ok Google, Shazam this song," or "Ok Google, listen to NPR" and it will do exactly that.
Android Wear 2 Preview Lets Devs Access Gestures
Google today made Android Wear 2.0 Preview 2 available to developers. This second preview of Google's revamped wearable platform tackles lots of bugs based on developer feedback since the first preview was released in May, but also adds some interesting new functions.