Google Retools Android Market for Better App Discovery
Google today made a significant number of changes to the Android Market in hopes to make it easier to find applications. First, it has refreshed the way it treats the "top apps" recommendations and says they will be updated more frequently. It also offers editor's choice recommendations, gives its best developers more visibility, provides more relevant and useful related applications, and has a new section that displays trending applications. These changes are first available on the web version of the Android Market, and will be rolled out over the coming weeks to Android smartphones and tablets. Google made other changes to the Market, but for developers. One new feature increases the maximum size of applications, and lets developers selectively block certain devices from downloading apps.
Google Play to Improve Beta App Discovery
Google plans to make it easier for people to find and test beta applications in the Google Play Store. Google said it will begin to surface beta apps within search results in order to improve visibility.
Google Expands Availability of Watch Faces to Android Wear
Google today updated its Android Wear app for smartphones and wearables, adding a significant number of new watch faces. Google said Android Wear device owners can now download watch faces directly from the Play Store.
Google Publishes Android 5.0 Preview, Updates SDK
Google today made available several significant tools for developers ahead of the general release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. First, Google released updated developer images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator.
Bing for Android Can Better Search Through Other Apps
Microsoft today updated its Bing Search app for Android devices and gave it the ability to perform searches from within other applications. The feature, called Bing snapshots, scouts things mentioned on any given page and provides relevant information about them in snapshots.
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.