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Announcing Android add-ons for Docs and Sheets

Uncategorized / July 28, 2016

Posted by By Saurabh Gupta, Product Manager, Google Apps We know many of you consider your mobile device as your primary tool to consume business information, but what if you could use it to get more work done, from anywhere? We’re excited to introduce Android add-ons for Docs and Sheets, a new way for you to do just that—whether it’s readying a contract you have for e-signature from your phone, or pulling in CRM data on your tablet for some quick analysis while waiting for your morning coffee, Android add-ons can help you accomplish more. Get more done with your favorite third-party apps, no matter where you are We’ve worked …..

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Protecting Android with more Linux kernel defenses

Uncategorized / July 27, 2016

Posted by Jeff Vander Stoep, Android Security team Android relies heavily on the Linux kernel for enforcement of its security model. To better protect the kernel, we’ve enabled a number of mechanisms within Android. At a high level these protections are grouped into two categories—memory protections and attack surface reduction. Memory protections One of the major security features provided by the kernel is memory protection for userspace processes in the form of address space separation. Unlike userspace processes, the kernel’s various tasks live within one address space and a vulnerability anywhere in the kernel can potentially impact unrelated portions of the system’s memory. Kernel memory protections are designed to maintain …..

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Android Developer Story: Culture Alley reaches millions of English learners on Google Play

Uncategorized / July 27, 2016

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team Culture Alley developed the app Hello English to help Indians learn English through gamification, supporting over 15 dialects. More than 13 million people now use Hello English in India and around the world. Hear Nishant Patni, Founder & CEO and Pranshu Bhandari, Co-Founder, explain how they optimized the app to address challenges faced by emerging markets. Learn how they used various Google Play tools to address varying levels of connectivity and device capabilities, and improve user retention.

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Introducing new app categories — From Art to Autos to Dating — to help users better find your apps

Uncategorized / July 26, 2016

Posted by By Sarah Karam, Google Play Apps Business Development With more than 1 billion active users in 190 countries around the world, Google Play continues to be an important distribution platform for you to build a global audience. To help you get your apps in front of more users, it’s important to make them more quickly and easily discoverable in Google Play. That’s why we rolled out major features, such as Search Ads, Indie Corner, store listing experiments, and more, over the past year. To improve the overall search experience, we’re introducing new app categories and renaming a few existing ones, making them more comprehensive and relevant to what …..

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Improvements for smaller app downloads on Google Play

Uncategorized / July 22, 2016

Posted by Anthony Morris, SWE Google Play Google Play continues to grow rapidly, as Android users installed over 65 billion apps in the last year from the Google Play Store. We’re also seeing developers move to update their apps more frequently to push great new content, patch security vulnerabilities, and iterate quickly on user feedback. However, many users are sensitive to the amount of data they use, especially if they are not on Wi-Fi. Google Play is investing in improvements to reduce the data that needs to be transferred for app installs and updates, while making data cost more transparent to users. Read on to understand the updates and learn …..

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Connecting your App to a Wi-Fi Device

Uncategorized / July 20, 2016

Posted by Rich Hyndman, Android Developer Advocate With the growth of the Internet of Things, connecting Android applications to Wi-Fi enabled devices is becoming more and more common. Whether you’re building an app for a remote viewfinder, to set up a connected light bulb, or to control a quadcopter, if it’s Wi-Fi based you will need to connect to a hotspot that may not have Internet connectivity. From Lollipop onwards the OS became a little more intelligent, allowing multiple network connections and not routing data to networks that don’t have Internet connectivity. That’s very useful for users as they don’t lose connectivity when they’re near Wi-Fis with captive portals. Data …..

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Android Developer Story: StoryToys finds success in the ‘Family’ section on Google Play

Uncategorized / July 20, 2016

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team Based in Dublin, Ireland, StoryToys is a leading publisher of interactive books and games for children. Like most kids’ app developers, they faced the challenges of engaging with the right audiences to get their content discovered. Since the launch of the Family section on Google Play, StoryToys has experienced an uplift of 270% in revenue and an increase of 1300% in downloads. Hear Emmet O’Neill, Chief Product Officer, and Gavin Barrett, Commercial Director, discuss how the Family section creates a trusted and creative space for families to find new content. Also hear how beta testing, localized pricing and more, has allowed StoryToy’s flagship …..

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Strictly Enforced Verified Boot with Error Correction

Uncategorized / July 19, 2016

Posted by Sami Tolvanen, Software Engineer Overview Android uses multiple layers of protection to keep users safe. One of these layers is verified boot, which improves security by using cryptographic integrity checking to detect changes to the operating system. Android has alerted about system integrity since Marshmallow, but starting with devices first shipping with Android 7.0, we require verified boot to be strictly enforcing. This means that a device with a corrupt boot image or verified partition will not boot or will boot in a limited capacity with user consent. Such strict checking, though, means that non-malicious data corruption, which previously would be less visible, could now start affecting process …..

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Final Developer Preview before Android 7.0 Nougat begins rolling out

Uncategorized / July 18, 2016

Posted by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering As we close in on the public rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat to devices later this summer, today we’re releasing Developer Preview 5, the last milestone of this preview series. Last month’s Developer Preview included the final APIs for Nougat; this preview gives developers the near-final system updates for all of the supported preview devices, helping you get your app ready for consumers. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s included in the final Developer Preview of Nougat: System images for Nexus and other preview devices An emulator that you can use for doing the final testing of your apps to make sure they’re …..

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Announcing the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco, Sept. 24

Uncategorized / July 14, 2016

Posted by Jamil Moledina, Google Play, Games Strategic Lead If you’re an indie game developer, you know that games are a powerful medium of expression of art, whimsy, and delight. Being on Google Play can help you reach over a billion users and build a successful, global business. That’s why we recently introduced programs, like the Indie Corner, to help more gamers discover your works of art. To further celebrate and showcase the passion and innovation of indie game developers, we’re hosting the Google Play Indie Games Festival at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco, on September 24. This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your indie title …..

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