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Apps shared via Google Files Go, SHAREIt, and Xender will be verified by Google Play

Google has worked on a way to keep those users secure who love side-loading applications. Back in June, they started to automatically add security metadata to any app uploaded to the Google Play Store so that they can be verified as originating from Google Play when shared elsewhere. This helps users by having their side-loaded...

How to Locally Capture a System Trace on Android Pie

Tracing is an invaluable tool that enables developers to understand the impact that various changes have on a system and can provide clues to identify the root cause of problems. systrace is one such powerful tracing tool that collects timing information from processes running on an Android device. systrace was used extensively by the Android performance...

Firebase adds In-App Messaging, BigQuery exports, Jira Software integration, and more

Whether you're independent or part of a small or large team, you probably rely on tools like Google's Firebase to make your life easier. Rather than set up your own crash reporting system, you just integrate Crashlytics. Rather than implement your own push messaging service, you just use Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM.) For smaller or even...

Developers are facing huge drop in new installs after Play Store algorithm changes

Some Android app and game developers are panicking because their daily installation rates have plummeted in the past week. These developers have noticed new downloads slow down by up to 90%. The affected developers quickly realized they were not alone in these changes to their day-to-day app installation rate with multiple threads on Reddit, a...

Partial refunds for IAPs & subscriptions now available on Google Play

The Google Play Developer Console has quietly been getting new features in the past few weeks. Recently, we saw that Google added the ability for developers to restrict their apps from being installed on Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices. Now, it seems that Google is also adding the ability for developers to issue partial refunds...

One month to go until GDPR: What you need to know

General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] is the largest shake-up in consumer data protection law in recent history. If you're a developer, web admin, business owner, or user who operates/resides in the EU, GDPR will affect your digital life in one way or another. Even if you’re based in the U.S. or elsewhere, you’ll feel its...

Stepping into Programming & Android Development: Can Online Courses Cut it?

Android is a wonderful platform: the sheer flexibility of the mobile OS is the main reason we all choose to use it instead of its competitors. Because Android is so flexible, it leaves plenty of room for developers to create a wide number of applications and services. As a lover of all things Android, I have...

Developing The Developer Community

We spend a lot of time developing technology but how often do we take a moment to consider how we develop ourselves? With thorough resources being made available constantly and the majority being free, it is becoming increasingly easy to learn and develop new skills. For myself and many others, it all started with picking up...