Outsourcing The Development Of Your App? Google Has Some Advice For You.

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Google has a new Outsourcing Playbook available for companies who are outsourcing the development of an Android app.

The guide explores topics like pitfalls to avoid, things to do to make the app successful, and how to choose a software development agency. The intro explains:

It’s not always possible to develop an Android app in house; so you may look to an agency to help you create your app. This agency may call itself a systems integrator, mobile/design studio, consultant, dev shop, freelancer, app developer, or mobile specialist among other names.

We’ve seen a wide range in the quality of apps built with the help of an agency. Getting it right is not only about finding an agency that fits well with your organization and its goals, but also building the appropriate skills and culture in your own organization. This playbook will help you do that with its advice, questions to ask, and tips for selecting and working with an agency to build a high quality Android app.

The playbook is available for free right on Google Play. A PDF is also available here.

Image via Google

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April 26th 2016 Android, Google

Podcasts in Google Play Music

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Google Play Music is no longer only about music, now it also lets you listen to podcasts. The podcasts section is already available in the web interface and it’s rolling out to the Android app in the US and Canada.

“We’ll connect you with podcasts based on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and what you’re interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, we want to make it easy to find the right podcast – whether you’re a podcast aficionado or listening for the first time,” informs Google.

Here are some podcasts that are available: “Freakonomics Radio”, “The Nerdist”, “Radiolab”, “Stuff You Should Know”, “TED Radio Hour”, “This Week in Tech”, “WTF with Marc Maron”, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”.

When you subscribe to a podcast, the Android app will automatically download the most recent episodes or notify you when there’s a new episode.

April 19th 2016 Android

Background Buffer in YouTube’s Android App

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I paused a video in YouTube’s app for Android and got this message: “paused videos keep buffering if you leave the app”. There’s a background buffering feature and YouTube shows the how much data has been buffered. For example, “buffering 11.8/39 MB”. YouTube videos are actually cached, so that’s the reason why YouTube’s cache can become huge.

When YouTube caches the entire video, you’ll receive a notification which shows that the video is “ready to watch”.

This is useful if you have a slow Internet connection: play a YouTube video, pause it, leave the app and wait until the video is cached. Then you can watch it.

An article from Indian Express mentioned in December that “Google will introduce pause buffer feature soon allowing users to pause video, leave it to buffer, even leave the app or site and let it continue buffering”. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivered a keynote speech at a Google India event in New Delhi and announced a lot of interesting features: “tap to translate” will be released this year, “Google will crowd source the data for its translate feature”, “1.4 billion Android users in the world”, “free WiFi at 100 railway stations in India by December 2016″, “Internet access to Indians in their own language is the focus for Google in India”.

Android Police reported in December that YouTube was testing background buffering.

April 16th 2016 Android, YouTube

Reddit for iPhone and Reddit for Android Get Official Launch

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Reddit finally announced the launch of official mobile apps for iPhone and Android, which are available in the App Store and Google Play Store respectively. Earlier this year, Reddit announced the apps, but users can now go download them.

The plan was to build an Android app and revamp the Alien Blue iPhone app, but they ended up just building the iPhone app from scratch too. The apps are now officially called Reddit for Android and Reddit for iPhone. Simpler and less confusing for those who don’t necessarily keep up.

The apps feature inline images, a night theme, compact and card views, and simpler navigation. Alex Le, who joined Reddit five months ago as the VP of Consumer Products (he assures users he’s been a user for 8 years), announced the news.

“This is the beginning of our journey with you, our app users,” he says. “For everyone joining us on this ride, you can expect a lot of updates and new features that we’ll be rolling out to mobile first. Our first feature releases are getting prepared now and we’ll be updating at least once a month. Of course, if you already have an app you like, you’re free to continue enjoying it. We will continue to support our free public api.”

He’s taking feedback and questions in this thread, so if you have something to say, don’t hesitate.

The apps are available in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Image via Google Play

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April 8th 2016 Android, iphone, Mobile, Social Media

Google launches the Android Experiments I/O Challenge for open-source app developers

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contest Google is launching the Android Experiments I/O Challenge today in an effort to bring more interesting open-source apps to its Android Experiments showcase. The three winners of the challenge, which will run until April 13, will get a trip to this year’s Google I/O developer conference. The five runners-up will get Nexus 6Ps (which, in turn, makes me think Google’s I/O giveaway… Read More

March 26th 2016 Android, Google

BMW announces Android app integration

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Spotify via Android and iDrive BMW was among the first auto manufacturers to introduce integration with iPhones in 2011. Now, five years later, the company has at last announced at the New York International Auto Show that BMW Apps will integrate with Android devices. The first three apps to work with the iDrive system in the 2016 BMW 7 Series are all about the music: iHeartRadio, Pandora and Spotify. So far, it’s… Read More

March 24th 2016 Android, iphone

Google loses Android antitrust appeal in Russia

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google-play Google has lost an appeal in a Russian court against an antitrust ruling pertaining to its Android mobile OS. The competition complaint was brought against Android back in February 2016 by local company Yandex. Read More

March 15th 2016 Android, Google, Mobile

Google Decouples Play Games From Google+, Lets Gamers Choose Their Own Names And Avatars

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GPlay_AvatarsLaunch_v01_r13 Until today, you needed a Google+ account to use Google Play Games, Google’s online gaming service for bringing online multiplayer gaming, video recordings and social features like profiles and leaderboards to Android games. Today, Google is launching an update to Play Games, however, that removes this requirement. All you need to sign up now is a regular Google account and instead of… Read More

February 19th 2016 Android, Google

Gmailify

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Gmail’s app for Android is more than a mobile app for Gmail, it’s also a general-purpose mail client. You can add IMAP, POP3 or Exchange accounts and use the Gmail app to read, compose and organize your mail. Now Google added the option to Gmailify your email accounts, which means bringing Gmail features without having to switch to a Gmail account.

“Gmailify links your existing account to Gmail so that you get all the bells and whistles — spam protection, inbox organization and even Google Now cards based on your mail — without having to leave your current address behind. All you need to do is open the Gmail app, sign in to your email account(s), and enable Gmailify,” informs Google.

Which features are available? Spam protection, automatic categorization, labels, better search with support for advanced search operators, travel and hotel reservations appearing automatically in Google Now, better mobile notifications and all the other Gmail features.

How does it work? You can link your non-Gmail address (Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, AOL Mail, etc.) to an existing Gmail account or to a new Gmail account. “When you sign in to the linked Gmail address, you’ll see your messages from the other email provider in your mailbox. You’ll be able to read, reply, and organize them just like you do in Gmail.” The Gmail app keeps everything in sync, so a read email will be marked as read in the original account, archived messages will be added to a new Archive folder, while Gmail labels will be treated like folders.

February 18th 2016 Android

Reddit Announces Android App Beta, New iOS App to Follow

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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman announced on the site today that the company is putting out an Android app (in beta) today with a new iOS app to follow.

The announcement is just casually noted in a longer post about Reddit in 2016. It talks about issues the site has faced and continues to face. From the post (via TechCrunch):

Spam and abuse threaten Reddit’s communities. We created a Trust and Safety team to focus on abuse at scale, which has the added benefit of freeing up our Community team to focus on the positive aspects of our communities. We are still in transition, but you should feel the impact of the change more as we progress. We know we have a lot to do here.

I believe we have positioned ourselves to have a strong 2016. A phrase we will be using a lot around here is “Look Forward.” Reddit has a long history, and it’s important to focus on the future to ensure we live up to our potential. Whether you access it from your desktop, a mobile browser, or a native app, we will work to make the Reddit product more engaging. Mobile in particular continues to be a priority for us. Our new Android app is going into beta today, and our new iOS app should follow it out soon.

This isn’t great news for all of the unofficial Reddit-reading apps out there that have been filling the void, but for many users, it is long overdue.

The app doesn’t appear to be in the Google Play store yet, but presumably it will be soon.

Image via reddit (Facebook)

January 29th 2016 Android, Mobile, Social Media