Google has now flipped on the switch to display Google+ profiles in the Play Store.
When writing a review for an app in the Google Play Store, you are now required to sign in a Google+ account, and after that each review write will show up publicly with your name and picture alongside the review in the Play Store.
In addition, all the reviews, written before this integration, will now show up with your name as "A Google User".
Google is now allowing developers to contact users directly by clicking their picture (on the web Google Play) and opening your Google+ page to discuss any problems that you may have mentioned in the review.
Below are the screenshots of this new intergration now appearing on Google Play review pages:
Google also to help developers designing for Android tablets released the revised version of developers guide.
"These resources are useful for everyone in the app development pipeline--from product managers, to designers, to developers, and QA engineers."
Android Design Guidelines. While most of the sections are relevant to all Android devices, certain sections stand out as particularly relevant to design on tablets -- for example, the Devices and Displays page introduces the concept of density-independence.
Android Training for Developers site offers task-oriented technical training material, complete with flow diagrams, code snippets, sample projects and more. "Several of these 'classes' are geared toward helping developers understand how to scale your apps across any screen size," googe wrote.
Android Design in Action Highlights. This weekly live show discuss "Android design best practices, as well as provide original 'redesign' mockups to help demonstrate our vision of how Android apps should look and feel," google adds.
Here is a recent episode focused on the topic of responsive design, or designing flexible apps that can adapt to whatever screen size or form factor they're run on:
Tablet Quality Checklist in the "Distribute" section of developer.android.com, is a great way to check if your app is tablet-ready along a variety of technical dimensions.
Check out the details at the developer.android.com.
Also, Google in a press release announced that it has acquired Rhode Island-based ICOA, Inc. in a deal worth $400 million, as it looks to "further diversify it's already impressive portfolio of companies."
ICOA provides wireless broadband Internet in high-traffic public areas, which include marinas, restaurants and airports, and offers Wi-Fi hotspot design, installation and maintenance.
Update: Now, both the CEO of ICOA and Google has denied this acquisition --"This is NOT TRUE!!" wrote CEO George Strouthopoulos in an email. "Never had any discussions with any potential acquirers!! This is absolutely false!" he wrote in an email. "Someone, I guess a stock promoter with a dubious interest, is disseminating wrong, false and misleading info in the PR circles."
The false information was further confirmed by ICOA's CFO Erwin Vahlsing, Jr. "It is false," he wrote in a separate email.
A source at Google has now also confirmed this: "100% false," AllThingsD reported Google sources denying the deal.