Switch to New Google Play Developer Console; Drive SDK Images Metadata Expands

Google Play Developer Console now default and out of preview. Android device dashboards now calculated per user visit to Play Store, and update to data on screen distribution. Drive SDK image metadata now has 9 fields.

Update: Google just announced that Andy Rubin is stepping down as head of Android--and he'll be replaced by Sundar Pichai who is currently the senior VP of Chrome and Apps.

Larry Page, announcing the news, said that Pichai will in addition continue to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Fast forward, he said, Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world: "we have a global partnership of over 60 manufacturers; more than 750 million devices have been activated globally; and 25 billion apps have now been downloaded from Google Play," Page said.

"The Nexus program--developed in conjunction with our partners Asus, HTC, LG and Samsung--has become a beacon of innovation for the industry, and services such as Google Now have the potential to really improve your life," Page added.

Google Play Developer Console that was launched in October last year, "is now out of preview and is the default experience."

To help developers deliver great Android apps, this version now features "a streamlined publishing flow, store listings in more languages with language-specific graphics, and new user ratings statistics," writes Android dev team.

Further, Google notes, that the former version is retiring on April 15, so, its to switch over to the new version by clicking "Try the new version" in the header.

In additon, the new Developer Console brings:

  • "new functionality built on top of a quick-to-navigate user experience
  • You can add language-specific graphics to your store listing to help your users around the world understand what your app is about.
  • New graphs help track ratings over time with breakdowns by device, country, app version, and more.
  • statistics page now shows you when you released each version of your app, so you see how each new version changes your installations and ratings, and you can view crashes specific to an application version," the team informs.

Update 04/03: Google has announced a small but noticeable change to the way it counts the Android devices activation.

"We've updated the way we calculate our device dashboards to make them even more useful, and have also updated the data on screen distribution," Google announced.

Explaining Google said, "the new device dashboards are based on the devices of users who visit the Google Play Store (rather than devices that have checked-in to Google servers)." As a result, "the dashboards more accurately reflect the users most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem--and thus most likely to download and use your apps," Google adds.

In addtion, developers can also get even more information about the devices users are using from the statistics available in the Google Play Developer Console.

Check the Dashboards out here.

Google Android Device Dashboard Updates

In other developers releated news, the registration for the 10th annual Global Code Jam opens today.

"Our 10th annual global Code Jam kicks off next month, starting with a qualification round on April 12. After three more online rounds, the top 25 contestants will be invited to Google's London office on August 16 for a final matchup and a chance to win the coveted title of Code Jam Champion," Google wrote.

Google is offering winners $15,000, and say they'll automatically qualify for the 2014 Code Jam finals to defend his or her title.

Register here.

Google Drive SDK image metadata has now been expanded to include 9 fields.

In a blog post, Google's dev team Lots of photographers, both professionals and amateurs, have started using Google Drive to store their photos online.

Google had recently launched new features such as a way to quickly preview files and today the company shared more details about the image media metadata capabilities of the Drive SDK stating that "the set of metadata has now been expanded to include 9 new fields, such as the sensor type or the metering mode."

For more information and to check the description of all metadata fields returned by the API, check the Files resource Reference Guide.

Google Play Developer Console Out of Preview