A newly added ability to Google Play store allows Android developers to respond to reviews from within the Google Play Android Developer Console. "Developers can gather additional information, provide guidance, and -- perhaps most importantly -- let users know when their feature requests have been implemented," Google's Android team explains.
The feature currently released to those with a Top Developer badge (). And based on feedback from users and developers, "we will offer it to additional Google Play developers in the future," the team posted.
Google says they'll also notify the user who wrote the review via email that the developer has responded. Users can then contact the developer directly if additional followup is needed or update their review.
Also, for Google I/O next week, the Android Developers gets a new streamlined, simplified, and refocused desgin.
A developer's tasks fall into three baskets: Designing, developing, and distributing.
Android Design, is an online style guide which lays out the principles, building blocks, and patterns for excellence in Android user interfaces. It seems to be working; every day, we see more and more beautiful apps arriving in Google Play. At I/O, we'll continue to talk design, kicking off with Android Design for Success, led by Matias Duarte.
"With Android Training, one of the many parts of the Develop section that we continue to build out, we lay out best practices in a variety of framework topics to help you achieve those goals," the team said.
Also, added today is a new section on distributing apps -- a peek into the world of publishing and promoting your app.