Google I/O 2013: First Looks: Updates for Android, Gaming, Dev Tools
A live demonstration of the capabilities didn't work during the keynote, which Barra attributed to networking problems that often arise inside the cavernous Moscone Center. "There are actually lots of games launching today with many of these capabilities that we are talking about," he said.The new tools also include a tab where apps are analyzed in the console and given optimization tips to try to help developers make their products more popular, such as adding screen shots of an app so that buyers can see how it will look on a tablet. Another key new tool in the console is an App Translation Service, which helps developers find affordable options to get their apps professionally translated into other languages for increased sales. "It used to be a lot of work to find a translator for your apps," said Powers. The new service displays several translation vendors that can be hired to translate the code in the apps in about a week.
New Location APIs AnnouncedAt the conference, Barra also highlighted three new location APIs aimed at allowing developers to build more location-based features into their apps. The APIs, all part of Google Services, are a Fused Location Provider API, which makes determining user locations faster and more accurate while using far less power than existing APIs; a Geofencing API that allows developers to limit the use of an app within certain physical boundaries; and an Activity Recognition API, which lets users track their physical activities.
App developers are also getting some innovative new tools that are being added to the Google Play Developer Console, which was unveiled at I/O 2012, said Ellie Powers, Google's product manager for Android. The additional tools, which came in to Google as suggestions from developers, are aimed at helping app developers gain new users and revenue from their Android apps, said Powers.