If you're a developer publishing apps on Google Play, the developer console is probably something you're checking every day compulsively. And Google understands that just because you're a developer, you don't need to look at something ugly and boring to track your apps' download and ratings stats, or manage their publication status. Back at I/O in June, Google showed off a bunch of new console features that were "coming soon."

And today, Google is finally unveiling those features in a brand-new version of the developer console, and you can start using it right now. Just head over to the console, and hit the "Try the new version" button (as Google has previously done with Gmail and Analytics), and you'll be good to go. Alternatively, head to this link. Now, this new console isn't quite finished yet - certain features are missing, and you'll need to go back to the old console to use those. Specifically, multiple APK support, APK expansion files, and announcements are not yet available.

But the new console also has new things, like a totally revamped UI that should load quickly no matter how many apps you have.


Another big feature is the new user ratings statistics interface, shown below. You can now track your average ratings over time, or the average new user rating every day. Like the existing stats features, you can sort this information by device, country, carrier, Android version, and app version.


The app publishing process has also been streamlined, allowing you start with either an APK or simply an app name, and to save an unfinished app before you're ready to publish. And, the publishing interfaces now allows you to see the differences between the new and old versions of your apps, to make sure everything's as it should be before you send it out to the world.

Finally, new options have been added for listing your app in up to 49 different languages on the Play Store, and Google will do all the translating for you (just remember, you're putting your ratings in Google Translate's sometimes-capable hands).

As I said before, just head over to this link to give the new console a whirl. You can also head over to the Android Developers Blog for more information.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    What about the possibility to reply to user reviews for all developers?

    • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

      Some devs have it, most don't though. I've seen devs from popular apps reply to comments.

      • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

        I know that some have it, I saw the comments too.
        However, they claimed that eventually, every developer will get this feature. So it would be about time...

    • Lex_407

      I seen a couple of popular apps in the store get replied back from developers after their reviews.

    • Aracem

      I read on some site that the app need 100k downloads to let the developer reply the reviews. Its normal. 5000 downloads more on some of my apps and i will tell you if its true

      • ericl5112

        I hope that's not true. 100K it a huge number for a lot of smaller developers. If you are a flaming noob developer, that only hurts you. I would hope google wouldn't hold quality customer service back from a lot of developers to prevent a stupid few from hurting themselves.

        • Aracem

          I hope it's only a beta feature and in the future google open it and we can use all

    • ericl5112

      This. I really want to be able to talk to my users. I think it's important to show that you are an attentive developer.

    • http://twitter.com/BiDuSoft BiDuSoft

      The problem is that most top developers have too many users and too many comments to reply so it's quite rare to see them personally replying to comments unless it's something severe. The new developers are usually the ones who need this feature the most since they need to explain to the users who had bad experiences with the app and suggest a solutions. Bad feedback hurt new developers more than established developers. I don't know why Google didn't think of this when only rolling out this feature to selected developers....

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      The requirement for responding to reviews is that the developer be listed as a "Top Developer". http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2012/06/replying-to-user-reviews-on-google-play.html

      I can't find the reference, but I once read that one of the requirements to be considered as a Top Developer was publishing at least one app that has reached 100,000 installs. Also, as noted here http://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1295940, Top Developers are chosen by the Google Play team.

      It's easy to see that not everybody who reaches high download numbers is getting Top Developer badges. Strava Cycling (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.strava), which is even on of the featured apps in the banner roll and in the 500k-1m category, is still not a Top Developer. On the other hand, OUTFIT7 (https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Outfit7), the guys who make the animated pets that talk back to you, is a Top Developer.

  • LiamBryant

    So basically, when the Facebook devs look at this, it'll be easier for them to see just how much their app sucks?

  • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

    Technically it's not "new", it's been out for quite a while now, and it's still not completely finished. Definitely needs a ton of work, I've been using ever since "Try the Beta" appeared in my console a few months ago.

    • ericl5112

      It's new for a lot of people, myself included.

  • ericl5112

    Still doesn't let you expand the "other" section, as far as I can tell. I still don't now what type of devices 70% of my users are on. Makes it hard, as a new developer, to know where to focus limited resources.

  • http://twitter.com/dx3droid Peggy

    Yep, I've had the "Try new design" option for a few months now - I think there was a time where you were able to opt-in?

    From what I've heard, atm only "Top developers" (those with the blue sign near their name) are able to reply to comments.

    If the 100k threshold is true, then that would be a bit silly - many apps esp in the early stages need the dev to respond/communicate with users

  • http://twitter.com/cbruegg Christian Brüggemann

    No multi-apk support yet though..

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexslx Alexandre Leites

    Can some developer reply me: You can change the name displayed below all yours apps? I want to setup a developer account for myself to distribute some apps, but my plans in future is develop some apps with friends and distribute it with a 'company name'... so can i change it?

    • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

      To be fair, you shouldn't be using a personal account for business. You should be making a business account for such dealings.