In the second half of a double Google Analytics whammy, Google has introduced new features for mobile developers and marketers in the Analytics dashboard. While Google's other announcement, an Analytics mobile app, made our site's founder combustible with joy, this announcement is sure to bring cheer to those with products already in the Play store. These new features give insight into how Android users discover apps, along with their usage patterns, in order to enable developers and marketers to increase their products' reach and improve their performance.
Google just announced a new, completely revamped developer console that should replace the current app publishing system in the near future. The private beta sign-up link will show up in developers' consoles soon, followed by a global rollout sometime after that.
The new console is very clean and addresses numerous issues with the current generation interface. Some highlights include:
Chrome For Android got a bump to 18.0.1025123. The biggest change of which is the dropping of the "Beta" tag. Here's the full "What's New" from their blog post:
Viggle, which pairs a great idea with a funny name, is an app we covered last month during its beta period. The TV check-in app, which has already seen great success on iOS, recently landed in the Play Store though, finally out of beta.
For those not familiar with the app, Viggle essentially listens to your TV's audio (at your command), and figures out which show(s) you're watching by comparing the audio it heard to a database, rewarding points depending on the programming (for instance, promoted shows get more points).
In the world of software keyboards, Swype has always been the odd man out. In this case, however, that's not necessarily a bad thing, because people who love Swype are emphatic about it. With the latest beta, Swype is now set to take on the entire world of software keyboards, as it has transformed into "four kinds of keyboard," thanks to Nuance.
How is this a four-in-one option? Firstly, you have the traditional Swype method of, well...
The "freemium" music streaming service Spotify has had great success on the desktop and on iOS, but its Android offering has always been rather lacking, with an extremely dated-looking application that did no justice to the greatness of the service itself. Back in April, Spotify made its first motions towards bringing the app up to speed with a public beta of a rather pretty Holo-themed application for Android 4.0, and now that beta has borne fruit.
SwiftKey is a fan favorite keyboard replacement for Android. Enthusiasts, though, know there's always a better SwiftKey out there. The current beta, named SwiftKey 3, is currently being put through its paces by the community, and yet another iteration has rolled out that brings some marked improvements to the input alternative.
Among the improvements:
- Improved prediction algorithms
- Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
- Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
- A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
- Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
- Improved gestures
- Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
- Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements
The update brings extra improvements to an already fantastic keyboard replacement.
Update: You can download the latest beta build 1.8.4 from here.
At the Galaxy S III launch event, it was revealed that the device would ship with an exclusive build of Flipboard, a fancy news reader that is wildly popular over on iOS. Not long after that, the apk was pull from the Galaxy S III ROM leak. Our own John Thompson took it for a spin and came away impressed.
The browser wars wage on in the mobile space just as it does on the desktop. Today, Mozilla fires another shot across Chrome's bow with Firefox 14 beta. The update, available in the Play Store, comes complete with a new UI, Flash support, and a bunch of other little improvements.
The new version comes with an updated minimum requirement of Android 2.2 or higher. The new UI shows its Froyo-y heritage, too.
Viggle, a TV check-in app that's already seen popularity on iOS, has just seen its first beta release for Android. Viggle, for those who don't know, allows users to check in to their favorite TV shows. The app accomplishes this by "listening" to audio and comparing the sounds it hears to a database, matching them with a certain television show.
What makes Viggle more interesting than many check-in apps is that users can earn tangible rewards.