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The New Awareness API Will Let Apps Better Understand Your Environment

Android has always made use of location services in various ways, including recent innovations like location-based smart lock. What if your phone could truly understand what's going on in the world around it with a simple API? That's Google's new Awareness API, which was just announced at I/O.

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Google Opens Up API To Read And Reply To Play Store Reviews, Support Already Offered By Zendesk And Conversocial

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Google Rolls Out Enhanced Android Pay APIs To Developers

You might be seeing a lot more of Android Pay in the coming months. Google has deployed a new set of APIs for developers to build Pay into mobile web sites, instant apps, and even your email. The goal is to make the payment process faster and easier on mobile devices, but only in countries where Android Pay is accepted.

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Android Studio 2.2 Preview Announced With A New Layout Designer, Test Recording With Auto-Generated Espresso Code, And Much More

While all major tech companies use their flagship events to announce new products, Google doesn't shy away from putting developer tools on stage. And keeping with a common theme lately, there's a preview release for the next Android Studio. Version 2.2 includes some immediately popular and often-requested additions to the IDE.

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Family Library For Google Play Purchases Is Official, App Purchases Will Be Shared Among Up To Six Family Members Starting July 2nd

We knew it was coming eventually, but just before the Google I/O keynote began, Google updated its developer documentation with more details about Family Library. Most important, we have a launch date of sorts: July 2nd. That date marks when app purchases will be shared in the Family Library by default unless the developer opts out.

For those who aren't familiar, Family Library will be a way for trusted family members to share Play Store purchases among one another. We have seen bits and pieces popping up in our APK teardowns for a while now. When it comes to video purchases, for instance, we can tell that you will be restricted to streaming the same title on only one device at a time.

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Google Releases Google Play Developer Console App In The Play Store

Yo dawg. Google heard you like apps, so it made an app for tracking your apps. Specifically, there's now an app version of the Google Play Developer Console. It just went live in the Play Store, but it'll really only do you any good if you develop apps.

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Google Launches Android For Work DevHub, A Beta Program And Open Forum For Eager Companies And Developers

The workplace may be stuffy, but that doesn't mean there isn't space for a tech lover to geek out. You may be the IT guy responsible for managing user accounts and security policies, but just like on your personal phone, you like having access to the latest tools.

For you, dear corporate tech nerd, Google has introduced Android for Work DevHub.

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Hey Google, Please Deal With The Explosion Of Lock Screen Adware In The Play Store

The once beloved ES File Explorer was revealed recently to be little more than a Trojan Horse, used to get adware installed on thousands of devices with one update. This was apparently just the beginning. Users have started compiling a spreadsheet of apps that sneak the same adware-infused charging lock screen onto your device. There are already about 20 of them. Google, where are you?

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New Sessions Added To Google I/O 2016 Schedule

Google posted at least some of the events and sessions for developers to check out at the Google I/O trade conference already. It looks like the Big G wasn't quite finished ironing out the details, because several new sessions have been added to the official website as of today. Here are a few of them that are particularly relevant to Android:

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Updated May Platform Distribution Numbers Show Marshmallow As The Only Version Gaining, Now At 7.5%

It's the beginning of the month again, and that means it's time for Google to update the Android platform distribution numbers. We've been waiting ages for Froyo to die, but it lives on this month. However, Marshmallow continues to show strong performance as the only version gaining market share right now.

Here's the full breakdown of this month's numbers.

Android version stats, May 2016

Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp)
2.20.10.10
2.32.62.2-0.4
4.02.22.0-0.2
4.17.87.2-0.6
4.210.510.0-0.5
4.33.02.9-0.1
4.433.432.5-0.9
5.016.416.2-0.2
5.119.419.40
6.04.67.5+2.9

So, as you can see, Froyo is still sitting there at 0.1%, mocking us with its obsolescence.

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