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Google Confirms App Invite System For Developers To Promote App Sharing To User Contacts

We spotted the groundwork for a new "app invite" system when Cody Toombs checked out some of the hidden code in Google Play Services back in April. In a detailed post-Google I/O story on some of the new features in version 7.5, Google Developer Advocate Ian Lake made the feature official. App Invites, basically a method by which developers can directly advertise apps and give users rewards for installing them, are coming soon (if they aren't available to developers already).

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Qualcomm Just Announced A New Project Tango Phone Powered By The Snapdragon 810

Google recently dropped the price of the Project Tango developer tablet to $512, but there was no new hardware announced at I/O. Qualcomm just can't contain itself any longer, apparently. The chip maker has announced a new piece of Tango hardware is on the way, and it's powered by the Snapdragon 810 [insert overheating joke].

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Google's Developer Site (Including the Nexus Factory Image Page) Gets A Material Overhaul

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[I/O 2015] Android Studio v1.3 Developer Preview Adds C/C++ Support With Refactoring, Code Completion, And Debugging Capabilities

Google I/O is first and foremost a developer conference. New products may be announced at the keynote, but just about everything is really meant for the people that build the apps. For Android developers, there are few things that matter more than their tools. Today, a fresh release of Android Studio hit the Canary channel, and it brings one of the most often requested features: C/C++ support.

Android apps, as most people think of them, are usually written in Java and have a runtime environment that imposes some additional overhead on execution.

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[I/O 2015] Developers Can Now Build Custom Landing Pages On Google Play

If you check the other apps from a developer in the Play Store right now, you get a boring generic list of apps. Going forward, you'll start seeing richer, branded pages where developers can properly display their wares.

2015-05-28 13_18_22-Google I_O 2015 - Keynote - YouTube

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[I/O 2015] Google Is Working On Smarter Play Store Search

Besides new family-friendly and kid-friendly efforts on search and discovery in the Play Store, Google announced during its keynote today that Play Store search will be getting smarter overall.

Specifically, Google wants to more effectively surface apps when users search for vague or topical queries. The example given in the screenshot above shows the user searching for "shopping" apps. The Play Store then returns, of course, shopping apps. But those apps are then categorized intelligently into different sub-genres like Fashion and Coupons.

This may seem like a small tweak to most users, but - if Google is right - it will help introduce users to the right app when the user is not sure exactly what they're looking for, which is a good step in helping along discoverability in the Play Store as a whole.

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[I/O 2015] Google Announces Cloud Test Lab To Remotely Test Your App On The Top 20 Android Devices

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[I/O 2015] Chrome Custom Tabs Will Add Easy And Rich Web Content To Any App With Chrome Capabilities

At the Google I/O 2015 keynote address, Google is moving fluidly between broad Android improvements for the upcoming M preview build and more specific improvements for the company's apps and APIs. One of the first reveals was for a new Chrome feature, Chrome Custom Tabs. This is basically a more robust alternative to embedding a web view in an app, adding a minimal and customized window of Google Chrome on top of the active app.

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[I/O 2015] Android M Will Include A New Enhanced Permission Management Scheme With Fine Control Over Apps

As we expected, Android M will have a revamped permission system. No longer will apps ask for a bunch of permissions at installation time. Instead, apps will ask for important permissions the first time they need them. You can also change permission settings via an AppOps-like interface.

2015-05-28 11_52_05-Google I_O 2015 - Keynote - YouTube

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[For Developers] LeakCanary By Square Is A Low-Effort Library For Easily Tracking Down Memory Leaks In Android Apps

Writing great, high-quality software is hard work. No matter how well we know a platform or how long we spend on code, there are bound to be bugs. Memory leaks are among the most common problems, and they can be particularly disruptive on mobile devices. Square set out to make memory leaks easier to track down and fix with a new library called LeakCanary. It makes leak detection almost automatic and presents results in both logcat and an easy-to-read interface.

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LeakCanary is designed to be as easy to use as possible. For most applications, it should only require a few additional lines in the app's build.gradle file, and one more line of code in your Application class.

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