Top 10 App Developer News & Updates You Can’t Miss | Android & iOS | March’19

Top 10 App Developer News & Updates You Can’t Miss | Android & iOS | March’19

Changes to the Google Play Developer API

The Google Play Developer API allows you to automate your in-app billing and app distribution workflows. At Google I/O ’18, version 3 of the API was introduced, which allows you to transactionally start, manage, and halt staged releases on all tracks, through production, open testing, closed testing (including the new additional testing tracks), and internal testing.

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The latest Android App Bundle updates including the additional languages API

Last year, Google launched Android App Bundles and Google Play’s Dynamic Delivery to introduce modular development, reduce app size and streamline the release process. Since then, developers have quickly adopted this new app model in over 60,000 production apps. Developers have witnessed significant app size savings and reductions in the time needed to manage each release. These benefits are documented in case studies with Duolingo and redBus.

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Help players discover your game with Google Play Instant

Every day, millions of users come to Google Play to discover new content. Instead of making a beeline for a particular game, Google noticed most people come to browse, which means making a good first impression is critical. A catchy title and memorable icon are important, but it’s your game content that really sets you apart. That’s why Google is making it easier than ever for players to get a feel for your game at a glance.

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Introducing a new Google Play app and game icon specification

As of early April, you will be able to upload new icons to the Google Play Console and confirm you are compliant with the new specification. Original icons are still accepted in the Google Play Store during this time. As of May 1st, developers will no longer be able to upload icons in the Play Console which do not meet the new specifications, although existing original icons in the Google Play Store during this period can remain unchanged.

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Grow your indie game with Google Play

For indie developers who are constantly pushing the boundaries of storytelling, visual excellence, and creativity in mobile Google announced the Indie Games Showcase, an international competition for games studios from Europe*, South Korea and Japan.

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Apple Search Ads Now Available in More Locations

Now you can use Apple Search Ads to reach customers in 46 more countries and regions at the very moment they’re searching for apps like yours. Take advantage of this efficient and easy way to promote your app at the top of relevant App Store search results with a 100 USD credit toward your first app promotion.

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Upcoming App Store Submission Requirements

Starting March 27, 2019, all new apps and app updates for iPhone or iPad, including universal apps, must be built with the iOS 12.1 SDK or later and support iPhone XS Max or the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation). Screenshots for these devices will also be required. All new apps and app updates for Apple Watch will need to be built with the watchOS 5.1 SDK or later and support Apple Watch Series 4.

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Apple to host annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 3-7 in San Jose

Apple announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose from June 3 through June 7 at the McEnery Convention Center. Now in its 30th year, Apple’s biggest event will bring together the world’s most innovative and creative developers.

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Swift 5 Released with ABI Stability, Reducing App Size Across Platforms

Calling it a “major milestone in the evolution of the language,” Swift leader Ted Kremenek writes that the Swift runtime is now included across Apple’s family of operating systems: macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. With ABI stability (which had been expected to arrive with Swift 5), all Swift libraries will be incorporated into operating system releases. This will allow app file size to shrink, as developers won’t need to include those libraries.

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Please note all the above news is sourced from Google’s Developer Blog, Apple’s iOS developer news and some industry publications. We have curated the articles as is to give a holistic view to app developers and publishers.