Android Market Manager Update – Fixes for Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and BlackBerry Appworld

Android Market ManagerIf you’re using the Android Market Manager library to simplify your app linking on your various app markets (such as the Amazon Appstore, Google Play, etc), then it’s time to grab an update. I just fixed several bugs, affecting the ability to show all of your apps for Google Play, the Amazon Appstore, and BlackBerry Appworld.

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Updated Android Market Manager with Samsung ‘Show All’ link

Android Market ManagerJust a quick update.  If you’re using the Android Market Manager library to make life easier when handling multiple Android app stores, be sure to grab the latest update.  I added a field to use the not-so-clearly documented “Seller DeepLink” ID to link to all of your apps on Samsung Apps.

Previously, the library used a web search because this functionality was not available.

So, update the Android Market Manager library and make sure your users find your other apps on the Samsung Galaxy Apps store.

Nokia X App Store for Android Apps

NokiaXTime for another App store review – the Nokia X App Store.  This is another non-Google branch of Android 4.1.2 in a separate ecosystem.  It will be launching soon initially in developing nations, and targets a different demographic than the high-end Amazon devices.

While Nokia is building their app catalog the DVLUP developer portal offers some great sounding rewards.  And, as with other exclusive ecosystems that don’t access Google Play, you need to be in this store to get on the Nokia X device line.

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Mastering the Android Developer Tools to Build Better Apps

I’d like to present a resource on tools to develop Android apps. While I don’t teach how to write code or have a complete tutorial on how to use the development tools, these are essential part of the app development process and a lot of readers express an interest in hearing more. If you are going to develop native Android apps in Java rather than use a cross-platform framework (and sometimes even if you are using such a framework), you will be using the Android Developer Tools. There is a wealth of discussion on these tools, and now there is a book – Android Developer Tools Essentials (by Mike Wolfson and Donn Felker) – which I highly recommend.  Read on to see why. Continue reading

COPPA and Privacy in Android Apps for Kids

If you make Android apps or games for children and aren’t already familiar with COPPA, you should get up to date on the requirements as quickly as possible.

COPPA, or the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, goes into effect on July 1, 2013.  It is aimed to protect children under the age of 13 and give parents control over what information is collected from their children.

In case the rules are a bit confusing, the FTC added a FAQ page that provides some pretty clear guidance for businesses to ensure that they are compliant.

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