Android Developer Lab Summary

Great Android Developer Lab in London, Good to talk to +Richard Hyndman +Nick Butcher and +Sparky Rhode . Main tips from the day;

– Fragments are the future. If you’re writing new code use Fragments. If you don’t you’re doing it wrong.

– Avoid showAsAction=”always”, Ice Cream Sandwich ‘phones can have small screens and so could be limited on space for options.

– Most of the best apps come from teams with Developers and Designers on them.

– There is an internal joke about Ice Cream Sandwich inside Google where some people call it Honey-phone due to the closeness of APIs, etc. to Honeycomb.

– There are very few cases where you shouldn’t request hardware acceleration, and in those cases (which involve custom drawing code), you can disable the acceleration on a per-View basis so the rest of the application can still benefit from it.

– Android Market ranks apps over periods of time, the order of the lists in terms of the period of time they use to rank apps is (from shortest to longest); Just In, Trending, Top New Free & Paid, Top Free & Paid, Top Grossing.

– Do your marketing at launch time and initially aim for the Trending list. Build your marketing plans from there to get into the other lists.

– Development companies can get a Market Top Developer badge by via their clients apps (you’ll need multiple apps with hundreds of thousands of downloads before you should think about trying that)

– The Market Publisher site (the one developers see) is being worked on, and Market UI/UX requests and suggestions could be made at the ADL.

Hope this is useful folks :).

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