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As an Android developer, I always wanted to see how people would react to my apps. There are several ways a user could give feedback - through an email, over social media networks like Twitter, etc. But Play store rating and review have always been a crucial part of any app. It will not only help us getting the user feedback but on the other hand, it helps users to decide which app to choose of a similar category based on the ratings.

That being said, how would you encourage users to give feedback on your app? You either provide a button asking Review somewhere in the NavigationDrawer/Toolbar or trigger the review popup after a user has experienced enough of your app. But when a user clicks on the button, we ended up redirecting the user to the Play store app detail screen😑 We never wanted our customers to leave our application, but with this flow, we were forced to redirect the control to Play store app. …

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Google is considering the users privacy seriously. Starting from Android Marshmallow, it has segregated dangerous permissions and introduced Runtime permissions. With Android Pie, the apps which are idle can no longer access microphone, camera, and sensors. NOW, it has updated its Google Play Developer Policy which restricting SMS, CALL_LOG access only to default apps.

Wait, What?

That’s right. If you have an app in the play store, requesting SMS or CALL_LOG permissions and your app doesn’t really require these permissions, you should be removing it from the AndroidManifest file and should update the app in play store.

If you really need these permissions to fulfill certain functionalities, you should be filling 6-page Permission Declaration Form and submitting to Google Play for review. …

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Okay… First things first. Why am I writing this blog post? Well, I thought of documenting/sharing important moments of my life in 2018. Hoping this would push me to improve myself in the coming year and on the other hand, it would motivate fellow developers who are just jumping into tech.

I wasn’t considered opensource seriously until 2018. Why? It’s not that I wasn’t aware. It’s just that I wasn’t making the most of my time. But in 2018, I tried to balance both my normal work and contributing to the community.

1. Articles

Even before I explored Medium, I was writing all the tech stuff in my own website. But I was killing most of my time at managing the website like upgrading plugins, managing SEO etc and maintaining a website was above my head too. So, this year, I ditched my website and chose Medium for blogging. …


Naveen T P

Android / iOS developer | Open source enthusiast | https://naveentp.github.io/

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