The Developer Show — TL;DR 035

Highlights: Chrome 53, Chrome for Android, Google Maps Android API, Android Add-Ons for Docs and Sheets, Hello English, AdWords, Multi-cloud & Open Source, Google Cloud Shell, Compute Engine

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TL;DR 035 — August, 5th, 2016

Muted autoplay on mobile

Say goodbye to canvas hacks and animated GIFs. Muted autoplay for video is supported by Chrome for Android as of version 53. Playback starts for a video element once it comes into view if both autoplay and muted are set and can be initiated programmatically. Details and code on the post.

Google Maps Android API Updates

The latest version of the Google Maps Android API is now out with more developer requested features including the ability to track camera movements more accurately, set the minimum & maximum zoom levels on your map, and restrict the user’s panning to particular lat/lng bounds of the camera target. More details on the post.

Android add-ons for Docs and Sheets

Android Add-ons for Docs and Sheets are a new way to get more work done from anywhere such as it’s readying a contract for e-signature with your phone or pulling in CRM data on your tablet for some quick analysis. For examples and links to the Developer Preview documentation, check out the post.

Improve game-as-a-service monetization

To help you design and improve monetization as a mobile game developer, here are 5 tips to improve game-as-a-service monetization with best practice examples from mobile games publisher, Kongregate.

Android Developer Story: Culture Alley

More than 13 million people now use the Hello English app developed by Culture Alley to help Indians learn English through gamification. Check out the video to learn how they used Google Play tools to address varying levels of connectivity and device capabilities, and improve user retention.

AdWords: New cross-device attribution reports and benchmarks

Six out of ten internet users in the US start shopping on one device but continue or finish on a different one. Cross-device conversions already help you measure these customer paths. Using that same technology, we’ve introduced three new reports in the Attribution section of AdWords. These provide deeper insight into device usage along the full search conversion path. Diagrams and details are on the post.

AdWords Editor 11.5 updates

AdWords Editor 11.5 is now available to all advertisers globally. The update includes support for expanded text ads and mobile app engagement ads, import/export and simultaneous posting for multiple accounts, and much more.


Want to know how to avoid lock-in with your cloud provider by selecting open-source software that can run on a variety of clouds? Check out the two parts of this post for a discussion and some practical getting-started specifics.

Google Cloud Shell

Google Cloud Shell is a command line interface that allows you to manage your Google Cloud Platform infrastructure from any computer with an internet connection. We’re happy to announce that Cloud Shell is now generally available and still free to use.

Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys for Compute Engine

Also now generally available are Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys for Compute Engine allowing you to take advantage of the cloud while protecting your Google Compute Engine disks with keys that you control. More details on both of these updates are on their posts.

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