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The Google Play update brings it closer to Apple

The latest update of the app market for Android users lets users approach the iTunes experience.

Google Play has recently released a new update that many believe will help it to close the gap between itself and iTunes, especially since Apple has been recovering from a few blunders in their own App Store over the past few months.

Developers were paid a total of $7 billion over the span of 2014 in order to improve the Android marketplace.

This, according to a report from the Financial Times. Though that amount is notably less than the reported $25 billion that Apple paid its developers, it is still a considerable figure. This is particularly important as the results that Apple has been seeing have remained the same from June through the close of last year. Still, it paid $10 billion more than it usually would have, during that time, so it is expected that those developers will be seeing their earnings sliding downward. Conversely, Google Play developers will be watching their earnings increase.

For Android developers, this change in direction for Google Play should be seen as very positive news.

Google Play UpdateIt also means, according to many, that it appears that the gap that has existed between these two largest stores is now closing up. The latest update for the Android store is quite s clear indication of that. For people who use Android 2.3 and up, the Play 5.3.5 version of the app is now available. This represents the majority of users of Android devices. It now offers a range of different functions to its users, which includes the expansion of the various notification options that are available within the settings. It is also now possible to choose whether or not the notifications for an app will be displayed.

The music store at Google has also released an update, which has aligned its appearance much more closely with the Play Store. There is now a home screen search function. That said, this specific update will be available only to those with a version of Android Kit Kat or newer.

Fortunately for those who can’t access it, the majority of the changes are in the design of the experience, so that it more closely resembles that of Google Play. The majority of the actual functionality has not been changed.

Mobile technology pitch made by Intel to Android developers

The chipmaker made a powerful call to app development companies to underscore its intentions in the market.

Recently in Boston, at the AnDevCon, Intel reached out to Android developers, placing a greater focus on its own determination to expand the role that it currently plays within the mobile technology marketplace.

During the keynote speech from Jeff McVeigh, the company admitted mistakes in its early mobile strategy.

Jeff McVeigh, the developer products division at Intel’s general manager of performance, client, and visual computing, gave a keynote address in which he acknowledged that Intel had not taken the ideal path when it came to the creation of its initial mobile technology strategy. This included his own assumption that the majority of Android development would go on within the Dalvik virtual machine. The Dalvik is essentially an intermediary layer occurring between the Android system and applications, which converts apps into Dalvik executables, which are a format that mobile and other less powerful computing devices can run more easily.

The Android Native development kit’s mobile technology has since been used for many of the best performing apps.

This, despite the fact that Dalvik is still the Android development vehicle of choice. That said, when using the Android Native development kit (NDK), the intermediary is eliminated, making it quite appealing to developers.mobile technology creativity

McVeigh explained that “If you look at the top 2,000 apps on the Google Play Store today, only one-third of them are using Dalvik only.” He also pointed out that “The other two-thirds have some level of NDK; some level of optimized code that’s been polished to a specific architecture.”

Furthermore, he also pointed out that even though Android has quickly overtaken all of the other mobile operating systems and has established itself in a considerable lead of that market around the world, developers could still do themselves a disservice if they don’t make certain that they are accessible to those using other platforms, such as iOS and Windows Phone.

He explained that in order to truly reach the broadest base over mobile technology, Android cannot be the exclusive focus. “I need to be looking across platforms, across operating systems, and developing my applications to span that experience.”