Developer Kevin Sullivan is hoping Google will be a more seamless experience for developers.
Sullivan, who founded the developer website G+ as a way to create more engaging apps for Google’s Android operating system, said the company has « a lot of work ahead » on improving its developer ecosystem.
Google’s new Developer Dashboard app, announced Monday, is meant to help developers build better and more seamless apps that are more easily discoverable and more widely available.
The Dashboard will be updated daily, Sullivan said in a blog post Monday.
He said it will be « a big deal » for developers to have an app update in the same time period that apps will be available for download.
That’s a big change from the way Android apps are being made, he said.
Apps can be updated on the Google Play Store, but Sullivan said Google wants to make sure that developers know their apps will get updated the next time they’re updated.
Sullivan is also hoping that developers can have more access to Google Play services, including Google Photos, Google Search, YouTube, Gmail and more.
He’s been working on creating an API for developers so that they can use Google Search to discover the best features in their apps.
« We’re hoping that we’ll have more API access, so developers will have more control of what they’re building, » Sullivan said.
Developers can also use Google Play Services to make updates to their apps that can include changes to their APIs.
Sullivan said the API could eventually be made available for everyone to use, although the timeline is still in flux.
He also said Google is looking at adding a « featured search » feature that will allow developers to offer their apps with a search function.
That feature could be used to show search results for specific words in an app.
Sullivan hopes the API will be released soon, and it’s not a one-off.
« I think we’re going to be able to build an API that will eventually allow us to build a unified search experience that everyone will be able access, » Sullivan wrote.
Sullivan has been working with Google for years to create an ecosystem for developers that is more streamlined and more accessible.
Developers already have the ability to create new applications for the platform, he noted, and there are a ton of apps available for developers in the Play Store.
He hopes to make this easier for developers who are already using Android apps.
Sullivan wrote in his blog post that he hopes developers will be rewarded with better experience, because they will have a tool to help them build better apps.
Google says it will make the Developer Dashboards available for users on the developer dashboard app on Tuesday.