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March 2020
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What’s new on Google Play

New store listing guidelines: update your videos, screenshots and feature graphics to ensure you’re eligible for improved discovery opportunities.

Custom codes: you can now create multi-use custom subscription promo codes to give out extended free trials to new subscribers.

Google for Games Developer Summit: catch our keynote and on-demand sessions with the latest announcements and product launches for game developers.

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What’s new on Android

Android Studio 3.6: the stable release is available with a new Split View in the design editors, automatic memory leak detection for Fragments and Activities, and more.

Camera X API update: simplify the addition of image capture, analysis and preview to your apps.

New tools for mobile game development: the new Game Development Extension for Visual Studio, Android GPU Inspector, our overhaul of the Android Studio System Trace tool, and more.


Upcoming Google Play and Android deadlines


April 2020: FirebaseJobDispatcher library will be archived and no longer supported.

November 2020: GCMNetworkManager library will stop receiving new features or support.


August 3, 2020: new apps must target at least Android 10 (API level 29).

November 2, 2020: all app updates must target at least Android 10 (API level 29).

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Important reminders

Google I/O update: out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with “shelter in place” requirements by the local Bay Area government — we sadly will not be holding an I/O event in any capacity this year.

Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, we are currently experiencing longer than usual review times. Please expect review times of 7 days or longer.

Google is teaming up with Wings and other great games companies to support the GDC relief fund which has been mobilized to support Indie developers who may face a financial impact for Indie developers due to the postponement of GDC 2020. Apply here.

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