Google Now Providing More Stats To Android Developers

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“Man, do we really still need to support Android 1.0?”

Up until recently, that was a pretty hard question for Android Devs to answer. Unless they built in a bit of system profiling code and had it send that info over to their server, Android devs really just didn’t really have any idea who was running their apps. Supporting a platform is a bit harder when you think you need to test on 15+ different versions of it.

Fortunately, Google’s gone out of their way to shed a light on the unknown. How? With good ol’ fashion stats!

Google is no stranger to statistics; their Analytics product has helped web developers around the globe count every last page view and mouse click. Today, their introducing something along the lines of Analytics for Android developers: Application Statistics.

The new App Stats page in the Developer Console will brief devs on:

  • What language your users use
  • Which countries are downloading your app the most
  • Which devices are using it the most? Big ol’ powerful superphones, or dinky antiques? It’s important to know.
  • What build of Android are your users running? Do you even need to be testing on Android 1.0, or 1.5 anymore — or is 99% of your user base on 2.0?+

It’s all incredibly important information. Imagine finding out the 80% of your users have their handset set to Japanese, and you’ve only got it running in English. What if all it took to double your sales was to translate your app?