Posted by Adriana Puchianu, Developer Marketing, Google Play
Based in the UK, Playdemic
is a free-to-play mobile games developer. Their leading game Golf
Clash is designed to provide a short and fun, competitive experience. It
uses a simple and accessible game mechanics based on one-thumb gaming which has
generated substantial user engagement, with an average of 44 minutes played over
three sessions a day. Golf Clash is now played by more than 1.5 million players
every day whilst the average revenue per user is equal to other platforms.
Watch Paul Gouge, CEO & Co-founder, and Gareth Jones, Head of Production,
discuss how Playdemic uses live game operations ("live ops") to continuously
engage players and grow their business on Google Play. Live ops are also
referred to as "running games as a service"; they include the strategic
distribution of content and interactions with players that are limited in time
and are designed to increase engagement and monetization.
Watch more developer stories and learn about other features and best practices
you can use to succeed on Google Play with the updated Playbook
Posted by Fergus Hurley, Product Manager, Google Play
Poor app performance is something that many users have experienced. Think about
that last time you experienced an app crashing, failing to respond, or rendering
slowly. Consider your reaction when checking the battery usage on your own
device, and seeing an app using excessive battery. When an app performs badly,
users notice. In fact, in an internal analysis of app reviews on Google Play, we
noticed that half of the 1-star reviews mentioned app stability.
Conversely, people consistently reward the best performing apps with better
ratings and reviews. This leads to better rankings on Google Play, which helps
increase installs. Not only that, but users stay more engaged, and are willing
to spend more time and money.
At Google I/O 2017, we announced
the new Android vitals dashboard in the Google Play Console. Android vitals is
designed to help you understand and analyze bad app behaviors, so you can
improve your app's performance and reap the benefits of better performance.
Android vitals in the Google Play Console
Android vitals helps identify opportunities to improve your app's performance.
The dashboards are useful for engineers and business owners alike, offering
quick reference performance metrics to monitor your app so you can analyze the
data and dedicate the right resources to make improvements.
You'll see the following data collected from Android devices whose users have
opted in to automatically share usage and diagnostics data:
Stability: ANR rate & crash rate
Render time: slow rendering (16ms) and frozen UI frames
Battery usage: stuck wake locks and excessive
See how Busuu increased their rating from 4.1☆ to 4.5☆ by focusing on
Busuu is one of the world's largest language learning apps. Hear from Antoine
Sakho, Head of Product about how Busuu increased user ratings.
Learn more about engineering for high performance with tools from
Android and Google Play
Read our best
practice article on Android vitals to understand the data shown in the
dashboards, and how you can improve your app's performance and stability. Watch
the I/O session to learn about more tools from Android and Google Play that you
can use to identify and fix bad behaviors:
Learn more about other Play Console features, and stay up to date with news and
tips to succeed on Google Play, with the Playbook app. Join the beta and install it today.
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Hutch is a London based mobile studio focusing entirely on racing games, with
more than 10 million players on Google Play. For their latest game, MMX Hill
Climb, they used A/B testing and game analytics to improve the game design and
experience resulting in more than 48 mins daily active usage per user.
Watch Shaun Rutland, CEO, and Robin Scannell, Games Analyst, explain how they
were able to deliver a more engaging user experience in this video.
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Hey game developers, back in March you may remember we added new game statistics in the Google Play Developer Console for those of you who had implemented Google Play Games: our cross-platform game services for Android, iOS and the web.
Starting today, we're providing more insights into how your games are being used by adding country, age, and gender dimensions to the existing set of reports available in the Developer console. You’ll see demographics integrated into Overview stats as well as the Players reports for New and Active users.
In the Overview stats you can now see highlights of activity by age group, most active countries, and gender.
With a better understanding of your users’ demographic composition, you'll be able to make more effective decisions to improve retention and monetization. Here a few ways you could imagine using these new stats:
You just launched your new game globally, and expected it do particularly well in Germany. Using country demographic data, you see that Germany is much less active than expected. After some digging, you realize that your tutorial was not properly translated to German. Based on this insight, you immediately roll out a fix to see if you can improve active users in Germany.
In the Players stats section the new metrics reveal trends in how your app is doing across age groups, countries, and gender.
After Looking at your new demographics report you realize that your game is really popular with women in their mid-20s. Your in-app purchase data corroborates this, showing that the one female hero character is the most popular purchase. Empowered by this data, you race to add female hero characters to your game.
Additionally, if you're already using Google Play game services, there's no extra integration needed! By logging in to the Google Play Developer Console you can start using demographics to better inform your decisions today.