Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Filtering with features on Google Play

A good practice when you are developing apps for Android is to define which features your application is using in your AndroidManifest.xml . Google Play will use this list of features to determine which devices are compatible with your application. Google Play will use this information to filter your apps, so users who possess incompatible phones will not see them and will not be able to download and install them.
It's really important to properly define those features, otherwise your application may get a lot of bad ratings of incompatibility issues.
For example, if you are developing a live wallpaper, you should add this line in your manifest  before the application section:

<uses-feature android:name="android.software.live_wallpaper"/>

Unfortunately, this directive does not work correctly on all phones. I have noticed that some devices will not see your Live Wallpaper, although they support this functionnality.

So be really careful, when you define your list of features, otherwise your application may not be visible by a lot of devices.

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