We recently updated the developer portal device targeting capabilities to include targeting for the most popular Android devices including the Nexus 5, 7, 10, HTC One, Shield Tablet, Galaxy Nexus, Sony Experia Z, and the Motorola Droid Razr HD to name just a few. Developers can now look at the list of supported, excluded and unsupported devices to quickly see which devices are compatible with their app, and if their app manifest settings have filtered out any devices.
To make sure your app or game is available on as many devices as possible, you need to optimize the targeting via the developer portal and your Android manifest. Android developers know that getting on as many devices as possible is key for a successful app launch. More devices = more downloads = more $$$. Consequently, most developers are aware that careful construction of an app’s manifest (i.e. the AndroidManifest.xml file in the .apk package) is essential for targeting compatible devices, while avoiding devices that would cause their app to perform poorly.
However, there are a few common mistakes developers make with manifests that can cause device targeting to be too restrictive or too permissive when determining an app’s compatibility. Here are 3 common mistakes that we see: Read More →