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Android devs go face-to-face with Android overlords on new Google+ page

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Google has just opened up a new channel for Android developers to learn about the platform, ask questions, and get updates.

The +Android Developers page launched today to help devs stay abreast of changes in the rapidly iterating mobile operating system.

“One of my favourite things about Google+ is the quality of conversation around posts, so +Android Developers will focus on being a place for the people behind the Android developer experience, and Android developers all around the world, to meet and discuss the latest in Android app development,” wrote Android developer relations lead Reto Meier said in a blog post today.

One of the coolest aspects of the page is the Google+ hangouts that will involve the platform’s makers as well as the devs who build on Android.

Created in the spirit of “office hours”-type help sessions, these hangouts are intended to increase communication between the company and the third-party developers, to answer common questions, to address upcoming changes, to highlight success stories and best practices, and more. All hangouts will be archived on YouTube; here’s a recent example:

Hangouts will occur every Wednesday at 2 p.m. Pacific Time and will be broadcast from Google’s Mountain View headquarters. “Expect to see these hangouts in more time zones as our teams in London, Sydney, and Tokyo get involved,” Meier writes.

“We’re looking forward to interacting with you even more closely, so add us to your circles, join the conversation by commenting on posts, and join the hangouts. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.”


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