Google Play Order Management moving to Android Developer Console

From The Google Play Team:

On January 9, 2017, Google Play Order Management features moved from Payments Center to the Google Play Developer Console. The new Order Management page offers the same functionality as the Order Management feature in Payments Center, as well as new features such as bulk refunds and subscription cancellation. Starting January 23, 2017, Order Management functionality will be removed from Payments Center.

Action required by January 23, 2017
As the account owner, you must add all users who need access to Payments Center to your Developer Console with the new ‘Manage orders’ permission. Permissions from Payments Center are not automatically carried over to the Developer Console.

Here’s how you can add user permissions:

  1. Log on to Payments Center and review all existing users. For your convenience, we’ve also included a list of users with access to Payments Center at the end of this email.
  2. Sign in to your Developer Console and add one or both of the following permissions for all users that need access to Order Management in the Developer Console.
    • View financial reports: Users can view financial and sales reports.
    • Manage orders: Users can access the Order Management page. All financial data will be hidden unless they have “View financial reports” permission.
  3. Let your users know about the new location for Order Management features.

Note: If you previously set ‘Manage orders’ permissions in the Developer Console, you don’t need to re-add those users.

Account owners will also be able to access Payments Center settings (such as language preference and tax information) in the Developer Console, under Settings –> Payment Settings.

You can read more about the new Order Management features in the Developer Console Help Center.

Google Assistant coming to Android TV

Google announced today that the Google Assistant would be coming to the Android TV Plaform “in the coming months” as part of an update to the Google TV platform on TVs and set top boxes.  Nvidia echoed that annoucement yesterday in their keynote at the consumer electronics show (CES) announcing that the new NVidia Shield TV would be the first device to launch with Google’s Assistant.

You’ll be able to ask the Google Assistant for help so you can enjoy the content you love, faster than ever, on the best screen in your house.

From playing media to planning for your day, here are some ways the Google Assistant on Android TV can help:

Play content: “Play Stranger Things on Netflix.”

Discover content: “Search YouTube for Jimmy Kimmel.” And you can also ask a follow-up if you’re interested in more videos by saying: “Play the second one.”

Get answers: “Tell me about Jurassic Park?”

Set the right mood: “Dim the lights.”

Get ready for your day: “How long will it take to get to work?”

In the coming months, the Google Assistant on Android TV will come to the NVIDIA SHIELD, along with all Android TVs in the US running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat, such as the AirTV Player, Sharp Aquos, Sony Bravia, Xiaomi Mi Box, and more. And once available, the NVIDIA SHIELD will be the first TV device to offer a hands-free Assistant experience — so “Dim the lights” will only be an “Ok Google” away!

Android Platform Tools Now Available for Download From Google

Elliot Hughes, A google Engineer posted on his G+ page an announcement that Google is now hosting the Android Platform tools as separate binaries for download.  Previous to this you would have to download the full android developer tools which can be very large.

Until this announcement other alternatives would be to get these tools from other sources on the internet that are less reputable and open yourself up to malware.  As a recent victim of identity theft myself this is always something I keep in mind when downloading applications.

As a non-developer these tools are essential for flashing new roms, side loading applications or even updating/restoring your devices with factory images provided by google and other manufacturers.

You can download the binaries for your platform of choice using the links below.

Windows, MacOS, Linux