3 things to expect at the Google for Games Developer Summit

Posted by Greg Hartrell, Product Director, Games on Play/Android

Save the date for this year’s virtual Google for Games Developer Summit, happening on March 14 at 9 a.m. PT. You’ll hear about product updates and discover new ways to build great games, connect with players around the globe and grow your business.

Here are three things you can expect during and after the event:

1. Hear about Google’s newest games products for developers

The summit kicks off at 9 a.m. PT, with keynotes from teams across Android, Google Play, Ads and Cloud. They’ll discuss the latest trends in the gaming industry and share new products we’re working on to help developers build great experiences for gamers everywhere.

2. Learn how to grow your games business in on-demand sessions

Following the keynotes, more than 15 on-demand sessions will be available starting at 10 a.m. PT, where you can learn more about upcoming products, watch technical deep dives and hear inspiring stories from other game developers. Whether you’re looking to expand your reach, reduce cheating or better understand in-game ad formats, there will be plenty of content to help you take your game to the next level.

3. Join us at the Game Developers Conference

If you’re looking for even more gaming content after the summit, join us in person for the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. We’ll host developer sessions on March 20 and 21 to share demos, technical best practices and more.

Visit g.co/gamedevsummit to learn more and get updates about both events, including the full agendas. See you there!

Google Dev Library Letter: 17th Edition

Posted by the Dev Library Team

We are highlighting the best projects developed with Google technologies that have been shared on the Google Dev Library platform. We hope this will spark some inspiration for your next project.

Android – Content of the Month

Transformers by Daichi Furiya

See the Android transformation library providing a variety of image transformations for Coil, Glide, Picasso, and Fresco.

Camposer by Lucas Yuji Yoshimine

Learn how the camera library in Jetpack Compose which supports taking photos, recording videos, flash modes, zoom ratio, and more.

Read more on DevLibrary

ChatGPT Android by Jaewoong Eum

Integrate ChatGPT on Android with Stream Chat SDK for Compose.

Read more on DevLibrary

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Useful Android projects from Google Dev Library to help you #DevelopwithGoogle

Posted by Swathi Dharshna Subbaraj – Project Coordinator, Google Dev Library

Android offers developers a rich set of tools and SDKs/APIs for building innovative and engaging mobile apps. Developers can create applications for a large and growing user base of over 2.5 billion devices worldwide.

Google Dev Library curates open-source Android libraries created and contributed by developers from around the world. Developers can easily leverage the vast array of useful code samples, GitHub repos, and libraries featuring Compose, networking, data storage to user interface design and image processing to build your own Android apps !

In this blog, we are sharing 7 popular projects by android contributors. These projects are some of the highest viewed projects on the platform and we hope these will give you a sneak peak into the type of interesting and innovative projects found on the platform. Let’s dive into the list:

Coil by Colin White
Image loading for Android backed by Kotlin Coroutines

Coil is designed to be lightweight, efficient, and easy to use, and it offers a number of features such as automatic image caching, support for various image formats, and integration with popular image loading libraries like Glide and Picasso. If you are working on an Android app and need a reliable way to load and display images, this repository is definitely worth checking out !

LitePal by Lin Guo
An Android library that makes developers use SQLite database extremely easy

If you’re looking to streamline your database management processes, LitePal is an open source library for Android that helps developers with database management in your app development.

Tivi by Chris Banes
Tivi is a TV show tracking app that uses some of the latest Android libraries

Tivi showcases modern development practices, including the use of Android Jetpack and other libraries. This TV show tracking Android project is helpful for developers to learn more about interesting and fun practices for Android development.

Showkase by Vinay Gaba
Showkase is an annotation-processor based Android library

Showkase helps you organize, discover, search and visualize Jetpack Compose UI elements. With minimal configuration it generates a UI browser that helps you easily find your components, colors & typography.

Pokedex by Jaewoong Eum
Pokedex follows Google’s official android architecture guidance

Pokedex demonstrates modern Android development with Hilt, Coroutines, Flow, Jetpack (Room, ViewModel), and Material Design based on MVVM architecture. The repository includes the app’s layout, features, and functionality, as well as documentation on how to implement and get resourceful.

Resource for learning about the Android Jetpack Compose framework.

If you are looking to learn or improve your knowledge of Jetpack Compose, Learn-Jetpack-Compose-By-Example contains a collection of example code and accompanying explanations for various components and features of Jetpack Compose. This repository aims to show the Jetpack Compose way of building common Android UI that we are accustomed to building.

Material Dialog by Shreyas Patil
MaterialDialog library is built upon Google’s Material Design library

The author, Shreyas Patil, goes into detail about how to use the MaterialDialog library and provides code examples to demonstrate its capabilities. The library allows developers to easily create dialogs with a variety of customization options, such as adding buttons, selecting the theme, and setting the title and content. Overall, the MaterialDialog library is a useful tool for Android developers looking to implement Material Design in your apps.

We hope these projects will inspire and help guide your own development efforts. Join our global community of Android developers to showcase your projects and access tools and resources. To contribute, submit your content.

Meet Android Developers from India keen to learn and inspire

Posted by Vishal Das, Community Manager

This year the Google Developer Educators India team launched the “Android Learn and Inspire Series” for Android Developers who were eager to learn Jetpack Compose and inspire others to upskill. Meet the developers who completed the series and hosted workshops on Jetpack Compose to find out their motivation to teach others!

Alankrita Shah, Lead Android Developer, Bolo Live

How did you get started with Android Development?

My journey with Android started back in my 3rd year of my undergraduate studies. I got an internship in a startup where I learned to develop an application that lets users watch videos. It was a simple application but that helped me start exploring android development. I was always in awe of the capabilities of Android applications.

What keeps you motivated to learn and stay up to date ?

In Android development, there are frequent updates that help developers write fast and efficient code. Keeping up with it would help build good quality products. Becoming part of communities where you can discuss and share best practices is an interesting way to learn and grow.

Which method of knowledge sharing did you find most effective?

I experimented with a few methods in the Android Learn and Inspire series. There are a few that I found quite effective.

  • Adding some fun activities helps in bringing energy to the session. You can put up some fun activities that will include the learnings of the session in a fun way.
  • Write up for the topic covered : Post the session, you can share a blog and/or code for the same. The members can access it if they want to revisit what they learned.”

Amardeep Kumar, Android Engineer, Walmart

How did you get started with Android Development?

I completed my Engineering in Information Technology from Siliguri Institute of Technology back in 2011. I was one of those unlucky 10% of students who graduated without any job offer. After a few months of struggle, I got a job offer from a company called Robosoft (this time I was one of the 3 selected out of 2,000+ candidates). Hence, I started as an Android developer from day 1 of joining Robosoft from the Honeycomb and Ice cream sandwich.

What keeps you motivated to learn and share?

One thing was consistent in my Android journey and that was connecting with good Android developers. BlrDroid, GDG Bangalore, Udacity Nanodegree and the Android community helped me to connect with people and learn every day. Solving tech problems and Android tech discussions are part of daily life. I like to develop Android apps because of its reach in countries like India. Open source is also one of the reasons to love Android. I got trained in my first job from my seniors on Android and that motivated me to share my Android knowledge in the community.

Which method of knowledge sharing did you find most effective?

One tip I would like to share is let’s bring those good engineers in Android who are expert in solving Android problems but shy in sharing knowledge.

Dev Library Letters: 16th Issue

Posted by the Dev Library Team

Welcome to the 16th Issue! Our monthly newsletter curates some of the best projects developed with Google tech that have been submitted to the Google Dev Library platform.  We hope this brings you the inspiration you need for your next project!

    Content of the month

How to exclude stylesheets from the bundle and lazy load them in Angular

by Dharmen Shah

Learn how to load stylesheets only when needed without making them part of an application bundle.

    Check out content from Google Cloud, Angular, Android, ML, & Flutter


  • Check out this Android library that offers dialogs and views for various use cases built with Jetpack Compose for Compose projects by Maximilian Keppeler.

  • Learn how to create and publish your own Android Library with JitPack by Matteo Macri.


  • Dive into into composition and inheritance in Angular by Dany Paredes featuring an example focused on forms that highlights why you should be careful using inheritance in components.

  • Read “Angular dependency injection understood” by Jordi Riera to gain a broader perspective of how it works, why it is important, and how to leverage it inside angular.


  • Learn how Iris automatically assigns labels to Google Cloud resources for manageability and easier billing reporting in this post by Joshua Fox.

  • Check out Glen Yu’s hack for those in regions without access to native replication in “Pulumi DIY GCS replication” – some of these solutions will require understanding of the fundamental building blocks that make up the Google Cloud Platform.


  • Learn how to make Flutter projects scalable by using a modularization approach in R. Rifa Fauzi Komara’s article, “Flutter: mastering modularization”.

  • Check out Let’s Draw by Festus Olusegun, a simple app made with Flutter that enables users to draw art with freehand, line, and shape tools.

  • Explore how to use Cubits from the Bloc library to manage states and get the benefits and drawbacks of this approach in Verena Zaiser’s article.

Machine Learning

  • Get an overview on Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs, ConvNets), why they matter, and how to use them in Henry Ndubuaku’s tutorial, “Applying CNNs to images for computer vision and text for NLP”.

  • See why you should add deep learning framework Jax to your stack and get an intro to writing and training your own neural networks with Flax in this introduction tutorial by Phillip Lippe.

Want to read more? 
Check out the latest projects and community-authored content by visiting Google Dev Library.
Submit your projects to showcase your work and inspire developers!

When to step-up your Google Pay transactions as a PSP

Posted by Dominik Mengelt, Developer Relations Engineer, Google Pay and Nick Alteen, Technical Writer, Engineering, Wallet

What is step-up authentication?

When processing payments, step-up authentication (or simply “step-up”) is the practice of requiring additional authentication measures based on user activity and certain risk signals. For example, redirecting the user to 3D Secure to authenticate a transaction. This can help to reduce potential fraud and chargebacks. The following graphic shows the high-level flow of a transaction to determine what’s to be done if step-up is needed.

graphic showing the high-level flow of a transaction
Figure 1: Trigger your Risk Engine before sending the transaction to authorization if step-up is needed

It depends! When making a transaction, the Google Pay API response will return one of the following:

  • An authenticated payload that can be processed without any further step-up or challenge. For example, when a user adds a payment card to Google Wallet. In this case, the user has already completed identity verification with their issuing bank.
  • A primary account number (PAN) that requires additional authentication measures, such as 3D Secure. For example, a user making a purchase with a payment card previously stored through Chrome Autofill.

You can use the allowedAuthMethods parameter to indicate which authentication methods you want to support for Google Pay transactions:

“allowedAuthMethods”: [


In this case, you’re asking Google Pay to display the payment sheet for both types. For example, if the user selects a PAN_ONLY card (a card not tokenized, not enabled for contactless) from the payment sheet during checkout, step-up is needed. Let’s have a look at two concrete scenarios:

In the first scenario, the Google Pay sheet shows a card previously added to Google Wallet. The card art and name of the user’s issuing bank are displayed. If the user selects this card during the checkout process, no step-up is required because it would fall under the CRYPTOGRAM_3DS authentication method.

On the other hand, the sheet in the second scenario shows a generic card network icon. This indicates a PAN_ONLY authentication method and therefore needs step-up.


Whether or not you decide to accept both forms of payments is your decision. For CRYPTOGRAM_3DS, the Google Pay API additionally returns a cryptogram and, depending on the network, an eciIndicator. Make sure to use those properties when continuing with authorization.


This authentication method is associated with payment cards from a user’s Google Account. Returned payment data includes the PAN with the expiration month and year.


This authentication method is associated with cards stored as Android device tokens provided by the issuers. Returned payment data includes a cryptogram generated on the device.

When should you step-up Google Pay transactions?

When calling the loadPaymentData method, the Google Pay API will return an encrypted payment token (paymentData.paymentMethodData.tokenizationData.token). After decryption, the paymentMethodDetails object contains a property, assuranceDetails, which has the following format:

“assuranceDetails”: {
    “cardHolderAuthenticated”: true,
    “accountVerified”: true

Depending on the values of cardHolderAuthenticated and accountVerified, step-up authentication may be required. The following table indicates the possible scenarios and when Google recommends step-up authentication for a transaction:



Step-up needed







Step-up can be skipped only when both cardHolderAuthenticated and accountVerified return true.

Next steps

If you are not using assuranceDetails yet, consider doing so now and make sure to step-uptransactions if needed. Also, make sure to check out our guide on Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) if you are processing payments within the European Economic Area (EEA). Follow @GooglePayDevs on Twitter for future updates. If you have questions, mention @GooglePayDevs and include #AskGooglePayDevs in your tweets.

Dev Library Letters: 14th Issue

Posted by Garima Mehra, Program Manager

‘Google Dev Library letters’ is curated to bring you some of the best projects developed with Google tech that have been submitted to the Dev Library platform. We hope this brings you the inspiration you need for your next project!


by Vinod Baste

Check out Vinod’s Android Image compress library that helps reduce the size of the image by 90% without losing any of its pixels.

by Jaewoong Eum

Learn how to auto-generate extensive sealed classes and interfaces for Android and Kotlin.


GitHub Actions to deploy
Flutter Web to gh-pages
by Sai Rajendra Immadi

Tired of manually deploying the app every time? Or do you want to deploy your flutter web applications to gh-pages? Use this blog as your guide.

Double And Triple Dots in Flutter 
by Lakshydeep Vikram

Learn the reason for using double and triple dots in flutter and where to use them.

Machine Learning

by Rishit Dagli

Learn how to use the Nystrom method to approximate standard self-attention. 

Google Cloud

by Ezekias Bokove

Learn how to set up a notification system for Cloud Run services. 

Switch to GCP for cost savings and better performance
by Gaurav Madan

Learn why architects dealing with complex application design and who use well-known Google services should consider the Google Cloud Platform. 

“The Google community includes people with diverse backgrounds. No matter what an individual circumstance is, the platform should support anyone to explore and be creative. We encourage authors to boldly consider diverse backgrounds and to be inclusive when authoring.”

Vinesh Prasanna M

Customer Engineer | Google Cloud 

“Authoring a good code sample is hard. The difficulty comes from the additional pieces you need to add to your respository to keep the code sample fresh and appealing to your developers.”

Brett Morgan

Developer Relations Engineer | Flutter

Want to read more? 
Check out the latest projects and community-authored content by visiting Google Dev Library
Submit your projects to showcase your work and inspire developers!

Updates to Emoji: New Characters, New Animation, New Color Customization, and More!

Posted by Jennifer Daniel, Emoji and Expression Creative Director

It’s official: new emoji are here, there, and everywhere.

But what exactly is “new” and where is “here”? Great question.

Emoji have long eclipsed their humble beginnings in sms text messages in the 1990’s. Today, they appear in places you’d never expect like self-checkout kiosks, television screens and yes, even refrigerators 😂. As emoji increase in popularity and advance in how they are used, the Noto Emoji project has stepped up our emoji game to help everyone get “🫠” without having to buy a new device (or a new refrigerator).

Over the past couple of years we’ve been introducing a suite of updates to make it easier than ever for apps to embrace emoji. Today, we’re taking it a step further by introducing new emoji characters (in color and in monochrome), metadata like shortcodes, a new font standard called COLRv1, open source animated emotes, and customization features in emoji kitchen. Now it’s easier than ever to operate at the speed of language online.

New Emoji!

First and foremost, earlier today the Unicode Consortium published all data files associated with the Unicode 15.0 release, including 31 new emoji characters.🎉

Among the collection includes a wing(🪽), a leftwards and rightwards hand, and a shaking face (🫨). Now you too can make pigs fly (🐖🪽), high five (🫸🏼🫷🏿), and shake in your boots all in emoji form (🫨🫨🫨🫨🫨).

These new characters bring our emoji total to 3,664 and all of them are all coming to Android soon and will become available across Google products early next year.

Can’t wait until then? You can download the font today and use it today (wherever color vector fonts are supported). Our entire emoji library including the source files and associated metadata like short codes is open source on Github for you to go build with and build on (Note: Keep an eye open for those source files on Github later this week).

And before you ask, yes the variable monochrome version of Noto Emoji that launched earlier this year is fully up to date to the new Unicode Standard. 🪿🫎🪮

Dancing Emotes

While emoji are almost unrecognizable today from what they were in the late 1990’s, there are some things I miss about the original emoji sets from Japan. Notably, the animation. Behold the original dancer emoji via phone operator KDDI: 

This animation is so good. Go get it, KDDI dancer.

Just as language doesn’t stand still, neither do emoji. Say hello to our first set of animations!!!!!

Scan the collection, download in your preferred file format, and watch them dance. You may have already seen a few in the Messages by Google app which supports these today. The artwork is available under the CC BY 4.0 license.  

New Color Font Support

Emoji innovation isn’t limited to mobile anymore and there is a lot to be explored in web environments. Thanks to a new font format called COLRv1, color fonts — such as Noto Color emoji — can render with the crispness we’ve come to expect from digital imagery. You can also do some sweet things to customize the appearance of color fonts. If you’re viewing this on the latest version of Chrome. Go ahead, give it a whirl.

(Having trouble using this demo? Please update to the latest version of Chrome.)

Make a vaporwave duck

Or a duck from the 1920’s

Softie duckie

… a sunburnt duck?

Before you ask: No, you can’t send 1920’s duck as a traditional emoji using the COLRv1 tech. It’s more demonstrating the possibilities of this new font standard. Because your ducks render in the browser (*) interoperability isn’t an issue! Take our vibrant and colorful drawings and stretch our imaginations of what it even means to be an emoji. It’s an exciting time to be emoji-adjacent.

If you’d like to send goth emoji today in a messaging app, you’ll have to use Emoji Kitchen stickers in Gboard to customize their color. *COLRv1 is available on Google Chrome and in Edge. Expect it in other browsers such as Firefox soon.

Customized Emotes

That’s right, you can change the color of emoji using emoji kitchen. No shade: I love that “pink heart” was anointed the title of “Most anticipated emoji” on social media earlier this summer but what if … changing the color of an emote happened with the simple click of a button and didn’t require the Unicode Consortium, responsible for digitizing the world’s languages, to do a cross-linguistic study of color terms to add three new colored hearts?

Customizing and personalizing emotes is becoming more technically feasible, thanks to Noto Emoji. Look no further than Emoji Kitchen available on Gboard: type a sequence of emoji including a colored heart to change its color.

No lime emoji? No problem.🍋💚

Red rose too romantic for the moment? Try a yellow rose🌹💛

Feeling goth? 💋🖤

Go Cardinals! ❤️🐦

While technically these are stickers, it’s a lovely example of how emoji are rapidly evolving. Whether you’re a developer, designer, or just a citizen of the Internet, Noto Emoji has something for everyone and we love seeing what you make with it.

#WeArePlay | Meet Sam from Chicago. More stories from Peru, Croatia and Estonia.

Posted by Leticia Lago, Developer Marketing

A medical game for doctors, a language game for kids, a scary game for horror lovers and an escape room game for thrill seekers! In this latest batch of #WeArePlay stories, we’re celebrating the founders behind a wonderful variety of games from all over the world. Have a read and get gaming! 

To start, let’s meet Sam from Chicago. Coming from a family of doctors, his Dad challenged him to make a game to help those in the medical field. Sam agreed, made a game and months later discovered over 100,000 doctors were able to practice medical procedures. This early success inspired him to found Level Ex – a company of 135, making world-class medical games for doctors across the globe. Despite his achievements, his Dad still hopes Sam may one day get into medicine himself and clinch a Nobel prize.

Next, a few more stories from around the world:

  • Aldo and Sandro from Peru – founders of Dark Dome. They combine storytelling and art to make thrilling and chilling games, filled with plot twists and jump scares.

  • Vladimir, Tomislav and Boris from Croatia – founders of Pine Studio. They won the Indie Games Festival 2021 with their game Cats In Time. 

  • Kelly, Mikk, Reimo and Madde from Estonia – founders of ALPA kids. Their language games for children have a huge impact on early education and language preservation.

Check out all the stories now at g.co/play/weareplay and stay tuned for even more coming soon.

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Google Dev Library Letters : 13th Issue

Posted by Garima Mehra, Program Manager

Welcome to the 13th Issue: ‘Google Dev Library letters’ is a technology newsletter curated to bring you some of the best projects developed with Google tech and submitted to the Google Dev Library platform. We are back with another boost of inspiration for your next project!

Hero Content of the month

Check out shortlisted content from the Google technologies of your choice.


Contact Store API by Alex Styl

Contact Store is a modern API that makes access to contacts on Android devices simple to use. It solves for the most frequent use cases and makes developing enjoyable.

Custom Progress Indicator by Samson Achiaga

CustomProgressIndicator library is a simple, customizable progress indicator that gives android applications a nice feel. It saves developers time by creating a unique, customizable loading view.


Numbers by Bulent Bariskilic

Discover an app designed to show facts about numbers using the http://numbersapi.com API. The project has been written solely in Dart Language.

Cupertino Icons Gallery by Cephas Brian

Get access to over 1,335 icons in one centralized place – the Cupertino Icons Gallery is an open source, cross-platform space to find all the icons used in Flutter.

Machine Learning

Learn how to build a system by considering two MLOps scenarios – if the model needs to be replaced later and if the model itself has to evolve with the data.

Probing Vision Transformers by Sayak Paul & Aritra Roy

Explore tools in this repository to probe into the representations learned by different families of Vision Transformers.

Google Cloud

Combining Google Apps Script with Google AppSheet by Aryan Irani

Learn how to combine Google AppScript with Google AppSheet to make automation even more powerful.

What a beautiful stream!! by Mandar Chaphalkar

Learn how to create a stream in 6 simple steps now that Google Cloud recently made Datastream CDC generally available.

Curators Corner

Meet our curators who have been working behind the scenes to bring you the best content submissions


“Android development changes fast and it’s great to see developers write blogs to help others learn.

It’s a pleasure to be part of the Android community. I enjoy seeing the android community. I enjoy seeing the Android community flourish by collaborating with each other and sharing their learnings” 


Andres Sandoval

Sr. Strategist, Google

Machine Learning

“We are loving the TensorFlow.js submissions we have seen so far, and have no doubt future ones will continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in this space, and because it is web powered anyone anywhere can try the demos typically with the click of a link!”

Jason Mayes 

Web ML Developer Relations Lead, Google


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Simpler Google Wallet integration for Android developers

Posted by Petra Cross, Engineer, Google Wallet and Jose Ugia, Google Developer Relations Engineer

Today more than ever, consumers expect to be able to digitize their physical wallet, from payments and loyalty to tickets and IDs. At Google I/O we announced Google Wallet, which allows users to do exactly that. Consumers can securely store and manage their payment and loyalty cards, board a flight, access a gym and much more, all with just their Android phone.

For Android developers, who manage their own digital passes, Google Wallet offers a fast and secure entry point, especially when quick access is needed. Google Wallet will be quickly accessible from the device lock screen on Pixel devices and from the pulldown shade. Your users will be able to quickly access their passes when they need them – all in one place.

Integrating with Google Wallet became even easier and more flexible. We’ve summarized the news of what you can expect as an Android developer.

New Android SDK

The existing Android SDK supports saving three types of passes: offers, loyalty cards, and gift cards. You asked us to add support for other pass types, and we’ve heard you. Today, we are announcing a new, more extensible API and Android SDK, that in addition to tickets, boarding passes, and transit tickets, and additional pass types, includes support for the new generic pass, which lets your users store any pass or card to Google Wallet. The Android SDK lets you create passes using JSON or JSON Web Token as a payload without a backend integration.

Using the Android SDK is straightforward. First, you create a payload with information about the pass. You can either build it directly in your Android app, or retrieve it from your backend stack. Then, you call the savePasses or savePassesJwt method in the “PayClient” to add the pass to Google Wallet.

Here is how you define and save a sample generic pass object:





  “cardTitle”: {

    “defaultValue”: {


      “value”“Your Program Name”



  “header”: {

    “defaultValue”: {


      “value”“Alex McJacobs”




private val addToGoogleWalletRequestCode = 1000

private val walletClientPayClient = Pay.getClient(application)

private val jwtString = “” // Fetch a previously created JWT with pass data

walletClient.savePassesJwt(jwtString, thisaddToGoogleWalletRequestCode)

Once your app calls savePassesJwt, the process guides your users through the flow of adding a pass to Google Wallet, and allows them to preview the pass before confirming the save operation.

Developer documentation, samples and codelabs

You can find the new Wallet API documentation on developers.google.com/wallet. We customized our developer guides for each pass type to make all the information easily accessible for your specific needs. You will also find plenty of code samples demonstrating how to check for availability of the Google Wallet API on the Android device, how to handle errors, and how to add the “Add to Google Wallet” button to your app.

Don’t forget to play with our interactive passes visual demo, which lets you fill in the fields and create your own custom pass prototype without writing a single line of code. The tool also generates code samples that you can use to build this pass’ data structures which we call “classes” and “objects”.

We’re really excited to build a great digital wallet experience with you, and can’t wait to see how you use the Google Wallet API to enrich your customer experience. Take a look at our hands-on workshop “Digitize any wallet object with the Google Wallet API” to see a full integration tutorial on Android.

Learn more

How is Dev Library useful to the open-source community?

Posted by Ankita Tripathi, Community Manager (Dev Library)

Witnessing a plethora of open-source enthusiasts in the developer ecosystem in recent years gave birth to the idea of Google’s Dev Library. The inception of the platform happened in June 2021 with the only objective of giving visibility to developers who have been creating and building projects relentlessly using Google technologies. But why the Dev Library?

Why Dev Library?

Open-source communities are currently at a boom. The past 3 years have seen a surge of folks constantly building in public, talking about open-source contributions, digging into opportunities, and carving out a valuable portfolio for themselves. The idea behind the Dev Library as a whole was also to capture these open-source projects and leverage them for the benefit of other developers.

This platform acted as a gold mine for projects created using Google technologies (Android, Angular, Flutter, Firebase, Machine Learning, Google Assistant, Google Cloud).

With the platform, we also catered to the burning issue – creating a central place for the huge number of projects and articles scattered across various platforms. Therefore, the Dev Library became a one-source platform for all the open source projects and articles for Google technologies.

How can you use the Dev Library?

“It is a library full of quality projects and articles.”

External developers cannot construe Dev Library as the first platform for blog posts or projects, but the vision is bigger than being a mere platform for the display of content. It envisages the growth of developers along with tech content creation. The uniqueness of the platform lies in the curation of its submissions. Unlike other platforms, you don’t get your submitted work on the site by just clicking ‘Submit’. Behind the scenes, Dev Library has internal Google engineers for each product area who:

  • thoroughly assess each submission,
  • check for relevancy, freshness, and quality,
  • approve the ones that pass the check, and reject the others with a note.

It is a painstaking process, and Dev Library requires a 4-6 week turnaround time to complete the entire curation procedure and get your work on the site.

What we aim to do with the platform:

  • Provide visibility: Developers create open-source projects and write articles on platforms to bring visibility to their work and attract more contributions. Dev Library’s intention is to continue to provide this amplification for the efforts and time spent by external contributors.
  • Kickstart a beginner’s open-source contribution journey: The biggest challenge for a beginner to start applying their learnings to build Android or Flutter applications is ‘Where do I start my contributions from’? While we see an open-source placard unfurled everywhere, beginners still struggle to find their right place. With the Dev Library, you get a stack of quality projects hand-picked for you keeping the freshness of the tech and content quality intact. For example, Tomas Trajan, a Dev Library contributor created an Angular material starter project where they have ‘good first issues’ to start your contributions with.
  • Recognition: Your selection of the content on the Dev Library acts as recognition to the tiring hours you’ve put in to build a running open-source project and explain it well. Dev Library also delivers hero content in their monthly newsletter, features top contributors, and is in the process to gamify the developer efforts. As an example, one of our contributors created a Weather application using Android and added a badge ‘Part of Dev Library’.

    With your contributions at one place under the Author page, you can use it as a portfolio for your work while simultaneously increasing your chances to become the next Google Developer Expert (GDE).

Features on the platform

Keeping developers in mind, we’ve updated features on the platform as follows:

  • Added a new product category; Google Assistant – All Google Assistant and Smart home projects now have a designated category on the Dev Library.
  • Integrated a new way to make submissions across product areas via the Advocu form.
  • Introduced a special section to submit Cloud Champion articles on Google Cloud.
  • Included displays on each Author page indicating the expertise of individual contributors
  • Upcoming: An expertise filter to help you segment out content based on Beginner, Intermediate, or Expert levels.

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Contributor Love

Dev Library as a platform is more about the contributors who lie on the cusp of creation and consumption of the available content. Here are some contributors who have utilized the platform their way. Here’s how the Dev Library has helped along their journey:

Roaa Khaddam: Roaa is a Senior Flutter Mobile Developer and Co-Founder at MultiCaret Inc.

How has the Dev Library helped you?

“It gave me the opportunity to share what I created with an incredible community and look at the projects my fellow Flutter mates have created. It acts as a great learning resource.”

Somkiat Khitwongwattana: Somkiat is an Android GDE and a consistent user of Android technology from Thailand.

How has the Dev Library helped you?

“I used to discover new open source libraries and helpful articles for Android development in many places and it took me longer than necessary. But the Dev Library allows me to explore these useful resources in one place.”

Kevin Kreuzer: Kevin is an Angular developer and contributes to the community in various ways.

How has the Dev Library helped you?

“Dev Library is a great tool to find excellent Angular articles or open source projects. Dev Library offers a great filtering function and therefore makes it much easier to find the right open source library for your use case.”

What started as a platform to highlight and showcase some open-source projects has grown into a product where developers can share their learnings, inspire others, and contribute to the ecosystem at large.

Do you have an Open Source learning or project in the form of a blog or GitHub repo you’d like to share? Please submit it to the Dev Library platform. We’d love to add you to our ever growing list of developer contributors!