May 6th AppRochester mtg

Our MAY meeting will be on May 6th from 6pm to 8:30pm.  We are BACK AT RIT after their Summer renovations!  Please RSVP so we can order enough food.  RSVP at

Our own AppRochesterian Professor Tom Kolankiewicz will be speaking on the latest app development tools.  Here’s his agenda:

Overview & Demo of Android App Developer Console App Testing and Staged Rollout Feature
At the 2013 Google I/O conference, Google introduced  some new capabilities to the Android App Developer Console for app testing and staged rollouts.  If an android developer chooses to do so, they can now promote their app releases from Alpha –> Beta –> Production in a more controlled and managed way.   A developer can publish a “limited release” of their app in the google play store by effectively making their app visible only to individuals in a Beta Test Google Group or Google+ Community. 
Using this new capability, an android developer can:
  • Gather expanded end user testing and feedback, 
  • Better manage the Beta Testing process and be assured that all Beta Testers are running the most current Beta Build on their mobile devices,
  • Make your app launch a successful and painless deployment task  instead of crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. 
This process also provides a means to mitigate the android device fragmentation problem by identifying problematic android device models (and even device manufacturers) and then excluding these devices from having visibility to your app in the Google Play Store.
In this presentation, Tom will discuss and demo his recent experience in using the app testing and staged rollouts capabilities.  Time permitting, Tom will then lead a discussion on identifying some best practices for app Beta Testing and Deployment that are both cross-platform and app store agnostic.

Be sure to sign up for our email list Google Group at!aboutgroup/approchester

AppRochester meets monthly to discuss app development and marketing tips and tricks.  We meet at the R.I.T. Center for Student Innovation, from 6pm to 8:30pm, and pizza and drinks are provided, thanks to your donations and the occasional sponsor.

We meet on the First Tuesday each month, with some exceptions so check the website at and subscribe to our email list at!forum/approchester

Directions: Follow signs to Lot S (D7 quadrant on map) and park in any Visitor space located as far forward and to the right as they can.

The building in front of them will be Crossroads (also in D7 on map), and the Center for Student Innovation is a round, glass building located behind it (marked as CSI in D6 on map).


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