Google Products for Developers
There are several Google Products for developers that are not in the limelight. At least not as much as they deserve to be. Apart from the immensely popular products like Youtube, Orkut, Plus, Gmail etc, Google also provides a lot of support to others – stating from startups to developers.
Google Products at a glance – A Developer’s Playground
Mobile Developer – If you are interested in Android app development this is where you need to go. You can get the Google APIs that help you interact with Google’s offerings. You can also host your apps created here right on Google. The rates are great too, especially considering how easy they have made it.
Games Developer – If you are specifically into developing games – be it mobile or web, you can take advantage of the famous App Engine to get things done.
Web Developer – Get the latest inputs on the HTML5 development and tips and tricks. Here you get great resources to learning materials all over the web. There are links to tutorials for creating Chrome Apps, Extensions and even learn a new language called DART.
Startup – If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you can take advantage of this. Though, to be honest, I did not find any major advantage for being a startup! This is unlike what Microsoft, for instance does.
Webmaster – This one is really cool and extremely important if you have your own websites. You can go through these links here to get a better and in-depth understanding of them. For webmasters this Google product is a must,
Developer ready to monetize – Gets you ready for earning some money out of your apps. You can also get help through AdSense, doubleclick and admob.
Besides all these super apps there are plenty of other Google Product tools that are available as well.
Technologies and Tools
Android – Get the Android SDK or go through the documentation. You have a number of factory images for Android models as well, in case you wish to return to the Factory settings.
Cloud Platform – This is the place that will hold the apps that you create online. The biggest advantage is that you can concentrate on developing your app. Google takes care of the databases, the servers, their backups and all. Of course, if your app becomes highly popular and requires greater bandwidth, Google’s servers will work overtime to meet the demand and save you all the hassle.
Chrome – The Chrome developer tools are essential for web developers and designers. You can get detailed information about the Developer Tools integrated into every single Google Chrome installation by default. Of course that is not all. In case you are curious, I suggest you go figure 😀 There is also a Google Chrome frame there.
Advertise – This brings to you the Google Advertising APIs so that you can integrate them into your apps if you wish to.
Google Maps – All the dirty APIs that can make you crazy are here. Be it iOS, Android or Web – documentation is made available for all. Even more APIs are present down below. Keep your eyes open and senses sharp. Google apparently likes to hide cool links here and there. For some spoilers check this out – Morethanamap
Google Apps – Run Apps Scripts, go through application APIs, Admin SDK, or buy and sell in the App’s Marketplace, you can get all here. To tell you a secret – Google Apps Script is where all the fun is.
Google TV – Provides support for Android, Web or Multi-screen apps. Detailed documentation and a sample application are present.
Commerce – Starting from the Save-to-wallet APIs to processing payments, all you need to know about money management in apps are here.
Google Analytics – The uber-powerful Analytics tool to improve the performance of your app or website is the Google Analytics. If you have a website or app, using this is highly recommended. This Google product has been a Godsend.
Reach a Global Audience – If you wish to make your website or app truly universal, or at least international, you need to look here. Starting from specially crafted fonts to translation APIs – all are here to help you hit the globe.
If all this information overload on so many Google products does not fry your brain, you can jump to the Google Developers Academy. That is where you get everything. All the tutorials above included. But then, it is easy to get lost as well. Good Luck!