Start on Android by Google

Developer program to optimize your app before you launch

Start on Android by Google helps developers test, iterate, and optimize their app before launching on Google Play.

Developers get hands on support, inclusion in Early Access, technical support, and other perks.

300+ graduates of program including Socratic, Google Play's "Best of 2017" Best App.

Apply today: https://goo.gl/VE4skh

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Reviews

  • Ernest Semerda
    Ernest SemerdaCofounder of Veryfi.com (YC W17)
    Pros: 

    Low risk pre-prod launch without the negatives of early reviews, access to 1,000s early adopters + kickass feedback to improve our app.

    Cons: 

    None

    We, Veryfi (https://www.veryfi.com), a bookkeeper in your pocket, joined the program in 2017 whilst doing the Y Combinator program.

    Back then Android and material design were new territory for us. But the program made it super easy to prepare and launch. It felt like a guiding hand through the pre-launch, access to early users, superb user feedback and even help from the Google team to make sure our app met all the guidelines and followed material design.

    This is the best thing I've seen for Apps launching on a marketplace. Overall we launched a product that's much more refined, high quality, works well, and adds value to the self-employed & business owners wanting to automate the boring parts of their accounting.

    Love love love this program! Cannot recommend it enough to anyone launching an Android app on Google Play.

    Ernest Semerda has used this product for one year.
  • Shreyans Bhansali
    Shreyans BhansaliFounder, Socratic; Formerly 1st at Venmo
    Pros: 

    Early Access is an amazing way to get low-risk, high-value feedback on your app, and their UI/UX feedback is great deep early input.

    Cons: 

    None

    We, Socratic (https://socratic.org), were a part of Start on Android's Early Access program in April 2017. Unrelated, our app won Google Play's App of the Year in 2017 :)

    We got thousands of users to use early versions of our Android app, got hundreds of pieces of feedback from real users, and discovered dozens of bugs. This was invaluable, real, low-risk feedback, and I can't imagine an easier way to test, iterate, and launch an app.

    While Early Access provides broad feedback from users, the UI/UX review provides deep expert feedback on Android best-practices - unique commentary and advice that's hard to get elsewhere.

    Overall, SOA helped us launch a much higher quality product without the complexity, stress, or burden of building and managing our own beta program. Wish Apple did this too!

    Loved this program, and highly recommend this to anyone launching an Android app.

    Shreyans Bhansali has used this product for one month.

Discussion

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Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
This is a pretty awesome program for those building an Android app (that includes us at Product Hunt 😉), a no brainer to apply for.
Spencer P Shulem
Spencer P Shulem@spshulem · Founder, WeDo
@rrhoover Seriously, got nothing to lose.
Andy Pflaum
Andy PflaumPro@apflaum · Product at Slack; co-founder/CEO @Astro
This was a very helpful program for us @Astro as we built & prepared to launch our Android app. Our company's first hire was an experienced Android developer (Xoogler) but it stil helped us a lot to have the resources and support of the Google team before we launched on the Play Store. The team has also been very responsive each time we've pinged them to ask questions or for guidance. I highly recommend this program.
Raj Ajrawat
Raj Ajrawat@rajamatage · Google Play & Android Partnerships Lead
Woohoo! Can't wait to see more Android developers using the platform to help with their launches.
rockyb
rockyb@rockyb
@rajamatage Can you please shed some light on factors/criteria influencing acceptance in to the program?
Ernest Semerda
Ernest Semerda@ernestsemerda · Cofounder of Veryfi.com (YC W17)
Early Access is Amazing! We, Veryfi (https://www.veryfi.com), a bookkeeper in your pocket, joined the program in 2017 whilst doing the Y Combinator program. Back then Android and material design was new territory for us. But the program made it super easy to prepare and launch. It felt like a guiding hand through the pre-launch, early users, superb user feed and even help from the Google team to make sure our app met all the guidelines and followed material design. This is the best thing I've seen for Apps launching on a marketplace. Overall we launched a product that's much more refined, high quality, works, and adds value to the self-employed & business owners wanting to automate the boring parts of their accounting. Love love love this program! Cannot recommend it enough to anyone launching an Android app.
Vincent Tellier
Vincent Tellier@vtllr · Crypto Central maker
Nice program! Congrats @karolis & G's teams!