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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21 Reviews5.0/5
Ryan Hoover
Founder, Product Hunt
This is a pretty awesome program for those building an Android app (that includes us at Product Hunt πŸ˜‰), a no brainer to apply for.
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Spencer P ShulemFounder, WeDo
@rrhoover Seriously, got nothing to lose.
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Andy Pflaum
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.
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Spencer P ShulemFounder, WeDo

We've been part of this program for a while now. We launched in Early Access mid last year, and it helped more than we could have imagined. We were able to get feedback and work through big bugs all without having to stress about poor ratings. Early Access alone is worth it because it's a constant new stream of users to test your app. You get to basically hit the reset button every new build.

The design feedback was essential in our redesign. Material design for mobile is basically implemented in all popular apps (as it should), but at the same time you want to make it yours, and follow your own design language. While their docs are great, their feedback was so helpful because they understood our goals and what we were trying to do... and it was nice to go back and ask "how can we implement this feature while respecting material design?" We were blown away by how much time they spent on the UI feedback.

One take away from our team at WeDo, is this really made it easy to push Android first. We still have a ton of Early Access users that are now beta testers and because of that we've been able to continue to discover critical bugs and get feedback before it goes live everywhere in hours. The Play team genuinely cares about this ecosystem and about the success of great new products launching on their store. We've been surprised by how much they've walked the walk.

Pros:

- Free program

- Get Early Access beta testers

- Material design UI/UX feedback

- Bunch of free stuff

Cons:

None

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Anand Sharma
CEO, Gyroscope

We were pretty new to Android after being iOS only for a few years β€” the guidance from the SOA team and being part of early access to get feedback from general users really helped us improve the app experience and prepare for the final release.

Pros:

Extremely helpful in starting out

Cons:

None, it's free

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Shreyans BhansaliFounder, Socratic; Formerly 1st at Venmo

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.

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

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