Google made several new tools available to Android developers, including the Text API and version 3 of the Google Cast SDK. The former adds optical character recognition technology for several languages, while the latter makes it far easier to add Google cast technology to mobile apps.
Google has made some changes to the way it runs the Play Store. The alterations will impact developers, but not in a big way.
There’s nothing quite as adventurous in all of IT as spending months building an application that depends on a third-party API for its success. For the most part, developers usually don’t know for sure how much stress the IT infrastructure supporting any given API can stand. If their application is wildly successful, it could suddenly slow to a crawl when that third-party API gets overwhelmed by requests.