Thursday, December 16, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
- Enhancements for game development: New concurrent garbage collector, optimized event handling, more extensive set of native APIs exposed for NDK developers, support for several new sensor types, including gyroscope.
- Rich multimedia: New video formats VP8 and WebM. Audio effects such as reverb, equalization, and bass boost.
- New forms of communication: Support for front-facing camera, SIP/VOIP, and Near Field Communications (NFC).
Watch the following official video as a quick introduction to highlights of the 2.3 platform release:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
If you are interested to develop and publish Android apps for the Google TV platform, here is one new developer web site to get started: Android Developer Site by Sony. The official event for launching Sony's first Google TV product will be arranged in NYC, October 12.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This is something that many Scandinavian Android developers (including myself) have been waiting for almost too long time: Google has expanded the list of countries where paid apps are available in Android Market. This list includes now also Finland! More importantly, Google has also added new countries where developers are accepted to distribute and sell their applications via Android Market. The list of current locations supported for selling paid apps is published in here.
Lego has released an Android application that can be used to control Lego Mindstorms robots using Android 2.1+ devices. The MINDdroid app is a remote-control application that allows you to create a wireless Bluetooth connection directly with your NXT, and once a connection is established, you can tilt and turn your phone to make the robot move forward, turn to the sides, and by pressing an action button on the phone's screen, activate the Action motor. I
To download the MINDdroid application to your Android phone, you can scan this QR code with your scanning application, or visit the App Market through your Android phone. More information about the MINDroid application is available in here.
The MINDdroid Application has been developed by some dedicated AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) and software specialists Günther Hölzl and Shawn Brown, in collaboration with the LEGO MINDSTORMS team.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
doubleTwist Corp has released a polished audio and music player app for Android called doubleTwist player. The player seamlessly integrates with the doubleTwist desktop client running both on OS X and Windows computers. As you may already know, doubleTwist desktop client can be used to import and sync your iTunes music and playlists into your Android handset. The latest version of the client integrates also with Android market. I have been using doubleTwist for a while now, and I have been quite happy with it.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
- Android 2.1 is currently the most popular version with 45.1 % share
- Acer Stream previewed at Computex 2010 (via Engadget.com)
- Intel demoes Android 2.1 on Moorestown platform (via Engadget.com)
- Motorola releases FLIPOUT teaser on YouTube
- Motorola FLIPOUT announced (via Intomobile.com)
- HTC EVO 4G review (via Intomobile.com)
- Samsung Galaxy S (with Super AMOLED) will be available in 110 countries
- Mercury News interview with Andy Rubin, Google
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
- Android 2.2 Platform Highlights
- List of Android phones getting Froyo 2.2 upgrade
- What Android fragmentation problem?
- NVidia CEO: Hardware manufactures uniting behind Android
- 7 Ways Android 2.2 a.k.a Froyo tops iPhone
- Android challenges iPhone users win
- Palm loses mobile design guru Matias Duarte to Google to join as a Android User Experience Director
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Google revealed today at Google I/O that they are currently activating over 100,000 new Android phones every day. Which is quite respectable figure considering that just in last February Google reported that they activating (only) 60,000 phones every day. Furthermore, according to reports, Android was the second best-selling smartphone in USA during this quarter. Only RIM did better which means that Android phones sold more than the phones from the well known fruit company. Of course, statistics may change (temporarily) when iPhone 4G phone is out ...
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
HTC Hero is my first Android phone. I have been quite happy with it. However, I wanted to upgrade to a more powerful phone with a higher resolution display and running Android 2.1. After comparing the Android phones available here in Finland, I ended up having two alternatives: Google Nexus One and HTC Desire. These two phones are almost identical - at least hardware wise. Both phones are manufactured by HTC. I decided to buy HTC Desire, basically for the following two main reasons: Desire is about 100 € cheaper than Nexus One here in Finland, and it features the Sense UI which I loved already in HTC Hero. I have been using HTC Desire now for couple of weeks, and I have to say that I really like it. HTC Desire is fast and responsive, features superb AMOLED display, and has a nice industrial design that feels comfortable on hand. Furthermore, the improvements in and extensions to Sense UI provide even better user experience than in HTC Hero. I am also impressed the quality of the software. I have not yet experienced any software crashes nor any other problems worth mentioning. So, really an awesome phone - I love it.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
I am a Dropbox user, and use it on my OS X and Ubuntu machines, and even on my iPhone. I was glad to read from Dropbox blog that a Dropbox client app for Android has been under development for some time now, and it should be out within next couple of month. Read the related block entry with some screen shots. Happy, happy, joy, joy.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
According to a report released by AdMob and based on the company's mobile metrics for March 2010, Android has officially passed the iPhone up in the US when web traffic is concerned. A nice summary of the report can be read from this Intomobile's article.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Using a variety of classes it is possible to create playable and attractive games much quicker than it would starting from the ground up. A system of drawable objects on layers is the starting point, extensible to almost any usage. Rokon is also aimed at those new to Android programming, it provides all the necessary functions to handle the more laborious tasks - such as handling the hardware, accelerometer, audio, vibrations and incoming notifications. Creating a game ready for the market using Rokon requires ver y little Android-specific knowledge. We make games because we love playing them, so it should be as easy (and fun) as possible."
After a very quick look on Rokon's (Java) APIs, I think I will give it a try, and report later on about my experiences on developing with it.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Read how the father of Linux, Linus Torvalds endorses Google's Nexus One in his blog:
And it does. What a difference! I no longer feel like I'm dragging a phone with me "just in case" I would need to get in touch with somebody - now I'm having a useful (and admittedly pretty good-looking) gadget instead. The fact that you can use it as a phone too is kind of secondary."