Pop quiz: What's black and white, has 88 keys and makes beautiful music with Android? That'd be a piano -- and the new Android ADK. That's short for Accessory Development Kit, and it's the toolbox for the new set of open-source protocols that will let Android do new exciting things with just about any accessory imaginable.
And why not kick things off with some music? This setup from Miselu takes a piano and a MIDI controller and hooks it all up to a Motorola Xoom. You can manually play the piano via the Xoom, or just set the sucker on go and sit back and enjoy the party.
In a time when phones seem to only be getting bigger, it's fun to see something like Sony Ericsson's Xperia Mini and Mini Pro. When we first saw these phones a year or so at Mobile World Congress, they were pretty much a novelty, tiny little things. But they grew in popularity, and just last week SE announced a refresh.
The new Mini and Mini Pro now sport 3-inch touchscreens at 320x480 resolutions, up from the 2.5-inch, 320x240 screens of old. The Mini Pro's gotten a keyboard refresh, too, and we're just fine with that.
Check out our full hands on with video and a slew of pics after the break.
Despite all of the hubbub happening in San Francisco today at Google I/O, we mustn't forget out friends across the pond. Looks like Motorola is releasing an update for its Milestone 2, bumping the European device up to software version 2.4.24.
The update, according to Motorola, will bring better phone and call stability, updated Google Mobile Services, improved phone performance, and enhanced security.
We've gotten a few e-mails from you folks out there worried about why the new Adobe Reader update needs permission to read your gmail. Sounds scary, eh? Not really. Just as we expected, it's so the app can open up PDFs from within gmail. Adobe's gone back and added it into the app description, which now reads:
Permissions to read Gmail and default email client - Enables users to open Gmail and default Email client PDF attachments using Adobe Reader only when users select the application to view PDF files. This permission is required because of a known limitation with the Android platform.
So the sky is not falling, folks. Oh, and the real reason we care about this update? It now works with Honeycomb. You can update at your leisure.
A wise old editor once said "Google IO isn't just about the swag." And it's not just about the swag. But it's sometime about the swag. And right now it's about the swag.
Everybody at Google IO (including use lowly press members) got themselves a Google IO special-edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 today. We've used the thing a good half-dozen times now, and it's getting better every time we pick it up.
Light, sleek and fast, if you gave us just three words. And with the addition of the special Android imagery, this one's pretty sweet.
The process as it stands today is pretty straightforward. You download a helper app which finds and then uploads your music to your Google account of your choosing. Initial setup is pretty quick -- uploading music is, well, dependent on your connection, of course. Music syncs in the background, so you can go about your business while you wait for song after song after song after song to upload.
The Google Music Beta desktop app isn't actually a desktop app -- it runs in the browser.
More as we get it. For now, check out more screen shots after the break.
These days, staying up to date and remembering the things that need to be remembered isn't really an easy task any more for some people. Their is a lot more going on in the World, a lot more information is flowing out there and often times people just need some organization -- or an app to help keep the important things highlighted.
Catch knows this and today, they've released the latest update to their Catch Notes application which allows you to capture text, voice, images, and locations. All of which, can be synced and backed up to their cloud services via their website in a safe, secure manner. Items can then be password protected or shared among friends, colleagues and family.
Optimized for Android Tablets, Catch Notes sits at version 3.0 in the Android Market and if you're looking for an application to help keep things in check, you may wish to give it a look. Setting up an account is free and most importantly, easy. You can find the download below, as well as the full press release from their announcement today at Google I/O.
Google officially unveiled it's Google Music Beta service this morning. The cloud based service is launching today for those select few at Google I/O and those receiving invites to the beta. And, of course, as with any other Google product launch, there's a nice little video to go with that launch. The Google Music team just uploaded a video that recaps this afternoon's announcement.
Unfortunately, the service rivaling Amazon's Cloud Player, is only available to US customers at this time. Hopefully Google will soon expand the service to more markets once the music service takes off. So, what do you guys think of it so far?
Out of the fat an into the fryer. We're fresh from the Google IO Day 1 keynote -- maybe you caught our liveblog -- and we're in the press briefing room for, well a press briefing. We're already spotting some names and faces -- Matias Duarte is sitting next to yours truly.
No liveblog for this one, but we'll update with any happenings after the break.
Ever wish that when you were at home you could have nearly full control of everything in your house, right from your Android device? Google has just announced at Google IO that they will be bringing Android at Home to developers, giving them the ability to allow controls of just about anything from an Android device. Imagine being able to have your alarm clock app slowly turn on the lights, while starting your favorite music to wake up to, or having your lights turn on at certain times, controlled right from your device? Well, it is all going to be able to be accomplished soon enough as long as the developers are willing to take their imagination to the next level.
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