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4 years ago

Android apps purchased from Amazon will work on multiple devices, use Amazon DRM

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Amazon app store

Android applications purchased in Amazon's app store (which may finally go live to consumers any time now) will use Amazon's special sauce of digital locker/digital rights management to help combat piracy. Amazon spells it out in its developer blog:

Customers who purchase an app will retain an entitlement to their app even if they decide to replace their current Android device and/or purchase new devices, as long as the new devices meet the installation requirements of the app. This provides insurance to customers that their purchased apps will be available for use on all supported devices, even if the customer has uninstalled or otherwise removed those apps in the past.

The digital locker service combined with a robust Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution not only make managing apps easier for customers, they also address one of the biggest concerns developers have: unauthorized copying and distribution. An authorized user can now install your app on any of their supported devices; however, if you chose to apply DRM on your app at submission time, your app will not run on unauthorized devices.

Any app that has Amazon DRM applied to it will require users to have installed and signed-in to the Amazon Appstore client to access the app. When an app is accessed by the user, it will verify with the Amazon Appstore device service as to whether the user has an entitlement to the app. If the user does not sign in or does not have an entitlement to that app, then the app will not be usable. However, any user can gain an entitlement by purchasing the app through Amazon.

The tl;dr version: You can use apps purchased from Amazon on multiple devices just fine; you'll just need Amazon's app store app installed for them to work. It's not nearly as scary as some would have you believe, and it's an extra cushion for developers. [Amazon Developer Blog]

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4 years ago

Finding Google's apps in the Market

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Google search on Android Market

Google is a software giant, and many of us user their proprietary applications on our Android phone.  With good reason -- apps like Gmail, Androidify, and YouTube absolutely rock on an Android device.  But did you know that Google, Inc. has a veritable laundry list of apps available on the Android Market?  They're all free, too! 

Some of you more Android savvy types might already know of them all, but for the rest of us there's an easy way to have a look at them, using search while in the Market app on your phone or tablet.  Just open the search dialog using the search button on your phone or the search icon in the Market, and look for Pub:"Google Inc."  That's a search by publisher -- in this case, Google, Inc.

So can you guess all the Google apps? We've given you seven freebies, and we've got your list after the break. Thanks for the tip, cdubbs!

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4 years ago

Mysterious Motorola device at the FCC

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The FCC holds a World of wonders for gadget lovers. The most recent point-of-interest is in a Motorola filing that was discovered today. While it could be speculated that it is the previously leaked Motorola Droid X 2 the fact is there really isn't anything telling in the information above to make us believe it's that device in particular-- or even Android device at all, for that matter.

What we do know however is that Droid X 2 leaked out already and given that the device above has CDMA bands it is somewhat possible this may be what we are seeing at the FCC. But again, nothing about the filing indicates it's that particular device. We'll just have to sit on this one and see if more info turns up in the meantime. [FCC via Electronista]

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4 years ago

Samsung reconsidering Galaxy Tab 10.1 price after iPad 2 announcement

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 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10-inch with Honeycomb

Apple's recently-announced iPad 2 will provide some strong competition to the current crop of Honeycomb tablets, and it looks like manufacturers are already taking note of the threat posed by Apple's latest tablet.

Speaking to a Korean news agency, Samsung executive Lee Don-joo acknowledged that the iPad 2's low price point and thinner chassis were the biggest obstacles facing the company as it prepares to launch its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab. In future products Lee says Samsung "will have to improve the parts that are inadequate," likely referring to the 10.1-inch Tab's additional heft compared to the new iPad.

Most interestingly though, Lee adds that Sammy may be reconsidering the launch price for its new tablet, saying "the 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the 7-inch (tablet) but we will have to think that over." The 7-inch Galaxy Tab currently retails at around $500, the same as the cheapest iPad 2. A 10.1-inch Honeycomb-powered Galaxy Tab at this price point would be a tantalizing prospect, if Samsung is willing to be as competitive with its pricing as Lee's comments would suggest. [Yonhap News Agency]

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4 years ago

Geeksphone Zero gets pricing, release date and specs laid out

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While many of you may not have heard of the Geeksphone One when it was announced in 2009, it was the first European brand to launch an Android Smartphone to the mass market and has quite a following among its users. Since that time Geeksphone has not released any other device but the Geeksphone Zero is now on the horizon and pre-orders are suggested to be taking place within the next 2-weeks. When it comes to specs they are a little underwhelming when compared to newer devices but still, capable:

  • A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi  b/g
  • 5 MP Camera
  • 512MB of RAM
  • AMD Z430 GPU 256MB
  • Qualcomm 600 Mhz MSM762
  • 3.2 Inch HVGA LED Multi-touch
  • Quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz), dual-band UMTS / HSPA (2100/850MHz)

Again, not the most impressive specs but considering the device will cost you only €189 unlocked and only €168 if you were a previous Geeksphone One owner it's not all that bad of a deal. Especially if you're only looking for an entry level device -- a market that is growing. [Android-France]

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4 years ago

Another visual pondering of the future of Android device activations

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If you liked that previous visual look at how Android activations -- at more than 300,000 a day now -- you're going to love this one. Greek blogger Stefanos Kofopoulos worked up this stunning video that ponders future growth of Android, and compares Android use to global population. It's a cool little "what if" moment. Check it out. [pestaola.gr] Thanks, Stefanos!

 

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4 years ago

Android Quick-App: Wave Launcher

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Wave Launcher for Android

It's been a little while since we've seen any webOS aping on Android. And now we have Wave Launcher, which brings the webOS wave launcher (thus the name) feature to Android. It's pretty slick. Touch the bottom of the screen (which would be the gesture area on a webOS phone), wait for the vibration and drag up, and the ribbon appears. You can attach any five apps of your choosing.

If you're using a third-party launcher, you could turn off the launcher dock and just use Wave Launcher. Or use them both. And it works while apps are open, too. Pretty handy, actually, and it's available in the Android Market for a mere 99 cents. We've got video of it and action, as well as download links, after the break. Thanks, Ray!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 52

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Cory are joined by special guest Rene Ritchie of TiPb.com to talk tablets, including the Motorola Xoom, Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the new iPad 2. It's an all-tablet podcast!

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix comes to Bell on March 17 for as low as $169 on contract

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Motorola Atrix 4G

Good news for those of you in Canada. The Motorola Atrix (aka the Atrix 4G here in the States on AT&T) is headed to Bell on March 17. That's a 4-inch qHD display, and dual-core Tegra 2 processor, if you haven't heard by now. Plus you'll get the option for the Laptop and Multimedia docks, same us the rest of us. No Gingerbread yet (it's launching with Android 2.2), and you're missing the faux-4G title, but we're OK with that.

A three-year contract will knock the price dodwn to $169.95 with a minimum $50 plan. Or you can buy it outright for $599.95. Be sure to check out our hands-on from CES if you haven't already. Full presser's after the break. [Bell]

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4 years ago

Droid does: Edge of Space

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So, if you were looking for cost effective "off the shelve" components to create a balloon that would follow the spaceship Discovery to the edge of space on its last mission what are some of the parts would you use? According to the folks from Quest for Stars you would use a couple of Droid X's loaded up with some Seidio 2600mAh extended batteries for GPS tracking and photo taking purposes.

That's exactly what they used to take the photo above and to track their balloon and payload. What you see in the above pic is space shuttle Discovery's vapor trail as it was captured from an altitude above 70,000 feet. This of course is not the only time an Android powered device has been used in or near space. Quest for Stars used an OG Droid on their last mission and not so long ago Google engineers fired off their own Nexus S equipped balloons into the atmosphere. If you want to hear some praise about why the Droid X was used, you can hit the video after the break. [Space]

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4 years ago

WidgetLocker Lockscreen 2.0 brings many great new features

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widgetlocker

Widgets are one of my favorite parts of the Android OS, whether a widget that enhances your productivity, or just displays useful information for you at a quick glance, they are very practical. WidgetLocker Lockscreen is a great application for users who want to add some additional functionality to your lockscreen, so you don't have to unlock the device just to view the information. Yesterday TeslaCoil Software released an update which brought many new great features, some of which include:

  • Custom Themes
  • Resizable widgets and sliders
  • Custom sliders of any style
  • Unread count via ADW Notifier
  • And the whole thing is much faster.

So, if you want to maximize the potential of your lockscreen, and make it truly your own, be sure to check out the latest update of WidgetLocker Lockscreen which is $1.99 in the Android Market.

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4 years ago

Google introduces open now feature for Google Mobile search

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Over the past few months now, Google has been slowly rolling out new features to their Google Mobile search engine. The latest, called "Open now" allows users to search for places in their local area that are well -- open now based on their listed hours.

Be it a pizza shop, shopping center or whatever the case may be. No one likes to get ready and head out to a place only to find out they closed 15 minute before you got there. So using the open now feature while search will only show you places that are open in your local area that you may visit.

If you're looking for more information, Google will break it down further for you by distance, star ratings and you can also read reviews and see images of places especially if that place is a restaurant or hotel. Currently it's only enabled for the U.S. like most things we expect Google will roll it out to other areas over time. [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

UK 3G Xoom now available for pre-order for £600, coming 'early April'

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Motorola Xoom

Following yesterday's price and availability announcement for the UK Wi-Fi Xoom, the Carphone Warehouse has updated its preview page with pre-order pricing and other info for the UK 3G version of Motorola's Honeycomb tablet. Carphone has priced the 3G Xoom at £599.99 (~$960) SIM-free, a £100 bump from the Wi-Fi-only version. There's been no mention of any subsidized on-contract prices, however the retailer is sweetening the SIM-free deal with the inclusion of a free charging dock worth £34.99. The shipping date has also been updated from "April" to "early April", so it'll likely arrive around the same time as the Wi-Fi version, which will ship during the first week of April. [Carphone Warehouse]

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4 years ago

Angry Birds hits 30 million downloads on Android

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 Angry Birds is printing money

Don't look now, but it would seem that people love them some Angry Birds. A shocker, we know. Rovio announced at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) that the free-with-ads Android version of the popular game had been downloaded an astounding 30 million times. What is even more impressive is that Rovio claimed five million downloads back in early December. They said they were pulling in $1 million in ad revenue back then, so some quick math would estimate that they might be raking in north of $6 million per month now. That's a lot of irate avians. [Joystiq]

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4 years ago

Tegra Zone, HD games on the Tab [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

With all the new devices coming out and their updated specs a lot of folks look towards gaming on the Android platform now more then ever. Bigger screens, higher resolutions, dual core processors and the power to push some crazy graphics all makes for some great game play. Have you come across any games that blew your mind lately? If so, let us know about it in the Android Central forums.

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