Update: We're being told by one developer that actually this wording is unchanged, and the 15-minute window still applies, it's just that Google has that long to refund the money. We're seeking clarification from Google, and watching our hope wane.
But according to a new version of the developer distribution agreement being pushed out today, that window has been expanded, and expanded to a full two days. Here's the line from Section 3.4:
Products that cannot be previewed by the buyer (such as applications): You authorize Google to give the buyer a full refund of the Product price if the buyer requests the refund within 48 hours after purchase.
Good on Google for changing this one. While we don't want anyone abusing the refunds process, 15 minutes was absolutely too short a time to try out an application.
By the way, if you're a developer, make sure you log in to your developer portal to accept the new agreement. Wouldn't want your app yanked unnecessarily.
And, once again, it looks like social media might have stuck its head where it doesn't belong. You might have noticed yesterday when AT&T on its Google+ page ignited a bit of a fire about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. While the GSM version is now available in the UK (and it's an unlocked, pentaband device, so it'll work just fine on AT&T if you were to import one here), we're still waiting on an official release date from Verizon. (Yes, we know full well about the latest Nov. 21 rumor, and we've heard that one ourselves numerous times. Still, not a done deal. Yet.)
Anyhoo. AT&T asked the following:
We expected requests for this for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which we do not have any new information to share. but do hear your requests to add it to our portfolio.
Out of curiosity how many of you are interested in the Galaxy Nexus? Please +1 this comment so we can see the demand here on Google+ so we can share interest here with our product teams. Thank you.
That post -- and its parent thread -- have since been deleted. Here's what we think happened: The Galaxy Nexus is Verizon's baby in the United States, at least at launch. For better or for worse, that's how it is. And we've got a feeling that someone at AT&T was politely reminded that this is the case, and the post was taken down.
We're still holding out hope that we'll see a proper GSM release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus here in the United States. (And maybe one for Sprint as well.) But we're also resigned to the fact that we're not likely to see one for a month or two, at minimum. Importing's always an option -- albeit an expensive one.
Popular third-party Android keyboard Swiftkey X just got an update to Version 2.2, bringing with it new languages, new layouts and an update to its prediction engine -- the heart of the Swiftkey keyboard. Here's the skinny:
Full language localisation for French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese
Typing support for 35 languages including Arabic and Hebrew
New multi-touch framework for faster typing
Faster, more efficient Fluency engine reduces memory usage and improves prediction/correction
DVORAK and COLEMAK layouts
UX enhancements, including better settings menu, alternative character selection and sharing features
You can update your smartphone or tablet version in the Android Market now.
Google TV is finally starting to grow up, now that the Honeycomb update is rolling out. And following yesterday's Google Music announcement, you can now stream all of your music to the updated Google Music app for Google TV. Presumably your TV's hooked up to at least a decent stereo. If not, well, Christmas is right aroudn the corner.
Head into the Android Market on Google TV to download the app.
Evernote for Android is getting a rather healthy update today. They've taken three of the top requested features and gone ahead and implemented them into Evernote. So what's new? Quite a bit:
Notebook sharing - now share your notebooks on-the-go with a friend or the whole world.
Skitch - more integrated settings means you can more easily send your notes to Skitch for edits, and just as easily send it back into Evernote.
Widget app - this enables users, whether they have a SD card or not, to have fast access to Evernote features. You can create text, audio and snapshot notes, as well as jump right to the search screen.
Aside from the new features being added they've gone ahead and fixed a few bugs along the way. Overall, a pretty awesome update for Evernote users. If you dig using the app, you can find the download past the break waiting for you.
Myxer Social Radio, a friend-focused social internet radio app, is now available on Android. Myxer Social Radio lets users create "listening rooms" with access to over 12 million songs and invite Facebook friends to listen and chat in real time. Myxer uses your Facebook account to share your listening habits with friends and allows you to see what your friends are listening to. You can also share individual tracks or albums on your Facebook using Myxer's library. Myxer is also available on iOS and on the web at myxer.fm, and can be downloaded now for free in the Android Market.
Figured we'd do our best to asplode the Internet in this one picture. That's Firefox for Android running Flash. On a Kindle Fire. Yeah, yeah, Flash is dead on mobile and all that. But the fine folks at Mozilla are still baking support for it in the new version of native Firefox, and it's avaliable now as a nightly build. That's not to say it's without bugs -- nightly builds are like that, of course. But it's very cool to see Mozilla bake in support for what's still -- and what will be for some time -- a very desired feature.
At long last, Tiny Tower -- the 16-bit game that crams SIM City into a skyscraper -- is available on Android. You control "blitzens" who live and work in the building as you erect new floors and businesses. The elevator is obvious mode of moving up and down, and you can easily start and stop, making this a great game for those down times when you don't want to get too terribly involved.
Tiny Tower's free, and we've got download links for ya after the break.
In some crazy random act of coolness, Andy from Redux decided to shoot a copy of what's currently under development to HAAS599 so he could have a look. He lets us have a look (with permission from the fellows at Redux) by shooting some video of the app in action. If you use a Honeycomb tablet, you'll be interested. Curated channels filled with great content from all over the web, in a package that is easy and intuitive to use and navigate. These are the kinds of apps that make a tablet worth having, and Redux is one we're waiting for. Head into the forums and check it out.
T'was only a matter of time, right? The Android Market -- and all of its hidden secrets apps -- now runs just fine on the Amazon Kindle Fire. There are a couple of caveats (albeit not huge ones) if you want to get this done. You're going to need to root your Kindle Fire, and you're going to need to be a little familiar with file explorers and apps permissions. Hardly insurmountable stuff, though, and the whole process takes just a few minutes. Hit the link below for full instructions.
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