3 years ago

Chrome Web Store goes worldwide, in-app purchases coming soon


The Chrome Web Store has made lots of headway since it's initial release -- Google took the time today to tell us all some stats behind the Web Store and the numbers are quite impressive to say the least. Developers are on board all the way and users have now downloaded 17 million apps.

Now, the next step -- Google announced they will be launching the Chrome Web Store in 41 different languages and making it totally available to all to all 160 million users of Chrome. Aside from all that, they are now working on in-app payments so that developers can better profit off of their apps and as such, they've also laid the groundwork for a developer relationship in which Google only requires 5% of the profits meaning, developers take the remaining 95% home. We like that idea, and we're pretty sure developers will as well.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds coming to the the Chrome Web Store


Chrome was the highlight of today's keynote from Google IO and while Google mostly covered the history of Chrome and it's recent growth in numbers, Rovio was invited on stage to discuss their latest project. Yes, Angry Birds is hitting the Chrome web store and it will most certainly include Mighty Eagle and special levels only available on Chrome.

Until now, Rovio hasn't been able to make this happen but the new advancements in Chrome make it totally possible. Built on WebGL with support for Canvas, Rovio can make Angry Birds in the Chrome available in HD and playable while even offline. Check it out in the Chrome Web Store.

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3 years ago

Google IO Keynote Day 2 liveblog!


We're back for the second day of Google IO, and the Day 2 keynote address. We're expecting some Chrome OS news, and maybe new Android Market stuff. Join Jerry and Phil for the liveblog after the break. Everything gets going at 9:30 a.m. PDT!

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3 years ago

Google IO limited edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits eBay, bargain hunters faint


Let the bidding wars begin! Since Samsung handed out those Google IO 2011 editions of their hotly-anticipated Galaxy Tab 10.1 yesterday, eBay has been flooded with the tablet, with sellers capitalizing on its exclusivity. Don’t expect a bargain: we saw some of the tabs pushing four digits by this morning, with lots of time left to bid. If you absolutely must have this edition (admit it—it's pretty darn cool), hit the source link for what eBay has to offer. And if you just can’t justify that limited-edition pricing, we’ll see you in line on June 8.

Source: eBay

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets quick, easy root



News is quickly spreading that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 units given away to Google IO attendees yesterday are completely unlocked and ripe for all sorts of hackery, including quick and easy rooting. If you're among the lucky few to have your hands on one of these desirable devices, all you need to do to gain root access is push a zip file over ADB, reboot into recovery mode and run your newly-transferred file.

That's it -- no trickery or black magic, just a few lines at a command prompt and your Tab is rooted. Hit the source link for the download, along with full step-by-step instructions. We'll be crossing our fingers over the next month, and hoping that retail units are just as developer-friendly as the devices handed out at IO.

Source: AllDroid

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3 years ago

Motorola officially announces, details Android 3.1 update for Xoom


Motorola has officially announced the Android 3.1 update rolling out to Verizon Xoom owners this week, first detailed by Google yesterday in San Francisco. Improvements will include:

  • Support for the new Android Market movie rentals service with thousands of titles available for immediate viewing on the Motorola XOOM’s high-resolution display or on a larger screen via HDMI
  • Full support for the final release of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2, delivering significant performance enhancements when viewing rich Flash content on the web
  • Resizable widgets to enable further customization of home screens
  • Support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories, such as keyboards, mice, game controllers and digital cameras
  • Expanded Bluetooth features to support Bluetooth headsets in Google Talk™ video chats and Bluetooth mouse support in addition to additional shortcut keys with the Bluetooth keyboard
  • Picture Transfer Protocol Feature support to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC without the need for drivers

While some have already received the update, Motorola says that the new and improved Honeycomb will be rolling out to Verizon customers throughout the week, with the WiFi version and “other variants” of the Xoom receiving the update “in the next few weeks.” Hit the source link for Motorola’s official press release.

Source: Motorola Mobility Media Center

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3 years ago

Fireside chat with the Android Team highlights


One of the coolest things (after getting a Galaxy Tab 10.1 of course) about the first day of Google I/O was the fireside chat with the people behind Android.  Chris DiBona, (moderator, and pictured) Dan Bornstein, Debajit Ghosh, Dave Sparks, Xavier Ducrohet, Jeff Hamilton, Andy Stadler, Dan Morrill, Dianne Hackborn, Rebecca Schultz Zavin, and Ficus Kirkpatrick all got up on stage and fielded informal questions from anyone and everyone, and they even pulled Tim Bray up on stage a few times. 

Some questions were easy, some were hard, some were downright nerdy and quite a few didn't get answered.  But huge props to everyone involved for getting up there and facing the unknown.  I'm not going to cover every question, but I've got a handful of the ones I think you'll find most interesting, after the break.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab Gingerbread update reportedly rolling out in Italy


While we've all been gawping at Samsung's new 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab, it seems some original Galaxy Tab users have been getting their hands on a brand new OS update, bringing the 7-inch tablet up to Android 2.3.3. According to multiple reports on an Italian Android forum, the Gingerbread update has begun rolling out through Kies to Galaxy Tab owners in Italy.

We've yet to hear reports of anyone outside of Italy receiving this update, so if you've managed to get it on your Tab then be sure to let us know in the comments. The build number to look out for is XXJQ1 (baseband version P1000XXJPZ).

Source: Androidiani forum

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3 years ago

Google IO Day 1 Podcast


Audio-only stream below

Jerry and Phil wrap up Day 1 of Google IO. We've got Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 3.1, Google Music Beta, Android Open Accessory, Android @Home, demos, the new Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Jane's Addiction. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Return of the crazy dancing Android: Google IO Edition


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First we saw him in Taiwan, then he made his presence known in Malaysia. The world waited with bated breath. When would we see the dancing Android return?

Today we have our answer. It seems Google IO is just too big an event to not bust a move at.

And Lloyd still needs to step up his game.

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