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4 years ago

Adobe explains Flash 10.1 on Android

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Flash

Adobe has released a lengthy piece about Flash 10.1 coming on Froyo. Here are the highlights:

  • Battery and power: We added a new capability called instance management to intelligently load and play back Flash content only after it comes within view on the web page. This capability also allows us to work in conjunction with the browser to ensure the web page is loaded as quickly as possible. ... A related capability we added is called pause and resume. Flash Player will automatically pause the content that is running when the browser is hidden from view or the current tab is placed in the background.
  • Maximizing performance: To take advantage of these highly integrated hardware environments, we took a very comprehensive look at how Flash Player uses the CPU, GPU, memory, and storage. The Flash Player team, with engineering cooperation across our Open Screen Project partners, meticulously optimized the machine instructions used in our virtual machine, rendering engine, and media codecs to run efficiently on mobile hardware. ... The investments we made in execution speed will be apparent in a broad range of content, from Flash applications to games to video, and everything in between. We took an extensive look at the performance characteristics of Flash Player in many different scenarios and drove considerable improvements in the execution speed.
  • Conserving memory: We have added automatic compression of media in memory to matchthe typically smaller screen size and color depth of a mobile device. We have also enhanced the memory garbage collection system to work more effectively, particularly in low memory situations. We made changes to more aggressively release temporary buffers and media caches for images and audio data. These changes have translated into some dramatic improvements. In some cases, you'll see content that now automatically consumes 50% less memory with Flash Player 10.1 when compared to our previous release.
  • Usability: Multitouch is included. It also has smart zooming and knows when to go full-screen. Text fields will know whether to use soft or physical keyboards, and the accelerometer is fully functional.

That's it in a very brief nutshell. Get the full rundown here.

 

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4 years ago

Google Announces Google TV, coming Fall 2010 (Update: Video demo)

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Today at Google IO, Google has announced the Google TV platform. It will start right up in Television instead of into a specific interface. It can change channels, access your DVR, and even access the original guide. You can use your own remote or use a new remote control that Google will offer.

The hardware itself will include TV sets, blu-ray players, companion set boxes. Will work with any existing cable or satellite box. There are 4 key components: WiFi/ethernet, you existing cable/satellite via HDMI, it comes with an IR blaster to control your other components, and a special IP protocol for Dish network boxes. The boxes will have powerful CPU and GPU and support HD content. The processor will be the Intel Atom.

All input devices will require both a keyboard and a pointing device. Or, yes, you can just use your Android Phone. Since Android supports voice input, you can voice search for television shows(!). You can also 'send' web pages you have on your Android device to your television. They will publish the remote control protocol so 3rd party developers can make remote apps.

The Google TV is built off Android 2.1 (will update later). The browser is Google Chrome. It includes a full Flash 10.1 plugin for Chrome. Android Apps will also be usable on the TV since it's built on Android - though that feature doesn't look like it will be available at launch.

Hardware partners include Sony with TVs and Blu-ray players, Logitech with companion boxes. Coming in Fall 2010. Google is also partnered with Dish network, so they'll get the best experience. Best Buy will be selling it all.

More details after the break! Update: Google has released a demo video, it's after the break!

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4 years ago

Android 2.2, Froyo, officially announced, but no release date in sight

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Google is showing off the next version of Android right now - Android 2.2, aka Froyo. We're liveblogging it right now, but you can watch this post to get the key bullet points of the new version as we hear about them

  • Speed
  • App data backup
  • Improved Enterprise / Exchange Support
  • Push services - "Android Intent"
  • Tethering / Mobile Hotspot
  • Much faster browsing experience - V8 in browser
  • New functionality in browser- Camera, orientation, geolocation
  • Support for Adobe Flash and Adobe Air
  • Search the Android Marketplace directly from Quick Search
  • The ability to install applications on the SD card automatically
  • One-button update or automatic update for apps
  • The ability to purchase music from Android Marketplace
  • The ability to stream your own music from your desktop

Those are the big points, folks, and note one significant point that's not here: a release date or list of devices it will land on. Luckily, we have word from HTC on a few of their phones.

Stay tuned for much more from us at Google IO!

Update: video showing off the new features after the break!

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4 years ago

Android 2.2 SDK available now

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The Froyo craziness continues - Google as already released the Software Development Kit for Android 2.2.

If you're an Android developer, go on over to the Android Developer site to get your download on so you can learn all about the new speed, how app data backup works, the fact that your app can now be installed on SD cards, and all the other hot details on Android 2.2.

While you're thinking about what 2.2 can offer your app, don't forget that Google's also offering enhanced mobile ads, if that's your model. Plus, hey, you might also think about how your app can work on Google TV. Not a bad time to be an Android developer, eh?

[via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Most 2010 HTC Android phones will get Froyo ...in 2010

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Like many of you, we are already wondering if and when our favorite Android phones will get the Froyo Android 2.2 upgrade. By "favorite Android phones" we naturally mean the hotness made by HTC. So, we asked and here's the deal: if your phone was released in 2010, you have a good chance of getting Froyo. Definitely on deck: The Desire, Droid Incredible, EVO 4G, MyTouch Slide, and future models. We don't have a specific ETA yet, but "second half of this year" is certainly a lot more promising than "someday, maybe."

Here's the official word:

[...] if your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version. This includes popular models like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to launching the upgrades. We are working closely with Google and our other partners to ensure we have the earliest access to everything we need to provide a complete and solid Sense experience on Froyo. We expect to release all updates in the second half of this year but can't be more specific yet.

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4 years ago

Google shows off new mobile ad formats

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Google isn't taking Apple's iAds initiative sitting down (actually at Google IO, they are having all kinds of fun tweaking Apple), they're showing off more interactive ads right now - ads that aren't necessarily even Google ads, they can be served simply via Doubleclick (or whomever). Adsense for mobile apps has been offered to everybody at the Google IO conference with $100 free advertising credit.

The new ads can ads that send you directly to a mobile app, movie previews, "expandable" ads, do click-to-call directly, and more.

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4 years ago

Android to stream your desktop music over the air.

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Google is currently showing off some amazing Android Marketplace improvements right now. You can now browse the Android Market from your desktop and send apps and music directly to your device over the internet without having to tether over USB (yet another shot at Apple there).  Yep, Android Marketplace will be selling music soon.

What has us really pumped, however, is that they're currently demoing the ability to stream your own music (provided it isn't locked under DRM) from your desktop to your Android phone.

We're looking forward to Froyo more and more.

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4 years ago

Google takes plenty of shots at Apple at Google IO

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We are liveblogging Google's announcement of Froyo right and and while the new features have us very excited, what has us most intrigued is the rate of potshots taken at the iPhone: it's nearly one every three minutes so far. From...

  • pointing out that they have more web usage
  • to tweaking the fact that Apple's App Store is limited
  • to showing their new mobile browser literally lapping the iPad for speed
  • to pointing out that people actually want to use Flash on the web
  • to mocking the iTunes app and music desktop experience that requires you to tether over USB to transfer your new purchases
  • to talking about a "draconian" future where "one company" and "one man" controlled the mobile space...

...Google is clearly not afraid to thumb their nose at Steve Jobs & Co.

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4 years ago

Android: 100,000 units per day, 2nd in smartphones, 1st in usage

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Google is showing off some numbers today: 100,000 devices sold a day, the number two smartphone in the US after BlackBerry, over 1 billion miles navigated with Google Navigator, 28 OEMs, 48 countries, 59 carriers. ...all in about 18 months.

Anybody doubting the power of Android right now?

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4 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide launches June 2 for $179.99

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T-Mobile just announced that the myTouch 3G Slide will be available on June 2 for $179.99 (after $50 mail in rebate) with new 2-year contract. Like we expected, the myTouch 3G Slide will be available in three colors: black, white and red and will hit retail stores, authorized dealers, and online all at once on June 2nd. The myTouch 3G Slide packs a 3.4-inch screen with a physical keyboard and 5-megapixel camera but its best feature has to be Android 2.1 + Sense. We've been anticipating the launch for some time, so June 2nd can't come soon enough! Are any of you guys getting the myTouch 3G Slide? 

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4 years ago

Google IO Day 2 Keynote: Froyo time! [#io2010]

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Google IO keynote day 2

We're back for Day 2 of Google IO at Moscone West in San Francisco. And today's the day, folks. We should see Froyo. We should see Flash. And we're bringing it all to you after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Chevy Volt OnStar Android app [#io2010]

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Chevy Volt

Hot on the heels of the news this week that the Chevy Volt is getting Google Maps support comes our hands-on with the upgraded Android app. You'll remember much of this from our hands-on at CES in January. But new this time around is the ability to locate the Volt anywhere from your phone, feed directions to the car's on-board navigation system from your phone, and otherwise make it the coolest electric-gas (the gasoline engine is only used to power the generator) vehicle we'll likely see this year. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Today: Froyo; tomorrow (er, Q4): Gingerbread

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Android Gingerbread

We're going to get the skinny on the Froyo version of Android here in a few short hours. But news about Gingerbread (actual version number is yet unknown) is already trickling out. During Wednesday's lengthy keynote on HTML5 and the various back-end resources it uses, we heard a lot about WebM and VP8. And now we have this little nugget from The WebM Project, which states that WebM support is expected with Android in Gingerbread, "currently planned for Q4, 2010."

So there you go. It's a little early yet, but we may well see a pretty major revision of Android by the end of the year. [WebM Project via Eurodroid and Engadget]

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4 years ago

The Great Wall of Android [#io2010]

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The Great Wall of Android

Take a glass case. Fill it with a boatload of Android phones, tablets and MIDs. Stick it in the middle of a conference full of Android faithful. What do you get? A neon-green siren that beckoned even the most seasoned smartphone veteran. What all is in the case? Check out the video after the break. 

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4 years ago

Seesmic shares new Android beta with Google I/O attendees, with support for Google Buzz [#io2010]

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Seesmic Android beta

Seesmic has been busy lately it seems.  Not only did they reveal a preview of their new desktop client but they also have a new beta build of their popular Android Twitter client for Google I/O attendees.  Since we have a man on the floor at Google I/O, we get a sneak preview of it too.  As you can see from the screen shot, support for Google Buzz is in the works.  No word on when it's expected to be released, but you can bet as soon as we know, we're going to share the good news.

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