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3 years ago

For uploading Android applications, Amazon's Appstore UI wins out

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It's still way too early to tell how much traction Amazon's Android Appstore will gain. But we know developers have been testing the waters. And it makes sense. Registration is currently free (they've waived the $99 fee), Amazon has tens of millions of customers, and the more places your app is available, the more likely people will be to buy it.

Something that shouldn't be taken for granted is the actual experience of uploading applications to the respective markets. Amazon and Google are pretty even in what's they're doing. You upload an .apk, give it some metadata (keywords and the like), add some screen shots, and away you go.

Amazon's Appstore has a couple of additional features that are unique to it because Google (still, sigh) doesn't have a proper web portal. You can set the date that the app page will become visible to cusotmers, when you want to start preorders, when you want the app to be available for download, and when you want to discontinue sales of the app.

And beyond that, the developer portal UI is just much, much cleaner on Amazon's side. It's unlikely that'll matter too much to the developers -- after doing all that coding, a sparse (but utilitarian) uploading UI is probably the least of your concerns. But it's nice that Amazon put a little thought into it. We've got larger screenies after the break.

Do developers are pumping apps into the Amazon Appstore. At what rate? Unknown. It's only been open a couple of weeks now And we still don't know when it will open to customers. Stay tuned, folks.

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3 years ago

Flashing the new CM7 Gapps

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If you went ahead and tried out any of the CyanogenMod 7 nightly builds, you've surely noticed the new Gapps builds.  This is something that the fellows on the CM team has been working on as well, and it's a pretty big change from what everyone is used to. 

Whenever things change, we try to get on top of it all and keep you guys informed.  Hit the break for the skinny, and if this is all old-hat to you, jump in the forums and help those who need it! [CyanogenMod Forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace picture arises, much still unknown about it

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The Samsung S5830, or the Ace, has been spotted in a product shot. The Ace is an offshoot of the Galaxy S series and even has a very similar look. All we know about the device is that it will ship with Android 2.2. No leaks about screen size, cameras or processors, but we'll of course be on the lookout. Enjoy the leaked pic in the meantime. [Eurodroid]

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3 years ago

Google seeking a Tech Account Manager with NFC experience

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Google has posted a job opening for a Technical Account Manager, and part of the qualifications call for experience with NFC/RFID technology.  The job description states the person hired will be responsible for the success of Google's "largest partnerships in the Mobile Commerce space."  We've already heard about plans for global domination a partnership with PayPal that would use NFC for payment options in the second half of 2011, and PayPal would certainly qualify as a large partner in Google's mobile commerce space if and when it happens.

Currently the only mainstream smartphone in the US with NFC capability is the Nexus S (see our hands on with NFC here), but we've heard rumors that soon Apple and RIM will join the party, making NFC a popular option once it's in more hands.  As Phil pointed out last week, none of the phones announced at CES 2011 have NFC built in, so we have wait for Mobile World Congress and CTIA to see what manufacturers have planned to keep up with the fast pace of smartphone tech. [Google via Androidos.in]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 Gingerbread nightlies pushing now!

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For those of you waiting to get your hands on CyanogenMod 7 (aka Gingerbread), nightly builds have finally (we say that with a smile) started up for the phones supported by the community project. Builds are ... erm ... building as we speak, and we've already got it up and running on our Nexus One.

As is case with these nightly builds, bugs are inevitable. So no complaining about that to the folks in charge, eh? Get your download on in Rom Manager or at the Cyanogen forums, and you'll need to flash new gapps (99 percent of us will want the Universal DPI: Tiny version) with this nightly. Enjoy! [Cyanogen, gapps]

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3 years ago

'B---- I got an Android' [Very NSFW]

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Uh oh. A blurry stack of Andrew Jacksons and a Samsung Captivate. You know what that means. BAD ANDROID RAP VIDEO TIME!

Let's be clear: This is is highly not safe for work/home/play/children/iPhone lovers/small pets/elderly/lactose intolerant/lefties/music lovers/videophiles. There's some rather course language, so no complaining that we didn't warn you. But the Galaxy S roll call is classic. Check it after the break. [via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 port for the Motorola Milestone now stable

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After an amazing amount of hard work, hard working hackers have built a stable Froyo custom ROM for the Motorola Milestone.  It's a port of CyanogenMod 6, and thanks to the new kernel ripped out of a ROM leaked from Brazilian carrier Vivo, there are no issues with wake time or signal.  I salute everyone involved in this work, and while not a Milestone user myself, I tip my hat and my glass to you all.  For any Milestone users looking for more information, see the source link, and enjoy.

I'm sure many are asking, "Why is this such big news, and why did it take so long?"  The Milestone was Motorola's first foray into the horrible and unfriendly practice of encrypting the bootloader, making third party ROMs dependent on software from Motorola.  The fact that a small group of users was able to circumvent the protection scheme tells us that it was a pretty damn silly idea to begin with.  If the front door is locked, people will find a way to use the window.  Developers who stuck with the Milestone through all this nonsense deserve our admiration and respect. [DoShaska.net] Thanks, Bassem!

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3 years ago

Droid X is up to some monkey business in this Robitussin commercial [video]

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Our primate brothers and sisters aren't so different from us after all. Like us, they even use Android phones. I'm serious! In this Robitussion commercial, we see our hairy friend pull out a Motorola Droid X to find what type of Robitussion to take for his cold. And just like him, you too can use the Robitussuin Relief Finder. It is available here in mobile form. See the full commercial in its entirety after the break. [mossyoak - Android Central Forums]

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