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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

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

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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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