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3 years ago

Android Market getting 4GB app sizes, devs can now exclude phones

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Google just clued us in on a couple of major changes to the Android Market. First and foremost is that the size limit on applications will soon be increased from the current 50MB to a massive 4GB. That's going to cut down on the secondary installs -- where you install an app only to be told you need to download more data -- and instead you'll just download that massive amount of data directly. Six of one, half-dozen of the other, we suppose.

And another cool tool for developers is the ability to easily keep your app from being installed on any Android phone. Devs can manually choose any device to blacklist, or it can be done through the manifest, too.

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3 years ago

Android Market's web store receives a face-lift

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Yesterday, Google announced tons of new features for Android. But the fun hasn't stopped there. Google has quietly released a newly revamped Android Market for the web. The new version highlights a "Top Charts" section that has a Top Free, Top Paid, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, and Top New Free. In addition, Google has added more sections to help users find the apps they want, most notably the Editors Choice section. It highlights the apps that are favored by the Android team, so you know those will be of the highest quality. The best developers are also being recognized as 'Top Developers' with a new badge next to their name. Finally, Google has put a lot of effort into developing their 'related apps' and now has many more quality recommendations based on the app you're looking at Head on over to see the new changes. What else did we miss? Sing out in the comments below.

Source: Android Market

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3 years ago

Using mobile ads to create a business

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Usually the last thing we want to think about when we're talking apps is ads.  Admit it, most of you either block them, or ignore them, but to developers they are an important revenue stream.  According to Googler Wayne Pan they're the best way to monetize an app on Android.  I think the folks behind Angry Birds would agree

We're at Google I/O, and I sat in on the developer breakout session "Don’t just build a mobile app. Build a business".  Wayne talked for about an hour (with the Q and A) and give a very nice walkthrough of using tools like AdMob to help make apps popular and profitable.  If you're a developer and couldn't make it to Google I/O, you should check out the livestream recording here, but if you're not a developer, I've got a couple highlights after the break. 

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3 years ago

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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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