Archive for October, 2009
Microsoft does throw the love around for students. Granted this isn’t the deluxe version but if you’re sporting Vista or XP you might want to check out this Win 7 upgrade. Additionally there is the option to go for the Professional version. Yes XP has been fantastic to us over the years but it’s time to embrace some newness. Obviously you have to be a qualifying student. To get your deal on go to www.win741.com. Enjoy!
It seems Google had something to do with Hitler losing the war. Thanks to krazyconejo for posting this in the Android Forums
Thanks to krazyconejo for sending this in. In this letter, Google addresses why they had this exchange with Cyanogen, without saying his name! Anywho, here it is for you.
A Note on Google Apps for Android
Posted by Dan Morrill on 25 September 2009 at 2:31 PM
Lately we’ve been busy bees in Mountain View, as you can see from the recent release of Android 1.6 to the open-source tree, not to mention some devices we’re working on with partners that we think you’ll really like. Of course, the community isn’t sitting around either, and we’ve been seeing some really cool and impressive things, such as the custom Android builds that are popular with many enthusiasts. Recently there’s been some discussion about an exchange we had with the developer of one of those builds, and I’ve noticed some confusion around what is and isn’t part of Android’s open source code. I want to take a few moments to clear up some of those misconceptions, and explain how Google’s apps for Android fit in.
Everyone knows that mobile is a big deal, but for a long time it was hard to be a mobile app developer. Competing interests and the slow pace of platform innovation made it hard to create innovative apps. For our part, Google offers a lot of services — such as Google Search, Google Maps, and so on — and we found delivering those services to users’ phones to be a very frustrating experience. But we also found that we weren’t alone, so we formed the Open Handset Alliance, a group of like-minded partners, and created Android to be the platform that we all wished we had. To encourage broad adoption, we arranged for Android to be open-source. Google also created and operates Android Market as a service for developers to distribute their apps to Android users. In other words, we created Android because the industry needed an injection of openness. Today, we’re thrilled to see all the enthusiasm that developers, users, and others in the mobile industry have shown toward Android.
With a high-quality open platform in hand, we then returned to our goal of making our services available on users’ phones. That’s why we developed Android apps for many of our services like YouTube, Gmail, Google Voice, and so on. These apps are Google’s way of benefiting from Android in the same way that any other developer can, but the apps are not part of the Android platform itself. We make some of these apps available to users of any Android-powered device via Android Market, and others are pre-installed on some phones through business deals. Either way, these apps aren’t open source, and that’s why they aren’t included in the Android source code repository. Unauthorized distribution of this software harms us just like it would any other business, even if it’s done with the best of intentions.
I hope that clears up some of the confusion around Google’s apps for Android. We always love seeing novel uses of Android, including custom Android builds from developers who see a
Sometimes using your voice to record a reminder is quicker and easier than typing out a note. If you don’t use the Jott service for notes than you might be glad to know that the Shadow (and other Windows Mobile phones) has a voice recorder. Using it is a lot easier than it might seem. There are several ways to go about this: More >
Note: Sorry about the misplaced file with the password. The link is updated now
For those of you having trouble with the Touch Input keyboard pay attention. There is a new version posted that will solve the problem with the Touch Input after upgrading to Android 1.6. Jeem22 originally posted the link to the HTC_IME.apk file.
In the usual gradual rollout many of us are getting to see Android 1.6 coming to our G1s and myTouch 3Gs. Here is a quick rundown on what there is to look forward to:
- All inclusive search: the new search box will scan through bookmarks, browser history, contacts, and the web
- Adaptive search: consider this the direct marketing version of search results, the more you search and click the more it learns about what is relevant to you.
- App Search Inclusion: developers now have a way of including content from their applications into the search results, such as media
- New Camera interface integrates video, still and gallery
- Faster camera shots: 39% faster camera startup and 28% improvement between shots
- New VPN support
- Battery Usage Indicator: As in the screen shot above, shows which apps use more power and gives the ability to kill an app.
- Enhanced Accessibility
- Better Android Market: Choose among apps, games, and downloads. New categories: Top Paid, Top Free, Just In. Now Screenshots are available!
- Text-to-Speech: Let’s your apps speak! If you are using a G1 or Dream device download ‘SpeechSynthesis Data Installer’ from the Android Market
- Gestures: Developers now have the ability to use gestures in their apps
- New OpenCore media engine
- Upgraded Linux Kernel to 2.6.29