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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
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
Google has delivered a Cease and Desist letter to the Cyanogen Mod Creator for their valiant efforts in propagating the Android development. More so because he is distributing the included apps like GMail and Google Maps. I’m sure everyone has the consumer’s best interests in mind so we will see how this goes. In the meantime, rush over to cyanogenmod.com and download the latest stable copy (bottom of the page) for safe keeping. Right now there are reportedly over 30,000 active installs of Cyanogenmod. Enjoy!
Source: Android and Me
If you’re not familiar with goosh.org then yourself introduced. Goosh uses a ‘command line interface’ to help you get the results you want quicker. On the desktop pc you can perform searches through the web, video, images, search yubnub and twitter, open new websites, perform calculations and more without ever using your mouse. You might be thinking that Google was already simple enough why would you want simpler? Because it’s faster! Most of the time when you slide out your G1 to search Google for something you want quick results and you want them now. Goosh.org minimizes the interaction between the browser and Google servers, ad servers and so on. It’s quick, it’s easy and you should start using it on the G1. Once you are familiar with the simple commands you will find your searching experience that much better! Read on for more. More >
A Muffin is a Cupcake without the frosting. Android 1.5 is available as an early look to developers and it has a lot of chocolate chips in it! The list of new features, improvements and changes is long and tasty. Below are a few of the features most of you are looking for and will appreciate:
- On-screen keyboard in both portrait and landscape with support for user dictionary and 3rd party keyboards (skinners get ready!)
- Video recording and upload to Youtube (pictures to Picasa)
- Video Playback for MPEG-4 and 3GP
- Bluetooth Stereo! A2DP and AVRCP as well as auto-pairing
- Accelerometer rotations
- Improved Browser with copy-n-paste and search in a page
- Improved User Interface for in-call, contacts, call log, favorites, SMS & MMS, Browser, Gmail, Calendar, Email, Camera & Gallery, Application management
- Faster camera startup
- GPS acquisition speed improvement
- Widgets on the home screen like music player and calendar
- Live folders (?)
- Updated Linux Kernel to 2.6.27
- SD Card file system check and repair
- See Friend’s Google Talk Status in core applications that use Contacts
- Text Prediction (similar to T9)
- GLSurfaceView – framework for creating OpenGL applications (Quake III perhaps?)
There are more technical and minor items on this list. So who’s excited? This preview gives developers some time to ensure app compatibility as well as getting the gears grinding on some new apps. The SDK is for developers and runs as a virtual device on your computer. Getting it into your G1 is a bit more difficult and that’s why it’s just Muffin. Once it auto-updates OTA to your G1 it will be Cupcake. It won’t be long now.
Since the inception of Android, mobile development has seen a tremendous surge. Among the plethora of tip calculators and noise makers there are many great apps available that ease our daily lives. Despite the soon-to-be-fixed limitations of Android, developers have managed to roll out actually useful applications. However, there a few missing. This isn’t aimed squarely at Android but every platform. It seems that application developed is furious to a point and turns to wheels spinning in the mud. There is a point, on every platform, that applications just don’t pass.
TV/Movies on Demand – Amazon Unbox has the infrastructure to make it happen. Hulu has a proven delivery method as well. The G1 can access RTSP streams. So why don’t we have a solution to something consumers have been asking for since the first video file played on a mobile device? For some reason it seems developers are waiting for Flash to show up like the quarterback to a football game. What if that never happened? Perhaps developers can start developing solutions that don’t depend on flash. With all the interested parties on the scene it might be beneficial to all if some of them started joining forces.
Notes Synchronized – 3banana is new to the scene with an easy to use note app that syncs with the cloud for browser access. Evernote has been doing this for awhile but lacks an Android app. Both the Standard and Professional Windows Mobile versions of Evernote work great but why haven’t they been ported to Android yet? I bring this up simply because Evernote is highly useful and 3Banana already has an Android app. Join forces?
Office Docs – How long have we been typing letters, working on spreadsheets and boring our coworkers with slideshows? Google has Docs but as of this writing there is no viable solution for document creation on Android. There are developers working on solutions but at the very least we should have had this from the get go. Am I being too harsh? Possibly. If the Android Market didn’t exist, Android would just be another phone interface with very limited functionality. Office docs should also be synchronized with an option to use different online services including Google Docs, Thinkfree, Zoho, Microsoft and a folder or two on your computer (or friends’) with support for all the platforms. There are several open source formats so quit with the proprietary formats already.
Video Recording – Seriously, how do you get a phone to market these days without video recording through the sweet 3MP camera? Is there some sort of conspiracy with the camcorder companies? Do they think the market consists solely of people that WANT to carry several devices around at all times to accomplish what one is capable of? We want convergence and convenience!
Stereo Bluetooth – Yes, we know “it’s coming.” It should have been here already. You give us an Amazon MP3 app to free us from the bonds of sync cables but tether us with tangled wired headphones.
Security and Accessibility – This is in general for every phone, not just Android based devices. I don’t want to carry keys or credit cards around anymore. I want my phone to start my car, unlock doors and to make purchases. Implement a PGP type system over bluetooth with a pin, please. A tall order indeed but this is 2009, we don’t have our freaking jet-packs, vacuum tube travel or flying cars but can we at least have this?
Conclusion – There are times in war when you must seek allies and join forces in order to mount a successful attack. Everyone wants their piece of the pie and that is the main reason most developers don’t join forces, they all see this massive slab of cheesecake and want it all for themselves. The way I see it, there will be NO pie for anyone if the solutions aren’t realized. However there will be pie for anyone who isn’t afraid to reach out to other developers and say “let’s do this.”