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About a month ago, there was a post from a former Google intern who worked on Android, where he tried to give his opinion on how the UI works on Android and how it works on iOS. His post became viral because it seemed like a pretty elaborate technical post, and for non-developers especially it seemed like what he’s saying made sense. The intern also said that because the way (he thinks) the Android UI works, it can never be as smooth as the UI of iOS. Well, since then, a lot of more experienced developers have taken issue with…

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Android has had a very tough uphill battle with Apple over developers. This has been because of 2 reasons. One reason is that Apple had the headstart in both iPhone units and customer base, but also in the ecosystem. This made it so most new mobile developers would be naturally inclined to go with the iPhone ecosystem first. The more developers there were working for the iOS platform and more success stories appeared, the more wanted to join it. The second reason was that Google hasn’t really cared about developers until more recently. In the first few years there were…

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The Android Market has reached 10 billion total downloads since its launch, and it looks like the number of downloads per month are already as many as the iOS (1 billion), which means it will soon surpass the Apple app store in downloads per month. There’s still the issue if developers make as much money on Android as they do on iOS, and there have been many reasons in the past why they couldn’t make as much, but one by one those issues are being eliminated. For example, at first, Android just didn’t have such a huge user base, so…

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Google promised early this year that the Android Market is coming to Google TV via Android 3.x Honeycomb. Just today, Google’s most recent announcement tells us that its promise is about to be fulfilled. Google has provided a preview of the Google TV add-on for the Android Software Development Kit (SDK). Way back in June, we were able to get a sneak preview of Google TV 2.0 beta (based on Android 3.1 Honeycomb) along with snapshots of its user interface and the Google-provided reference set-top box. Although the new add-on from Google is just a preview, it will allow developers…

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If you haven’t experienced it yet, the Amazon App Store is looking to give the traditional Android Market some stiff competition. The wide selection and the Amazon customer experience are a great combination – so much so that you can’t imagine just how it can get better. Well, it just did! The Amazon App Store has just rolled out a new update for its popular store. Upping the version number to version 1.15, this update tweaks quite a few things that weren’t quite perfect and this should be a treat for both buyers and developers alike. So what gets added….

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You maybe familiar with the Zinio app for Android. Of course, it’s hard to miss an application that easily converts magazines into a tablet-readable format. Well, if you’re one of those who own and use it, here’s some good news. Zinio has received a huge performance boost recently. That is if you’re using a Tegra-2 packing Android 3.1 tablet. The app is now fully utilizing the GPU and uses full OpenGL ES acceleration for all of its usual features: page turning animations, page panning and zooming. Plus it will not be resizing those pages anymore for your tablets screen. This…

Today on the Android Dev Blog, it was announced that the Nexus One has officially become the new developer phone, replacing the Google Ion.  It is noted that the new dev phone will ship with Android 2.1 pre-loaded but will get an update to Froyo shortly after it is turned on.  The phone is paired up to T-Mobile’s network and can be had for $529.00.  Features of the Nexus One include: 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen 512MB FLASH memory 512MB RAM WiFi (802.11b/g) Bluetooth 2.1+EDR A2DP streo Bluetooth 5MP AF camera 2x digital zoom LED flash 1400mAh battery microSD card slot…

The Android Market reached a milestone today. Golf claps everyone as the 20,000th application has been added to the Android application catalog. Androlib has been tracking the Android Market since its inception and has recorded the Market’s explosive growth. According to the data compiled by Androlib, submissions to the Android Market have been growing at an astounding rate with over 3,500 new applications added in the month of November 2009 alone. Approximately 62.3% of the 20,000 applications are free, while 37.7% are paid. In the end, all these numbers add up to more applications for end users, increased revenue for…