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Android Market – 10 Billion App Downloads So Far. Now, 1 Billion Downloads Per Month

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by 2 years ago
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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…

Google Moves One Step Closer to Bringing Android to the Big Screens

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by 2 years ago
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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…

Amazon Appstore Update Rolled Out

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by 3 years ago
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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….

Zinio Get Optimized For Tegra 2

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by 3 years ago
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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…

Google Nexus One becomes new Android developer phone

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by 3 years ago
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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…

Android Market reaches 20,000 applications milestone

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by 4 years ago
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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…

HTC Hero kernel is now available for developers

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by 4 years ago
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Finally, HTC have made the kernel to the beloved HTC Hero available to developers to have their way with. Until now, one of the biggest issues for those wanting to develop for the HTC Hero was the fact that the ROM was not publically available. Now these wrongs have been made right and for those that are interested, the HTC Hero kernel can be obtained from HTC’s development center. Not to quash all the hard work performed by HTC with a wave of a hand, I should mention that the beautiful HTC Sense UI was a masterpiece in the first…

Android Developers Blog talks about new screen resolutions

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by 4 years ago

Over the last few days, Android developers have had a few pointers and tips from the Android Developers Blog team. In my opinion, Google and the Android development team are particularly adept at providing documentation and read-me support for Android and now developers have improved information on how to support additional screen resolutions and densities in Android. One of the major changes that was introduced in Android 1.6 was support for new screen sizes. It is therefore very important that developers get to grips with how to support the three main categories of screens. small: devices with a screen size…