Qualcomm is currently the mobile chip leader in the market thanks to many factors, like the fact that they produce chips from devices that are at the low-end and made for volume, and up to the high-end for $700 devices. What really started making their chips popular was the introduction of the Nexus One with their 1 Ghz Snapdragon CPU, which was a first at the time. The Snapdragon S4 chip has also overwhelmed Qualcomm with demand until the end of the year, thanks to its high performance, battery efficiency, and integration with a LTE modem.
But there is one area where Snapdragon chips have been consistently behind the others, and that’s GPU performance. Even when [...]
One of the ingredients in the Android Fragmentation soup is the extra UIs that companies like Samsung and HTC add on top of the standard Android interface. These extras help differentiate one company’s phone over another. The problem is that for app developers to make use of these extras they need access to a software development kit which exposes the relevant APIs.
HTC’s SDK is called the “OpenSense SDK” and according to the phone maker, it “enables deeper integration into the HTC Sense experience.” To do this in the HTC OpenSense SDK, which is available as an Android SDK add-on through the Android SDK manager, provides access to the HTC [...]
If you’ve always wanted to create your own Android app but never had the ability to go to school for it, Andromo proves you don’t have to anymore. Putting itself as ‘the App Maker for Everyone,’ Andromo is a fully web-based system that enables anyone to create pro-quality apps. Apart from being a useful tool for non-programmers, it is free to use the system.
By saying that the app is for everyone, Andromo means anyone: business owners, students, musicians, schools, entrepreneurs, artists, clubs, and many more. People can use Andromo as a way to create an app that can communicate, promote, and advertise something in just a few minutes. So if you’ve always [...]
The Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a versatile command line tool that lets you communicate with and control an Android-powered device over a USB link from a computer. It comes along with other useful tools and code bundled with the Android Software Development Kit (SDK).
The ADB program includes three components:A client, which runs on your development machine. You can invoke a client from a shell by issuing an adb command. Other Android tools such as the ADT plugin and DDMS also create adb clients. A [...]
Android Police are supporting a rumor that is quite exciting. Apparently the Gingerbread SDK will be released soon, and with it a host of information about what this latest release of Android is going to do.
The application inferface will reveal a lot of the new functionality afforded by this iteration of the OS, and furthermore we should have access to a new emulator showing us what the basic Gingerbroad version of Android will look like. It still is not 100% clear as to whether this will be Android 2.5 or 3.0, so again, another minor point could be resolved with this release of the updated SDK.
[Source: Android Police]
At Google I/O this year, Google released a pre-release version of its Androi 2.2 software developer kit (SDK). Now that the official Nexus One Froyo update is out, Google has released the complete, ready for prime time version of its SDK. All developers are encouraged to update to the latest version now.
Google has released the software developer kit for Android 2.2, the smartphone OS that is perhaps better known as Froyo (“frozen yogurt”). No Android 2.2 devices have been announced yet, but there are a number of Google Nexus Ones out there with Froyo pre-loaded. Google hasn’t indicated when a public Nexus One update will be available, but HTC has said that any 2010 Android devices it has announced and released should be eventually upgradeable to Froyo.
[via Mobile Burn]
Over at the Android developers blog there is a new announcement detailing an upgrade to the Native Development Kit for Android. This is big news for Android developers and the third release of the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) is now available for download from the Android developer site. According to the official developers blog, ‘It can be used to target devices running Android 1.5 and higher. In addition to a few bug fixes and improvements, this release includes’ a new compiler to help generate more streamline machine code for your application (machine code is the stuff the operating system eventually executes) along [...]
One week after the launch of the Nexus One, Google has released the Android 2.1 SDK to developers. The SDK is considered a minor update to Android and will roll out to existing handsets starting in January. Unlike previous SDKs which were released before a phone was launched, the Android 2.1 SDK was released after the Nexus One so there are no big surprises. All the new bells and whistles that are seen in the Nexus One are included in the SDK which provides new APIs for animated wallpapers, adds geolocation support to the webkit browser, creates a new SignalStrength class for obtaining the current network signal strength and more. Developers can download the 2.1 SDK using the Android [...]