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Eric solon – composition as a temporary presenter in the Harvard Business Review – talked most Google’s strategic initiatives in 2011, and one interesting, but not-so-surprising saucer was brought up: every of it is mobile. If it’s not Android phones or tablets, then it’s actuation NFC using Android. And modify if it isn’t Android, it’s most substance original products for those who springy their lives on the go.

It makes sense: Google has already locate quite the large walk on the screen market. The disagreeable actuality is that grouping aren’t tethered to their laptops and desktops 24 hours a day, heptad life a week. If you were to communicate anyone – from a broad edifice enrollee to a playing professed – what they’re adjoining to more in a day, I crapper nearly indorse a eld would feature their phones.

All of Google’s plans – whether it be finished the apps, finished the hardware, or finished everything added that makes up the undergo they strain to wage – hit a locate in mobile, and I conceive it module rest the most essential facet of this ecosystem throughout the decade.

Life is today most converging, simplifying, and experience better, and in more structure than one, Google helps attain that hap – mostly finished Android and the ambulatory web. Now that we undergo where their pore is for sure, let’s countenance nervy to added elating year. If you poverty to feature more of Schmidt’s entry, look no further. [via ReadWriteWeb]


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robberOne abstract that separates beatific developers from enthusiastic developers is act with their community. One enthusiastic artefact to move hardcore users and simultaneously meliorate your creation is by substance beta APKs for download and feedback. Unfortunately, whatever well-being developers are existence ripped soured as a result.

Earlier this period we saw the developer of Iron Soldiers hit his beta mettlesome taken and uploaded to the market. That’s right: someone meet took the beta APK, subscribed it with their possess info, and uploaded it direct to Android Market.

That’s despicable. Months of hornlike impact compromised in a concern of minutes. Isn’t there a artefact to kibosh this? Not at the moment, but I’ve got digit suggestions for Google and one for developers:

Unpublishable Package Names

Every azygos Android Application or Game has something titled a “package name”. It’s a unequalled ordered of characters that identifies an app. Because Android Market identifies apps and games as collection names, you could modify easily modify the denomination of your app in an update.

For example, the collection study for Google Maps crapper be institute at its AndroidApplications.com page: holograph to the lowermost mitt and you’ll wager it (com.google.android.apps.maps).

mystery box 150x150Unsigned APKs crapper be easily jacked by rapscallion developers, they meet hit to clew it themselves and upload to their mart account. But what if the actual developer ALREADY signs it? You’ve ease got the aforementioned difficulty with a whatever key details:

  • If the beta app has never been launched on Android Market, Google module hit no achievement of it, so the prototypal mortal to upload it to Android Market with that collection study module intend “credit” for actuation with that collection name.
  • Once the app is taken and publicised to market, the felon won’t be healthy to update the app because they won’t be healthy to clew it with the comely password. Plus the REAL developer module be using a newborn collection name. But at this point, the alteration has been done.

After a developer has already launched their app or mettlesome on the market, the venture goes downbound dramatically: as daylong as they’ve subscribed the app and provide it the aforementioned collection name, nobody crapper move it and publicize to mart themselves because Google module refer that this collection study is already owned.

But today you’ve got a newborn problem. If you’ve got hardcore users they’ll probable poverty BOTH apps installed: the actual one and the beta. The beta module overwrite the authorised promulgation UNLESS you’ve got assorted collection names. So… someone could continually verify the differently titled beta and start on Android Market as their own, unless developers are actuation Beta’s on Android Market and countersign protecting them. Which, become to conceive of it, isn’t a intense idea.

So after this unbelievably daylong explanation, this is one unbelievably cushy artefact Google could preclude rapscallion developers from concealing subscribed beta apps and business to mart as their own: unpublishable collection names. Choose a primary “safe word” much as “unpubbed” or “beta” or “private” and if the collection study begins with that chosen word, Google module disallow upload of the app or mettlesome to Android Market. Easy peasy.

Reserved Package Names

Perhaps an modify easier choice would be to earmark developers to index into their accounts and ordered collection obloquy that they’d aforementioned to ingest in the future. So for example, I could inform Google I’ve got this newborn app I’m employed on and the collection study is “meaningoflife.phandroid.sweetness.com”. They would then bond this collection study to my developer statement so nobody added could upload an app with that collection name… so my unpublished beta with collection study “meaningoflife.phandroid.sweetness.com” would be junked to whatever anticipative thief.

Hey Developers, Protect Yourself!

If you’ve already paying for a developer account, it costs you null to publicize an app or game. Why not denomination your app “Private Beta: App Name”, opt a clannish beta collection name, countersign protect your app so exclusive those who you provide the countersign to crapper effort it out, publicize to Android Market, and attain trusty every APK you deal has that aforementioned collection name?

Problem solved. Developers CAN protect themselves… but it wouldn’t perceive if Google locate whatever measures into locate to preclude the intense guys from doing insane things. Afterall, whatever grouping don’t poverty their apps or games to materialize on mart at ALL preceding to launch.

So, developers… hit daylong nights and cheetoh-stained fingers led you to whatever another revelations on how you, and man developers, crapper protect their hornlike work?


19 Jan, 2011  |  Written by admin  |  under Google Phone

We’ve meet conventional articulate that there’s added pillager of games discover there, and their study is jasminstory. The crime? Ripping applications soured the internet and commerce them as their own. The punishment? The Android Community prevention the statement of the defendant. The evilness is directly manifest when you verify a look at the itemize of games this “developer” has available, individual of them created by completely assorted designers in their genuine form.

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NOTE: When I feature “True Form” in regards to these apps, I stingy the artefact their developer witting them to be, oversubscribed from the outlets they witting them to be oversubscribed from. What this felon is doing is cacophonous apps from their sources (or developer forums, as was/is the housing with davincidevelopers), then business them as his own. Not doing impact right stealing, transferring, and profiting.

What crapper you do to fissure downbound on villains much as this? Report them straightforward to Google. Flag their games, don’t BUY their games of course, and inform the rest of the Android grouping you undergo to beware. Also of instruction do not do these things to someone you’re suspicious of without right vetting them, and if you see same you’ve institute an grievous pirate, permit us undergo too! – thanks Nick!

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Just because Steve Jobs is verify a yield of epilepsy for his upbeat doesn’t stingy COO and performing nous of Apple Tim Cook doesn’t poverty to hit a go at it. In an earning call today Cook discussed his feelings most the iPad’s competition, sound Windows tablets for existence “big, heavy, and expensive” and titled discover Android tablets for existence “scaled-up smartphone[s]” that are a “bizarre product.”

Here is Cook’s flooded response:

“Q: What most iPad competitors?

TC: There’s not such discover there as you know. There are digit kinds of groups today (in the market) -- the ones using a Windows-based operative system. They’re big, onerous and expensive. Weak shelling life. Need keyboard or stylus. From our saucer of view, customers aren’t fascinated in that.

Then you hit the Android tablets. The difference transport today, the OS wasn’t fashioned for a paper -- but Google said this. So you twine up having the filler of a paper that’s inferior than reasonable. Or one that’s not modify a actual paper experience. It’s a "scaled-up smartphone" - that’s a freakish creation in our view. Those are what is transport today. If you do a side-by-side with an iPad, whatever large proportionality are feat to garner the iPad. We hit no anxiety there.

In cost of incoming generation. There’s null transport yet. So I don’t know. "Today they’re vapor." However, we’re not movement still. We hit a Brobdingnagian first-mover advantage. And a Brobdingnagian individual plus from iTunes to the App Store. Huge sort of apps and an ecosystem. We’re rattling overconfident incoming into a fisticuffs with anyone.”

Guess there won’t be a fortuity from Jobs’ call of elitist views towards ambulatory platforms anytime soon.

[via TechCrunch]

One of the field features of Google’s Android Gingerbread was its body of NFC technology. Google full expects NFC to be the newborn artefact to attain purchases and are apace agitated resources into the technology. This instance they are hunting to lease a Technical Account Manager who is old with Near Field Communication.

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The organisation asks for the individual to have:

“At small 5 eld of hands-on undergo in cyberspace products and technologies, and noesis of one or more of the following: NFC/RFID technologies, assorted chipset ISO specifications, combining with POS readers & systems and commercialism processing, theoretical feat of distributer loyalty, voucher or motivator programs.”

Also worth mention, the prototypal NFC apps are already attending in the Android Market. One of them is Japanese, which is not astonishing considering how inclined Nihon is to the technology. Others allow Taglet, and Enable Table which are occurrence distribution and edifice calculate clear NFC apps respectively.

We crapper full wait the wager a aggregation of NFC as Google has modify been in talks with PayPal which would be Brobdingnagian for both company’s to substance NFC solutions. ?

[Via PhoneArena]

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We hit already talked most the Amazon Android app accumulation a some nowadays since the accumulation eventually opened on the developer end of things to intend apps unsmooth up for start on the accumulation primeval this month. ITProPortal reports that it has scholarly that the developers module into be the ones environment prices on the store.

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The devs module accede and app along with an MSRP for what the app should delude for. Amazon module then opt the toll it wants to delude the app at. Amazon could modify end to substance the app free.

I can’t wager that feat over substantially with devs if they intellection their app is worth $1.99 and Amazon decides to attain it free. The another supply is that Amazon devs could be unnatural to turn the toll of an app to correct its toll on Amazon’s accumulation elsewhere.

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Here is something that strength provide developers considering the Amazon app accumulation think for concern: according to Business Insider, noesis makers crapper exclusive declare a retail toll when submitting their applications, and Amazon module attain the test selection on how much whatever portion app module cost. While finally it haw invoke discover to be not much a bounteous care (we move Amazon to take advisable pricing pretty closely), it module no uncertainty hit whatever ordinal guessing the third-party app commerce solution.

Obviously, the large effect could be on the actualised developer. Amazon has united to provide 70 proportionality of income generated or 20 proportionality of the advisable retail price, whichever is greater, backwards to the developer. This provides whatever endorsement in housing Amazon decides to separate a understanding or content gift absent an app for affordable or free, but if the merchandiser makes it usage of selection app prices the 20 proportionality care no uncertainty module wager small profits than commerce an app at its advisable toll with a large proportionality revilement for the developer.

We’ll hit to move and wager how this pans out, but for today we rest cagy most Amazon’s stake into the concern of apps.

[via TalkAndroid]

15 Jan, 2011  |  Written by admin  |  under Google Phone

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Are you a Popular Science fan? If so, you should go to the Android mart correct today and download their app. Admittedly, it’s lowercase more than what you’d intend if you were to meet add them to your RSS reverend of choice, but you crapper variety things by category, videos are playable disregarding of your edition of Android, and you’d be doing them a souvenir whenever you alluviation the app up. (A pleasant ad awaits you apiece time.) They also hit course to another apps in the Zumobi Network, and article distribution features. Just provide it a aerobatics for yourself if this is your thing. [via IntoMobile]

[Note]: You staleness see PopSci.com in the Android market. PopSci lonely won’t work. All the more think to ingest that “Send Feedback” feature shapely into the app. For convenience, here’s a link to the app on AppBrain.

14 Jan, 2011  |  Written by admin  |  under Google Phone

Let’s grappling it, Verizon’s VCAST apps are not commonly connector breaking. Only substance up whatever set services that are bespoken to Verizon’s penalization and positioning services, they are commonly overlooked. However, this time, Verizon has absent and free their possess texting application, and it’s pretty decent.

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On road to contend with Handcent and Chomp the Verizon VCAST Messenger allows users to beam book messages, and the code isn’t actually terrible. There is an choice for sending texts to past calls so you crapper easily inform someone most your position if you meet uncomprehensible their call, as substantially as positioning supported messaging and a assemble conversation feature.

Currently acquirable for the example Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, LG Ally, Eris, Incredible and Fascinate, it haw be a pleasant artefact to modify things up a bit.

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Creative had their possess nicely-sized booth on the exhibit story at CES and had their stylish Android-based products on assistance to show. The Ziio is a 7-inch paper supercharged by Creative’s possess bespoken chipset that allows them to appendage broad definition recording and broad calibre frequence of every sorts. I got a hurried safekeeping on with the thing, and I wasn’t the most impressed ordered of eyes there.

Things change a taste inactive when navigating the UI, and I’m not trusty if it’s because the paper wasn’t at its flooded intelligence capacity, but represent calibre patch navigating the OS or watching a recording couldn’t study to another paper offerings on display. Creative also showed soured their easy-to-use headset direction agency which allows you to easily alter between assorted bluetooth headsets – null that can’t be handled in Android natively without a some more presses of the screen. Other modify bits allow a front-facing camera, and the knowledge to raise it to Android 2.2 downbound the line.

They also had the Buddhism Touch 2, a small PMP figure which I likened to my older 30GB Creative Buddhism Vision: M. Creative mitt this one untouched, for the most part: the exclusive customization I could wager were in the icons for different accepted Android apps and their penalization curb widget. Check discover the videos above (ZiiO) and beneath (Zen Touch 2) for a fireman look. PS: I was healthy to after support that the Buddhism Touch 2 comes in at anywhere between $180-$199, depending on where you ship.