Author: Vincent Nguyen
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cledOMNKl8Y[/youtube]Well there it is folks, if you read between the lines, it sounds as though Google is working on an Android app store for content distribution.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p05FcwoYej0[/youtube]In the next article/video, I’ll walk you through the “other side” of this room to tour the different groups just hanging out and chit chatting about YouTube, Google Web Toolkit, Google Data APIs, Gears, OpenSocial Application, Android, etc. As Robert of Scolbleizer.com put, “How can you tell what’s hot at a conference?” Come to the party and check out the size of the crowds around the tables.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quM0S3ZXhEw[/youtube]More videos from the Android Fireside Chat coming soon.
Just a quick word on how to use AndroidGlobalTime. When you launch it, you'll see a spinning globe showing day and night regions. Pressing the space bar will overlay an analog clock with the time corresponding to location you're currently examining. The arrow keys allow you to spin the Earth and traverse through different time-zones while the clock is displayed. Pressing the center key in the emulator toggles between a 3D and 2D view of the earth. Pressing the L key will turn the city lights on or off. You can also zoom-out by pressing 2 and zoom-in by pressing 8. - Megha JoshEnjoy!
Google has sent out emails to the top 50 applications from the Android Developers Challenge explaining some of the details of Phase II of the ADC. It appears that Google is going to be using these top 50 teams as a testers for new SDK snapshots. The only catch is that the developers must agree to a 'NDA' type of agreement forbidding screenshots or descriptions of new features: As a Round 2 participant, we'll be providing you with the most up-to-date Android SDK so that you can take advantage of the latest tools & platform capabilities that will be shipping in devices later this year. These early access SDKs have many enhancements, additional features, and bug fixes. However, these SDKs have not had the same level of testing as public SDKs, so there are bugs; these releases are definitely "bleeding edge." As we continue to update the platform, you'll receive periodic drops of updated early access SDKs. We'll do our best to give you a rough timeline on when these early access SDKs will be available so that you can better plan your development schedule. Approximately 3 weeks before the submission deadline, we will provide a final early access SDK. You will need to submit your entry using this version of the SDK. Since these early access SDKs are not ready for the public, you need to execute a special SDK license. This is the same SDK license that governs the public SDK with the addition of a confidentiality clause. We've attached the SDK license document to this email.Google's logic for not releasing the latest and greatest version of the Android SDK to the public is because of the instability and bugs. Google pushed the deadline back to July 28th since the teams will be working with the new versions of SDKs. General release of the new SDK will be made available some months down the road. [thanks for the tip Jason C.]