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We heard you like apps: AIDE builds Android apps on Android

There's a lot of tools out there to help aspiring developers get started on a new Android app, not the least of which is the newly-resurrected App Inventor from MIT. Now would-be app makers have a new option, specially suited to those whose skills or inclination tend towards Java: AIDE. The free app stands for "Android Integrated Design Environment", and is a full-fledged Java IDE contained within an Android app.

Android Market app size limit pushed to 4GB from 50MB

Prior to now, Android applications have been limited to 50MB, and developers have had to trim down their work to fit that criteria. The new maximum application size of 4GB doesn't necessarily mean the size of the APK will be increased, but rather the Android Market will host the application's expansion files. This will help the Google keep a closer eye on when a user completely finishes the download of a large application to properly start the refund period.

OverSkreen breaks the Android browser out of its full-screen cage

Mobile apps are full screen, because phones have small screens. That little bit of conventional wisdom drive a lot of app design... but since 7 and 10-inch tablets are now available in droves, not to mention some very large phones as well, perhaps it shouldn't be. That's the thinking behind the OverSkreen Browser, which breaks out the Android browser from the binds of full-screen oppression to roam all over your tablet screen, making friends with the apps running underneath it.

Ice Cream Sandwich camera comes to the Android Market… and you shouldn’t buy it

One of the more publicized parts of the Galaxy Nexus is its new-and-improved camera app, which allows for both fast shots and integrated photo editing. While the actual camera hardware failed to wow us in our review, the software itself is enviable, and a good reason to patiently wait for an Ice Cream Sandwich update (or, like us, root your phone or tablet and get it yourself). Now there's a new alternative for those who have just gotta have that awesome camera: Camera ICS, a free ad-supported download in the Android Market.

Minecraft sells a million on Android

Ah, Minecraft. Not since WoW have we seen a gaming experience so effortlessly addictive, not to mention appealing to the obsessive-compulsive in all of us. As testament to that fact, Minecraft Pocket Edition has now sold over one million copies on the Android Market since its introduction just six months ago. That doesn't even come close to the game's success on the PC side, but it's incredibly impressive nonetheless. Minecraft developer Danuel Kaplan confirmed the news on his Twitter account.

OnLive expands Android offerings with free virtualized Windows 7 access

As surprisingly utilitarian as Android tablets are becoming, there's still a few things you've just gotta have a desktop for. Or do you? OnLive already allows access to top-of-the-line PC gaming over the Internet via its remote service, but the latest addition to their service is aimed squarely at getting some real work done. OnLive Desktop works a lot like is gaming service, but instead of a PC game you get a real live Windows 7 desktop, virtualized across the web without ever needing to touch your own PC. The best part? The entry-level version is totally free.

Android applications flaw can allow photo access

Ever wonder if the photos you snapped with your Android device were safe from others to see? Well, I'm sure you hadn't considered it, but it turns out they're not. Developers have the capability to see users photos right after they allow them to access their local information! This little glitch can occur without any notice to the user as well.
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