Android SDK

Android 2.3.3 SDK – New NFC Capabilities

The folks at Google and Android have just revealed a short list of new NFC capabilities coming with the new system update Android 2.3.3. These updates take hold of what's quickly becoming the talk of the town as far as futuristic communication with businesses, games, and even other people goes. What NFC stands for is Near Field Communication, and it has the potential to replace credit cards and cash as currency in the USA as well as the rest of the world.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb Full Preview Guide [USER FEATURES]

Hello there and welcome to your full guide and preview of Google's new Android operating system version 3.0, also called Honyecomb, also known as Android's first tablet-centric OS. The first of two main points we'll be going through here are is New User Features. The second of two points is covered in a second post - New Developer Features. We're going to break it down for you in both technical terms and layman terms so everyone can have a crack at understanding what's going on here. Shall we begin?

Android 3.0 Honeycomb Full Preview Guide [DEVELOPER FEATURES]

Hello there and welcome to your full guide and preview of Google's new Android operating system version 3.0, also called Honyecomb, also known as Android's first tablet-centric OS. The first of two main points we'll be going through here are is New User Features. The second of two points is covered in a second post - New Developer Features. In this half of the introduction to the tablet OS we're going to assume you know a bit about developing for Android already. Hope you don't mind. Let's take a look at what you'll be dealing with in this fabulous new system.

Why Has Honeycomb Disappeared?

Folks across the web who didn't act fast enough to download the preview package for Android 3.0 Honeycomb a few days ago are apt to find a surprise when they attempt to do so today - it's gone! Where did it go? Speculation is still out to the dogs as Google's send out no response!

BuzzCity Releases SDK with In-App Advertising for Android

The fellows and ladies over at BuzzCity have released a Software Development Kit for Android that supports developers putting advertising into games. Embedding advertising into games of course makes them enter a completely different market than games with none. This move sends BuzzCity into the same categorization as AdMob and Greystripe as far as advertising goes, and they're no small cookie with their 4.5 billion adverts per month.

Bluetooth Controller from Zeemote Coming Soon?

This would be totally cool, can you imagine playing all your games on your handset with a Bluetooth controller? Zeemote has just released an Android SDK for their JS1 controller. Most Android devices would benefit from this because it will be compatible with 1.6 and up. By the time developers integrate this remote into their games, most phones should have their update.

I/O Attendees Receiving A Free Droid Or Nexus One Before The Conference

It's almost that time, this May Google is holding its annual I/O conference. Thousands of developers will learn of latest web and Google technologies. The Google ION was the surprise gift at last years conference, the attendees was not aware of this before they got there. This time around Google is sending the free gift ahead of time. Droid's and Nexus One's will be shipped out to everyone who pay in advance to attend.

A Few Updates to the Android SDK are Released

To all those interested on any available update to Android, especially to all developers, there are a few updates to the Android SDK. And Xavier Ducrohet, Android SDK Tech Lead at Android Developers wants you to know about these new updates. As you can see on the image above, there were updates to multiple components of the Android SDK last Thursday: Android 2.0.1 revision 1, Android 1.6 revision 2 and SDK Tools, revision 4. Let's begin with Android 2.0.1, which is a minor update to the mobile OS (Android 2.0) running on the Motorola DROID. This update includes several bug fixes and behavior changes. If you like to know more about this update, check the Android 2.0.1 release notes. Next is Android 1.6, revision 2, which includes fixes to the compatibility mode for those apps that don't support multiple screen sizes. For more on this update, read the release notes on the Android 1.6, revision 2 here. And now, let's talk about the SDK Tools, revision 4, which is also a minor update, with mostly bug fixes in the SDK Manager. There's also a new version of the Eclipse plug-in that embeds those fixes. For more info on the details, check the links of the SDK Tools revision 4 and the ADT (Android Development Tools) 0.9.5 release notes.

Android 1.5 Cupcake released for Devs; Video Demo

HTC and Google have released Android 1.5 Cupcake for owners of the Android Dev Phone, available as a free download from the manufacturers site.  Cupcake adds video recording to Android, including one-touch uploads to YouTube, plus a new on-screen QWERTY keyboard.  There are also tweaks to the browser, predominantly to increase speed in rendering, zooming and scrolling. Arsen shot the following demo video of Cupcake 1.5 in action, including the video recording and the new auto-complete URL suggestions introduced with the on-screen keyboard.  According to their feedback, the browser does indeed run faster but 3GP video captured by the G1 was less successful, with numerous skips and judders. The HTC download will apparently only work with the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1) hardware, and must be a developer device rather than a standard retail handset.  However that's unlikely to stop the teams of avid Android tweakers who right now are looking for ways to modify the firmware for a general install, ahead of the official May release. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hczgL3C2yrw[/youtube] [Thanks Paul3G and lovedumplingx!]
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