developers

Android SDK tool updated with native x86 emulator support

If you're an Android developer and/or a dedicated modder, you'll want to hear this. Google's Android dev team has just updated the official SDK tools to version 17, with a host of new goodies for developers to try out when creating new Android apps or builds. There's a lot of tweaks for performance and stability, but the major addition doesn't even come from Google: they've borrowed some code to make the Android emulator that comes with the tool package run natively on x86 systems.

Qualcomm releases Adreno graphic drivers for ICS – let the custom ROMs flow

Good news appeared over the weekend for many HTC smartphone owners, especially the ones with slightly older devices running Qualcomm processors. While Qualcomm hasn't been the friendliest group to modders and the Android Community, they have tried. With all the changes to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich modders have had a hard time building fully operational and smooth ROM's with Android 4.0 ICS. Over the weekend Qualcomm made this entire process much easier for smartphones running their platform.

Google I/O 2012 registration officially opens March 27 at 7 AM

Google has just officially announced the details for those interested in the Google I/O 2012 developer conference. Along with the time, date, pricing, and new rules to name a few. Google I/O 2012 tickets will go on sale March 27th at 7 AM PDT, and you better be ready because last year they sold out in a matter of minutes. More details and links available below.

Valve’s Portal for Android port canceled due to legal issues

For all those fans of Valve's extremely popular and mind stimulating game Portal, we have some bad news. After tons of excitement of the possibility of Portal being ported to Android, and tons of progress not to mention playable levels from the developers it has apparently been canceled. This was being ported by a few genius developers out of Russia but after some legal threats all bets are off.

Adobe Shadow helps tune up your webpages for any mobile device

Adobe has just recently announced Shadow, their new toolkit to help developers make their web page perfectly functional on any mobile device. With so many different Android devices currently on the market, this is going to work wonders for web professionals when trying to find problems in their code. As you navigate through each page and link, Shadow lets you know what will be compatible with different screen sizes.

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.

Google posts Ice Cream Sandwich stencils for app developers and designers

One of Android 4.0's less-publicized but no less appreciated features is its focus on a refined interface, and Google'staking that to heart by making parts of it required for access to the Android Market. Those restrictions are for manufacturers, not developers, but a good dev always strives to make his or her app seamlessly fit in with the target OS. To that end, the Android Developers team has released a new set of digital stencils for app developers. T Hey can use this series of buttons, icons, shapes, colors and gradients to make their apps seamlessly flow with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Reminder: our WIMM Spring Developers Project is complete – claim your device!

Just this last week we've had a fabulous WIMM Spring Developers Project project going on in collaboration with SlashGear and WIMM in which we had you, the everyday average and awesome brainstormer, think up and write down Micro App idea's for the WIMM One developer kit. This project had us checking and working to find the greatest ideas of the pack and selecting the top 10 to receive the WIMM One developer kit for themselves! Have a peek at the winners once more and make sure, if you're one of them, to contact us asap!

Android Community’s WIMM Spring Developers Project Update!

It's time for the first big update of our Spring Developers Project, complete with the first three contributors who earned their very own WIMM One developer kit (which you can also view a full review of on SlashGear if you wish.) This event will continue through this weekend and on to the next week, leading all the way up to the end of the week before Mobile World Congress 2012! Join in on the fun today!