“Google said in its formal response that Oracle had omitted “copyright headers”. That is correct, but now that I have seen two versions of the original file, I don’t think that the missing parts are favorable to Google. Actually, the opposite is true. Whether under a proprietary license or the GPL, the related code could not be legally relicensed under the Apache license by anyone other than the right holder (Oracle/Sun)”Looks like this could be a gigantic bummer for Google, and not only just for Android - for the groups using Android to sell massive amounts of phones, aka manufacturers, distributors, mobile service carriers... everyone has a chance to get hit really hard by this, including the webpage you're reading this on right this second, Android Community. No more Android, no more fun. [Via SlashGear]
Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin, Florence and the Firenze GTUG, and Stockholm and the Stockholm GTUG, but before all that was Droidcon UK! Man it must be an enjoyable job to work as an Android.
back in October 2010, is now open for business, on the developer side at least. The alternative download store will be hitting Android devices later in 2011, but the retailer is inviting app submissions from developers to populate it ahead of launch. Unlike the official Android Market, Amazon will be quality checking each application prior to its listing in the store, and the retailer will also be taking control over how apps are priced. Developers will be able to set "List Price" guidelines, but Amazon itself will be setting the retail price, much as it does with books and other products. Developers get 70-percent of the proceeds, but if Amazon decides to significantly discount their app or even make it free, they're guaranteed a minimum of 20-percent of their list price. Amazon's recommendations engine will also come into play, suggesting apps based on other downloads or even other products bought, and users will be able to browse apps via the web interface and send them to their phone (though they'll need to open the Amazon AppStore program on the phone in order to install the software). Payments will be through Amazon's One-Click system, though Android device users will need to allow "Unknown Source" installations to get the store up and running. [via TechCrunch]
App Inventor has exited its closed-beta, meaning the drag & drop Android app creator tool is now open to anybody with a Google account. Announced back in July 2010, App Inventor requires no real programming knowledge, instead using preset functionality blocks that can be shuffled around to create software. Despite that simple premise, the apps themselves can be just as complex as those coded from scratch; titles can be capable of GPS awareness, integration with the Android handset’s phone functionality, internet connectivity and more. You can log in and try App Inventor here. [youtube 8ADwPLSFeY8]
Angry Birds developer Rovio has announced a new in-app payment system that will debut on Android, charging upgrades - such as to remove the adverts in the free title, or to buy the upcoming "Mighty Eagle" update - directly to a user's cellphone bill rather than demanding credit card details. "Bad Piggy Bank" will also be made available to other Android app developers, according to Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka, potentially filling a gap for in-app payments on the Android platform. The roll-out will begin with Finnish carrier Elisa, before a global roll-out in 2011; it requires carrier agreements so as to process the payments on a user's cellphone account. Meanwhile Vestabacka also revealed that Angry Birds has seen a total of 50m downloads to-date, a fifth of which have been on Android. [via TechCrunch]
Honeycomb making headlines, it's about time that Android developers start considering large-screen devices with their software offerings. Funky Android dev Al Sutton has put together a useful guide showing how you can create tablet and phone UIs in a single .APK. That obviously makes distribution more straightforward, since there's only one version of your app to worry about, and Sutton covers everything from telling the Android OS that your app is all-singing, all-dancing, to usability issues about screen orientations and sizes. It's certainly worth a read if you're a developer.