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Samsung releases Galaxy S III source code

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S III has launched in more than 28 countries Samsung has decided it's time to release the source code, and developers can't thank them enough. This is how it's supposed to be done folks. Today Samsung has released the full source code for the GT-i9300 (SGSIII) and it's available for download now.

Google may use multiple hardware partners for new Nexus

If you're anything like me, than you were somewhat disappointed in the Galaxy Nexus, and hoping that Google would move on to another company for 2012's iteration of the developer device. So news that Samsung would again be making a Google-branded smartphone, and perhaps even a tablet, weren't at all encouraging. There's good news out of the Wall Street Journal, though: Google may be working with multiple hardware partners for the next version of Android, and presumably, the next round of developer devices.

Java portion of Android ported to C#

Here's yet another Android project that leaves the question of "why" hanging while retorting with a resounding "why not?" A team of independent developers have created version of Android's Java codebase that can run entirely in the older C# programming language, with no Java to be seen. At this point it's more of a computer science exercise than anything else, but if certain megacorps get their way, it could be a viable alternative to standard Android.

Google Drive in the wild, spotted on developer phone

We are all still awaiting some sort of announcement or official details surrounding Google's cloud storage option, Google Drive, but today have received an early look of what to expect in some fashion. While various rumors are heavily favoring a release next week, Drive has been spotted in the wild on developer phone. Being streamed on AndroidDevelopers we get the early look presented below.

Google Play Store adds 4 seller countries including Mexico and Israel

Android is still dominated by US users thanks to parent company Google's American focus, but things are getting better for international users, including developers. Today the Android team announced that developers in Mexico, Israel, Poland and the Czech Republic can apply for the Google Play Store and start submitting their apps. So felicitaciones, מזל טוב, gratulacje and gratulace, international devs. Get to it already!

Google’s Android Emulator improves with better CPU performance

It wasn't that long ago that Google introduced Ice Cream Sandwich support for the emulator in the official Android SDK, but with the update to Android 4.0.4, they've taken it one step further. After a series of tweaks and enhancements in the way that the emulator runs ARM-based software on x86 or x64 PC hardware, the Android development team says that the new version should utilize the computer's CPU with double the efficiency. The end result? A faster emulator - something that anyone who's actually tried it out will appreciate.

Google I/O registration open now – get in while you can

Google's mega-popular Android and software conference Google I/O is scheduled for June this year in San Francisco, and registration is open right now. If you want to get tickets to Google I/O, run, don't walk to the registration page, and have your Google+ and Google Wallet accounts ready. Google I/O is always a sellout event, thanks to sneak previews at future Android versions and features, great workshops for developers, and (last but not least) the prospect of free giveaway gadgets.

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.