Along with many other things as of late, Google just tipped everyone off about another great change coming to the Android Marketplace. The change I'm talking about today is application size. Currently applications in the market are limited to 50MB. In general this is a pretty large size for most apps and has worked great for a long time, but with the ever changing technology and games getting bigger and better along with hardware such as the Tegra 2 dual-core chip, games and applications have also increased in size.
Looks like Android just keeps getting bigger and bigger, not to mention better with every release and will surely be very exciting once Ice Cream Sandwich launches. According to new numbers from the live sessions at Google I/O Android Market application installations has seen an extremely rapid growth of installs.
We're in line again, this time toting a few more devices (though we're none the heavier thanks to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighing approximately nothing at all,) and we're attempting to get pumped up for the second day's big keynote. What should we be expecting today? More than likely a whole 'lotta Chrome, but you never know, might be some Android tidbits in this event as well. Stay tuned to Android Community and our sister site SlashGear for all the coverage your eyeballs can handle.
Lets begin this chat by noting that they certainly did not say a whole heck of a lot. At the first hour-long keynote speech of the conference, Google whipped through a plethora of news bits, Ice Cream Sandwich certainly not the one winning the attention contest. The greatest moment was the reveal of the excellent logo mark that'll be coming along with the update to Android, it and the name being a metaphor for exactly what the new system would be doing for the mobile OS: integrating it. Sandwiching it, if you will. It's going to be oh - so - tasty.
The first and undeniably most action-packed keynote from Google I/O 2011 is up now, covering what Google is calling their three Ms. In Momentum, they spoke about the power and speed of Android in how well it's doing in the world today, everything from 100 million activations and 4.5 billion installs of apps. Next in Mobile, they covered the newest upgrade for Android, version 3.1, the next step in Honeycomb for tablets and Google TV, Ice Cream Sandwich aka "one Android release everywhere," and more. The list continues and the video is up!
Man, it is not my favorite thing to do to be posting a rumor like this, especially when it can be construed to mean basically anything. Apparently when "asked about the Nexus 3" by Taylor from AndroidandMe, Andy Rubin noted the following: "The Nexus has been the thing that we used to set the bar, and there's always going to be new ones coming out in the market…we'll make an announcement at some point in the future." Wouldn't the man say the same thing if you asked him whether or not future versions of Android would be coming out?
You know very well that unboxing videos are about the least interesting - yet necessary - posts we do here in the tech review business, and we know it too, so we thought we'd spice things up a bit with an unboxing that'll never be forgotten. A war! A big huge fight between Android Community and our sister site SlashGear. In Android Community's corner is our hero Ben Bajarin, in the brown shirt, unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. In SlashGear's corner is Vincent Nguyen in the red shirt, also unboxing...the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Who will win? Who will come out on top? And how does this all add up to you getting a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1?
Behold "music beta by Google," a new version of their Music Player app that you know so well. Note though, and don't be fooled: this isn't just a simple music player. It's a whole new ecosystem from browser to desktop to handheld device (and tablets, of course.) It all begins in your browser - signing up is as easy as logging in with your G-Mail account and you've instantly got the ability to grab free tracks (promoted tracks of course, you get to choose the genre,) followed by an available download of the app Music Manager for your desktop. Watch out iTunes, here Android comes.
Google I/O 2011 has officially kicked off with the very first keynote having ended just moments ago. Here's a quick recap of all the exciting revelations that have come so far including an update to the Android tablet OS called 3.1 Honeycomb, the confirmation of the much anticipated Gingerbread successor Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and much more. Continue after the cut for the full recap.
Whoa, if the audience at Google I/O was excited by all the huge announcements, it was nothing compared to the craziness that followed this. Everyone attending the conference got a device of some great significance. This is the big deal, the huge one that makes for the future of the platform, the device given out is the one that takes the cake for the rest of the year - so what is it? A Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, a fully functional one, for every single one of the 5,000 attendees of the conference. This tab will be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Update: We've got the tab, and have already had Vic Gundotra do an unboxing for us!