open source

Key Lime Pie could boost Android to Linux Kernel 3.10

We don't know what number or name the next version of Android will be, but if all signs are pointing in the right direction we'll likely see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie here soon from Google. There's no question they're hard at work on the next major release, possibly set for later this year, and today we're seeing some interesting tidbits on the Kernel side.

Sony launches Xperia Z Android Open Source Project

Sony has launched their latest Android Open Source Project. This one is for the Xperia Z, however a similar project was launched for the Xperia S back in August of 2012. In fact, the reason behind the Xperia Z AOSP project was due to what Sony is calling the "great interest" they saw for the Xperia S. Reasoning aside, this basically means the software from the Xperia Z will be open and available for developers to use.

Tweet Lanes Twitter app goes open source

The Tweet Lanes Twitter app originally launched back in July 2012. The interesting part here, the app launched with quite a bit of hype, both from the developer and from the users. The app touted itself as being "Pure Twitter" and "Pure Android" and there was little to disagree with as it was a solid app. The bad news arrived later on when the developer, Chris Lacy, decided to stop active development on the app.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 source code posted

If you got your hands on a sweet $250 Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, it's time to start diving into that code. Samsung has just posted the open source code not only for the 7-inch model of the Galaxy Tab 2, but the delayed 10-inch version as well. Of course having the source code will help modders to alter the existing software, but it will also allow them to easily get custom ROMs running on the Android tablets. And we love us some custom ROMs. You can download the source code files here.

Boeing prepares Android phones for G-Men

Boeing is a company usually associated with gigantic flying people-movers and/or awesome weaponry. But they're also a people company - which is why they're creating phones with a robot theme. The US government has contracted Boeing to create custom Android smartphones for government and military use. National Defense Magazine reports that "The Boeing Phone" will be based off of open-source Android code and is apparently near the end of its development cycle, with a planned release later this year.

N64 emulator ripped off, then kicked out of the Play Store by copycat

The great thing about open source software is that anybody can use it. The not-so-great thing about open source software... is that anybody can use it. Such was the case with two N64 emulators battling it out on the Google Play Store. According to a massive Reddit thread, the original game emulator was called "Mupen64Plus Android Edition", developed by Paul Lamb and based off of the open-source emulator Mupen64Plus. Under the General Public License, anyone can use the Mupen code for any project they like (including charging for it) as long as proper attribution is given. Paul put up his app on the Google Play Store, and for a while, all was right with the world.
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