open source

Advent Vega source code v1.08 released

Advent has released the source code for the Advent Vega tablet, as promised late last year. The code is for the latest official firmware release, v1.08, which was distributed for the tablet earlier this week. While of little use to most end users of the Vega in of itself, it does mean that the hacking community will be able to tease even more interesting mods out of the slate. You can download the source code here; Advent isn't actually hosting it itself, instead relying on Modaco.

Froyo Source for Samsung Fascinate 3G+ on Telus Released

Hooray for Froyo, Froyo for everyone! You can now have yourself a bit of the ol' frozen yogurt on your Samsung Fascinate 3G+, courtesy of Samsung's Open Source Release Center. You know what this means? Froyo ROMs for Galaxy S phones for everyone, everyone in the world! Yay and joyous day.

Google: Requiring Stock Android would violate the “Principle of Open Source”

A lot of the popularity of Google’s Android OS comes from the fact that it is open source, developers, manufactures can do what they want with it. This leads many of them to customize it to their own liking for any specific device (e.g. HTC Sense UI, MOTOBLUR). Some of these builds do not exactly fit everyone’s liking, so some believe the end user should have the option to revert back to a clean, stock version of the Android OS if they so desire. Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, was presented with this concept at a press release last week.

Motorola Droid Will Be Updated To Android 2.2

Our friends over at SlashGear have recently received confirmation from Motorola that the Droid will be receiving the update to Android 2.2. Although, their reply doesn’t lead us to believe that it will hit the device anytime soon. It is good to hear that there will be other devices other than HTC’s 2010 lineup that will receive Android 2.2.

Official Twitter Client for Android

Not too long ago Twitter announced that they were working on an official app for Android. At that time no one knew when it was expected to hit the market. Well, today is the day, we didn’t have to wait long for this app to hit Android. You can download and get started on it now.

Motorola Will Turn To Skyhook In Favor of Google Location Services

Motorola has just made the decision to use Skyhook instead of Google’s Location services. This news is relatively new and out of nowhere so there aren’t many details on how this will work just yet. Does Motorola have a problem with Google? Or, Motorola is just trying to have their devices stand out from the rest of the Android devices.

Replica Island

Do you love classic gaming? Well Replica Island may be the game for you. This game is a traditional 2D side-scroller that features game play similar to that found on the NES and other early gaming systems.

AT&T Has Removed Google Search In Favor Of Yahoo

Things like this can be viewed as the bad side of having an open source platform. We all know Google's main source of income and the reason they make any product is focused on their ad revenues. Google Search is their main source of this income and it will be replaced on Google's own OS by one of its main competitors, Yahoo Search on the Motorola Backflip. Some speculate they their may be some disagreement between Google and Motorola but this is purely AT&T trying to keep Apple happy.

WordPress App Now Available For Android

The long awaited WordPress App has finally arrived in the Android Market. Android Community uses a version of this open source blogging program, this will come in handy for yours truly as well as a few others.

Google Chrome OS promises web-based netbook platform by late 2010

Google have announced their latest project, Google Chrome OS, an open-source platform for x86 and ARM based netbooks, notebooks and computers.  Building on their existing Chrome browser, Google Chrome OS is tipped to load and be internet-ready in seconds, be inherently secure from viruses and malware, and present no issues with hardware or software updates.  Chrome OS has at its heart a Linux kernel, with Chrome running within a new windowing system. Google Chrome OS will first appear on netbooks in the second-half of 2010, with the search giant apparently already in talks with manufacturers regarding distribution.  Prior to that, however, they will make Chrome OS open-source later on in 2009, allowing developers to get to grips with the platform. Since most of the user experience will take place on the web, with users interacting with web-apps, developers will be able to use existing coding skills to create software that not only runs on Google Chrome OS but any standards-based cross-platform browser.  As for Android, that remains a going concern for Google, with the company suggesting that "choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google" in the areas where the two platforms overlap.
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