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Google App Inventor Discontinued, Will Become Open Source Instead

Many of you may not know much about App Inventor. This was a tool that was very exciting when it was first announced by Google Labs and it was made available to the public last December in a beta test. Basically Google created a program that would help users with zero coding skills or knowledge of any sort to build Android applications using the App Inventor tool. This was one of many great things that came from Google Labs.

Samsung Galaxy S II source code released: Hacks ahoy!

Samsung has released the source code for the Galaxy S II, opening the door for developers to craft more complex apps and modify Samsung's customized Android 2.3.3 build. The GT-I9100 open-source repo will allow for ROMs that further overclock the GSII's 1.2GHz processor, among other things. Samsung has been criticized in the past for its attitude toward updates for its existing Android phones While this isn't necessarily a sign that the firm is upping its game overall, it's a welcome release. You'll need to be a developer to make the most of the download - which you can find here - but users should likely expect the fruits of dev's efforts in the not too distant future. More on the Galaxy S II in our full review.

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.
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