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Logitech Squeezebox Controller app for Android released

Logitech has released a free Squeezebox Controller app for Android devices, allowing users to remotely control the company's multi-room streaming audio system. Operating over WiFi, the app allows music-lovers to remotely browse, select and control playlists and tracks in all of their zones. It also supports files, station, or playlist album art. You'll obviously need some Squeezebox kit to start with, but the controller app itself is a free download from the Android Market.

Amazon App Store quietly populated: Apps and Pricing detailed

Evidence of the incoming Amazon App Store has reportedly been sighted in advance of the retailer's official launch. AndroidNews.de found that visiting amazon.com/apps shows a selection of 48 titles already in the retailer's catalog, including Scan2PDF, EasyTether and Space War HD. None of the titles have a product page as yet - clicking them goes straight back to the Amazon homepage - but they do have pricing information. A quick comparison against the official Android Market, and it seems there will be some variation in prices, though one download store isn't conclusively cheaper than the other. Note, we had to log out of our Amazon account in order to see the apps; otherwise our personalized Recent History recommendations squeezed out the software suggestions. However, the listings are still visible at time of posting. [gallery]

Angry Birds Rio for Android exclusive to Amazon Appstore, plus ad-free Angry Birds

If Google thought Amazon was playing safe with its Amazon Appstore plans then it has a nasty wake-up call this morning. Rovio has announced that it will dump GetJar and throw in with the new Amazon download service for its new Angry Birds Rio for Android game. Amazon's Appstore will be the exclusive place to get Angry Birds Rio, while Rovio will also offer ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons for Android, again exclusively through Amazon's system. Angry Birds Rio for Android will be available at amazon.com/angrybirds. It will come with 60 levels, with more on offer via in-app purchases. Press Release:
Angry Birds Rio for Android to Debut Exclusively in the Amazon Appstore AUSTIN, Texas/ ESPOO, Finland – March 14, 2011 – Rovio today announced that the highly anticipated game Angry Birds Rio will be introduced for the Android platform exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Developed in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox, Angry Birds Rio features the animated stars of the studio’s upcoming motion picture, RIO. Additionally, for the first time ever on the Android platform, fans of Angry Birds games will have the opportunity to purchase and download ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons. Both will debut only in the Amazon Appstore. “The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “The openness of the Android platform works for the benefit of consumers and developers alike. It has been delightful to team up with Amazon to bring the Angry Birds franchise to this great new application marketplace.” “Amazon is thrilled to work with a leading developer like Rovio in offering our customers Angry Birds Rio for Android exclusively in the Amazon Appstore,” said Aaron Rubenson, category leader for Amazon Appstore. “We think Angry Birds Rio is sure to be an instant customer favorite.” “Angry Birds Rio is a fun and interactive way to introduce millions of fans to the exciting world of 'RIO,' and we are proud to work with both Rovio and Amazon to make this experience available to users on the Android platform,” said Peter Levinsohn, president of new media and digital distribution for Twentieth Century Fox. “The Amazon Appstore will be a great new way for consumers to download all their favorite Android apps, and we’re excited to offer Angry Birds Rio as one of the first pieces of content to be made available to consumers through this new store.” In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, RIO. From the creators of Fox’s blockbuster ICE AGE motion picture franchise, RIO debuts in theaters worldwide on April 15, 2011. Angry Birds Rio will launch with 60 dedicated levels, with more content to follow via app updates. Angry Birds Rio will be available for download on Android phones and tablets at amazon.com/angrybirds.

Android apps apparently caught running on BlackBerry smartphones

Signs that RIM may be testing BlackBerry devices capable of running Android applications have been spotted, with the eagle-eyed developers responsible for ShopSavvy finding mention of various BlackBerry handsets in their flurry logs. The BlackBerry 8300, 8600 and 8520 were all caught running ShopSavvy at different times in January and February this year. Talk of RIM experimenting with an Android-compatible virtual machine on smartphones and the incoming PlayBook tablet surfaced last month, amid suggestions that the company hoped to broaden its consumer appeal by tapping into the wealth of apps available for Android devices. Whether Google will allow BlackBerry devices to access the official Android Market remains to be seen, however. [via BGR]

Direct Installs for Android 2.3.3. Gingerbread for Nexus One and Nexus S discovered

Google's warning that the OTA Gingerbread update for the Nexus S and Nexus One might "take a few weeks" to reach all owners was a dash of unpleasantly cold water to the face; happily, xda-developers have dropped by with a hot towel. They've dug up the official links from Google for the Android 2.3.3 update, which means the impatient can now update their handsets without waiting for Google's schedule to notch along. Two different downloads are available, one for the Nexus One: http://android.clients.google.com/packages/ota/passion/81304b2de707.signed-passion-GRI40-from-FRG83G.81304b2d.zip ... and another for the Nexus S: http://android.clients.google.com/packages/ota/google_crespo/e0b546c442bf.signed-soju-GRI40-from-GRH78.e0b546c4.zip If the links are too slow for you, there's information on mirrors at the original forum post. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 supports Android

The number of Trojans and malware aimed at the Android mobile platform is growing every day. The only way to be sure that your device is protected is to install some sort of security software on the device. Kaspersky has announced that its Mobile Security 9 platform is now available for the Android platform.

Swype’s new Global Shortcuts bypass Google’s search box [Video]

Google may be all about search, but it looks like Swype is hoping to usurp their search box as the easiest way to find things on Android devices. The company showed Android Community an upcoming version of the app which adds text-based global shortcut support: type your search term into any text box, double tap it and then use Swype commands to trigger new Twitter and Facebook messages, Google Maps searches, and more. So, if you're texting someone to invite them for a drink and you want to find the nearest coffee shop, you could Swype in "coffee shop" into the body of your SMS, highlight it, and then gesture from the Swype key up to G then M. Swype will automatically load Google Maps and search for that term. When the new version ships, Swype will preload a selection of shortcuts, but also allow users to define their own. Meanwhile, the app also gets multi-tap text entry support, useful for those who ever have been frustrated by trying to Swype in non-dictionary words. The app switched seamlessly between the two modes with no settings changed. More in the video below. [vms b30aa72ca258a3483cc7]

Sonos Controller for Android hands-on [Video]

Sonos has been promising an Android controller app for a while now, and we've just had a chance to go hands on with the software at the pre-MWC ShowStoppers event. Headed to the Android Market in March as a free download, the app does everything we're familiar with from the iOS version for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, but also gets some extra functionality by virtue of Google's more flexible attitude towards hardware. So, the volume buttons on the side of the handset - in this case a demo Nexus S - will work to control the master volume or the zone volume when you're in the Sonos app, and there's integration with Google's voice search functionality too. That allows you to search for a specific artist, track or album simply by saying the name out loud (of course, you can always use the on-screen keyboard instead). [vms 2108eee6dd897f3bca8a] Functionally, it all works just as well as the Apple version, and navigating between two different zones - in this case Sonos S5 players - was a matter of tapping and picking a track to play. There's nothing here that will spoil Sonos' reputation of solid, straightforward usability. The company has promised a review copy when it comes out of final beta, so we'll save our final opinion for then, but so far things look great. [gallery]

Myriad Alien Dalvik promises Android apps on MeeGo (with more OSes to come)

Android apps could be getting a much wider audience in the future, with the announcement of Myriad's Alien Dalvik cross-platform system. Billed as offering a seamless way to run Android apps on non-Android phones, Alien Dalvik will launch first on MeeGo later in 2011, but Myriad intends to extend support to a variety of other OSes. They claim that, with generally no modification to the core software required, and only repackaging of the Android APK files necessary, Alien Dalvik apps will run as if native on the new device. Myriad expect to demo Alien Dalvik on an N900 at MWC 2011 next week. [youtube mXWEyKjwk2g] Press Release:
Myriad Announces ‘Alien Dalvik’, Enables Android Apps to Run on Non-Android Phones • Alien Dalvik allows operators, OEMs and application store owners to create new revenue opportunities from Android ecosystem • To be demonstrated for the first time next week at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Myriad Suite AV91 DUEBENDORF-ZURICH, Switzerland – 08 February 2011 - Myriad Group AG (SIX: MYRN), a global leader in mobile technology having shipped over 3.7 billion software applications on more than 2.2 billion phones, today announced the launch of Myriad Alien Dalvik, enabling Android apps to run on non-Android platforms. The launch opens up the Android experience to new audiences, generating new revenue opportunities for mobile operators, OEMs and app store owners. Building on the launch of Dalvik Turbo, Alien Dalvik signifies Myriad’s latest Android innovation by enabling Android apps to operate on a much wider range of platforms and devices. As a result, operators, OEMs and application store owners can now easily access the Android ecosystem and deploy Android applications across multiple device operating systems, all without compromising performance. Alien Dalvik enables the majority of Android applications to run unmodified, allowing application store owners to quickly kick start Android application store services by simply repackaging Android Package (APK) files. From a user perspective, Alien Dalvik is completely transparent. Alien Dalvik applications appear as native and can be seamlessly installed on device without user disruption. All the user sees is that he now has access to a wider range of applications, thus encouraging a higher frequency of downloads and increased ARPU. “The proliferation of Android has been staggering, but there is still room for growth. By extending Android to other platforms, we are opening up the market even further, creating new audiences and revenue opportunities,” said Simon Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Myriad Group. From application components to complete device integration, Myriad provides best-in-class Android solutions. As a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), Myriad has been playing a key role in Android solutions since its early days. When partnering with Myriad for Android application development or porting, operators, OEMs and application store owners will benefit from Myriad’s rich heritage in Java technology and unique Android expertise. Myriad Alien Dalvik will be commercially available later this year on the MeeGo platform. Other platform support will be announced in the coming months. Alien Dalvik will be demonstrated for the first time on the Nokia N900 at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 14th-17th at the Myriad hospitality suite located at The Avenue, Stand AV91.

Notion Ink Adam update delivers bug-sweep; Users delighted [Video]

Notion Ink has released a new firmware update for its Adam tablet, addressing multiple launch issues with the Tegra 2 slate and generally smoothing out the overall user-experience. According to Notion Ink Fan, the Eden UI panels are now more stable, browser tabs are more reliable, and the video player is less jumpy when you toggle play/pause. Meanwhile, Adam owner Shane Trafford - who you might recall was among the first wave of recipients - has sent in his own video demo of the Notion Ink slate doing its thing (which you can see below). [youtube FbAtgrO01S4] [via Lilliputing]