Last Updated: August 18th, 2011
We're back at it again, this time with a book that will make you master of the Honeycomb development domain. Having collaborated with O'Reilly, For Dummies, and informIT before, for this giveaway we've partnered up with a fourth publishing company, Packt Publishing.
Android 3.0 Application Development Cookbook
We're giving away three copies of Android 3.0 Application Development Cookbook by Kyle Merrifield Mew, and luckily for you, dear aspiring developer, entering the giveaway is quite simple.
To whet your appetite, the quick-and-dirty points about the book:
Overview of Android 3.0 Application Development Cookbook
- Written for Android 3.0 but also applicable to lower versions
- Quickly develop applications that take advantage of the very latest mobile technologies, including web apps, sensors, and touch screens
- Part of Packt's Cookbook series: Discover tips and tricks for varied and imaginative uses of the latest Android features
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Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011
Many discussions have broken out around the Android Police e-offices about tablets and whether they're productive, valuable products. Some team members are of the opinion that they're really just expensive toys, good as a minor luxury but not really worth the high cost. Others have found that they use their tablet quite a lot and find them worth every penny. As an added bonus, what do you mainly use your tablet for - business or pleasure?
Last Updated: June 5th, 2012
Today's Sprint Playbook just landed in our inbox, and one thing stands out: the Kyocera Echo will be receiving an update to Android 2.3. The update will be over the air (OTA), and will be rolled out across a four-day period beginning August 1 at a rate of 10%, 25%, 25%, 100%.
The details of the update (as shown in the screencap above):
- Eco Mode
- EAS enhancements
- Swype 3.0
- Miscellaneous security patches
- Gingerbread Android OS software update
- Including improved power management
- Improved text input
- Minor performance improvements
- Manage Applications Control
- Download Manager
[Thanks, Captain Anonymous!]
Last Updated: May 26th, 2012
Sony Ericsson just dropped a press release announcing that the Xperia arc would be available for purchase in the U.S. beginning in August. On the upside, it will be available through Amazon, Newegg, Buy.com, and through Sony directly. On the downside, they give no mention of the device coming to any carrier, and the unsubsidized price is a whopping $600.
Though the arc presents an enticing exterior, the innards aren't so much so:
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Custom UI
- 1GHz Scorpion CPU (MSM8255, same as the fairly dated Desire HD and myTouch 4G)
- 512MB RAM
- 512MB internal storage
- 4.2" 854x480 TFT display
- 8.1MP camera
Our own Brian O'Toole managed to get a good amount of hands-on time at CES and came away content.
Last Updated: August 3rd, 2011
It has been quite an exciting (and busy) night for Thrive owners and hackers. The community managed to root the device, enable Superuser Permissions, and flash ClockworkMod Recovery. Thus far only a handful of people have taken the plunge, so issues could still arise, but preliminary results are looking good. In their own words:
Mine is the second fully working Thrive with Superuser access, Dalepl was first, and austeregrim bricked his to get shell root so we could get the system dump. NatolX bricked his to prove they have an unlocked bootloader.
...Please note take this at your own risk, this is just a preliminary step, and I happen to know it might only work on the latest OTA for the Thrive (dunno about later Toshiba updates).
Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011
Android updates are a bit of a tricky subject for all involved parties. Obviously consumers and Google are on the same page in that they want Android updates to roll out to individual devices as soon as possible. But for manufacturers and carriers, updates are costly to customize, quality test, and roll-out. Further complicating the issue, it's unclear exactly who's to blame when updates take longer than expected.
A good illustration of all these complications: the Android 2.2 update for the original Samsung Galaxy S series.