Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

06
May
Google I/O conference

Google I/O

Every year Google holds a conference for developers, called Google I/O, and every year most of you - pretty much all of you but the lucky 4000 people, cannot make it for one reason or another (like the price which is $350-400 USD).

Well, this year, Google announced that it is putting up the keynote speeches, which usually contain the most interesting of the announcements, online at http://www.youtube.com/GoogleDevelopers, and they're going to do it live.

06
May
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The HTC Hero Android 2.1 update (which we previewed in full here) drama can now probably get its own reality show - every week we get a leak or a "source" that promises the update "for sure this time" and then the week goes by - and nothing happens.

The recent May 7th rumor was getting so old and repetitive, we didn't even consider it report-worthy, and now a Sprint community employee has indicated it indeed had no merit.

06
May
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Goggles Translate (OCR)

Fresh off the press, Google just announced that the latest update to its Google Goggles for Android (1.6+) introduces a Translate feature.

The app currently supports the following input languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Spanish

and can translate them to a much bigger set of languages which I just jotted down (from the app itself):

  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Catalan
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Galician
  • German
  • Icelandic
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Google promised support for more Latin based languages soon, with non-Latin based languages coming after.

06
May
Motorola Milestone UK Android 2.1 update
Last Updated: May 7th, 2010

About 40 minutes ago, Motorola posted a message to its Motorola Europe Facebook group announcing the launch of the Android 2.1 update in the UK for the Motorola Milestone (known as the Droid to the US users).

The update is not OTA is now available both OTA (over the air) and by executing a .exe file which seems to require a Windows computer and a MicroUSB Data cable (non-Windows users are out of luck?).

04
May
Oprah EVO 4G video

Probably the most awaited phone of 2010 - the super sexy HTC EVO 4G (formerly HTC Supersonic) made an appearance today on a none other than an Oprah Winfrey show.

Sprint let her play with the device and we got to catch a quick glimpse of it, thanks to fanboydestroyer from Hawtwired.com (this is the proper credit which was apparently mishandled by some other site owners) who recorded this video from his TV:

The curves, the looks - June can't come fast enough.

04
May
Adobe Flash and Air on a prototype Android tablet

The Web 2.0 Expo happening in San Francisco has us quite excited, as Zedomax.com, a blog revolving around technology and gadgets, has found an Android tablet prototype smoothly running Flash and Air.

As you may remember, Adobe had a bit of a falling out with Apple last month, and vowed to instead gun for Android at full speed. With that announcement, we found out that the private Air/Flash beta has been a huge success with developers, with some porting their apps from Flash/Air to Android in a matter of hours.

04
May
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Thank you to everyone who entered AndroidPolice.com's first contest - we've had quite a turnout!

Up for grabs we had 2x Starcraft 2 Beta keys. There were 62 contest entries, listed below:

2dvh guille0301 Martin rockslave
Adi halldorhg MattDolan5595 RyanD86
adriencollot Hippolyth Maxwell Thom Scx2010
Afal88 Howard Chiang Michale Senne Mennes
AlexK iOverflow Mike K shamoo121
AlexS Jason Mona Zhao snowboycowman
Ben Jim MrRandomacity Spencer Rosengarten
Bennet Manuel Joe Layne mwardrop2 Starzcat
blah2135 JoeCool Nasosd Storfmon
DavidA Johan Larsson Nicholas Bowman Tenorikuma
DavidD Jonathan Peter McGuire Travis
Dzverski Josh Firman Phaze vi_x3
elvin Kavos puppi WayHow Hsu
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Gary L Kluc1996 Rhainus  
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Drumroll please!

02
May
DamageControl 2.08

damageless and TrevE, the developers behind the DamageControl ROM which brings Android 2.1 to Sprint HTC Hero CDMA, have been silently working on a new version of the ROM for the last few weeks.

DamageControl 2.08

Yesterday night, the world saw the newly updated ROM v2.08 finally go live with the following changelog:

    Changelog v2.08:
  • New DConfig tweaker tool
  • Theme Server
  • New beefed up apps2sd. If any errors are encountered post /data/dcboot.log
  • Scheduler tweaks
  • Working Friendsync
  • Gallery3d fully working
  • Newer XDA keyboard
  • Fixed sprint NFL
  • Optimized Even more/Cleaned up directories
  • Connection tweaks
  • Fixed Facebook sync
  • Ring delay fixes
  • More dalvik tweaks
  • Potential audio fix & battery life fix

**First boot will take awhile if upgrading.

01
May
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Last Updated: August 20th, 2012

Introduction

Ever wondered what the whole Android custom ROM scene was about?

What is all this talk of installing "aftermarket", custom upgrades on your phone?

Who needs it? Why do it? Is it safe?

Don't fret - I'm here to explain - the AndroidPolice Academy is now in session.

By the way, the word ROM means Read Only Memory, but has migrated in the modding community to mean an actual custom OS image that you install into the ROM area of your phone.

29
Apr
CyanogenMod 5.0.7 for MT3G and G1

The moment you, MyTouch 3G and G1 users, have been waiting for is here! Only minutes ago Cyanogen announced the availability of CyanogenMod 5.0.7 ROM (v. Test1) which brings Android 2.1 to MT3G and G1:

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Full instructions and downloads for this first version (Test1) are available at this CyanogenMod forum post and are cached below (the forum is SLAMMED).

G1 users: note that you need "DangerSPL" (or DeathSPL or Haykuro's SPL or whatever you prefer) in order for this ROM to fit onto your phone.

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