Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
01
Dec
attDeathStar

So yesterday, the FCC released a report detailing its feelings on the AT&T/T-Mobile. The FCC basically called it like it is and said the merger will reduce competition, raise prices, cost jobs, and AT&T will have to build out its network with or without T-Mobile.

Well, AT&T got wind of that report, and they are not happy. Today they responded with all the composure of a rejected middle schooler:

We expected that the AT&T-T-Mobile transaction would receive careful, considered, and fair analysis.   Unfortunately, the preliminary FCC Staff Analysis offers none of that.  The document is so obviously one-sided that any fair-minded person reading it is left with the clear impression that it is an advocacy piece, and not a considered analysis.

29
Nov
GOOGLE-ICE-CREAM-SANDWICH-LOGO-GOOGLE-IO
Last Updated: August 10th, 2012

Welcome to the sixth edition of GTKA4.0! If you are somehow just joining us, where have you been? You've only been missing the most comprehensive coverage of Ice Cream Sandwich on the internet. If you need to catch up, we already covered Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube, Calendar, and People (Contacts).

This article is for all the old school people out there that actually make phone calls with their smartphones.

29
Nov
Google-Maps

Google Maps just got a huge update. We're now up to 6.0, and tackling the final frontier of mapping. Google is no longer content to just drop you off at the door. Maps will now include *indoor* mapping and positioning in stores, malls, and airports. Wow.

Check out this before and after shot of the Mall of America:

moa_before-after

How cool is that? You can now see where everything is located, and switch between floors.

22
Nov
Web

So you're doing a mockup in Photoshop, and you want to see it on your device. You've got to save it, email it to yourself, and open it on your phone, right? Not Anymore. Today, Google - well, Roman Nurik, a guy who works at Google - released "Android Design Preview," a little utility that will mirror your screen over ADB.

The app has a box that matches the resolution of your device, just start it up, stick it the alignment box over your Photoshop mockup, and you have a live preview of your work.

20
Nov
ice-cream-sandwich-launch-announcement-confirmed-by-android-developers-youtube-channel
Last Updated: August 10th, 2012

GTKA4.0 is back! (That's right. We're cool enough to abbreviate now.) Welcome to Part 5: Contacts. The Contacts app has seen the biggest change of any app from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich. Everything is different. It's not even called "Contacts" anymore, It prefers to be called the "People" app. We've got a lot to cover.

Unfortunately, unless you have a Nexus device (I don't), it's almost impossible to get a hold of a fully functional, stock Gingerbread contacts app.

17
Nov
att-logo1

How's this for a stupid question? AT&T wants to know if they should carry the Galaxy Nexus.

No really, they aren't sure. They straight-up asked on Google+:

ATT

Here's how you can help. You'll need a Google+ account (resistance is futile). Go here, and +1 the 4th comment.

You have now helped. Good job.

Another important thing to know, the GSM build of the Galaxy Nexus uses a penta-band modem, so, if you can unlock it, it will actually work with AT&T and T-Mobile.

17
Nov
google_music_android_geekdotcom

Wow.

I don't know what is up with Google and web design today, but hot on the heels of the Android.com revamp comes... this.

The Google Music Tour.

google-music-intro

I spent the first 5 minutes just hovering over the little colored lines, because the sound is just so cool. Each line plays a musical note; it feels like you're trying to call down the spaceship from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

If you can ever pry yourself away from the cool little mouse over noises, you can actually start using the website.

17
Nov
windup-knight-now-available-for-android-mixes-classic-platforming-with-unique-visual-style_waut-_0

Over on the AndroidDevelopers YouTube account, Google has produced a little video about the development of Wind-Up Knight.

It's a short interview with the founders of Robot Invader, the developer behind the game. They talk about what a good idea it was to develop for Android, and go over some of Android's advantages for developers. They reach 100 devices with a single binary, they can update builds in 24 hours, (*ahem* ..Apple) and they're approaching a million users in only 2 weeks.

17
Nov
Web

Android.com is totally new. And awesome. And you should go look at it.

You'll be introduced to Android 4.0 and its new features (like you don't already know). You'll get some app recommendations, and be blow away by the web design. There's even a section extolling the virtues of Android development.

android-web-site

The homepage is especially awesome, the live wallpaper on the phone and tablet is interactive. Everything on the site has nice little swoopy animations and beautiful design.

16
Nov
448536168

Google Music support was just announced for the Android Market. You can preview and buy music right on your phone! Right now you are probably asking "How can I get it?!"

Well, normally we would have an APK download for you, but this update is totally server side. Anyone running Market 3.3.11 is ready to use the Music Market. Google is it out to accounts right now. If it doesn't work for you, just have to wait.

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