18
Nov
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Have you ever wondered what the AOSP source tree would look like if someone stitched together a video of every commit, update, and release? Ponder no more, friends, because YouTube user xcco3x has made that a reality. A visually amazing 21 minute reality, to be exact.

A little background info, per the description on YouTube:

The graph represents the source tree. Non-leaf nodes are directories and leaf nodes are files where their color represents the type of file.

18
Nov
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So, it turns out that the Galaxy Nexus doesn't support USB mass storage (UMS), which happened to come as a shock to many users. Anyone who owns a XOOM, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab 10.1, or any device lacking a SD Card slot is familiar this setup, though, as all of the aforementioned device work similarly to the Galaxy Nexus - using MTP instead of UMS.

When one Redditor pointed out the fact that the GN doesn't support UMS, Android Engineer Dan Morrill was quick to jump in and explain the details.

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Nov
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This diminutive little guy is more than meets the eye. It weighs 21 grams, which is the same as the bag of the Cotton Candy it is codenamed after. The unassuming USB stick is actually an Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered device that packs a wallop. Here are its specs:

  • Dual-core 1.2-GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI-out
  • microSD card slot

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The magic happens when you plug Cotton Candy into a Windows or OSX device.

18
Nov
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A court in Mannheim, Germany today held a preliminary hearing in a patent dispute between Motorola Mobility and Apple Sales International (a European Apple distribution subsidiary), and it seems like Apple's on the ropes.

While the hearing didn't discuss the particular merits of Motorola's patent infringement claim against Apple, the presiding judge issued substantial blows to Apple's defense by indicating that he believed the patent-in-suit was ripe for trial. The judge also seemed to agree with Motorola's reading of that patent (also known as "construction claims") in important ways that would allow it a broader scope of applicability at trial.

18
Nov
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What happens when Google's open-source program manager Chris DiBona reads one too many false claims about the nature of open source software? He takes to his soapbox on Google+ to put everyone in check.

That's exactly what happened a couple of days ago after DiBona read yet another article pounding the nature of open source, citing that it's "inherently insecure." Like any advocate for a cause would do, DiBona immediately set out to uncover the truth about security in an open source environment, paying particular attention to mobile operating systems, including Android and iOS.

18
Nov
Android-Pattern-Lock

Who's ready for some Friday morning hotness? Alright, it may not be that hot, but probable new features are always welcome in my book. Looks like the Big Goog has been awarded a new lockscreen patent, which could bring some new features to our good buddy pattern lock.

Pattern lock is no stranger to Android; in fact, it has been part of the mix since the beginning. With this new patent, though, the old dog may be learning a couple of new tricks, like custom gestures to launch specific apps.

18
Nov
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Tonight, TouchType Ltd. released a much-anticipated update to SwiftKey X, the text prediction authority among replacement keyboards. The update brings a ton of improvements, from UI tweaks to performance and language changes, and even prediction enhancements. Perhaps more important than all of that, however, is the fact that SwiftKey X 2.2 has full Ice Cream Sandwich support, and an enhanced multi-touch framework, keeping the keyboard replacement ahead of the curve.

Specifically, the update brings the following changes:

    • Full language localization for major European languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portugese)
    • Intelligent typing support extended to 35 languages, including Arabic and Hebrew
    • Enhanced multi-touch framework for faster typing
    • Prediction and correction enhancements thanks to a more efficient Fluency engine
    • Graphic enhancements, including a better settings menu, alternative character selection and sharing features
    • Enhancements to the keyboard to change the height in both portrait and landscape modes
    • New Dvorak and Colemak layouts for those who wish to depart from QWERTY
    • Reduced memory use
    • Full Support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

    If you aren't already a fan of SwiftKey X, these enhancement should go a long way in convincing you.

    17
    Nov
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    Today brings more good news for Google TV owners with the release of the cloud-powered Google Music app. As Jurek Foryciarz, Product Manager of Google TV puts it:

    The app syncs with your Google Music account in the cloud, so there is no need to stream from a computer or download songs to the TV. Simply download the Google Music app for Google TV from Android Market, login with your account, and enjoy your entire music library through your HDTV and home theater system.

    17
    Nov
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    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.

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