17
May
2010-05-17 20h05_33

Once again Google has updated their platform version chart, and this time OS Version 2.1 has something to celebrate.

If you haven’t been keeping track, Google has a chart that illustrates the breakdown of Android versions on devices currently in the wild. This is done primarily so developers will know what version to develop for, but has also been used as ammunition for Android’s detractors who like to bring up fragmentation as one of Android’s biggest flaws.

17
May
nvidandy

During NVIDIA’s quarterly earnings call last week, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced that they would be focusing specifically on Android powered devices with the second generation of their Tegra chipset.

The Tegra platform is a S.O.C. or ‘system-on-a-chip’, which means that it integrates the CPU, GPU, northbridge, southbridge and memory controller onto a single chip. At the moment most Android handsets are using S.O.C’s developed by Qualcomm – you may have been hearing a lot about the Snapdragon recently, which is one of Qualcomm’s more popular chipsets.

17
May
Appsites thumbnail
Last Updated: November 27th, 2012

With over 50,000 applications in the Android Market, and that number increasing very rapidly, finding a legitimate and detailed review of an application is difficult.

If you’ve tried using the official Android Market website, you’ve probably noticed that the experience is…well, less than ideal.

Enter app review websites. Many app review sites are supported by an open-source API (Application Programming Interface) that allows these sites to provide information that is congruent with the Android Market to its visitors.

17
May
htc-wildfire3vsformatblack20100512
Last Updated: April 2nd, 2011

After the good gentlemen over at Smartphone Arena broke embargo this morning, HTC went ahead and made things official with their latest Android handset, the HTC Wildfire.

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Looking like the bastard child of an HTC Legend and Google Nexus One, it seems the Wildfire is intended to further flesh out HTC’s lineup of Android handsets. The handset is set to hit Europe and Asia in Q3 2010, which is a shame, because this is definitely the kind of handset that T-Mobile US could use.

17
May
cyanthumb

Introduction

We’ve covered custom ROMs a few times before on Android Police, telling you how and why you may want to try them out on your own Android device. If you want to install a custom ROM onto your phone, but don’t know which one to go for, you may want to consider Cyanogen, which is compatible with the HTC Dream, Magic, Nexus One and Motorola Droid.

I’ve been testing the CyanogenMod for the past few weeks, and have found it to be extremely stable, whilst adding numerous features that can’t be found on the stock version of Android 2.1.

17
May
HTC Hero CDMA Custom ROM Users - Update Your Radio Baseband For Best Performance, Reception, And Battery Life

HTC Hero CDMA (Sprint, Cellular South, etc) users using a Custom ROM, such as damageless' DamageControl or flipz's Fresh, listen up.

In order to take advantage of the latest improvements Sprint has made to the phone's ability to receive and utilize signal efficiently, updating to the latest ROM is not enough.

Radio Baseband

There is a special component outside of the ROM itself called the Radio Baseband, which ROM developers don't include (for whatever reason) into the custom ROM images, and instead sometimes provide as a separate update.

15
May
Google Voice Invites Now Available For Students

If you've been trying to get a Google Voice invite, you know how scarce these bad boys are. However, if you are a student with an .edu email address, you are in luck. Though it may not be the most well-timed release (exclusively for students near the end of the school year), this is still a huge plus for them.

To receive the service, all you have to do is sign up here with an e-mail address ending in ".edu", and wait for Google to send the free invitation "within 24 hours." 

What is Google Voice?

15
May
Contest: Win A Starcraft 2 Beta Key For Designing AndroidPolice.com's Twitter Page - Calling All Designers
Last Updated: August 12th, 2010

The Contest

The second official Android Police contest is here!

We have grown fast in the 7 weeks of existence, and it's time for our twitter page, @AndroidPolice, to have a decent design.

Update: And the winner is: eugene from http://xedner.deviantart.com/ who sent in not one by two awesome designs, one of which we are now using.

Here they are: Flashing police lights and Inspired by yellow police tapes.

14
May
Leaked Sprint HTC Hero Android 2.1 Update Surfaces, Sprint Reportedly Confirms It's Real But Not Yet Released Officially

Wow, did this day finally come? After months and months of waiting, and after seeing Samsung Moment get its update today, we have gotten word from AndroidCentral that there is a leak of the official Android 2.1 update for the Sprint HTC Hero available to download.

Judging from initial reports, this is the real deal.

allanon80 from AndroidCentral even posted this:

Ok guys just got off the phone with Sprint. THis is the official release they have just not put it up on Sprint yet.

14
May
Nexus One Going Out of Business

Google is about as innovative as it gets. With the advent of the Android operating system, we knew a phone would follow...an official Google phone. It came, and it was called the Nexus One.

While it was certainly a hit, and the Android OS has taken off to new heights, the online storefront that Google created for the Nexus One was neither hit nor height.

Given that people like to use devices before they buy them, the online store was bound to fail compared to a retail launch.

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