In order to make it easier for Android developers to get started with creating robust applications, the Android team today formalized and unified various coding tutorials into one clearly defined area of the Android dev site: Android Training. The tutorials, or classes, are very well put together, with splits into logical steps to make them flow well, along with sample code you can utilize to "do your homework." There is no fee for taking any of them - think of Android Training as a collection of well organized and curated tutorials.
Dolphin Browser, a popular alternative to Android's stock internet app, gained one more awesome add-on recently, this time adding compatibility with Box, a secure cloud storage service, enabling users to save files from the web directly to their own cloud space.
The add-on not only allows users to upload files directly from webpages, but locally stored downloads, and webpages as well, making it easier than ever to sync your browser activities and content with Box for viewing or sharing later.
Looking to give players the experience of "truly carving down the mountain," Com2uS has released SummitX Snowboarding to the Android Market - a dynamic, exciting game focused around – you guessed it – snowboarding.
The game features 36 multi-branching courses on 6 different mountains, 10 customizable boards, a "majestic" 3D terrain, accurate "true-to-sport" physics, and a sound track featuring over 20 real rock bands. Overall, the game seems to function smoothly, and gameplay isn't too challenging, even on a 4.3" screen.
Adobe promised that it would update Flash to support devices running Android 4.0 before the end of the year, and it has now made good on that promise - just in time for the U.S release of the Galaxy Nexus, no less.
Better grab it now, because this is likely to be the last major update that Flash for Android will ever see. Of course, Adobe will continue to push security updates to the app, but that will probably be the extent of it.
Our second, and last, giveaway for today is a little more literary than the offerings we've had so far, and really, is pointed more towards those who are looking to get into Android programming and development. So, we do ask that you only enter this contest if you actually want the book, because there aren't many Android giveaways out there aimed at the developer crowd. And don't worry devs, this isn't the only InformIT title we'll be offering as part of our Mega-Holiday Giveaway - it's just the first.
You've probably heard of Schemer by now, Google's new service to help you track all of the crap you want to do during your lifetime. Doesn't really matter what it is - you can scheme everything from reading a book to taking a trip to trying a new food (and everything in between).
If you're still lost as to what I'm babbling about, watch this:
In short, it lets you remember all the stuff you want to do, as well as instantly gracing your face with a handlebar moustache.
Wyse Technology, the company behind some some powerful remote access apps, has released a new Android app into the Market today called PocketCloud Explore. The app is simple in nature, but quite practical in use, as it allows you to access the files store on your PC remotely from your Android device, safely and securely.
Need to find a file quick? No problem - Explore allows you to search across multiple computers to find exactly what you're looking for.
Another day, another awesome giveaway. Once again, our truly amazing pals at NVIDIA are providing the Tegra-powered tablet goodies. Today, we're giving away four tablets: 2 Sony Tablet S's, and 2 ASUS Transformers (the Transformers also come with the truly great keyboard docks) - and every winner will also receive a $25 AMEX gift card to purchase some of those sweet Tegra Zone games the day their prize arrives. This is an international contest.
Looks like Sprint started pushing a small OTA update to the Samsung Epic 4G Touch that fixes a couple of quirky issues:
- 4G Sprint Hotspot disconnects when in a phone call
- Radio loses signal and may require power cycle
The update is rolling out in stages and will hit all devices within the next 10 days.
The amount of quality games for Android just keep growing, and show no signs of slowing anytime soon. To add to the list of OMG that looks incredible! games, SoulCraft THD will be coming to Tegra-powered phones and tablets later this month, bringing an action packed holy war to the palm of your hand.
The premise of the game is pretty sick: humans are on the verge of discovering the key to eternal life, but the angels and demons have something to say about that.