20
Dec
aidetiny

We've talked about AIDE, the mobile developer toolkit that allows you to write Android apps (almost) entirely on your phone or tablet. In those past discussions, we've mentioned that you can probably get by with just the free version. The premium key offers a few nice extra features, though, like APK publishing, Git push/commit, and saving large project files.

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Most of the features of the premium version are handy if you want to code entirely on your mobile devices which, admittedly, most of you probably won't want to do.

19
Dec
2012-12-19_17h29_28

If you needed any clearer indication that Samsung basically owns the Android world while HTC and Motorola are in trouble, maybe this will help. According to Millenial Media, a mobile advertising firm, ad impressions on its platform from Samsung handsets shot up from 23% to 46% in the last year. Meanwhile, HTC plummeted from 32% to 16%, while Moto dropped from 22% to 11%. This is a massive change.

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Now, before we go getting bent out of shape over this, let's clarify a couple things.

14
Dec
roundup_icon_large

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 3 weeks or so.

This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

13
Dec
google_play_thumb
Last Updated: October 13th, 2013

Google has started to push out an update to the Play Store for Android with version 3.10.10. The difference in size compared to the previous version 3.10.9 from about a month ago is about 1.5KB, and after ripping through the APK, I found no significant changes. There are some tweaks to the in-app billing, checkout, and authentication code, but from what I can tell, this is a bug fix release.

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File Size History

  • com.android.vending-3.5.19.apk 3.81MB (4,000,309 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.7.11.apk 5.07MB (5,319,551 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.7.13.apk 5.07MB (5,322,241 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.7.15.apk 5.07MB (5,322,517 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.8.15.apk 5.35MB (5,618,814 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.8.17.apk 5.35MB (5,618,730 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.9.16.apk 5.22 MB (5,482,490 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.9.17.apk 5.34 MB (5,610,397 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.10.9.apk 5.87 MB (6,158,861 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.10.10.apk 5.87 MB (6,160,306 bytes)

Download


The APK is signed by Google and installs on top of your existing Play Store.

12
Dec
gameroundup_icon_large

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 3 weeks or so.

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions?

06
Dec
unnamed

Update: It turns out someone jumped the gun on this one, and the game isn't actually available just yet - which is why so many users are getting the "validation error." Rockstar is aware of the issue and posted a statement on their official blog:

We’re aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors. Just to be clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you shouldn’t attempt to download it.

05
Dec
Zechner 4677-0 POD.indd
Last Updated: December 14th, 2012

Here are the winners:
  • Russ Brown
  • Srinath
  • Maxwell Kozlov
  • PogoWolf
  • barser
  • GIBsonCubed
  • RichY
  • Jays2Kings
  • Minh Tam Dinh Thai
  • superstepa

Congrats, everyone - we'll be in touch shortly.

The number of quality games in the Play Store may be increasing at a healthy pace, but let's be honest, there's still some room for improvement. Unfortunately, even if you know Java, creating games can be a little different than creating an app. You need some help - a professionally-written book to break down and explain each part of the process, then help you bring it together.

05
Dec
2012-12-05_15h19_05

Alright, yes. We've spent over a month getting upset because Christmas starts just way too dang early these days. It's December now, though. Is it finally okay to get in the holiday spirit a bit? Cool. Because these Spheros—robotic balls that can be remotely controlled by Android and carry an array of sensors and lights—are beautiful. The company behind the bots choreographed these 28 units to the tune of Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, as performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

04
Dec
2012-12-04_12h26_38

You remember this little guy? Of course you do. He's freaking cute, how could you not remember? Don't act like you don't want one. Everyone does. However, if you've loved the idea but were holding out for one in white, today's your lucky day. Right now, the useful bugdroid buddy has gone on sale in a new 'Chill' flavor. Perfectly white with a nice silver accent along the neckline. Fantastic.

03
Dec
distro

With the end of another month comes a fresh batch of Android platform distribution numbers. Like clockwork, Google has once again updated their numbers, showing Gingerbread's cold, withered hand still holding almost 51% of the pie (though it's down from 54.2% in October), with Jelly Bean making gains to 6.7%, up 4% from last month.

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Predictably, Ice Cream Sandwich is still making some gains, rising about 2% to 27.5% from October, Honeycomb is holding tight at 1.6% with a mere 0.2% change for API level 13, and pre-2.3 releases are still dropping off (though Cupcake and Donut are still holding on for dear life).

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