28
Nov
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Samsung's Galaxy Note is an oddity. At 5.3-inches it is clearly too large to be a conventional smartphone, but it is also too small to be a tablet. Adding further to its mysticism, it comes with a stylus, something rarely seen in contemporary touch screen devices. Nevertheless, Samsung has big plans for this device evidenced by their enthusiastic release of the SDK for the S Pen.

The first version of the SDK provides developers with the tools needed to create rich apps that can fully utilise all the functions of the S Pen.

18
Oct

Developers, start your engines. Fresh Ice Cream Sandwich versions of the SDK and ADT have been released. There is a ton of new stuff to learn and play with. For starters, take a look at the 4.0 platform page here, download the 4.0 SDK here, and instructions for ADT 14 are over here.

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I think I could write a book on all the new things in ICS, but here are the highlights for developers:

    • Unified UI framework for phones, tablets, and more - All the UI elements from Honeycomb, like the action bar and fragments.

    • 11
      Oct
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      Hey GTV fans: Fantastic news! The final version of the Google TV SDK went live today - Google TV is still alive! This is a follow up to the preview build released in August.

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      Apparently, the differences between this and the preview version are pretty minor: by popular demand, the Action Bar now renders horizontally (like tablets), and there are additional on-screen quick access keys, like picture-in-picture, fast forward, and channel buttons.

      14
      Sep
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      Aviary, developer of a bounty of online creative tools, has just announced its latest venture into the iOS and Android mobile platforms: a new SDK that allows developers to embed Aviary's advanced photo editing tools into their apps. The SDK allows the developer to choose which editing features to include, and takes "just minutes to implement."

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      Some of the editing features the SDK offers include:

      • Auto-Enhance
      • Crop, Flip, Rotate
      • Sharpen and Blur
      • Redeye Removal
      • Teeth Whitening and Blemish Removal
      • Adjust Colors and Saturation
      • Adjust Brightness and Contrast

      Other options such as text, stickers, drawing, and a meme generator are also present.

      14
      Sep
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      Once again, we're teaming up with informIT to give away yet another book. This time around, it's perhaps what you'd call a higher-level book that might be especially useful to those familiar with developing, though it's still accessible to those just starting out. The book: Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK.

      The Book

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      Written by James Steele and Nelson To and published in October, 2010, the book spans a whopping 400 pages.

      03
      Sep
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      Remember back in May of last year when we reported on the AR.Drone at Google I/O? The Drone is no doubt an impressive gadget, and even more impressive is the fact that it can be controlled via an app for your Android handset.

      The makers of the AR.Drone have finally released the Drone's controller app to the market (for free), simultaneously with a special SDK allowing users to "create new applications dedicated to the AR.Drone on the Android platform."

      The app connects to the quadricopter via Wi-Fi and allows complete control of the peripheral right from the screen of your device.

      08
      Aug
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      The HTC dev site, HTCDev.com, announced in early June, opened its doors a few minutes ago to welcome developers from all over the globe into the wonderful world of what HTC is calling OpenSense. OpenSense is a collection of APIs, which currently includes Stereoscopic 3D, Pen, and Common Controls. Developers can download the OpenSense SDK, and view sample code together with handy API docs.

      In addition to the OpenSense framework, HTCDev.com is also a new home for all HTC kernel source and ROM update downloads, various FAQs, and, probably the most interesting bit - the Bootloader Unlock tool (coming soon).

      16
      Jul
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      Following the Android 3.2 update that began rolling out to Wi-Fi Xoom models a few days ago, Google has now released the Android 3.2 SDK into the wild, adding a number of new features whilst bumping the API level from 12 to 13 following the introduction of some API changes.

      The most noticeable changes to Honeycomb in this update include:

      • Optimizations for a wider range of tablets
      • Compatibility zoom for fixed size apps, which provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes
      • Media sync from SD cards, allowing users to load media directly from an SD card to applications which use them

      The new platform can be downloading using the Android SDK Manager, so if you're a developer then get going!

      02
      Jun
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      In another step toward becoming one of the most dev-friendly Android manufacturers, HTC today launched HTCdev.com, a website "dedicated to providing you with the tools, advice, and community you need to pursue the possibilities."

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      The vast majority of the site's content has to do with the OpenSense SDK, which should be launching... sometime in the future (though you can sign up for emails about it now). HTC doesn't go into details about what it does, stating only that it will allow developers to write applications better integrated into Sense UI.

      10
      May
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      Google didn't leave us waiting long for the Android 3.1 SDK; hot on the heels of this morning's unveiling, the software development kit for the latest version of Honeycomb has landed. With it comes a boatload of new APIs (no wonder the API level is now 12) - most notably resizable widgets, improved animation frameworks, and, last but certainly not least, a host of options for interacting with USB devices.

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