Open Garden is hands down one of the most impressive apps I've seen this year. The app, first introduced at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2012 as the startup that would go on to win the conference title of Most Innovative Startup, allows users to create an "open garden" of internet connectivity for multiple devices to share. The startup's official website explains it this way:
There are many cheap Android phones on the market today. Most of these devices will have a single core processor clocked at around 1GHz, and there won't be an awful lot of RAM to speak of either. This remains true of the HTC One V, but the latest budget phone to come out of the Taiwanese company has one key difference: it's running the latest version of Android.
That's right, you can finally own a budget device that doesn't ship with a version of Android that was released 2 years ago!
It's been a long time coming, particularly for the pioneer Android tablet, but the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Verizon's 4G Xoom is rolling out today as expected. The update brings the Xoom to the very latest version of Android available - 4.0.4.
An over-the-air rollout has started today, but if you are too impatient to wait for that, you have the option of installing the update manually (this method requires the use of a USB host cable):
- Download the update here.
The Google Play Store's "Bouncer," which Google launched back in February to protect Android users from malicious apps, is a service that scans potential Play Store apps by running them in a virtual phone environment, where the app's activities are monitored for any signs of mal-intent.
Taking advantage of that test period, security researchers Charlie Miller and Jon Oberheide have evidently found ways past Bouncer (which they will be presenting at the Summercon conference in New York this week).
Instapaper, "a simple tool to save web pages for reading later," is wildly popular among iOS users, but has – until now – eluded Android users. Looking to quench users' thirst for the highly desired app, Mobelux has just made Instapaper live in Google's Play Store.
For those who aren't familiar, Instapaper allows users to quickly, easily save reading material they discover online but don't have time to read right away.
It is once again time to gather round and take a look at the Android platform distribution chart, Google's periodic pie chart which records the distribution of our friend Andy's various versions.
This time around, there isn't a whole lot to be surprised about – Gingerbread (2.3-2.3.7) handily outweighs all other Android versions, snatching up 65% of the overall pie. Froyo (2.2), which deftly dominated the chart just under a year ago, has shrunk to a comparatively teeny 19.1%.
Meanwhile, Android's latest (and greatest) iteration – Ice Cream Sandwich – is slowly making progress, having clawed its way up to 7.1% of the chart.
T-Mobile just announced via Twitter that its iteration of the Galaxy S II will be getting the Android 4.0 bump come June 11th.
Samsung Galaxy S II owners: @Android Ice Cream Sandwich is coming via Samsung Kies starting 6/11! More details soon!
— T-Mobile USA (@TMobile) June 1, 2012
No update doc is yet available on T-Mobile's website illustrating the changes, but one should be coming sooner rather than later.
We're hearing via The Verge that Judge William Alsup has just handed down his decision on the copyrightability of Oracle's 37 Java API's, asserted by Oracle as having been infringed by Google in the Android operating system. This is probably the most important issue of the entire case. While a jury decided that Google did infringe Oracle's APIs as asserted by Oracle, that decision hinged on the assumption that the APIs were in fact copyrightable in the way Oracle had insisted they were.
Mere days after its (official) launch in 28 countries worldwide, Samsung's Galaxy SIII – perhaps the most hotly anticipated Android phone to date – can be tweaked and modded by eager developers the world over. That's right, Samsung officially dropped the I9300's source code today at the manufacturer's Open Source Release Center.
While those of us in North America wait (im)patiently for the SIII's release, those looking to get their hands on the device's source need only stop by its listing at the OSRC here, or head over to github (here), where user chirayudesai has already uploaded the (unzipped) source into three branches: master, stock, and stock_update1.
According to Rightware's Power Board benchmark result site (see #11; the benchmark in question is Basemark ES2.0 Taiji), a long-rumored device has popped up in a result database: the much-awaited Nexus tablet. Here's the additional raw info you don't see in the benchmark that we were able to acquire from Rightware:
"model": "Nexus 7",
"display": "XXXXXX-userdebug 4.1 JRN51B 3XXXXX dev-keys",
Note: strings replaced with XXXXX were redacted by Android Police for privacy.