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Appcelerator & IDC's Q4 Mobile Developer Report: Android's Hitting Its Stride, Likely To Conquer Electronics Landscape

Appcelerator & IDC's Q4 Mobile Developer Report: Android's Hitting Its Stride, Likely To Conquer Electronics Landscape

In June, Appcelerator surveyed 2,700 mobile developers and published the results in a report that we covered. The June report showed that developers prefer to develop for iOS, but that they had a more positive long-term outlook on Android; fast forward three months, and Android has widened its lead in long-term outlook. Further, developers see Android as being more capable, more open, and offering better support for multiple devices.

After running June's report, Appcelerator wanted to get a better look at the "why" behind the results as well as a more in-depth look at how developers view a wider range of devices.

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T-Mobile G2 Will Not Support Tethering At Launch, But T-Mobile May Add It Later

T-Mobile G2 Will Not Support Tethering At Launch, But T-Mobile May Add It Later

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While T-Mobile's G2 may support calling over WiFi, according to TmoNews, it won't support one of stock FroYo's best features: turning the phone into a portable WiFi hotspot.

T-Mobile's official statement on the matter?

“T-Mobile does not currently support handset tethering or offer a tethering rate plan. Though tethering and Wi-Fi sharing will not be initially supported on the T-Mobile G2, we know that consumers are interested in these features and we are working to develop a solution to support them in the future.”

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Arabic Support Comes To FroYo, Google Looks On In Stunned Silence

Arabic Support Comes To FroYo, Google Looks On In Stunned Silence

Update: As several commenters have pointed out, Android does support some right-to-left languages like Arabic out of the box, it just doesn't do so correctly. The method described below does.

Surprising as it may be that Android, which is now a major player in the mobile operating system game, does not ship with support for any right-to-left languages such as Arabic, Persian, or Urdu, there's no denying it; languages were never one of Android's strengths.

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Stefano Giovannoni's AlessiTab Cooks Up November Release Date (In Italy), €399 Price Tag

Stefano Giovannoni's AlessiTab Cooks Up November Release Date (In Italy), €399 Price Tag

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Well, it looks like Motorola's updates to Android 2.1 Eclair updates aren't the only things leaving users hopelessly disappointed due to delays; Stefano Giovannoni's AlessiTab, which promises to be the ultimate kitchen device, has just  been delayed from its scheduled release date of October to a vague point in November of this year. Worse still (at least for us who live in the United States), the home tablet will initially launch exclusively in Italy, and for the price of €399 (about $535), which is a full €99 more than what it was originally priced at.

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Motorola Flipout Unofficially Official For AT&T, Now Available Exclusively On eBay

Motorola Flipout Unofficially Official For AT&T, Now Available Exclusively On eBay

A version of the Motorola Flipout designed just for AT&T? Not possible, they say.

Ah, but what's this? According to a recent auction on eBay hosted by seller hotjdragon, who, mind you, has a satisfaction rating of 99.9%, this square little device is indeed real and is indeed selling for the off contract price of $388.88. Of course, it's always possible that AT&T will jack up this price in order to lock customers into a two-year service agreement, but, at least for now, here is what $388.88 gets you:

  • a "brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item [Motorola Flipout] in its original packaging" along with a GSM radio designed for AT&T, although, of course, it is sold off contract
  • specs like :
    • a 700MHz OMAP3410 processor
    • a 2.8-inch QVGA (320x240) display, similar to that of the Charm
    • a 3MP camera
    • 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM
    • WiFi 802.11 b/g
    • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
    • a 1170 mAh battery
    • a 2MB MicroSD card out of the box that can be swapped up to any other capacity microSD up to 32GB
    • a swiveling form factor
    • assisted GPS and eCompass for location services
    • a 3.5mm headset jack
  • MotoBlur on top of Android 2.1 Eclair
  • and a device that looks something like this:

 

If you want one, you better hurry, though, as there appears to be only a few left!

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Verizon’s Motorola Droid X Froyo Update Causing Issues?

Verizon’s Motorola Droid X Froyo Update Causing Issues?

After we posted that Verizon had begun their rollout of the Froyo update for the Droid X yesterday, a number of people told us they were having issues with music and ringtones on their devices. As this seems to be more than an isolated incident, we pinged Verizon to check if they were aware of the issue or had anything in the works. Unfortunately, all we received back was a curt "We're looking into it."

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[How-To] Root Your Motorola Droid X Running Android 2.2 Froyo

[How-To] Root Your Motorola Droid X Running Android 2.2 Froyo

This article deals with rooting your Android phone. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, hit up our primer here: Rooting Explained + Top 5 Benefits Of Rooting

If you installed the Froyo OTA update this morning on your Droid X and lost root, fear not! The Droid 2 root method works swimmingly with the Droid X update and is a painless as painless can be.

Stephen Bird (AKA birdman), of Droid X custom ROM fame, posted this tweet not 12 hours ago:

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The link in the tweet points to this page at XDA Developers which provides a one-click root for the Droid 2.

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T-Mobile UK Confirms Samsung Galaxy S Froyo Update Will Roll Out Before The End Of September, Will Be Windows Only

T-Mobile UK Confirms Samsung Galaxy S Froyo Update Will Roll Out Before The End Of September, Will Be Windows Only

T-Mobile UK is on a roll - HTC Desire Froyo update has been rolling out for a few days now, and today a mod at the same official T-Mo forum confirmed that a whole truckload of frozen goodness is coming to the Galaxy S owners as well:

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We are pleased to announce that there will be a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S at the end of the month.

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Froyo Update Officially Rolling Out For Motorola Droid X

Froyo Update Officially Rolling Out For Motorola Droid X

We had a pretty good idea it was coming, and now it's here: Verizon has started rollout of the Android 2.2 update for the Droid X. As usual, some users are already receiving notification that an update is available, but if you don't want to wait, you can always check for the update manually.

Obviously, the most major change comes from updating Android itself. However, it looks like Verizon has also made a few other tweaks while it was at it.

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Nexus One Has Better HTML5 Performance Than iPhone 4, But Flash Is Still King

Nexus One Has Better HTML5 Performance Than iPhone 4, But Flash Is Still King

While trying to figure out the best way to develop a cross-platform game, developer Christopher Black created a simple HTML5 benchmark, which he then ran on a Nexus One (N1), iPod Touch 4G, and iPhone 4. For some further variety, he also tested Flash 10.1 on the N1. The test itself was simply a black ball bouncing, and the results were incredibly surprising: the Nexus One ran the animation 67% faster than the iPod Touch, and 81% faster than the iPhone 4.

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