What happens when Google's open-source program manager Chris DiBona reads one too many false claims about the nature of open source software? He takes to his soapbox on Google+ to put everyone in check.
That's exactly what happened a couple of days ago after DiBona read yet another article pounding the nature of open source, citing that it's "inherently insecure." Like any advocate for a cause would do, DiBona immediately set out to uncover the truth about security in an open source environment, paying particular attention to mobile operating systems, including Android and iOS. Read More
Who's ready for some Friday morning hotness? Alright, it may not be that hot, but probable new features are always welcome in my book. Looks like the Big Goog has been awarded a new lockscreen patent, which could bring some new features to our good buddy pattern lock.
Pattern lock is no stranger to Android; in fact, it has been part of the mix since the beginning. With this new patent, though, the old dog may be learning a couple of new tricks, like custom gestures to launch specific apps. Read More
Tonight, TouchType Ltd. released a much-anticipated update to SwiftKey X, the text prediction authority among replacement keyboards. The update brings a ton of improvements, from UI tweaks to performance and language changes, and even prediction enhancements. Perhaps more important than all of that, however, is the fact that SwiftKey X 2.2 has full Ice Cream Sandwich support, and an enhanced multi-touch framework, keeping the keyboard replacement ahead of the curve.
Specifically, the update brings the following changes:
- Full language localization for major European languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portugese)
- Intelligent typing support extended to 35 languages, including Arabic and Hebrew
- Enhanced multi-touch framework for faster typing
- Prediction and correction enhancements thanks to a more efficient Fluency engine
- Graphic enhancements, including a better settings menu, alternative character selection and sharing features
- Enhancements to the keyboard to change the height in both portrait and landscape modes
- New Dvorak and Colemak layouts for those who wish to depart from QWERTY
- Reduced memory use
- Full Support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
If you aren't already a fan of SwiftKey X, these enhancement should go a long way in convincing you. Read More
Today brings more good news for Google TV owners with the release of the cloud-powered Google Music app. As Jurek Foryciarz, Product Manager of Google TV puts it:
The app syncs with your Google Music account in the cloud, so there is no need to stream from a computer or download songs to the TV. Simply download the Google Music app for Google TV from Android Market, login with your account, and enjoy your entire music library through your HDTV and home theater system.
How's this for a stupid question? AT&T wants to know if they should carry the Galaxy Nexus.
No really, they aren't sure. They straight-up asked on Google+:
Here's how you can help. You'll need a Google+ account (resistance is futile). Go here, and +1 the 4th comment.
You have now helped. Good job.
Another important thing to know, the GSM build of the Galaxy Nexus uses a penta-band modem, so, if you can unlock it, it will actually work with AT&T and T-Mobile. Read More
I don't know what is up with Google and web design today, but hot on the heels of the Android.com revamp comes... this.
The Google Music Tour.
I spent the first 5 minutes just hovering over the little colored lines, because the sound is just so cool. Each line plays a musical note; it feels like you're trying to call down the spaceship from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
If you can ever pry yourself away from the cool little mouse over noises, you can actually start using the website. Read More
Over on the AndroidDevelopers YouTube account, Google has produced a little video about the development of Wind-Up Knight.
It's a short interview with the founders of Robot Invader, the developer behind the game. They talk about what a good idea it was to develop for Android, and go over some of Android's advantages for developers. They reach 100 devices with a single binary, they can update builds in 24 hours, (*ahem* ..Apple) and they're approaching a million users in only 2 weeks. Read More
Android.com is totally new. And awesome. And you should go look at it.
You'll be introduced to Android 4.0 and its new features (like you don't already know). You'll get some app recommendations, and be blow away by the web design. There's even a section extolling the virtues of Android development.
The homepage is especially awesome, the live wallpaper on the phone and tablet is interactive. Everything on the site has nice little swoopy animations and beautiful design. Read More
We all have apps that we would prefer to keep prying eyes away from - SMS, Email, Facebook, banking applications... the list goes on and on. You can always lock your entire phone down with a pin, password, or pattern lockscreen, but it gets tedious and annoying to have to unlock each time you want to quickly check something.
Enter Ultimate App Guard, a new app that lets you lock down specific applications. Read More
Preparing to travel out of the country can be a daunting task. What if you forget something? Do you have all of the appropriate vaccines required to make the trip? What about all of the official documentation, passport, and insurance information? There's a lot to remember with a trip that massive.
Fortunately, you have your super-awesome Android phone by your side; install Trip Organizer, and it instantly becomes your travel assistant, ensuring you have everything needed for a smooth trip. Read More