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More Developers Have Experience Developing For Android Than Any Other Mobile Platform

More Developers Have Experience Developing For Android Than Any Other Mobile Platform

An interesting chart published today by BusinessInsider reveals that mobile developers, or at least the 401 surveyed, more often have experience developing for Android than any other mobile operating system, including iOS. Given Android’s growing market share, it seems only natural that developers are flocking to the increasingly attractive (and large) customer base Android devices provide.

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While Android’s lead over iOS in this regard isn’t massive, it certainly isn’t insignificant either.

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Droid X HDMI-Out Is Crippled To Play Only Videos Or Display Photos Taken On The Device

Droid X HDMI-Out Is Crippled To Play Only Videos Or Display Photos Taken On The Device

In a blog radio interview with a Motorola developer, when asked about how the Droid X’s HDMI-out could be used, the following answer was given by the Moto dev:

"The only time that we are enabling the HDMI driver on the device is when you are in the gallery mode. [...] The HDMI driver is not active any time outside the gallery"

As Android users are aware, gallery is the native photo and recorded video viewing application on Android devices.

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HTC Phones To Receive Froyo Before Christmas

HTC Phones To Receive Froyo Before Christmas

Update schedules are rarely a final thing, and users can get quite angry when they don’t receive updates according to schedule. However, HTC may have finally given themselves a schedule that they can adhere to: all of their recently released phones will be updated to Android 2.2 “before Christmas.” They had previously announced that ‘several’ models would receive the update in Q3 2010, so it’s unclear if this announcement means that timetable has shifted.

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Verizon’s HTC Incredible Feeling Less Incredible Every Day: Ship Dates Pushed Back To August 3rd

Verizon’s HTC Incredible Feeling Less Incredible Every Day: Ship Dates Pushed Back To August 3rd

The love-child of HTC’s Passion and Verizon’s Droid moniker (please don’t sue us LucasFilms) is  beginning to feel more like a red-headed stepchild than a flagship device. Per Verizon’s website, new orders placed for the Droid Incredible won’t ship until August 3rd. While this is most likely for the same reason as previous delays (Shortage of Samsung AMOLED displays), Verizon previously claimed that demand would be “satisfied” some time in July.

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HTC Profits Exceed Expectations; Over 20 Million HTC Phones Expected To Ship Worldwide This Year

HTC Profits Exceed Expectations; Over 20 Million HTC Phones Expected To Ship Worldwide This Year

According to the Wall Street Journal, HTC beat estimates in its Q2 2010 earnings report; with net profits coming in at $268 million for the first half of the year, a 33% increase over 2009. The reason? Probably the fact that HTC is on track to ship over 20 million phones in 2010, a 66% increase over the 12 million they sold last year.

While at first glance these numbers hold little meaning, their implications could be significant.

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Updated EVO Root Released

Updated EVO Root Released

Well, isn’t this interesting – the latest OTA update for the EVO (which patched the vulnerability that previously enabled root) has been cracked. The interesting part? It uses Adobe’s Flash Config page to gain entry to the system config.

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The full instructions aren’t all that tricky, and as we’ve said before, as long as you read the instructions first, you shouldn’t have an issue. If you haven’t rooted before, it’s certainly worth considering.

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CyanogenMod 6 Alpha For HTC Hero Now Supports CDMA (Sprint) Devices

CyanogenMod 6 Alpha For HTC Hero Now Supports CDMA (Sprint) Devices

Lox of the CyanogenMod developer team that unveiled an alpha release of CyanogenMod 6 for the HTC Hero GSM has now added support for CDMA (Sprint) HTC Hero devices.

Instructions and download links below, courtesy of Lox on the CyanogenMod forums:

INSTRUCTIONS:
- First time flashing CM to your Hero (or coming from another ROM)?
1. Unlock your device and install Amon_RA's recovery image
2. Do a Nandroid backup!
3. Update your radio if necessary
4.

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Google & Logitech Bringing Android To The Livingroom

Google & Logitech Bringing Android To The Livingroom

During Google I/O, Google announced Google TV. Yesterday, the Logitech Revue – the first Google TV box – passed FCC approval, and as usual, the FCC was kind enough to provide some pictures of the unit.

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The unit sports some pretty decent specs:

  • Android 2.1
  • 1.2 Ghz Atom CPU
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 2x HDMI 1.3
  • 2x USB
  • S/PDIF out
  • Ethernet (presumably 10/100/1000)
  • IR headers
  • 802.11n

The Revue plays nice with Logitech Harmony remotes and acts as a WiFi access point for your entertainment devices.

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Developers: Android Market Needs Some Work

Developers: Android Market Needs Some Work

The H Open wrote an interesting article on a post from developer Jon Lech Johansen’s blog. Johansen, co-founder and CTO of doubleTwist, had some pretty legitimate complaints about and suggestions for the Android Market. For example:

  • The Android Market is available in 46 countries; developers can only offer paid apps in 13 of those
  • Prices for foreign apps are not displayed in a users local currency – they are displayed in the dev’s currency
  • Developers can’t customize their price by country – they set it in one currency, and it is automatically converted into others at the current exchange rate
  • Foreign apps can’t be paid for with American Express or billed to your phone plan
  • No support for in-app changelogs or payments
  • Google is too hands-off about the market - there are more than a few apps that are blatantly illegal

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All in all, they seem like very reasonable complaints to me, and most seem like they would be (comparatively) easy enough to fix.

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ROM Devs Bringing FroYo, 720p Video Recording to HTC Desire

ROM Devs Bringing FroYo, 720p Video Recording to HTC Desire

Well, this is pretty exciting. Two ROM developers by the names of Maja and udK over at (where else?) XDA-Devs have ported FroYo to the Desire, and enabled 720p video recording – pretty neat stuff. The ROM (v1.0) isn’t quite ready for mass consumption yet – it’s still in testing (v0.3 is available for now, though). Still, it’s definitely something to look forward to, and we’ll be sure to update everyone once the FroYo/720p ROM is released.

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