Have you ever had a great idea for an app, but are too lazy/artistic/coding-gives-me-the-hiccups to learn any developer programming language? Fret not, Google has you covered. In the spirit of its “Do no evil” motto, the search giant has taken on sabbatical an MIT computer scientist to lead the Google App Inventor project. Harold Abelson has been a leading proponent of making science research and knowledge in general free and open to the public, which makes him perfectly suited for expanding the openness of the Android platform.The goal from the onset has been to engage smartphone users, and turn them from observers of the hectic pace with which the industry is developing, to engaged creators of content for their Android handsets. Google App Inventor is aiming to let folks who don't want to spend months or years studying programming languages, make their own Android apps that no one else might use, but would make life easier for this particular individual. The web-based … [Read more...] about If you can play LEGO, you can create Android apps with a new software from Google
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The DIY Android application software Google App Inventor is out of beta now, and available to everyone who wants to make their Android gear do simple tasks, without a single line of code. The goal from the onset has been to engage smartphone users, and turn them from observers of the hectic pace with which the industry is developing, to engaged creators of content for their Android handsets. Google App Inventor is aiming to let folks who don't want to spend months or years studying programming languages, make their own Android apps that no one else might use, but would make life easier for this particular individual.The web-based software has been tested on different target groups, including high school girls - the least geeky people on the planet – and the ease of use appeared promising. App creation is as simple as dragging together code wrapped as images to make a newly minted app do basic tasks like send a text message to someone under certain circumstances. The pieces of … [Read more...] about Google App Inventor DIY Android app tool now out of the closed beta
posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:03 10 1. XDAdam (Posts: 225; Member since: 03 Feb 2016) You do not have to manually flash the preview... thats the whole point of signing up for the Beta program... it comes as an OTA. posted on 10 Mar 2016, 12:46 0 18. Hatshipuh (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012) Manually flashing the preview even breaks OTA. posted on 10 Mar 2016, 13:17 0 19. sgodsell (Posts: 5812; Member since: 16 Mar 2013) The Android N Easter egg is still the flappy bird (Android) game only at night. posted on 10 Mar 2016, 13:41 1 23. j2001m (Posts: 3013; Member since: 28 Apr 2014) I big thing you did not say about that unlike Samsung and Apple, most apps can be used in multitask mode posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:11 8 2. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011) YouTube pausing in split-screen is unfortunate, I hope they get that sorted out. Samsung's had that working for what, 4 years now? posted on 10 Mar 2016, 12:19 1 13. … [Read more...] about Comments for : Android N Developer Preview… Overview
As we reported, Sprint is expected to launch the Kyocera Echo on April 17th. With a dual-screen design, developers have a chance to build some unique apps to take advantage of both screens. To that end, Kyocera has started an Android developer program, according to Business Wire. The program includes a full SDK and special tools to allow developers to use the Echo's dual-screen to enhance the features of some apps. The program just got off the blocks at CTIA.If you are interested in writing an app for the Echo, simply head over to the Kyocera Android Development page. According to the site, certain developers will be able to receive a loaner unit of the Echo to help develop applications for the handset. The manufacturer says it has already signed up some big names for its Android developer program.The web site also shows 4 different modes for the Kyocera Echo. There is the Single-Screen Mode which functions like a single-display smartphone. The Simul-Task Mode allows 2 of the phone's 7 … [Read more...] about Android developer program launched by Kyocera for the dual-screen Echo
posted on 22 Mar 2011, 22:46 1 1. snowgator (Posts: 3609; Member since: 19 Jan 2011) Kyocera better go all in on this device. Tough to be taken as a player in this field unless you do. I wasn't impressed with the roll out for the Echo, but I thought it had promise, and will give originality points to it. Still can't figure out why you wouldn't make it a 4G device on Sprint, though. Already makes it a mid-range offering to consumers without even touching the thing. posted on 23 Mar 2011, 01:52 1 2. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011) I'm hoping that there are some existing apps or some in development that will be awesome with the two screens. I'm not saying thousands or anything, but a solid core of a variety of dual screen dependent apps would really make this phone a success. i don't think it would take much at all to tweak most of the apps out there, like the youtube app -- all it needed was showing an existing screen in addition to the one playing but … [Read more...] about Comments for : Android developer program launched by Kyocera for the dual-screen Echo
After delivering the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Mi A1, Xiaomi now plans to release a similar update for the Mi Mix 2, the sequel to the phablet that changed the way smartphone makers design their products.Xiaomi has just announced that it is now recruiting testers for its Android Oreo beta program for the Mi Mix 2. More importantly, the recruitment is made for the global version of the highly-anticipated update.According to Xiaomi, Mi Mix 2 owners interested to participate in the beta program will be able to apply until the end of January 8. Applications are accepted from all regions, but all communication will be made in English.One last requirement that you should meet is that you must be using the latest MIUI Global Developer ROM, meaning your Mi Mix 2 should run the latest stable version of Android. … [Read more...] about Xiaomi kicks off Android Oreo beta program for the Mi Mix 2
Microsoft and Nokia will each invest nearly $12 million (9 million euro) in a mobile application development program AppCampus that will focus on innovative apps for Windows Phone and Series 40 handsets.The AppCampus program will be managed by Finland’s Aalto University in the hope to attract students and other creative developers across the globe. Even though it’s global, the university students seem to be the ones that will benefit first and foremost. This joint Microsoft-Nokia investment also officially aims to "strengthen Finland’s competitiveness" and unofficially it seems like it wants to heal some of the bruises after the huge job cuts in Nokia Finland recently.When it comes to applications, Windows Phone has managed to grow at a steady pace and now has over 70,000 applications. Despite coming off short when compared to the hundreds of thousands of apps on iOS and Android, Microsoft’s platform has got most popular apps covered. Still, when it comes … [Read more...] about Microsoft and Nokia set up AppCampus development program, pour in millions
Is the Android OS morphing into a new form of embedded Linux?Android is a Linux OS derivative perched to make inroads beyond its growing user base in smartphones and tablets. Some auto makers are considering the potential for Android-connected communications systems in their vehicles. The Android OS is already available as an all-in-one desktop computer powered by System on a Chip circuitry.So how much potential is there for Android-powered gadgets to sprout in devices as the Internet of Things gathers steam? Some Android product developers have thrown down the gauntlet, at least philosophically, in a discussion of whether the Android OS can become the new embedded Linux.A panel of developers at last year's Android Builders Summit rejected that notion. Their reasoning: The litmus test is that Android must be used in classic embedded projects. Based on that qualification, Android fails, they concluded.That logic seems to agree with the premise that Google custom-built Android as a … [Read more...] about Can Android Challenge Embedded Linux?
Has Google been spreading FUD to discourage computer makers from using an Android OS retooled to run on legacy computers?The maintainer of the Android-x86 Project has suggested that the Justice Department should investigate whether Google has been interfering with adoption of the open source code his community is developing.The behind-the-scenes open source software development world is hardly free of rivalry and power plays. The release of the latest version of an open source Android OS to run as an alternative Linux distro may stall without the support of Android creator, Google.There is a waiting market for the KitKat version of Android-X86 for desktops and laptops. That market is ripe, especially for its use as a thin client or in a dual OS setup, according to Chih-Wei Huang, project maintainer for the Android-x86 Project. Yet expected product releases have not appeared."For example, Asus announced the dual OS laptop TD300LA in the CES and got very positive feedback. However, … [Read more...] about Is Google Thwarting Android-x86 Development?
More than 1 million Google accounts have been breached by Android malware dubbed "Gooligan," Check Point reported Wednesday.The malware roots infected devices and steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from various Google apps including Gmail, Google Docs, G Suite and Google Drive.It potentially affects devices running Android 4 and 5.Devices are infected when their users download legitimate-looking apps from third-party Android app stores, or click on poisoned links in SMS or other messages that lead to infected apps, Check Point said."Android application development and installation is similar to the Wild West," said Thomas Pore, director of IT and services at Plixer."While there are rules and security vetting, it's still very easy to get yourself in trouble," he told TechNewsWorld. Gooligan is a new variant of the Android malware campaign found in the SnapPea app, according to Check Point.However, it could be a variant of Ghost Push, as Adrian Ludwig, Google's … [Read more...] about Gooligan Ransacks More Than 1M Android Accounts