Google has released the Donut code to developers. The upgraded OS is designed to work on all existing Android phones and has some new features like multi-touch support, universal search, text-to-speech, automated backups and an upgraded camera application. New widgets for the homescreen include a toggle for Wi-Fi, screen brightness and more. And since we did report that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said to expect an Android device under his firm's banner by year end, there is support for CDMA built into the doughy goodness. source: BGR*UPDATE*Romain Guy, an Android team member, has cleared up some of the earlier information regarding Google's distribution of Donut to developers. Mr. Guy says that Donut is not Android OS 2.0. This is basically the same thing that happened with Cupcake which is not officially OS build 1.5 even though most of the improvements in 1.5 were from the Cupcake code branch. Guy also wanted to point out that despite earlier hints and reports, multi-touch support is not … [Read more...] about UPDATED:Google serves Donuts to Android developers
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posted on 24 Feb 2013, 17:41 17 1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011) PhoneArena.com may hide author's name but I would know anyway who is the author of article. Thanks, Michael H. for nice article. :) posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:03 20 2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 410; Member since: 30 Jun 2012) Should Michael H stop posting questions for titles of articles? posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:13 18 7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2721; Member since: 26 May 2011) Ha! You made me check through, and I definitely have been doing that too much recently. I'll try to be better! posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:04 2 4. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012) eh no. majority of android phones are low ends and also on gingerbread. that is a terrible idea. posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:09 16 5. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011) Did you not read the article? posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:27 5 9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun … [Read more...] about Comments for : Should Android developers abandon Gingerbread and only support Android 4.0+?
Before today, it was extremely difficult to know what to expect from Google's official wearable solution for Android. There were a couple reasonable assumptions that could be made, like the fact that an Android-based wearable would likely rely heavily on Google Now, both with its card interface and its voice command system. But, it was hard to know what to expect from the hardware or the overall software experience. Now that Android Wear has been unveiled, the assessments can begin.I have to start out by saying that like many of you, I was very excited when I saw the initial videos for Android Wear, and even more excited when I saw the teaser for the Motorola Moto 360. I have never worn a watch with any regularity; and, since high school (read: since beginning to carry a cell phone), I have never worn a watch as anything more than a fashion accessory for a night. But, I can easily see that habit changing soon. However, unlike most of you, my job relies on my ability to set aside that … [Read more...] about What to expect from Android Wear (and if Apple should be scared or not)
For about the last year, Google has been copying Oprah Winfrey by handing out free phones to attendees at certain events. At last year's Google I/O, the company handed out a few thousand HTC Hero handsets re-branded as the Google Ion. At the Sprint Developers Conference, Sprint and Google handed out 500 free units of the HTC Hero, And when the Mountain View firm introduced the Nexus One earlier this year, members of the press were given a free N-One to take home. On Tuesday, a tweet revealed that Google was at it again, giving away 70 free Nexus One handsets to those who came to the London Android Developers Lab. When you consider that each N-One costs hundreds of dollars, this is real money that is flowing out of Google's pockets. On the other hand, giving freebies to developers might help increase the number of apps in the Android Market and giving freebies to the press helps get coverage for Google. So while it might seem like a waste of money for Google, giving away phones most … [Read more...] about Google hands out 70 more free Nexus One models at the London Android Developers Lab
Like fashion, the devices in our pockets have — kind of inexplicably — grown into a sort of public statement. You buy iPhone, I buy Android, therefore you and I have fundamentally different views of the world. Reconciliation of those two... belief systems, if you will, is improbable at best. But for the most part, it just doesn't seem to occur naturally very often. Even among non-techies, preferences are so firmly lodged that people tend to identify themselves with brands instead of the more sensible, reversed scenario. And that's all kinds of problematic.Problematic because it often means that objective feedback is swept under the carpet in what is increasingly looking like a game of only winners and losers and no middle ground. Frank discussion is, therefore, a pipe dream, as the opposing camps are in on a too personal a level to allow for it. This benefits phone makers, not consumers, as the former are allowed a bit too much slack when it comes to solving the big … [Read more...] about Fragmentation is alive and well: Apple’s iPhones blaze competing Androids in comprehensive performance tests