Tag Archives: Android

Android Wear Dev preview is HERE!

Google jumped into the smartwatch market Tuesday, revealing a version of its Android operating system to work on wearable devices.

The project dubbed Android Wear — focused first on smartwatches — delivers notifications for information such as sports scores, weather and directions directly to a smartwatch. In a video promoting Wear, users are shown pulling up a QR code to check in for a flight, look up a sports score using their voice, tracking activity and sending text messages through vocal commands.

via Google expands Android to wearable devices.

This is a form factor that I just don’t understand. I have smart phone so I don’t have to carry wear a watch or carry the multitude of devices that it replaces. Having extra devices because you are to lazy to reach in your pocket seems pointless. But what do I know? I thought the iPad was a terrible idea too, less capable enough to replace my laptop and not portable enough to replace my phone, the worst of both worlds. Oh well.

Google, TELL US WHEN !

Waaaay back in December, @googlenexus tweeted that

The Gingerbread OTA for Nexus One will happen in the coming weeks

It’s been about 4 of those weeks and still no update. Google insists that there is no unexpected problems. Though that is curious because there the widely reported random reboot bug, on the Nexus S,  the only phone shipping with Gingerbread.

Please  Google, don’t insult my intelligence. If everything is fine like you say, than give me date.  If not then just say “we’ll be late”. And in the mean time you could offer up a a beta update.zip for those adventurous enough to want what you got anyway. You guys are famous for having beta projects in the wild.

Anyway, I got tired of waiting. Last week I rooted my N1 and installed Cynogen_mod 7. Should have done that AGES ago. Some advice if you are going to go this route use super one click on a windows machine. I tried on a running it on my Ubuntu laptop with Mono and all I got where hours of frustration.

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Rumor has it that Amazon may build it’s own Android App Store

Similar to Verizon’s bold move it looks as it Amazon may be considering to launch it’s on App store on Android devices. To compete with Google’s own, and Verizon’s VCAST app store the Amazon app store will offer some perks to developers as well. The online retailer will allegedly pay a royalty “equal to the greater of 70 percent of the purchase price or 20 percent of the List Price.” This “List Price” is said to help protect Amazon against the developers offering their apps for cheaper on the other markets.

via Amazon also considering it’s own Android App Store | Android Community.

I see this working in concert with Google’s App store. Google would be the place where anyone could get there foot in the door and providing paid or ad supported apps. And Amazon, would be the place where curated apps could be found, being of higher quality because Amazons recommendation engine would engine could weed out the dregs. Not to mention they receive payments in more places than Google checkout.

Using Proguard to obfuscate your Android build

The Securing Android LVL Applications blog post makes it clear that an Android developer should use an obfuscation tool such as Proguard in order to help safeguard their applications when using License Server. Of course, this does present another question. How should one integrate such a tool with the Android build process? We’re specifically going to detail integrating Proguard in this post.

via Android Developers Blog: Proguard, Android, and the Licensing Server.

Suspect Developer Collect data through Wallpaper App

Lookout’s “App Genome Project” is an ongoing study of the millions of mobile applications available, the user data that they collect, and threats they present. During their research for the project, the team found a series of simple Wallpaper apps in the Android Market which were suspiciously collecting more data than they needed to.

via Researchers find 80 different Android wallpaper apps skimming sensitive data | Security News – Betanews.

I saw this story reported somewhere else and it had a link to a list of the suspect apps. As soon as I find it I will add it here.

UPDATE:
The claims by Lookout has been retracted. The developer was not collecting any personally identifiable data from phones, just unique IDs so that settings could be restored from one phone to another. Here is the story from the Android Guys.