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  • Oracle may be righteous vs. SAP, but open sourcers call it the oppressor

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Since buying Sun in 2009, Oracle has made huge changes to Sun properties, among them changing open-source projects in ways that have the best developers bailing.
  • Google's open or Apple's integrated: Whose side are you on?

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 3:47 pm

    Google's open or Apple's integrated: Whose side are you on? It's war! Again. Or still. Whatever. Apple CEO Steve Jobs launched an "epic rant" during an earnings call this week blasting Google's "fragmented," er, "open" approach to apps and extolling the virtues of Apple's "closed," I mean "integrated" iOS platform.
  • Analyst says Android tablets will beat iPad. Is he right?

    Posted October 12, 2010 - 7:59 pm

    Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicted this week that the tablet market will play out much like the cell phone market has: Apple will lose its early lead to Google.
  • 55% of Google Android smartphones use version 2.1

    Posted July 22, 2010 - 11:31 am

    More than half (55 percent) of all Google Android smartphones use 'Éclair' or version 2.1 of the mobile phone OS.
  • PHP development comes to Google Android

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 2:13 pm

    Spanish open source venture provides tools and documentation for PHP developers who want to create Android apps
  • Use Your Android Phone as a Wireless Modem

    Posted June 14, 2010 - 9:56 am

    Have a laptop but no Wi-Fi? Turn your Android phone into a modem and get your computer connected to the Net in seconds.
  • Ti-i-i-ime, is not on Vic's side

    Posted May 28, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Because this bothers me more than a little, I'm going to join in the multiple sites around the web pointing out Vic Gundotra (VP of Engineering, Google)'s little "date issue", (most notably, Matt Drance.) During his I/O Keynote, Gundotra said: If we did not act, we faced a draconian future. Where one man, one company, one carrier was the future. Wow, that's pretty heavy. Very emotional too, I mean there's Vic and Google standing alone against the evil Apple iPhone Empire. Also, pretty prescient.
  • Will Amazon's Kindle Android App Hurt Kindle Sales?

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 8:57 pm

    Friends, readers, Kindlemen: Allow me to pose a question. If you could get digital books on the smartphone you already carry, would you still buy a dedicated e-reader?
  • T-Mobile Garminfone Has Maps, GPS, Voice Navigation, Android

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 9:19 pm

    T-Mobile and GPS navigation device maker Garmin this week announced the Garminfone, an Android-powered smartphone with built-in Garmin GPS navigation software. The Garminfone will be available in June for $200 with a two-year contract.
  • Adobe Flash Shows Up on Mysterious Android Tablet

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 11:43 am

    Forget about Flash on the iPhone and iPad: Adobe, it seems, has turned its attention elsewhere. The company used the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco to show off a mysterious Google Android tablet that was running Flash flawlessly.
  • Google TV: The Android 'Dragonpoint'?

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:07 pm

    Google's Android operating system already comes in plenty of flavors. Now, a brand new kind of Android may be on the way -- and this one could end up changing the way we think about television.
  • Google Nexus One: A Successful Flop

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 9:18 pm

    Has any smartphone had a more unusual marketing campaign than the Nexus One? Google's touchscreen Android handset debuted in January to mostly favorable reviews--PC World gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars--but sales since then have been less than stellar. In March, mobile research firm Flurry reported that Google had sold only 135,000 Nexus Ones in the first 74 days after the phone's launch. By comparison, about a million Motorola Droids and Apple iPhones were sold in the same period following their respective rollouts.
  • Firefox for Google Android: A Hands-On Tour

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 8:43 pm

    Android users, listen up: Firefox has finally arrived for your phone. Well, almost.
  • Motorola Droid Still Leading the Android Pack

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 4:27 pm

    It may no longer be the hot phone du jour, but Motorola's Droid appears to still be leading the way when it comes to Android devices.
  • Google: Adobe Flash Support Coming to Android 2.2

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 3:31 pm

    Adobe's Flash platform will get official support on Android phones later this year, when Google releases version 2.2 of its mobile operating system, according to the company's VP of engineering quoted in a New York Times interview.
  • Dell's Impressive Android, Windows Phone 7 Handsets Leaked

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 1:16 pm

    It looks like Apple isn't the only one losing control of its smartphones--Engadget reports that a slew of Dell handsets were leaked on Wednesday, including a high-end Windows Phone 7 handset (the "Lightning"), and three Android phones.
  • MeeGo, Android phone platforms take stage at Linux conference

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 11:23 am

    Nokia, Google officials offer progress reports on their open source device OSes
  • Verizon to Finally Update Droid to Latest Android 2.1 OS

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    Verizon says on Thursday it will update its Motorola Droid phone to the latest Android 2.1 software juicing the handset with multitouch pinch-to-zoom capabilities and adding live wallpaper. Verizon customers have been eagerly awaiting the update ever since Motorola said the upgrade would occur in early February in "one week" - but it never happened.
  • Android Dominates, Windows Mobile Plummets, iPhone Stagnant

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    The results are in from comScore for the most recent quarter for smartphone usage in the United States. With smartphone use up 18 percent over the previous quarter, topping 42 million users, Google's Android mobile operating system stands out as the dominant winner for this quarter.
  • 8 weird but cool Android apps

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 4:15 pm

    So you told your boss that you bought your Android smartphone so that you could track your business calls, be more effective when traveling for your company, have easy access to Gmail and keep your organization's Twitter feed current. But we know what's really going on -- you got that smartphone because it was cool and because you wanted to play with all the apps. (And possibly because it wasn't Apple or AT&T.)
  • Android native development kit updated

    Posted March 9, 2010 - 6:02 pm

    OpenGL ES 2.0 added to package enabling developers to build performance-critical parts of an app in native code.
  • Motorola Backflip on AT&T: Not Full Android Experience

    Posted March 8, 2010 - 10:52 pm

    AT&T may have opened its arms to Android with the release of Motorola's Backflip, but it isn't exactly embracing the platform's open nature.
  • Google Android Phones Can Now Search With Written Gestures

    Posted March 6, 2010 - 10:39 pm

    Google announced an experimental application for its Android mobile operating system, which allows you to search your phone using written gestures. Instead of bringing up the keyboard, users of the newer Android phones can just draw letters on the screen to search through contacts, music or apps.
  • Google's Android Gesture Search: A Fingers-On Tour

    Posted March 6, 2010 - 10:22 pm

    Android users, get ready to give your phone the finger.
  • AT&T replaces Google with Yahoo on Android phone!

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 1:14 pm

    As I understand it, the Android platform exists as a delivery vehicle for Google services to mobile devices. The deal is supposed to be: We (Google) give you this free, open platform to do as you wish. In return, Google services are more prominent than they might be on another platform.
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