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Google’s Android Market in-app billing ready for testing, goes live next week

Friday 25th of March 2011 /
During a week where the Android Market lost some attention to the launch of Amazon’s Appstore, Google announced it will introduce an official in-app billing platform for its Android operating system next week. However, the billing platform is ready for testing now, in advance of the public launch.Google’s Eric Chu said on the Android Developer blog that the system will allow Android developers to sell items within their apps. Mobile users can then purchase the items using Google Checkout. The items include virtual goods in games, as well as digital content, including upgrades, subscriptions, chapters, and episodes.Developers are able to upload their apps for testing at this point, but they won’t be able to publish them until next week. Developers can start end-to-end testing using in-app billing, and can now create a catalog of in-app products. They can also set pricing, and then test buying the items using in-app purchases and test accounts. This may sound like a lot, but Google has published thorough guides that explain how to administer in-app billing, provide re

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Editorial: Android is the new Linux -- and that's a great thing

Monday 03rd of October 2011 /
Recently, a popular website ran an editorial about how Android was turning into the new Linux, and just how awful a thing that was. The author was half right -- Android is turning out to be the new Linux. If he had stopped there, he and I would see eye-to-eye, and this rebuttal would have never happened. He also would have gotten far fewer pageviews. He goes on to discuss patents and other issues that don't really explain his position before he comes to the meat of his issue -- fragmentation. You know, that buzzword that's ever so popular in any hit-piece about Android. I'm here to tell you what I think about fragmentation, Linux, Android, and how it all fits together after the break.What is Linux?Regardless of popular thought, Linux is nothing more than a kernel. There is no operating system for computers, embedded devices, or otherwise, that "is Linux." Until you add a way for data to go in and out, it's nothing. What people call Linux actually is a collective group of different operating systems that use the Linux kernel. Most people are familiar with Ub

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In a surprisingly twist, Windows 8 has more web traffic than Android

Friday 09th of November 2012 /
When people think about operating systems that are currently dominating the market, Windows 8 doesn’t immediately come to mind. Don’t get us wrong, it will be a very popular and widely used OS in due time. However, Windows 8 has only been out for about two weeks. In that time frame, they somehow managed to overtake Android in web traffic.According to renowned analytics firm StatCounter, Windows 8 has surpassed Android in web traffic. In the course of just two weeks, Android has stayed pretty much consistent between .5% and .7% of all web traffic. Windows 8 has been on a rapid increase. On October 21, Windows 8 had about .35%. In just a week and a half, it rose to over .7% and passed Android.The question on everyone’s mind is how this could have happened. At last glance, there are over 500 million Android users and not that many Windows 8 users. The popular opinion is that since people spend more time surfing the web on computers than they do on their cell phones, that it helps explain this odd stat.So Windows 8 wins because it’s a computer operating system?Tha

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Why I ditched the iPhone for Android and the Nexus One

Monday 26th of April 2010 /
Android is growing faster than many of us anticipated, but it’s not without fault. In light of recent criticism of the Nexus One, I decided to gauge the appeal of the device – and Android as a whole – from a recent convert rather than a long-time enthusiast. Peter Toledo of Gamertag Radio is an iPhone user who switched to the Nexus One in January. When I asked him to explain how Android managed to pull him away from the iPhone, he agreed to share his story.————————————————As a Technology and Gaming enthusiast, I always find myself wanting the next great piece of tech that comes out. But before I go out and buy a product, I pride myself on researching and doing my due diligence to make sure that I’m getting the most out of my hard earned money. I’ve transitioned through the years with Blackberry’s, Palm Treo’s and ultimately the Apple iPhone. As a full-time Network Administrator and Cisco Engineer, I spend most of my time on a Windows Operating System

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How to Easily Root Google Nexus 4

Sunday 18th of November 2012 /
After we have showed you how to unlock the bootloader (and re-lock if needed) of the recently released LG Google Nexus 4, now it’s time to explain another method that must be performed by those who are looking forward in unchaining the system of their smartphones. As you can figure it out, today, we will be checking in how to root the Google Nexus 4, the proper procedure being explained during the following step by step guide. The operation is not hard to complete but there are many things to take care of, so I recommend you to be patience and read all the lines, or else you can end up in bricking your Android 4.2 based device.The LG Google Nexus 4 must be rooted especially if you want to take full advantage of its performances. As you might know, when you first buy a handset, it will be delivered with a locked system with many factory restrictions installed. Therefore, it is your job to unlock the Nexus 4. Of course you should start by unlocking the bootloader and then continue by gaining root access over the operating system. In this way you will be able to have access to the int

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Learning the Android Hardware and Operating System

Thursday 07th of October 2010 /
Hi! I'm looking for some resources that explain how the Android hardware and OS works as a whole. Most of the posts I see on here have to do with specific areas. My goal is have a better understanding about:1. HBOOT - Different versions, How it works, how to update it, etc.2. Recovery - Different versions, How it works, how to update it, etc.3. System Partitions - System, Cache, SD-EXT, etc. - What each partition contains4. Kernels - Different versions, how to load/replace5. RadiosI looked for an "Android for Dummies" book and notice there's one for app dev coming out in December -- which I'll probably get. But I'd like to know more about the OS itself first.Any suggestions?

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Android Developer Guide: Routing Intents

Thursday 20th of March 2008 /
Following on from their previous Android developer article in which they detailed the use of the Linkify function, Google have released a second in which they delve deeper into Android’s routing intents.This article will examine how the Android operating system takes this combination of VIEW action and content: URI and finds the correct activity to fire in order to do something with the data. It will also explain how the other default links created by Linkify, like web URLs and telephone numbers, also result in the correct activity to handle that data type being fired. Finally, this article will start to examine the custom ContentProvider that has been created to handle WikiNotes data. The full description of the ContentProvider and what it does will span a couple more articles as well, because there is a lot to cover.[Read the full article at the Official Android developer blog]» See more articles by Chris Moor//

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Verizon Should Drop the "Droid" Branding

Tuesday 03rd of January 2012 /
I think it's long overdue. Frankly, it bothers me the most because people call all Android phones "Droids." Someone mint say, "Oh cool, is that a Droid?" and I have to explain to them that it is an HTC Thunderbolt running Googles Android operating system and that George Lucas doesn't get paid royalties when Verizon sells them. Then I get an, "Oh.." and a look of disappointment, as if my phone would have been cooler if it had been "a Droid" And today, they have countless phones labelled as "Droids" and usually the labeling is arbitrary and has nothing to do with how good the phone is. The Charge was a dud and was definitely worse then the Thunderbolt, but Verizon nonetheless gave the Charge the Droid labelling. The Razr and Bionic can't hold a match to the Galaxy Nexus, but both are "Droids" while the Nexus is not. "Droid" phones arent different in appearance, look or feel in any way. HTC "Droids" run the same Sense and Motorola "Droids" run the same Blur overlays that their other phones do. So,

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Froyo? android 2.1, 2.2 Kies

Wednesday 28th of July 2010 /
Guys, Im new to all this and seeing all these above terms. Can someone possibly explain these terms in simple talk!! I believe that the term froyo is like windows on a pc?? like an operating system. Whats the difference between what i have on my SGS now and what will this new thing bring to me, and how to i get it. Thanks so much

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How do I enable TTS on SMS on HTC One M8?

Friday 15th of August 2014 /
Can someone explain to me two things? The first thing is why does android not have tts for texts built into the operating system? This seems like such an easy feature, but it is so important. I know it's not because it's technically challenging, because Windows Phone has had it for years, and I remember using it long before that, just not sure on what platform. So how did Google fail so epcially in not including this feature? The second question is, is there a way to get it to work without needing an app? I'm looking around for hacks, tricks, but so far nothing.I'm currently using the HTC one m8 on Verizon with the stock Rom. Thank you for your insight. Posted via the Android Central App

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