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The Android SDK Is No Longer Free Software

January 4th, 2013 01:51 admin View Comments

Android

New submitter tian2992 writes “The new terms for the Android SDK now include phrases such as ‘you may not: (a) copy (except for backup purposes), modify, adapt, redistribute, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or create derivative works of the SDK or any part of the SDK’ among other non-Free-software-friendly terms, as noted by FSF Europe’s Torsten Grote. Replicant, a free fork of Android, announced the release of Replicant SDK 4.0 based on the latest sources of the Android SDK without the new terms.”

Source: The Android SDK Is No Longer Free Software

Who Would Actually Build an Ubuntu Smartphone?

January 3rd, 2013 01:54 admin View Comments

Cellphones

Nerval’s Lobster writes “When Canonical whipped back the curtain from its upcoming Ubuntu for smartphones, it set off a flurry of blogosphere speculation about the open-source operating system’s chances on the open market. But which company would actually build such a device? Apple and Research In Motion and Nokia are all out of the running, for very obvious reasons. Motorola, as a subsidiary of Google, is also unlikely to leap on the Ubuntu bandwagon. While Hewlett-Packard has flirted with smartphones in the past, most notably after its Palm acquisition, the company doesn’t seem too focused on that segment at the moment. That leaves manufacturers such as HTC, which currently offer devices running either Google Android or Windows Phone. But given Android’s popularity, it might prove difficult for Canonical to convince these manufacturers to do more than release a token Ubuntu device—especially if Google and Microsoft apply counter-pressure.”

Source: Who Would Actually Build an Ubuntu Smartphone?

Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

January 3rd, 2013 01:08 admin View Comments

Google

First time accepted submitter Bent Spoke writes “In a bit of delicious irony, Microsoft laments Google is not playing fair by excluding access to meta-data on YouTube, preventing the development of the kind of powerful app readily available on Android. From the article: ‘In a blog post on Wednesday, Microsoft VP and deputy general counsel Dave Heiner said the software giant has spent two years trying to get a first-class YouTube app running on Windows Phone, but to no avail, thanks to the Chocolate Factory’s stonewalling. “YouTube apps on the Android and Apple platforms were two of the most downloaded mobile applications in 2012, according to recent news reports,” Heiner wrote. “Yet Google still refuses to allow Windows Phone users to have the same access to YouTube that Android and Apple customers enjoy.”‘”

Source: Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

January 3rd, 2013 01:08 admin View Comments

Google

First time accepted submitter Bent Spoke writes “In a bit of delicious irony, Microsoft laments Google is not playing fair by excluding access to meta-data on YouTube, preventing the development of the kind of powerful app readily available on Android. From the article: ‘In a blog post on Wednesday, Microsoft VP and deputy general counsel Dave Heiner said the software giant has spent two years trying to get a first-class YouTube app running on Windows Phone, but to no avail, thanks to the Chocolate Factory’s stonewalling. “YouTube apps on the Android and Apple platforms were two of the most downloaded mobile applications in 2012, according to recent news reports,” Heiner wrote. “Yet Google still refuses to allow Windows Phone users to have the same access to YouTube that Android and Apple customers enjoy.”‘”

Source: Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

Samsung And Docomo Reportedly Working on Tizen Phone

January 2nd, 2013 01:45 admin View Comments

Cellphones

sfcrazy writes with this excerpt from Muktware: “Samsung, which became a market leader thanks to Android, is reportedly working on a smartphone powered by Linux-based Tizen operating system.The company is working with NTT Docomo to create a Tizen powered smartphone. … Samsung already has its Bada operating system which it uses in some devices. Samsung was expected to merge Bada efforts with Tizen but there has been no attempt in that regards. How Samsung, the Android market leader, positions this phone and creates an app ecosystem around it will be interesting to watch.”

Source: Samsung And Docomo Reportedly Working on Tizen Phone

Ouya Dev Consoles Ship, SDK Released

December 28th, 2012 12:33 admin View Comments

Android

An anonymous reader writes “Earlier this year, the Android-based Ouya game console project raised over nine times as much funding as they initially asked for in their Kickstarter campaign. Now, Ouya developer consoles are starting to ship, and folks on the Ouya team released a video showing what the developers should expect. As explained in the video, the console currently being shipped is by no means the final hardware, but promises to give developers everything they need to start developing apps and games for Ouya. The only surprise is that they decided to add a micro-USB port to the hardware, making it easy to hook up to a PC. The Ouya team has also released an SDK for the device (which they call the ODK — Ouya Development Kit), and have provided most of the source under the Apache 2.0 license. They wrote, ‘We think we’ve got a great team of developers here at OUYA, but there’s strength in numbers and a wealth of passionate, talented people out there. We want you, the developers of the world, to work alongside us to continually improve our platform. It’s our hope that releasing a more open ODK will help foster such innovation.’”

Source: Ouya Dev Consoles Ship, SDK Released

New Android Malware Uses Google Play Icon To Trick Users

December 27th, 2012 12:50 admin View Comments

Google

An anonymous reader writes “A new trojan for Android has been discovered that can help carry out Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. The malware is also capable of receiving commands from criminals as well as sending text messages for spamming purposes. The threat, detected as “Android.DDoS.1.origin” by Russian security firm Doctor Web, likely spreads via social engineering tricks. The malware disguises itself as a legitimate app from Google, according to the firm.”

Source: New Android Malware Uses Google Play Icon To Trick Users

Raspberry Pi vs. Cheap Android Dongle: Embarrassment of (Cheap) Riches

December 27th, 2012 12:22 admin View Comments

Android

New submitter Copper Nikus writes “The price of Android Mini PCs have recently dropped to the point they are starting to make the Raspberry Pi look overpriced. This article compares the Raspberry Pi model B against the similarly priced MK802 II single core Android mini PC. IMO it can be argued that the mini PC wins that fight. It’s worth noting that several new quad-core Chinese ARM SoCs have been recently released to the world, and it can be expected to see Android mini PCs start using them in the very near future. This should translate into even lower prices for the now ‘obsolete’ generations of single and dual core Andoid mini PCs out there.” The target markets and base OS vary, but there’s enough overlap for this comparison to make some sense — both have ARM chips, both can (to varying degrees) run either Android or a more conventional Linux distro, and both can fit in a small pocket.

Source: Raspberry Pi vs. Cheap Android Dongle: Embarrassment of (Cheap) Riches

Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?

December 25th, 2012 12:18 admin View Comments

Android

An anonymous reader writes “My kid seems incredible interested in my Android tablet, but I’m not too comfortable with letting her play with my browser. I’ve been hunting the app store for apps that I could let my kid play around with, but haven’t found much. It seems like most apps are targeted for slightly older kids and are trying to teach them words, math or whatnot. Has anyone found any cool apps for approximately 6-month old children? I’m mostly looking for something that makes funny noises or where you just have to e.g. track moving objects on the screen.”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?

Google Skunkworks Working on ‘X Phone,’ Reports WSJ

December 23rd, 2012 12:26 admin View Comments

Google

The Wall Street Journal says that Google’s not quite content to be just a name printed on certain Android phones, and has set some of the cellphone engineers from Google-owned Motorola Mobility to work on high-end project known internally as the ‘X phone.’ The rumored phone, says the article, “is due out sometime next year,” and is meant as a technology flagship for Android phones, incorporating more innovative features than typical phones, such as advanced gesture recognition. Some of those features, like a flexible screen, have reportedly already been dropped from the design, though. If the X Phone materializes, a tablet is expected to follow.

Source: Google Skunkworks Working on ‘X Phone,’ Reports WSJ

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