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Android hits the billion mark in smartphone shipments
January 30, 2015 | 6:25 pm

Android mascot, LloydAccording to a recent report by Strategy Analytics, shipments of smartphones running the Android OS reached 1 billion for the first time in 2014, when "global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent annually to reach a record 1.3 billion units."The report continues: "Android has become the first ever smartphone operating system to ship more than 1 billion units in a single year. Android accounted for a huge 81 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally in 2014, and Apple iOS remains its only serious threat for now." This rather puts a dent in recent laudatory reports of Apple's sales numbers, claiming that Google...

REVIEW: Google Nexus 7 Tablet
December 24, 2012 | 11:19 am

  By Mike McEnaney | for Technology Tell Google’s play in the tablet market is the Nexus 7, a 7-inch screen Android tablet clearly built for on-the-go use; once you play with this one for awhile, you’ll also see it was truly designed around—and for—Google Play. While little headway has been made with regard to challengers of Apple’s iPad, we have to say the Nexus 7 may prove one of the more a formidable opponents as the tablet wars roll along. First off, just to be upfront, an iPad feature the Nexus 7 doesn’t have: no rear camera. And the screen resolution, while...

Cupcake, Gingerbread and Jelly Bean: A user’s guide to Android’s many different versions
October 7, 2012 | 5:56 pm

One secret of Microsoft’s success is the rapidity with which they eradicate their older software versions when they bring out new ones. Just like last month’s copies of Playboy at the newsstand, last year’s version of Windows disappears very rapidly from shops and other outlets when this year’s comes out. Only on eBay can you find copies of Windows XP, and as for Vista, it might as well never have existed. Doctors bury their mistakes; software companies shred them. Desktop Linux, of course, is at the opposite extreme, with old versions, new versions, spin-offs and forks all existing more or less comfortably in...

Android apps for reading PDFs
September 17, 2012 | 10:25 pm

In earlier articles I’ve covered the proprietary Kindle and Kobo apps, and this time I want to turn my attention to PDF reading on Android tablets. I’ve covered four prominent apps, but there are many others. The basic functionality of all Android PDF apps is fairly similar, but there are some useful and interesting differences in the peripheral options they support. Whether these are worth the time, effort and expense involved in seeking them out, only you as a user can decide. Adobe Reader for Android                               Adobe ported its popular free PDF reading platform across to the Android OS quite early. When I...

RIM calls the Android Market a “chaotic cesspool”
April 9, 2012 | 10:05 am

Images I just couldn't let this pass.  According to All Things D: So the company is doing something about it. It plans to drop app-sideloading support from the PlayBook in a forthcoming update. “We’re removing sideloading for consumers,” said Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of Developer Relations, adding that the company is very sympathetic to developers’ concerns about app piracy. “Piracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don’t want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android Market [now Google Play],” he said. ...

New Android Market release supports buying e-books, movie rentals
July 29, 2011 | 2:15 pm

mainArs Technica reports Google is releasing a new version of the Android Market that will include support for renting movies and buying books. It is rolling out gradually to US Android device users, and will probably be included with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of the OS to be released. The Ars piece reviews the usability of the app, which fixes some interface issues present in prior versions. There are a few minor glitches—in some cases it can be hard to tell whether items being promoted for sale are books or movies—but all in all it seems...

Google acts like Apple, pulls app for payment violations
February 26, 2011 | 1:21 am

Lest it be thought that only Apple was capable of pulling a snit over in-app purchases, GigaOm reports that Google has pulled the popular app Visual VoiceMail from the Android Market citing a violation of developer payment rules. Visual VoiceMail is a free app, but its provider offers premium paid services through a website, just as Amazon and others provide free iPhone apps but sell e-books externally. The app had been available for over two years without any fuss being made over the matter. There is a decent amount of money at stake: the developer says that...

Android Market adds Google Books e-book listings
February 24, 2011 | 11:03 pm

ScreenClip(9)Engadget reports that the Android Market has added a section for e-books, with music and movies apparently soon to come. Upon further research, the books turn out to be Google’s cloud-stored Google Books. The prices are, of course, set to agency standards and so not really anything to write home about. It’s not clear that iBooks is any great danger here, but it’s good to see that Android users have another way to buy titles if they want it. And since these books are readable cross-platform, perhaps it might be more apt to compare them to Amazon or Barnes...

Hackers make Nook Color boot Android 3.0 as well as 2.2
January 30, 2011 | 3:12 pm

NookmineNook Color hacking proceeds apace. A few days ago, Liliputing reported that Android 3.0, “Honeycomb”, had been successfully launched on a Nook Color. More recently, they reported even getting graphics acceleration working (though it still lacks support for the accelerometer, sound, and wifi). This is still very much a work in progress, and will undoubtedly improve once Google has actually released the full source code for Honeycomb rather than just the preview SDK. For those who would be content with Android 2.2, it can be loaded now through hacking, but B&N has stated that an official 2.2 version, complete...

Augen tablet won’t work with Android Market – buyer beware
August 7, 2010 | 11:14 am

augen-market.jpgWe've discussed this cheap Android tablet a number of times. It's being sold at KMart. Well, buyer beware. The tablet won't work with the Android Market according to Liliputing. It will access the market, but won't download any of the apps. It seems that Augen does not have proper authorization from Google to access the market. Android is open source, but some of the apps that run on it are not and must be licensed by Google. This includes the app that accesses the Android Market. Evidently Augen has never licensed the app from...

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