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A sneak peek at the next version of Android Market and Music app

Update: Tech From 10 seems to be offline -- but we have lots of images and a hands-on review if you want to see what the new Music app is like. In what is probably a bit of a big-G whoopsie, the folks at Tech From 10 woke up to find a new, test version of Android Market installed on their Galaxy S. Visually, the new version is almost identical. The carousel of featured apps has been updated ...

Google demands veto on OEM Android changes, stretches definition of 'open source'

Google, according to reports from "a dozen executives working at key companies in the Android ecosystem" is finally locking down the open source and easily-fragmented Android operating system. As it currently stands, Google hands over the 'final' code for each version of Android, and OEMs and developers then spend some time customizing the OS to fit their hardware, and to create a unique an...

Google holds back on open-sourcing Honeycomb, heralds massive shift for Android

Google, in an interesting but not entirely unexpected twist, will not be open-sourcing Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the foreseeable future. Historically, Android is usually open-sourced via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) a few days or weeks after the code is finalized. While this departure from the norm won't affect OEMs like HTC and Motorola that have access to internal builds of Andro...

Adobe Flash 10.2 for Android available today, improves performance, adds hardware acceleration for Honeycomb

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 will land in the Android Market today, bringing with it modest performance improvements for Android 2.2 and 2.3, and hardware acceleration for 3.0. Flash 10.2 is also the first version of Flash to work on the Motorola Xoom tablet. Engadget says that they "saw a slight but noticeable boost in framerate when playing a YouTube trailer at 480p" on their Droid 2, and that ...

Kongregate Arcade for Android gets a new UI, Honeycomb tablet compatibility

Kongregate Arcade, the one-stop shop for Flash games on Android, has been updated with a new welcome screen and Android 3.0 Honeycomb compatibility. Every screen in the updated app supports landscape-mode, the welcome screen sports a "hot new games" carousel and huge buttons that allow quick access to just about every part of the Arcade, and users can now earn badges in games without signing...

Google releases Android anti-fragmentation kit

Android fragmentation is once again being talked about (was it ever not?), only this time it's because Google has released a new compatibility pack which helps developers combat fragmentation-related issues. The new static library allows access to the Honeycomb Fragments API -- which lets developers produce resolution independent apps -- on any device running Android 1.6 or better, from diminut...

Mac OS X requires a helper program to connect to Android 3.0 tablets

Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the OS that runs on the recently-released Motorola Xoom, will not bond with Mac OS X unless you install a helper program on your PC first. The program, which is aptly named Android File Transfer, provides third-party Media Transfer Protcol (MTP) support, which Mac OS X doesn't natively provide. MTP started off as a Windows Media Player technology, which is probably why...

Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK now available for all

Right now's a pretty exciting time for Android users, but even more so for tablet-lovers. Google's finally released Android 3.0 Honeycomb's SDK, which means that not only will we soon see a whole new round of slab-centric apps make their way to the Android Market, but also that the toolset used by Android developers and enthusiasts alike has been updated with a few goodies and improvements as wel...

News Corp's The Daily expected on Android tablets later this year

Whether you believe that The Daily is made of pure awesomesauce, or is simply a digital artefact of evil, the fact remains that its iPad-exclusivity could make some folks a bit envious. Android users needn't feel left out for long, though, because it looks like the trendy news app is set to make its way onto those shiny new Honeycomb tablets sometime later this year. At least, that's what so...

Flash 10.2 available to Honeycomb tablets in a 'few weeks,' Motorola Xoom shipping without it

Adobe announced yesterday that a tablet optimized-Flash Player 10.2 will come pre-installed on some slates, but will be an OTA download for most Android Honeycomb tablets available in 'a few weeks.' What this means is that the Honeycomb launch device, the Motorola Xoom that'll be available this Thursday, is going to ship without Flash Player. In fact an ad for the Verizon-equipped Xoom listed Fla...

Android 3.0 Honeycomb ported to Nexus One

If it turns out that Android 3.0 is, in fact, meant for smartphones and not just tablets, Google's Nexus One should be among the first recipients of an OTA update. But sitting around and waiting for someone else to push Android 3.0 (or any update) just isn't that exciting, especially to the spirited developer community over at XDA. Which is why we're not too surprised to read that its forum ...

QuickOffice shows off version for Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets

QuickOffice has been making top-notch productivity apps for smartphones for quite some time, and now the company has unveiled a new version for Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets. As is the case with its apps for other platforms (including iOS and webOS), the new tablet version features Google Docs, Dropbox, MobileMe, and SugarSync integration and offers on-the-go editing of documents, spreadsheets, ...

Google Music to launch with Android Honeycomb?

Google Music -- the big G's alternative to iTunes -- could very well launch alongside Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Today at MWC 2011 in Barcelona, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha spoke about the soon-to-be-launched $800 Motorola Xoom, which will be one of the first devices to run Honeycomb. More importantly, Jha may have confirmed that the Android upgrade will be accompanied by a music service. "If...

Android '2.4' Gingerbread will arrive in April, will support dual-core Honeycomb apps

No, that's not a typo: an update to Android 2.3 will arrive in April to allow single-core smartphones to run Honeycomb's dual-core apps. The news comes from hardware manufacturer Viewsonic, which insists the new version will be numbered 2.4 -- and it won't be called Ice Cream as expected; it will just be an updated version of Gingerbread. Apparently the only change between 2.3 and 2.4 is the su...

'Holographic' Honeycomb theme for Google Chrome now available

Roman Nurik has done it again. Nurik created the Android theme for Google Chrome, which has long been one of the most popular entries in the Chrome Extensions Gallery. Now he's released the next logical progression, a 'holographic' Honeycomb theme. With inspiration taken from Android 3.0, Nurik's latest dumps the PCB pattern for diagonal stripes and blue-on-blue geometrics on the new tab page....