Nov 30, 2011 News
The number of smartphone users is increasing every day. When purchasing a new mobile phone, 56% of US users’ first preference is a Smartphone. Nielson’s latest report reveals that 44% of all US mobile subscribers are using Smartphone out of which 71% of them are either running on Android OS or iOS.
When considering mobile apps downloads, 56% downloads are done either on an iPhone or an Android Device. In terms of Market Share Android and iOS are clearly in the lead with Android OS 42.8% and iOS following with 28.3%.
Major Manufacturers who contribute to Android OS shares are HTC with 15%, followed by Samsung and Motorola both of which are approximately 10%.
Source Nielson Blog
Nov 28, 2011 Android Development Resources
There is good news for Android app developers and users! Google has rolled out a new update to its Android Market which allows more Android users to access applications in the Marketplace. Yes, these devices are ones which was originally not shipped with the Android market such as the HP TouchPad, Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet, or Amazon Kindle Fire.
Users with Rooted Android devices can now download Applications by visiting the Android Market from any web browser. Google’s making attempts to attract more Android users to its Android Market.
But warning all users, there are a few bugs which would hopefully get fixed soon. For rooted Android devices, Google identifies apps which were downloaded from Amazon AppStore or any non-market sources and wants to update them. The problem is that Market is unable to update the Android apps. So, you would probably get update notifications for apps but would be unable to update them from the Android market. Notifications for free Android Applications would not be problematic as you can uninstall and reinstall them from the Android Market. But paid android apps are another story!
Nov 25, 2011 android apps
Treat for Android gamers this Black Friday. Gameloft has recently had the biggest iOS sale till date and are celebrating this event by giving away many of Gameloft Android games for Free. Yes, Free!
But Android users have to be alert as the Android Game would be free for just 2 hours. To know which Android would have to follow Gameloft Android, @GameloftAndroid on Twitter to be updated on the Android games that are free for the 2 hours. Gameloft also has slashed prices of all of its Android games in their library which would now be 0.99$
Head over to the Gameloft website to download their Android Game collection.
Nov 24, 2011 Android Development Resources
Android developers have more good news! Earlier this week, HTC had released the Kernal Source code for many of its Android devices. And now Samsung has announced the release of Kernal Source Code for two of its Android Tablets, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Developers can now access and understand how the Android Tablets are truly capable of performing.
The kernel source code is available at the Samsung Open Source Release Centre. Developers can access the source code by visiting the respective links below.
Nov 23, 2011 Android Development Resources
After months of waiting, HTC has finally released the Kernal Source Code for many of its Android devices over at the HTC developer Portal. The kernel source code for many of the popular HTC Android devices has been released including HTC Rezound, Sensation, Amaze 4G and Desire S. Android developers can download the kernel source code and binaries for the HTC Android devices at the HTC Developers portal.
Nov 22, 2011 android apps
Waiting for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for your Android device? You may have to wait a little longer but there is a treat for you. Johntanmi, has ported the Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard for all Android devices sporting Froyo and Gingerbread. And the best part is that no root is required.
The app is still in beta version and there is also a paid version (ICS Keyboard Donation) which is available.
- Multitouch keyboard
- User dictionary, built-in dictionary
- Configurable auto correction
- Redesigned and optimized keyboard layout and style
- Speech to text (select languages only)
- Custom vibration intensity (haptic feedback)
- Long press “Enter” key to bring up smiley alternatives
- Long press on “/” key in URL mode to bring up domains
The Android App is available in the Android Market and to download this application, click here
[Source xda developer forum]