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Google’s mostly ill-conceived patent screed from yesterday has opened the floodgates of discussion about Google’s (Android’s) vulnerability to third party patents owned by Microsoft, Oracle and Apple. Among the throng of comments and opinions about the episode are a few Google sympathizers, such as Forbes blogger Tim Lee who believes Google should advocate for the elimination of software patents: Unfortunately, the modest procedural changes being considered in the America Invents Act won’t come close to preventing the kind of abusive litigation that’s now plaguing Android.
I have worked in the tech sector for over two decades. Microsoft and Apple have always been at each other’s throats, so when they get into bed together you have to start wondering what's going on. Here is what’s happening:
So, it looks like the Android Market was infected with some new malware apps over the weekend and if I said I was surprised, I’d be lying. This seems to be a regular occurrence and as bad as it sounds, I’m already getting used to it. Lookout Mobile Security (who is not “funding” this post, by the way) found some new apps on the Android Market by the developer Mobnet that were infected with a new variant of the DroidDream Lite malware.
<img src="http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/helloworldandroid03.png?w=600&h=555" alt="" title="helloWorldAndroid03" width="600" height="555" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-100123" /> Due to my excitement about using the Arduino hardware Accessory Development Kit ( ADK ) that Google gave me, I’m diving into Android development for the first time.
Google’s Commerce VP Stephanie Tilenius took the stage this morning in New York to announce what everyone was expecting: Google Wallet . She said that Google wants to create “tomorrow’s best shopping experience” and “bring online and offline together” through an open payments platform. Google aspires to bring offers, payments and loyalty together at the point of sale to create a next-generation shopping experience. The capabilities are impressive; how quickly the public will adopt them is the question. Tilenius cautioned that this was the beginning of a long journey. She began by reviewing the history and development of e-commerce, saying that consumers have become increasingly comfortable with shopping online.
Over the past couple of years covering Google, there’s one seemingly simple question that comes up again and again, that Google just can’t seem to answer. Why isn’t Chrome a part of Android? Read the wrong way, that could seem like a deep question. But it almost never means “why isn’t Chrome OS simply merged with Android?” or the like.
The media spend an inordinate amount of time amping the pros of smartphones such as Apple's can-do-no-wrong iPhone and Google's latest high-end handsets. Some folks, perhaps sick of the accolades heaped on the iPhone 4 coming to Verizon Wireless and Google's Samsung Nexus S, offered some contrarian views. Let's start with Joe Nocera of The New York Times . Nocera, noting that Apple COO Tim Cook said at the Verizon iPhone 4 launch Jan. 11 that Apple wasn't providing an iPhone on the carrier's 4G LTE network because Apple wouldn't make "design compromises" wrote: They never make design compromises at Apple. They make consumer compromises.
<img src="http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/why_arduino_google.gif?w=515&h=537" height="537" width="515" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="4" alt="Why Arduino Google" /> This week is the yearly Google I/O at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s a meet and greet for lots of people and companies, a big dot-com over-the-top party, and most of all it’s geared towards “web, mobile, and enterprise developers building applications in the cloud with Google and open web technologies… Products and technologies to be featured at I/O include App Engine, Android, Google Web Toolkit, Google Chrome, HTML5, AJAX and Data APIs, Google TV, and more.” Maybe not so much Google TV or Google Wave this year
We love both Android and iOS, but the open nature of Android just means it can do things others just can't. Here are our favorite Android apps and features that you won't find on its Apple-clad brethren. We didn't hold anything back in this list: rooting, jailbreaking, editing system files are all fair game. If there was some way to do it on the iPhone, we left it out.
The Accessory Development Kit (ADK) is a reference implementation for hardware manufacturers and hobbyists to use as a starting point for building accessories for Android. Each ADK release is provided with source code and hardware specifications to make the process of developing your own accessories easier. Creating new and alternative hardware based on the ADK is encouraged!