The latest Android news, developments, comments and apps involving Google's embedded mobile platform that now features in smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, cameras, watches and some other rather unexpected places.

Written by Alun Williams, it covers the full Android range, from automotive news and Bluetooth Smart to video and wearable technology, via Intel, mobile payments, NFC, Samsung and Sony. Additionally, we have in-depth guides to Android Advertising ID, BlueDroid, Bluetooth GATT Services, Security Enhanced Android, the Android Sensor Manager, Eclipse, and Android Native Development.

It has a particular focus on development and the electronics industry, covering such areas as development boards and detailed electronics components, such as processors, wireless modules, sensor modules, touchscreens and SOCs.

Archive for September, 2011

Android Coding Topic: Robot mobility for your smartphone

For the latest in our series of Android Coding Topics we venture into Cellbot territory. Think LEGO MINDSTORMS… Specifically, the Offical Google Code Blog goes into CellBots for Android, App Inventor for Android, and Cellbots Python library. The post Android stretches its legs… errr wheels… with help from 20% time…

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Android to shoulder NFC handset shipments from 2012 – Informa

Sales of NFC-enabled devices will accelerate from 2013 onwards, according to market watchers Informa Telecoms & Media – they expect total NFC handset shipments to grow from almost 44 million in 2011 to over 630 million in 2015 (representing 40% of all new handsets, up from 3.5% at present…

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Amazon sets Kindle Fire to Android

Amazon has unveiled its much anticipated tablet – the Android Honeycomb-based Kindle Fire plugs in to the variety of Amazon products and services now available and features a 7-inch multi-touch display (1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colours). The waiting is over… Except it…

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Top Ten Android Apps

I wonder if I should be writing about applications more? Highlighting the impressive and the best, maybe… Well, here’s a top ten list courtesy of Ziff Davis and its ThinkDigit website – 10 must-have Android apps you need now Check out the entries, which include the likes of the…

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Philips’ Android-based PMP GoGear Connect gets closer

Eyes on Android keeps an eye on set-top boxes, tablets and smartphones, and now also PMPs (personal media players). I don’t like the name, though – MP4 player seems fit enough for purpose to me… Any road, the Android-based Philips GoGear Connect 3 is now apparently available for…

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iPhone, Galaxy S and Amazon tablet…

However many surveys show Android increasing its smartphone market share – here’s the latest, from Nielsen – there is no contesting Apple’s leadership in the sales table with the iPhone. But, of all the Android-based contenders out there, it seems the Samsung Galaxy is the single model that comes…

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Android Case Study: Content Direct Mobile media streaming application

Welcome to another in the new series of Eyes on Android posts that will highlight particular case studies involving the mobile platform. Written by Realeyes Media, this concerns streaming content – building the Content Direct Mobile application as an ActionScript 3 app (a transition from a browser based application to a…

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Android Coding Topic: The Accessibility API

Welcome to another in the new series of Eyes on Android posts that will highlight particular coding topics for programming for the mobile platform. This second one is written by Eduard Sánchez of Code Factory and covers the built-in Android Accessibility API. He begins…

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Video: Opera Mobile on Android x86

Just a quick post to flag this one, on Engadget – Opera Mobile on Android x86 at IDF 2011. Check out the this video from the recent Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Engadget writes:

We discovered this little gem hidden deep within the recesses of the show floor at IDF…

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Voice Actions for Android comes to the UK and Western Europe

One I missed from last week – Google has launched Voice Actions for Android in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, extending the reach of speech recognition beyond searching Google using your voice. It was launched in the US last year, and allows you – as you would expect – to control…

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