Google’s Open Source Programs Manager, Chris DiBona, recently posted a to his Google+ page a rant of sorts calling out mobile antivirus companies.
“Sometimes I read an article about open source that drives me nuts. A recent one stated, without irony, that ‘critics have been pounding the table for years about open source being inherently insecure’ and that android is festooned with viruses because of that and because we do not exert apple like controls over the app market.”
In the post that follows he effectively explains how there is nothing inherently insecure about open source. Further more, no major cell phone has a ‘virus’ problem in the traditional sense that windows and some mac machines have seen. If there were, they haven’t gotten very far due to the user sandboxing models and the nature of the underlying kernels. Then his post gets especially juicy,
It looks like Flash is currently not installed on the Galaxy Nexus nor is it downloadable from the Android Market. This should’t come as too much of a shock as Adobe recently put a halt to developing Flash any further for mobile browsers. Google has confirmed with Slashgear that this is normal and the ball is in Adobe’s hands to release an update to support ICS. Before you get too upset, Google had the following to say about all of this:
“Flash hasn’t been released for ICS yet so as far as we know, Adobe will support Flash for ICS.”
This may be a show stopper for some thinking about picking up the Galaxy Nexus, but I personally can live without Flash on my phone, at least for now. I would think Adobe would have had something for ICS already in the works, but that’s anyone’s guess. Let us know how you all feel about this right down there in the new style comments.
Getting content from our Android device to a bigger screen has never been difficult or intimidating. However Sony Ericsson is out to make that process completely dumb-proof by using simple QR codes. Yes, you read that right– QR codes. Sony Ericsson has just released the free Vscreens app in Market for any Android 2.1 and above device. Here’s how it works: you download and open the app, go to vscreens.com from your computer, laptop or tablet, and scan the QR code from within the app on your Android device. Once that is done, both your phone and the website will automatically establish a connection and allow you to throw photos and video up on a bigger screen. One thing you should note is the app does require your devices to be on the same wifi network.
Even though the app is in beta, it works pretty well and most users shouldn’t encounter problems (save for grainy or pixelated images and videos occasionally). Hit the Android Market link or QR code below to download the app.
Today, a new developer distribution agreement was sent out by Google and caused quite the stir within the rumor mill. There is a certain part of the new agreement that talks about the Android Market’s return policy that when read, can definitely be misleading. Here, I will let you read the excerpt in question so you know what I am talking about.
Products that cannot be previewed by the buyer (such as applications): You authorize Google to give the buyer a full refund of the Product price if the buyer requests the refund within 48 hours after purchase.
After reading that doesn’t it seem like Google is extending their 15 minute return policy to 48 hours? While I can admit that 15 minutes is hardly enough time to fully test out a purchase, at the same time I think 48 hours is a bit excessive. I mean you can totally beat many of the games out there within half that amount of time. Anyways, after initial speculations went a flying, someone actually thought to dig a little deeper to try and figure out what this actually means.
It seems that the way that Google worded the statement was in reference to how long developers have to return funds to unhappy customers. They have 2 days to return your money if you ask for a refund within the 15 minute trial period. Nothing at this point has changed for end users, rather just a more strict refund policy for app developers. Sorry guys, I wish we could get an extension too. Another 15 minutes wouldn’t even hurt.
As we told you back in August, a web site by the name of Tablified was created to bring you a database of tablet specific apps. I have been using this web site daily since its creation and have found numerous tablet built apps from it. Well Tablified announced the other day that they are looking to bring the Tablet app experience to you with the release of its Android Tablified App.
I downloaded the app the other day and have to say that I am impressed. At times, the load time is slow but as the disclaimer in the App description states this is something they are working on fixing. However, this application does a great job in bringing the links and descriptions of over 1,100-tablet-apps straight to your tablet. Searching for apps is a breeze and those who are familiar with both the Android Market and Tablified.com will be satisfied.
While load times may be too slow for some, I will put up with it because aside from that, this app is what everyone with an Android Tablet needs. Follow the link below to get your taste of a good search application for Tablet apps.
Android Market Link
Last night during my usual late night Android Market browsing session I surprisingly experienced a sudden force close – the app suddenly went dark for a moment and took me back to my home screen. After I reopened it I was delighted to see that I had just witnessed a quick refresh of the Market app that now features the new “Music” section. I have also been hearing from a couple of friends that they too are seeing the new music store so it looks like Google has begun to push the update to many devices.
Once you receive the new Music store you will notice the added orange “Music” section amidst the usual suspects, apps, games, movies and books. Once you open the section you see the featured page which highlights various artists and recommendations, this is also where you will find the free song of the day. If you scroll the page to the left you are presented with over 20 genres and to the right you will find the top songs and albums. You can even go directly to the music app right from within the stores menu by pressing “My Music”. Pretty fancy Google!
If you are not seeing the updated market (version number hasn’t changed) you can try clearing the app’s cache and data by going to: Settings–> Applications–> Manage Applications–> Android Market–> Clear Data. Try rebooting and see if that helps any, if not I’m sure it will only be a short while until all devices get the update.
I have come across apps claiming to be exactly what I need. Very few few ever live up to that promise. Thinking Space doesn’t claim that and I couldn’t tell you if it does or not. Why, you ask? Mainly because I only had it loaded for five minutes before I knew Thinking Space Pro was my better option. Don’t get me wrong here, the free version is awesome. However the paid version does do exactly what I need. Did I confuse you a little there? I’m sorry, we will try to avoid that kind of play on words in the future. (Maybe.)
I am in college and I have a lot of .pdf files for school on my Tab 10.1, (It is my soul in school, without it I would be doomed.) and most of them are converted power points. So when I study, I need to have all of them as well as my notes in one place. Instead I have to search for them with Astro File Manager or load them in through Office Suite Pro 5. Neither option is hard at all, but it is time consuming searching through multiple files just to find the one I need. Thinking Space Pro allows you to inbed them all into one “mind map,” now they are all right at your finger tips, for easy studying. Read on past the break for the screen shoots and links to download.
Ever since I bought my first Android phone I had one major issue with the OS; the keyboard. For some reason it never felt as responsive or fluid as I had hoped it to be. However, a quick Market search brought me to TouchType’s keyboard, SwiftKey. While I have used it and replaced it with other keyboards, I have found myself coming back to it after its most recent update. Learning from the way you type through texts, emails, blogs and so on, SwiftKey touted that it was quite accurate and could predict the next word you were going to type, making your typing more efficient.
TouchType hasn’t stopped there and has pushed out yet another major update for the keyboard. This update brings SwiftKey to 35 languages. This version promises updates to both accuracy and predictably while also bringing support for Ice Cream Sandwich. Along with UI refinements, SwiftKey promises users the ability to predict typing even when typing inaccurately. For those who enjoy different keyboard layouts SwiftKey incorporates both Dvorak and Colemak layouts.
SwiftKey is a good choice for those looking for alternatives to the native keyboard. I am currently using this update on both my Xoom and my Razr and am thoroughly impressed. For those that are wanting to give it a whirl or read the press release hit the break below.
Admit it, every one of you draws and sketches even if you’re not an artist. Today’s free Amazon App– SketchBook Mobile, allows you to draw, doodle, and create endless possibilities. SBM is a full-featured drawing application and image studio that’s based off the popular desktop version, but allows you to create your art on the go using your smartphone or tablet.
Like other drawing applications and image studios, SBM is not short on features. You can create images using 40+ set of brushes, pens and airbrushes. When you find your particular one, you can select the opacity of the brush and choose from a wide range of colors and palettes to start drawing with. In addition, you have the ability to add layers to your particular project. In fact, you have the ability to add up to 6 layers to any one project. Pretty neat for a mobile drawing app. Oh and if you feel like fiddling with an existing image or picture on your phone’s memory or SD card, you can do just that and add unique touches to your personal photos.
The app is normally available for $1.99, but of course you will find it today for the price of nothing. If you have the Amazon App Store, be sure to check it out and give it a shot. If you don’t have the Amazon App Store, you can load it up on your Android device by using our handy Quick Tips page. It’s a little bit on the hefty side at 9.1MB, but hey, as long as I can share art like my masterpiece found after the break, it’s worth it.
Adobe discontinuing Flash support for mobile browsers came as a shock for most when the announcement was made. What is even more surprising is that even with this announcement Firefox has implemented the plug-in into its nightly builds. While those who have installed the mobile version of the popular web browser have been calling it for a while now, even developers are puzzled. Dknite was quoted to say in his blog:
“Since Firefox’s for Android inception back in March 2010, the top request and comment is ‘We want Flash, We Want Flash!’ Why people want that buggy plugin still floors me today, but Mozilla’s heard you loud and clear.”
So while I haven’t tested this personally, those of you interested in taking it for a test run can download the file below and let us know what you think of it in the comments section. Make sure that when you go to manually install it, that you have the Unknown Sources option checked under the application area of your settings. With Flash being discontinued it will be interesting to see how long flash support will remain in any of the browsers. Who knows, maybe Sibblingz Spaceport 3.0 will take the place of Flash down the road.