Angry Birds Also Showing Video Ads During Gameplay – Too Much Advertising?

Angry Birds has done great things on the Android platform by allowing users to download the game for free, but having the game “ad-supported”, as many other app developers have chosen to market. This revenue model has done so well that Angry Birds is reporting they have made as much money from ads on Android as they have with the game being $.99 in the Apple App Store, pulling in as much as 1 million a month, with almost 7 million downloads onto Android devices. This model has worked so well that Rovio has decided to try another method of advertising by loading ad-mob videos into the game, rather than the clickable banners displaying at the bottom of the screen.

We’ll see how this method pans out and whether this actually becomes annoying to players. Here’s a video showing the ad-mob video ads during gameplay below.

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[via - Android and Me]

Developers: Saving Data Safely

Developers, beware – Gingerbread is changing the game regarding keeping your data saved properly. Thankfully, Android-Developers is doing a series of articles dedicated to developing for 2.3, and the latest feature covers this exact topic.

Apparently Gingerbread will be using the ext4 filesystem instead of YAFFS which Android has used up until now, and this can make it pretty easy to write data to the wrong partition and wind up losing it.  However, by making proper use of the fsync() command, you can ensure that you data makes it all the way to primary permanent partition and doesn’t get lost along the way. Developers using SharedPreferences or SQLite don’t have to worry about this problem, and these programs take care of this for you.

This article is absolutely a must-read for developers interested in protecting their data once Gingerbread becomes more prominent, so hit the source link for more details.

[via Android-Developers Blog]

Open-source Dreamcast emulator nullDC is headed to Android

If you’re a fan of the short-lived Dreamcast gaming system, you may be interested in knowing that an open-source emulator called nullDC is headed to Android. The developer behind the project, drk|Raziel, has been posting his progress over at his blog, and has included a brief video demonstration of the current status of the project.

There’s no word yet as to when this might be ready for a public release, but continue after the break to check out the video for yourself.


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Strict Mode in Android 2.3 Gingerbread helps developers make better, leaner apps

In the slew of new things to be included in Android 2.3 Gingerbread, here’s one that the devs will love. It’s a new feature called “StrictMode”, and is designed to monitor an app as it works and watch for calls, commands, or other app functions that could end up slowing things down on your device. According to the Android Developers Blog, it is made to:

  • detect disk writes
  • detect disk reads
  • detect network usage
  • on a violation: log
  • on a violation: crash
  • on a violation: dropbox
  • on a violation: show an annoying dialog

So what does this mean, specifically? It means that developers will now be able to find out what causes slowdowns and bottlenecks in their apps that would ultimately cause an app to crash or force close. This means a better app experience, and more stable apps in general for the end user. Looks like Google is all about the apps, and they plan to stay that way. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!

[via android-developers]

4G wars: Is Sprint planning on dropping WiMax and changing to LTE?

A few days ago, Sprint unveiled their new roadmap at a cost of $2.5 billion, which had a crucial step of killing off their current iDEN network. The carrier wants the technology out the door by 2017. They are also planning on replacing current hardware with new base stations that would be capable of using up multiple bands, which include WiMax and, you guessed it, LTE. Sprint made a statement saying that all they’re aiming for is a reduced carbon footprint, better indoor coverage, and more streamlined base stations. To quote the official statement from Sprint:


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Windows Phone 7 UI comes to Android, fanboys weep

Ever wanted to try out the Windows Phone 7 experience, but can’t bring yourself to get a Windows Phone 7 device? Not only can we not blame you, but it looks like xda-developers can help. Xda member seraph1024 has brought some UI magic to the table in the form of an Android / WP7 merge-and-clone, and it actually doesn’t seem half bad. According to xda, the lite version includes:

  • Pin to front page tiles
  • Remove from front page
  • Uninstall apps
  • Dark and lite themes
  • 4 accent colours (blue, green, red and orange)
  • Limited system messages at top of screen

Also, if you’re not interested in replacing your launcher, but still want to try it out, it comes as a standalone application.

Be sure to hit up the source link to find the application thread, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

[via xda]

Google Instant for Mobile Now Available Worldwide

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Google Instant for Mobile Devices is now available for all users with Android 2.2 or higher. Google Instant supports 28 languages in 40 countries as Google moved this into major release from its beta phase released in November earlier this year. You’ll be able to go to google.com in your mobile browser, and click the “Instant” link under the search field to turn it on. Now Google will link your deepest thoughts with your mobile device for the government to scan your mind before you even know its happening!…Kidding.

[via Google Mobile Blog]

Samsung Galaxy S Not Getting Gingerbread Update?

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After announcing the addition of the Samsung Nexus S this week, reports have been flying around that Samsung’s flagship 2010 device, the Samsung Galaxy S, may not be receiving Android 2.3, despite the Nexus S shipping with it! Say it isn’t so Samsung!!

In case a new version of Android operating system is publicly announced and released, Samsung will review the possibility of implementation of such new version to the existing Samsung products with Android operating system (“Update”).

Such a review will be based on various factors including, without limitation, the overall effect of such Update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations, and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors.

If Samsung decides to make the Update available to the users after such consideration, Samsung will use its efforts to develop such Update, which may be released to the users upon successful completion of such development.

At least it’s not totally cut off… there may be hope yet. If this frustrates you, let us know below! Samsung needs to hear how their Galaxy users need the Gingerbread love too!

[via Pocket-Lint]