Over at a company called InKnowledge, developers have come up with a native SDK for Bing Maps by Microsoft… for Android. The SDK is said to bring a plethora of map control options to the table, so if Google Maps (for whatever reason) isn’t your thing, then maybe you should check this out.
Those who may be waiting to get their hands on the Android 3.0 source code may have a little while to wait as it was confirmed by Engadget that, following a report from BusinessWeek, Google will be hanging onto the source code because they essentially don’t feel it’s ready for people to hack it into pieces and start porting onto devices other than OEM tablets. Google had this to say;
Android 3.0, Honeycomb, was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization. While we’re excited to offer these new features to Android tablets, we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types including phones. Until then, we’ve decided not to release Honeycomb to open source. We’re committed to providing Android as an open platform across many device types and will publish the source as soon as it’s ready.
There you have it, no Honeycomb for a little while yet. No doubt Google has become a little hardened by Android’s “opensourceness’ when Android 3.0 was released originally for tablet use, when manufacturers continued and still continue to put Android 2.3 or earlier versions on their tablet offerings. Google isn’t saying it ‘won’t’ get released, just that they need to work out a few bugs yet. Stands to reason I say, look at how far Android has come since the first smartphone version came out. The same can be said for the first version designed for tablets. That said, I suspect we’ll see faster releases after Ice Cream starts making its way to devices in the near future.
As all of you in-the-know people are aware (and if you’re on this site, clearly you’re in the know), Android has seen an exponential increase in sales and users over the past couple of years. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to bring their hard work to a larger user base, many iOS developers have been making Android versions of their apps. Jumping into a completely different app development ecosystem can be a daunting task however, and Scoreloop wants to ease that process as much as possible. With the launch of their “Go Android” program, Scoreloop has put in place a support system to help developers with porting, testing, and launching an app in the Android Market. Scoreloop also offers an SDK for enabling cross-platform gameplay, ensuring that early adopters of the Android ports will have actual opponents to play against. For Android users and iOS developers alike, this sounds like a great opportunity. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments! Full press release after the break.
Android developers usually don’t like to wait around for a carrier or manufacturer to get the good stuff going on new OS’s. Probably why they send out the SDK’s anyway, get the hard work done by someone else more determined to fix it.
The two videos below highlight Honeycomb ported to teh HTC Evo 4G and the Desire HD, and although none of the buttons work properly, and the OS seems pretty sluggish at times, it still a few steps in the right direction.
Have a watch below and click the source links for details.
It looks like things are getting better and better for Mr. Developer and his good friend Mrs Advertizer. Tapjoy has recently announced that they will be offering a “mobile industry’s first” with their new Pay-Per-Action application distribution service. The goal, obviously, is to improve the effectiveness of advertising and to benefit brand advertisers and mobile app developers.
More specifically, the new service will allow developers to reward the end user for completing a certain action within that application. It could be completing a full tutorial, reaching a specific level on a game, or any other detailed action the developer would like. The Pay-Per-Action model is said to deliver a higher return on investment as it tracks users’ actions, guaranteeing a high level of value both for the developer and the user.
In addition, Tapjoy has teamed up with Apsalar, which is a mobile behavioral analytics company. With the assistance of Apsalar’s software, advertisers or developers can better pin point and decipher conversion funnels in one or more applications. Not a bad market to corner if you ask us. The Pay-Per-Action SDK is bonded with Apsalar’s analytics platform. It allows for grouping similar users together based on their patterns and user behaviors, thus making it effective for developers and advertisers to monetize on. After all, it all comes down to the user experience right? Well, this will be one method of improving just that. Let us know what you think of it all in the comments below.
The Android Developers blog has announced a new SDK for Gingerbread, the update 2.3.3 will be offering some new functionality and capabilities to the OS for developers, in regards to near field communication. “NFC is an emerging technology that promises exciting new ways to use mobile devices, including ticketing, advertising, ratings, and even data exchange with other devices” said Xavier Ducrohet, a lead SDK tech with Google. Ducrohet also mentioned that Google will be doing their best to bring us new functionality as it presents itself with the new and emerging technology. Some of the new features that can be found with 2.3.3 include:
- A comprehensive NFC reader/writer API that lets apps read and write to almost any standard NFC tag in use today.
- Advanced Intent dispatching that gives apps more control over how/when they are launched when an NFC tag comes into range.
- Some limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices.
Check out the change log here, or hit up the source link for the developers post to read it in its entirety. And if you’re a developer ready to give the kit a try yourself, you can grab it here.
Nothing gets the developer community hopping more than the system dump of a new, high-profile phone. Well, fans of the HTC Inspire 4G will be happy to know that its system dump has just been made available. The new version of HTC Sense is included in this, and the report is that there’s not a lot of the AT&T “bloatware” that is so common with so many phones. Developers, or anyone planning to purchase an Inspire and do any hacking, should really look into grabbing this download from Android Central.
[via Android Central Forums]
If you watched the Google event a few years ago or just read our coverage of it, you’ve heard a little talk about “fragments” in the Honeycomb OS. Over at the Android Developer’s Blog, software engineer Dianne Hackborn has shed a little light on exactly what these fragments are, and how they’ll work.
There’s a lot of technical information in the post, so it’s definitely worth a good read if you’re interested in the developer side of the platform. For the rest of you, the interesting part is that fragments are a way of organizing information and pulling it across various parts of the app. She also mentioned that fragment technology will be rolling back across to older Android versions, all the way back to 1.6. No word on the “when” of it, but it’ll be coming down the pipe.
[via Android Developers Blog]
So a few days ago, we saw Honeycomb running on the Nook color successfully, and had most of the issues worked out, though there were still some kinks. And while we still don’t have root access to it, as it turns out Honeycomb is now running, quite well, quite stable, on the Nook Color, and is available in one easy download. XDA-Developers have been working hard on this project, and have brought the Android-based e-reader into the realm where it can adequately compete with tablets on shelves at twice the price. They’ve come a long way in making this e-reader quite worthy of purchase for those looking for an Android tablet, and I admit…I’ve got my eye on it myself.
Google’s Honeycomb Event just wrapped up, and while we weren’t able to be there for the live show — yes, we got an invite, but our staff, sadly, was unable to attend — we caught the live streaming event and are happy to sum-up the basics for you.