Google IO 2016 Coverage

OUYA changes course to give devs choice about free-to-try model


OUYA has announced a change to their service that will be implemented in coming weeks to let developers choose whether they want to distribute free-to-try games or just go for an up-front fee for gamers to grab a new title. In a blog post titled “It’s about CHOICE” the company says they had resisted allowing developers to offer anything other than free-to-try games. However, this appears to have been dampening enthusiasm for the platform and could be seen as not being entirely open, one of the principles the company is based on. Read more

Droid Razr: How The Heck Did They Fit It All In?

We know what you were thinking when the 7.1 mm thin Motorola Droid Razr was first unveiled, “how the heck did they fit everything in there?”  We were thinking the same thing, especially when they announced that there would be LTE radios on board.  Well, the good folks over at the Engadget Mobile team put together a little “under the hood” look with their go to guy, Francois Simond, who handles everything in the hardware hack dept.  Check out his findings below when he cracked that baby open.   Read more

HTC’s CEO Announces No More Locked Bootloaders.

Yep, you read it right: Just announced via Facebook and tweeted in follow-up, HTC will no longer be locking the bootloaders on their phones. Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, made the following statement:

‎”There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience.”

[via facebook]

Andy Rubin: “We continue to be an open source platform”

There has been a lot of comments and speculation over the last couple of weeks about Google becoming “closed” with regard to not releasing the source code for Honeycomb. Then is was reported that Google would be approving all manufacturer tweaks (skins) to the Android OS.

Today Andy Rubin, Google’s Vice President of Engineering, posted some comments on the Android Developer Blog to clear things up. Rubin said “We don’t believe in a one size fits all solution.” He goes on to say that quality and consistency continue to be top priorities.

Rubin stressed that device makers are free to modify Android. He does mention that basic compatibility requirements must be met if someone wishes to market a device that is Android compatible or if including Google applications on the device. Their anti-fragmentation program has been in place since Android 1.0 and will continue to be a priority.

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FCC: Because of the open nature of Android, stricter net neutrality options weren’t imposed

Net neutrality has been a huge topic of debate for many, many years. As of yesterday, the FCC has made some official stances on the net neutrality issue, and one of the stipulations is that the regulations for wireless data will be less intense than wired internet. In a press release, the FCC released this statement:

Further, we recognize that there have been meaningful recent moves toward openness, including the introduction of open operating systems like Android. In addition, we anticipate soon seeing the effects on the market of the openness conditions we imposed on mobile providers that operate on upper 700 MHz C-Block spectrum, which includes Verizon Wireless, one of the largest mobile wireless carriers in the U.S.

In light of these considerations, we conclude it is appropriate to take measured steps at this time to protect the openness of the Internet when accessed through mobile broadband.

For a full rundown, be sure to hit up the source link, or check out the full press release here. Let us know what you think in the comments.

[via engadget]

Source Code for T-Mobile G2, myTouch 4G, Verizon Droid Incredible released by HTC

HTC has officially made the source code for the:

  • T-Mobile myTouch 4G
  • T-Mobile myTouch 4G / HD
  • Verizon Droid Incredible

While, as per usual, some proprietary code has been “unincluded”, this is always great news. If you own one of these devices, expect to see some more functionality out of things like custom ROMs and kernels. And, if you develop custom ROMs and kernels for these devices, keep on moving, and we love what you do.

Hit up the source link below to check out and download the source code for yourself, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

[via HTC]

Video: Android running on Apple iPhone 3G, Tutorial Included

With the influx of people wanting to give Android a go (even Steve Wozniak!), there’s been one lack in the whole “Android on your iPhone” flurry: video! Fortunately for all of us, the guys over at Lifehacker have recorded a video tutorial of not only how to get Android on your iPhone, but also of the OS running on the device. In viewing the video, you’ll probably notice that the interface is pretty laggy in general, but you have to remember how much hacking and modding was required to get this done. So check out the video after the break, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

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Open Handset Alliance adds VisualOn to team in time for Gingerbread

VisualOn, a company that specializes in bringing rich mutimedia experiences to handsets, has just joined the Open Handset Alliance. Just in time, too, with Gingerbread poking its head out over the horizon. The company will now start contributing to Android with the new release, and we can start looking forward to a new and better slew of features in the area of music and video, streaming, mobile TV and more.

VisualOn’s Android solution comes courtesy of VOME (VisualOn Media Engine), an “OpenMAX compliant media framework that is capable of working directly with hardware and/or software multimedia components.”

We can also expect faster market releases with the new partnership. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

[via androidguys]

Open source licensing a large factor in market and app store apps

In a study by OpenLogic, a software services vendor, open source components play a huge part in the development of mobile apps. According to the study, 88% of the apps available on the Android Market had at least one source component that was open source. The same study found that number to be lower in Apple’s app store, coming in at 41%.

The firm said it is important to note that while the research looked for the actual use of open source in the apps, they did not look for compliance in open source licensing. The study also found that GPL licensing was present in 8% of iOS apps, while Android apps came in at half that with 4%.

[via groundreport]

Android Rant – Is Android really open source? Absolutely, and here’s why

You probably heard about Steve Jobs losing another few thousand brain cells over Android in an earnings call last week. He went off on a bit of a tangent, saying a bunch of things about Android, and how they’re not really open, even though some people think they are. He also called Tweetdeck “Twitterdeck”, and said when people think of openness their first thought is Windows… but thats a whole other set of crazy hobo babble we won’t get into today.

What I’m here to discuss briefly is the open nature of Android. Steve Jobs’ rant has created quite a stir in not only the online world, but among some of the highest ranking CEOs around, and now I want to put in my own rant: and Android rant.

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