Category Archives: Resources

SDK Update Has Been Released

Just got word from the official Android blog that the new SDK has been loosed on the world. Sounding like an actual Android’s name, m5-rc14, is now available to developers. So what changes can one expect?

Taken directly from the blog…

  • New user interface – As I mentioned when we introduced the m3 version of the Android SDK, we’re continuing to refine the UI that’s available for Android. m5-rc14 replaces the previous placeholder with a new UI, but as before, work on it is still in-progress.
  • Layout animations – Developers can now create layout animations for their applications using the capabilities introduced in the android.view.animation package. Check out the LayoutAnimation*.java files in the APIDemos sample code for examples of how this works.
  • Geo-coding – android.location.Geocoder enables developers to forward and reverse geo-code (i.e. translate an address into a coordinate and vice-versa), and also search for businesses.
  • New media codecs – The MediaPlayer class has added support for the OGG Vorbis, MIDI, XMF, iMelody, RTTL/RTX, and OTA audio file formats.
  • Updated Eclipse plug-in – A new version of ADT is available and provides improvements to the Android developer experience. In particular, check out the new Android Manifest editor.

You can submit your project to the Developers Challenge using any version of the SDK you’d like.

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20/20 Podcast #8

Last Wednesday saw Jamie and Scott sitting down to record another pair of 20/20 podcasts. Rather than sticking to a pre-planned ‘script’ for talking from, we decided to give ourselves a few bullet points to choose from and tackle them in whatever order seemed logical. Our conversation felt more natural to us as we shot from the hip. We’re pleased with the results and hope that you will be too! If you have a topic or comment that you’d like to see us cover, leave a comment or drop an email. If you like what you hear, subscribe to the AndroidGuys 20/20 Podcast Feed today!

Part 1 (#8A) topics include how Google Android will fit into the prepaid business model. We also touch on the Dell/Google rumor from last week as well as Motorola‘s possible exodus. Finally, the developer kit news regarding the extended entry date for the Developer Challenge and 700MHz auction round out the first 20 minutes.

Part 2 (#8B) had us getting into Nokia and Trolltech‘s announcement last week. Is Nokia competing directly with Google or do they have similar end games? We also forecast a little bit into Yahoo and who might be best suited to buy them and/or rescue them. Skyfire was just a brand new topic when we recorded this so we touched a bit on how it should work. And lastly, we mention and have a little bit of fun daydreaming with the potential of barcode scanners on phones. As we signed off, we had a plea to carriers and ask for lower texting rates.

AG5 – January 26th Edition

Another Saturday, another AG5. For regular visitors, AndroidGuys takes a look back at 5 headlines we think deserve a second look. If this is your first time stopping by, welcome to AndroidGuys! Here’s five things to bring you up to speed. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again soon!

#1 – 700MHz Auction gets going.
The illustrious ‘C’ block reserve price of $4.6 billion was not met, but nobody was really surprised. Look for the auction to last a few weeks before we find out who wins it.

#2 – Motorola releases some rather unappealing numbers.

New CEO Greg Brown has a long road ahead of him as Motorola needs a wake up call of sorts. Did it come in the form of 4th quarter ’07 numbers? We hope so.

#3 – HTC seems to be selling Touches a pretty good rate.
Given that nobody has ever seen an HTC commercial, they are doing well against the Apple iPhone. With the right mix of software and promoting, HTC could put out a very sexy handset.

#4 – Android could become a major force.

In the first two months, programmers downloaded the software development kit for Android more than 250,000 times. This is way more than comparable SDK’s for mobile devices.

#5 – AndroidGuys showed up on a couple of other sites.
TechWag sat down to ask us a few questions for one of their interviews and Scott guest-blogged on The Big Bald Blog this week. Thanks to both of the for helping to spread who we are and what we think about Android.

20/20 Podcast #7

Jamie and Scott sat down on Thursday to go over some current posts as well as recent Android related news. Recorded over two 20 minute segments, we present to you episode seven of the AndroidGuys 20/20 podcast. If you want to check out some previous podcasts, please subscribe to the feed! We’re open to suggestions, so if you have anything you’d like us to cover, let us know in the comments!

Part 1 (#7A) topics include the FCC Auction getting underway, Google Android and Yahoo Go!, and mobile search versus local search on phones. Shout outs to TechWag, The Big Bald Blog, and AskTheAdmin for all they have done for us lately, as well as what they have allowed us to do.

Part 2 (#7B) saw us discussing things like Hop-On’s Chitter Chatter, NTT DoCoMo, A La Mobile, BancoMap, lowering costs for bringing a handset, and job cuts at Sprint. Respect knuckles to Jordan over at Fandroid.net for his help with the 34 Weeks of OHA!

Don’t forget to subscribe to our standard feed as well as the podcast only version.

Minor Glossary Additions

Another slow news day allows for us to add a few more items to the AndroidGuys Glossary. If you’ve never seen it, please stop by.

Care to suggest an item? Leave it in the comments. We check them all the time. Today sees us adding words like 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, GPS, and GPRS to the mix.

Welcome New Readers!

We’re seeing a steady increase in traffic this week so we wanted to welcome our newest readers. Thanks for stopping by AndroidGuys! If you’re looking for a few places to start, may we suggest here, here, and here? You might also want to read through our growing resources like the FAQ, and Glossary.

We’ve recently launched a few new things here so bookmark us or subscribe to our feed!

Glossary Update: Mobile Operators/Network Providers

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the glossary, now is the perfect time. Bring yourself up to speed on pretty much anything you need to know regarding Android and the Open Handset Alliance. For those of you already familiar with the glossary, today finds us bringing you the addition of the mobile operators/ network providers involved in the Open Handset Alliance. Stop by for a primer on China Mobile, KDDI Corporation, NTT DoCoMo, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Telecom Italia, and Telef√≥nica.