Amazon Kindle Fire gets 1000s more apps

Thousands more applications and games will be available to use on the Amazon Kindle Fire when it's launched next week.

People across the US will be able to access many Android apps, including Netflix, Twitter, Facebook and The Weather Channel, alongside games from Zynga, EA and Rovio.

Customers will also be offered a paid app for free every day. All apps downloaded from the Amazon

By Dani Millward, 10 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, Research, Tablet.

Adobe Stops Development of Flash Mobile Browser

Adobe has ceased the development of Flash Player for browsers on mobile devices, ZDNet reports citing an upcoming announcement from Adobe.

“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations,” says Adobe’s announcement which is reportedly due to be released today.

Instead, Adobe...

By 3Squared, 09 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development.

Microsoft collects fees from over half of Chrome and Android manufacturers

Microsoft is collecting millions of dollars in patent licenses from Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) producing smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices running Android and Chrome.

Following a recent deal with the Taiwanese firm Compal Electronics, the tech giant now has more than half of the worldwide ODMs for Android and ChromeOS devices now paying it patent royalties. 

ODMs are manufactures that produce products for other firms to sell under their brand.

Compal Electronics, for instance, is...

By Matthew Henkes, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Microsoft.

Google Android has 190 million activated devices

Google Android has hit 190 million activated devices since release.

A new version of Android’s OS system may be out by the end of the year. Code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s optimized to join smartphones and tablets together.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said: “I’m super excited about the soon to be released new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s right, Ice Cream Sandwich. You don’t believe what we’ve managed to get done in this...

By Dani Millward, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

Android vs Apple: The race for app downloads gets tougher

Android downloads are continuing their encroachment on the dominance of iOS, and could soon overtake their arch rival, according to new figures.

A report by download tracker Xyologic found that Apple was currently still a fair way ahead, with 1.45 billion downloads, compared to Android’s 640 million last month.

However, this could all change within the next year, as both platforms will hold around 3.2bn downloads by June 2012.

Matthaus Krzykowski, cofounder of Xyologic, said: “In the coming...

By Dani Millward, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, iOS.

Facebook pushes to become entertainment platform with new social apps

Facebook has announced its partnership with 33 European partners to launch a range of new social media apps.

Consumers will soon be able to access music, movies and news on their mobiles via Facebook after Spotify, The Guardian, The Independent and Vevo signed up to create their own apps. Developers, meanwhile, will be able to create their own action as part of their app based on the 'Like" social pluggin and be able to customise ways of sharing their content such as "watch" or "read" and which will be...

By Verity Gough, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development, Mobile, Social.

Google Buys Motorola - what does it mean for developers

I’m sure you heard by now that Google has announced its intention to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5BN in cash. What was the motivation behind such a large acquisition, and what does it mean for developers?

In their official press release, Google said “The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in...

By RunRev, 18 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS.

Google buys Motorola: Android licensees shout "EEK!"

In its largest ever acquisition, Google has announced that it will buy Motarola Mobility, the tech giant’s phone division, for a massive $12.5bn, launching the global search leader into the mobile handset market at mach 5 and surely shaking up the Android ecosystem almost beyond belief.

The deal is yet to win competition approval, which may not be entirely plain sailing, and brings Google into direct competition with the raft of handset manufacturers that licence the Android OS, providing the company...

By Matthew Henkes, 16 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Microsoft, Mobile.