Tech geeks and tablet lovers are waiting for something to compete with Apple's iPad and Kmart wants to offer up a suggestion. In a recent blog they mention how you can get a raincheck for the 7-inch Augen Android-based Tablet. Getting a raincheck gives you additional satisfaction of saving $20 off the regular sales price of $169.99. It's smaller than the iPad and likely not going to be a real competitor overall. But if this functions with few glitches there will be many happy Apple-haters out there picking them up.
If you are thinking about reserving yours, the blog offers a suggestion: "The Augen 7" Android Tablet's SKU is 811470015254; if you bring this number with you up to the register as you request your raincheck, this should make the process a bit faster."
Hopefully this is a first of a flood of non-glitchy tablets we'll see on the market.
Apple isn't the only one capable of serious repercussions for trying to break their closed system. While they are notorious for trying to tell their users what to do with the product they bought, Motorola has just taken the cake for this. They've taken the Android OS, which is based on openness and customizeability, and slapped a ridiculous lockdown on it.
Motorola's new Droid X ships with a built-in "security" system called eFuse. This nefarious program checks certain information that can only be in the stock Motorola bootloader. If this information doesn't match, the eFuse chip immediately corrupts the bootloader and completely bricks the phone. The only way to fix this is to send the phone back to Motorola, where they will likely tell you that you voided the warranty and you have to buy a new phone.
Unless this system is somehow broken through, this will make it impossible to mod the phone that you paid for. Skipping this phone would probably be wise. Source
Today Adobe announced that the Flash Player 10.1 would be available for download from the Android app market for any phones running Android 2.2.
Android isn't the only OS getting Flash Player 10.1 either. Blackberry, WebOS, Windows Phone 7, LiMo, Symbian OS, and MeeGo will also be getting their version of the new Flash Player.
Whilst the final version isn't officially out in the wild yet, a test version for Android has been made available to the public through the Android market, and has already become a massively popular download. Source
Slashdotter and Falling Blocks developer sbrubblesman says his Tetris clone has been pulled from the Android Marketplace by a DMCA takedown notice from Tetris, LLC.
"I have received an email warning that my game was suspended from Android Market due to a violation of the Developer Content Policy. When I received the email, I already imagined that it had something to do with it being a Tetris clone, but besides having the same gameplay as Tetris, which I believe cannot be copyrighted, the game uses its own name, graphics and sounds. There's no reference to 'Tetris' in our game.
My app was removed together with 35 other Tetris clones. I checked online at various sources, and all of them say that there's no copyright on gameplay. There could be some sort of patent. But even if they had one, it would last 20 years, so it would have been over in 2005...Users will be forced to buy the paid, official version, which is worse than many of the ones available for free on the market. Users from other countries, such as Brazil in my case, won't even be able to play the official Tetris, since Google Checkout doesn't exist in Brazil; you can't buy paid applications from Android Market in these countries."
Additionally, you can view the DMCA takedown notice here.
"Earlier this morning, it was discovered that Google was upgrading the Nexus One to the impressive new Android 2.2 operating system with an over-the-air (OTA) update. However, it quickly became apparent that this wasn't being delivered as a general release for everyone in possession of a Nexus One -- the update was only being pushed out to review samples that had been sent out by Google earlier this year.
Now, however, some rather inventive folks have found the direct download link so that everyone with a Nexus One can enjoy some Froyo sweetness. The only catch is that the Nexus One must be in non-rooted, stock ERD79 form." source
"Amazon.com, Inc.today announced that Kindle for Android, the free application that lets readers around the world enjoy Kindle books on their Android phones, is coming this summer. Kindle for Android enables customers to discover and read from over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store -- the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read -- including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases from $9.99. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Android will include Amazon's Whispersync technology, which saves and synchronizes a customer's bookmarks across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and, soon, Android, so customers always have their reading material with them and never lose their place. Kindle is the most wished for, most gifted and #1 bestselling product on Amazon.com." source
"Apple hates Flash. Adobe “loves” Apple. Apple hates Android. And now, yes, Android loves Flash.
It’s widely expected that Google will unveil the latest version of Android, 2.2 (codenamed “Froyo“), at Google I/O which starts on Wednesday. The update is promising big things including huge performance improvements, tethering, and the ability to create your own WiFi hotspots with your phone. Another huge feature is expected to be the integration of Flash 10.1, a version finally optimized to run on mobile devices. And Google is apparently going to be highlighting the feature the moment you update to 2.2." source
"Rejoice, oh Android lovers. Thy OS of choice has finally graduated to the point where its latest variant is also the most used -- a statistic that is likely to last for only a day given Google's intent to reveal Android 2.2, or Froyo, at its I/O conference tomorrow. For the first time since El Goog's been keeping these platform version stats, 2.1 has risen above 1.5, the previous incumbent, having grown from 32.4 percent on May 3 (chart after the break) to 37.2 percent on May 17. This rapid ascension can only be expected to accelerate with more devices getting their Eclair permissions slips, and let's not forget that Google will be trying its hardest with 2.2 to make upgrades easier for phone makers to implement. Onwards and upwards we go." source
"By 2013, IDC forecasts that worldwide shipments of converged mobile devices, also known as smartphones, will surpass 390 million units, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.9% for the 2009–2013 forecast period. Underpinning the converged mobile device market is the constantly shifting mobile operating system (OS) landscape. In a market that was once dominated by a handful of pioneers, such as BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile, newcomers touting open standards (Android) and intuitive design and navigation (Mac OS X and webOS) have garnered strong end-user and handset vendor interest." source
"Google's recent turmoil in China has prompted the company to halt the launch of two Android smartphones in the Chinese market.
The company told Dow Jones Newswire on Tuesday that it has indefinitely postponed the Chinese debut of two mobile phones manufactured by Samsung and Motorola. The phones, which were to be sold by provider China Unicom, were initially set to hit China on Wednesday.
An unnamed source told Dow Jones that Google felt it would be "irresponsible" to unveil the phones now, in light of the company's current situation in China. No details were given regarding when or if the launch would be rescheduled." source