Items tagged with Android Market

How many times growing up did you hear a teacher tell you to get your head out of the clouds and pay attention? She wouldn't have spouted such foolishness if she knew there was 50GB of free storage space sitting in the cloud, just waiting for you to pluck it with your Android device. That's exactly what's up there, courtesy of Box, which is offering Android users oodles of free storage space for a limited time. Box for Android and Android Tablet lets you store files online and access them from your Android phone or tablet anywhere there's an Internet connection. It's a free app, and if you install... Read more...
Google on Thursday revealed a new service that's been working behind the scenes to protect Android users from malware. It's called "Bouncer," which Google developed to automatically scan the Android Market for potentially malicious software without getting in the way of the end-user. It's Google's way of juggling an open marketplace where apps don't have to go through an approval process like they do on Apple's ecosystem, while simultaneously combating the growing threat for malware "The service has been looking for malicious apps in Market for a while now, and between the first and second halves... Read more...
Mobile malware hasn't been a huge problem up to this point. It certainly exists, but wielding a smartphone and downloading apps from an official market place isn't like running Windows, where multiple new threats emerge every day. Perhaps things are beginning to change. Security firm Symantec discovered over a dozen malicious apps in the Android Market being used to push out Android.Counterclank, a bot-like threat that can receive remote commands and steal user data. "The combined download figures of all the malicious apps indicate that Android.Counterclank has the highest distribution of any malware... Read more...
It’s pretty clear that Google’s Android Market is growing quickly and giving Apple some competition. A recent announcement from Google sheds a little more light on the growth of this app store. This past weekend, Google said the Android Market exceeded 10 billion app downloads. The current growth rate is one billion app downloads per month. These numbers speak well of Android’s popularity and Google wants to celebrate. To that end, Google has partnered with some of the Android developers who have contributed to this milestone. Through these partnerships, a number of Android apps... Read more...
As expected, Samsung Mobile and Google officially announced the Galaxy Nexus in Hong Kong last night. In the past, we've known this phone by a few names including the Nexus Prime and Droid Prime. This phone will be the world's first smartphone to feature Google's latest version of Android – version 4.0 which has also been called Ice Cream Sandwich. Key features of the Galaxy Nexus include a 4.65 inch HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x720, a 1.2GHz dual core processor, and LTE or HSPA+ connectivity. The Galaxy Nexus will feature software navigation buttons which is a first... Read more...
Android gamers have made emulators such as N64oid, Ataroid, Gearoid, Nesoid, Snesoid, Gensoid, and Gameboid popular on the Android Market. However, that seems to be past tense, at least for now, as all of those emulators, written by Yong Zhang (yongzh) have been pulled from the Market. According to Zhang, his developer account has been removed and his apps pulled without warning. Fortunately for Android users, the Android Market is not the only place to buy apps. Even without rooting, most phones can sideload, which means install from non-Android Market stores (we use the term most until AT&T... Read more...
The Android Market now has movie rentals. One problem for those who take the popular step of rooting their devices: those devices can stay home, as they won't be able to view any of the movies. End users attempting to rent a movie from the Android Market even get a clue as to why, based on the specific error message they receive: "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)." That's right: it's about licensing and the threat of piracy. Google's support site gives the following details into the error: You'll receive this "Error 49" message if you attempt to play a movie on a rooted device.... Read more...
The long-awaited Netflix app for Android is finally available. Unfortunately, all Android users won’t be able to take advantage of the app. You see, as of right now, the app will only run on the following five phones: HTC Incredible with Android 2.2, HTC Nexus One with Android 2.2, 2.3, HTC Evo 4G with Android 2.2, HTC G2 with Android 2.2, and the Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3. For users with one of these compatible phones however, you should be able to download the app from the Android Market right away. Once installed, the app is designed to provide similar functionality as the iOS version... Read more...
Google's Android Market has grown tremendously and has surpassed the 200,000-application mark recently. With the vast number of applications available, however, it's becoming harder and harder for consumers to sort through these apps to find the best of the best. Google understands this and has plans to help applications stand out in the crowd with a refresh to the Android Market. In the coming weeks, Android devices should receive an update to the Market. The web-based version will also get an update. On the Web-based Android Market, you'll see five new categories to help you sort through applications:... Read more...
On the same day that Google unveiled its new Cloud-based music service, it also advanced its Android Market further into iTunes territory: movie rentals. In order to play movies from the new service, you need to have the new Movies App (coming to Honeycomb in Android 3.1 to Motorola Xooms, starting today, and to Android 2.2+ smartphones in the next few weeks) will be the optimal way to view the movies, said Google. Alternatively, you can use a web browser. However, with the App, a user can use a feature called Pins. Pins allows users to automatically download a rental in the background on their... Read more...
If you're an Android user, try not to hit your head on the ceiling fan as you jump for joy. Why? Well, Adobe last night announced the release of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets and is available for download in the Android Market. Eventually, this could prove to be a big deal, but it looks as though a Honeycomb update is needed to take full advantage of the Flash Player 10.2's new features. "Today we are releasing Flash Player 10.2 for Android Honeycomb devices, available for download from the Android Market," Adobe said. "This final release will take advantage of Google's... Read more...
Google has booted the music app Grooveshark from the Android Market. While it's still unclear as to the exact reason that the app was kicked out, the theory is that it was booted because of pressure over possible copyright violations. Grooveshark is a service that allows free music streaming via files that its users have posted to the site. While the app is not in the Android Market any longer, and isn't in the Amazon Appstore either, you can still install it via sideloading. Unlike iOS, Android apps can be installed from other app repositories as long as the end user sets the appropriate setting... Read more...
For a while now, there's been a rumor claiming RIM's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be able to run Android apps. Now, RIM has given us some confirmation this is true. In a recent press release, RIM confirmed Android apps will run on the PlayBook tablet, though not in the way you might expect. You see, the Android Market won't be operable on the PlayBook. Instead, users will be able to access Android apps via BlackBerry App World. There's another catch: At least for now, the PlayBook will only support Android 2.3 apps. Considering the number of apps available through the Android Market,... Read more...
Starting next week, Android application developers will be able to charge for updates and other extras from within their apps. Eric Chu, who is part of Google's Android Developer Ecosystem, recently explained in a blog post that developers will be able to upload and test apps to ensure the service is working. Testing begins this week, with the full launch of the service taking place next week. In-App Billing on Android Market: Ready for Testing Posted by Dirk Dougherty on 24 March 2011 at 1:25 PM [This post is by Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem. —Dirk Dougherty] Back in January we announced... Read more...
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