Michelle Greenlee

Michelle is a Web developer who kicked off her career with an (unsuccessful) run at BASIC when she was seven. Her redeeming qualities include an affinity for Open Source software, new media and new Internet technologies. When she isn't writing code, she writes about code. She’s based in Texas with her family of people and her family of devices: three Android phones, an iPad2, an Android tablet, and two iPods. Michelle on Google+

Developing for Amazon’s Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire
Developing for the Kindle Fire is fundamentally the same as developing Android proper. The Kindle Fire HDs run on ICS, and the original model runs on Gingerbread. I was hoping the Kindle Fire HD was a Jelly Bean tablet when it was first announced, but it’s not. This isn’t a reason to avoid the platform altogether — there are plenty of good reasons to develop or port your apps to the Fire. Amazon provides a detailed introduction to development for… continue…

Cloud-Based Tools for Android Development

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Demand for cloud-based, integrated development environments are on the rise as developer tools transition from the desktop to the Internet. Google, for instance, has developed its cloud-only Chrome OS, but hasn’t yet created a fully Web-based Android development platform. Chromebooks seems like a nice alternative to managing laptop updates, but they don’t work well as development machines where access to the file system is required. Other mobile devices, such as tablets, might also be candidates for cloud-based development. This is… continue…

Developer Interest in Android Declines; Keep Building Anyway

Android Mascot
Interest in Android development has dropped over the last four years, it seems. In August, 66 percent of developers were very interested in working with Android tablets and 76 percent felt the same way about Android smartphones. That’s a 2- and 3-point drop respectively. All of this comes from a report by Appcelorator, maker of the Titanium mobile development platform. The company surveyed over 5,000 mobile developers in August. iPhone remained the most attractive platform for developers, with 85 percent… continue…

Apple-Samsung Uncertainty Impacts Smartphone Sales

Apple Samsung
We still don’t know the ending of the Apple-Samsung U.S. saga. In short, there have been a few developments since the first jury finding against Samsung. Samsung will undoubtedly seek appeal in the U.S courts and is facing judgment in courts around the world. Google released a statement to The Verge several days after the initial ruling saying it did not affect the Android core. The jury rushed to decision. Apple added even more Samsung devices to its laundry list… continue…

Optimize for Kindle HD, Get App Feature Status?

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Amazon unveiled two new Kindle Fire HD devices last week, a 7-inch and an 8.5-inch tablet set to begin shipping in November. Developers who are looking to capture a coveted feature status for their Kindle apps may want to consider optimizing their apps for Kindle Fire HD, and soon. It’s probably safe to assume HD-targeted apps will get feature status over other apps not yet optimized for the Kindle Fire HD Amazon’s Proposition Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD has a clear… continue…

Phones in Space: Android Will Ride NASA’s Nanosatellites

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Sunrise from Space
NASA is embracing low-cost, commercial technology in its Small Spacecraft Technology Program, an exciting new effort that embraces rapid prototyping and uses only commercially available hardware, with no modifications. That means it can pursue ideas like this: The technology in a smartphone is robust enough to use the devices as on-board computers for small satellites. A small team of engineers working on NASA’s PhoneSat at the agency’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., aim to rapidly evolve satellite architecture… continue…

Apple, Samsung and the Future of Android

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Android design patterns aren’t immediately affected by a jury’s ruling for Apple in its patent-infringement case against Samsung, but the future of the platform’s design may be. Google hasn’t released an official statement regarding the ruling and future of the Android UI, but there’s plenty of speculation about the overall future of mobile computing. And some attorneys, CNET says, believe the basis for the verdict is tenuous and the decision is likely to be overturned on appeal. For now, there… continue…

How Google Play’s Taming Aggressive Apps and Ads

Google Play
Aggressive, non-relevant ads, along with a host of other questionable content, will soon be a thing of the past in Google Play. In an effort to tighten the reigns and eliminate rogue apps, Google has developed a comprehensive set of content requirements that each one must adhere to in order to remain available. The rules were developed to clear out unruly titles and keep users safe from malware, as well as protect Google and carriers’ financial interests. (Earlier this week, Dice… continue…

Setting Up Your Android Dev Environment

Android Dialing
Building your first Android app, however primitive, requires the proper build environment. Here’s some things to bear in mind as you get going. First, you’ll need to set up your workspace before you begin. For an IDE, the most commonly used is Eclipse, though you can develop from the command line, without an IDE, if you prefer. Or, you can use device maker IDEs. Motorola, Intel and HTC all maintain their own sets of custom Android development tools. In this… continue…

Android Will Soon Run on Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi project is bringing Android 4.0 to its tiny bare board computer. Android on Raspberry Pi could be a much better media player than Google’s odd little orb called Nexus Q. The Raspberry Pi is a fascinating little device capable of running a home media center at 1080p video quality. Its model A sells for $25, the upgraded model B is $35 and includes an ethernet port. The project describes it as: … a credit-card sized computer that plugs… continue…