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For Android developers and those interested in learning more about the now ubiquitous mobile platform

Why I Picked an iPhone 5 Over the Nexus 4

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Nexus 4
The time has finally come for me to replace my ancient iPhone 3GS. There have been several exciting new devices announced in the past few months, and I’ve been able to narrow down my choices to the Apple iPhone 5 and the Google Nexus 4. Since I’m upgrading from a 2009 smartphone, either one of these devices would be a massive improvement in every way imaginable. The iPhone 5 may be an obvious choice for me. I’ve invested considerably in… continue…

Android’s Better Developer Tool Setup

Android Developer Tools
Google recently released the first-ever Android development bundle. If you’ve had any experience setting up a development environment for Android, you’ll be glad to know these new bundled tools have streamlined the setup process. Now, in a single download, you can set up Eclipse, the ADT, a default emulator image, and the SDK manager. The new bundle download is quite large, nearly 400MB compressed, so get ready to wait if you’re not using a business-class fiber connection. Seriously, plan ahead! My first… continue…

Setting Up LibreOffice on the Galaxy S

Galaxy S BLOG
In Linux Turns Galaxy S Into A ‘Good’ Jekyll & Hyde, I discussed how readers can run Ubuntu Linux, using the Linux-On-Android application, and switch back and forth between that and Android apps. It works well and seems pretty stable, so I’d definitely recommend that readers give it a try. At the end of the story, I mentioned that maybe I would try LibreOffice and report on the results. Is there a practical reason to do that? Perhaps not right… continue…

How to Get Started as an App Developer

iPad Mini
Apple’s highly anticipated iPad Mini with its  7.9-inch screen is going head to head with Google’s Nexus 7. Apple also says that it has sold 100 million iPads and that customers have downloaded 35 billion apps. These amazing numbers are the new normal for mobile. So, if you haven’t figured it out already, this is a great market for developers to get into. Both Android and iOS are fantastic development environments. Colleges are now offering very popular mobile development courses,… continue…

Android Market Share Soars

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Google is enjoying one of the best anniversary presents ever: the astonishing ascendancy of Android to the top of the smartphone OS heap, with 75 percent of worldwide market share—a feat managed in just four years. Now, three of every four smartphones sold recently runs on Android. Moreover, IDC’s release of third-quarter 2012 worldwide smartphone shipments shows that Android is still gaining on rivals iOS, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Phone. Google’s open-source OS jumped from 57.5 percent share in the same… continue…

Linux Turns Galaxy S Into a ‘Good’ Jekyll & Hyde

Galaxy S BLOG
In my recent  post “Run Linux On Your Android Phone,” I spelled out the basics of putting the Linux-on-Android system on a first-generation Galaxy S Android smartphone. Linux and Android share a kernel in this arrangement, so you can flip back and forth while retaining all of the normal functionality of the Android phone. Text messages, phone calls, and applications all work the same as they did when running just Android. With Linux operational, you have the added capability of… continue…

Linux Turns Galaxy S Into a ‘Good’ Jekyll and Hyde

Galaxy S BLOG
In my recent  post “Run Linux On Your Android Phone,” I spelled out the basics of putting the Linux-on-Android system on a first-generation Galaxy S Android smartphone. Linux and Android share a kernel in this arrangement, so you can flip back and forth while retaining all of the normal functionality of the Android phone. Text messages, phone calls, and applications all work the same as they did when running just Android. With Linux operational, you have the added capability of… continue…

iPad Mini Carries a Premium, Yet Justified, Price Tag

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iPad_mini_BLOG
Apple announced a whole range of refreshed products in its special event last week. The impossibly thin iMac is arguably the most impressive of all, but the iPad mini, the cheapest among all the announced products, caught the most attention from journalists and the public alike. The reason was unveiled in the event itself: Apple sold over 100 million iPads since the first version was announced, and due to its much lower prices, it reaches more customers than the iMac… continue…

Forget Plastic, Try A Bamboo Smartphone

Bamboo-Phone
Forget about plastic, carbon, or painted, anodized aluminum-sided smart phones. The phone of the near future may be encased in bamboo. The eco-phone idea was sparked when Kieron-Scott Woodhouse designed a Sony Ericsson Xperia LED phone made out of steel and bronze. The concept got a lot of buzz and Jerry Lao contacted Woodhouse and asked him to help design a new phone. They wanted to work with natural, renewable materials and ADzero,the bamboo smartphone, as well as their company,… continue…

Android Apps Are Vulnerable to SSL Exploits

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Security
Although Google invested a lot of time and money in their Google Play Store—formerly known as Android Market—to bring it to the same level as Apple’s AppStore, it still needs a lot of work. One of the biggest imperatives for Google is to strengthen the security of its apps. A new German research report, which was released during the annual ACM Computer and Communications Security Conference (CCS) 2012, uncovered big security issues. Thus far, Apple hasn’t had big problems with apps, aside… continue…