Android Market

Android hits the billion mark in smartphone shipments

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 30, 2015 // 2 Comments

According to a recent report by Strategy Analytics, shipments of smartphones running the Android OS reached 1 billion for the first time in 2014, when “global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent annually to reach a record 1.3 billion units.”The report continues: “Android has [...]

Android apps for reading PDFs

By Jon Jermey
September 17, 2012 // 5 Comments

In earlier articles I’ve covered the proprietary Kindle and Kobo apps, and this time I want to turn my attention to PDF reading on Android tablets. I’ve covered four prominent apps, but there are many others. The basic functionality of all Android PDF apps is fairly similar, but there are some [...]

RIM calls the Android Market a "chaotic cesspool"

By Paul Biba
April 9, 2012 // 3 Comments

I just couldn’t let this pass.  According to All Things D: So the company is doing something about it. It plans to drop app-sideloading support from the PlayBook in a forthcoming update. “We’re removing sideloading for consumers,” said Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of Developer [...]

New Android Market release supports buying e-books, movie rentals

By Chris Meadows
July 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

Ars Technica reports Google is releasing a new version of the Android Market that will include support for renting movies and buying books. It is rolling out gradually to US Android device users, and will probably be included with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of the OS to be [...]

Google acts like Apple, pulls app for payment violations

By Chris Meadows
February 26, 2011 // 1 Comment

Lest it be thought that only Apple was capable of pulling a snit over in-app purchases, GigaOm reports that Google has pulled the popular app Visual VoiceMail from the Android Market citing a violation of developer payment rules. Visual VoiceMail is a free app, but its provider offers premium paid [...]

Android Market adds Google Books e-book listings

By Chris Meadows
February 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Engadget reports that the Android Market has added a section for e-books, with music and movies apparently soon to come. Upon further research, the books turn out to be Google’s cloud-stored Google Books. The prices are, of course, set to agency standards and so not really anything to write home [...]

Hackers make Nook Color boot Android 3.0 as well as 2.2

By Chris Meadows
January 30, 2011 // 1 Comment

Nook Color hacking proceeds apace. A few days ago, Liliputing reported that Android 3.0, “Honeycomb”, had been successfully launched on a Nook Color. More recently, they reported even getting graphics acceleration working (though it still lacks support for the accelerometer, sound, and wifi). [...]

Augen tablet won’t work with Android Market – buyer beware

By Paul Biba
August 7, 2010 // 4 Comments

We’ve discussed this cheap Android tablet a number of times. It’s being sold at KMart. Well, buyer beware. The tablet won’t work with the Android Market according to Liliputing. It will access the market, but won’t download any of the apps. It seems that Augen does not have [...]

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