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Article: Understanding Android local data store APIs

“The ability to store data locally on the mobile device is a critical function for mobile applications that are required to maintain essential information across application-executions or the lifetime of the application. As a developer, you constantly need to store information such as…

Next Android Dev Austin | Dec 7, 2010

Folks, after a quiet, busy time, we finally have an Android Dev Austin scheduled for Dec 7, 2010; mark your calendars. >> PLEASE RSVP for headcount at http://androiddevaustin.com

Article: Understanding security on Android

“When you develop Android applications, you must deal with a number of security-related aspects, including application processes and sandboxes, code and data sharing, system protection through application signing, and permissions use.” See my article Understanding security on Android (IBM developerWorks) which introduces the…

What is definition of “Open” ?

There are lots of discussions happening in the blogosphere about what is the definition of Open (when talking about Android vs. iPhone). Many of these discussions are around open source software (OSS). But there are other views as well to be considered when…

An Overview of the Facebook APIs

See my most recent blog article, An Overview of the Facebook APIs (Telefonica Developer’s Blog), an introduction to the different Facebook Platform APIs and their applicability to mobile. Enjoy… ceo

Great first Android Dev Austin meeting

We had a great first Android Dev Austin meeting, packed with developers and even a couple of product folks. Thanks to all who attended. It was a very interactive meeting where we discussed a lot of things on Android, from fragmentation to distribution,…

Awesome MobileMonday Austin Dec 2009 Event, thanks! | Next: January 20, 2010 with Android Dev Austin

We had a great MobileMonday Austin event on Dec 7, a full house and great speakers — what a great way to end 2009. Thanks to our sponsors and speakers: David Gill (Nielsen), Austin Technology Incubator (Bart Bohn), Austin Entrepreneur Network (Hall Martin),…

Will RIM go the Android Way?

Will RIM adopt Android? A very interesting thought indeed. But why or not would RIM do such a thing? Some thoughts below: Why this would be unlikely? “Not built here” mentality — this is probably the biggest hurdle for them. There will be…

Navigation (and maps) the killer app for LBS and Google Maps Nav potential to disrupt the whole Nav systems market

      Yes, navigation and maps is the killer app for LBS. Now it seems that Google Map with support for navigation has the potential to disrupt the whole Nav systems market. And if Google decides to make this new app available…

Motorola announces DROID, the world’s first smartphone powered by Android 2.0

Today I received this from the Motorola marketing folks, here for your reading pleasure: Motorola today announced DROID, the first device powered by Android 2.0 and features the brainpower and breakneck speed of a modern smartphone. DROID is designed to outperform where other…

On Android, Distribution, Buzz, Pre-insalled apps and Crapware

Responding to Tomi‘s thread on ForumOxford, where he wrote: “The best phone in the world cannot take the mobile phone market, unless there is distribution.” Yes. Which is exactly why Android seems to me that it will be widely adopted. And it will…

On the the rise of open mobile

While looking for information on how CTIA 2009 in San Diego went, I found an article by Richard Wong (who is a venture capitalist with Accel Partners) titled on “The rise of open mobile (and congratulations Android team)“. A good article by Richard,…

On hardware vs. software-based handset differentiation

Is mobile handset differentiation based on hardware coming to an end? Back in 2007 I wrote a piece on my blog titled: The future of handset design: from hardware to software. And today this is getting more real (and validated) than ever. When…

The Google App Market – An Analysis

I’ve written a quick analysis on the Google App Market situation… Looking forward to your feedback/opinions! You can download this article in PDF format. Download The Google App Market – An Analysis (PDF). The Google App Market – An Analysis September 6, 2009…

Resolving Device Fragmentation Issues – Mobile Web and Local Apps (and Google)

The Problem: Too many handsets, environments, and differences across platforms The Solution: A single environment/platform for mobile apps There you go, problem solved, no more fragmentation! Google at MobileBeat 2009 Now that the “noise” level has dropped, it is my turn to comment…

Android 1.5 Cupcake Install Instructions

Below are modified instructions for Android 1.5 update/install: (Make sure the G1 is fully powered or connected to power) For Android 1.5 Cupcake download the update from: http://android-dls.com/files/ota/signed-kila-ota-148830.de6a94ca.zip Rename the downloaded file to “update.zip” Connect your G1 to your PC; mount the device…

On Mobile Applications, Platforms and Monetization — “Show me the Money”

I’ve been keeping track of a very interesting thread at Forum Oxford (FOROX) on the topic of Android phone dissapointing developers (w.r.t. iPhone), with Jason Delport, Alex Kerr, William Volk (who started the thread) and others adding their different perspectives on the matter.…

More on iPhone vs. Android App Store and the reason why the Android App Store will Win

I found the above via Mobile-Facts and it is quite funny (and probably even true!). The important concept here, even if not the best of examples, is that an open market and ecosystem is a very good thing… ceo

The iPhone and Android Platforms as Validators

The iPhone and Android platforms have validated a number of things; below is a list with some of such things: iPhone: Applications are at the center of next generation of handsets. That software, not hardware, is the main driver and differentiator. Touch-screens rock!…

What will drive differentiation across Android platform providers?

The Android platform is an open platform, governed by the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). OHA has many members, and today it includes seven network operators and four handset manufacturers. While the platform itself should be consistent across vendors/providers, thank God, I wonder what…

Motorola, the Recession, Android, what about MIDP3, and the potential for good things to come

From Recession Delays Motorola Cellphone Spinoff, More Cuts Coming (MOT) (Sillicon Alley Insider): 8:24 Have had too much complexity. Today over 20 combinations of software, silicon, and UI platforms. This has resulted in high costs and portfolio gaps in 3G, smartphones, very low…

(Android G1) 3G’s main weakness: power usage

Call it 3G’s weakness, its Achilles’ heel, or 3G’s worst enemy…. ==> Power consumption Ironic it is, having a 3G device, but forcing it to 2.5G, to have a usable handset over time… After a 1-day test running on EDGE vs. 3G/UMTS on…

Android G1: First Impressions

So I got an Android G1 handset. Cool. I’ve been using it for 2 3 days now. Overall I think it is a fine handset and mobile environment with great potential. Below are my quick first impressions: the good, the bad and the…

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