All About Android 8

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All About Android
Episode 8

All About Android 8: I/O And G (The G Stands For Games)


  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Meant to bridge the gap between all devices.
  • Work designed to help reduce fragmentation.
  • All of Honeycomb UI features (holographic UI, App launcher, multitasking, rich widgets, etc.)
  • Expanded NFC features such as “0-click sharing” (basically bump media/contacts to each other)
  • Release in fourth quarter 2011.
  • Heard that there will be another Nexus device at the end of the year

  • Android @Home
  • Google has created a framework to control wireless communication between objects in your house. During the keynote, Britt used a Motorola Xoom to control lighting on the stage created by Google’s first official partner, Lighting Science.
  • Also demonstrated a home theater system called “Project Tungsten” by rigging several speakers to the Android OS and, using an Android tablet, controlled the speaker system. Google also demonstrated how the system can start playing music just by swiping a near-field communication-enabled CD case in front of the “Project Tungsten” setup.
  • Android Open Accessory
  • “We want to think of every appliance in your home as a potential I/O device,” said Google engineering director Joe Britt during the keynote presentation.
  • Devs were given the Android Open Accessory Kit (ADK) consists of a software API that allows programmers to interact with the accessory controller, a piece of demo hardware that allows connections and communications from the software API connecting to (or built into) the USB accessory device.
  • Anti-fragmentation Alliance
  • Electronista reports: "...a formal group to establish guidelines for both how quickly Android devices would get updated after new releases as well as a guaranteed timeframe during which they would get updates. Members of the program are initially promising to keep upgrading devices for at least 18 months after they're released "if the hardware allows."
    • HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson as well as the major U.S. wireless providers



Android Arena!


First let me say I'm lovin' the show! Very fun and entertaining, always informative. I've been an iphone user for a while now and I'm looking to make the jump to Android. Here's my dilemma. I've got the opportunity to get a nexus s 4g from sprint at a really low monthly rate, about 65 bucks a month for 750 anytime minutes and unlimited text and data (thanks corporate discount!). I don't know if I should pull the trigger on a nexus s with this really low monthly rate or wait until some more dual core android phones come out. The problem is that if I get a newer phone I'll be paying a lot more per month, but I'll have a cooler phone. What am I leaving on the table if I just jump in and get the nexus s now? Should I just take advantage of my corporate discount now? Any advice you can provide would be much appreciated.



Hello fellow android nuts. I just wanted to share some information concerning the downloading of apps to multiple devices with the same account from the amazon app store, paid or free.

The terms of service included in the app does allow of multiple installs as described in point 2.5.

It also states that they will limit the number of installs if the developer asks for a limit.

It also states later on that if an app does not specify a ""terms of use"" amazons generic terms of use will apply, which allows for multiple downloads.

hope this helps.

The Great Gazoo

u know u guys were right about the task managers. i still use it to kill some game, but i have didn't have to charge my phone every 3hrs. i am rooted with ACS SyndicateROM Frozen 1.1.0 thank you it helps me so much. oh i was so into the preshow today i almost burn my rice lol not ur fault but thanks for all ur tips and help.


After your last show where you guys discussed Task Killers, I decided to take the AAA Challenge and uninstalled eRay, the Task Killer that I'd been using on my HTC Glacier (myTouch 4G). I think it has been a little over a week now and I've noticed that my phone seems snappier and I don't have as many force closes. I was a pretty compulsive task killer and I now know that I was usually killing tasks that just restarted by themselves again.

Anyway, thanks for the tip -- worked like a charm!



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