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Android 2.2 (Froyo) Caught On Camera, Flash On The Nexus One
May 12, 2010, 8:09 am
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Waking up to a surprise on a day as gloomy as this one (at least in my native area of Wisconsin) is always appreciated. Sometime last night, Android And Me stumbled across a video from Ryan Stewart – self-proclaimed evangelist for Adobe (is this even an official title?) – showing off Flash 10.1 Mobile on a Google Nexus One (likely one of the bunch of Adobe employees that received a Froyo-stocked Nexus One as a gift).

The video showed Flash in several different forms. He demoed a game/application of sorts, we saw him scroll through a flash-enabled stock chart, and saw him play a couple of videos – all right within the browser window. For the most part, everything looked smoothed. I did notice some choppiness at the beginning of each video he tried to play from different sites, but that’s to be expected as it looked like content was still trying to load (and because this probably isn’t a final build).

As Ryan went to retire the video (the 6:30 minute mark), we also got a brief glimpse of the version of Android 2.2 he was running. For starters, the launch area seems to have gotten a drastic change. On the left and right of the classic “Nexus Launcher”, there are buttons to launch the dialer and web browser, respectively. It’d be pretty cool (but unlikely due to the style) if you could customize those to your liking.

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Sony Said to Announce Televisions With Intel Chips, Google Software in May
May 6, 2010, 6:16 am
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Sony Corp., trying to reverse sales declines in its TV division, will announce home-entertainment devices next month that use Intel Corp. chips and Google Inc. software, said two people familiar with the matter.

The companies plan to discuss the new products at a conference sponsored by Google in San Francisco on May 19 and May 20, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details are still being worked out. Intel is contributing a customized version of its Atom chip that will run a new version of Google’s Android operating system called Dragonpoint.

Sony, aiming to win back share lost to Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc., would use Intel and Google to help produce televisions and Blu-ray DVD players with Internet access. Intel, whose processors run 80 percent of personal computers, wants to get its chips into new areas, including mobile phones and consumer electronics.

The three companies have been working with Logitech International SA on ways to add more Internet content to televisions, two people involved with the discussions said in March. Logitech is developing a keyboard that would work as a remote control, one of the people said.

Gabriel Stricker, a spokesman for Mountain View, California-based Google, and George Boyd, a spokesman for Sony, both declined to comment. Mary Ninow, a spokeswoman for Intel, also declined to comment…Read Full Story



Free Android phones coming to Adobe employees
May 3, 2010, 3:45 pm
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This will come as little surprise to anyone who followed technology news this week, but let there be no doubt about the preferred smartphone platform at Adobe: it isn’t the iPhone.

Adobe confirmed Thursday that it plans to demonstrate a version of Flash for Google’s Android software in May at the Google I/O conference, in responding to Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ criticism of Flash in an open letter. And the company wants to make sure its employees use those phones: it’s preparing to give away Android phones running Flash to employees, according to three sources familiar with the plan.

It’s not clear which phone employees will receive (various HTC phones and the Nexus One were mentioned) and it will not be a mandatory shift. But in the time-honored technology industry practice of “dog-fooding” one’s own products, Adobe and Google want to encourage Adobe employees to spend as much time using Android and the Flash Player 10.1 as possible…Read Full Story