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Android Media Synchronization
 

One frustration with the Android devices is the lack of management software for your computer to synchronize your media. Wouldn't it be nice if you could manage the music on your phone with iTunes or Windows Media Player? Organize your playlists and have them appear on your Phone just like on the iPod or Zune?

Some of today's tools will allow you to control the media on your Android device but they have different levels of support and different ways of handling things.

So what is available that will allow you to better control the synchronization of music, videos, etc. on your Android device?

Read the full article here....

 

 
Cyanogen 3.9.11.2 - Global search comes to the masses!
 
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Cyanogen just keep rolling and rolling. Over the last few days Cyanogen has released at least 3 updates.  Does he ever sleep.  The latest release, as of this posting, is 3.9.11.2 which now includes the Global Search functionality from the Donut branch.

Start typing in the search box on your phone and up pops a list of everything on your phone and the internet containing the text you entered.  It's appears to work nicely on the version I have been testing with only some minor quirks when your in landscape mode.

This release is still part of the experimental releases from Cyanogen but I'm sure a stable version 4.0 is just around the corner.  Head over to Cyanogen's AndroidSPIN homepage and download it now.

 

Cyanogen 3.9.11.2 Global Search Screen Shot

 

 

 
Download Issues Resolved
 
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We've had a few teething problems with the download manager today. Everything should be corrected now and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have any further issues, please drop an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thanks,

AdroidSPIN Admins

 

 
Android Music Management - Does it exist?
 
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Update: I've started a FAQ entitled "Media Synchronization" based on the feedback received form this article.  The full article can be found here.

iTunes LogoOne frustration with the Android devices is the lack of management software for your computer!
Wouldn't it be nice if you could manage the music on your phone with iTunes or Windows Media Player?

Has anybody written an application, driver or some form of module that allows you to Synchronize music with your Android phone?
If an application doesn't already exist, what would it take to write this?
Do we need an application written for the PC that works with current music tools to feed your Android phone?
Do we need an Android app the sucks the data from the PC? Is this even possible?
Or do we need both and Android and PC Application to work hand in hand?

What are your thoughts?  Any developers out there willing to give it a shot?

 

 
WOW! Are Those Android Phones?
 

The day came at last as I headed down to Libertyville, Illinois to visit a small and relatively new company called Commtiva.  Commtiva offers a number of cellular based services, products and solutions around the world, but I don't want to talk about that.

The reason I was invited down was because...drum roll please..... They design and build Android phones!

I will be writing more details later, but for now, here's a photograph of the phones I played with.  There's a couple of G1's and a MyTouch3G thrown in the pile for good measure.  It was a fun afternoon and there is some potentially awesome news for the Android ROM developers we are working with.  Trust me...!

 

Commtiva Android Phones

 

The phones are very cool with many different designs and styles and processors, etc. They even have a phone with solar panels on the back to top up the battery.  I cant wait to get samples and work with these guys some more.  Yes, deals are in the works..
Stay tuned.

 

 
Haykuro, Haykuro, Haykuro. MyTouch3G now open for root!
 
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MyTouch3G Triple PhotoHaykuro, Haykuro, Haykuro - He sits quietly in the background watching the progress of the Android OS and it's Modifications, enhancements and changes and then suddenly, without warning, he swoops from the skies to rescue the day.

A group of guys including, haykuro, dream_kill, and thanks to amon_ra, and jrborque have ben hard at work chipping away at the MyTouch3G's ROMs and memory and have finally manage to root the phone and install the Cyanogen MODs on it.

Haykuro has posted the full guide here if you want to find out more...

 

 
Rest in peace Palm Prē Android Theme
 
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It would appear that Palm has decided, in its infinite wisdom, to bring down its mighty hammer on leakdroid for the awesome "Palm Prē Android Theme" L3wish created.  They are a little concerned that the theme would be considered "sponsored by" or "Associated with" Palm.  They have asked that all traces of the "Palm Prē Android Theme" be removed from this universe and all associates universes immediately.

"While Palm appreciates that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, we are concerned that the use of the name “Palm Pre Android Theme” for your product is likely to cause people to erroneously assume that your application is sponsored, authorized or has been approved by Palm, or that you have, or your company has, a relationship with Palm. Creation of such consumer confusion would constitute an infringement of Palm’s well-established trademark rights."

Rest in peace "Palm Prē Android Theme" and good look on your next venture L3wish.
You can read the full letter from Palm here.

 

 
Developers: Please read this! Host your ROMs, Themes and everything else
 

We have formed a small group to put together the next version of AndroidSPIN and would like to get feedback and input from the development community.

A FREE central repository for the Android Community with FREE, Unlimited bandwidth File Hosting for Android related content.

Yes, We will be hosting ROMs and files for all Android phones not just the G1 / Dream as previously.

Read more...

 

 
AndroidSPIN converts to Joomla CMS!
 
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After hours of hand coding and maintenance to the AndroidSPIN web site, I decided it was time to to make some changes.  More help for the database development and the migration to Joomla and we set to grow in all the right directions.

Joomla! was chosen and your looking the outcome. Hope you all enjoy the new features we will be bringing you in the near future!

 

 
What's in your Donut!
 
Stack of DonutsThe folks over at Google have been working hard on the next version of the Android OS code named “Donut”.  They dropped in some new code to the Android source tree and it’s sounding pretty awesome.

Cyanogen, the Android developer over on XDA has been working hard to integrate the new branch into a ROM for the G1.  So far we have a semi-working ROM that you can play around with but currently has no Network connectivity.  You can download the ROM and find out more info at this XDA thread.

New features include (but not confirmed):

  • Many performance enhancements
  • Gestures
  • System-wide multi-touch (according to Cyanogen, the Multi-Touch support is not in the main Android code itself but there are Kernel commits to support it)
  • Universal search
  • text-to-speech (without downloading the existing speech libraries)
  • System backup support
  • New camera app
  • CDMA Network support (Sprint, Verizon here we come)
  • wpa enterprise encryption
  • VPN support

Cyanogens current ROM is running in the emulator right now and a “Not for public consumption” test ROM is available for the G1 for you guys to play around with.

I’m not sure on the version numbering of this release.  Some people are saying that this is Android 2.0 and some are saying that it’s an intermediary between 1.5 and 2.0.  Not that it really matters as long as the Android OS keeps moving in the right direction.

Stay up to date with Cyanogens progress on his Twitter account and as always, keep any eye out for more info on AndroidSPIN and my own Twitter account.

 

 
Android Network Awards is now live!
 
All your favorite Android Web Sites have come together to create the ANDROID Network Awards. An Extensive list of categories has been created and a number of apps will be selected for each category.

 Android Network Awards Logo

As more and more Android users come online and more and more Android powered devices and introduced, people are trying to find out information about the applications available. The ANDROID Network Awards will be a great starting point to find out which applications are the best in each category.

For more information please visit the Official ANDROID Network Awards web site.

 

 

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