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Android Community App Demoed on Motorola XOOM Tablet

Android Community App Demoed on Motorola XOOM Tablet

We're at the Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb event here at Google headquarters and the first thing our head man Vince does is download the Android Community application from the Android Marketplace on a Motorola XOOM. If you'll take a look at the video below, you'll see that not only does it work excellent, it looks fantastic as well. You'll grab an extra fun look at the new Android Market as well as the new Honeycomb keyboard.

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Cee-Lo No-Show at Honeycomb Intro

Cee-Lo No-Show at Honeycomb Intro

In a surprise appearance during the Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb event at the Googleplex today, the folks on stage got a call from none other than CeeLo Green, aka the Soul Machine, known most recently for his hit single "Forget You." This appearance was supposed to be more of a surprise early on in the program, but apparently Cee-Lo was unavailable when they called.

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Android Marketplace Introduces In-App Purchases, Currency Settings, Additional Giant Apps

Android Marketplace Introduces In-App Purchases, Currency Settings, Additional Giant Apps

In addition to the rest of the changes made to the Android Marketplace today, Google went on to introduce two giant changes to the way things are run in the Android Marketplace. One of them being the ability for each developer to set their own prices in each currency available. Before, this was automatic, the price being automatically converted for whichever currency the purchaser was using. The other fat change was that developers will now be able to make in-app sales. This is big news when you consider what's going on with Kongregate on Android and the Apple App store stopping some book services from selling in-app.

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Android Marketplace Changes Detailed – Webstore Now Also Browser Based

Android Marketplace Changes Detailed – Webstore Now Also Browser Based

Today Chris Yerga showed the world the Android Market Webstore. This is a browser based Android Marketplace as shown here: Your Entire Music Library in The Cloud, Streamed to Your Android Device, Announced Today. This new market is reminiscent of what Apple has set up in the App Store, but apps here are download from the browser directly to your device. High resolution banners, giant icons, and fuller descriptions of apps now appear for developers to better show off their apps.

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Chat Program / CNN app Detailed at Google Android Honeycomb Event

Chat Program / CNN app Detailed at Google Android Honeycomb Event

With a single click, they thusly were connected through video chat. After a short bout with attempting to find a user by the name of "Lady Killer," later revealed to be Cee-Lo Green, the user on stage and his friendly other-screen ally were able to connect visually. It's revealed that, in the classic manner, the user's image is tiny in the lower right of the screen while the person they're talking to takes up the entire remainder. This functionality appears to work instantly and smoothly. The video quality isn't perfect, but the video works so well and functions so fast, we're willing to forgive, for now. After the video chat demo, a CNN rep steps on stage to show his and their wares. The Vice President of Mobile for CNN speaks up and out of a CNN app that will be launching for the Honeycomb tablet in the near future. This is a giant gallery-aesthetic app that appears to work very smooth, flicking back and forth between stories, showing live coverage of news via the tablet.

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Render Script / 3D Applications Impress at Google Android Honeycomb Event

Render Script / 3D Applications Impress at Google Android Honeycomb Event

Flowing through items like the Music app, YouTube, and Google's book store are shown to be working miraculously well, looking amazing sliding back and forth, up and down. All of this done with Render Script, an element on the developer side of things designed to give devs the ability to create new and amazing graphics and user interface features never before possible. Another app shown to feature the capabilities of this new Honeycomb 3D rendering environment was Google's body app, showing all the parts of the body, taking away or adding layers as you wish, moving smoothly to show you what's going on in your body, and which bone you'd like to describe as broken to your doctor.

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Honeycomb, Galaxy Tab & the 7-inch stumble

Honeycomb, Galaxy Tab & the 7-inch stumble

It's hardly been a good week for Samsung. Not only has the company been forced to backtrack on its Galaxy Tab sales figures, admitting it was counting vendor shipments rather than end-user purchases, but return rates are also said to be far higher than expected. Considering the Galaxy Tab has been the poster child of Android slates so far, it's an embarrassing showing against the nigh-unstoppable Apple iPad. Question is, was it Froyo that scuppered the Tab - a smartphone OS asked to do tablet duties it simply couldn't fulfil - or is 7-inches simply the wrong size? And, with Honeycomb fast approaching, can Google's new OS turn the tide?

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 1 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 1 2011

Two rather odd bits of news from over on Android Community - one, there's an Australian whose figured out a way to connect phones directly without the use of carriers, and two, mister Chad Ochocinco has his hands on a Motorola XOOM, so you know it's about to get weird. Next get a glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy S2 - or is it just a Video Dummy? On SlashGear we've got a post on how Android Honeycomb lead designer Matias Duarte notes that Android 3.0 is for more than just tablets. The CEO from Netgear apologizes about his remarks regarding Apple and her leader, Google offers speak2tweet to keep Egyptians connected, and Google accuses Bing of copying search results. All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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