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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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Notification System, App Optimization Detailed at Google Android Honeycomb Event

Notification System, App Optimization Detailed at Google Android Honeycomb Event

The presentation begins with the basics of the Honeycomb UI - Back Button, Home Button, and Multitasking Button are on the lower left. In the lower right, notifications and the clock. The rest is dedicated to working, gaming, and widgeting. Widget systems are now backed by collections of data, and are much more versatile than ever before. While flipping back and forth between screens, it's revealed that two widgets with scrollable content can be flipped through at the same time, such is the power of multitouch in this new system. Next - the Notification System

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Android Honeycomb Event : Full Pre-Game Review

Android Honeycomb Event : Full Pre-Game Review

We are officially in the doors of Google's Android Honeycomb Event, and it's time for some review. This event will be primarily Android 3.0 Honeycomb related, so lets get started with some guides: Android 3.0 Honeycomb Full Preview Guide [DEVELOPER FEATURES] and then Android 3.0 Honeycomb Full Preview Guide [USER FEATURES]. After that, take a look at the places Honeycomb has already shown up in the wild - Honeycomb Port for NOOKcolor Updated, Honeycomb Music Player, and Honeycomb, Galaxy Tab & the 7-inch stumble.

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HP / Palm Send Out Event Invite Again, This Time with Engadget Note

HP / Palm Send Out Event Invite Again, This Time with Engadget Note

Oh snap. Today, as you might have seen, there was a bit of a break with the HP Topaz and Opal webOS Tablets, of which the renders break credit goes to Engadget. Well HP and Palm saw that. They read blogs, imagine that. They decided that the release of the tablet image might have deterred some people from coming to the event, so they sent out another invite, this one without bothering to BCC the list of emails it was sent to! Odd play indeed.

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Verizon iPhone 4 Event Q and A [Why no LTE?]

Verizon iPhone 4 Event Q and A [Why no LTE?]

The first question the folks at the Verizon event were asked was of course: Why no LTE? The answer - change in design. Tim's* answer is that the first gen LTE chips forced some design compromises that Apple refused to make. [This is similar to Sony Ericsson not wanting to put HSPA+ in the ARC due to design changes.] They note that this project was more about timing and waiting for LTE integration in the iPhone would have delayed it. Our Verizon rep here says that this is the right time for Verizon customers. They note that this is non-exclusive CDMA - and note - the iPhone doesn't appear to say Verizon in the status bar.

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