Google TV addon for Android SDK Released

Google has now provided a way for developers to get started on their Google TV apps and emulate televisions in the sdk. With the new tools, developers can test their existing mobile or tablet Android applications in a big-screen environment, eventually porting them over to run on Google TV. It’s also possible to create new Android applications made specifically for Google TV.

They wrote about it on their android developer blog.

It is provided in the Google TV SDK addon. It’s just a matter of time before we start seeing these new apps for our living rooms.

Additionally, and possible more importantly, the Google TV UI Guidelines are now posted as well.

Interactive Audio on iPhone

Smule, creators of the Ocarina application for the iPhone were presenters at the Apple iPhone 3.0 SDK presentation and premiered their Leaf Trombone application.

I’m impressed not only by Smule’s ability to make fun musical applications, but their focus on making them social, allowing people to share their experience with others and make each interaction with the application different, new and exciting.

They inspire me to push the applications I am working on to the next level.

Apple iPhone 3.0 Software

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Some invitations went out today (I still haven’t received mine, Jobs!) for the March 17th conference in Cupertino to talk about the latest iPhone software and SDK that will be released.

The 2.0 software release about a year ago hailed in the flood of third party applications that made the app store a primary destination for all us iPhone and iPod Touch enthusiasts.

See my iPhone free game reviews.

Apple seems to have been focusing more on hardware rather than software this last year (or so we thought). There is little information about what this new update will entail, and we can probably not expect Steve Jobs to host it, as he still remains on medical leave.

Apple's iPhone Developer Kit Agreement Published

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original article by Thomas Claburn available at Information week here.

The restrictive terms of the old iPhone SDK Agreement effectively prevented iPhone developers from discussing their coding work with anyone other than project team members.

The controversial iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) Agreement that Apple last week discontinued has been posted to Wikileaks, where it is available for download.

NOTE: Wikileaks provides anonymously leaked corporate and political documents online.

The iPhone SDK Agreement states that it is for internal use only and not for redistribution.
The summary information that accompanies the iPhone SDK file states that the agreement has never before been publicly released.
“This file is important because Apple is being extremely secretive about the iPhone developer program,” the Wikileaks summary page says. “The agreement contains several controversial terms and claims that need to be discussed in an open forum. This is however explicitly forbidden by the agreement.”

The SDK Agreement was posted to Wikileaks on October 24th, the day that Apple issued a new iPhone developer agreement. Earlier in that week, the T-Mobile G1 mobile phone was released. The G1, built atop Google (NSDQ: GOOG)’s Android mobile platform, is widely seen as an iPhone competitor.

Please see other stories about the G1 phone and Android

Apple did not respond to several requests for comment.

The restrictive terms of the old iPhone SDK Agreement effectively prevented iPhone developers from discussing their coding work with anyone other than project team members. Many iPhone developers complained about Apple’s restrictions. Some reportedly took to paying friends a token sum so they could be legally classified as project contractors and thereby discuss iPhone development with them.

WordPress went so far as to release the source code for its iPhone blog-posting application, a violation of the SDK Agreement. Apple, however, has not pursued any legal action.

Apple’s SDK Agreement also prohibited developers from talking about its restrictions. “You may not issue any press releases or make any other public statements regarding this Agreement, its terms and conditions, or the relationship of the parties without Apple’s express prior written approval, which may be withheld at Apple’s discretion,” the posted SDK says.

In announcing its plan to release a new iPhone developer agreement, Apple acknowledged that its non-disclosure terms created too much of a burden for developers and relaxed them for released iPhone software.

The new agreement continues to regard as confidential: Apple pre-release software, related documentation, information presented at Apple Events, and paid developer content.

First Reactions to Blackberry Storm

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I have been getting updates on the soon to come out Blackberry Storm. There is now a video on the Verizon website showing ‘people on the streets’ reactions.

Additionally there are some people who got a look at it first in an undisclosed location.

Here is another promo released in Europe:

While that is a great advertisement for the phone, for those who really want to see details, there is a demo of many of the features being offered by Vodafone (in the U.K. where it is being made available  first) by SoldierKnowsBest.

Something he doesn’t mention is the fact that the SDK for the Blackerry Storm (as well as other phones) has been released and it is only a matter of time before users will have an ‘App Store’ where they can download 3rd party applications for the  phone.

There are a few reasons why this phone will be serious competition for other smart phones and, specifically, the iPhone.

  • It will be attractive to business users who have been using their Blackberries and are used to the email and internet capabilities
  • integrating world-wide usability for those who travel the globe and need to stay in touch.
  • The most exciting difference to me, is the haptic feedback.

Since I have been working with haptic feedback, I am really excited about this technology. Vodafone was able to get this technology on the market before anyone else (including Apple who will be releasing an iPhone with this feature in the future). Haptic feedback makes it feel like you are actually touching buttons. The feature is the next step in virtualization and better usability with touchscreen interfaces.

If you want further information about what is inside, there are additional specifications.