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Melissa Blanken

Apkudo Joins the IEEE Standards Association Camera Phone Image Quality Working Group as Corporate Member

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New IEEE Standard Project Designed to Help Consumers Judge Camera Phone Image Quality When Making Purchasing Decisions August 22, 2012 – Baltimore – Apkudo Inc., an Android innovation start-up, today announced it has joined the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) as a Corporate Member to help drive the development of standards to evolve camera phone image quality. The new IEEE P1858™ – Draft Standard for Camera Phone Image Quality (CPIQ) – development project aims to specify methods and metrics for analyzing a mobile device’s image quality. As leaders in Android device analysis via Apkudo Device Analytics, Apkudo helps worldwide mobile device…

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One true adb_usb.ini to rule them all

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We do a lot of work with adb here at Apkudo – obtaining and maintaining an adb connection to every Android device is no small task. We could go on and on about some of the more interesting trials and tribulations with adb – there are lots, but why not start with one of the the more boring (and most common) causes for problem? A missing USB vendor id in adb_usb.ini. You know the drill: you plug in a new Android device, run adb devices, and… crickets. Nothing. Then it’s a bit of messing with dmesg or lsusb to get the…

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Android Camera Quality: objectively assessing those happy snaps

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It can be debated that the camera is one of the most used features of a smartphone, and thus one of the most important. It’s no wonder too – the inclusion of a small and convenient camera subsystem in the everyday phone has created more opportunities for capturing those quick snaps that wind up on Facebook, your wallpaper, or in the family album. Wherever it ends up though, no one wants the blurry photo of Sasquatch, or even something that was missed entirely (some of the device’s we’ve seen are so slow, they’d only capture an empty track during the…

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Name That Device! And The Week 2 Winner Is….

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I’d like to thank everyone who participated in our second “Name That Device!” contest. However, there can only be one winner. Keep reading our awesome blog, you might win something fantastic (like a t-shirt)! Oh yeah – and to make things easier there’s even a Follow widget and a signup bar to the right. So easy! Last week’s hint was: The edge of a knife, the tip of a sword In the US this brand is often ignored  Both TV and phone share the same name You’ll need more than the model to win at this game Composed of mixed origin, like…

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The Rise of the New App Economy

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For the past three years VisionMobile has surveyed developers around the world to gain insight into why they make the choices they do. The result has been a series of Developer Economics Reports. The third report in the series, Developer Economics 2012: The New Mobile App Economy, focuses on five main areas: The redefinition of mobile ecosystems, developer segmentation, revenues vs. costs in the mobile economy, app marketing and distribution, and regional supply vs. demand of apps. It’s an excellent read for anyone interested in development trends and the mobile app economy. Plus, it’s free and who doesn’t like that? You can download it here. Don’t have…

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Think You Know Android? Name That Device pt. II!

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It has been two weeks; I am here to issue you with another challenge. It’s not as physically taxing as the Ironman Triathlon, and not as delicious as the Cinnamon Challenge. No, this is much, much worse. Are you ready for a mind-melting, brainteaser that will leave you puzzled for the next 5 days? You’re about to be stumped by the multitudes of Android Devices available to consumers all over the world. We’ve got every Android Device in the App Analytics Lab. Can you identify them all? Here’s a reminder of how to play: Take a look at the hint…

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Run Google Play on an emulator and pretend to be any device

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Since the beginning of time man has sought to virtualize the human experience. We go to sleep and have life-like experiences in our dreams, we connect to internet sites like Chatroulette to virtually meet strangers (and inadvertently catch a glimpse of some old man balls from time to time), 1995 brought us the classic Denzel Washington/Russell Crowe sci-fi action thriller Virtuosity, and nerds gather in herds online to play StarCraft (myself included) and become virtual intergalactic heroes. The journey to virtualize reality has been a long time coming. The next logical step… to run Google Play on a virtual mobile device?…

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Enabling HierarchyViewer on Rooted Android Devices

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The HierarchyViewer is an Android SDK tool that gives developers the ability to introspect on all aspects of an application’s layout at runtime. The tool can be extremely useful for developers when debugging the view state of an application across a realm of devices. Unfortunately, the Android SDK has limited this tool to “devices running a developer version of the Android system”. I personally had no idea what Android meant by this statement, so we spent some time investigating the implementation of the ViewServer in Android OS and fortunately found that the HierarchyViewer can be enabled with any Android device as…

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Name That Device! And The Week 1 Winner Is….

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever “Name That Device!” contest! We’ll hold these contests every other week – so keep checking back and you could win a free Apkudo t-shirt or some other fabulous prize. Last week’s hint was: For the fashion conscious person prone An elegant concept, story, and phone Lined with chrome around its edge Luxury and beauty its name doth pledge Boasting style and a unique design That’s the hint that ends this rhyme   So what was that phone? Drum roll please….. The LG Prada 3.0! And our contest winner is…..Sune Sonne Andersen!!!!…

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Cheap tablet, meet Apkudo. Apkudo, meet cheap tablet!

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There’s no doubt that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has been a runaway success since it launched Q4 ‘11. Part of the success is due to its affordable price of $199, enabling it to appeal to a wider audience – something many other Android tablets in the past have struggled to achieve. However, the caveat of the affordable tablet not being Google certified predominantly means it doesn’t have access to Google’s content services, instead, relying on Amazon’s own offerings. Although Amazon’s application store is nothing to sneeze at, its 31,000 apps (March 2012) is a small handful compared to Android’s share of…

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