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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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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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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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Think You Know Android? Name That Device!

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The beauty of the Android operating system is that it’s open and free. This means consumers aren’t all stuck with the same boring, cookie-cutter devices. We get variety! And who doesn’t like variety? At Apkudo we’ve got every Android device in the App Analytics Lab. I’m talking seriously unique, obscure, and rare devices. One of the funnest things about working with all of these phones and tablets is playing a little game we like to call, “Name That Device!” It’s so much fun that we want you to play, too! About once a week I’ll be posting a puzzle, recording…

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Josh Matthews Appointed to Application Developers Alliance Board of Directors!

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We’re very proud to announce that Josh was recently appointed to the Application Developers Alliance Board of Directors! Here’s our press release announcing it: Apkudo CEO Josh Matthews Appointed to Application Developers Alliance Board of Directors Matthews Named as a Founding Director of Newly Formed Apps Alliance April 11, 2012 – Baltimore – Apkudo, Inc., an Android innovation start-up, today announced the appointment of Josh Matthews as a Founding Director to the Application Developers Alliance Board of Directors. With a breadth of experience in the embedded Android ecosystem in addition to being a champion for Android application developers through Apkudo,…

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Testing ROI – A Numbers Game

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This is a guest blog by Bill Weinberg, Senior Executive, Mobile Practice Partner – The Olliance Group Everyone agrees that testing software (and device testing too) is necessary and valuable. Everyone looks to testing to endow software and handsets with quality and reliability. But test engineering is often pure misery – in the quest for bugs and faults and other failures, developers are damned if they find bugs and more damned if they don’t. Testing is a numbers game. There are probably graduate theses and tortured theorems that testify in detail as to why you can never totally test a…

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