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    Amazon intends to stir up the Android app-sale community with the introduction of its own marketplace to compete with Google's. When we got a sneak preview of the store's terms for developers last fall, we learned that Amazon would be offering DRM options to attempt to secure apps sold through the store against piracy. Now Amazon's explained a little more about how its DRM will work, and some of its requirements are a bit disconcerting. In those documents from last year, we saw that Amazon reserved the right to force DRM upon app developers, if they want their apps sold through Amazon's ...

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    Most of us have been wondering for some time when Google would step up to meet Apple's efforts in digital media sales. Google Music has most recently been rumored for inclusion in Honeycomb, but so far has yet to materialize. It looks now like the pieces are starting to fall into place for this anticipated Google expansion, with the Android Market making accommodations to handle sales of media in addition to apps: Google has quietly updated the Market to sell e-book downloads. If you head over to market.android.com/books, you'll be greeted by the new Books section, mirroring Google Books ...

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    It's been about a month since Google released the first Android 3.0 platform preview and SDK, giving developers the tools they needed to begin crafting apps for Honeycomb. With Motorola's Xoom nearing arrival, Google has finalized these packages, settling in on the selection of API calls that will make up the official Honeycomb release. With these tools, developers can now finalize any projects they've been working on, with the knowledge that their apps will be compatible with the first Android 3.0 devices. While Honeycomb lives on the outskirts of our smartphone world, its influence will ...

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    Android users who are avid comic book fans now have a new option for getting their superhero fix, thanks to Graphic.ly releasing a port of its comic and graphic novel app. Graphic.ly combines a storefront for buying and downloading titles, as well as an integrated reader. This Android version of the app lets you access an account previously used with the company's other smartphone apps or on a PC, so you can view content you've already purchased elsewhere. As comics can feature intricate line art that might go unappreciated on a scaled-down screen, Graphic.ly offers several viewing options ...

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    Erwin Ried (eried) at XDA has been hard at work on his Windows Phone 7 marketplace for Windows PC, a desktop suite which allows searching, cataloging, downloading and deployment of free WP7 apps. This provides a fully-featured alternative to Microsoft's Zune software. The custom marketplace is of special interest to international WP7 device owners who are living in areas where Microsoft has not yet activated the marketplace, such as Sweden. Ried's suite will allow these users to download and deploy free applications to their device, despite Microsoft's restriction. The suite requires your ...

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    There's no denying that Apple is the king of mobile apps, with available iOS titles outnumbering Android programs by three-to-one. Google's not about to sit back and let that gap stand, as the Wall Street Journal reports today that the Android creator is planning on recruiting dozens of new developers to code for its platform. By-and-large, the mobile app market is dominated by third-party developers. Google or Apple provides the SDK, then lets developers go about their own work in designing and writing the code for their programs. While those giants can maintain ultimate oversight on what ...

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    Yesterday we learned of the existence of a flaw in how Microsoft distributes software from the Windows Phone Marketplace and how it tries to protect it with DRM. A developer called Tobias created a demonstration tool supposedly capable of downloading any app, removing all protection, and loading it onto a WP7 device. Some people have been questioning the ethics of revealing his tool to the public, rather than waiting for Microsoft to fix the problem first. Perhaps in response to these critics, Tobias has now published his own fix, letting WP7 developers protect their apps against his own ...

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    Windows Phone 7 app developers may be understandably anxious tonight, as the first proof-of-concept hack for pirating WP7 Marketplace apps has been created. Piracy is a major problem for smartphone apps, with Android and iPhone programs regularly cracked and distributed online. The WP7 hack is particularly nefarious, as it enables the user to download and crack apps directly from the Marketplace. All a pirate needs to do to get a full version of a paid program on his WP7 phone is to search, select it, and click to transfer the generated file to his phone. The ease with which anyone could ...

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    We all know that cellular carriers love to get their logo, name, and trade-dress everywhere they can on a phone -- even inside the UI itself. When carriers started replacing the "Downloads" tab in the old market with their name and app recommendations, many objected -- myself included. By now you're likely familiar with the new Market app that's starting to show up on many Android-powered phones. Love it or hate it, the new Market app is certainly different, and eventually coming to the majority of Android-powered phones. Following the UI changes in Android Gingerbread, the new market ...

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    ShopSavvy, a barcode-scanning and price-comparison app for iPhone and Android, is now available for Windows Phone 7 devices, letting those users track down deals of their own. Once you find a product that you're interested in, snapping a quick photo of its UPC will let ShopSavvy identify the item and start searching its database for the best available deals. You'll be able to see both the best online price as well as the best one that's locally available at a retail store. Once you have all that information, you can balance the cost of online shipping versus the time expenditure it would ...

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    Following the recent Android Market overhaul, Google is continuing to push out some additional updates, as it's added extra app categories and the ability for AT&T users to bill purchases to their mobile accounts. The category refresh adds Sports to available game types, and does a dozen-odd changes to the list of different app flavors. Gone is Multimedia, replaced by the more specific Music & Audio and Media & Video. All-new categories include Education, Medical, Photography, and Transportation. While it's counter-productive to get TOO specific when creating a bunch of new categories, ...

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    Remember the mysterious "third tab" in the Android Market app as seen in the Gingerbread video from earlier today? Turns out it's a new recommended-app feature that is rolling out right now, in advance of Gingerbread. Users of various Android 2.2 devices have been reporting that the Android Market app has automatically updated itself on their phones to include the new tab. Exactly what it's labeled varies from device to device; sometimes it's "Similar", sometimes "Related". The new tab apparently offers suggestions of other apps you may be interested in, based on how they relate to the one ...

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    Winamp for Android is on its way out of beta, celebrating the graduation with the addition of support for Shoutcast MP3 streams and syncing with the PC edition of Winamp over WiFi. The Shoutcast add-on gives your smartphone access to any of the 40,000-some streams Nullsoft reports as available, adding to the mobile version of the media player a big part of what made the PC version so popular a decade ago. Nullsoft maintains charts of the most popular stations, grouping by genre to speed-up searches. The wireless PC syncing joins earlier wired sync support, letting you use Winamp on your PC ...

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    The Mozilla Foundation revealed that it's been working on an app store concept of its own, as discussed in its most recent "The State of Mozilla" report. Unlike the offerings from Apple and for Android devices, Mozilla-based apps would be fully cross-platform. The idea for the store would have it be an "Open Web App ecosystem", built around your smartphone's web browser, with the apps themselves written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It should be easy for developers who have written existing web-based apps to adapt them to work with Mozilla's storefront and app repository. That last bit ...

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    Sure, it's great when companies release versions of their apps across multiple platforms, but not every group has the resources to undertake such a development task. When it comes to making the decision as to which devices to support, Sony Ericsson thinks that the smart bet is Android, pointing to both the number of available developers and the platform's potential for global growth. Sony Ericsson makes its point quite convincingly: Android already has a global reach, with access to the Android Market continuing to expand as well. Of course it makes sense that if you want your app to be a ...

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