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Fancy an $99 Android game console that’s hackable?

1Well, whether you do or you don’t, there’s one coming anyway named “Ouya” which intents to be a fairly affordable Android game console, that sits where the usual game consoles sit and that’s not in our hands.

The team consists of Yves Behar (who designed the Jawbone Jambox and the One Laptop Per Child), Ed Fries from XBox, Amol Sarva from Peek, Peter Pham from Color (the video streaming app), Muffi Ghadiali from Amazon Lab126 (the people who built the kindle). And, managing this is Julie Uhrman from IGN who is the CEO of “Ouya”

There’s also word on the device being totally “hackable” which means that you’re essentially getting a “dev kit” too. This wouldn’t make any difference to serious hackers anyway, as they’d just find a way to root the device, but it’s a big step that’s been removed.

[Video] Android Developer Gold: Multi-Configuration Editing, Along With Numerous New Improvements, Coming Soon To Android Developers' Tools

1The Android developers' tools team, headed by the usual suspects Xavier Ducrohet and Tor Norbye, led a session at I/O 2012 today dedicated to improvements and new features coming to the tools devs use to make apps - ADT for Eclipse and SDK Tools.

Everything they showed took around an hour of nonstop talking, arm flailing, and cracking jokes about the French, but among all the new goodies one prominently stood out - multi-configuration editing. The developer in me got incredibly excited and wished this tool was available years ago, because the potential time savings it brings are immense.

[Video] Stuntmen Just Jumped Out Of An Airplane, Biked Across Rooftops And Rappelled Down Buildings To Introduce Google Glass

google_glassWe've been hearing things about Google Glass, the Google-powered eyeball accessory, for a while now. While the device isn't quite ready for consumers (and won't be for a while), we got an extensive look at what these devices can do... right after Google-hired stuntmen jumped out of an airplane while on a Glass-based Hangout, then proceeded to bike across rooftops, rappel down the side of the Moscone Conference Center, and finally bike into the I/O keynote to deliver the device on stage to Sergey Brin. This is the first product announcement in recent memory where someone could have feasibly died during a demo. Bad-ass.

Google Releasing Platform Developer Kit To Manufacturers Before Major New Android Versions - Are Speedier Updates On The Way?

1Android has become somewhat infamous for slow (almost unbearably so) updates for users of pretty much any non-Nexus device. In fact, when Jelly Bean was announced earlier yesterday, the first thought on some users' minds was that their handsets haven't even tasted Ice Cream Sandwich yet.

Google is well aware of this issue, though - last year, it made an attempt (albeit a feeble one) to solve the problem with the Android Alliance. I think we all know how that turned out.

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Multi-Device Charging Solution

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Have you ever heard of IDAPT's multi-device charger? IDAPT I4 is an innovative charging solution that can charge up to 4 mobile devices simultaneously and is compatible with over 4,500 mobile electronic devices including the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Nintendo DS, PSP, GPS systems, digital cameras, and Bluetooth products.

Fancy an Android powered Microwave? Meet MAID!

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A company called SectorQube has claimed to make the world’s first “Android powered Microwave” they’re calling MAID or Microwave Android Integrated Device.

List of Android Sandbox attendees for Google I/O 2012

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With Google I/O 2012 getting underway in just a few days time, we thought we'd take a look at the various companies expected to demonstrate apps and services in the Developer Sandbox. Rather than giving you a full rundown of all companies across every platform or project, we'll focus on the Android aspect.

Pinterest For Android Will Probably Be Announced At Google I/O

pinterestPinterest, everybody's favorite...umm...thing. That you share stuff on. By pinning things to...okay, look I don't really understand Pinterest. But some of you guys do and that's great! I love it when people enjoy things! It makes them happy! And soon, you can enjoy Pinterest on Android! And be happy! Then you can pin your happiness to something. I think.

New Android smartphone and tablet manufacturer – Lamborghini

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When it comes to getting the latest and greatest smartphone or tablet, many people aren’t afraid to hand over huge bundles of cash, often paying as much as $700-$800 for a device off-contract.

However how would you feel about shelling out $2750 for a phone with a 3.7 inch screen, 5MP camera, 4GB of internal memory and a 1400mAh battery? No? What about a 9.7 inch 1024 x 768 resolution tablet with a single core 1.2GHz processor, all for just $2290? Wait, don’t go! I forgot to mention both devices are running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Linaro Android doubles performance of AOSP

A build of Android from a non-profit organisation known as Linaro who specialize in software for ARM (the type of chip you’re more than likely running on your Android device(s)) can nearly double the performance of Android AOSP.

Here’s a video which shows you android AOSP on a BeagleBoard (an open-source board, similar to Raspberry Pi, but more expensive) vs Linaro Android which has lots of tiny optimizations on the CPU code to make it run really fast.

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