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Android: no movies for rooted devices

Google not only restricts film rental on Android devices regionally, but also excludes devices that have been routed. According to Winfuture.de, "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)" is the error message that users with rooted devices get when they try to rent a movie with a corresponding device. Google justifies this measure on the grounds that copy protection is not guaranteed if users are not able to ...

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Google now also with in-app payment

After Apple has been offering the possibility for some time now to reinstall application features for a fee, Google is now also catching up and offering in-app-purchase. This is particularly pleasing for developers, who hope to achieve higher sales with their apps in this way - users are apparently more willing to buy something later than to buy a more expensive app from the outset. How do you see that? Is in-app payment for you a ...

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Firefox 4 Mobile also for Android and Meego

After last week's release of Firefox 4 for desktops, the mobile version is now available, running on Android and Meego. The render engine of the desktop version is used, as well as Firefox Sync and plugin support. All in all Firefox 4 Mobile should be much faster than the Webkit-based browsers that are otherwise available on the Android platform. For iOS the open source browser ...

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Flash 10.2 for Android 2.x - as beta also for Android 3.0

The promised Flash integration for Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablets seems to take shape: in the Android Market there is now version 10.2, which is supposed to bring a better integration into the browser under Android 3.0 as well as support for dual-core CPUs, as they are used in many tablets. Under Android 2.2 and 2.3 the changes are smaller, but also here the scrolling in websites using Flash should be improved.

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Google deletes Android app via remote access

Until now it has been more of a hypothetical possibility, but now Google has made use of it for the first time and has remotely deleted an application on users' mobile phones. Even if users with a penchant for paranoia are now up in arms, the deletion was justified: the application is a research application designed to check for the possible spread of malware. From the Android market is ...

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More than half of the Android devices run with 2.1

As wired.com reports, 50% of the accesses to the Android Market fall to Android 2.1, about 25% each to Android 1.5 and 1.6 - so either the manufacturers have released updates for their devices or the customers have switched to newer devices. The problem of the segmented market hasn't become any smaller because of this - there are still three different, very large ...

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Android Market with over 10,000 apps

As the page AndroLib has determined, the Android Market meanwhile contains more than 10.000 applications, of which two thirds are free. Google itself does not publish any data on the number of applications (nor does it keep the store searchable on the PC), so the figures have only been estimated so far. But Apple, with over 60,000 apps, is still a long way off - with increasing distribution ...

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