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Android: no movies for rooted devices

Google is not only restricting movie rentals on Android devices regionally, but also excluding devices that have been rooted. "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)" is the error message that users with rooted devices get to see when they try to rent a movie with a corresponding device, according to Winfuture.de. Google justifies this measure ...

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Google now also with in-app payment

After Apple has been offering the possibility to install app features against payment for some time now, Google is now also catching up and offering in-app-purchase. This is especially pleasing for developers, who hope for higher sales with their apps - users are apparently more willing to buy something later than to buy a more expensive app from the start.

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Firefox 4 Mobile also for Android and Meego

After the release of Firefox 4 for desktops last week, the mobile version is now available, which runs on Android and Meego. The render engine of the desktop version is used, as well as Firefox Sync and support for plugins. Overall, Firefox 4 Mobile is said to be significantly faster than the Webkit-based browsers it ...

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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 be taking shape: Version 10.2 is now available in the Android Market, which is supposed to bring 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 ...

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Google deletes Android app via remote access

Until now it was more of a hypothetical possibility, now Google has made use of it for the first time and remotely deleted an application on the phones of users. Even if users with a tendency to paranoia are now up in arms, the deletion was justified: the application is a research application that is used to test the possible ...

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More than half of the Android devices run with 2.1

As wired.com reports, 50% of the hits on the Android Market fall on Android 2.1, around 25% each on Android 1.5 and 1.6 - so either the manufacturers have launched updates for their devices or the customers have switched to newer devices. However, the problem of the segmented market is still not smaller ...

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Android Market with over 10,000 apps

As the site AndroLib has determined, the Android Market now contains over 10,000 applications, of which a good two-thirds are free. Google itself does not publish any data on the number of applications (and does not keep the store searchable on the PC), so that there have only been estimated values so far. From Apple with over 60,000 apps is ...

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