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Old 09-10-2010, 07:52 AM   #1
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eLocity A7 Android 2.2

Just got a notice about this in my inbox:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003Z6QH5S/...5500_pe_epc_d1

I know nothing about it but thought I'd share.
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:03 PM   #2
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After wading through all the glowing marketspeak, I noticed that not one time was the Android Marketplace mentioned.
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After wading through all the glowing marketspeak, I noticed that not one time was the Android Marketplace mentioned.
There are devices -- particularly the larger 6-7-8-9 inch devices that do not yet have access to the Market because the apps are all for smaller-screened devices. At least that is my understanding.
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My point was that the hype touted:
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Although the eLocity A7 Internet Tablet comes ready for use with a selection of pre-installed applications for Android 2.2, it can be customized with third-party apps available online. Because it is an Open-Source platform, the number of applications designed for Android has skyrocketed. Almost 75,000 apps are currently available, ranging from Sip Phone to map and email utilities to apps that allow you to work with Microsoft Office files. Most of the apps are free to download and can be modified relatively easily. With Open-Source flexibility, you have the power to create your own applications or tailor existing apps to suit your own personal tastes. Now that’s freedom!
It didn't say a thing about the hassle involved with finding APKs without access to the Market, then having to manually install them, yada-yada-yada. Implying that it was as easy as doing it on a phone, while knowing full well that Google has not opened the Market to tablet devices.

Their credibility is suffering a little in my view.
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Yes. I agree.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:33 PM   #6
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Just ran across this in "the Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development"

A Guaranteed Market

"As mentioned in the introduction to the chapter, Android is open source. Specifically, it is mostly available under the Apache Software License 2.0. This license places few restrictions on device manufacturers. Therefore, it is very possible for a device manufacturer to create a device that, frankly, does not run Android very well. It might work fine for standard applications shipped on the device but do a poor job of handling third-party applications, like the ones you might write.

To help address this, Google has some applications, such as the Android Market, that it has not released as open source. While these applications are available to device manufacturers, the devices that run the Android Market are tested first, to help ensure that a user's experience with the device will be reasonable.

A Google engineer cited one case where a device manufacturer was readying a phone that had a QVGA screen, before the release of Android 1.6 where QVGA support was officially added to the platform. While that manufacturer had arranged for the built-in applications to work acceptably on the smaller-resolution screen, third party applications were a mess. Google apparently declined to provide the Android Market to the manufacturer for this device.

Hence, the existence of the Android Market on a device, beyond providing a distribution means for your applications, also serves as a bit of a "seal of approval" that the device should support well-written third-party applications."
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It didn't say a thing about the hassle involved with finding APKs without access to the Market...
What hassle? I've been able to find any apk I've wanted within a few minutes with a Google search.

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...then having to manually install them...
Installing an apk takes about 30 seconds if you use an app manager or app installation program. Big deal.
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What hassle? I've been able to find any apk I've wanted within a few minutes with a Google search.



Installing an apk takes about 30 seconds if you use an app manager or app installation program. Big deal.
Your right, it's not a big deal for you or me, who are a little technically inclined, but for the cupholder/anykey set, it is a big deal.
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