Music Beta for Android announced and launched

Google has just announced and launched its new online cloud based music stream service called Music Beta. This new Zune Pass rival for Android powered devices and PCs has quite a few features that I wouldn’t mind having on windows Phone or other platforms (iOS). The most important one being the ability to upload all of your music library to the cloud and access it from any connected PC / Mac or Android handsets (maximum 20,000 songs). I’m really surprised that Microsoft still hasn’t done something similar with Zune and Skydrive yet.

Once your music is in the cloud you will be able to stream it on the go if you are connected to a network (cellular data or WiFi) or listen to the last songs you have previously listened to in offline mode (the player will automatically cache and recently played songs on the device).

Check out the video presentation of the Music Beta by Google service below:

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Google fights Android fragmentation: Partners with carriers and OEMs to guarantee updates

Google just announced  during the Google IO keynote that it has partnered with OEMs and carriers to fight fragmentation and guarantee updates. This is probably the most important news of this year’s Google IO conference (IMO). The OEMs and Carriers seen above will guarantee timely updates to the latest version of the OS for a period of 18 months after a device is released (if the device’s hardware allows it).

Update: Unfortunately, Andy Rubin, who was questioned about this matter during the post-keynote Q&A session, said that nothing is set in stone yet. It is now starting to look like this announcement was nothing more than a PR move to create some buzz. The full details of this new “update guarantee” have yet to be finalized between all the partners

Google announces Android Ice Cream sandwich and Q4 2011 release

Google has just announced the next version of Android named Ice Scream Sandwich scheduled to be released in Q4 2011. This new version of the mobile os will run on tablets and smartphones: This will effectively merge Gingerbread and Honeycomb into one single OS. Stay tuned for more info. This newer version will include features like, voice recognition coupled with  face tracking, new application framework and holographic UI (first introduced in Honeycomb).

Android 2.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to probably be announced next week

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Mango buzz is about to fade out a little bit next week when Google will most probably announce the newest version of Android for smartphones code named Ice Cream Sandwich aka Android 2.4 during the Google I/O conference (May 10 – 11) . This newest version is expected to include most of the new features introduced in Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb and adapt them for the smartphone form factor (remember that Honeycomb is exclusive to tablets) and feature integration with Google’s new music streaming cloud platform.

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Adobe provides list of showcase websites to test Flash 10.1 on Android

Adobe has just made available a list of Flash enabled websites that users can test on the Android handsets once they have installed the first public version of the Flash 10.1 plugin that will supposedly be showcased(an released) tomorrow during Google I/O alongside Froyo aka Android 2.2. The war against Apple has just begun and hopefully Adobe doesn’t screw this one up with a buggy plugin…Check out the dedicated website here. Here’s a video of the plugin in action on a Nexus One and Froyo in case you missed it last week.

Source: Adobe

Flash 10.1 for Android to be released next week at Google I/O

Those who are waiting patiently for Flash 10.1 for their mobile device (mainly Android) should be happy to know that the first public version should be released next week duing Google I/O’s event (May 19-20). according to Adobe’s Platform Evangelist Ryan Stewart. The other good news is that the plug-in apparently works quite well: just check out the video of his Nexus One running the latset version of the plug-in ruuning on Android Froyo:

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