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DroidCon London 2014

DroidCon London 2014

Want to find out about all the latest Android advances, listen to expert speakers, see fantastic new technologies, and meet the international Android community? Then come and join Droidcon London, the largest Android developer conference in Europe!

Droidcon London, Europe’s biggest grassroots Android developer conference, is back in London on October 30th - 31st! We’d love you to come along, and so to make the decision a little easier for you, here’s a whopping 25% discount off the ticket price!

Simply book your place here: https://skillsmatter.com/conferences/1919-droidcon-london-2014 using this promocode: GOOGLEDROID-DROIDCON-2014

You’re just a few short clicks away from meeting some of Android’s foremost experts and innovators - from our keynote speaker Google’s Chet Haase. to Cyril Mottier of Capitaine Train, from author of ‘Smashing Android UI’ Juhani Lehtimaki to UI specialist Taylor Ling, and many other pioneers of leading Android technology from Cyanogen, Google, Mozilla and Novoda.

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Have a break ... have a KitKat!

Android 4.4 - the KitKat release!

In a very welcome, but rather surprising move, Google announced the next version of Android is to be called ... KitKat! This is of course in keeping with the sweet-tooth themed naming party going right back to Android 1.5 Cupake. It's surprising because although everyone knew it would begin with the letter "K", the popular vibe had it named as "Key Lime Pie". The story goes some Googlers saw a 4 fingered bar in a fridge deep in the Googleplex and, well one thing led to another. It's kinda neat too since the next expected version is 4.4, and that's a nice tie-in with the bar itself. 

Nestle, the massive confectionery giant owners of the KitKat brand, are totally behind the move and are planning future marketing initiatives around the Android theme. These are said to include prizes, special edition bars and various other goodies. In fact the deal suits both Android and Google so well that apparently no money changed hands either way for this venture.

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T-Mobile first with PAYG Android handset

"The T-Mobile Pulse represents another Android milestone from T-Mobile. We introduced the first Android handset, the T-Mobile G1, to the UK back in October 2008, launched our second handset, the G2 Touch, earlier this year and now we're opening up Android-based smartphones to a whole new type of mobile user with the first handset on pay-as-you-go." read the statement from T-Mobile.

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Amplify in massive Android schools tablet deal

Amplify tablet

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is behind Amplify, a company which sees a bright future for tablet-based education systems. It so believes in this that its just launched its first one, a 10-inch device running a modified version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It's not clear who manufactures the device but a strong hint is given on the Amplify website where it says it is: "similar to an Asus MeMo Pad ME310T".  The plan is to provide both the hardware and software of the future, and since the standard Google apps such as Chrme, GMail, Calendar, Google+, Hangouts etc, Google are keen to play their part in this rapidly growing market.

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Droidcon comes to London!

DroidCon London

Droidcon London is back, the largest Android conference in Europe!

Droidcon returns to London on October 25th & 26th for its fourth consecutive year! 1000+ talented developers and designers!

And this year's Droidcon is a celebration of the 5 years of Android and a glimpse in the future of the platform! No worry we won't have any futurists - that's not what Droidcon is about!

 3 great keynote speakers will talk about where they're bringing Android in the next 5 years:

  • Julie Uhrman CEO of OUYA. The first Android based gaming console was launched on Kickstarter earning funding ($8.5 million dollars!) and fans. The Kickstarter darling will ship to gamers in March 2013.
  • Paresh Patel Founder of Vendscreen, whose Android vending machine is changing the way people buy... just about anything!
  • Frederic Albinet Marketing Group Manager at Parrot, having flown the world with their phone controlled AR.Drone quadricopter, Parrot have launched their Asteroid series of Android based in-car entertainment devices

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Android powers Google past Microsoft to become worlds second most valuable company

Google

Champage corks were popping in Mountain View on Oct 1st as Google passed Microsoft to become the worlds second most valuable company - largely due to Android. Googles' stock rose 1 per cent finishing in New York with a share worth of $761.78 (£471.34) translating into a total market capitalisation value of nearly $250 billion (around £155bn). On the same day, Microsoft fell 1 per cent, closing out business at $29.49 (£18.25) with a lesser valuation of $247.2 billion (£152.9bn). It hasn't been reported what happened to the stock of any office furniture repair businesses in Redmond.