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A new update to the Android platform, called "cupcake," brings with it more than some simple bug fixes. New features galore will be baked into the OS as well. Guess what, Apple? Android is getting cut-and-paste and video recording before the iPhone!

The list of new features is astounding, although it must be pointed out the changes being made are currently not ready for release as the "cupcake" branch of Android is for developers only. But

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Each new software platform, including Android, at the beginning is struggling with a small number of the available applications. This is why Google spent $10 million trying to attract developers to their Android Developer Challenge before G1 phone release. Taking advantage of an opportunity to run large number of existing Java ME applications may determine a significant value for the Android platform. This is also occasion for developers to reduce cost preparing mobile software for a smaller number of platforms at the same time.

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Droid logoAndroid fans know all about Googles playful release naming scheme: they are basically dessert names listed alphabetically, so we had Cupcake followed by Donut, Eclair and Flan etc. These are not actual releases but developer branches, meaning the source code used by any developer (it is all open source after all) is packaged up for use under the single name - a sort of proving ground for new ideas if you like. When these branches have been fully hammered by the masses they can then be announced as real versions. Cupcake became Android 1.5 for example, and Donut is expected to become Android 2.0.

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Adobe’s Flash Player is on 98 percent of all desktop computers, but it is still struggling to make the jump to mobile phones. If you want Flash on a mobile device, right now you have to settle for a compromised version: Flash Lite. But Adobe is committed to bring the full Flash Player experience to mobile phones, as evidenced by its Open Screen Project. On Monday, at its Adobe MAX developer conference, it will demonstrate Flash Player 10 running on a Windows Mobile phone. (However, Flash won’t actually ship on Windows Mobile until late next year).