I thought it was fun to see a Microsoft booth in the Open Source park at CeBIT 2011, so I went jokingly to ask if it was a mistake, turns out Microsoft has lots of things going on with Open Source around the world. "Microsoft is changing into a more open company", does that mean Windows 8 for ARM will be open source and free? Does Microsoft prepare Azure OS to compete with Chrome OS? Should Microsoft and Nokia simply take Honeycomb and improve on that and call it Microdroid?
HyperDevBox is a development company based in Tokyo Japan, developing games exclusively for Android. They are presenting Spectral Souls for Android, the first tactical RPG game for Android and explaining how the Android Native SDK is being used to run native C or C++ code, there is no Java code at all in the game.
- Spectral Souls By IdeaFactory/HyperDevBox Arrives In The Android Market, Weighs A Whopping 1GB! (androidpolice.com)
- Spectral Souls: Massive New RPG for Android Coming Next Month (techie-buzz.com)
Device Anywhere provides test center service for app developers, carriers, service providers to test apps and services accross all the devices using some kind of standard for testing. Basically they make it automatic to test stuff across all devices that people use on the market, to test and see what features may work more or less well.
ExB Communication Systems GmbH presents the PTPT touch screen interface, a suggested UI to manage "all the information around you". PTPT stands for people, things, places and time. It's an Android Home Replacement that will be available in the Google Marketplace next month.
Marvell demonstrates seamless sharing of pictures, videos over the Internet with picture frames, HDTV slideshows, NAS and more. This demo is using the software from Funambol and Eyecon.
Kinoma play is showcased on Android devices, it's running all the apps on pure ARM processor with no need for graphics acceleration, it can come with more than 50 applications built in.
- Carriers try outflanking app stores with WAC (reviews.cnet.com)
- Mobile Operators Launch WAC, A Global Wholesale App Store (readwriteweb.com)
- WAC 2.0 specification announced; 8 operators already connected to the platform (intomobile.com)
- Telefonica, Orange pledge support for Wholesale Applications Community (intomobile.com)
- Operator Application Push Goes Live (pcworld.com)
- With Opera, WAC is right here, right now (opera.com)
- 10 new companies join Wholesale Applications Community, including HP, IBM, Adobe, SAP and Panasonic (intomobile.com)
http://endomondo.com is a sports tracking system, that works on all the major smartphone platforms, and includes an online community, to compare running routes, compare running performances, in any city, you can see an overview of all the people that are running right now, it can also include real-time speech synthesis to read up comments or comparing your running speed with someone else you want to beat in the community.