Weekly News Round-up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

To add insult to injury for Oracle, Judge Alsup ruled that API’s cannot be copyrighted. To state it plainly, “So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the Java API.” Too bad Oracle. I’m sure there’s an appeal on the way, but until then this ruling stands. Interested in reading a good summary and the ruling, check this out.

Now, here’s the other news:

  • The Pandora app received an update this week, and one of the stated reasons for the update was, “compatibility support for upcoming Android OS.” There’s a lot of furor on the internet regarding the statement. Most pundits speculate that the statement implies Pandora is working with Google in development of a new Android OS, or at least a release of Android 4.1.
  • One complaint many Android users have is the lack of apps. This post is for Android developers and expresses 10 reasons why developers should consider Android first.
  • iPhoneJD wrote a great post about digital signatures and notaries. The overall analysis is what is sufficiently necessary to consummate a notary signature. I agree with iPhoneJD that at least in Oklahoma, physical presence is necessary, though digital works.
  • I love any post or article advocating why you should use Android, and I especially love this post about Android 4.0. If apps are a concern, you might check this post out. As you’ll discover, that’s not a significant consideration.
  • If you want to ensure you have the latest version of Android, then you ought to consider a HTC device running on the T-Mobile or Sprint network. At least that’s according to PC World. Unfortunately for Verizon users, “[t]hough Verizon offers a lot of Android phones, most of the updates that the carrier has promised remain simply promises. That’s not to say that the phones Verizon offers are bad. But you may have to wait a bit longer for updates to reach your Android phone.”
  • If you’re in the market for a new tablet, you might want to wait. Asus announced that it is releasing a dual-boot tablet running Android and Windows. Here are the teaser videos:

  • On June 6, Google will preview a new Google Maps.
  • And finally, watch the blog early Monday morning for an exciting review of a new app that will make my 2012 list of apps for lawyers. I’m sworn to silence until Monday at 8:45 EDT.

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