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2 years ago

TripAdvisor expands City Guides, releases apps for 30 new cities

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Traveling to new areas can be both fun and exciting but it also has the potential to be rather frustrating at times. If you're not familiar with the area you are going to you may not know the best places to stay, the best places to eat and the attractions around that you will want to take in. For such cases, TripAdvisor has released quite a few city guides in the past to help those in need find all those things when traveling and now, they've gone ahead and added 30 new cities to the mix bringing the grand total of cities offered to 50. In addition to the new city offerings, they've added some new features to the apps as well:

  • Transit – Users can now view metro or subway stations on a map. Unique to City Guides, the “Nearby Station” feature helps travelers find the closest station to their current location, or to a particular restaurant, hotel, or attraction.
  • TripIdeas - TripIdeas are customized itinerary recommendations based on popular travel themes, such as traveling with family, foodie destinations, and places off the beaten path. Each itinerary includes beautiful large photos for inspiration. Users can keep track of their favorite TripIdeas in their “Saves” list.
  • Offline Map Update – Users can now fully customize their own maps. This feature displays saved destinations, metro stations, and any restaurants, hotels, and attractions of interest, to help travelers plan and have their perfect trip.

If you're looking to be planning a trip in the near future or have one already in the works, maybe TripAdvisor can help make that trip better. The full list of added cities can be found past the break and if you're looking for the full list of all TripAdvisor City Guides available, just hit the source link below to be taken to the Google Play Store listings.

Source: TripAdvisor, Google Play Store

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2 years ago

There's still a week left to vote in the NVIDIA Player's Choice Awards, and we have a winner to announce from week two!

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We're done with eh first two weeks of voting in the first annual NVIDIA Player's Choice Awards, and that means two things -- there's only one week left to vote for your favorite game developers, and we have a contest winner of our own to announce. Let's take care of some business first.

You'll want to be sure to hit the TegraZone and vote, where they are giving away seven prize packs consisting of the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a keyboard dock (a must-have accessory!), a Logitech wireless controller, and a Jambox portable Bluetooth speaker. It's like a personal arcade, but with better games! When you're done there, jump into the Android contest forums and enter our own giveaway, as AUSU and NVIDIA have partnered with us to give away another prize pack each week for the duration. 

You don't want to miss this opportunity, so be sure to throw your name into the ring and try your luck. At the same time, hard working developers get a bit of recognition, as NVIDIA will be hosting a special event for them at E3 on June 6. These guys work hard to bring the best games in mobile to our Android phones and tablets. Take a minute and vote for your favorite -- they deserve it.

Now for our little announcement. We're giving away a package of our own each week thanks to ASUS and NVIDIA, and we just closed up week two's contest. The winner of the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, keyboard dock, Jambox Bluetooth speaker and Logitech controller is Ntchwaidumela. Congrats my good man, and be sure to have a ton of fun with your new tablet and other cool gear! Keep an eye on your e-mail for more details about how to get your prize.

There's still one weeks contest left, be sure to dive in and enter it after you vote at the TegraZone! Hit the links below.

 

VOTE IN THE PLAYER'S CHOICE AWARDS AT THE TEGRAZONE!
ENTER TO WIN IN THE ANDROID CONTEST FORUMS!

 

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2 years ago

EVO 4G LTE is making its way into users' hands

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We heard that Best Buy was going to be handing out pre-orders of the HTC EVO 4G LTE today, and it's been whispered that Sprint would start delivering their own pre-orders today, and it looks like both happened as planned. There's EVOs-a-popping in the forums, and everyone seems pretty well pleased with the new gear from HTC and Sprint. There's a lot there to love, with that screen and the all new Krait SoC under the hood, and I expect that it won't be long before the tips and tricks threads start flowing like wine.

If you were lucky enough to get yours today, or if you're still playing the waiting game but want to surround yourself with the warm glow of happy EVO owners, jump in to the forums and see what's going on. If you're still on the fence, Phil is hard at work (for real, we took away his Xbox) and will have his full review for us shortly. It looks to be a hell of a phone!

Join the fun in the EVO 4G LTE forums!

picture credit krcm0209

 

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2 years ago

Android A to Z: DLNA

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DLNA, or the Digital Living Network Alliance is an organization set up by Sony in 2003 that determines a universal set of rules and guidelines so devices can share digital media. The devices covered include computers, cameras, televisions, network storage devices, and of course cell phones. The guidelines are built from existing standards, but manufacturers have to pay to use them and have their device join the DLNA.

With DLNA devices, you can share video, music and pictures from a Digital Media Server (DMS) to your Android phone or tablet. A DMS could be your computer, a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device, a television or Blu-ray player, or even another Android device. Anything that has a DLNA server, or can have one installed will act as a DMS. Fun factoid: when a DLNA server is installed on a cell phone, tablet, or portable music player it's called a M-DMS -- the M stands for Mobile.

Once a DLNA server is in place, our Android phones usually have two functions -- to act as a Digital Media Player (M-DMP) or a Digital Media Controller (M-DMC). The player is easy enough to figure out, it finds content on a DLNA server and plays it back. A DMC will find content on a DLNA server, and push it to another connected player. For example, my television has a DLNA player, and my laptop has a server. With the right software, I could use my Android phone to find the content on my laptop and play it on my television. DLNA can really be fun if you have all the right equipment.

But chances are Android (and eventually other mobile devices) will be moving away from DLNA. With Ice Cream Sandwich, Wifi Direct is part of the operating system and has the potential to do everything DLNA can do, and more. We already have seen it replace DLNA streaming in the HTC One series with the Media Link HD receiver, which streams content from a Sense 4 device to a monitor with HDMI input. It uses native Wifi Direct, and by all accounts works really nicely. Or Samsung, who is using NFC to kick off a Wifi Direct session for fast data transfer on the Galaxy S III. We'll have to wait and see what manufacturers do with Wifi Direct, because having it built into the OS is a big plus -- even for a company like Samsung who makes millions of DLNA devices each year. 

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2 years ago

NVIDIA: Look for 30 Tegra 3-based devices in 2012

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We're nearly halfway through the year, but things are just getting started for NVIDIA, general manager Mike Rayfield told analysts on Thursday afternoon.

NVIDIA has 30 devices planned for the year. So far, we've seen just two. Of those 30 devices, some 15 will be planned for sub-$200 pricing. That's certainly the sweet spot for impulse purchases.

NVIDIA's also looking to make inroads into the Chinese market, with 18 of those 30 tablets targeted for the Asian nation. By comparison, NVIDIA only released five devices in China in 2011, Rayfield said.

The big name to know for the rest of the year is Kai. That's the low-cost, high-performance system that NVIDIA is crowing about these days, and it's what will help bring prices down while keeping prices at a more affordable level. Will there be higher-performing tablets? Sure. But will they be $200?

The big question for those of us at the purchasing side of the equation is "When?". We'll see devices with Tegra 3+ later this year, with the "Wayne" and "Grey" generations. (And "Grey" is when we'll start to see Tegra and LTE data come together.) We'll likely hear more about that later this year, but we're not expecting any devices before spring 2013.

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2 years ago

Leaked screenshot points to possible June 20 Galaxy S III launch in Canada

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Given the state of Galaxy S III pre-release rumors, we're inclined to take this kind of thing with a pinch of salt. However, the latest leaked internal screen obtained by ​MobileSyrup​ indicates that Canadians may not have long to wait for Samsung's next big thing. The screen, which appears to show an ad for the phone on some of the leading Canadian carriers, suggests that the launch date may be June 20. However, it's worth remembering that even if this date is accurate now, plans can change, especially when you're coordinating a massive device launch across multiple networks.

What we know for certain is that the Galaxy S III will launch on all the major Canadian networks "this summer," and that it'll pack 4G LTE connectivity where available.

However things pan out in Canada, the Galaxy S III is due to launch in Europe next Wednesday, May 30. A U.S. launch is expected sometime in June. Want more Galaxy S III? Our wealth of launch day reports should have you covered.

Source: MobileSyrup; via: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Rockstar Games puts Grand Theft Auto III on sale this weekend

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If you've been avoiding picking up Grand Theft Auto III due to the cost of the game, now might be a good time to head on over to the Google Play Store and pick it up. Rockstar has lowered the price of Grand Theft Auto III to only $.99 in celebration of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Come Monday though the sale will be done with and it will return to the regular pricing of $4.99. If you're looking for the link, you'll find it below. Just be sure you have some space available as the download of additional content can reach up to 1GB.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace DUOS sees wider release

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Looks like the Galaxy Ace DUOS, Samsung's latest dual-SIM offering, is about to launch in a few more countries from next month, following its initial release in India back in February. The phone will be released initially in Russia in June, with Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Middle East, Africa, and China following thereafter. Dual-SIM devices generally target developing countries, where cellular services are mostly pre-paid, and coverage areas are patchy.

The Ace DUOS features the familiar combination of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and version 4 of Samsung's TouchWiz UI, running on a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, with an 832MHz single-core CPU. Other notable specs include a 5MP rear camera, HSDPA support up to 7.2Mbps, 512MB of RAM and 3GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot. It's certianly no Galaxy S III, but for the emerging markets Samsung's targeting, it's enough to provide a basic, functional smartphone experience.

Check past the break for today's full press release.

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2 years ago

Google Play launches in-app subscriptions

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Google Play continues to expand upon the business models available to developers and app-buyers, with today's launch of in-app subscription on its Android app store. Following on from last year's in-app purchases launch, Google Play's in-app subscriptions service provides the ability for apps to charge a monthly or yearly fee for in-app content. As you'd expect, the payment amount and renewal period is set by the developer, and users are able to manage these recurring payments through the Google Play Store. And unwanted subscriptions can be canceled via the new "Subscriptions" tab under "My Apps."

In its announcement blog post, Google highlights in-app subscriptions as being particularly useful for "premium dynamic content," such as newspapers and magazines. And if you're also an iOS user, you'll be aware that this is a service that Apple's offered since this time last year, with the specific aim of attracting this kind of content to its app store.

The first Android app to ship with in-app subscriptions is Glu Mobile's Frontline Commando, and Google says more devs will announce subscription-funded versions of their apps in the days ahead. Other devs can pick up sample code over at the source link. If you're looking to manage your own subscriptions, you'll need version 3.5 or higher of the Google Play Store app, which Google says has already been rolled out to most Android devices around the world.

Source: Android Developers blog

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2 years ago

'Because We May' sale brings discounted prices to 57 Android games

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If you're looking for an excuse to pick up some top-notch Android games over the next week, you'll want to check out the "Because We May" sale, which has kicked off today. The sale, crated by a band of leading mobile game developers, brings heavy discounts to favorites of ours, including World of Goo, Osmos, EDGE and Fieldrunners HD. Many are on sale for under £2, while some are even 99 cents or less.

What's the big idea behind Because We May? The devs point to a celebration of the freedom offered by modern digital distribution channels like Google Play and the iOS App Store --

We believe that developers should have the freedom to price their games how they like, without interference from the online stores that sell the games. Why? Because it allows us to promote our games more freely, as we are doing here! We rely on the ability to promote our games for our livelihood and control over pricing is an important tool for this purpose.

The sale runs for the next week, so you've got until next Friday, June 1, to get your fill of some of the best Android games around. And if you're a multi-platform type, the "Because We May" sale also has discounts on iOS, Mac and Steam titles.

Hit the source link for the full list of discounted games on Google Play.

Source: Because We May

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2 years ago

Zen Bound 2 [Android Game Review]

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We could probably all use a little more Zen in our lives. With the stress of work, bills, family, etc., it can be hard to take a moment, relax, and just be calm. Like Osmos HD and Gravilux before it, Zen Bound 2 looks to continue the proud tradition of Android games that both bake your noodle and calm your nerves.

The premise of Zen Bound 2 is simple: wrap a rope around a wooden figurine. Everywhere the rope touches, the wood is painted. Your goal is to paint as much of the wood as you can while using the least amount of string. When you're all done painting, you then​ have to maneuver the rope around a nail sticking out of the figurine and tie a knot. Once the knot is tied, the level is over.

For each level you play, there's minimum conditions for winning, based on what percent of the figurine you paint. Paint more of the figurine, you get more flowers. Paint less, receive less. (Flowers are the reward/currency for unlocking more levels.)

This mechanic forces you to go a replay levels you tried to burn through, as you'll soon realize that the levels you want to be at are more expensive than the flowers you've got. It's actually pretty brilliant in that regard, because playing levels over again is great practice and keeps you coming back.

Zen Bound 2 also lives right up to its name. The background music is soft and ambient, with the occasional tinkle of wind chimes and other wooden instruments. It's all very subdued and under the surface, contributing to the calming vibe. Make sure you dim the lights and put your feet up before loading this game up.

Zen Bound 2 is $2.99 in the Google Play Store. We've got video and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note ICS update now pushing out in India

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If you're rocking a Samsung Galaxy Note in India, then there should be an Ice Cream Sandwich flavored treat waiting for you. The 319MB update is available both through the Kies desktop software, and also OTA. To check for the OTA, head on over to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates. 

As we found out right from our first hands on with the US version, on the face of it things won't look much different post-update. It's still Touchwiz -- albeit the latest version -- which fronts the UI, but there are some additional features worth remembering such as updated S-Memo and S-Note applications. To take a look at all the features ICS brings to the Note, check out Samsung's promo video after the break. 

via AndroidOS.in

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2 years ago

IDC numbers are in, Android leads the way

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According to the IDC, Android accounts for 59% of all smartphone sales worldwide.  This is a healthy jump from last year when Android accounted for 36.1% of smartphone sales.  iOS is second, with 23% of sales.  Last year the two smartphone OS's owned 54.4% of the market combined, ​so this is impressive growth.  Android showed a 145% year-over-year change, at the expense of Symbian, which went from 26% in 1Q11 to just 6.8% in 1Q12.

Samsung is the big winner here, accounting for 45.4% of all Android smartphone sales.  This is due in no small part to the success of the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, both of which have racked up impressive sales numbers.  With the looming launch of the Galaxy S III Samsung is showing no signs of slowing down, either.

Source: Business Wire

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2 years ago

Beautifully redesigned Google+ experience is here!

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Our iOS-loving pals got this one a couple weeks ago, but now it's our turn. The redesigned Google+ app is now available for Android. And quite an update it is. In addition to the visual refresh, you'll get the following:

  • Initiate a Hangout from the main menu
  • Support for ringing hangout notification
  • Support for post editing
  • Messenger suggestions for people you may know
  • Download photos from posts or Messenger conversations

The ability to edit posts is a godsend, as well as being able to download photos from posts. Hit the link below to snag it directly. And don't forget to circle Android Central as well!

Download: Google+; More: Google

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2 years ago

NVIDIA Icera modem validated for AT&T's LTE network

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NVIDIA has announced that their Icera 410 multimode data modem has been tested and approved for use with AT&T's LTE network. This means that NVIDIA has officially entered the race with Qualcomm to provide embedded LTE equipment for Tablets, and interestingly enough clamshell devices (mentioned by name) on AT&T. The Icera 410 will provide multiband connectivity for 2G, 3G, HSPA+, and LTE category 2 (50Mbps) from one chip, which we've already seen gives a nice boost in battery life compared to multiple hardware radios. No word on anything phone related just yet, this sort of thing goes in baby steps. We're excited every time we see a new player in the game, and can't wait to give a new NVIDIA powered LTE device on AT&T a try. Hit the break for the full, but brief, press release.

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