We're a little all over the place this week with some more giant Nexus news, our reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Moto G and Moto X, plus we answer a bunch of your questions live. And there might well have been some singing.
Board games have been experiencing a renaissance in recent years, and it doesn't take a lot of digging in the Google Play Store to see it reflected on Android as well. We've put together our top ten board games for Android for the consideration of long-time board game fans and neophytes alike.
The vast majority of the Android board games on our list employ in-app purchases for expansions, and thanks to established physical games, they tend to be well-balanced and lots of fun.
So if you're having trouble getting everybody together under one roof or just don't have any more shelf space for another box, pick up your Android phone or tablet to grab these fantastic board games.
Through a new decision made by the European Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, the doors may be opening up to in-flight phone calls, emails, and streaming video on a flight in Europe in the future. Though EASA had allowed the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) on flights in airplane mode last year, the new ruling on Friday would allow these devices to remain on whether or not they are placed into a transmission-restrictive airplane mode.
Google is experimenting with a new feature that would allow users to silence audio notifications in the Chrome browser tab. Admittedly, Google says that it is experimenting with this new UI feature after users had mistakenly assumed that they could click on the tab to mute alert tones, and that it is not promising that the feature will make it to a stable release of Chrome in the future.
Vine for Android has seen several significant updates over the past few months, and the latest brings improved editing tools to the party. The app, now up to version 2.5.0 sees the following improvements:
Just Dance Now recently launched for iOS and Android, which offers booty-shaking gameplay minus the console. Players use their smartphone as a motion controller, and any screen with browser access as the primary game display. You need to match up with the movements of the dancer on the TV, laptop, or tablet, and are scored based on how closely you mimic the movements. If you're feeling brave, you can share video clips of your sweet, sweet dance moves to social media.
What's easier than telling your new Moto X to tell you all the things you can command it to do with your voice? Why, getting one of us to tell you first.
Moto Voice is the new-and-improved voice integration that does a lot of what you get with Google Now, but with a few Moto X-specific features as well. When you first set up Moto Voice it'll recommend you take a spin through this list. But if you're still trying to figure out if the Moto X is right for you (and we highly recommend taking a read through our full Moto X review first), here's a preview:
You've seen the first ads for the new Moto X, and now Motorola's taking to showing off the Moto 360 in similar fashion. The first 58-second video, titled "Choose Moto 360" offers a quick look through the physical design of the Android Wear-powered smartwatch, from paper conception to stainless steel milling to the leather strap.
If it seems like Google's apps and services have been becoming more prominent on newer Android phones, it's because they are, and Google's mandated it be so. While Android is technically an open source operating system, as the likes of Amazon have shown with their own complete customizations, the version that most of us see comes with stipulations from Google. Namely, if you want the flagship Google Play Store on the new smartphone you're building, you will do as Google demands.
OK, folks. If you've been waiting to order a new Moto X on Verizon, today's your day. It'll run you $$499 outright, $99 on a two-year contract or $24.99 a month on Verizon EDGE, and you can a custom model via Moto Maker if you'd prefer.
This one's been in the works for a while now, and we're finally allowed to give you a little peek. Pocket Casts — one of our favorite Android apps for listening to podcasts — is working on a web version. It syncs up with your Pocket Casts account (which we still would love to see have some single-sign-in action), and generally is as awesome as you'd expect.
We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!
Amazon went official with its plans to acquire popular streaming website Twitch back in August. The deal was announced to be worth $970 million and everything now appears to be finalized, according to a recent SEC filing. Amazon has just taken over the hotspot for video game streams, which boasts over 55 million active monthly viewers.
The price comparison website MySmartPrice is now enabling millions of consumers in India to check out better deals online, even when they have little connectivity. The web service will allow users to utilize WhatsApp, the massively popular cross-platform messenger, to make quick and speedy product price comparison searches.
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