Sony has brought a lot of cool stuff to CES 2014, including a look at its forthcoming PlayStation Now gaming service. The simplest way to describe what Sony's trying here; it wants to be the Netflix of gaming.
The Gaikai guys have been on the show floor demonstrating how things will go. Initially Sony will be supporting PlayStation 3 games, which can be streamed to your PS4, PS Vita, PS3 and selected new Sony Bravia TVs. Beyond this, PS2 and PS One classic titles are also in consideration for future inclusion. But why are we so interested? Because one day, maybe in the distant future times, but one day for sure; Sony wants this on our smartphones and tablets.
This year's keynotes at CES came to an epic conclusion tonight with the announcement of the WWE Network.
Yes, World Wrestling Entertainment, which has long existed as a mainstay of pay-per-view, is coming to the web. The service will consist of a 24/7 live streaming service of original content along with a massive on-demand library of past content. Also included is access to all pay-per-view shows past, present and future. Streaming will be available on WWE.com, apps for iOS, Android and Kindle, as well as on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox, Roku — and at least one platform that Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, was not allowed to mention.
Well, it's finally happening. Carbon for Twitter, long one of our favorite Android Twitter apps, is finally running up against the token limit Twitter implemented some time ago. Developer M.Saleh Esmaeili dropped the bad news on Google+, meaning the app won't be able to accept new users once the last token is used up.
That's the same issue just about every major third-party Twitter app has run into, including Falcon Pro and Tweet Lanes. Esmaeili says he won't muck about with API workarounds, so what we've got is what we've got. Esmaeili is looking ahead to his next projects, though.
Touch optimized and free to play — coming soon from Gameloft
John P. and Simon Sage have a look at Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War, a coming title from Gameloft. The game will be free to play with in-app purchases, and features excellent touch-control optimization.
From what we can see in the demo, this one should be great. Hopefully we have a chance to try it soon on some of the super hardware we know is coming.
Yahoo has announced that they have acquired the "intelligent" replacement home screen application Aviate. The app, which is still in a private beta status, uses data and metrics of how and where you use your phone to decide what content to display. the result may or may not be as useful as setting your own shortcuts and widgets, but it certainly looks good.
Yahoo says "We hope to make Aviate a central part of our Android-based experiences in 2014 (and beyond), and we are committed to continued innovation on the product." Hopefully, that means the app will soon lose it's beta tag. In the meantime, Yahoo says they will giving away 25,000 codes.
From capturing to recommending Sony wants to inspire you
Sony has just announced their new and innovative way to keep track of your life through your device with the Lifelog application. With various applications available to capture your movements, achievements, and images from throughout the day the issue is that none of them do it all in one place. Sony hopes to change this by allowing you to capture your physical, social, and internet activities all in one location.
This information is great to have to look over, but Sony is actually going to take it one step further. Sony will be using the information that is captured by the application to help inspire you. Sorting through the information Sony will be able to help inspire you with ideas and recommendations of what to do in the future, based on what you have already done.
Working with partners for hardware and software Sony hopes that they are able to inspire your future through the data that they help collect for you.
We're not only at CESlive, we're at New Media Expo, and we're talking to Jeff Gadway about the brand new BBM 2.0 beta for Android. That includes BBM channels for broadcasting and interaction, voice calls for crystal clear audio, location sharing to let your contacts know where you are, but only for as long as you feel comfortable, and 100 new emoticons, 25 of which were chosen by the BBM users.
They're deservedly proud of the reliability of their "read" state, and of how they're working towards making a really great BBM experience that's also a really great Android experience.
Fitbit has just announced that their products will now sync with even more Android devices. Previously Fitbit devices only synced wirelessly with about 5 Android devices, all of them Samsung, so it was a bit inconvenient for many users. Today they have announced that they will be supporting 12 more Android devices.
Fitbit has not hit all the devices, but they have added support for many of the most popular devices. If you own any of the Fitbit products, and one of these devices you will want to grab the app update now to gain wireless sync. We hope that Fitbit is able to accommodate even more devices in the future, and soon there will be no restrictions and users can easily sync regardless of device choices. See the list of new devices after the break.
After skipping a week of our regular column to highlight some of the best apps of the year from each of the Android Central editors, we're back onto a regular schedule with Apps of the Week. In this weekly column we show off a single app from each of the writers here at AC, along with a quick explanation of why you can find it on our devices.
While they may not always be the most popular, best selling or flashiest apps, if they're installed on our phones and tablets then there's reason to talk about it. Read along with us after the break and see if we can recommend an app or two for you to install on your own device.
Timely quickly became one of our favorite alarm clocks on Android as much for its beautiful design as its functionality and simplicity. And the hard work appears to have paid off, as developer Bitspin has announced on its website that it is "joining Google."
Details of the deal were sparse Saturday morning — we've got an e-mail in requesting more information — with just three sentences on Bitspin's website. "We're thrilled to announce that Bitspin is joining Google, where we'll continue to do what we love: building great products that are delightful to use," the message begins.
The immediate impact on Timely appears to be minimal.
"For new and existing users," Bitispin writes, "Timely will continue to work as it always has. Thanks to everyone who has downloaded our app and provided feedback along the way; we truly appreciate all your support."
Timely, which was updated on Friday with some bugfixes, has between 1 million and 5 million installs, according to its Google Play listing.
Update 10:26 p.m.: Google got back to us this evening but had no additional details to share regarding the "joining."
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