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3 years ago

New Nexus 7 receives two updates at launch

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An initial update to build JWR66N and subsequent update to build JSS15J are available

Early adopters of Google's new Nexus 7 are being greeted with software updates right out of the box. The first update will automatically begin as soon as the tablet connects to WiFi for the first time, usually during the initial setup process. The tablet will shut down, boot into recovery, apply an update to bring the build number up to JWR66N, and bring the user back to the setup screen to continuing signing into a Google account.

The second update comes in a more traditional fashion: it is downloaded in the background, and then triggers a system update notification in the notification tray. Once the user accepts the update and it is applied, the build number becomes JSS15J. Both seem to be minor updates, most likely containing some system fine-tuning and bug fixes.

Now if Google would just post the factory images for this model.

More: Nexus 7 Q&A in the forums, Nexus 7 first impressions and video

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3 years ago

Cut the Rope updated with new 'Cheese Box' level pack

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Om Nom teams up with mice in 25 challenging new levels

Everyone's favorite little green critter gets some new levels to devour candy in, as Cut the Rope adds its latest level pack, "Cheese Box." As Om Nom continues his ever-hungry quest for candy, he is now joined by some new mousey friends, who can drag the sweets of interest from cheese hole to cheese hole, helping deliver them to On Nom's insatiable gullet.

There are 25 new levels set against the backdrop of cheese, all available now through the Google Play Store. The update is also coming to the Amazon App Store and NOOK in the coming days. Cost of admission for new players is $0.99 on the Play Store and through Amazon, with the NOOK version ringing up at $2.99.

Those interested in the Play Store version can follow the Play Store button link above.

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3 years ago

Google Hangouts gets a minor update with more emoji and butter

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More butter and emoji added to the recipe, still missing that dash of Google Voice that everyone wants.

Google Hangouts has received a relatively minor update today, bringing the app to version 1.1. Normally, we don't cover every little app update, but this time around the team have added a little bit of project butter to make the app smoother, and folks with older phones are going to be happy with that news. The full change log:

  • Added more emoji!
  • We added some butter to Hangouts to make it run faster and slicker.
  • Fixed a bunch of bugs.

We still all hope that Google can incorporate Google Voice or SMS messages into Hangouts, but no dice just yet. The last couple updates have had some interesting permissions, though. Hit the break to see what I mean, and grab the update from the Google Play link up top.

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3 years ago

Pioneer's AppRadio adds 16 more Android devices

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Additional models from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and Sony get official compatibility

AppRadio Mode, a feature of recent Pioneer in-dash car receivers, is expanding its official compatibility list: 16 more Android devices now function with the companion app to allow the use of dozens of popular apps directly from the in-dash receiver screen. This brings the total number of compatible Android devices to over 40. In-car app compatibility just keeps getting better.

Compatible Pioneer models include AppRadio 3 and AppRadio 2 smartphone receivers, a DVD receiver, and select navigation receivers. A connection kit is required for AppRadio, which is sold separately. Some Samsung phones require an additional connection kit on top of the standard one, including the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy S4.

The AppRadio app can be found through the Play Store link above, while the full press release and a list of the latest smartphones and their AppRadio-compatible OS versions can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod Focal is CM's own full-featured camera app

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Panorama, PicSphere, filters and more make up a promising project 

The hype is over. Thirty-one seconds of slick video and a million guesses later, and we now know what CyanogenMod's "Nemesis" project was all about. Meet "Focal," the open-source CyanogenMod project's own camera app.

This actually is kind of a big deal given that camera apps are traditionally closed-source due to licensing reasons. And, in fact, it was only in March 2013 when DxO Labs filed DMCA violations with GitHub against a number of custom ROMs — including CyanogenMod — for allegedly using its code unlicensed.

And now there's CyanogenMod Focal.

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3 years ago

Hisense Sero 7 Pro gets maintenance update

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Software update P756.6.02.11.00 is 52.2 MB in size, contains under-the-hood changes

The Hisense Sero 7 Pro is receiving an over-the-air update, with a widespread rollout in full effect. The Android version stays the same in what appears to be a small maintenance update, 52.2 MB in size. While there doesn't appear to be an official change log just yet, Google Currents was added to the stock apps, and some more advanced users are reporting changes to a few drivers and the kernel.

It's good to see Hisense's support behind this tablet, as the company is relatively new to the Android market in the United States. Good, frequent updates are sure to build the product brand and keep customers coming back for more.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the Sero 7 Pro full review. A screen shot of the "About tablet" screen can be found after the break.

Thanks, George, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 improves Photosphere alignment and exposure

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The Photo Sphere team has been hard at work correcting errors and fixing inconsistent colors

With yesterday's event came the official announcement of Android 4.3, and the incredibly fast push to get this latest OS version out to devices everywhere. There were many changes included in the newest incarnation of Jelly Bean, among those being improvements to the camera and its Photosphere feature.

Googler Evan Rapoport has detailed some of the changes that went into Android's 3D panoramic image capturing, the photo sphere. Those who have taken photo spheres in the past have probably noticed errors in the image, where portions were not aligned or missing. Alignment and stitching have been improved in Android 4.3, minimizing errors and making images much more consistent.

Consistency was also improved for colors, eliminating much of the past problems with gray areas and areas of high contrast. Exposure compensation now gives beautifully exposed photos, says Rapoport.

Be sure to check out the Photo Sphere forum for great examples of photo spheres or to post your own. And that Photosphere above? That's shot with the new improvements.

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3 years ago

OUYA retail system review

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Android software meets game console hardware in a quest to revolutionize gaming

Last year, a project for the Android-powered video game console "OUYA" (pronounced OOO-yah) was founded, using Kickstarter to raise funds for development costs. Originally asking for $950,000 from Kickstarter backers, the project raised over $8.5 million -- making it one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history. The people had spoken: this was a niche in the gaming market that needed to be filled.

After getting initial units into the hands of developers, the library of OUYA games began to grow. User feedback was taken from those with pre-release units, and hardware changes were made based on that feedback, showing thoughtfulness and desire by the OUYA team to do everything possible to make their console succeed.

Last month, OUYA launched at retail locations -- becoming available to the general public. With a price tag of only $99 and a library of downloadable games that are free or at least free to try, the self-proclaimed "OUYA Revolution" has begun. Does OUYA make good on its promises of revolution? Can it -- and should it -- be compared to consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo? How well does it function as an actual Android device? We have the full review.

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3 years ago

Gameloft's Asphalt 8: Airborne will be optimized for the new Nexus 7

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As seen during the Nexus 7 demo, Asphalt 8: Airborne will be awesome on the new tablet.

Gameloft has sent out a little press release on the heels of the Nexus 7 presentation, to let us know a little more about their upcoming title Asphalt 8: Airborne. The new title will be optimized for the second generation Nexus 7 when it's released, and thanks to Android 4.3's support for OpenGL ES 3.0, it should look marvelous.

Some of the features being baked into Asphalt 8 do sound really great. Here's the short list:

  • Brand new real physics engine
  • 180 events, 47 licensed cars, new game modes
  • Online simultaneous multiplayer action and asynchronous challenges, including friends and global leaderboards
  • Social features, including Facebook

In addition, Asphalt 8 will fully support Google Play Games features at launch. We don't yet have all the details, but we know it's scheduled to hit the streets August 8. If you're into racing games this looks like it will be a great one. See the full press release and a couple more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Play Music, Movies & TV updated with Chromecast support

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New streaming support for Google's content services

Following today's Chromecast and Android 4.3 announcements, Google has updated its Play Music and Play Movies & TV services to take advantage of the new streaming capabilities. If you're one of the few people to posses a Chromecast dongle, you'll now be able to stream your Google music, movie and TV content to your TV directly through the app.

In the latest updates, Play Music also gets bug fixes and larger tap targets for context menus. Play Movies & TV gets support for virtual surround sound on the new Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 (running Android 4.3), along with Watch Now sync across devices and bug fixes.

Head on over to "My apps" in the Play Store app to grab your updates.

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3 years ago

Netflix now supports 1080p video streaming with Android 4.3

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New APIs in Android 4.3 opens up 1080p streaming from Netflix, perfect for the new Nexus 7

Netflix was mentioned at several points throughout todays Google event in San Francisco, one of which was during the Android 4.3 presentation. A seemingly small update to the app pushed out into the Google Play Store that now it seems has more weight behind it.

The new DRM APIs in Android 4.3 will allow Netflix to finally start pushing 1080p content to our Android devices. OK, so it's reliant on Android 4.3, but you have to start somewhere. And it means when you fire it up on that new Nexus 7 you're going to treat yourself to, you're going to get some pretty awesome looking video. 

More: Google officially unveils Android 4.3

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3 years ago

SwiftKey Cloud beta launched with sync, backup and trending phrases

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New cloud-enabled SwiftKey keeps personalizations in sync and up-to-date

SwiftKey has launched a new range of cloud-based features as part of its new version 4.2 beta. SwiftKey Cloud allows users to back up their personalizations and predictions to the cloud, and keep them in sync across multiple devices. That means your personally-tweaked writing style is conveniently saved if you upgrade or switch devices. The new version also allows your dictionary to be automatically updated with "trending phrases" based on local current events, without requiring a separate app update.

The SwiftKey Cloud system itself uses Google+ sign-in, meaning you can get things set up with a single tap. When you log in with your Google accounts, SwiftKey will also personalize itself based upon your Gmail history. And it's become easier to personalize your keyboard through Facebook too, with support for the social network's APIs.

We've given SwiftKey Cloud a go for a little bit now and came away pretty impressed. Setup was quick and easy — brilliantly so. We saw nothing that should scare away an average user. You can remove devices and accounts as easily as you added them. Everything's handled over SSL and https, and removing an account does so on all devices.

The new SwiftKey beta is available now from the app's beta site, linked below. We've got official promo video, screen shots and the press release after the break. You're gonna want to give this a try.

More: SwiftKey Beta

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3 years ago

Riptide GP 2 makes a splash in Google Play

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The sequel to one of the best racing games for Android is even better than the original

Chances are you've played Riptide GP on your Android. If you haven't, you've surely heard others rave about it (it's a staff favorite around here) and should have probably checked it out before now. C'est la vie. The good news is that the sequel is out, and it keeps everything great from the original and adds multiplayer and game options that make it my new favorite.

Vector Unit has outdone themselves. The same great watercraft action you loved in Riptide GP is there, along with multiplayer, Google+ login and cloud sync, and customization options for your vehicles like we see in other high-end racing games. You earn credits by competing in races, and use those credits to buy performance improvements for your existing ride or save them up to buy an all new, and hopefully better one from the store. Of course there is an in-app purchase mechanism, but by no means is it necessary to buy credits -- winning them is far too fun. 

The multiplayer and social aspect is also great. Race against up to three of your friends in real-time through Google+, and if you have more than one Android the cloud sync keeps track of your progress flawlessly. My wife and I have been thoroughly enjoying Riptide GP 2 and the multiplayer fun, and I'm pretty sure you will, too. 

Riptide GP 2 will play well on any high-end Android device, but playing on a Tegra-powered system really shines. I've tested the build Vector Unit sent on the HTC One, HTC One X (international Tegra 3 model), the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7, and the Galaxy S4 and it runs without a hitch. We've also got those NVIDIA Shield review units here, and trust me when I say that Riptide GP 2 is the first game you'll want to buy if you have ordered a Shield. It is that much fun.

Riptide GP 2 is available for $2.99 at Google Play. Grab it from the link above, and hit the break for a video and a bunch of screen shots.

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3 years ago

Sonos now plays music stored directly on your phone

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A quick but important update to the Sonos app today — you can now play back music and podcasts stored directly on your phone. (No, we're not sure how this wasn't an option before now, either.) Podcasts work so long as you're running at least Android 2.2, which should damn near be just about everyone reading this.

After you update your app, look for "This Mobile Device" in the menu, and you're good to go.

More: Sonos

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3 years ago

AOKP Milestone 2 now available to the masses

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44 devices receive the second major Android 4.2.2-based AOKP release

A little more than 3 months after its first Android 4.2.2-based milestone, the ever-growing-in-popularity custom ROM AOKP gets its second stable release, Milestone 2. The Android Open Kang Project ROM is now available on 44 different devices, including new devices such as variants of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and Sony Xperia. Notable new features include:

  • AOKP Ribbon
  • Permission management
  • Dark AOKP
  • mGerrit – check our latest changes anytime
  • Persistence support – keep DPI/hosts settings between wipes
  • Quick Torch on Lockscreen
  • HDR mode in AOSP Camera (does not work on every device)
  • Few new Toggles – StayAwake, Custom, Sleep, Reboot, etc.
  • Superuser from Koush

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