Google TV might not have taken off like some folks expected it to, but those of us who use it (especially with the Honeycomb/Google TV 2.0 update) know that it can be a great way to get the web into your living room. A cool thing I've been fooling with is watching my podcasts on the 42-incher while kicked back in my recliner, so I'm sharing my guide for watching the Android Central Podcast on your Google TV with everyone. Wait until you see our pretty faces in high-def on the big screen! Hit the break and follow along.
Google Currents has received its first update, with no new features to report but a couple of important fixes.
In the changelog we get stability improvements, and performance improvements in data sync. The second of these in particular will be welcome, with sync initially proving to be quite slow in some cases.
The Myriad Alien Vue is a system that allows TV and set-top box manufacturers to bring Android and HTML5 apps to their existing products with no decrease in performance. By offering OEMS this functionality along with a branded app store, Myriad is hoping manufactuers will be enticed to integrate their services to offer end users a better overall experience. The concept is interesting and it looks rather nice but adoption is a key thing here -- if manufactuers don't adopt the technology then it really isn't all that useful to anyone.
Either way, we're not really seeing a slow down in the efforts of folks looking to win the war of the living room but it's a fun battle to watch and we'll be keeping our eye on all the action. Jump on past the break for a quick look at Myriad Alien Vue in action and expect more when CES kicks off.
The guys over at Dropbox have slipped a preview of a forthcoming update to their Android application out into their forums, complete with optimization for Ice Cream Sandwich.
Besides looking pretty sweet on ICS, there are also a couple of other nice additions that are forthcoming with this release. These include single tap access to all file and folder actions, ability to favourite files for quick offline access, and bulk upload for photos and videos.
This release isn't yet available in the Android Market, so if you want to try it out, the download and full changelog can be found by hitting the source link.
Naughty by Nature has been around for 20 years. We'll let that sink in for a minute. But they're also cooler than you in that they've got their own Android app. Photos, music videos, behind-the-scenes videos and social networking -- the holy trinity of any app -- are all there. And photo captions are narrated by Vin Rock. (And dude's pretty excited about that.)
Check out the video review above, and we've got download links after the break.
The NFL on Thursday announced that Super Bowl XLVI will be streamed to the web and mobile devices -- including the NFL Mobile Android app available on Verizon devices. Additionally, the wild-card games and Pro Bowl also will be streamed. You'll get the same features we've long enjoyed on Sunday night games, including additional camera angles, in-game highlights and live statistics.
Just in case you never caught the prolougue for the game while watching the Galaxy Nexus unboxing video, Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas is a real game that is currently available in the Android Market. Based on the previous generation Nexus unboxing videos by Patrick Boivin, you get to play the red ninja who has to protect his new Galaxy Nexus from the likes of the black and white ninjas who have decided to join forces in an effort to steal your precious cargo.
You'll have to kick and punch your way through six action packed levels full of enemies and bosses but don't be afraid to unleash Nexus power. It's a power that is so awesome -- it can take out a multitude of ninjas at once. Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas is available now for free -- download link is past the break for you all.
Google has some great new improvements in the works for Google+, and today they let us know we'll be getting them soon -- as in before New Year's Day. Starting to roll out in the "next few days", we'll be seeing changes to the way notifications look and feel, which posts are shown in your main stream, a new photo lightbox display, and changes to the way Google+ Pages are administered.
Notifications (that red box you see in the new Google bar) are being improved so that you'll have a preview of what's new instead of just a notice that it's there. A welcome change, especially if you reply to posts from folks who quickly hit the 500 comment limit.
Google is adding a way to fine-tune what type of posts are shown in your main stream, with a slider for each user you've circled. This should allow better control, and it's a great idea that many have been asking for. Let's face it -- some users post a lot of content you just don't want to see. It will be interesting to see how they pull this one off.
The photo lightbox -- the page that's shown when you click a photo from your stream -- has been enhanced, with a new look as well as the way comments and options are presented to users. Since Google+ is a great way to share photos, making the way they are displayed to you and I is a pretty big deal. Looking forward to this one myself.
Finally, Google+ Pages, accounts for businesses and websites like +Android Central, have had tweaks that webmasters and managers will welcome. Up to 50 people will be able to administrate the account, a new notification system will help keep admins more in-the-loop about content, and new tools will be provided to see just who is interacting with your stream.
These look like great improvements, and several of them should trickle down to the Google+ mobile app -- like filtering your stream. The Google+ team looks to have had a busy fall, and we're about to see the results. Be sure to visit the link to check out a couple videos and learn more.
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