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4 years ago

OUYA developer consoles shipping before the end of the year

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Gaming start-up OUYA today announced via its blog that it's planning on getting developer consoles to those who backed it at the developer level on Kickstarter by the end of the year. Dec. 28, in fact, is when OUYA says they'll leave the factory and still have that new-console smell. And apparently these early versions have something special in them -- "you'll know what I mean when you open yours," OUYA's JulesKane wrote. "They're rare drops."

In other news, account activation should happen by Christmas, OUYA says, and the team is still hard at work on the software side. Find the full post at the link below.

Source: OUYA

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4 years ago

Zombies, new gameplay, new languages coming to Plague Inc.

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Plague Inc. easily is in the running for my 2012 Android Game of the Year, and it's about to get even better. Developer Ndemic today let loose a blog post detailing some upcoming features in Mutation 5. Try these on for size: Zombies, with "radically different gameplay." New achievements, events and games. New languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French. And further down the road, expect support for Amazon's Kindle tablets.

Ndemic says we should see pics in the next few days, and Android and iOS should get updates together, or pretty close, anyway. If you've yet to play, hit the link above and have fun destroying the world.

Source: Ndemic Creations

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4 years ago

Computerworld digs into the saga of ADW.Launcher

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ADW Launcher, once a staple in the Android community, mysteriously stopped being updated some time ago. While updates to Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean started to come out, ADW still looked like something of the Gingerbread generation. Then, all of a sudden, ADW received an update that made it into something more 2012-appropriate.

So what happened that led to such a big gap in development? Wonder no more. Our pal JR Raphael  at ComputerWorld talked with developer Ander Webbs about ADW, 2011 and the crazy ride that led to the eventual updating of the app. Its quite a story, and is worth a read at the source link below.

Source: ComputerWorld

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4 years ago

FCC filing points to possible Verizon Galaxy Camera with LTE

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Samsung's Galaxy Camera is the first wirelessly-connected, Android-powered camera to hit the mainstream. But so far it's been limited to 21Mbps HSPA+ "4G" speeds in all territories, even the U.S., where it's sold through AT&T.

That may be about to change if we're to believe a recent FCC filing, which shows a new Galaxy Camera model going by the name EK-GC120, rocking support for Big Red's LTE bands. (Incidentally, it seems there's no support for international GSM bands.)

The images accompanying the filing show a Galaxy Camera-like device that's labeled as such. So that seems pretty conclusive, if you ask us.

No word on other specs, but considering the similarities of design and model number, it's likely that Verizon's model will stick fairly close to the hardware of the international/AT&T Galaxy Camera -- a 16MP sensor with 21X Samsung zoom lens, with 4.8-inch display and TouchWiz'd Android 4.1 running the show.

The only question now is where will they put the logo?

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Just a couple logos shy of a NASCAR uniform ...

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4 years ago

Sony releases tablet SDK add-on

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Sony has completed its SDK (software development kit) collection with the launch of today's Sony Tablet SDK add-on. The pack allows developers to "make use of the special features included in Sony tablets," the company says. These include the windowed "small apps" found on the Xperia Tablet S, as well as the IR blaster found on the same device, which can be used to interface with TVs.

Code samples and documentation can be found over at the Sony Developer World site.

Sony has yet to see massive success with its Android tablet line-up. But the inclusion of unique features like water resistance and a wedge-shaped design, as well as developer-friendly endeavors like this, could help the company stand out from the crowd.

Interested parties can find more info at the source link.

Source: Sony Mobile Developer World

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4 years ago

Jelly Bean nigh for the Droid RAZR HD/MAXX (Update starts next week)

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Verizon's adding the Amazon suite of applications along with Android 4.1 improvements

We've known an Android 4.1 update has been in the works for the Droid RAZR HD (and its beefcake "MAXX" cousin) -- that leaked out at the beginning of the month. Looks like things are cranking up, though, as the update documentation just went live. It's a hefty update -- about 276 megabytes -- but you'll get the early Jelly Bean features (such as Google Now) along with it.

Plus, Verizon's promising better voice and data connectivity, along with some other bugfixes. Also of note is that it's removed the preloaded Color application (which recently was bought by Apple), along with Verizon video, and it's added in the Amazon suite of apps, same as what we've seen on the Droid DNA.

No word on exactly when we can expect the update, so keep an eye out. Update: Verizon now says the update will start next week.

Source: Verizon 1, 2; more: Droid RAZR HD (and MAXX) forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Ingress app gets an update; come join our Ingress forums!

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Google's semi-secretive game Ingress is still in closed beta, but the numbers are growing every day. And overnight, the Android application got itself a little update. According to the one of the developers, "this fixes some bugs and improves performance."

What it doesn't do is hand out invite codes. While you're waiting, though -- or if you're already part of the Enlightened or the Resistance -- be sure to swing by our newly formed Ingress Forums and say hey. Chances are there are more folks playing in your neck of the woods than you might have thought.

Source: Google+

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4 years ago

Android Central 117: Ingress, Nexus and other hard-to-get items

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We're back with our first full show after the holiday break. On tap: Google's Ingress game, the Google Play store still sucks at selling things, and your e-mails and voicemails.

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4 years ago

Xbox Smartglass updated, now compatible with the Nexus 7

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A quick heads up to all the Xbox users out there, that the Xbox Smartglass application has been updated. It's not a big update save for one feature. It now works on the Google Nexus 7 and other 7-inch tablets. This was one of the biggest criticisms of the app when it launched -- or any app that we can't use on the Nexus 7, really -- and while it may have taken a little while, Microsoft has finally rectified the problem.

Aside from that, there's a handful of bug and crash fixes included for anyone who experienced some issues in those areas before. Head on into the Google Play Store and grab yourselves a copy.

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4 years ago

HTC Droid DNA source code now available

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Verizon's Droid DNA is one of the hottest Android phones around right now, so developers are surely waiting to get stuck into the device's hardware. To that end -- and because the open-source gods demand it -- HTC has released the kernel source code and other open-source bits for the Droid DNA.

The code, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is available on the manufacturer's HTCDev site, and should help custom ROM developers get a better handle on the DNA's beastly hardware, which includes a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro and a 1080p display.

There's no need to download this if you're not a developer, and it'll likely be a while before regular users see any benefit from the release of this code. Nevertheless, it's always good to see OEMs meeting their open-source obligations without any delay.

Source: HTCDev

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4 years ago

SwiftKey adds Australian English dictionary

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Good news, Australians -- no longer will your unique contributions to the English language go unnoticed. SwiftKey has announced that it's added full Aussie dictionary support in the latest version of its leading SwiftKey 3 keyboard app. SwiftKey says Assues are 30 percent more likely to use the word "barbecue" than dreary Brits, and twice as likely to bust out the old favorite "mate." So if you're planning a barbecue with your mates, you'll hopefully find it easier to say so with SwiftKey 3.

The new English (AU) language option can be found along with the many other flavors of the English language under Languages & layouts" in the main SwiftKey menu.

To celebrate the launch of its Australian dictionary, SwiftKey is also giving Aussies 50 percent off the standard price of SwiftKey 3, so there's an added incentive to give it a try if you're not already on-board.

Source: SwiftKey

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 gets high-demand status sales restrictions from eBay

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While nobody is sure how many Nexus 4s have been sold, eBay thinks the demand is high enough to warrant sales restrictions. Normally reserved for things like iPad's an Nintendo Wiis, these rules cover how many phones sellers can list.

You may list a Google Nexus 4 with some limitations:

  • Authorized resellers will be allowed to list an unlimited number of items per week.
  • eBay Top Rated Sellers will be allowed to list up to 8 items per week.
  • All sellers meeting minimum performance standards will be allowed to list 4 items per week.
  • New sellers who’ve confirmed their personal information may list 1 item per week.

Note: Sellers not meeting minimum performance standards or that haven’t confirmed their personal information will not be allowed to list the Google Nexus 4 during the post-launch sale period.

Google Nexus 4 Domain Name and Email Address Sales

Sellers offering Google Nexus 4-related domain names or email addresses for sale on eBay will be allowed up to 4 listings per week.

Officially used to prevent fraud on high-profile items, it's a pretty good feeling to see a Nexus phone get this sort of treatment. If you're planning on selling a Nexus 4, hit the source link to read up on everything.

Source: eBay; via eCommerceBytes

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