It turns out that the prompt of "trees" for this latest photo contest was a popular one, making it tough for us to pick just two winners. Eight full pages of entries filled up the forums with beautiful shots of trees from every angle and situation. In the end we narrowed it down and picked two, though it felt like we could've picked twenty. Read along and see the winners this week.
The official sessions, keynotes and workshops are a major part of any developer conference. But so, too, are the developers attending, with one project after another just waiting to be the next big thing.
We caught up with Mike Leahy of Typhon Video at the Samsung Developer Conference to check out the TyphonRT Video Suite. Think of this as real-time video effects rendering — all sorts of fun to be had while you're recording. And we're not just talking filters here. We're talking full three-dimensional rendering effects — you Adobe After Effects fans will know what we're talking about here — in real time, on your phone. And we're not even talking the latest and greatest phones here — our demo was on a Nexus 5.
You've got a wealth of presets to play with, and things get really interesting when you start layering effects on top of each other.
The app pretty much speaks for itself, and the Kickstarter rewards start at $5.
The first Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 5, 7 and 10 became available yesterday, allowing owners of those devices to manually update to the latest version of Android. If you're looking for a slightly easier way to sidestep the waiting process and get Lollipop on your Nexus right now, we've got the first details of over-the-air update (OTA) packages starting to trickle out. At the time of writing we've got OTAs for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 10, as well as an OTA bringing the Nexus 9 up to the latest LRX21Q build.
Head past the break for the links, and to find out how to use them!
Nobody likes flies. I mean, David Cronenberg's movie The Fly, sure. But real flies, we instinctively want to swat them. When you hit one, it's just so satisfying. Why not make a game about hunting those pesky flies then?
Flyhunter Origins is a 3D platformer from Steel Wool Games and Ripstone in which a team of alien flyhunters travels through space collecting valuable insects. Something goes wrong on their ship, letting loose a cargo of bugs on the unsuspecting earth. With cartoon-quality story sequences (from actual Pixar animators) and plenty of bugs to squash, kids and platforming fans will want to give this paid game a look.
Lollipop is one of the biggest Android releases ever — Here's our take on it
With the new Android 5.0 Lollipop release, Google's OS enters its third era. The first saw the scrappy platform achieve early success on smartphones, with devices like the Droid series and the first Samsung Galaxy handsets, paving the way to later dominance of the category. The second era was characterized by the important Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich release, which introduced a new focus on design, including the "Holo" visual style, and also allowed Android to gain early traction on tablets.
And now we're seeing the most important Android release in at least three years. Though we're just now getting to use it on Nexus handsets, Lollipop is about much more than smartphones. It promises to establish Android in new device categories like TVs, cars and smartwatches — and eventually an Android runtime on Chromebooks will augment Google's desktop presence. In its third era, Android is no longer just a mobile OS — it's an everything OS. It's the new embedded Linux or embedded Windows — a ready-made, feature-rich, and now design-rich OS — and Google wants to bring it to every screen you use.
Nevertheless, mobile remains Android's bread and butter, and that's what we're going to focus on in this review. Appropriately, there are a bunch of really important new additions for traditional mobile devices like phones and tablets. Lollipop introduces Material Design, Matias Duarte and co's new design language for the whole of Google, along with improved battery life thanks to the "Project Volta" initiative, and a rethinking of the way Android devices handle notifications. And that's before you consider important under-the-hood tweaks like the new Android Runtime (ART). To put it simply, this is one of the biggest Android updates ever.
We'll dive deeper into the depths of Android 5.0 Lollipop in our full review of the OS. Join us after the break.
Cricket Wireless, the no-contract subsidiary carrier of AT&T, will have special prices for a number of Android phones starting on Friday and lasting until January 8. That includes selling the HTC Desire 510 for free (after mail-in rebate).
Following U.S. availability last week, those of us north of the border will be able to snag the 3G-ready Samsung Gear S watch starting tomorrow at Samsung brand stores, and other retailers throughout November. The pricetag sits at $399.99.
Aviary has today announced their biggest update since joining forces with Adobe, bring a much improved Photo Editor by Aviary app to Android and iOS. The photo editing app — which allows users to edit on the fly with tools like one-tap enhance, color balance, and stickers — today adds over $200 worth of effects for free as well as Creative Cloud sync.
Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.
As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.
Amid the rollout of the latest version of Android, Lollipop 5.0, NVIDIA's Shield Tablet devices are also being counted among the first devices ready for an upgrade. The Tablet will be getting the update next Tuesday, that is, November 18. Android 5.0 on the Shield hauls in the flat and smooth elements of Material Design, but there are a few updates to NVIDIA's own apps too.
Shield Tablet owners in North America will be able to try out Grid, a new service from NVIDIA that will offer free cloud access to some 20-odd PC games. Much like the remote play option currently available for tablet and portable users with their personal gaming rig, you'll be able to dig into some high-end titles from just about anywhere, only with Grid, NVIDIA's servers are the ones hosting the games.
Alongside today's announcements about Grid and Lollipop support for the Shield Tablet, NVIDIA is launching a bundle of Valve games called the Green Box. It will be immediately available to anybody buying a new 32 GB NVIDIA Shield Tablet, and includes the previously-launched Half-Life 2 and Portal, as well as a new addition, Half-Life 2: Episode 1.
Popular keyboard app SwiftKey has introduced comprehensive Chinese language support as part of its latest beta. The new SwiftKey beta brings support for Simplified Chinese, Taiwan Traditional Chinese and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese through a host of new input methods:
We haven't heard much about the launch of the Galaxy Note Edge since Clove announced it was starting pre-orders for the device back in September. We now have more information on the device, which according to the The Inquirer will be launching in the country on November 28.
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