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3 years ago

Get 30 extra lives in Google Play Games (or at least an achivement)


The Konami Code lives on as a hidden Easter egg in the new Play Games

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start -- old school and hardcore gamers will recognize this code as the "Konami Code" or the "Contra Code," as noted by Ron Amadeo and demoed (after the break) by Renaud Lepage. This sequence of buttons dates all the way back to the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), most popularly know for its power to bestow 30 lives to players of the game Contra, and has been in multiple games since.

The developers of the new Google Play Games have decided to pay homage to these games of old, by adding a special achievement for anyone who puts this O.G. (original gamer) code to use. While it's not as good as 30 lives, an achievement is an ​achievement. Check out the video after the break for the code in action.

If you missed the Google Play Games announcement, now would be the perfect time to watch yesterday's event.

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3 years ago

OUYA retail system review


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

Ubuntu Edge questions? Ask the founder of Ubuntu anything today


Founder Mark Shuttleworth to discuss the Ubuntu Edge and its fundraising campaign

A few days ago Canonical announced a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo for a future super-phone, the Ubuntu Edge. The phone will dual-boot, being powered by both the Ubuntu operating system and Android. The Ubuntu Edge will have specifications powerful enough to make it a full-fledged Ubuntu desktop PC. To make this dream a reality, Canonical is asking for $32 million in 30 days.

To help ensure this goal is reached, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth will be answering questions today live via a Reddit AMA (ask me anything). If you've been on the fence about donating to this Indiegogo campaign, now is the time to get those burning questions in by visiting the link below. The AMA is underway now.

Reddit AMA; Thanks trickedoutdavid!

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3 years ago

Samsung said to make the next Nexus 10, coming in 'the near future'


Google's Sundar Pichai tells the Wall Street Journal there will be a new Samsung Nexus 10

Sundar Pichai, the same Googler we had breakfast with yesterday in San Francisco, has reportedly given the Wall Street Journal's Amir Efrati a couple tidbits about the next generation Nexus 10 -- the who and the when.

Samsung apparently will continue to be the manufacturer of the Nexus 10. Much like how Google decided to stick with Asus through two versions of their Nexus 7, it appears the same will be true with their 10-inch tablet.

Efrati tweeted that we will see the new Nexus 10 "in the near future." If Google decides to follow the same release strategy with their 10-inch tablet as they have with their 7-inch tablet (which had a product cycle of about a year), it would mean a release date around November.

Perhaps they will invite us to lunch this time?

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3 years ago

Watch the Nexus 7, Chromecast and Android 4.3 event all over again


And, if you're cool like that, you could even watch it on your new Chromecast. (Or in the all-new Android Central app!)

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3 years ago

Goodnight, sweet sphere ...


Today, your slightly creepy (but ever-awesome) light goes out for the last time.

If you need us, we'll be in the Chromecast forums.

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3 years ago

SD card showdown: Testing the SanDisk Extreme


Earlier in the month we told you about a new SanDisk SDcard that offered the fastest speeds available. Those were some big words, and anytime we hear claims like that we have to try it for ourselves.

It just so happens that I'm the perfect test subject for this. I don't use SD cards in my phones, so I have no bias or preconceived notions about any brand or products. I do use SD cards in my cameras, so I understand how important fast read, and more importantly fast write, speeds are for users.

So I pitted two pricey models and one budget model against each other, to see how things measured up in the real world. Armed with my trusty Nikon and a Samsung Galaxy S4, I put things to the test. Read through, and see how things worked out.

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3 years ago

Chromecast setup and first impressions


It only takes a few simple steps and you'll be up and running with Chromecast and your favorite content

Google caught more than a few people off guard Wednesday when it revealed Chromecast, a Chrome-powered HDMI dongle designed to bring the best content from any device to your TV. It doesn't seem that a single person was pessimistic about the idea though, as just a few demos of what Chromecast was capable of had the whole audience ecstatic about the idea.

Delivering precisely what was promised by the Nexus Q and more, at just one-tenth the price, the Chromecast has some serious potential behind it. We've got our hands on one, and having gone through the process of setting up and using the device we're downright giddy with excitement about this thing.

So what is it like to set up and use a Chromecast connected to your TV, controlled by your Android device? It's actually quite an enjoyable experience.

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3 years ago

Latest LG G2 leak shows 2610 mAh battery


We're still a couple of weeks out from LG's New York launch event for its new G2 smartphone, but we already know quite a bit about the device, thanks to LG's teasing and a number of recent leaks. And the latest G2 leak, which came to light through a (now deleted) post on a Korean forum, shows us the the front face and back of the device.

The front is a familiar sight — all screen, with virtual home, back and menu keys. But the back shot reveals a 2610mAh battery tucked behind the phone's back cover, above the trademark rear volume rocker. How do we know its capacity? Well, like most LG batteries, it's printed right on the front.

Battery aside, the LG G2 is said to pack a massive 5.2-inch 1080p display, and run Qualcomm's speedy new Snapdragon 800 CPU, putting it clearly at the high end of the smartphone spectrum. We'll be live from NYC on Aug. 7 for the launch event, so stay tuned for more G2 news.

Source: Duam; via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Sony confirms Android 4.3 upgrade plans


Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z, SP and Z Ultra to get 4.3 upgrade; some 4.1 devices could jump straight to 4.3

Sony is the first Android OEM to commit to device updates to Android 4.3, less than a day after Google unveiled the new version of Android in San Francisco. The Japanese company says it can confirm that the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia Z Ultra will all get upgrades to Android 4.3, though no specific update timetable is offered.

In addition, Sony says it's looking at upgrading some of its Android 4.1 devices directly to 4.3, leapfrogging 4.2 entirely. (It wouldn't be the first we've heard of a manufacturer possibly jumping straight from 4.1 to 4.3.) Again, Sony's not committing to any timeframes, but says it'll share more details when it's able.

Meanwhile, the Android 4.2 updates will continue rolling out for existing Sony devices. The manufacturer says the Xperia ZR and Tablet Z will start seeing 4.2 push out from early August.

Source: Sony Mobile

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3 years ago

New Nexus 7 listed for pre-order in the UK, release slated for September [Updated]


Prices to start at £199.99 for 16GB, £239.99 for 32GB

Update: Ebuyer is now listing the new Nexus 7 for pre-order too, with availability expected for Aug. 29. That's a couple weeks before Dixons' stock date, but still a good month beyond the U.S. launch window.

Original story: The new Nexus 7 tablet might be hitting the U.S. before the end of July, but consumers in the UK could be in for a substantially longer wait if a couple of major retailers are to be believed. Currys and PC World, both parts of the Dixons group, are listing the 16 and 32-gigabyte versions of the tablet for pre-order, priced at £199.99 and £239.99 respectively. But the tablets are listed with an availability date of Sep. 13, some six weeks after the U.S. launch.

While pre-order dates are subject to change, Currys and PC World were retail launch partners for the 2012 Nexus 7, so there's a good chance they aren't just pulling this date out of thin air. There's also no sign of the European 4G Nexus 7, so UK buyers wanting to take advantage of LTE data on the new tablet could be in for an even longer wait.

We've heard nothing specific about international availability from Google, and at yesterday's launch event the company told attendees that other countries would be getting the tablet "in the coming weeks." The UK was named as one of the first wave of countries to get the new tablet following the U.S. launch, along with Germany, South Korea, Japan, Spain, Canada, France and Australia.

Meanwhile the UK Google Play Store continues to list last year's Nexus 7, with prices starting at £159 for 16GB + Wifi.

Source: Currys, PC World

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 for the Nexus 4 rolling out everywhere, here's the download link


Reports of the OTA arriving are coming in fast and furious

The 4.3 OTA for the Nexus 4 seems to be rolling out en masse, as I'm getting reports from everywhere that it's now available. To check for the OTA yourself, open Settings, scroll down to About phone, and tap the System updates line item.

If you're just not having any luck, the link location has been uncovered. You can download the OTA for manual side loading right here. If you need any assistance, head into the forums and holler.

Happy flashing, and enjoy your new flavor of Jelly Bean!

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Editors' roundtable: Weighing in on Android 4.3, Chromecast and the new Nexus 7


This morning during a (relatively) intimate breakfast in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood, Google unleashed what we'll call an Android fan trifecta. We got Android 4.3, an updated Nexus 7, and the Chromecast HDMI dongle, which takes the place of the aborted Nexus Q living-room media device. Not a bad summer haul at all.

Android 4.3 is available now on Google's Nexus devices, and we should see it hit others relatively quickly. The Nexus 7 goes on sale July 30. Chromecast is available now in several channels and should start shipping directly from Google by the weekend, if not sooner.

Today, Google announced three things. And we think things about these things. Read on for thoughts from myself, and editors Jerry Hildenbrand and Alex Dobie. Plus, we've got writer Casey Rendon, forum moderator leader Kevin O'Quinn, and our man on the west coast, Andrew Martonik — who covered the event for us on Thursday — on Android 4.3, the new Nexus 7, and Google's Chromecast.

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3 years ago

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


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

We're giving away two new Nexus 7 tablets, here's how to win one


The new Nexus 7 is fresh in everyone's mind, and we're all a little excited about it. It keeps the same great, portable size from the first model, and beefs up the specs all around to deliver what we all think is going to be a killer device. Everyone here in the office wants one, and from what I'm hearing around the Internet plenty of you guys and gals do, too.

So we're going to give two of them away. If you're impatient, just click this link and enter.

For those who wanted to stay and read the rules:

  • You have to have used a legit email address to register for AC. If you didn't, we can't contact you and we'll have to find someone else who wants the tablet that should have been yours.
  • Only enter once. We can tell if you cheat, and cheaters are put on a list. You never want to be on that list.
  • If you have won a device (that'd be a phone, tablet or Google TV unit) from AC in the past 12 months, you can't win. Spread the love a little bit.
  • The contest is going to stay open until next Tuesday (July 30) at 11:59 PM Eastern time. I'll shut it down then, and randomly pick two winners.
  • Good luck, and #HOLOYOLO.

Enter to win one of two new Nexus 7 tablets

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