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3 years ago

Google TV updated to version 3.0, brings Voice Search and Prime Time

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Google has officially announced the Google TV 3 software update, and along with all the behind-the-scenes changes that should help the stability issues, there are a couple really cool new user-facing features.

Voice Search allows you to interact with your Google TV by using your voice. As the name suggests, you can search for titles, or genre, or channel, but it gies beyond that. The examples given are asking your GTV "how to tie a bow tie" which finds and opens a Youtube instructional video, and asking to "search movies with Jeff Bridges" which returns results in a new, refined visual search page.

The Google TV Movies and TV app has been redesigned, and along with the new name of Prime Time comes a new way of finding your favorite content. You can access Prime Time from anywhere, and the new visual layout lets you flip through the best of live TV, your favorite channels, shows you've recently watched, and content based on things you already like to watch. It sounds pretty amazing, and if it works like we see in the video above it is.

The bad news of course is that it will be a while until anyone sees it. LG is rolling it out in "the coming weeks" to their smart television sets, and other second gen euipment will see the update in the coming months. If you're still using a first generation Google TV unit, have no fear -- both the new Youtube app and Prime Time are headed your way.

Source: Official Google TV blog

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3 years ago

Beautiful Clock Widgets app integrates with Android 4.2 lockscreen

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One of Android 4.2's forward-facing feature improvements was the lockscreen, which now has a system for integrating widgets of the users choice. In the stock shipping software, there's an anemic selection of stock widgets such as calendar and a world clock, but we know how many Android developers there are out there making great widgets. Beautiful Clock Widgets is one of the first to be updated with this functionality, and it has a great selection of customizable clock and weather widgets for the lockscreen.

It was only a matter of time before we saw more apps hitting that integrated their own widgets into the lockscreen, and we'll surely see more apps be updated with the functionality in the future. For now, go check out Beautiful Clock Widgets at the Play Store link above. It's free, and if you want to unlock more widgets you can get the paid version for just $1.29.

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3 years ago

Daily news roundup: November 14, 2012

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We know it's darn near impossible to stay abreast of all the Android news that happens. Heck, we can hardly keep track of it ourselves! To try and help, here's a recap of the biggest news you might have missed from today.

It's your last chance to enter the AC Forums Million Member Giveaway

Droid DNA news

Android 4.2 news

Carrier and network news

Other news too good to miss!

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3 years ago

Call of Duty Elite updated to support Black Ops II

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Unless you've been living in a cave for the last few days, you'll know that there's been an eagerly awaited release this Tuesday gone. This time we're of course not talking Nexus, but in fact referring to Call of Duty Black Ops II. One of the most eagerly anticipated gaming titles of the year, if you're a big online player you're already likely a member of Call of Duty Elite. The good news is that following the launch of Black Ops II, the Android Call of Duty Elite application has been updated to support the title. 

Elite now supports your career summary stats, recent matches, custom class editor and challenge tracker for Black Ops II. Additionally, theres a couple of additions not dedicated to the latest title. Clan HQ gives users the ability to search for and join clans, and Elite TV provides live streaming, multiplayer guides and "much more." The update is live in the Play Store now, so if you can tear yourself away from your console long enough, head on over and download a copy. 

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3 years ago

Texas Instruments cutting 1,700 jobs, saving $450 million by end of 2013

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First TI (Texas Instruments) was shifting away from consumer chip-making. Then it wasn't. Now it seems that it is again. As part of a refocusing of the company, TI is choosing to shift focus away from the consumer electronic chip business and into more enterprise and embedded systems chips. Part of restructuring usually means job cuts, and TI is going to be cutting 1,700 worldwide by the end of 2013. The projected savings for this restructuring is $450 million, which is nothing to sneeze at.

It's again unfortunate to see TI shifting its focus away from the consumer mobile chip business, as it was one of the last main competitors to the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung. TI was also often the go-to option for open source projects -- and if you're an Android nerd, you should be able to appreciate that.

Source: TI News Center; Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Square is now processing $10 billion in transactions annually

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Square is probably the most formidable opponent to Google's push for the use of Google Wallet in retail stores. Not unlike Google Wallet, Square requires both the user and the retailer to have a special equipment -- an app for the former, and hardware for the latter -- to make everything work. And while Google has been struggling to get its infrastructure in place, even with MasterCard's help, Square seems to be taking off as the niche payment system right now. Square has just announced that it is processing over $10 billion in payments annually, and has increased its rate of transactions by $2 billion just this month.

TechCrunch notes that the $10 billion number doesn't even include payments processed via Starbucks, which just penned a deal with Square to set up its processing system in 7,000 stores. Maybe some of this pressure can get Google thinking about its Wallet strategy going into the future.

Source: @Square; Via: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

White 64GB HTC One S goes on sale in Taiwan, runs Jelly Bean out of the box

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We're not going to lie, we're pretty envious of this one. According to ePrice, what we have here is the latest HTC One device to go on sale in Asia, specifically at this time in Taiwan. On the face of it, it's a regular old HTC One S, except that it's got a stunning new white paint job. Except, that's not the whole tale. 

Inside, this HTC One S is packing some pretty impressive specs right out of the box. The latest version of HTC Sense, Sense 4+, running over Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Oh, and 64GB of on board storage. Everything else remains the same, the same screen, processor, RAM, camera, all as they've ever been on the One S. But, for those among us who crave on board storage this One S would tick that box. Oh, and did we mention, it looks killer in white.

The bad news, for now at least, we're not seeing word of availability beyond HTC's native Taiwan. Pricing is said to be 17,900 Taiwan dollars, or about $616 or €485.

Source: ePrice (translated) via Unwired View

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3 years ago

Echofon for Android beta now available in Google Play

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Having been in public testing for a while, popular iOS Twitter client Echofon has now become available in the Google Play Store. We're still on the beta build though, it hasn't yet shed that tag. It doesn't -- on the face of it anyway -- appear to be further along in the build process than the beta version we previously looked at, but being available in the Play Store is the right way to get it onto devices. 

We're pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to Twitter clients, but despite being late to the party on Android, Echofon has a long standing reputation on that other platform. The developers, Naan Studio, also recently discontinued their desktop applications to concentrate solely on mobile. It's a well designed Twitter client that despite being in beta performs really nicely. The design is very much Android 4.x but is available for everything running Android 2.2 and up. 

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3 years ago

SEGA's Jet Set Radio coming to Android on November 29th

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Some of you weren't even alive when Jet Set Radio was released for the SEGA Dreamcast in June of 2000. That being said, if you've played Borderlands (or other cel-shaded graphics games) you can thank JSR for being one the pioneers of that style. Anyway, the game has been re-released in HD for Xbox Live, the Playstation Network, Windows, and like we reported earlier, is coming to Android. Granted, November 29th isn't exactly "this summer" like the original press release stated, but better late than never right?

While currently there has been no mention of price for Android (or iOS) it's currently $9.99 on Steam, so it's pretty safe to say it shouldn't cost more than that. If you'd like to check out more screenshots, head on over to their Flickr gallery.

source: SEGA

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 coming to Cricket Nov 23rd for $549.99

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Samsung is continuing its attempt at mobile dominance across the world by releasing yet another variant of its popular Galaxy SIII (S3) line, this time on Cricket. This model will be Cricket's second 4G LTE phone that it has released, in conjunction with its continued LTE rollout to new cities. In stark contrast to its first LTE phone, the LG Optimus Regard, this Galaxy S3 is still every bit the high-end device we know from other carriers.

Sure, its been available on other carriers for some time, but if Cricket is your carrier of choice its nice to have a high-end device available. The Galaxy S3 will be hitting Cricket on November 23rd for $549.99 without a contract, with monthly plans starting from $50 with 2GB of full-speed data. 

Source: Cricket Newsroom

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T now available on Rogers and Bell

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Canadians can now pick up the Sony Xperia T from Bell or Rogers for $99 on a three-year contract. The James Bond co-branding is in full bloom, as you'd expect, but what's going on under the hood?

  • 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine for razor sharp clarity
  • 13 MP fast capture camera that goes from sleep mode to snap in just over a second
  • Easy connectivity with ‘One-touch’ function enabled by NFC
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Latest generation 1.5GHz dual core processor for improved battery life, fast performance and ultra sharp graphics
  • Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Will be upgraded to Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch.
  • MHL connectivity for viewing content on a big screen without the need for a charger
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • Battery: 1850mAh (embedded) - 7 hours talk time, 450 hours standby

Be sure to dig into our full review of the European Xperia T for a closer look.  

Want to pick one up? The Xperia T can be found sipping a martini at the Rogers online store and seducing other handsets at Bell. If you're looking for more options, we're still waiting on Mobilicity and Videotron to launch their versions. 

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3 years ago

Cricket rolls out several new 4G LTE markets

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Cricket, the regional no-contract carrier under the Leap Wireless parent company, has expanded its 4G LTE footprint to several new cities. Customers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; and Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen, Texas should see the service go live provided they're using one of Cricket's LTE handsets (currently only 2 available). Previously, Cricket's LTE footprint was only found in Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.

This expansion completes what Cricket is calling its first phase of 4G LTE deployment, and the service now covers a potential of 21 million customers in the 11 markets.

Source: Cricket Newsroom

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3 years ago

Predators for Android review

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The Predators game launched on Google Play last week, offering fast-paced stealth action with a healthy dose of gore. Many familiar names from the 2010 movie show up, though you spend most of your time hunting humans rather than playing as them - after all, folks only really watch those flicks for glimpses of the hulking monsters, right?

Players take control of a predator alien through 31 stages and an unlockable challenge mode, using a variety of classic weaponry and technology to complete a selection of goals. Sometimes a level is as simple as collecting a certain number of heads, while others require players to survive multiple waves of humans on the hunt.

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt vs. the Droid DNA

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What a difference a year and a half makes, eh? OK, call it 20 months, maybe. Regardless, here's the brand-new Verizon Droid DNA, and the aging ThunderBolt. HTC phones, both. One represents the manufacturer's first go at an LTE device, back when the technology was new, and design (and battery life) suffered for it.  A 4.3-inch display. Mere 1400 mAh battery. And, damn, was that thing ever thick.

Now we have the Droid DNA. A 5-inch Super LCD3 display that's got 1,080 freakin' pixels on the short end. A 2020 mAh battery. And a svelte design. Basically you're looking at the difference between me and a Victoria's Secret model. (Yeah. Enjoy that image.)

Anyway. Video and pics after the break, so you get a better idea of the difference between these guys.

Have Droid DNA questions? Ask 'em in our Droid DNA forums!

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3 years ago

PSA: Last chance to enter the Million Member Giveaway -- ending Nov. 15

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You've got just one day left to enter the biggest and baddest contest the world has ever seen! We're celebrating one one million member mark, and in case you've been away from the Internet and missed it, here's the prize list:

in addition, Cory has a special prize package for long-time members (six months or more and over 500 posts) consisting of a new Chromebook, , a $100 ShopAndroid.com coupon code, a $50 Google Play gift card, and a Lloyd T-shirt from ShopAndroid.com. 

It's an awesome list of prizes for an awesome community of members, and we want to make sure you have a chance to enter. You do that by clicking the big link below. You don't want to miss out on this one folks!

Enter the One Million Member giveaway!

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