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4 years ago

Movies now available to rent from Android Market

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Google just announced at IO that they are adding the ability to rent through the Android Market. The Market added Books not too long ago, and Movies looks to follow in the same way.

Users will be able to rent movies for 30 days through the Market and stream to your device. If you don't want to stream the movies, a playback option called 'pinning' will allow you to watch when you have no connectivity. Any movie you rent will be available on all your devices and the web to watch instantly.

There will be Movies app for tablets starting with Android 3.1 and phones with 2.2 in 'a few weeks'.

For more about the keynote, follow our live blog.

Source: Android Market

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4 years ago

Android Honeycomb to get updated to 3.1, will bring Google TV support and much more

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If you bought a Google TV upon launch and have been anxiously awaiting an update that would allow for better support overall from the Android experience, your prayers have been answered with some new news from Google I/O. Honeycomb will be receiving an update to 3.1 which will also be rolling out to Google TV soon. This will allow for market support, and much more from your Google TV. In addition to having market access there will be USB hub support, so if you want to add a full size keyboard, a gaming controller or anything else you will be able to with full support. Finally, Google TV is becoming more of what we had anticipated, and even more!

Full details:

  • Open Accessory API. This new API provides a way for Android applications to integrate and interact with a wide range of accessories such as musical equipment, exercise equipment, robotics systems, and many others.
  • USB host API. On devices that support USB host mode, applications can now manage connected USB peripherals such as audio devices. input devices, communications devices, and more.
  • Input from mice, joysticks, and gamepads. Android 3.1 extends the input event system to support a variety of new input sources and motion events such as from mice, trackballs, joysticks, gamepads, and others.
  • Resizable Home screen widgets. Developers can now create Home screen widgets that are resizeable horizontally, vertically, or both.
  • Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) Applications can now receive notifications when external cameras are attached and removed, manage files and storage on those devices, and transfer files and metadata to and from them.
  • Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) API for audio. Developers can directly manage on-demand or interactive data streaming to enable VOIP, push-to-talk, conferencing, and audio streaming.

Source: Android Developer Blog

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4 years ago

Google: More than 400,000 Android devices activated everyday

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We're live at Google's I/O Keynote 2011 and Google just filled us in with an incredible number. Everyday there is more than 400,000 Android devices activated. Wow! That's 100k more than what we were seeing back in December 2010 when Andy Rubin tweeted that 300,000 devices were being activated on a daily basis. And before that, Google announced that there were 200,000 devices being activated daily back in August of 2010. A broader look at the numbers as a whole shows:

  • 100 million activated Android devices
  • 400,000 new Android devices activated every day
  • 200,000 free and paid applications available in Android Market
  • 4.5 billion applications installed from Android Market

Needless to say, that's a whole lot of Android devices and apps being put to use out there. Likely more then Google themselves expected when they got into this game.

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4 years ago

Music Beta by Google page now live, accepting invite requests [Update: Music app now in the Market]

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Google IO starts today and we're expecting a lot of exciting announcements at the keynote starting at 9am PST. (We're live blogging it!)

One rumor that has been going around for a while is a cloud-based music service by Google. It's being reported that we may hear something about that during the keynote this morning. To add more truth to that, the Music Beta by Google page just went live a  few minutes ago and is currently accepting invite requests. You can't pull up the "about" page yet, but we expect it'll be up shortly (say within the next 2 hours).

Head on over to Music Beta if you're interested in the service.

Update: There appears to be a Music App in the Market now. We don't have any info on what the service will entail, but you can go grab it from the links after the break.

Source: Music Beta by Google

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4 years ago

Google IO Keynote Day 1 liveblog

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It's the first day of Google IO. We're here! And what do we have in store at the opening keynote? Your guess is as good as ours. Join Jerry and Phil for the liveblog after the break, starting at 9 a.m. Pacific.

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4 years ago

Dilbert does 4G

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4 years ago

Google IO begins today!

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It's here, boys and girls. We're headed out to that little shindig called Google IO. First up this morning, breakfast. No kidding. If you've ever had Google breakfast, chances are you're still full. Coming up (all times Pacific, natch):

  • 9 a.m.: Day 1 keynote. Google Music? We'll see. New Android stuff? Probably. Lots of numbers and stats about how awesome Android is? Almost certain.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Post-keynote press Q&A. There will be questions. And possibly answers.
  • After that? Jerry's gonna hit up the sessions, and I'm going to see more developers than I can shake a stick at. (And a warning to developers: I'm bringing a stick to shake!)

So be back here at 9 a.m. Pacific, noon Eastern for all the keynote liveblog goodness we can muster, folks!

More: Complete Google IO coverage

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4 years ago

It's official, folks: Microsoft's buying Skype

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And there you have it: Microsoft put out the press release this morning that it indeed is buying Skype, the leading video and VoIP client. The price? $8.5 billion. (We'll let that sink in for a minute.) The reason?

The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities. The combination will extend Skype’s world-class brand and the reach of its networked platform, while enhancing Microsoft’s existing portfolio of real-time communications products and services.

Now before you freak out and worry that in order to use Skype in the future you'll have to jump to Windows Phone 7 or sell your soul to Bing or something, Microsoft in the press release ensures us that Skype will continue to be supported on other platforms. Granted, it doesn't say which platforms.

Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

So what's that mean for the future of Skype on Android? Hopefully business as usual. We'll just have to see.

Source: Microsoft

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Plume Honeycomb beta

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

We're finally starting to see in influx of proper Honeycomb-optimized Twitter clients, and Plume has thrown itself into the mix in an open beta.

You've got your standard three-pane system going on, with your timeline on the left, mentions (or @replies) in the middle, and direct messages (DMs) on the right. But you can reorder those columns as you see fit.

Plume has support for multiple accounts out of the box, which those of us who use multiple accounts are pretty happy to see. You can view all of your accounts in one big stream, or one at a time. (We'd love the ability to customize each pane by account. For instance, have all of your mentions to come in one pane, but localize the Twitter timeline to single account.

There are the usual link shorteners, image handlers and previews, all made better by Honeycomb's "fragments." You can also view profiles and mute people -- just like in the smartphone version. Even in beta form, it looks like Plume's going to be a strong addition to Honeycomb's Twitter stable.

Download: Plume beta

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4 years ago

Hands-on with a turned-on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

This isn't the first time we've seen the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet. But tonight at a pre-Google IO event in San Francisco, we got our first look at one actually turned on. And Honeycomb is still Honeycomb. But it definitely feels a little faster than what we've come to know on the Motorola Xoom. And the hardware is still markedly lighter than the Xoom, and thinner, too.

And we've got one more month before we can all get the Wifi version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in our hot little hands. Anybody else excited yet?

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4 years ago

Samsung reminds us all the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is coming June 8

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Although it's been quite some time since we heard rumblings from Samsung about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 it appears their marketing teams are now looking to once again shake up interest in the 10.1-inch tablet. The registration page is up on the Samsung website, accessible to anyone who is looking to stay up-to-date on the when and where's of how to purchase the yet to be released Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that hits stores June 8.

We've already given it a look or two already in the past but we'll gladly give it another go come closer to release. If you're wanting to stay in the loop, hit the source link for more details and sign up to be notified of its release -- or, you could just take Jerry's blatant NSFW word for how good he thinks it is.

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

HTC Puccini: A 10-Inch LTE tablet headed to AT&T?

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We know everyone out there likes to indulge in some rumors here and there, so walk with us for a moment while we take a brief look at the HTC Puccini. A 10-Inch, Honeycomb tablet that looks well -- like every other Honeycomb tablet out there to date. So what sets this tablet apart from all the others?

We'll start with the connectivity options since it's rumored to be making use of LTE powered by AT&T. Yes, it will be making use of AT&T's real 4G network when released. Plus, considering it is an HTC tablet it's also suggested to be making use of HTC Scribe technology so that fancy pen from HTC Flyer may be usable on more then one device if this tablet comes to market.

The rest of details still remain a mystery for this device but -- we're pretty sure we'll hear more eventually. These things always have a tendency to be unwrapped ahead of schedule on a much grander scale.

Source: PocketNow

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4 years ago

Rumor: Microsoft to buy Skype for $7 Billion

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If Google was hoping to control all the hallway chatter at this year's Google IO, well, it looks like they've lost that bid. Perhaps, in fact, they've lost two, as the WSJ is reporting that Microsoft is about to close a deal to acquire Skype for a cool seven billion dollars. The deal apparently isn't quite finalized yet, but if it goes through it's going to leave more questions than answers for the Voice Over IP software.

Six months after Skype freed itself from the confines of Verizon exclusivity for mobile phones in the US, it's become a fairly popular platform for Android. Will Microsoft allow it to continue on Android or any of the myriad other platforms Skype supports? We're hoping and assuming yes - but the news itself is crazy enough that more craziness could well ensue. Stay tuned for what's sure to be a wild ride.

Update: Looks like it is a done deal, as reported by All Things D. Press release suggested for tomorrow morning.

Source: WSJ; via TiPb

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4 years ago

LG and Wikitude team up to launch 3D augmented reality browser

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The announcements surrounding the LG Optimus 3D keep coming, LG has just issued a press release letting everyone know they have now teamed up with Wikitude to make available the World’s first three dimensional augmented reality browser. From the press release:

“AR technology has been praised for its potential to replace the ‘abstract’ realities of standard mobile browsers with ‘actual’ reality streamed through the camera of the smartphone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Mobile Communications Company. “LG’s cutting-edge hardware and 3D API software technology now pushes this reality a step further.”

Although augmented reality isn't really anything new, 3D augmented reality takes things to whole new level. Wikitude has gathered information on over 100 million locations around the world, with contributions from more than 1,000 content providers adding the 3D element found within the LG Optimus 3D is looking to be the natural next step in augmented reality evolution and LG couldn't be happier to bring it to the masses. Read on past the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile prepares for battle with E3 contest

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Consider yourself a hardcore gamer? If so, listen up -- T-Mobile today has introduced their "Battle for E3" contest and are inviting you all to participate. In order to win, you'll need to upload a video (15 seconds or less) on T-Mobile’s Facebook page demonstrating how you are the ultimate gamer and ideal E3 “correspondent” for T-Mobile. 

The videos will be ranked by fans on the T-Mobile page and the top 10 entrants will each win a prize. Two entrants, will also win a T-Mobile G2X and a trip to the E3 Expo in Los Angeles on June 7-9. Head on over to the T-Mobile Facebook fanpage for the full contest details.

Source: T-Mobile USA Facebook

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