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4 years ago

Nexus 7 launch doubles sales of Shifty Jelly's Android apps


Application developers at Shifty Jelly have taken to Twitter to let us all know that they have doubled their Android app sales since the release of the Nexus 7 and Google's $25 Play Store credit. The developers of the popular Pocket Casts podcast app and down under weather app Pocket Weather Australia are clearly seeing the benefit of Google selling the Nexus 7 at cost with Play Store credit as a gateway to Google Play, and remarked about the influx of new users.

We’ve noticed that sales of all our apps have doubled on Android, coinciding with Nexus 7 sales and Google giving out $25 for the Play Store


Their attention to detail and great communication have made Pocket Casts one of the premiere podcatchers on Google Play, and we're not surprised to see users downloading the app en masse. It's also great to see Google's idea of selling the Nexus 7 as a gateway to Google Play is working -- there's a lot of great content there, and 25 bucks of it for free looks like it was a good move. Great developers deserve this kind of support, and we hope others are seeing the benefit as well.

Source: @shiftyjelly

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4 years ago

Camera click sounds, Jelly Bean on the Xoom [From the Forums]


Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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4 years ago

Google's New Nexus 7 How-To Focuses on Google Apps


Following closely behind their first "Getting Started" tutorial for the Nexus 7, Google has produced another video to help new users gets acquainted with the device. The short video pokes around a Nexus 7's "Google" folder in the dock, highlighting the important aspects of the headline Google Apps. This is all easy stuff for the hardcore Android nerds among us, but really useful if the Nexus 7 is your first time using Android, especially Jelly Bean. Take a look at the video, you may learn a thing or two.

Source: Google Nexus YouTube Page

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4 years ago

HTC to build another Facebook phone in 2013, says Bloomberg


Despite failing to set the world alight with 2011's ChaCha and Salsa, HTC and Facebook will collaborate once again to bring another Facebook phone to market next year, according to reports from Bloomberg. ​Details on the purported device are scant at the moment, but the report, which cites the usual "people with knowledge of the matter," indicates a mid-2013 release, after the launch was apparently pushed back from the end of 2012.

The site doesn't mention Android specifically, but we'd be surprised if Google's OS wasn't involved in some way or other, given the history of collaborations between Facebook and HTC. Bloomberg​ says the phone will run a "modified" operating system, which suggests to us that we may see a forked version of Android, similar to what Amazon's done with the Kindle Fire. For the less technically inclined, that means a version of the OS built upon the open-source code, and most likely excluding any Google apps.

Android followers will remember that last year's HTC ChaCha (aka AT&T HTC Status) and its Europe-only sibling, the Salsa, weren't met with much success. So it's possible we'll see the two companies adopt a different strategy this time around. With Facebook getting more involved in the app space, it'd make sense for the Facebook phone to be heavily invested in this, rather than something like Google Play.

In any case, it seems the rumored device is still the best part of a year away from completion, so it's possible we'll see more changes throughout the course of development.

Source: Bloomberg

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4 years ago

Non-Jelly Bean update for Sprint Galaxy Nexus reportedly due tomorrow


Like the Verizon version, it looks like Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Nexus is due for at least one more over-the-air update before Android 4.1 Jelly Bean arrives. According to ​TechnoBuffalo​, which obtained the internal screenshot above, Sprint is set to launch the update to build no. L700.FG01 tomorrow, July 26.

According to the leaked image, the new software version will include changes to the on-screen signal strength indicator, as well as support for Sprint TV and some changes to the default Wifi and LTE settings. Both will be set to "on" as standard in the new firmware, which is to be expected as Sprint's recently-launched LTE network begins to grow.

Assuming the software roll-out goes ahead as planned, Sprint Gnex owners will want to head to Settings > About phone > System updates tomorrow to pick up the latest firmware.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note stops by Samsung's site with ICS and 42Mbps HSPA+


The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note has been more or less official for a week or so now, after being unceremoniously confirmed in a tweet from the carrier. And now the Tmo Note has made an appearance on Samsung Mobile's website, alongside a complete spec list and some promotional shots.

On the outside, it's the same North American Galaxy Note we've already seen on AT&T and the Canadian networks -- same 5.3-inch HD SuperAMOLED display, same chassis design, different carrier logo up top. Of course, this version is lacking LTE support, though, and instead totes T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ "4G." It's also pre-loaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which recently rolled out to the AT&T Note.

A launch is promised "in the coming weeks," but with a possible Galaxy Note 2 expected to be announced at the IFA show in Berlin next month, the late launch might leave Tmo loyalists feeling short-changed.

Thinking of picking up the T-Mobile Galaxy Note? Let us know down in the comments.

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4 years ago

OnLive bringing console gaming to Google TV


We have incredible 3D games built for Android tablets -- titles like Shadowgun or Max Payne -- but what's been missing out of great games has been Google TV. OnLive, the popular streaming service that brings actual desktop PC games to any screen, will change that. Using the OnLive Google TV app and a compatible controller, you'll have a huge library of PC games to choose from, all streamed directly to your big screen via your Google TV interface. All the features of the desktop client (for Windows and Mac) are on-board, including the spectating arena and multi-view play and chat. It's a great way to fill a gap in Google TV's content warehouse, and everyone loves games.

OnLive will be shipping on the Visio Co-Star, and will be coming to the LG G2 Smart TV in a future software patch. But the best news is that a stand-alone Google TV app is in the works that will install on any box or TV, so those of us who bought a competitors product aren't left out in the cold. No mention of when exactly we should expect the app is given, but we'll be watching Google Play for any news. Read what OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman has to say at the source link below.

Source: Google TV Blog


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4 years ago

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean finally pushed to Motorola Xoom WiFi testers


After a little bit of a delay, Motorola and Google are now pushing out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update to Motorola Xoom WiFi owners who signed up for the testing process. Overall, it's Jelly Bean. Not much else can be said about it really. Everything you would expect to be in place, is indeed there with one exception. That one exception appears to be Chrome. You still need to download it from the Google Play Store in order to have it loaded.

All that said, there still isn't any timeline for a full blown release but it shouldn't be all that long of a wait. The OS update does feel good and added some pep to the now aging Motorola Xoom. If you're looking to load this one up, there is a few options to choose from whether you're rooted or not. One is to use a USB host cable, the other is to flash a recovery that will support the update. For me, this method in the forums worked but if you're looking to try out the USB host method, you'll find the link below. Worst case, you may have to wait for it to go official.

Guide: XDA, Thanks, Chad!

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4 years ago

Half of mobile gamers use phones and tablets as primary home entertainment console


A recent survey of U.K. and U.S. mobile gamers by PopCap shows that around 50% of respondents preferred their phone to PC, console, or dedicated handheld gaming console (like a  PSP or Nintendo DS). Tablet owners ranked a bit higher with 57%. Despite the portability that tablets and smartphones offer, 69% reported to play on their phones at home on the couch (78% among tablet owners), 41% while watching TV (52% for tablet owners), and 57% while in bed (51%). 10% of the 602 American respondents had played mobile games while in a place of worship, driving a car, and/or while watching a movie at a theater. The survey's sample size was a little over a thousand-strong - take that as representative or not as you will.  

With stuff like Ouya coming out of the woodwork, I'd be interested to see just how much Android manages to displace the traditional console gaming industry and which players are savvy enough to get with the times. So far, EA has done a great job of adapting to and addressing the mobile market, meanwhile Nintendo has been vocally against the app store model.

Will players really take to switching to mobile full-time, though? I know I've definitely spent less time on my Alienware since getting really involved with mobile games, but what about you guys? Is your Xbox getting jealous of your tablet?

Source: Information Solutions Group

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 becomes hotel room keycard, TV remote and AC controller


Who needs a plastic keycard to let you into your hotel room when you can have a Samsung Galaxy S III (S3). As the primary sponsor of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Samsung is getting involved in a big way. This latest collaboration sees them providing the official smartphone of the Games to 40 VIP rooms at the Holiday Inn London Stratford. 

The phones come with a custom application built in, and allow guests to express check in and out, change TV channels, activate the in-room air conditioning, order room service and even let themselves in to the hotel room in place of a keycard.  Oh, and since it is a phone, you'll be able to use it to actually call people too. For the full run down head on over to the source link below. 

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

MLS MatchDay 2012 Updated to Fix Jelly Bean Crashes


So let’s say you like soccer. Maybe you also live in the US. And just maybe you have a phone running Google’s latest-and-greatest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s a stretch, we know, but if you fit the bill we have an app that you have to check out. MLS MatchDay 2012 just got an update pushed in the Play Store, reiterating its latest features such as “AT&T Goal of the Week”, “High quality videos” and "Improved team schedule". All of these features have been in previous versions though, so why the update?

The big news here is the last line: “Crash fixes for Jelly Bean”. Now if you’ve used and relied on the app for all things MLS in the past, you’ve no doubt noticed the crashes. It was unstable in Ice Cream Sandwich, and downright unusable on Jelly Bean. We’re happy to report that the update sticks to its word, and the app has yet to force close a single time going through all of the menus and screens. So what are you waiting for? Fire up your Jelly Bean-equipped Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S, and go pickup MLS MatchDay 2012 in the Play Store at the source link.

Oh and of course, go Seattle Sounders FC!

Source: Google Play Store

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4 years ago

Epic Meal Time review - the bacon-covered turkey-stuffed pig of Android games


Epic Meal Time has just turned their debaucherous online cooking show into an Android game, and as a meat-lover, I couldn't be happier. It's a simple game that involves guiding steaks, slices of pizza, and bacon strips into the host's face, while flinging away broccoli, turnips, and other greens. Energy drinks, booze, chocolate syrup, and whole pigs keeps things interesting while players earn Internet Money to finance new swag and a wider variety of food.  

For those of you unfamiliar, Epic Meal Time has been on YouTube for a little over two years, showcasing extravagant abominations that can barely be considered food by traditional standards. Rarely does a weekly episode go by that doesn't involve Jack Daniels, Four Loko, or bacon of some kind. Lately they've been branching out into desserts with obscene calorie counts, but at its core EMT is all about making carnivore dreams come true. Vegetarians (or anyone with a sense of modesty) may want to skip this video, one of their earlier breakout episodes. 

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4 years ago

YouTube, Play Movies and Nexus Q app all updated to further support Nexus Q


With the Nexus Q no longer in stock on the Google Play Store, it looks like Google thought now would be a good time to go ahead and update several of the apps the Nexus Q supports in preparation for those who will be getting their units. Previously, the apps were locked down to devices running Jelly Bean for support on the Nexus Q but not any longer. YouTube was updated, along with Play Movies & TV and now, the Nexus Q app can be installed on phones and tablets running earlier system versions of Android to support the Nexus Q.

  • YouTube - Nexus Q support, Turn your phone into a remote, to play YouTube videos on other devices, bug fixes
  • Nexus Q App - Version of the Nexus Q app includes improvements to the social mix (guest mode) feature and unlocks support for phones and tablets running earlier system versions of Android.
  • Play Movies & TV - Faster downloads, Fixes a playback failure on some LG (and possibly other) devices, Other bug fixes

The updates are all available right now in the Google Play Store, for those of you looking to get the Nexus Q app on your device you can hit the link below as well to get it downloaded. That is, assuming you are in the U.S. since you know, it's not available elsewhere.

Download: Nexus Q App

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4 years ago

iOS developer says 'Android designed for piracy'


Matt Gemmell, iOS developer and author on Apple-centric sites and publications such as MacFormat and Tap!, has written a post on his blog about how "Android was designed for piracy from the ground up". He mentions sideloading as a conduit for thievery, and has all sorts of bad things to say about Android's "open mentality". 

Here's where we could mention things like sandboxing, and Android's Application Licensing system that checks for a valid license every time you open an app, but why bother? It's his job to say everything Apple is better than everything else. It's also his right, and I don't want to think about a place where someone else can decide what I should hear or see -- or install on my phone.

In short, AC, like the Honey Badger, don't care. Carry on Mr. Gemmell.

Source: Matt Gemmell; via The Verge

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4 years ago

Qualcomm's S4 developer tablet packs meaty specs and a high price, but it's not for us


Qualcomm's developer tablet certainly packs a punch in the specs department. But, before we go any further, we need to point out clearly and concisely -- this isn't a commercial product, it isn't meant for consumers. That doesn't mean it doesn't interest us though. Far from it. 

The APQ8064-based Snapdragon S4 Pro Mobile Development Platform / Tablet as it's full title reads -- we'll call it the S4 Pro from now on -- is Qualcomm's latest efforts at a developer device. This time, it's showing off their first attempts at a quad-core processor, and developers keen to get in on the ground floor can pick one up for a cool $1299. Remember, this isn't a retail device. 

Alongside the 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, the S4 Pro also packs 2GB LPDDR2 RAM, 32GB of storage space and Android 4.0. There's also the new Adreno 320 graphics engine, 7 mics, stereo surround sound and a 13MP main camera. Wowzas. In the right hands, a device of this magnitude is sure to be an impressive development tool. Interested developers can purchase one at the link below, and the full press release is after the break. 

Source: BSquare

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