5 years ago

Google Play Movies now available in Korea


Google has delivered their Play Movies app and store to the folks in Korea today, bringing hundreds of full-length local and Hollywood movies. It's great seeing Google score more content deals in more countries, as many localities still don't have access to media through Google Play.

Korea joins the U.S., UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Spain to offer access to their video rental and sales. There was no word from Google about any plans for other areas.

Source: +Google Play

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5 years ago

Jetpack Joyride now available on Google Play


After a brief exclusive period on the Amazon Appstore, Jetpack Joyride is now available for all on Google Play. You can get a full look at the game over at our review, but the tl;dr version goes a little something like this: use one-touch controls to lift a disgruntled office drone into the air with his minigun jetpack, dodge security systems, collect coins, buy cool new gadgets. Rince, repeat.

Jetpack Joyride is a classic, and it sure has taken its sweet time finding its way to Android. Who's interested in giving it a shot? Does the gameplay feel dated at all, or has it still retained its charm from a year ago? Are in-app purchases a major turn-off, regardless of gameplay quality?

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5 years ago

Google's Field Trip app pops up location-relevant info


Google's Niantic Labs have pushed out a new app called Field Trip, which simply pops up location-specific information cards as you wander or drive around town. It's vaguely Google Nowish in its predictions, and provides several channels of content, such as historic places and events, lifestyle, food and drink, cool and unique places, and plenty more. There's plenty of control over how many and what kind of notifications you get for this app through its various settings, so no worries about getting too annoyed with the app or having your battery drained into nothingness. Information can also be relayed over audio if you have a Bluetooth or wired headset plugged in. Content partners include big names like the Food Network, Zagat, Cool Hunting, and plenty of others. 

Unfortunately, Field Trip is currently only available in the U.S., but it still looks pretty awesome. I'd love to see something similar that uses voice instead, so you could leave your phone on the table during a conversation and have relevent Wikipedia articles pop up automatically as you talk. It's always weird spending the minute or two looking stuff up only to find the conversation has drifted somewhere else entirely. 

Anyway, it looks pretty sweet, and it's free to boot. iOS users will be able to get in on the fun shortly too. I hear they're having trouble getting around these days. 

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5 years ago

HTC One X+ spied in O2 (UK) sales flyer


The rumored HTC One X+ just got a step closer to reality, as it's has made its way into a brochure for the UK carrier O2. What we're seeing looks delightful, fir an updated 1.7GHz CPU (likely Tegra3 based), 64GB of on-device storage, HTC stellar camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.

Here in the states we've see a version come through the FCC toting AT&T's LTE radio bands, but the rumored specs don't quite match up as we've been hearing that it is a 32GB model. There's a good chance AT&T has decided to cut the storage in half like they did with the original HTC One X, but we can still hope it's a case of bad info and we'll be seeing a 64GB version on this side of the pond. 

With enough evidence to call this one legit, it's about time for HTC to come forward and tell us what we want to hear and announce this one. New Windows phones are cool and all, but we want some Android!

Source: GSM Arena

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5 years ago

MOO adding NFC option to business cards


Sure, NFC hasn't quite taken over the world yet, but that doesn't mean it can't be useful. And MOO, maker of extremely cool business cards (it's where we do business), will be adding an NFC option. You can't order them just yet, but MOO's slipping an NFC-enabled card into new orders (it says it's got 150,000 of them to give away), to whet appetites.

MOO says it'll have its own NFC-writing app as well, so you can rewrite the tags as you see fit. (We presume current NFC tag writers will also work.)

For our money, this is a perfect use of NFC. It's so much easier than typing or even scanning in a business card. Just tap and go. Huzzah.

More: MOO

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5 years ago

From the Android Forums: Android security


Twinmomma416 asks in the Android Central forums,

My contract with AT&T is up, and we are switching providers due to limited tower availability near our home. We will be switching to Sprint which does surprisingly well where we are at.

I was a BlackBerry power user who switched to iPhone two years ago. I loved it. Ease of use, all the apps, etc. ... Disappointed in the lack of customization but happy with the security of the phone and trusting the apps.

Fast forward to now and I'm rather let down by the iPhone 5 release. I was hoping for much more - bigger screen, more iOS features/customizability. I'm a big fan of Apple computers mostly because I don't have to worry about viruses and my wife downloading stuff since she is NOT a techie at all. Played with my friend's HTC Evo 4G and fell in love.

Here's my problem. I don't like what I'm reading about the susceptibility Android's platform has for keyloggers and spyware. I deal with a lot of confidential information (I work in government HR) and I cannot risk someone putting something on my phone either through an app, an email, a text, whatever, that could compromise that. I've searched for anti-keyloggers/anti spyware but I'm not finding anything that really puts my mind at ease.

I'm not interested in rooting a device, but I am interested in making sure I don't worry about these things daily. I want to go Android, but Apple's security leaves me feeling more at ease.

Thoughts from the experts here?

I should add I'm also considering the Galaxy S3

Android and app security. The two seem to get mentioned together anytime you read a title somewhere. They are a combination of terms that brings web traffic, and it's always easy to drive fans from both side into a tizzy. Let's cut the hyperbole and talk "real" for a minute or two, after the break.

(Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!)

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5 years ago

Official eBay for Android app brought back to v2.0 again


The official eBay for Android app hit v2.0 with a huge UI redesign a couple weeks ago. It was exciting at the time, as the eBay app was feeling a bit stale. Unfortunately, the latest update was pulled quickly citing many bugs and constant force closes. Today, eBay is going to give it another try and has put the update back in the Google Play Store, bringing everyone back to v2.0.

Hopefully this update will stay available this time and they've fixed the force close issues. Head to the Google Play Store link above to grab the update, then let us know in the comments how the app is running on your own device.

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5 years ago

Bad Piggies review


Bad Piggies launched on Android and iOS today, mashing together the physics-based, build-it-yourself gameplay of Amazing Alex with the highly recognizable green pigs from Rovio’s first smash hit, Angry Birds. Angry Birds is a hard act to follow even by its own creator. Can this pig fly and do Rovio’s heritage justice, or are we just seeing a lot of lipstick?

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5 years ago

Google Play 25-cent sale continues with fresh batch of cheap apps


Who likes might-as-well-be-free Android apps? You do, that's who. Today Google Play kicked off day two of their $0.25 sale with a whole slew of new titles. They are:

And then there's the stuff that went on sale yesterday...

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5 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime (TF201) Jelly Bean update is now live


Well we heard officially last night that ASUS was going to start pushing the Jelly Bean update to Transformer Prime (TF201) users today, and it seems that the rollout is now in full effect. If you haven't been notified of the update yet, you can check in About tablet > System Firmware Update, and then wait for the download and install. Users report that the reboot can take a while -- so do your best to be patient while the update does its thing.

Having issues or want to share your experience with the update? Hit up our forums and see what everyone's talking about.

More: ASUS Transformer Prime Forum

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5 years ago

Samsung bringing 'the next big thing' to NYC on Oct. 24


Hmmmmm. Samsung's bringing "the next big thing" to New York City on Oct. 24. What ever could it be?

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5 years ago

Sony launches Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual in the U.S.


Following on from its recent Xperia Acro S announcement, Sony Mobile USA has revealed that it's to launch the Xperia Tipo -- its current entry-level model for Europe -- alongside a new dual-SIM variant, known as the Xperia Tipo Dual. Both phones share the budget-oriented internals of their European cousin, which is to say there's nothing too fancy inside. The Tipo is powered by an 800MHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM and a 3.2-inch HVGA (480x320) display. There's also a 3MP rear camera, though as we discovered during our review, image quality is far from ideal.

It's not every day you see a dual-SIM smartphone launched in the U.S., as these are usually more popular in developing countries. Sony points out that you could run personal and works SIMs in the same device, although the specs indicate that the Tipo only supports 3G/HSPA data on AT&T and European bands.

It does come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though, so Tipo owners at least have a relatively recent version of the OS to play with. The Tipo is available to order from Sony's online store today for $179.99, while the Tipo Dual can be pre-ordered for $189.99.

Presser's after the break. For more on the Xpera Tipo, check out our recent mini-review.

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5 years ago

Skyfire launches Horizon browser extensions, but only for certain carriers


Third-party browser developer Skyfire has launched a new plug-in framework, allowing other apps to drill deeper into your everyday mobile web experience. Readability is one of the launch partners for this Horizon framework, which includes options to quickly see your reading list, mark pages to read later, or translate web pages into a readable format right away. A less well-known service called Blue Kangaroo can offer valid coupon codes when you're shopping online through your mobile device. There are lots of big-name plug-ins available, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, IMDB, and Amazon, among others. 

There's a big catch, though. This new toolbar isn't going live in Google Play, but rather rolled out through carrier partners. AT&T is already deploying Skyfire with Horizon this month on many of their Android handsets. Though that might just seem like yet another spot for the carrier to push more bloatware, any plug-ins that are preloaded can be removed and replaced by whatever plug-ins the user wants to put in. 

Horizon is an interesting system, and certainly seems to offer a bit more functionality than the system-wide Share menu (depending on how in-depth developers go with the plug-in framework). Skyfire also works heavily on carrier-side compression, which enables faster delivery of your browsing data.

Developers and carriers interested in getting involved with Horizon can check out their landing page. Any big Skyfire fans in the house? Which third-party browsers do you use? 

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5 years ago

A $99 Nexus 7 is rumored, but what might a price drop entail?


ZOMG a $99 Nexus tablet! It's just all so exciting! It's going to revolutionize the way we do ... things!

Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, folks. First off, this $99 Nexus tablet is another one of those Digitimes supply chain rumors that's actually part of a two-fer. Two new tablets, slimmer than the current Nexus 7. Yes. A newer, slimmer device. If we had presses, we wouldn't stop them over that bit of design iteration.

So one of the new tablets is said to be priced at $199, which also happens to be the price of the current 8GB Nexus 7. Cool. But the second tablet is said to be $99. That's, like, half as much! Everyone will want one! You'll need one for each pocket, they're so cheap!

But before we buy one for every person in our family, we've got a few questions to ponder:

  • To chop the price, what would have to go? Is the hardware gimped?
  • Would it subsidized by a service? Ad-supported like the Kindle Fire? Or is someone (Google) just eating the cost? Because that's a pretty big price break.
  • Or, perhaps this is the rumored Nexus 7 3G? You could get to the $99 price point if you're locked into a cellular contract. So the carrier would be subsidizing the cost.
  • Would a $99 tablet really revolutionize the tablet industry? Actually, let's rephrase that. Would a $99 Android tablet and the Google Play Store as it stands today revolutionize the tablet industry? 

It's that last bullet point that really stands out for us. Hardware is hardware, and we're quickly approaching the mythical innovation ceiling. Hardware is easy. It's just a matter of money. 

Content is where Google still has a lot of ground to make up. What good is a $99 tablet if you're stuck with the same movies and TV shows and music that Google Play has today, when you can spend $200, or $300 or a little more and have complete access to iTunes. Or Amazon Prime. Or, hell, even the upcoming Nook Video service. Google still has work to do on the content side. A lot of work. (And we're sure folks are hard at work on those deals.)

So before anyone has a nerdgasm over the prospect of a $99 tablet, remember that you don't see prices like that without compromise. And also remember that this is another unsourced supply-chain rumor. 

Source: Digitimes

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5 years ago

Samsung smartphones and tablets to appear on the X Factor


It seems that sponsoring the Olympics wasn't enough for Samsung. The South Korean company has reportedly signed a deal for their smartphones and tablets to appear on the X Factor UK starting this Saturday, Sept. 29.

The new partnership will also see online advertising on the X Factor website in the form of Samsung banners and in addition there will be a dedicated Android application for the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland head of brand and communications Avikar Jolly said: “We’re excited to be working with ITV and FremantleMedia Enterprises on this partnership for The X Factor. We pride ourselves on our devices being innovative and industry-leading so the fact this is a ‘first’ fits perfectly with our own ethos and ambitions as a brand.”

ITV sales director Mark Trinder said: “We are delighted to be working with Samsung and this initiative is a key part of a wider and integrated multiplatform partnership. Editorial integrity remains at the heart of what we do, and we feel this is an excellent brand fit.”

the X Factor has a huge audience in the UK, so it'll be interesting to see how 'in your face' the product placement will be. Any crazy tie-in ideas? Shout out in the comments.

Source: mobilenewscwp

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