Music is a big part of a smartphone’s feature set. We’ve already talked about the best available music streaming services, but sometimes music streaming isn’t an option, whether that’s because you’re dealing with a pesky data cap, you’re somewhere without a reliably fast internet connection, or you would just rather keep your music on your device. Whatever the reason, we’re going to go over the top music playing apps for your Android device so hit the break to find out more.
Back at CES, we had a chance to get our hands on the MOGA Pro Controller, which is the follow up to the original MOGA controller. This one isn’t as compact, but it’s based on PowerA’s top of the line Fusion controller, so it’s for the serious gamer. You get higher quality sticks as well as a second pair of triggers. I will also run on a rechargeable battery as opposed to the original MOGA, which runs on 2 AA batteries. The MOGA Pro will fit larger devices such as the Galaxy Note II, but for gamers that want to use a tablet, they include a really nice tablet stand.
It’s priced at $49.99 and is available online at Amazon, Walmart and MOGAanywhere. Next month you will find it online at Target and in stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Fred Meyer. For a limited time you will be able to download Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance for Free with your MOGA Pro purchase.
You can check out our hands on from CES and look for our review soon. Hit the break for the full press release.
Google Music lovers now have another option for playing their cloud based music. GMusicFS, a beta music app developed by XDA member bubbleguuum, exposes cloud Google Music as a FUSE filesystem. The app enables music players such as Poweramp, PlayerPro and n7player to read and play Google Music files on a rooted Android device.
Keep in mind this is an initial beta release, and has only been tested on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 running stock 4.2.2, and on an older device (not specified) running CM10 (4.2.1 Jelly Bean equivalent).
Android gaming controllers and gaming devices are going to be the rage this year. We already have controllers from PowerA and devices from ARCHOS and NVIDIA. Of course we can’t forget about the OUYA gaming console. The JXD-S7300 Gamepad2 is another device to throw into the mix. This one features Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, but it also features nine pre-installed emulators for the original PlayStation, Neo Geo, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, Famicon, Super Famicon, Sega Mega Drive, and the Capcom Play System 1 and 2.
The Gamepad2 features a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, a Mali-400 MP2 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, microSD, front facing camera, USB port, HDMI output, 3G connectivity, and both wireless and Ethernet connectivity. It features dual joysticks and the usual buttons, and it actually looks a lot like the Wii U. Just like the ARCHOS GamePad, you will be able to map the keys for any game you wish. Last but not least, it comes with the Superuser app for easy rooting.
PowerA released the MOGA gaming controller for Android phones late last year, which is the perfect on the go controller to turn your Android phone into a mini gaming system. Now at CES they are stepping it up a notch with the MOGA Pro gaming controller. PowerA built this controller around their Fusion controller for consoles, which is one of the finest gaming controllers available today. The MOGA Pro will cater to serious gamers and it includes higher quality sticks as well as a a second pair of triggers. It also has a rechargeable battery as opposed to the MOGA that runs on 2 AA batteries. Thankfully it charges using any microUSB cable, which will make things easier on the go. Just like the MOGA, the MOGA Pro will fit Android phones of various sizes including the Galaxy Note II. Now I know a lot of you like to play your games on a tablet, and MOGA put together a really nice foldable kickstand for your tablet. It will come with the MOGA Pro and it will prop up your tablet for easy gaming.
You will probably be able to buy the MOGA Pro within the next couple of months. No word on pricing yet, but hit the break to check out the hands on video. I think you will agree that this just might be the finest controller for Android.
Today marks a joyous day for all you gaming fanatics as PowerA has officially taken the wraps off its MOGA Pro gaming controller here at CES. Similar to the original MOGA gaming controller, the MOGA Pro is a full-sized controller which transforms your Android device into a full-fledged mobile gaming system. The MOGA Pro comes fully decked out too as it will have dual analog sticks, 4 action buttons, a traditional directional pad, two shoulder buttons, two shoulder triggers, rechargeable batteries, USB charging cord and a tablet stand. Additionally– the controller can work with many different types of smartphones thanks to the MOGA arm and complimentary Pivot App, which can secure phones up to 3.2 inches wide. Or if you are the type that prefers your devices to function wirelessly, there’s full Bluetooth support too– meaning the MOGA Pro can work with most smartphones and tablets.
There’s no set price available for the MOGA Pro at this time, though PowerA has confirmed we should see the accessory in stores and online by Spring of 2013– which isn’t too long of a wait from now.
Additional details can be found once you hit past the break to see the full presser.
Did you get a new Android device for the holidays? Congratulations! Here’s a list of some our favorite and best looking apps for your new device. Check them out and let us know how you like them!
The folks over at Poweramp reached out to us for a little Holiday Giveaway. We have 15 copies of the full version of Poweramp ($3.99 value) to give to our lucky readers. We are going to pick 5 random winners on Christmas, December 26, and December 27. All you have to do is head over to our forum post and reply to it with what your favorite song is right now. You only need to enter once, but you obviously can’t win more than once. Good luck!!!
Note: Make sure to use a real email address for your account because that’s how we will contact you if you win.
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Sometimes a good idea comes around but there’s not much consumer buy-in, possibly bad marketing, or there is poor developer support. I think most of us can admit that the way mobile games have come along in the past 12 months or so that a proper controller is needed to get the most out of games now. The only problem is the whole idea is moot unless the developers jump on board. Well it looks as if that momentum is gaining a bit – at least regarding the MOGA Mobile Gaming Controller from PowerA.
Two recent AAA games that released with MOGA controller support were Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Gaining support from the best developers is usually critical in pushing ideas forward, while almost making other games’ compatibility ‘mandatory’ just so another game doesn’t have an automatic advantage over it.
This is good news for us as consumers and gamers. The full list of games that have already launched, updated, or will soon be updated with MOGA support are:
- Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
- BATTLE BEARS ROYALE
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Dead Trigger
- Wild Blood
- NFL Pro 2013
- Jet Set Radio
- Tiki Kart 3D
- Expendable Rearmed
- The Bard’s Tale
Here’s to hoping that this list continues to grow.
source: Canadian Online Gamers
We recently reviewed the PowerA MOGA gaming controller for Android phones. It simply is the best gaming controller available with over 30 games already compatible with it. At $49.99 it’s a pretty good price, but how about FREE? As you know, Modern Combat 4 was just released, and in celebration of that, they are allowing you to order the MOGA for FREE. All you have to do is pay the shipping, which amounts to about $5.00 depending on where you live. If that’s not enough, since Modern Combat 4 is MOGA compatible, they are also going to provide you with a code to download the full game for FREE.
So lets sum it up, you get the MOGA gaming controller and Modern Combat 4 for approximately $5.00 in shipping fees. Sounds like an incredible deal, and if you’re looking for a last minute gift idea, this could be it. There is a limit of one per customer so you might want to keep it for yourself. To get this deal, all you have to do is enter SecretSanta at checkout. I just did it so I know it works. The deal will run until midnight PST tonight. I am told they are giving away tons of controllers, but supplies could run out, so I would suggest getting your order in sooner rather than later. Hot the source link to get started and happy gaming!!!