Google TV’s growth might be slow, but it’s definitely not dead, especially since newer partners like LG and Vizio jumped onboard earlier in the year. Google I/O is all about development, and from looking at the lineup of sessions, Google really wants to show developers the benefits of Google TV apps.
I’m still a believer in Google TV so I’m hoping sessions like “Bring Your App To The Big Screen”, “Get Your Content On Google TV” and “Command and Control in Your Living Room: Building Second Screen App for Google TV” will spur developers into implementing some really special stuff.
I still think they need more standalone set top boxes. We know Vizio has one on the horizon, but they still haven’t announced a date. Maybe we will find out more at I/O, and hopefully it will at least have DLNA capabilities, which was lacking with the Logitech Revue.
I have to be straight forward with you guys. We should have never posted anything about the supposed Samsung Facebook rumor. It sounded absolutely ridiculous at the time, but we are a news site, and yes news is news. Plus you never know if something just might be true even if it seems completely impossible.
Today Samsung said that its “not true and the the rumor is groundless.” They also provided a little insight as to where this ridiculous notion might have come from. They already have a service called “Family Story” that was launched back in February 2012 on Samsung Smart TVs, Smartphones, Tablets, and the web. It’s family-oriented and does focus on storing and sharing those special family moments. They do plan on upgrading it and making it better as any company would do with services such as these, but they went on to say it’s far from a “Samsung Facebook” as sites were claiming it to be. Let’s move on to some actual news shall we.
Remember all the hype surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S III before the actual May 3rd announcement? Everybody was guessing and guessing, but except for some obvious expected things (like an Exynos quad-core), nothing ever really leaked.
Samsung just posted about how they went about keeping things on the down low. Like agents from TV shows and movies, many Samsung engineers found they were living a “double life.”
“I got so many questions about the GALAXY S III from friends and family”, said Senior Engineer YoungDoo Jin (S/W R&D). “But I’d say ‘don’t ask me or you’ll get me fired.’ I told them to check it out after it was officially made public.”
Our friends at Lookout are doing it again. They are throwing their “Party Your Apps Off” bash the night before Google I/O kicks off, and trust me you don’t want to miss it because there will be plenty of food, drink, and some nice gifts for those that show up early. We have 20 tickets to giveaway and you can also bring a guest. You don’t have to be attending Google I/O to go to the party, but you do need to be in San Francisco for this event. We don’t know the specific location, but we’re sure Lookout has something special planned. Here’s the full details:
When: Tuesday, June 26 @ 8PM
Where: This part is a secret :)
What: Lookout’s big party in San Francisco on the first night of Google I/O. Drinks will start flowing at 8PM at a hot secret location in downtown SF & one of the city’s best Food Trucks will be there serving snacks. There will be some goodies for the first folks who show up at the door. *Please note, this event is 21 and over.
To enter this contest, all you have to do is head over to our forum thread and tell us what you’re most looking forward to at this year’s Google I/O. It’s a simple as that. You have until 11:59pm Sunday June 17th. We will randomly pick 20 winners, announce them on the 18th, and email them with instructions to the account associated with their username.
As promised, Max Payne has been released in the Google Play Store. Those of you familiar with the Max Payne don’t need an introduction, but in case you aren’t, it was originally published by Rockstar Games in 2001. It’s a third person action-shooter and is famous for introducing the concept of Bullet Time in video games with its stylish slow-motion gunplay. Of course the dark and twisted stories didn’t hurt either. It completely redefined action-shooter games.
As to the story, it’s about Max, who is a fugitive undercover cop framed for murder. He’s hunted by other cops and the mob. Along the way he fights to clear his name as he struggles to uncover the truth about his slain family amongst many plot-twists.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is definitely not your average Android phone. What separates it from the pack is not the screen or the processor, it’s the software. Samsung has added so much like S Voice, Group Cast, Gestures, S Beam, and so much more. While you’re waiting to receive your pre-order (in the U.S. and Canada at least), hit the break for 15 videos showing you the ins and outs of the many features that Samsung developed for this bad boy. Of course, if you live overseas and you already have one, you still might learn a thing or two because there is a lot of new stuff for sure.
Kickstarter seems to be the rage these days so here’s another project worth mentioning. Sensorcon has created what’s called Sensordrone, It can fit on your keychain and monitor your environment. It will connect with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth which will allow you to run hundreds of apps to find out things like air quality, carbon monoxide levels, if there is a gas leak, your child’s temperature, and so much more.
They already have various apps that will use various sensors. For example the capacitance sensor is used as a stud finder, a liquid level monitor, or even a proximity monitor. The pressure sensor can be used as a barometer, a blood pressure monitor, and more. The humidity sensor can help you prevent mold and so much more.
I can’t imagine there will be too many of you that will need to do this, but if you find yourself in need to do a repair to your Samsung Galaxy S III or you just like to tinker with $700 hardware, you’ve come to the right place. Below is a video that will show you how to completely dissemble and reassemble the most coveted Android phone. It’s actually a pretty detailed video so you might actually enjoy just watching it. Set aside 20 minutes, grab some popcorn, and enjoy.
The Amazon Appstore has been around for a little over a year now, but it’s only available to U.S. residents. I’m not sure why they didn’t release it all over the world, but it looks like Europe may be the first area outside the U.S. to get a taste of it. All Things D is reporting that Amazon will announce next week that they are accepting submissions from developers soon.
The timing of this is interesting since sales of the Kindle Fire are starting to show declines. Amazon sold 4.8 million units in the 4th quarter 2011, but only 750,000 in the 1st quarter of this year. This was obviously due to Holiday sales, but that’s a pretty big drop. This might have been part of the plan all along, but it certainly can’t hurt Amazon to start selling Kindle Fire’s in more areas. Not to mention the Google Nexus tablet (and possibly an iPad Mini) is looming.
Last week we reported that Sprint was looking to develop their own NFC-based mobile wallet. Now we have a couple of leaked presentation slides to prove the validity that Sprint is seriously looking to launch something soon. The slides show McDonald’s Macy’s, Target, Dick’s and Barnes & Noble as possible retailers. We don’t know if they’re actually signed up or just examples. As to financial partners we have no idea.
The interface itself does resemble Google Wallet, and interestingly enough, Sprint is the only U.S. carrier that supports Google Wallet. That will be up until this launches because it’s unlikely Sprint can support both services.
I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t impress me whatsoever. First of all Sprint is one of the worst networks in the U.S. Second of all, I can’t stand carrier only apps. When it comes to mobile payments, we need something universal that works across all carriers and phones. I’m not saying Google Wallet is the answer, but something like it has to be. Hit the break for one more slide.
Want to add a little fun to your photos? Face Swap might be what you’re looking for. It will take any photo of two people and swap their faces. It’s perfect for parties, a rainy day, or anytime you feel like killing time. You can try it with co-workers, couples, grandparents, parent/child, or any other combination.
You can take a picture from within the app or import one of your existing photos. Face Swap will scan and locate the faces, but even it has a hard time detecting them, you can drag and resize masks over each face. When you’re ready, a quick tap of the Swap button and voila, you can start laughing at your new creation. It allows you to implement further adjusting if necessary plus you can mirror the faces (if the original photo has the faces looking towards each other). After you’re done, you can save it as a new image and even share it via Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and many other apps you might have installed on your device. Hit the break for a couple of more images, a video demo, and download links.
Face Swap is .99 cents and is ad free. Hit one of the download links to get started.
Samsung continues to be the leader in the number of tablets released by an Android manufacturer. They had the first mainstream tablet, the Galaxy Tab, and from there they continued to release various 7-inch tablets along with an 8.9 tab and a 10.1. This year they updated their tabs to the Galaxy Tab 2 by trying to be more competitive. I already reviewed The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, which is priced at $249. I found that one to be very competitive and a solid deal. This review is for basically the same tablet, but with a 10.1-inch display. The price is $399, but is it that competitive enough? Hit the break to get started, and you can also check out our initial hands on as well.
We just got word that some DROID Incredible 4G LTE accessories are arriving at indirect sales channels for Verizon Wireless. This means the launch should be fairly close, but we’re also hearing that we probably won’t see it until the first week in July due to software issues. This certainly doesn’t surprise me since this is Verizon we’re talking about.
Actually this phone is way overdue since it’s not even a One X and barely a One S since it lacks the fantastic camera software of the One Series. Droid Life recently reported a June 21st date, which seems realistic as well.
I guess it comes down to the source, and our source is very confident that we won’t see this mid-level phone until closer to Independence Day. More pics after the break
Yesterday we announced Sony TV’s with Google TV were getting an update, but as far as the Logitech Revue is concerned, news would be coming. After the very long wait for the 3.1 update late last year, I wasn’t expecting anything too soon. Well Logitech surprised me with the 3.2 update. It’s live now and it contains a lot of fixes. It’s rolling out in stages and they have promised that all Revues will be updated by the end of the week. Hit the break for the full changelog.