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GoPro App Finally Available For Android


Own a cool GoPro camera, but fancy an app that compliments the camera too? Well great you’re in luck because GoPro has officially unveiled its Android app, giving Android users the green light to control their app remotely. The app gives you a full listing of controls and options as well, making those candid shots of you hitting the waves or slopes look that much sweeter— especially since you don’t need to use your camera.

The app is available in the Play Store today for all Android 2.2+ devices, though GoPro strongly recommends that users are on Android 4.0+ devices for the best frame rate. Additionally, the app is not compatible with the Original HD HERO, while the app compatibility with the other editions likes the HERO3: Black Edition, White and Silver Editions will be available later in the year.


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Google Play Music now available in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain

Google has officially rolled out its Play Music service to Android users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Beginning today, users can take advantage of the search giant’s generous cloud storage offering, as well as purchase music directly from the Play Store.

Additionally, European users will also be the first to test Google’s new Music Matching service. Music Matching automatically checks your songs and supplements them with tracks that are already available on the company’s servers, effectively decreasing the need for manual uploads and the lengthy wait that comes along with them.

Users in Europe have undoubtedly had to wait long enough for Play Music to arrive. So, now that its finally here, do you plan on moving your songs to the cloud-based service?

Source: Play Music

Google Play Music updated, adds gapless playback

Audiophiles annoyed by the lack of gapless playback support in the Google Play Music app will be glad to know Google has added that feature in their latest update released today. Gapless playback creates a seamless transition between songs when listening to an album as opposed to a few seconds of silence. Gapless playback is one of those features that can be a deal breaker for some music lovers.

Google’s Barra shares some amazing Photo Spheres

Google’s Vice President for Android Product Management, Hugo Barra, shared some Photo Spheres from some of his friends today. The images come from Barra himself along with Evan Rapoport, Sascha Haeberling, Sacha Arnoud, and Lockey McGrath, all taken with the new LG Nexus 4. Locations are from around the world and include both inside and outside shots.

Play Store Music and Movies coming to Google TV devices in the UK, Germany, France and more next week

Google has just announced the impending availability of Play Store Music and Movies for Google TV users in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada and Australia. Beginning November 13th, users in these countries will be able to rent or purchase movies, as well as browse hundreds of thousands of songs via Google’s official marketplace.

This news will undoubtedly come as a much welcomed addition to the company’s vast array of content. There’s still no official word on why it took this long for the content to make its way to other countries, though we’re sure it had something to do with pesky licensing agreements. So, what shows, movies or music are you looking forward to?

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Google Shopper update packs new UI, other additions

The Google Shopper application is receiving an update today which brings it up to version 3.0 and includes a host of changes. Most notably is the revamped user interface that resembles Google’s other apps. The main menu now contains categories you can browse from food to popular items at the moment. Another new feature is what Google calls ‘GoodGuide.’ This feature will allow buyers to make better buying decisions about the products they’re viewing, according to Google. If you already have the app installed, you can head to the Store to update. If not, you can grab the app from the link or code below.

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Humble Bundle for Android 4 has arrived, pay what you want for five great titles plus a bonus

Humble Bundle for Android 4 has arrived with six awesome mobile and desktop titles. You can pay whatever you want to support developers and charities for these five titles:

  • Crayon Physics
  • RTS Eufloria
  • Splice
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
  • Waking Mars

If that’s not enough, if you pay more than the average price at the time of your visit, you will also get Machinarium. At the time of this post, the average is $5.51 and over 18,000 bundles has already been sold, and it just started. All games are compatible with Android, Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. If you were to buy all these games separately it would cost $119, but you can name your price. Plus, you can allocate part of your purchase to the Electronic Foundation (Internet freedom non-profit) and the Child’s Play Charity (providing technology & games for kids in hospitals). Previous Humble Bundles has generated more than $7,550,000 for charity.

Check out the video below and hit the source link below to get started.

Angry Birds Star Wars finally released into Google Play Store [Video]

Well folks, the day has finally come! Rovio has released their much anticipated Star Wars version of their much popular Angry Birds series. So, what can you expect from this game? Here’s a list:

HOURS AND HOURS OF ENGAGING GAMEPLAY – Explore more than 80 levels in iconic locations like Tatooine and the Pig Star. Can you dodge Imperial pigs, laser turrets, Tusken Raider pigs, and the dark side of the Force to get all three stars?

NEW GAMEPLAY MECHANICS – Use lightsabers, Blasters and Jedi powers to wreak havoc on the Imperial Pigs!

LEVEL UP YOUR BIRDS – Keep playing and level up your birds to improve their skills!

SECRETS AND HIDDEN GOODIES – Can you unlock all the R2-D2 and C-3PO bonus levels?

FREE UPDATES – This is only the beginning of the epic saga!

Stuck on a tricky level? Earn stars and call the Mighty Falcon to rain down the destruction. New goals, achievements and gameplay!

The ultimate training ground for a Young Jedi, this in-app purchase unlocks 40 Dagobah Challenge Levels with Jedi Master Yoda! Master the Path of the Jedi to unlock the ultimate lightsaber!

Obviously by the looks of things, Rovio didn’t just skin and theme it to look like Star Wars, they really put in some work and revamped the entire game to cater to the Star Wars fanatics. There’s a free version and an HD version ($2.99) available. You can check out the video trailer of the game below after the break!

Rumored Microsoft Office app for mobile devices screens captured

Last month we reported on an event in the Czech Republic where a representative of Microsoft revealed native versions of Microsoft Office were being prepared for both the Android and iOS platforms. The timeline hinted at mobile versions being ready sometime in the first quarter of 2013.

Today, The Verge was able to obtain some screenshots of the app that seem to indicate development is well underway. The screenshots suggest that at least MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel files will be supported. It is not clear how much editing may be possible using the app, assuming you would want to try that. The screenshots also seem to confirm the information suggesting an Office 365 subscription will be required.

Shadowgun:Deadzone officially out of beta and on Play Store November 15th

About a month ago, Madfinger Games released the multi-player version of their popular 3rd-person shooter Shadowgun. The beta was initially open only to those with Tegra 3 devices and then later opened up to other devices. On November 15th the game will come out of beta status for all to enjoy. Once the finished product is released onto the Play Store, it’ll contain ten playable characters, a variety of weapons, equipment, and two game modes with up to 12 players total. The game will also feature a ranking system which, as you progress, will unlock other features. As mentioned, the game will be available on November 15th free of charge, but will have the option for in-game purchases.


source:  @MADFINERGames

Star Command On Android Still On Track With Its Development And Nearing Its January Release


Android gamers will have one cool action-simulation game to look forward to as Star Command has surfaced on our radars officially thanks to a trailer meant to tease the masses. The game which is a Kickstarter project, has a real old-school feel as the game utilizes 2D graphics, but has what appears to be some fast side-scrolling action complimented by some neat effects. In addition, the development team has been working round-the-clock on the artificial intelligence (AI) which should result in the enemy species’ being much more tactical and effective with their attacks against players– hopefully bringing what should be near-limitless gameplay.

The game is still being worked on at this time and the development team expects everything to be finished by December, which should ultimately result in a January release. While you wait for the game to arrive, be sure to hit the break to catch a full trailer of the game in action.

Miracast streaming, other additions coming to Sony Xperia T/TX via latest update

We discussed Miracast, the newest player in the streaming video segment earlier this year. It’s a segment that’s been around for a while that Android is playing catch up with, as it were. As a refresher, Miracast is similar to Samsung’s DLNA feature and a more recently announced feature of the Nexus 4 coupled with Android 4.2, which allows a person to mirror the images straight from a phone or tablet to a display over WiFi. This week a software update is beginning to roll out in Europe and Asia for the Xperia T/TX which includes this streaming functionality. The only catch is your network and your monitor will need to be Miracast-compatible.

An additional function which will likely appeal to battery-conscious users out there – and honestly who among us isn’t – is a feature which allows users to enable an extended standby function. This feature will disable data connections after a set amount of time, however what differentiates this from other features is that it’ll still allow for texts and calls to function as normal. Sony claims and extension of standby time by four-fold when opting in with this option. Other changes included with this update are some changes with the Movie and Walkman apps.

source:  Sony Mobile