‘Zooshi’ from Fun Propulsion Labs showcases open source game development

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Within the Google organization, there is a group of employees working to build sample games that demonstrate how available technologies can be used by game developers to create easy-to-build, performant, cross-platform games. This group comprises the Fun Propulsion Labs and their most recent creation, which supports Google Cardboard, has been released to the Play Store as Zooshi. Read more

Sony updates the Camera app for the Xperia Z5 range, brings refreshed UI and other improvements

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Sony has just begun pushing out an update to the camera app for its Xperia Z5 range of handsets. The updated camera app, or Camera 2.0.0 as it is called, can be found in the pre-installed ‘What’s New’ application. The update applies to the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium handsets, and includes tweaks, bugfixes, as well as some new options. Read more

[TA Deals] Learn how to build Android and Java apps with The Android Expert’s Coding Bundle

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If you’re interested in getting started with Android or Java development, you’ll likely be interested in The Android Expert’s Coding Bundle. You can pay what you want for an entire bundle that goes over Java basics and essentials, as well as some courses covering Android Studio to build apps for Marshmallow. Read more

Activision spends $5.9 billion acquiring ‘Candy Crush Saga’ and its developer, King Digital

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While many of us cringe when we hear the words Candy Crush Saga thanks to all the unsolicited invites we’ve received over the years, it seems that Activision Blizzard likes the game so much, it has decided to buy it and its developer, King Digital, spending $5.9 billion in the process. In an announcement earlier today Activision’s CEO, Bobby Kotick said that the move would make it “the most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment.”

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Amazon updates its music app with MicroSD and Android Wear support

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If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you’ll be glad to find out that the Amazon Music app is in the process of receiving an update that will greatly enhance its usability. The update brings MicroSD card and Android Wear support as well as a number of other improvements.

New features include:

  • Prime Music artist detail pages – the one stop destination in Prime Music for top songs, albums, photos, stations, and much more for your favorite artists
  • Android Wear support – now you can browse the app & control playback right from your Wear device
  • “New to Prime” tab in Prime Music – highlighting newest music added to the service
  • New “Popular” tab in Prime Music – see charts for top songs, albums, playlists
  • Lyrics support (UK only – it was already available in the US)

The update is currently rolling out via Google Play and it shouldn’t be too long until it reaches your device.