Chromecast to expand to new markets within the month

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At Sundar Pichai’s keynote at the SXSW (South by Southwest) conference, he mentioned that Chromecast would be hitting “many more countries” in the coming weeks.

These countries include the UK and Australia, which had been rumored since last month. Because the device’s SDK was released in February, you can expect the capabilities of the dongle to expand in the next few months as well.

He didn’t talk about sales figures, but mentioned that the numbers are in the millions, and is continuing to grow rapidly.

During the keynote Pichai also mentioned that an Android SDK for wearables would be coming in the next two weeks as well.

Source: The Next Web

Chromecast now available from Amazon for $30

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If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a Chromecast in the past few days, now may be the time to do it. The device is currently available on Amazon for $30. There doesn’t appear to be any side-deals on this one, like there have been in the past, which include Google Play Credit, rebates, etc.

With Chromecast’s SDK now available to the public, the device is as valuable as it’ll ever be, until of course the next model comes out. If you’re down to dongle, head on over to Amazon and grab one.

Source: Amazon

Nestle/Hershey release new Kit-Kat teaser video, jokingly advertises candy bar as a piece of technology

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Android surprised us all this morning as it announced that the next version of Android will be called “KitKat 4.4,” and not Key Lime Pie 5.0, as was widely rumored (and expected) for months.

Nestle and Hershey will certainly be doing their part in supporting the newest version of Android’s OS, as they have already announced a new Android-branded wrapper which will be shipped with 50 million Kit-Kat bars worldwide, and will feature a promotional giveaway from Google for free Nexus 7s and Play Store credit.

Now, Nestle has released a video which jokingly advertises Kit-Kat bars as a revolutionary new piece of food technology with a fully “immersive and multi-sensory experience.”

We still don’t have any information on what specific features the new version of Android’s OS will include, but it will certainly be interesting to see what changes they bring. Nonetheless, check out the video after the break— enjoy!

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Google Play Services 3.2 completes roll-out, brings series of important updates

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The latest version of Google Play services has just finished rolling out and it has some pretty nice enhancements that developers will definitely enjoy hearing. Not only does 3.2 offer better performance and power savings, but it also provides improved maps and location-based services through the Fused Location Provider and the ability to inject mock locations for testing.

Apps using Google+ sign-in can now take advantage of multiple new features including simplified sharing control, a compass mode in the Photo Sphere viewer, and InstantBuy implementation which improves purchasing efficiency and packs a cleaner UI.

Check out the full details in the full blog post after the break.

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Sony now allowing 3rd party firmware for their SmartWatch platform

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Lately Sony has been very “developer friendly” with their Android devices such as the Xperia Z, and that trend won’t stop as Sony recently fully opened up their SmartWatch platform to all developers. Per Sony:

We are now taking the next step to open up SmartWatch. Previously, you’ve been able to create apps for SmartWatch with the Sony Add-on SDK, but now we hope to see even more innovation as we’re making it possible for advanced developers to create and flash alternative firmware, by sharing technical details and instructions.

Doing so does come with some limitations as you will no longer be able to use SmartConnect or any compatible SmartWatch app that’s available in the Google Play Store. So keep that in mind. For more info, hit the source link!

source: Sony

Samsung’s annual Smart App Challenge has arrived, will focus on Chord SDK

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This year’s Smart App Challenge by Samsung has arrived, and will focus on creative usage with its Chord SDK. The Chord SDK features quick peer-to-peer sharing, and allows for collaboration and sharing info/media between multiple devices on the fly.

There’s $800,000 in prize money at stake for 10 different applications. The possibilities are essentially limitless for this new technology, and perhaps the most impressive demonstration of what the SDK can do is featured in the surround sound speaker mode. Samsung will take entries from June 20th to August 31st and the winner will be announced this December.

This adds a fresh perspective to what Samsung is trying to accomplish and it will be exciting to see the outcome of the competition.

Source: Samsung Developer Site

Open Source ClockworkMod Superuser App Now Available in the Play Store

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Koushik Dutta has been on a roll lately. First he created Carbon Back Up. Afterwards he released a beta of his Superuser app. The beta has now graduated and is available for all rooted users in the Play Store. Besides proper multi-user support and being open source, the app has the following features:

Features
* Multiuser support
* OPEN SOURCE (https://github.com/koush/Superuser)
* Pin protection
* Manifest permission support
* Per app configuration
* FREE
* Request timeout
* Logging
* Notifications
* Proper Tablet UX

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OUYA developer consoles begin shipping December 28th

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It appears as though the highly anticipated and long-awaited OUYA consoles have officially been given a firm ship date of December 28th today, in addition to the news that the console’s SDK, dubbed “ODK”, would be available later that very same day. This announcement means Kickstarter backers can expect to receive the device “within a couple days” of the 28th, effectively kicking off their new year with a bang.

Production units are still expected to ship some time in March of next year, though the company has yet to announce an official release date. On the software side of things, users can expect to set up their units, including account activations by Christmas day. For the full run-down, be sure to hit the source link below.

Source: OUYA

Google Modifies SDK Terms In Attempt To Curb Fragmentation

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Google has made a change to the terms and conditions of the Android SDK (software development kit) to explicitly prohibit developers from taking any action that may lead to the fragmentation of Android. This is the first change to the terms since April, 2009.

Section 3.4 of the SDK terms states: You agree that you will not take any actions that may cause or result in the fragmentation of Android, including but not limited to distributing, participating in the creation of, or promoting in any way a software development kit derived from the SDK.

With such a wide variety of Android devices of different specs and sizes, Google and the different Android manufacturers have had a hard time keeping devices updated with the latest OS. The multiple versions of Android in use by consumers makes developing for Android a much more complex and pricey endeavor. This change marks the first overt step Google has taken to combat this issue.

Source: Google
Via: CNET

SDK for Android 4.1 is now available

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Google released the Android 4.1 SDK today and it is now available for download. Included with the SDK are revised versions of SDK Tools (20.1.1) and NDK revision 8b. The new tools will let developers publish code up to API level 16 using Jelly Bean APIs. As usual, the SDK is available for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.  The SDK and related tools can be installed via an existing installation of the SDK or one can head over to the Android Developers’ web site. » Read the rest