Leading Android developers, Google Android representatives, handset manufacturers and operators will be appearing on Apps World’s Droid World stage early next year at the world famous Moscone Center in San Francisco, California delivering valuable developer advice and ideas around the world’s most popular smartphone OS.
Some of the industry’s most successful developers will there to shed light on their creative, technical and business processes in open, interactive workshops where attendees will be encouraged to suggest discussion topics, debate and collaborate.
As we patiently wait for October 29th to arrive, we are expecting to see at least one addition to the Nexus family, the LG Nexus. After countless leaks for the past month and much speculation, we think we may finally have a somewhat concrete idea of what the upcoming device giving the true “Google Experience” will offer. The device will as always, introduce new technology— while making existing technology a little bit better. Read on past the break to have a brief breakdown of what is known and what we can expect in this new superphone.
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few days, you’re probably well-aware of the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet. Dubbed as one of the saviors for Microsoft’s rapidly degrading brand, the Surface tablet has already been identified as the true iPad and Android tablet challenger. With its thin profile and abundant storage space (comes in 32GB or 64GB configurations with an expandable storage slot), the Surface tablet will have at least the physical features to make it an interesting product. However, the hardware is just one aspect of the tablet— the real kicker is Microsoft’s brand-new OS: Surface for Windows RT technology. The OS will essentially mirror its upcoming Windows 8 OS, while having exclusive offerings like Microsoft Office 2013 and a special version of Netflix included with the tablet. So in essence, upcoming Surface tablet seems to be a true productivity workhorse— at least on the surface (no pun intended folks).
Now while the upcoming Surface tablet certainly looks to be an interesting and perhaps attractive product, Microsoft is treading into dangerous territory. As RIM and certainly HP can attest, Google’s Android platform has a clear stranglehold of the tablet market share— something that both the Blackberry Playbook and HP’s TouchPad certainly couldn’t achieve during their brief lives. Consumers love seeing a new product, but expect reasonable value of what a product offers. The Surface tablet is going to debut at $499 for the 32GB entry-level model– which doesn’t even include the $130 Touch Cover keyboard/cover combo that’s necessary helpful for doing all that increased productivity like using Microsoft Office 2013, as Microsoft is hyping. As indicated by numerous studies, the number of iPad and Android tablets are growing at an astronomical pace. Oh and don’t forget– newer Android tablets are being released on a seemingly daily basis and the prices of the those tablets (and subsequent accessories) are becoming much more reasonable— if not lower overall. So considering Microsoft is certainly unproven, while Apple and more importantly— Android have a clear understanding of not just what consumers want, but what consumers actually need in a tablet— Microsoft doesn’t offer any compelling reason for why consumers should give their product a try. Microsoft’s Surface tablet is a painfully basic product that has a premium price won’t even put a dent in Android sales or overall market share.
We recently reviewed Password Genie Data Protection, which is a fantastic app for keeping all your accounts and password information safe. It’s one of the must have apps for every Android user. The makers of Password Genie, Security Coverage would like to reward one of our loyal readers with a brand new 8GB Nexus 7. Who’s going to argue with that? Just complete the following two steps to enter for a chance to win.
- Like Password Genie on Facebook.
- Head over to our forum post and tell us if you have ever been a victim of password theft (I know I have).
What could be simpler? You have until Thursday, October 18 at 11:59pm EST to complete the tasks at hand. On Friday, October 19 we will post the winner. If you are the lucky winner, you can expect an email to the account associated with your username. Good Luck.
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Congratulations to eureb who luckily never suffered from password theft. We hope enjoy your Nexus 7 and keep that trend going.
Thank you all for playing and look for another TalkAndroid contest soon.
We told you about the CyanogenMod (CM) 10 Updater a couple of weeks ago and we wanted to revisit the nice feature that the CM team included. Not so much a review, but an update as it’s simply a feature of a full-fledged ROM. The CM team was very quick about releasing this feature after they initially announced it. It was actually a feature found on a few previous versions of CM ROMs, but it’s been a while since CM users have been graced with this convenient feature. Granted, some may not feel comfortable trying something new or jumping back to a way they used to update their ROMs, but the feature is very convenient and at least worth a look if you’re running CM10 on your device.
One of the best things to come out of the smartphone/tablet boom is there are a lot of educational apps for kids. It’s amazing how much further ahead my son is than I was at his age. We all want our children to read ASAP, but they need to learn the letters first. Montessori ABC Game For Kids is a new app for toddlers and pre-schoolers that will help them learn the letters, the sounds of each letter, and words that start with each letter.
What makes any education app successful is the combination of education and fun. If the app can give your child entertainment, then he or she will be eager to learn. Montessori ABC makes things interactive with an alphabet game through beautiful flash cards. Your child will tap images and blinking areas to see the spelling of the words as well as hear the sound each letter makes in a word. Every time a letter or object is touched, a cute animated video will appear which will continue to encourage them to keep playing.
We recently featured Four in a Row HD +Riddles by Alberto Hernandez, and he just came out with another one called Lines and Puzzles. It’s a similar game but it’s based on Gomoku. In case you’re wondering what Gomoku is, it’s similar to Connect Four, but you need to get five in a row and pieces can be placed anywhere you want (non gravitational) as long as it’s on an intersecting line (like the picture above). Lines and Puzzles offers some variations like 3-in-line (tic-tac-toe), 4-in-line, or 5-in-line Freestyle Gomoku. You have your choice of themes which include wood, chalk, printed paper, Go-like (traditional Gomoku), or neon for boards up to 15 x 15.
When it comes to Android, one of the hottest topics has always been how fast updates are. It has been a problem for a while now and there’s no question that Google recognizes that. At last year’s I/O, they announced a new agreement with OEMs that would make them commit to updates over an 18-month period. That didn’t seem to do much, so at this past June’s I/O, they announced the PDK. which is the hardware equivalent of the SDK. It gives manufacturers of hardware and chipsets early access to Android builds so they can get a jump start on current and upcoming devices. It’s still too soon to judge if this will help or not, but I really have to point out that things are going in the wrong direction in a major way.
Last week I told you about Nevosoft’s Pirateville: The Enchanted Box, and now comes Pirateville 2: Pirate Island. It’s a continuation of Sharpshooter Jack’s adventure, but this time he will encounter secrets of the cursed island with its lost treasures and jewels. In order to do this you will have to assemble a team of other pirates to man your vessel and try to figure out the ancient spirits’ predictions. This will all be done through various hidden object games and puzzles.
- A gripping adventure in 18 chapters
- Search for objects in the pirates’ den, the fortune-teller’s home, and on the cursed island
- New characters and unpredictable plot twists
- An unexpected ending
Pirateville 2 is a Free download so give it a try. Check out the demo video below and hit one of the download links to get started.
Play Store Download Link
Some of you might already be familiar with the PC classic trilogy, The Bard’s Tale. Well in inXile Entertainment just released a mobile version in the Google Play Store and the NVIDIA TegraZone. It just might be the funniest game you will ever play. It might also be the largest in terms of file size to date because the HD version will set you back 3.5GB (1.7GB for non HD version). That’s pretty hefty, but not surprising since the game includes over 20-30 hours of gameplay.
It’s a fantasy RPG, and you play Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. There’s something else about Bard that’s interesting and it’s the fact that he has the ability to cast spells by singing songs. You will encounter all kinds of enemies to fight, but this game throws some bonuses like a lot of cleavage and when was the last time you saw a zombie dance off?