M.O.J.O. gets price cut and will start seeing OUYA content later this Spring

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Mad Catz and OUYA will be working together to bring OUYA content to the M.O.J.O. micro-console. With this content, the console itself will receive a price cut. It will now be priced at $199.99 in the U.S. with a similar price cut  heading to other major territories. All existing content will be available on the console later this spring, with more content on the way.  Darren Richardson, the President and CEO of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. had this to say about the deal:

“With more than 680 games and 33,000 developers signed up, OUYA features an impressive catalogue of content from AAA developers and independent publishers, all of which are designed to replicate the core gaming experience, taking advantage of the TV and controller.”

So if you’re in the market for a dedicated Android console but can’t decide between the M.O.J.O. or the OUYA this may make your decision a little easier. Hit the source link for the full presser.

Source: Mad Catz Pressor 

 

 

HTC Desire 310 gets a launch date, will compete with the Moto G

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Remember when the Desire 310 was accidently unveiled? Well it’s officially official now and coming April 10 in Germany, Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. Pricing is €160 ($220) in Germany, €170 ($233) in the Netherlands, and CHF 180 ($206) in Switzerland.

As you can see, it’s close to the same price as the Moto G, but in many ways is not as good. The Moto G has a better display (1280 x 720 vs 854 x 480) and a dual-SIM option. However, the Desire 310 does offer 1080p video recording and a microSD slot. HTC is betting on buyers wanting the expandable storage. Will it work?

source: GSMArena

Aviate Launcher updated with custom icon pack support

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Are you a fan of Aviate Launcher? You’ll be glad to find out that the developers behind Aviate Launcher recently released a new update which adds support for custom icon packs. This means that you can now use the same icon packs that you use with other launchers.

To enable custom icons, swipe left through Aviate to get access to the spaces menu and go to settings. Once you’ve opened the settings, you can tap on the “Set Icon Pack” button. You will then be brought to a menu where you can set an icon pack, download new packs, or go back to the default Android icons. It was reported on their blog that most icon packs that work with the popular launchers such as, Nova and Apex, should work fine with Aviate Launcher as well.

This is a major update for Aviate Launcher and if you haven’t grabbed the latest version yet, click on the download link after the break.

Google and Samsung worried about Microsoft-Nokia deal

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Google and Samsung are worried about the consequences of a successful takeover deal between Microsoft and Nokia. According to a new report by Bloomberg, Google and Samsung held a talk with China’s Ministry of Commerce regarding licensing fees, citing two government officials familiar with the matter.

The two companies asked the Ministry of Commerce to ensure that the Microsoft-Nokia deal would not result in higher patent licensing fees, specifically in wireless technologies that will remain under the control of Nokia. In addition, two other companies, Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp., have expressed their concern regarding this matter. The companies have asked the regulators to set conditions on the deal.

OnLive is alive and back again with a new subscription plan to stream your Steam games anywhere

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OnLive shut down its business a few years ago and sold out to Lauder Partners in 2012 for just $4.8 million. The company released a statement back in August 2012 regarding the change of ownership stressing that this matter would not affect the development and production of Onlive.

Now, a few years later, Onlive is back with full potential offering customers two new services, the PlayPack and CloudLift plan. PlayPack charges customers a mere $9.99 monthly subscription fee that will give them access to Onlive’s collection of 250 titles in the cloud via mobile devices.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 5, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

Handwritten note-taking arrives in Evernote for Android

Motorola Touchless Control updated with the ability to read notifications

Update to Google Play Music makes it possible to go offline with radio stations

Google Text-to-Speech 3.0 update brings high quality voices

Flipboard adds Google+ sign-in, CNN content, snaps up Zite for future improvements

Mirror for Android now allows for full screen mirroring through Chromecast

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Koushik Dutta, a developer for CyanogenMod, has been key in expanding the capabilities of the Google Chromecast ever since it was first released. His latest update to his Mirror Android app allows the user to be able to mirror whatever is being displayed on the users devices screen. This feature has been in the works for a while, but was finally released today.

The feature is still in its very early stages, and is in beta. Because of that, it is currently only supported on the Google Nexus 5 as that’s the only device with the required video decoder on it. Not only that, but the user must have root access to the phone and have the SuperUser app installed. Hit the break for more and to see the app in action!

Pricing on Samsung’s latest Gear devices leak

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Samsung had a field day at Mobile World Congress, announcing a number of new wearable devices, including the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.

Details regarding specs and availability were shared, but pricing remained a mystery. But now, we’ve received word regarding how much money the new wearables will cost.

Nothing is set in stone, but this should serve as a pretty good benchmark for how much you can expect the devices to cost when they are released.

Flipboard adds Google+ sign-in, CNN content, snaps up Zite for future improvements

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Flipboard has been busy and the results have surfaced over the past couple days as they announced their acquisition of Zite, a partnership with CNN, and even released an update to their app that adds better support for Google+ users. The purchase of Zite and the addition of CNN content to the app are likely linked to each other as Zite was formerly a part of CNN.

Google Text-to-Speech 3.0 update brings high quality voices

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Another update from Google, joining an update to Google Play Music and Google Play Games, brings some enhancements to Google Text-to-Speech as it ratchets up to version 3.0. Perhaps the most significant change included in this latest release is support for high quality voices. The files are significantly larger for new voices with the female U.K. voice weighing in at 276MB. The larger files sizes do create some delays loading the voices and getting output in certain situations.

Update to Google Play Music makes it possible to go offline with radio stations

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Google began rolling out an update to Google Play Music today that will be especially helpful to users who find themselves without any kind of connection to the Internet. Radio stations can now be pinned and can be listened to even if you are offline. Other items included in the update should make the interface a little easier to navigate.

Motorola Touchless Control updated with the ability to read notifications

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Motorola just updated Touchless Control for the Moto X and DROIDs. Among bug fixes and improved accuracy, they added two new commands which do the same thing. You can say “What’s Up” or “Read Notifications” and you will hear the time and information about any new notifications that you have. From my limited time with the new update, it appears to only work with notifications that are present in the Active Display.

It’s fully launched for U.S. English, Spanish, and Italian. It’s in beta for other languages and regions.

If you have a Moto X or one of the new DROIDs, download the update now. Links after the break.

Asus TF103 and Asus TF303 leaked

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A couple of new Asus Transformer Pads have been leaked, the TF 303 and TF103. Both will look identical to each other except the 103 will be the lower-spec’d version of the 303. The 303 is expected to don Intel’s new Bay Trail processor paired with Android 4.4 KitKat. Both devices will also have a 10.1″ screen with speakers on the front. Not much else is known about these two devices, but you can expect more to come out as time goes by!

Google Play Games updated to v1.5, apk file also available

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Google’s Play Games application has been updated to v1.5. You are now able to view invitations and see what the people in your circles are playing. The settings have also moved from the Action Bar to the sidebar. Lastly, you can view invites in “Matches” and “Find Games” (formerly “Recommended Games”) will show recommended games.

APK download link is available below thanks to Android Police.

APK File: Google Play Games v1.5
via: Android Police

Google Nexus 6 rumored to be “lightweight” version of LG G3

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In the past, LG G-series devices have served as the outline for Google Nexus devices. The latest LG G-series flagship device, the LG G3, is rumored to have a release date of sometime in June. Will it serve as the backbone for the Google Nexus 6? Rumors suggest that it will, but there will be a few differences in the two devices.

The Nexus 6 will likely drop a few features from the G3, as other Nexus devices have done in the past. However the fact that the Nexus 6 will be a “lightweight” version suggests that there might be some more drastic changes, such as a different processor.