New Controllers and Ouya 2.0 Geared Up For Next Year’s Release

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Ouya, the popular game console manufacturer is at it again with what appears to be a follow through on promised new Android powered gaming devices. Announcements of Ouya 2.0 are already in the works and is geared up for a release to the masses some time next year. In addition, the company is in favor of updating the look of their consoles with a whole new design leaving previous models behind. CEO Julie Urman made the following statement to further corroborate:

Our plan is to have Ouya 2.0 sometime next year, we haven’t finalized the date of that. We’re still determining what exactly we want that to be. For the hardware, we are looking at different chips. We are looking at what type of performance we want.   Read more

Moto X drops to $100 on Moto Maker, Sprint, and US Cellular

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If you’ve been waiting on getting the Moto X, this could be another reason to grab one. If you purchase through Moto Maker (the AT&T model only for now), Sprint, or US Cellular, the device can be bought for just $100. That price is for the 16GB version while the 32GB has been slashed to $150. What about the AT&T and Verizon carrier models? They’re still at the usual $200 and $250 level. And if you wait around a little bit longer, the Moto X’s Moto Maker may get an interactive display at your local Best Buy store.

Source:  Motorola, Sprint
Via: Engadget

Bluetooth SIG receives filing for Nexus 4 with LTE

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While the Nexus 5 launch is just a few days away, recent rumors suggest the Nexus 4’s life could be extended for just a bit— there was a filing for the device at Bluetooth SIG. Earlier this year, the Nexus 4 received Bluetooth 4.0 certification. This filing could mean LTE support is finally coming to the device.

This of course is good evidence that the Nexus 4 with LTE  and the Nexus 5 will be sold alongside each other in the Play Store, making for a very nice potential smartphone lineup from Google.

Source: Engadget 

Instagram shares an example of what ads will look like for users

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As we reported earlier this month,  Instagram announced that they would be placing advertisements in your stream. Now we finally have a look at what these ads will look like. In a company blog post, Instagram explained that “you’ll know a photo or video is an advertisement when you see the “Sponsored” label where the time stamp normally would be.” Sometime next week, this ad will be on millions of users’ feeds to show how exactly their new sponsor system works.

Instagram wants feedback on the sponsored ads that will be arriving. They urge that “if you see an ad that doesn’t interest you, you can tap the “…” below it to hide it and provide feedback about what you didn’t like. This will help us show you more interesting ads in the future.” Let us know when you start seeing this ad and others arriving into your stream.

Source: Instagram

Glympse and Verizon announce new partnership to bring location sharing to text messages

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Glympse, the location sharing service, has announced a new partnership with Verizon that will make their service available within the Verizon Messages application. This will be the first example of Glympse integration in a text messaging service. Until now, accessing Glympse would mean exiting out of the Messages app and launching the Glympse app. When the new version is released by Verizon, users will be able to just tap a “Glympse” icon within the Messages app to start a 15-minute sharing session. Others in the text conversation will receive a dynamic map, within the Messages application, showing the other users’ locations. According to Glympse, users will be able to extend the sharing time or end it on demand. According to Glympse co-founder and CEO Bryan Tussel, the new paradigm will mean “anyone can send a visually rich, engaging text message that definitively solves the question, ‘where are you?'”

The updated version of the Verizon Messages app, that includes this new Glympse functionality, is expected to be available for Android and iPhone users within a few weeks. You can read the full press release from Glympse after the break. Read more

Japan Display announces 5.4-inch 543ppi screen for smartphones

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After announcing a new 4K capable screen that could be used in a large tablet, Japan Display Inc. is back with another announcement from the FPD International 2013 event in Japan. This time, JDI announces a new 5.4-inch TFT LCD panel running at 1440×2560 resolution, giving it a resolution density of 543 pixels per inch. JDI says they have optimized power consumption and the physical size so it could be used in a smartphone. Since Sony is one of the partners in JDI, don’t be surprised to see one of their devices as the first to incorporate this new screen.

Along with the 5.4-inch size, JDI also introduced a 6.2-inch version capable of running at the same resolution. Due to the larger size, the pixels per inch figure drops to 473ppi, which is still quite impressive.

source: Japan Display Inc.
via: G for Games

Amazon offering six titles for free today as part of promotion

amazon_freeAmazon usually offers a free app a day, but today they’re going above and beyond. Six apps and games are free on the Amazon Appstore as part of a promo, and they aren’t all just no-name titles. The total estimated value is $24, and the six apps also come with 20 Amazon Coins that will be added to your account. The full list of free apps/games, with links:

Source: Android Guys

New MOGA Ace Power leaks, but will it fit Android devices?

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An image of a new portable gaming device from MOGA surfaced today thanks to @evleaks showing a new direction for the form factor the company may be heading down. Unlike previous devices that were similar in style to traditional gaming system controllers with a mobile device mounting to the top side, the new MOGA Ace Power puts the mobile device in the middle with the buttons flanking that. Also noteworthy is the fact that it is coming equipped with an 1800 mAh battery that can be used to recharge a mobile device similar to the rest of the MOGA Power Series controllers.

The downside, if you are not put off by the change in the form factor, may be compatibility with Android devices. The leaked image shows the MOGA Ace Power with an iPhone. Considering how the controller appears to cradle the device, it seems like it will be a challenge to produce the new controller in a way that takes into account all the different Android powered smartphone sizes and shapes.

source: @evleaks

Google Offering 25-50 GBs Of Google Drive Space On Select HTC Devices

google-driveIn addition, it’s being reported that this excludes the developer edition of the One for now nor does it allow you to get the upgrade with an unlocked bootloader. If you’re looking to bank on the offer, it’s good until January 1, 2016 so you should have plenty of time, especially if you’re thinking of upgrading to a new HTC device in the next several months or more.

source: Google

Some LG Google TV devices receiving Android 4.2.2, finally saying goodbye to Honeycomb

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Finally fulfilling a promise made back in May, some of LG’s Google TV devices are receiving the long-awaited Android 4.2.2 update. While updates are always welcome, this one takes away some of the finer treats of a Google TV device. The Chrome browser has been switched from the PC to Android version, leaving users without access to services like Hulu, watchESPN, or Crackle because Adobe Flash is gone. The update is 297.8 MB, so sit tight if you plan on grabbing it right away. Hit the break for the full changelog and another image of the update. Read more