Google Play Arrives On Google TVs As Well

 

Without missing a beat, the new Google Play service has launched on Google TV. It was previously mentioned that roll out would occur over the coming weeks but my Google TV received the update immediately after powering it on this afternoon. Google TV came first for once! To me that sort of  makes sense given the entertainment centric connotation of Google Play. However, here’s hoping some apps launch to drive that notion home. As you are all aware, the GTV Market Play Store is relatively barren. That being said, the update admittedly doesn’t change much either. A small difference in color and of course the icons seem to be the only difference for now. Google Play IS rolling out at least.

Although, if you don’t want to wait for the roll out. You can get it now using this super simple method.

Apple May Be Willing To Settle, For Up To $15 Per Handset

Another day another lawsuit, although this time it is a bit different. For once, Apple seems willing to settle, but of course on their terms. Needless to say, the terms aren’t going to be appreciated by Android vendors. So far Apple has proposed settlements to Samsung and Motorola. The proposed deal has each Android vendors paying Apple $5 – $15 per handset. If the report is true, it marks a slight shift in Apple’s strategy: previously that of the late Steve Job who famously decreed,

I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong, I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.

We’ll see how Android vendors respond to these steep fees, many of which are already paying  royalties to Microsoft.

source: Nasdaq
via: BGR

GSM Version Of Motorola DROID 3 Gets FCC Approval, Possibly Headed To AT&T

 

Is AT&T set to get a popular slider phone for its wireless waves? It sure appears to be the case as a “Motorola Mobility XT682″ has just received filing approval from the FCC. In case you’re unfamiliar, the “XT682″ is the codename for none other than the DROID 3 smartphone. Moreover, the device has gotten approval to run on GSM 850/1900 and WCDMA II/V bands which are you guessed it— AT&T-specific bands out here in the States. Keep in mind we’ve seen no previous hints from both AT&T and MOTO indicating an AT&T version of the popular slider phone was on the horizon, so the phone is possibly not for AT&T’s network. Still— the fact the device has gotten FCC approval makes it a good bet that the GSM version of the phone will likely be on its way out here. The only question is when.

source: Wireless Goodness

Samsung to make a special announcement at SXSW

Today, Samsung gave us their game plan for South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin Texas. They’ve dangled a carrot in front of us, mentioning a “Special Announcement” on March 9 at 4pm. Samsung says that more details will be released soon, which leaves us wondering what they have up their sleeve. We’re all anxiously waiting for the official unveiling of the Galaxy S III, and for more hands-on time with the Galaxy Note 10.1. There is a very high chance that the announcement is not regarding either of those devices, though. Let us know what you think the announcement is about in the comments below.

Also on Samsung’s agenda at SXSW is more time with the Galaxy Note, a phone with a 5.3-inch display and a stylus. They plan to show off the phone in the Austin Museum of Art, where “Samsung Mobile will integrate the Galaxy Note to show how technology, art and communication come together in new ways.” Very clever, Samsung.

Skip over the break to read the full press release.


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Verizon Releases Device ICS Update List, Solidifies What We Already Know

While you folks already know, thanks to various announcements, that certain devices would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, Big Red has decided to reiterate and solidify these announcements with a list of their own. While yes, we’ve known for some time that ICS would be coming to most of these devices, it’s nice that Verizon has gone and made it official. There isn’t a time table from in regards to when these devices will see the official update but it’s safe to say that we can assume it will be roughly around the announced times from the respective manufacturers.

If you haven’t been keeping up you can hit the break to see if your device will be getting its own taste of the very sweet OS and while you’re at it, check out the original announcements so you can get an idea of what kind of time line you’re looking at. Enjoy!
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Get the Google Play Store Update Now, No Stinking Download Required

Yeah, yeah, there is a new name for the Android Market now, Google Play. For those of you who are just dying to see what the name change and new logo looks like on your phone, don’t go downloading any silly apk file. You can do it directly from within your phone in about 30 seconds flat.

  1. Go in to Settings and then Apps.
  2. Look for Market under the “All” tab and press clear data.
  3. Now open the newly updated Play Music app  (Google Music).
  4. Hit that little Market icon in the bottom tray.
  5. Confirm Google Play upgrade.
  6. BOOM!

There, now you have the new Google Play app on your phone and now you won’t have to wait for that pending update that is right around the corner. :-D

Android and iOS dominate with a combined 91% of mobile market share

Google and Apple’s mobile operating systems continue to go from strength-to-strength. Jumptap, market leaders in targeted mobile advertising have today revealed that according to February figures, Android and iOS currently make up 91% of the mobile OS market. Based on data from Jumptap’s network of over 95 million monthly users, figures show that Android leads the pack with 58.8% with iOS boasting 32.2 %. Back in January we brought you Nielson’s Q4. findings showing Android sitting at 46.3%, it’s good to see that even the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S did little to slow Android’s momentum.

The biggest losers were Blackberry who hit a record low with only 6.7%. Symbian continues to die a slow death whilst Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS still barely registers at all. Paran Johar, Chief Marketing Officer  at Jumptap said “With Google activating 850,000 mobile devices daily, it’s no surprise that Android has continued to outpace every other OS on the market, What advertisers should take away from this data is the importance of advertising cross-platform. Both the Android and iOS operating systems continue to grow while the remaining competitors represent only a fraction of the market.”

Eric Schmidt made the bold statement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, stating  “If Google gets it right, there will be an Android in every pocket” At the current rate of growth it seems that perhaps Schmidt’s claims may not be as far fetched as first thought.

 

source : jumptap

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Real World First Person Shooter with AppTag

Okay I’ll admit it, when I am out in public I secretly think to myself when looking at random people, “pew pew, got you.” What I mean by that of course is that if I had a Nerf gun or laser tag device I’d run around and shoot them at random folk. Now before you look at me like I am weird and all, you can’t admit that you wouldn’t do the same or at least think about doing the same. When I saw the XAPPR AR idea I got excited about this becoming a reality. Well AppTag Laser Tag looks to throw their hat into the ring as well. As they put it:

“Imagine over 1,000 people all playing together across an entire city, or 10-20 friends battling it out in a park!  AppTag will allow for Real World First Person Shooter Games…it’s like Call of Duty in the real world!”

How can anyone not like a “real world” Call of Duty-esque experience? Well much like the Laser-etched Galaxy Nexus backplates there is a campaign to make this a reality and all they want is some help from us folk in the form of a donation. Their goal of $30,000 has already been reached but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to donate. Those who pledge money from now until the end of the campaign (9 days from now) will get a guarantee of delivery from the first batch and at a discounted price to boot! It will come with a free app so that you can play immediately when the gun is delivered. You can get it all for $39.99 for a single unit or $74.99 for a two pack and it will be available in June online and in stores.

The company is also releasing the SDK for the developers to build their on augmented reality app that takes advantage of these guns. You can hit the source below to donate and get in on this augmented reality laser tag campaign. Like I said you have nine days to get in on the discount pricing and first-batch shipments. I know I’m going to. Enjoy!

 

source: Kickstarter Campaign

 

 

Google/Motorola Ordered To Relinquish Development Data To Apple

The lawsuit wars continue between Apple and Google and Motorola. U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner ruled yesterday that Motorola and Google must hand over details on the development of Google’s Android operating system as well as information regarding the recent [pending] acquisition of Motorola by Google. Apple’s lawyers claim “The Android/Motorola acquisition discovery is highly relevant to Apple’s claims and defenses”, but Motorola has opposed the request, stating “Google’s employees and documents are not within the ‘possession, custody, or control’ of Motorola, and Motorola cannot force Google to produce documents or witnesses over Google’s objections.”

So there we have it, another interesting twist in the tech-giant soap opera drama that is Apple vs. The World. We’re sure to see more from Apple as time goes on, especially since the Google/Motorola acquisition poses an immediate threat to the company.

source: bloomberg

Temple Run Available on Android March 27

Mark your calendars, Android users – Temple Run by Imangi Studios is coming your way on March 27. And for free, no less. Android users can finally experience the endless gameplay and the thrill of grabbing gold coins while avoiding demonic monkeys. This game has been widely popular on iOS, with over 40 million downloads. It’s also been the Top Grossing App and Top Free App in January 2012.

There had been a few delays on the release date, but we now have just a few short weeks left to wait. Head over to the Android Market Google Play Store on March 27 to download your copy.

Imangi Studios Brings Temple Run to the Android Marketplace March 27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 6, 2012 – Imangi Studios today announced that Temple Run, the Top Grossing App and Top Free App in the App Store in January 2012, will be released for Android devices on March 27. Free to download, Temple Run challenges players to test their reflexes as they race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. With endless gameplay, players collect coins as they jump, slide and run to escape the evil monkeys guarding the temple while avoiding obstacles.

“We are excited to finally share the Android release date with our fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Temple Run,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “By expanding to more mobile devices, we hope to provide the same addictive and fast-paced gameplay to an entirely new group of players.”

The iOS version of Temple Run for iPhone and iPad boasts over 40 million downloads in the App Store since its debut in August 2011.

About Imangi Studios
Imangi Studios was founded by husband and wife team Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova in 2008. With the addition of artist Kiril Tchangov in 2009, the three-person studio has developed mega-hit Temple Run, which has been downloaded by 6% of the entire United States population since its release in August 2011. Based in Washington, D.C., the self-funded, fully independent studio previously developed Harbor Master,geoSparkHippo High Dive and Max Adventure for iOS.