Early last month Facebook rolled out free VOIP calls for iOS and Android users via their Messaging app. Sadly, the feature was only available in Canada. While done quietly, Facebook has rolled out a new update to the app that expands the availability of this feature to the US and to the rest of the world.
To access this, make sure you have the app installed or have it updated. In a chat window, simply tap the “i” button and the option should be readily available for you. Links for download will be available after the break!
In a recent interview, Google’s very own Larry Page has finally confirmed that Google Glass does indeed run the Android operating system. While it was widely assumed so, no official confirmation has ever been made until now. While it is a modified version of Android, it is nice to see the flexibility of Google’s operating system and it’s diversity in cross-platform.
What does this mean for Glass’ future? Well, integration with Glass and your Android powered smartphone or any other device would be easy and probably recommended.
Does this confirmation make you guys any more excited for Google’s Glass’ impending release?
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The rumor mill spotlight is on Samsung today, as some details have popped up about another 10 inch tablet manufactured by Samsung. The device is code named Roma and is expected to essentially be a TouchWiz version of the Nexus 10. It packs the same internals, from the 2560 x 1600 10.1 inch screen to the dual core Exynos 5 processor. It will, however, have a micro SD card slot and on-board LTE, which is a plus. No official word from Samsung, but now that the S4 is out in the open, we should expect to see some confirmations about the next tablets in Samsung’s lineup fairly soon.
Today, Google has it’s Q1 earnings call. And, as everyone expected, Motorola is still a bit of a sore spot as far as finances go with Google, especially considering Motorola hasn’t actually put out any new phones in several months. However, Larry Page took some time to talk about how Google is making a solid effort to turn Motorola around and into a profitable company, and he’s impressed with the future pipeline of products.
He also talked about the need for phones to be more durable and have better battery life, and if there’s one thing Motorola is good at, it’s battery life and durability. Page has talked about phones that simply don’t break . He predicts a move to flexible displays within the decade, but until then, companies should focus on making current technology more durable. While it’s not official, it sounds like a heads up that Motorola is going to continue to focus on those characteristics of their devices. Unfortunately, no references to the X Phone, but we can always hope it’ll be nearly indestructible, too.
Tower defense game lover? Yeah, we got you. Check out the latest game to hit the Google Play Store as it’s sure to satisfy your ever increasing addiction for strategy games. Hot off the press this game has been touted as smart as hell for its game play in mimicking that of real ant behavior. And with what’s being dubbed as an “award-winning interface” it’ll have no shortage of pleasing one’s aesthetics.
By drawing pheromone trails, you direct your ground forces to different destinations, working with streams of units rather than individuals.
With various types of ants at your command your duty is to protect the hill at all costs as you fend off swarms of enemy bugs which will come at you in different military offensive tactics. You’ll have four different ants you can upgrade your defenses with; workers, spitters, bombers and soldiers.
If you’re anticipating Gameloft’s Iron Man 3 game that’s set to be released on April 25th, be excited. Gameloft has released a new trailer showing off more gameplay and a few of the other features in the endless shooter game, including some of the armor and weapon upgrades. Check out the video below for the full trailer.
Verizon has made it official that they will be announcing something on May 22nd at CTIA. There’s no word on what the actual announcement will be, but it’s probably going to be a big enough deal to warrant a formal invitation like this.
A Galaxy S 4 announcement would be unlikely, since we all pretty much know it’s coming, so it could be some other device announcement. Droid DNA Plus, anyone? It could also be something related to Verizon’s new device payment plans, or something network related, like VoLTE. We won’t for another month, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we hear anything.
Have you been itching for a unique online gaming center/marketplace that’s similar to say, Microsoft’s Xbox Live? Well it appears that Google may very well be on its way to developing something special in the works. Our friends at Android Police stumbled upon what a unique “Games” folder in the MyGlass app which contains all the essential ingredients for a gaming-based service: full multi-player capabilities, achievements, real-time chats, leaderboards, invitations and lobbies— yeah pretty much the whole nine yards there. Of course this significant leak may just be something for the Android heads to tinker and experiment with… but then again, this could be the start of something really special. Nevertheless, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears fully open when we hit Google I/O in May.
Sprint announced today the availability of 4G LTE service in 21 more markets. Some of the locations that Sprint highlights in their announcement include Los Angeles, Charlotte and Memphis. Sprint indicates they are offering a $100 discount through May 9th for new customers switching their number to Sprint when buying a new smartphone on a two-year agreement and a qualifying plan. It does not appear that the special offer is limited to the areas where the new 4G LTE service is now available. The new, official locations with 4G LTE service include:
Last week we reported on the partial release of the new Twitter Music service to select individuals on an invitation only basis. As expected, the new service is now available for the general public. With the official release, we are able to get a little better idea of how Twitter will make suggestions to users thanks to the web interface. Music choices show up using one of five options:
Popular – New music trending on Twitter
Emerging – Hidden talent found in the Tweets
Suggested – Artists you might like
#NowPlaying – Tweeted by people you follow
Me – Artists you follow
Since the limited availability was discovered last week, this general release also reveals Rdio and Spotify integration, which is needed to be able to listen to full length songs. At present, the only option presented to buy songs through the Twitter Music service is using iTunes. Twitter has indicated they are working on an Android app, but no timeline has been provided.
It’s looking like eye control is going to make an immediate impact in how we control our games and applications’ UIs in the near-future. A fairly new startup called The Eye Tribe went ahead and announced the official launch of its eye control technology for Android smartphones/tablets and the upcoming release of a developer SDK. The technology can be used for eye-activated logins, eye-tracking scrolling, new gaming control and even user engagement analytics. What’s even more is The Eye Tribe claims an astoundingly low cost of the technology too: the hardware requirements for its product will only cost a dollar in materials. Impressive indeed.
In case you’re interested, signups have officially opened from today and the SDK will be available in June.
You may recall yesterday when a developer edition of Google Glass showed up on eBay and started generating bids approaching the $100,000 mark. We suggested the listing may end up getting pulled at Google’s request since the devices are not supposed to be sold or otherwise given away by the developers who have managed to get a pair. It looks like we were right as the auction was canceled yesterday. The appearance and subsequent cancellation of the device on eBay triggered some folks to take a look at the terms and conditions related to owning Google Glass. In there, for the Explorer Edition you will find the following language:
Widely known as an up-and-coming tablet maker, ARCHOS is officially dabbling in the smartphone game by introducing a quartet of new handsets that will be headed for Europe in the near-future. The devices— the Carbon 35, Titanium 4, Titanium 52 and Platinum 48— all range from modest budget-level devices to premium flagships. Additionally, each device will feature an IPS display, dual-SIM capabilities and at least Ice Cream Sandwich on board (the Platinum 48 will arrive with Jelly Bean).
Expect each device to arrive sometime soon with an affordable price tag off-contract.
Back at CES, we had a chance to get our hands on the MOGA Pro Controller, which is the follow up to the original MOGA controller. This one isn’t as compact, but it’s based on PowerA’s top of the line Fusion controller, so it’s for the serious gamer. You get higher quality sticks as well as a second pair of triggers. I will also run on a rechargeable battery as opposed to the original MOGA, which runs on 2 AA batteries. The MOGA Pro will fit larger devices such as the Galaxy Note II, but for gamers that want to use a tablet, they include a really nice tablet stand.
It’s priced at $49.99 and is available online at Amazon, Walmart and MOGAanywhere. Next month you will find it online at Target and in stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Fred Meyer. For a limited time you will be able to download Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance for Free with your MOGA Pro purchase.
You can check out our hands on from CES and look for our review soon. Hit the break for the full press release.