Amazon Appstore for Japan now accepting developer submissions

Amazon announced today that they are now accepting submissions from developers who would like to have their apps distributed via a forthcoming Japanese version of the Amazon Appstore. Distribution is expected to commence later this year. The Japanese Appstore will join versions for the U.S., UK, Italy, France, Germany and Spain. Expansion of the Appstore to other countries is part of Amazon’s strategy to “serve consumers and developers globally,” according to Jim Adkins, Vice President of the Amazon Appstore. Amazon’s press release includes testimonials from several developers who are already planning to head to the Japanese market, including TinyCo, Square Enix, Yahoo Japan, ZeptoLab and Halfbrick. Hit the source link for the full press release from Amazon.

source: Amazon

Google Confirms Motorola Mobility Will Acquire Viewdle


We knew Google was quietly on its way to making facial recognition just a little bit better, but now it has finally confirmed what the world already knew. A Motorola Mobility spokesman states:


“Motorola Mobility today announced that it has acquired Viewdle, a leading imaging & gesture recognition company. Motorola and Viewdle have an existing commercial agreement and have been collaborating for some time. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”


Now that the cat is out of the bag, the formal acquisition will mean a few things. The first thing is Viewdle’s technology will allow it to allow Google users to easily tag photos of friends and family across Google+, Picasa and of course, Android. And hey, we can’t have too many means to tag and identify our favorite contacts on the web, right?


source: CNet



Google says more cuts at Motorola likely

Google warned that further cuts and restructuring at Motorola is likely, and raised estimates for severance-related charges for the third quarter. The estimate is now $300 million, up from $275 million, but they also warned about the possibility of another $40 million in other costs.

Motorola has continued to refine its planned restructuring actions and now expects to broaden those actions to include additional geographic regions outside of the U.S. Motorola continues to evaluate its plans and further restructuring actions may occur, which may cause Google to incur additional restructuring charges, some of which may be significant,” Google said.

source: reuters

Glu Mobile’s Death Dome gets a trailer

Glu Mobile has another game on the way, and it’s called Death Dome. From the name you should be able to tell it’s a fighting game. Here’s the premise from the horse’s mouth:

No one really remembers where it all started…but before long…it was everywhere. The “M” virus… Most people who showed symptoms were dead within days…but others weren’t so lucky. Mutations were showing up all over the city. The infected were quarantined in a bio-dome force field that encased the city of Palamira. Some called it a “safe zone”, but most know it as the Death Dome. The M virus grew stronger inside the Death Dome and eventually became strong enough to live on its own without a host. Strong enough to become…The Behemoths!

The only name I know is Phoenix, I have no recollection of who I was before…The one thing I do know is that they will never dismantle the dome while the behemoths are still alive so I must take them all down….myself!

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T-Mobile LG Optimus L9 gets leaked

The LG Optimus L9 cruised through the FCC recently, and it looks like it’s headed to T-Mobile because @evleaks tweeted an image of the said device. The Optimus L9 features a 4.7-inch qHD (960 x 540) IPS display, a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 4GB of storage, and a 2150mAh battery.

We have no idea on availability or pricing, but I would imagine it will land by the holidays.

source: @evleaks

T-Mobile branded Samsung Galaxy Note II spotted in the wild

T-Mobile customers can breathe a sigh of relief today. Not just because the Samsung Galaxy Note II has been spotted with T-Mobile branding, but because the device doesn’t seem to feature the same carrier branded home button as the Verizon variant that we saw last month. While T-Mobile has already confirmed that the Note II would be arriving later this year, a recent FCC filing suggests the launch may not be too far off. Either way, be sure to take a look at some additional images of the Titan Grey Galaxy Note II after the break.

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Meet the Megadroid Project, using 300,000 Android devices to test network disruptions

Avid Android fans are likely to purchase multiple devices every couple of years. Some may get one device a year, or even throw down their money for three. It all depends on the user. Imagine running your own network tests, using 300,000 Android devices at once. This is now a reality with project Megadroid.

In this scenario, the name of the project fits the description well. David Fritz, an electrical engineer over at Sandria National Laboratories, described that the project will consist of 300,000 virtual machines running the x86 version of Android 4.0 to test usage in various network disruptions. Natural disasters, protocol glitches, terrorist attacks, you name it, is being tested and researched with Megadroid. The goal is to “understand and limit the damage” caused be these situations.

To create a realistic environment, Fritz proposed to emulate features like Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth as a subject to test vulnerabilities to malicious attacks, within the Android OS. The engineer stated:

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Both the Pantech Element and Burst get Ice Cream Sandwich

This week we have seen numerous updates for a variety of devices. Just recently, we covered Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being available for both the Transformer Prime and Infinity, as well as soon to be available for the International HTC One X, One S, and One XL later this month. However those who are using Pantech devices, the Element and Burst models specifically, can now enjoy the tasty Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Even though it isn’t the latest and greatest software, it will still improve the performance of both devices. Here is what you get:

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