Sometimes a good idea comes around but there’s not much consumer buy-in, possibly bad marketing, or there is poor developer support. I think most of us can admit that the way mobile games have come along in the past 12 months or so that a proper controller is needed to get the most out of games now. The only problem is the whole idea is moot unless the developers jump on board. Well it looks as if that momentum is gaining a bit – at least regarding the MOGA Mobile Gaming Controller from PowerA.
Two recent AAA games that released with MOGA controller support were Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Gaining support from the best developers is usually critical in pushing ideas forward, while almost making other games’ compatibility ‘mandatory’ just so another game doesn’t have an automatic advantage over it.
This is good news for us as consumers and gamers. The full list of games that have already launched, updated, or will soon be updated with MOGA support are:
Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
BATTLE BEARS ROYALE
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
NFL Pro 2013
Jet Set Radio
Tiki Kart 3D
The Bard’s Tale
Here’s to hoping that this list continues to grow.
Google announced today that it will be adding localized graphic support for developers in the Play Store. Basically, this allows developers to change the pictures users see depending on what part of the world they’re in, so developers can add a lot of Christmas themed stuff to countries that celebrate it but leave it alone in other parts of the world. That’s a pretty handy marketing trick. Google did also announce on its developers blog that 2/3 of revenue comes from countries that are not the US, which gives devs all the more reason to start using tricks like this.
There’s just something about playing classic titles on our small devices these days, although some titles are best left in our memories. The latest game to grace our mobile devices is Pitfall! Well-known console software developer, Activision, has taken the 30 year old title and has breathed new life into it with an all new look and gameplay sure to appease fans of the classic while also in hopes of gaining a few new fans. Now, time to explain to your little one what an Atari 2600 was. Grab it via the Store link below.
Yes, it has been a long time coming, but we finally launched the TalkAndroid app. Now you can easily read all the latest TalkAndroid stories on your Android phone or tablet. Upon opening the app, you will see our complete stream of posts, and with quick swipes you will be able to see all our reviews and guides. You don’t have to worry about missing anything breaking because you will get notifications as we publish.
If you feel the need to say something after reading a rant, you can easily add comments and track the conversation. Last but not least, you can easily share any post with your friends via Facebook, Google+, Twitter, email, and more. It’s completely free so give it a try and let us know what you think.
Republic Wireless may be on its way to being a revolutionary wireless provider, however in order to be a revolutionary wireless provider— it has to ensure that its offers a topnotch service to its customers free of any type of shenanigans or tomfoolery. This means keeping its various devices offered to its customers free of tools like rooting, which may enhance a customer’s service at the expense of Republic Wireless’s philosophy. With this in mind, there has been a recent rise in customers’ interest in rooting their devices and Republic Wireless decided to take some time and share its position on not just rooting, but any sort of unauthorized device customization:
“We’ve seen a flurry of questions and comments recently, and we wanted to provide some answers and a bit of context. The burning question these days is whether or not it’s ok to root your phone. The short answer is no. You agreed to the Terms of Service when you joined republic, and if you don’t follow the Terms, we can terminate your service at any time”.
I don’t know about you guys, but I use Google’s Search app on my phone every single day, not to mention their search engine in general on my computer. Google Search literally gives you all the information in the world right at the palm of your hand. Google has released 2 new short videos showcasing the power of their Search app for everyone to see. Check them out!
Yet another affordable Google TV alternative is set to hit Amazon with a low price of $99. The HiSense Google TV box is essentially similar to the VIZIO Co-Star if you all remember that one. Here’s what the HiSense offers:
True plug-and-play versatility, easy set up and connectivity right out of the box.
Supporting 480i up to 1080p, as well as H.264, MPEG-4 and AVC formats, the Hisense Pulse with Google TV brings users the most flexible platform available.
Picture-In-Picture and Picture-Outside-Picture you can simultaneously watch while searching the web or social networking.
Google TV hasn’t exactly started off in a successful rate, but with these low prices it may just entice the right customers. Hit up the source link below to get yours!
T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray announced enhanced coverage for the carrier’s network in 14 metro areas. This final announcement caps off a year in which T-Mobile commenced a $4 billion investment in infrastructure. During 2012 T-Mobile’s network expansion has resulted in coverage for an additional 100 million people.
ARCHOS just released a Video Player for all Android tablets and phones with Android 4.0 and higher. ARCHOS has always been one of the leaders for personal media players so it’s no surprise they would jump in with an app. This one isn’t just any media player. Yes it plays just about every format, but it also can play content from your local network (SMB and UPnP) or from an external USB storage device. It even automatically retrieves Movie and TV show information with poster and backdrops. It’s priced at $4.99, but seems reasonable based on what they are offering. The full list of features include:
Hardware accelerated video decoding support for most devices and video formats;
Ability to play content from any computer/network storage in your local network (SMB and UPnP) or from an external USB storage device
Automatic online retrieval of Movie and TV show information with poster and backdrop for both local and network content
Integrated subtitle downloader
Network indexing: import remote shared folders (SMB) in your multimedia library
Video browsing with either folder or library based navigation
Ubiquitous access to TV shows sorted in a series/season/episode hierarchical view
Multi-device network video resume
TV friendly: Keyboard/remote control compatible
The only thing I would like to see added is “play to” DLNA support and a Google TV app, but hopefully these wishes will arrive in the near future.
If you were hoping to pick up a new T-Mobile device for yourself or as a gift for someone, T-Mobile is launching a new “Last Chance” sale starting on Friday, December 21st. Running through the end of the year, T-Mobile is offering buyers the opportunity to get their hands on a new 4G device for $0 down with a qualifying Value plan and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan. Some of the devices available for no down payment include the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Google Nexus 4. If you are willing to spring for a $100 down payment, you can get your hands on a new Samsung Galaxy Note II.
ZTE has always been able to make quality devices on a budget, and their latest offering on MetroPCS is no exception. $149 gets you a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 4 inch screen, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and most importantly, 4G LTE. It also runs Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Anyone thinking about picking up one of these for a holiday deal? Hit the break below for the press release.