Google IO 2017 Coverage

Twitter denies Falcon Pro an increase in token limit [Updated – New version of app coming]

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Look’s like app democracy is coming to an end folks. Recently developer Joaquim Vergès was forced to take action with Falcon Pro, a 3rd party Twitter app, due to an arbitrary token limit of 100,000 users set by Twitter. Vergès then set the price of Falcon Pro to an obscene amount of $132.13 (€100) to discourage new users from downloading the app. After filing a petition to Twitter to extend the token amount, Vergès was denied the request on the grounds that Falcon doesn’t provide any features that the Twitter app doesn’t already have.

Samsung announces new wallet app, but not for making payments

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Many people who hear the word “wallet” connected to an app’s name may immediately jump to the conclusion that it can be used to make payments. That makes sense since Google has been playing up their Google Wallet app despite the reluctance of carriers to allow it on smartphones. Samsung announced today their own “Samsung Wallet” app that is in development to address some of the other stuff kept in a wallet besides credit or debit cards. The new app will keep track of tickets, boarding passes, and discount or loyalty cards. Samsung also indicates the app will have built in location awareness so it can let you know whether you have a card or discount available when you are near the retailer that issued the card.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 now available at U.S. Cellular

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With the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 hitting Verizon, why not U.S. Cellular? Well U.S. Cellular just announced that it’s available in both stores and online. The Galaxy Note 10.1 was the first actual tablet (not a phablet) in the Note line, which means you get to enjoy all the great features found on the phone on a much larger display. It’s priced at $499 and as a refresher it sports a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) LCD display, a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 16GB of storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage, 7,000mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, WiFi Direct, USB 2.0 Host, mHL, iR LED, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Of course you can’t forget about the S Pen. Hit the break for the full presser.

Canonical announces Ubuntu Touch builds now available for additional devices

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Canonical may have released the Ubuntu Touch preview last week, but its initial release was only meant for Nexus devices— which certainly caused a more than a few frowns out there. Well cheer up as the developer has announced that it plans on adding support for additional devices out there. Among the devices that have a somewhat functional build working are the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II smartphones, ASUS Transformer Pad 300 and the Sony Xperia T smartphone. Canonical also confirmed that additional devices such as the Motorola XOOM Wifi, Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X and One X+ will also be get a functional build as well.

Of course it may be slightly difficult trying to flash Ubuntu Touch on your respective device, but if you’re feeling a little lucky—- you can check out more details and the different images at the source link below.

source: Ubuntu

Google developer teases the masses with Google+ Photos app

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If you happen to own a Chromebook, then you’ll be happy to know there’s a sweet little app that’s currently on the way. Famed developer François Beaufort had revealed in a teaser that Google+ Photos is very much real and is all set for arrival on your machine in the near-future. Also known as “Pulsar”, the app is powered by Native Client technology and gives users the ability to upload and share photos from Chrome directly. Beaufort is quick to mention two major features of the Chrome app: the automatic selection of the best shots and the automatic import of photos when users plug in a camera or memory card. Of course there’s probably more to the app, but for now we won’t know very much until the app gets all of its kinks worked out.

Unfortunately, the app is not quite ready for primetime just yet, but Beaufort does encourage adventurous users to try it out if they are feeling a little lucky and all. You’ll find more deets at the source link below.

source: François Beaufort+

Adobe Photoshop Touch now available for smartphones

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There’s no question that Adobe Photoshop (PS Touch) is one of the premier photo editing apps, but up until today it was only available for tablets. Those of you that would like to utilize this powerful app on your phone will be happy to know that it was just released in the Play Store. I had a chance to see a hands on demo of it recently, and if you’re wondering if this version will be toned down, wonder no more because it’s not.

Now there’s both bad news and good news, First, the bad news, if you want to be able to use it on both your phone and tablet, you will have to buy both apps ($9.99 for tablet, $4.99 for phones). The good news is that if you utilize Adobe Creative Cloud, your projects will automatically sync between devices.

HTC One will be the only “One” device in 2013

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Yesterday HTC made the announcement that their flagship phone, the HTC One, would be the only device in the “One” lineup for 2013. While this is certainly a bold move for HTC, it could prove to be a wise one. With the competition rising from competitors, such as Samsung and the Galaxy S IV, HTC needs a strategy that will boost sales and consumer attraction. By making the One their focus, HTC is learning from the success of other phones such as the iPhone which Apple has backed as their singular device since its launch in 2007.

Google pushes silent update to add Google Settings app to your app drawer

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By now, some of you may have noticed a new little green icon popping up in your app drawer today, titled Google Settings. The new shortcut is part of Google Play’s recent update and gives you convenient access to Google+ sign-in settings, among other settings you could previously access through other apps. So in case you were worrying about some random spam app junking up your phone, don’t be alarmed.

The app puts your settings menu from other Google apps, like G+ and Maps, in one convenient screen. It isn’t a necessity, but it gives Google some new room to work in new settings for their core applications. We can probably expect a few more settings to pop up from time to time, and I’d bet that eventually this application will be simply merged into the settings menu of Android in a future release. Until then, another little icon on your phone isn’t too big of a deal, right?

[Deal] Grab a refurbished Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for $249.99

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Been eyeing a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 but didn’t want to drop that much cash on a tablet? Woot! has a deal on a manufacturer refurbished Tab 2 for just $249.99. At $150 off the list price, that’s not a bad deal. As a reminder, the Tab 2 features a 10.1″ 1280 x 800 display, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB. If you need a second opinion, you can check out our review here. Don’t take too long, though, as the deal is only valid for a few hours or until the stock runs out.

source: Woot!

Google adds Google+ sign-in to Google Play services 3.0

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Google has rolled out an update to their Google Play services, which features some pretty cool new features. Both new maps APIs and Google+ sign-in are features present in the update.

Google+ sign-in allows users to sign in to their applications using Google credentials, which brings along all of their Google information with them for the app. Things like your name, display picture, and social circles will carry over into applications. Sharing posts to your Google+ page are also more customizable and will allow you to make them a bit more interactive, like including actions such as “listen” and “check-in” to your posts. Popular location app Banjo was used to showcase the integration, and showed what’s possibly one of the coolest features of the update; over-the-air installs of an application from a website, with or without access to an app store. That seamless integration is going to let developers add plenty of cool features to their apps in the future. TuneIn Radio is also on board with the Google+ integration, and more apps are sure to follow.

Google Maps also received some API updates, fixing plenty of bugs for users. Not quite as flashy and exciting, but still worth having. Hopefully we’ll see some apps take advantage of these features in the near future.

source: Android Developers Blog

Exent GameTanium For TV Brings Android Games To The Living Room

Exent, provider of game subscription services, announced a new service at MWC called GameTanium For TV. Although billed as a gaming console-conversion for your Android device, it appears more like it just streams gaming content to your TV. GameTanium is currently available for Android and works in much the same way as Steam for PCs. If you’re already a GameTanium subscriber then this is great news. For the rest of us, the yet to be announced price will be a big factor. Well, price and whether or not you’ve already plopped down $100 for an OUYA.

The device/service is not without its appeal. It would be nice to fling birds across the TV using my phone as the controller then continue the game even after I’ve walked out the door. And like Steam, the subsciption model is sure to appeal to avid gamers. The question is: is there such a thing as hardcore Android gamers? Follow our 2013 Mobile World Congress coverage here.

Press Release after the break.

NVIDIA back with videos showing off gaming graphics at MWC 2013

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NVIDIA is back on their blog today about their new Tegra 4 chips, this time with information about games primed for Tegra powered devices. Games are a great way to show off the computing power of a new chip as NVIDIA demonstrates in a couple videos from Zombie Driver and RU Golf. With more computing power, graphics can display better textures and more polygons, making for smoother results. The new Tegra 4 chip will also let game developers take advantage of features like dynamic lighting to create accurate shadows.

MetroPCS sets March 28 as date to vote on T-Mobile merger

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Save the date folks. Wireless carrier MetroPCS has set March 28th as the date to vote on its merger with T-Mobile. The two phone carriers have been in talks to merge that was reported as early as October 2012. According to reports, this merger will be classified as a “reverse merger” meaning that T-Mobile will merge into MetroPCS’ structure rather than the opposite. Deutsche Telekom will benefit from this merger by getting 74% of the company’s shares. The remaining 26% will go to MetroPCS shareholders which equals a total amount of $1.5 billion.

While the date has been set, there looks to be some potential roadblocks in the form of some opposition to the merger. Among the different opponents out there is P. Schoenfeld, a firm who holds a total of 8.3 million shares, or about 2.3% of shares in MetroPCS. The firm has expressed the intention to vote against the merger using its shares. Along with them is another firm expressing opposition to the merger, Paulson & Co. Paulson & Co. has a total of 8.7% of shares in MetroPCS and may join in the efforts to oppose the merger of the two wireless carriers.

It will be interesting to see how this developing T-Mobile/MetroPCS saga will play out.

Source: MarketWatch

Caterpillar introduces the CAT B15 smartphone, a rugged smartphone in a Jelly Bean package

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Let’s face it— rugged smartphones are certainly a godsend for those of us that happen to work in some extreme condition, but the devices often times have some pretty outdated technology. Fortunately, Caterpillar is coming to the rescue by introducing the CAT B15 smartphone— a Jelly Bean-powered all-purpose smartphone. The device comes in an aluminum-and-rubber shell, can withstand 5.9-foot drops on to hard concrete, be submersed in 3.3 feet of water for half an hour and oh yeah— can operate in temperatures between -4F to 122F. Outside of the heavy duty shell, the CAT B15 also features your typical run-of-the-mill lower-end specs including a 4-inch WVGA screen, dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 chip, 512MB of RAM and 5-megapixel camera.

The device is due to arrive in March and will run customers something in the neighborhood of £299/€329 (around $437 USD).

source: Engadget