Our review of the Sony SmartWatch was luke-warm, but the device does show some promise with its extensibility and SDK. Most of the issues I have with the watch can be fixed with software, and anything Sony can do to get developers to take to their platform helps add value to this $150 toy.
Sony seems to understand this and today open-sourced two of its extensions to the developer community. The first is the music player extension, which will allow devs to build on Sony’s music controller app. The second is called 8 Game, a tile-sliding puzzle, which can serve as the basis for further game development.
This is a good start, Sony, but don’t let it end here. Nothing kills a platform faster than too few apps, and us SmartWatch owners want more… more apps, more games, more functionality. Nothing would make me happier than to write an update to my review in a few months time saying how much better the SmartWatch has become due to a thriving ecosystem.
Devs, hit the source link to get started… and whip me up something awesome, please.
source: sony developer world
Live broadcasting app Color, founded by Bill Nguyen of LaLa fame, has announced an exclusive partnership with Verizon for the use of an improved version of Color, which adds sound and higher frame rates, on Big Red’s 4G LTE network. When Color first launched, they dismissed sound and higher resolutions as not being key to the app’s main purpose, but Nguyen now claims “we were wrong.”
The updated, more fully-functioning app, coupled with Verizon’s fast network, brings Color closer to Nguyen’s new ideal of live HD streaming. He says in a blog post:
“…the relationship with Verizon represents our entire vision for the future. One day in the near future, you will be able to capture every moment and share it LIVE in beautiful HD quality and you’ll have the recorded video to keep.“
This partnership gets Color a bit closer to that dream, with 720p live streaming coming by the end of the year.
So if you are a Verizon subscriber, you can get the updated app in the Play Store now. Just be mindful of your data plan. Non-Verizon users will still be supported with the non-updated app.
Hit the break for the full press release.
Well the Google v. Oracle saga is finally over. Who are we kidding? It’s far from over. However after a weekend of deliberation the jurors have reached their Monday-mandated verdict in the trial that started back in April. The verdict: Google is guilty of using Java improperly in its development of Android…. Sort of.
The jury ruled that Oracle adequately proved its case and that Google’s admitted use of the Java language infringed on Oracle’s API. The decision ruled that the overall structure and sequence of Java had been infringed upon, however there wasn’t a decision on whether or not it fell under fair use. Google has moved for a mistrial citing that verdicts could not include partial answers.
Google remains strong in their view that they did nothing wrong although evidence from Oracle says the contrary. Although both sides have some pretty damning evidence that hurt their respective cases.
So does this mean that Android is dead as we know it and that the lovable green droid will become a distant memory? Hardly. There are still months of appeals and other trials that will eventually boil down to a settlement figure. So sadly even though the trial is finally over, the battle has only just begun. With that being said keep it locked here as we will update you as more details surface.
I have long thought that this would be the year that Google TV made its push into the market as a strong contender for internet television products. Google has made it abundantly clear that it wants to be our home entertainment system and as companies continue to develop internet-enabled TVs with Google’s TV platform that may very well be the case. Well LG, the second largest tv maker in the world, has decided to throw its hat into the ring. Today it announced that it is launching a Google TV starting in the week of May 21st. Ro Seogho, Executive Vice President of LG’s TV Business Unit had this to say:
“Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and U.S. consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21.”
This move appears to be an aggressive push by the company to get into the market early before Apple releases its rumored full-fledge Apple Television product later this year. Europe and Asia could see an LG Google television too depending on how well they sell in the U.S. Given Google TV’s ability to access many Google services such as YouTube and the ability to search right from your television screen it could do well if properly executed.
When looking for the best price on a new smartphone, heading directly to Amazon Wireless is becoming more and more the best option you have. They have managed to beat retail and sale price’s on many of the top-tier Android phones and now they are at it once again. For those of you who may have been holding out to grab the new Sprint Galaxy Nexus, now may be your chance to score a pretty good deal. It isn’t one of Amazon’s Penny Sale’s, but they will beat the contract price by 50 bucks and will give you a $50 Google wallet credit as well. On top of that, Amazon will also include free two-day shipping so your wait time will only be minimal (they know how much we pine for a new Android device!). To get in on the deal, simply click through the source link below and be sure to come back and let us know if you placed an order! We like to know when our readers make good decisions. :-)
Joe’s my name and productivity is my game, so they say. All kidding aside though, Im always on the hunt for good and effective productivity applications for my Android device so when I come across one I like, I always feel compelled to share it with you guys. Latest to catch my eye is an app called TinyList, which is a basic and simple to do list packing a big punch in the feature department. Create a check list, to do list, grocery list or anything else you’d like to keep track of in seconds and then share it with whoever you want, whenever you want, however you want. The UI is intuitive while still promoting style and smooth navigation. Check out the quick demo below along with the screen shots of the app in action. The app will run you about 99¢ on the Google Play Store but that’s a small price to pay to make your life a little more organized. After all, you know what they say right? “Organization relieves stress”. So check it out via the QR code or Play Store link below and don’t forget to let us know what you think.
- Single tap to check/uncheck item
- Slide to the left to delete list/task
- Slide to the right to edit list/task
- Slide right/down to duplicate list/task
- Touch and hold to move list/task
- Pinch to go back
- Pinch outwards to create an item in the middle of two items
- Slide down from the top to create an item at the top
- Tap on numbers to modify it using the built in number incrementer
If you’ve been salivating over Toshiba’s latest and greates, the ever so thin Exite 10 Tab, then we’ve spotted a deal for you. The WiFi only version and 16GB’s of on-board storage is going for $449.99 right now over at Amazon. If you plan on holding out for the upcoming 32 GB and 64 GB you’ll have to hold out just a little longer as there is no current word on their availability. Recall the device sports a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display with Gorilla glass technology, Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, a gig of RAM and Android’s ICS 4.0. In addition, this bad boy is touted as having a whopping 10 hour battery life, though interestingly enough their promo video shows “12 hours”. Head on over to Amazon’s site via the source link for more details and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. And don’t forget to check out the pics and video as well.
It looks like Sprint is seriously gearing up for its anticipated launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone. How do we know this? Well, it looks like Sprint has quietly made its Getting Started Guide for the EVO 4G LTE officially available, which details the basics of how to use the smartphone and its various aspects such as Android 4.0 + Sense 4.0 software or its much-acclaimed camera software.
Additionally, we just told you earlier about Sprint taking pre-orders for the smartphone– and now additional information is beginning to trickle out for our eyes to see. Well it looks like those lucky group of individuals who pre-ordered the device were greeted with a message from Sprint this morning highlighting the EVO 4G LTE would be shipped on May 15th, with the delivery making its final destination within 1 to 3 business days. Generally speaking, pre-orders tend to land in consumer’s hands a few days before the device lands in stores— so naturally it’s expected the device will arrive in Sprint stores on or around May 18th.
The wait will soon be over for Sprint owners folks! If you feel like giving the EVO 4G LTE a thorough one-over, why not check out the Getting Started Guide by checking out the link below?
HTC Evo 4G LTE Getting Started Guide
There is no shortage of tablets for Samsung. They had the first mainstream Android tablet with the Galaxy Tab back in 2010. That was a 7-inch tab and since then, they’ve released the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. and the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Samsung has admitted that sales haven’t blown anyone away. For now, the only real successful Android tablet is the Amazon Kindle Fire. Amazon changed the game when they started selling it for $199. No more can Android manufacturers continue to put out tablets costing $500+. It’s now a price war and Samsung is all in. At $249, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is still priced higher than the Kindle Fire, but it includes Ice Cream Sandwich and the full Android experience with the Google Play Store. Will the mainstream flock to it? This is my full review, but you can also check out my quick hands on.
Any of you stateside folks jealous that that we don’t have the HTC One V offered through any U.S. carriers? Worry not my friends, as HTC just announced that the device will meander its way over to the states and should be available on various U.S. carriers later this summer. No word on which carriers will stock the device, but HTC plans to showcase the device at this week’s CTIA conference and our very own Robert Nazarian will be on scene to scoop up all the juicy details. Stay tuned as we will fill you in as soon as we learn more.