Featured Play Store Review: Night Ride [Arcade & Action]

I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to gaming on my Android device, I just don’t have a lot of time, so I like games that are fairly quick and not too complicated. Night Ride is one of those games as it’s simple to play and the controls are easy. It actually reminds be a lot of Atari’s classic Night Driver, but only in the sense that it takes place at night. Trust me, this game has a lot more excitement. It’s a sci-fi racing game created by Black Bunny Studios and it’s also very similar to Jetpack Joyride, Doodle Jump, and Tiny Wings.

CM9 now supported on three U.S. Samsung Galaxy S III devices, Can you guess which one is missing?

Today the CynaogenMod team announced CM9 support for three U.S. Galaxy S III devices. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Verizon’s version didn’t make the cut. For now they are supporting the AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint versions. They did mention the Verizon version and their original intent, but nothing was said about the U.S. Cellular version. Hit the break for their statement.

SugarSync to ship with the Galaxy S III and other AllShare Play-Enabled mobile devices

Samsung just announced the expansion of their partnership with SugarSync. If you aren’t familiar with SugarSync, it’s a free service that lets you access, sync, and share all of your files and folders across all your computers and mobile devices. SugarSync has already been available on all Samsung AllShare Play-enabled Smart TV’s, but now it will be on the Galaxy S III and all Samsung mobile devices that feature the AllShare Play service.

From within AllShare Play, users can easily create a SugarSync account and they will get 5GB of free storage.  From there, users will be able to access files, photos, music, and movies from their compatible Samsung devices. They can save files such as photos and videos from their Samsung mobile devices to the SugarSync Cloud and they will be able to view them at any time from other Samsung phones, tablets, and Smart TV’s.

Full press release after the break:

Marvell and OnLive partner to bring cloud gaming to Google TV platform

Marvell announced today that their ARMADA 1500 HD Media SoC is being used by OnLive  in their app to provide high-end video games to Google TVs and Google TV devices. By using the app, users can avoid the use of a game console. The ARMADA 1500 chip is a dual-core CPU able to run at more than 6000 Dhrystone MIPS with integrated Qdeo video processing technology, support for 3DTV, and full HD video running on a fan-less, small form factor.

According to Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO, “OnLive’s focus is to make the highest quality gaming accessible to everyone,anywhere, and anytime they want it.” OnLive is able to deliver video games on-demand to PCs, Macs, TVs and tablets.  With this latest move, their games will now be available on Google TVs.

OnLive and Marvell do not indicate specific Google TV devices that will include the ARMADA 1500 chip. Full press release after the break.

Nexus 7 tablet set Google back $152 per unit in production

The techs over at IHS iSuppli decided to tear down Google’s latest Nexus 7 tablet to see exactly what was used to produce it and, more importantly, how much did it cost to manufacture. In a nutshell, Google spent $151.75 per 8 GB model and $159.25 for the 16 GB model. As you can see, Google is barely breaking even with the 8 GB selling at $199 and making a small profit of $42.50 per 16 GB model sold at $249, after other various small business costs of course.

What’s also interesting is that the Nexus 7 only cost $18 more to make than the Kindle Fire yet has smoking hot specs in comparison. So a big thanks to Google for working hard to bring a high quality tablet at a consumer conscious price.

source: allthingsd

Acer Iconia Tab A700 review: Gorgeous display and power at an affordable price


Acer is one of those companies that’s slowly making a lot of noise in the Android tablet world. With the release of the Iconia Tab A700, it marks the first Android tablet available with a 1080p display. Now it’s not all about the display as there’s plenty of power under the hood and it’s priced very competitively at $449. The real question is if it’s enough to fight off the upcoming ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 with similar specs? Hit the break to find out and you can also check out my initial hands on review.

Amazon quietly working on a smartphone according to WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has recently stated that anonymous Amazon parts suppliers have come forward with the news of a  smartphone tablet hybrid in the works. The Kindle Fone, as I like to call it, would look to bridge the gaps between smartphone, tablet and e-reader while no doubt offering Amazon’s awesome services right out of the box.

It would be safe to say that the Kindle Fone would certainly have Android software at heart with a customized UI similar to that of the Kindle Fire. All in all, I feel that there would be a lot of customers very interested in a Kindle Fone if and when it sees the light of day. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: wsj

International Galaxy Note receives minor update with some major changes

Samsung has just released a so-called minor update for the Galaxy Note for our international Android family members. The update takes G Note owners from ICS 4.0.3 to 4.0.4. Along with the usual bug fixes and performance improvements are two pretty wicked additions to the software.

First up is the POPup Play feature that was seen at the GS III announcement which enables users to have a video playing while being able to have access to other apps and such at the same time. It’s a really awesome feature for those of us that want to check that email or text that just arrived but don’t want to stop the cinematic action.

The second feature is the Signature Unlock function where one can just simply sign their name using Sammy’s S Pen to gain access to their phone content, taking the place of the traditional PIN or Pattern Lock security features.

So there you have it folks. Not a bad update, indeed. The update is now available OTA or can be downloaded via Samsung Kies desktop software. Let us know what you think when you get the goods!

source: samsungmobile

Amazon introduces GameCircle for the Kindle Fire bringing Cloud Syncing, Leaderboards, and Achievements [Video]

Amazon just unveiled GameCircle for the Kindle Fire, which should add to the overall gaming experience. By far the biggest feature is Cloud Syncing, which is something Android desperately needs. What it does is save in-game progress to the cloud so that players can continue where they left off even if they deleted the game or switch devices. Other features include Achievements and Leaderboards. With Achievements, players can track all earned trophies, treasures, and other awards. They can even do it while playing a game by simply pausing it, checking out what they still need to earn, then returning to gameplay. With Leaderboards, players can easily see how they rank against other players.

With this announcement, Amazon released a series of GameCircle APIs so developers can easily add it to their games. They can be found at the source link below and hit the break for a short introduction video.

T-Mobile myTouch And myTouch Q Set To Be On Sale Around August 8th

The next generation of the T-Mobile MyTouch smartphone series are on their way everyone. The devices known as the myTouch and myTouch Q are developed by Huawei and will each feature a 1.4GHz processor, 4-inch WVGA screen, 5MP camera and Gingerbread 2.3. Both devices are identical except for one thing— the myTouch Q will sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for those of you into having physical keys on your devices.

Both devices are expected to be available from August 8th and either phone will run you a mere $50 on contract— after a $50 mail-in rebate of course. Want more details? Ok fine— you’ll get additional details found in the presser once you hit past the break.

Amazon Kindle Fire gets a Jelly Bean AOSP ROM

Sure the Amazon Kindle Fire might not be at full fledged Android tablet, but that shouldn’t stop you from having the full experience including Jelly Bean 4.1.1. XDA member Hashcode just posted an AOSP based Jelly Bean ROM. This is a beta so there are some issues like the HD codecs (YouTube and Netflix). The good news is this will be fixed shortly as Texas Instruments is updating the libion code. Other oddities is the screen over rotates and the dev is having an issue turning on UMS. These are all issues that will be fixed shortly.

Amazing Alex Launches In Play Store Tomorrow, July 12th!

Rovio’s Amazing Alex is all set to launch tomorrow, July 12th. After teasing us with a short primer, this physics-based puzzle game will include will feature 100 levels and also 35 additional objects for all of you aspiring developers to use to create and share even more levels. I mean sure the gameplay may appear somewhat childish, but hey— Angry Birds has a childish appearance too and well, we know how successful it’s been.

You can check out the official game trailer once you hit past the break. Hopefully that will tide you all over until it lands in the Play Store tomorrow.

Nexus 7 tablet gets Android 4.1.1 update with Google Wallet and performance enhancements

Those of you that have the Google I/O edition of the Nexus 7 tablet are getting an update to Android 4.1.1. This is the update that hit AOSP servers the other day. According to Google, it “improves performance and responsiveness system wide.” You will also find Google Wallet now on your device after the update. The other interesting news is that the local search is still enabled so it’s possible an update to Google’s proprietary apps will be coming soon. Again, this is to get around Apple’s demands.

This will most likely be the final update before units are shipped or arrive in retails stores.

source: androidcentral



Jelly Bean Rolling Out To HSPA+ Versions Of The Galaxy Nexus; Other Developer Devices To Follow

It was only a matter of time before we saw the first batch of Google devices get the anticipated Jelly Bean update since you know— it had just released Android 4.1 to the AOSP and all. And so just when you thought life with the GSM/HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus couldn’t get any better, it just got better as it is officially getting the smooth and buttery update. According to its Nexus+ page, Google highlights owners of the HSPA+ variant of the Galaxy Nexus will receive an OTA prompt indicating the update will happen “over the next several days”.

Google also took some time to reiterate its other developer devices including the CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom WiFi are next in line to get that VIP treatment.

source: Nexus – Google+