Barnes & Noble announced today they have entered into a new partnership with Google to bring several new apps to their Nook HD and Nook HD+ products. Foremost among the additions is the Google Play Store, which will increase the number of available apps for Nook HD owners from about 10,000 to well over 700,000. B&N CEO William Lynch indicated the new partnership is a result of research and sales data from the recently completed holiday shopping season that indicated users are shifting to more general purpose tablets instead of e-readers. To be successful in the tablet market, “the breadth of applications available is really critical.” » Read the rest
If you are a Dungeon Hunter fan we have great news…Dungeon Hunter 4 (DH4) has just been released and is available for immediate download on the Google Play Store! Gameloft’s much anticipated tetralogy has finally come to pass following a teaser announcement only days ago. Hit the break for the Play Store download link. » Read the rest
Facebook Home is live in the Play Store. If you need a refresh on what Facebook Home is: check it out here and here, and come on back. The app only works for a handful of devices at the moment, but I would expect the numbers to grow soon. The only device I have that can even download it on is the Asus Transformer TF300T. However when I click on the app, I get: “Thanks for installing Facebook Home. Your device is not supported yet. You’ll get a notification when Facebook Home is ready for your device.” There are probably going to be a few more devices that get the same treatment, but at least it shows that work is being done to get the app on more devices.
Enough of the yapping head on past the break for my denial screenshot and the link.
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Microsoft has finally released a Tablet version of its ever popular Xbox SmartGlass Android app. The app is compatible with Tablets with screen sizes 7″ and larger, and is available for immediate download on the Google Play Store. Hit the break below for the download link.
As is the case with the Xbox SmartGlass smartphone app, Tablet user’s will be able to:
• Navigate their Xbox 360 with swipe and tap
• Use a phone’s keyboard to type to a user’s Xbox 360
• Browse the Internet on an Xbox 360 with full keyboard and zooming
• Play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos and music on an Xbox 360
• Search the full Xbox catalog of music, video, and games
• Enjoy rich, interactive experiences from select game and entertainment content creators
• Track and compare your achievements with your Xbox friends
• Change up user’s 3D avatars
• Message Xbox friends
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App developers are finding more and more ways to take advantage of Widgets in Android. As any Android fan knows, Widgets are one of the major benefits of using Android over iOS. Widgets give us the ability to preview apps without having to open them time-and-time again (wipe the drool from your chins Apple fanboys [and girls]).
As awesome as Widgets are, developers continue to strive to make them that much better. Applay, headed up by XDA Senior Member liorry, has done just that with its “Overlays” app. Overlays enables users to “take any existing widget and effectively pin it on top of any currently running application.” Hit the break for a gallery of images and download links for both the paid for and free versions of the app. » Read the rest
Two days ago we told you that Google was readying Play Store gift cards for folks in the UK. Well it appears that they were closer than we thought as they’re now available. A reader of Eurodroid sent in a picture showing Play Store gift cards in the £10 and £25 varieties at a local Tesco super market. No sign of the £50 card yet, but hopefully soon. So if you’re living in the UK and need gift ideas for the Android lover in your family, you’re in luck. UK readers, let us know if you’re seeing these in your stores!
As March opens, college basketball fans are enjoying the final days of the regular season with teams jockeying for position in post-season tournaments. Next up will be conference tournaments and then the annual event known as “March Madness” – the NCAA Tournament. To help basketball fans keep up with all the action, ESPN has updated their Bracket Bound app for the 2013 season. » Read the rest
App Annie released their January 2013 index today showing phenomenal growth in revenue for apps in the Google Play Store. From the third quarter to the fourth quarter of 2012, app revenue from the Google Play Store doubled. During the same period of time, Apple’s App store saw only a 20% increase in revenues. Apple does have a larger user base to begin with, so in absolute dollars Apple grew more and achieved record sales in December while maintaining a margin of 3.5 times the revenue achieved by the Google Play Store. The trend is clear though that Google and the Android ecosystem continue to close the gap and is doing so quickly. » Read the rest
If you’re a developer, you know how important it is to get your app out there to as many people as possible. Well, Google wants to help you. They’ve created a webpage that allows you to enter your app name/URL and they’ll create a “badge” for you to put on your website (or any other website for that matter). Clicking on the badge will take people to your app on the Google Play Store so they can download it right there. Couldn’t be any easier, and Google gives you multiple size choices. Hopefully Google will expand upon this idea, and offer different color options (white would be nice), and maybe even a square corners option for those of us who like straight, clean lines. If you’re an app developer, jump on it! Click the source link below to get started.
Google is now offering a “Free for print subscribers” option for certain magazines in the Play Store. If you subscribe to certain magazines that offer this, you’ll see a login screen asking for your email address and password to your magazine’s online account. Once you see it, go ahead and select “subscribe”, then you will see an option called “free for print subscribers,” thus the magazine is available for free.
Note that this is only available on your Android phone or tablet and not in the Google Play web version on your computer.
source: Google Support