With the recent launch of Google Play to replace the Android Market, it seems clear that Google is planning some major moves, likely to compete with its most obvious competitor, Apple’s iTunes and iBooks. This doesn’t require much explanation as to why, since it would be a vital move for Google to expand its services in order to remain in a contending position. It seems that in addition to offering apps, movies, music and e-books, Google is planning to offer audiobooks, magazines and newspapers as well.
The initial sighting was in the in the Google Play Help Center by Google news site Google Operating System, with empty pages for “Audio Books” and “Magazines and Journals”. Also noted is Google’s registration of several place holder domains such as googleplaymagazines.com, googleplaynewspapers.com, googleplaynewsstand.com and googleplaytv.com among various other iterations of these themes. Looks to me like Google is planning another major update to its services, and I for one will welcome them with open arms when they’re released some time in the future.
Eye-C Taglists has made its way to the Android platform and offers users an endless stream of music, photos and TV in a personalized channel customized just for you.
Download Eye-C Taglists for free, and your timeline becomes your own personal TV channel, music player, or photo gallery. At any point, just push play, and the feed comes to life – on your phone, TV, Apple TV (even from an Android phone), PC and more. Add a hashtag (#tag) to any video, song or picture to build a taglist – a playlist that combines items from multiple sources – YouTube, Picasa, Facebook, or even your personal music library (see below for tech specs). More sources are coming every month, so play tags – it’s easy and free.
Here’s How It Works:
Step 1 – Find videos, pictures and music you think are interesting in YouTube, Facebook, Picasa, and now SoundCloud.
Step 2 – Play your picks on your mobile phone, connected TV, Apple TV or other Airplay and DLNA devices.
Step 3 – Play content individually or as taglists. These lists can come from your friends, or they can come from users tagging a video with a certain term, like #startaparty.
Step 4 – Easily add another video, song, or picture to that list, by tagging it #startaparty – and watch your playlist change and grow as people interact with it.
So if you’ve been looking for an app to supply an endless stream of content from multiple users and platforms like YouTube, Picasa, Facebook and your own personal music playstist, Eye-C Taglists can deliver. The application will work on most Android devices but can also play on hansets supporting DLNA (wireless push content). You can download the application from our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR Code available or you can download it from the Android Market. The application is free and will work on devices manufactured by “Pioneer, Denon, Yamaha, Sony and more, connected TVs from Samsung, LG, and Panasonic, set top boxes including WD (Western Digital) and Popcorn Hour, as well as Xbox 360 (with Windows Media Player)” You can check out the full press release after the break. Read more
Movie-goers with a special appreciation for a “big screen experience” will likely appreciate browsing for movie showtimes, watching trailers and buying their tickets on the new tablet-optimized Fandango app; now available in the Android Market. Sure, it’s the same features as the standard app, but BIGGER.
Hit the break for a link or QR code to this app in the Android Market.
GetGlue is everyone’s favorite check-in service for TV shows, Movies, and sports games so wouldn’t it be nice to carry on real-time conversations as well? GetGlue just added the feature, so whether you are watching sports, a reality show, or any other favorite show, you will become part of the real-time conversation. You will see friends who also checked-in and comments from other fans. GetGlue even filters the noise so only interesting comments show.
Along with real-time conversations, they have redesigned the user experience to be more chat-like. You will find a new home screen that is basically a menu that helps you get to where you want quickly, and the check-in flow is now streamlined as it now takes one less screen to check-in.
If you don’t already have GetGlue you have to give it a try. Download links below.
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Android Market Link
The Samsung Media Hub allows you to watch thousands of movies and TV shows on your Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone or Galaxy Tab. Samsung just rolled out the Beta version of Media Hub for AT&T Galaxy S II users. It lets you watch select movies and TV shows not only on your Galaxy S II, but also on any 2011 Smart TV via the Media Hub Beta application.
Upon signing up you will receive a $25 voucher that can be used within the Media Hub Beta app. At the conclusion of the program, you will receive a short survey so you can provide feedback. Hit the source link to sign up.
Samsung plans on adding a series of new services to the Media Hub program, so this is just the tip of the iceberg.
It wasn’t long ago that we learned that the Movies app, or Videos app for Android, would be pushed out to all Honeycomb devices, including the at-the-time new Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Well, we learned today that the same can now be said for all devices that run Android 2.2.
This comes as excellent news, as with the app, one is able to rent from thousands of movies to stream directly to your phone, at little more than just a dollar or two per movie. We’d guess that this is intended for larger-screen devices and tablets still running 2.x versions of Android, but with features such as offline mode and wifi/3g preferences, anyone looking to kill some time need look no further.
It’s finally here! Back in May Seagate introduced their portable WiFi enabled hard drive capable of transferring large files to and from your Android device while on the go. The device is capable of storing up to 500 GB’s of data and can be accessed absolutely anywhere and at anytime from your Android smartphone. The days of waiting to get home to transfer content from your portable USB enabled hard drive are a thing of the past. The device contains its own battery capable of holding a charge for up to 25 hours and will run you about $200. All we were waiting for was a complimentary Android application to easily access our content while on the go. The wait is finally over. Seagate has finally announced the application’s arrival and you can download it now on the Android Market. Hit the break for a video demo and excerpt from Seagates presser and don’t forget to let us know what you think about the device in the comments below. Read more
Yahoo just released IntoNow, which is another TV and Movie social sharing service, but with a nice twist. When you are watching a show or movie, you can hold your phone up, and within a few seconds it will tell you the name of show with season and episode information so you can share exactly what you are watching on Facebook or Twitter. It even gives you the link to IMDB so you can get more information. This is reason enough to download the free app just to see it work its magic. I tested it on 4 different shows/movies in our hands on video and you can see how impressive it really is. It is as efficient as Shazam is with music.
Get Glue already is one of the leaders here so the question is if you should be switching? I think there is a lot of promise with this app, but I am not ready yet because there isn’t an option to actually type in the movie or show. The listening engine is the only way, so in a movie theater it might be annoying to people around you if you whip out your bright phone to check in after the movie starts. I would like the option to be able to type it in before the movie actually starts. Honestly, I doubt a lot of people are going to find this a hindrance since most viewing is on the TV at home. GetGlue fans that love the stickers will have a hard time moving to this as there is no reward system in place.
Correction: Apparently IntoNow is not meant to be used for new movies in the theater. It is only meant to be for anything that has run on TV in the last 5 years. I still think it should let you type in shows or movies because it is possible that it won’t recognize something even if you are actually watching it on TV.
On the plus side, it does have a notification feature that lets you know when your friends are watching the same episode and it lets you see what is popular right now with all users. I will be keeping an eye on IntoNow to see how it develops. Consider me intrigued.
Hit the source link to download or hit our apps database for the QR code.
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Is it just me or does it feel like Netlix believes they have the online streaming market so cornered that they can just change price plans, yet again, and no one would even think of leaving? I got news for you Netflix, though I love the service, there are alternatives. For now, since I pretty much just stream Netflix on my Wii there may be no need to have dvd’s sent to my home. And especially with the five different locations of Redbox rental units surrounding my area, this option just seems like a better fit. If you’re not familiar with Redbox, the company has dvd vending machines at most 24 hr establishments and grocery stores and you can rent a movie for only 99 cents a day plus tax. There’s an Android app for the service as well and they’ve even moved up to adding Blue-Ray and video games to their machines. In my opinion, this is perfect timing if you ask me, with the recent fold of Blockbuster and all.
However, in addition to being able to rent dvd’s from your nearest Redbox location, consider renting a movie from your local cable provider. Where I live, Service Electric cable TV offers a great selection of video on demand (VOD) options and when new releases are available they pretty much show up on the service several hours later. You also might want to keep in mind your local library. One of the best kept secrets in most towns is their public library. The public library where I live offers tons of dvd’s which you can sometimes rent out up to three at a time at no cost to you. In addition, if you’re like me and you just mostly like watching dramas, there’s always Hulu+ for Android. Hulu offers a huge and wide selection of TV shows like Law & Order, CSI and Dexter. All you need is an existing Hulu account and you’re off. These are just some minor alternatives to Netflix so you don’t feel obligated to stay with the perpetually changing service, subsequently forking out for the new hike up in price. Let’s remind Netflix that we don’t need the service as badly as they think and we’re willing to go wherever the deals are. What do you think? Feel free to rant and rave in the comments below.
With services like Netflix and Hulu making their way to Android devices, even if its only a small amount so far, it’s no wonder that other distributors are looking to make mobile apps for their services. 20th Century Fox may be the next in line to bring movies to the small screen, by releasing an app that allows you to download a digital copy to your device from Blu-Ray titles it offers.
Those who take advantage of the service should be warned that downloading an entire movie, never mind a Blu-Ray title will use up a significant amount of bandwidth, and thus, recommended it be done over Wi-Fi, not 3G or 4G connections (unless of course you pay for unlimited use, or a large amount of bandwidth). When Fox launches this app, let’s hope they are learning from Netflix and Hulu’s limits, and launch the app for compatibility to any Android device over Android 2.2 at the very least.