According to the sources at 9to5Google, Google will be opening its own chain of retail stores in the US by the end of the year around holiday shopping season.
This move may have come across as a surprise a couple of years ago, but with the advent of the Nexus devices and the Chromebook, along with upcoming devices such as Project Glass, a retail chain of stores is just the thing that the company needs. Read more »
According to the latest report by The Wall Street Journal, Sony will be adding support for playing games streamed over the internet in the upcoming PlayStation 4 console, said to be unveiled during the February 20 event.
This shouldn’t come across as a big surprise as Sony recently acquired Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming service specializing in streaming games over the internet. However, it seems the streaming feature for the PS4 will be limited to streaming previous generation PS3 titles, at least initially. Read more »
Opera has announced that it has acquired Skyfire Labs, the company that made the Skyfire browser for mobile, for $155 million. The acquisition will allow Opera access to Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer Software.
Rocket Optimizer works by compressing multimedia content such as images and videos on web pages on Skyfire’s servers and then sending them to the device, thus considerably reducing the bandwidth requirement on your device and the strain on mobile networks. This is similar to the way Opera Mini browser works, but Rocket Optimizer can also work with videos, something no other browser can. Read more »
The PS4 rumors are swirling thick and fast, with February 20 widely being regarded as the day Sony will finally unveil its next generation console. The latest news on that front is that someone managed to take a picture of a working PS4 controller prototype, which has got some new tricks up its sleeve compared to the PS3 controller.
As you’ll notice right off the bat, there is a sizable black strip above the joysticks, which is said to be a touchpad. Read more »
Last month, Samsung announced the Exynos 5 Octa, an eight-core behemoth of a mobile processor that uses four Cortex A7 and four Cortex A15 cores on a single chip. Samsung has now uploaded a video that provides an overview of how this multi-core processor works.
The processor in the video below uses triple Cortex A7 cores and two Cortex A15 cores in the big.LITTLE configuration. The MP scheduler is able to figure out the task load and intelligently assign it to the right domain. Read more »
Popular instant messaging client WhatsApp has gone through a major UI redesign on Android. While the former version was nothing more than just a slight revision of the iOS app, the latest update takes advantage of the new Holo UI guidelines for Android.
Right off the bat you’ll be able to see that the menu bar on top is now flat and in line with the new UI guidelines. Drop into a conversation and you will find new flat message bubbles and a redesigned text input field. Read more »
Google started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for some of the Nexus devices a couple of days ago. Although there was no official list of improvements released for the new version, we are now seeing reports from people who managed to get the update on their device.
Android Police has made a short list of new changes that were made in this version of Jelly Bean. The major one seems to be the ability to use the notification screen shortcuts as actual toggles, something that was not possible before (it would take you to the particular option in the Settings app). Read more »
HTC has been releasing teaser clips on its official website for some time now that show bits and pieces of the upcoming HTC One, also known as the HTC M7.
Now all the clips have been released and they play one after the other on HTC’s website. But if you don’t want giant numbers in front of the video (there is a countdown on the site for the February 19 event) or the pause between them, watch the video below. Read more »
Google has been releasing some great ads for its products in the past couple of years. The ads for the Nexus devices in particular have been very good.
The latest in these series of great ads is this new one for the Nexus 4 that was aired during the Grammys. Although the ad is for the phone, it focuses solely on the Google Now functionality on the device. Read more »
It’s not often that we come across exclusive game titles for Android. The only other Android exclusive title we have reviewed so far was Puddle THD, which is in fact so exclusive that it only runs on NVIDIA Tegra devices.
Today we have for you the review of Shapes & Sound: The Shape Shooter, a new 2D action game available only on Android. The game looks interesting and seems to be getting a lot of positive feedback. So let’s see how good it really is. Read more »
It took them a while to get on the Lolcat bandwagon but get on the bandwagon they have. Twitter just added a new language option for their website, which now lets you change the language to Lolcat. Yes, that’s like a language now.
What this basically does is change the language of the entire UI to the Lolcat speak that you
may must have seen in memes on the internet. So ‘Home’ becomes ‘HUM’, ‘Direct messages’ becomes ‘DIRECT MESSUJS, KTHNXBYE!’ AND EVRYTHIN JUS STRTS REEDIN LYK DIS LOLZ!! Read more »
You may remember getting a sneak peek at Epic Games’ Infinity Blade: Dungeons, the third game in the Infinity Blade series for iOS devices, during the iPad 3 launch event last year. Unlike the first two games, Dungeons adopted a top-down isometric view with proper player motion and gameplay, unlike the mindless screen swiping in the first two games.
Unfortunately, Impossible Studios, the studio developing the game for Epic Games, has been shut down, with the game now put on hold indefinitely. Read more »
After releasing an alpha version last month, EA has now released the final stable version of the Origin store client for Apple’s OS X platform.
The client looks almost identical to the Windows version and other than the placement of the window buttons on top you can’t really tell them apart. The big difference, however, comes in the selection of games that is currently available. Read more »
After the part-phone-part-tablet amalgamation that was the PadFone, ASUS is now set to announce the, wait for it, FonePad. Unlike the PadFone, however, this one does not slot inside any other device (not yet, at least) and is a standalone Android tablet, based on an Intel processor.
The ASUS FonePad runs on Intel’s low-end Atom Z2420 processor, also known by the name ‘Lexington’. It has a single-core, 1.2GHz CPU with Hyper-Threading, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 3 megapixel rear camera, 1.2 megapixel front facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 8, 16 and 32GB memory options with microSD card slot, 4,270mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »
Twitter has released updated versions of their mobile apps, with the Android version getting the bulk of the changes. Among the list of improvements common to both iOS and Android versions is a new Discover view, which shows a single stream of tweets, trends, activity and accounts to follow.
The search has also been update and now presents you with accounts, tweets and pictures relevant to your query. The Connect tab has been updated to show only Interactions view now but you can switch it to show only mentions from the Settings menu. Read more »