We reported that Google Play Movies & TV got its Material Design update earlier today and now we can say that we have the APK for Google Play Games 2.1.10 which does the same thing. It’s from the same source as the Movies & TV APK – found after digging around in an Android TV device. As such, while it is signed by Google and we have tried on our own devices, installing the APK on your device is your own choice. With that said, you can download the new Play Games from the link provided below:
As you might expect, the new Play Games UI is all glammed up, adopting the slightly darker green that we have already seen in the new Google Play Store and flattens everything out. Other UI changes include giving games much bigger graphics in the menus and game description pages are much prettier now too. Naturally, the Play Games icon has been updated as well and has been flattened out. If you manage to spot something else that is different, feel free to drop us a line in the comments below.
Source: Gapps Early
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It’s not like we would have expected anything else, but I’m not entirely sure why anybody believes them anymore. Earlier this week, Apple launched some new devices (or something) during which the above slide was shown to compare Apple’s iOS status compared to Android’s. Apple VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, then felt the need to say that only 25% of Android devices are using the latest Android operating system, Android KitKat, and that 54% of users are using a “more than 2-year-old” operating system in Android Jelly Bean.
While the objective facts are correct, let’s put a little perspective into this argument – Android owns a 80% global smartphone market share whereas Apple owns less than 20%, and anyone good at maths will tell you 25% of that 80% is just about equal to all of Apple’s smartphone install base. Similarly, the comment about Jelly Bean being 2 years old is correct, however this enables many more devices, some which cost only a fraction of the iPhones and iPads, access to an operating system which is pretty fluid – compare this to installing iOS 7 or iOS 8 onto an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S and rendering it almost useless. Federighi also mentions that iOS 8 has achieved 48% install rates on their devices since its launch, but neglected to cite the statistic that 46% of iOS owners had already installed iOS 8 five days after launch, meaning that the install base has only increased by 2% over the last three weeks.
Now, I don’t mean to bash on Apple, but arguing moot points like install rates and comparing it to Android, an operating system that is known for fragmentation (but arguably has a good reason for it), seems more than a little desperate. But enough of what I think, what do you think of what Apple has said? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: Phone Arena
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If you’re the owner of a Nexus device, you’re no doubt wondering when you’re going to get your first official taste of Android L. Well, we now know that Android L will be coming to Wi-Fi Nexus devices on November 3rd, which includes the Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi and the Nexus 10. Of course, that means owners of the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 LTE will have to wait until “later that month”, presumably due to the intricacies of making a new software update play nice with cellular functions.
This news comes via an anonymous source speaking with Android Police, but it does seem legitimate and does just about line up with previous rumours that we have heard regarding the actual release date of Android L to the general public, namely Nexus devices. Mark the date on your calendar, folks.
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With the official release of Android Lollipop, we’re expecting all the Google core apps to be updated with the Material Design UI that everyone has been going bananas over. The next app to get this treatment is Google Play Movies & TV 3.4.23 which was found after some diving into an Android TV device. As you can see from the above screenshots, the UI has now been flattened and now looks a lot brighter than it did before. Of course, this means that the Play Movies & TV icon has changed as well and is now a much simpler icon.
Apart from the major UI overhaul, there are quite a few changes that have been made to the app itself, not all of which are obvious at first glance of the app. The full list of changes listed are:
Brings material design to the Movies & TV app. New App icon too, will update soon.
- Reds changed to the brighter red banner
- Movie and TV shows in Watch Now are full width, offer download button, episode and season info and a marker where you left off.
- Full size recommendations with prices, ratings, add to wishlist and trailer.
- Slide out tab has been shrunk and looks like the Play Store with the gray icons.
- Manage Downloads section in the settings.
- Restrict Quality options in the Settings
- Much more
If you want to try the new Play Movies & TV app, you can download it from the link provided below:
Feel free to let us know in the comments if you spot something that isn’t listed above.
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Even if you’ve only been half following Android news, you will know that the biggest news of the year so far has been the announcement of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and Android Lollipop. While many of those things are already available for preorder or for preview, the Nexus 6 is still waiting for its “late October” preorder window to open. Still, if you’re a glutton for punishment, and you live in the U.S., you can take a look at the Play Store now and see the Nexus 6 product page already sitting there, teasing you.
As expected, the 32GB version will set you back $649 USD and bumping it up to 64GB will add an additional $50 to make it $699. As we mentioned above, the page is only available to see on the U.S. Play Store, and if the Google support page is anything to go by, the preorders will likely be restricted to the U.S. whenever they open. This is likely so they can get the supply logistics right before expanding to other countries, like what was done for the Nexus 5, but that still doesn’t stop a tear coming to my Australian eye and presumably many of yours too. Hopefully though, it won’t be more than a few weeks wait, and we’ll let you know as soon as that becomes possible.
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A new Android Wear powered smartwatch has surfaced in the Play Store today. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is Sony’s take on the Android Wear sporting game.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 offers much of the same thing the others on the market do, but there are a few key differences. The SW3’s main display is removable and can be placed in a variety of colored bands that Sony sells. That does rule out the use of more traditional style watch bands that you might already own, but it does give it an additional option that a few of the others don’t. Sony has four color options on display on their site. It is unclear if you will be able to choose from just the black as the Play Store image shows, or if there will be other choices hen it becomes officially available. I am certain you can order it through Sony in any color you want.
Internally it carries the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MBs of RAM and 4GB on board storage. A slight differentiating addition is the battery size, coming in at 420 mAh vs the competitions highest device being the LG G Watch at 400 mAh. It also offers its own GPS chip that allows you to record your runs and adventures without being connected to a phone. I would imagine the bump in battery is to help offset the GPS battery use as well as give it a reported 2 day battery life. Although I have found conflicting information that states 1 day of active use and 4 days of standby with a 1 hour charge time. It will all depend on your use of course.
As you can above, the SW3 offers a small flap on the rear, which is where you will charge the watch via a micro USB cord. Even though Sony went a little more sporty with this one, it doesn’t look all that terrible. I am really liking the look of the clasp.
A previously released video of the device from Sony also shows off some other cool features. Like long pressing on the screen to “wake it up” and placing your hand over the display to “put it to sleep.” I do not have any of the Android Wear watches, so if that is a common feature, excuse me. Either way, check out the video to see a bit more about this device.
There is a curious little addition in the connectivity section about the watch as well. It says Bluetooth 4.1, which is great, but also that the watch is Wi-Fi ready. At this point I am going to assume that it will connect to open WI-Fi networks as you pass by to sync up your GPS and activity logs with the LifeLogging software that Sony provides. That is strictly theoretical until I can find out more in regards to the Wi-Fi aspect.
Anyone considering this one when it finally goes live for the $250 price tag?
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There are two particular accessory items for the HTC Nexus 9 that are of particular interest. The first is the Keyboard Folio. As the name would suggest, this is a folio style case that offers a built-in Bluetooth enabled keyboard for use with your Nexus 9. It will be offered in a Black Leather color and is designed specifically for the tablet. It will offer you two screen angle options, one being more upright like a laptop, and one slightly elevated at an angle for better viewing when you are more elevated above the set up. The Keyboard Folio isn’t available to order just yet, but when it does go up it will set you back $129.
The second, and probably the more interesting of the bunch, is the origami inspired cover. The cover will connected via magnets to your Nexus 9 and offer you peace of mind when it comes to protecting your screen. It is really interesting because the cover is just one piece. You don’t get two, if you want to protect the front and back with one, you will need to buy a set. However, most people are more worried about the screen when sticking their devices in bags and purses. Since the cover is magnetic and removable easily, you can quickly move it from the screen to the rear of the tablet. This is where all the magic happens. When it is placed flat on the rear you have a quick flip to access just the camera lens without having to remove the cover entirely.
The cover takes its design somewhat from origami art and while you might see a flat cover for your tablet, you might also see some of the bendable aspects that give it more than one use.
Again, the Nexus 9 Cover isn’t quite ready for people to throw money at it just yet. When it does go on sale though you will have a few color choices: Mint Indigo, Coral Amethyst, Lime Stone and Black. The more colorful of the options give you one color on each side. They look pretty cool. Feel free to check them out for yourself via the links below.
Looking to solidify your purchase of a new HTC Nexus 9? The fancy new tablet is scheduled for a full release on November 3rd, but you can get a pre-order in for one today through Amazon.
The Nexus 9 offering gives you a choice between black or white and either 16GB or 32GB. The 32GB model in either color is $399.99 while the 32GB will set your bank account back $479.99. A quick feature recap includes a 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front shooter. The tablet measures in at 8.99 x 6.05 x 0.31-inches and weighs just under a pound. Don’t forget, it also has the dual front facing BoomSound speakers as well. Bounce on over to Amazon to get your HTC Nexus 9 Tablet ordered today.
Just the other day HBO said they would be bringing their content to consumers through a streaming method of some kind in 2015. I leave that vague, because HBO was vague about it. Offering up a few possible approaches, but nothing concrete yet. The news was that it was coming. I had hoped that other major network channels would start to do the same thing as well. While many of them have web pages and apps, you don’t get the same content, or access to content, as if you watched it live on your TV. Hell, some won’t work unless you have a traditional cable subscription. The streaming side of TV is starting to pick up slightly as CBS has announced a new service that may or may not be worth your time and money, as they have announced CBS All Access.
CBS All Access is available on the web, Android and iOS. They are offering up a 1 week free trial for people to give it a whirl. Once the 1 week ends you can expect to pay $5.99 a month for access. The fee gives you a number of perks like new episodes of your favorite show on demand the day after it aired, live TV stream in select markets, access to 6500 episodes including every episode of top shows like NCIS and ad-free viewing for classics like Star Trek, I love Lucy and CSI: Miami.
I signed up for the 1 week free trial to give it a spin on my phone. The layout is pretty nice and seems fairly easily to navigate around. If memory serves, the ABC app is the one that is a total nightmare to try to navigate through.
Yes, there are still ads in the app, and only the ad-free classic shows are commercial/ad-free. It is still a pretty slick setup though. You can check out the schedule and add shows to your “My Shows” page and even get alerts when your favorite shows new episode is ready to watch. I breezed through the latest episode of NCIS and it played through just fine, even with the ads. It is missing Chromecast support though, at least native. Through the web and the Chromecast cast tab option it casts well in full screen and HD.
The CBS app is free to install and you can cruise around and take a look at it. If you want to gain the additional functions and features though, you will need an All Access subscription.
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The band Avenged Sevenfold might ring a bell to some. They are a rock/metal band out of Huntington Beach California. They have been around for well over a decade. I have been listening to them since about 2004 myself. You may have heard a few of their songs on rock stations or from video games like Rock Band. Moving beyond the music and the inclusion of their music in games, they have now moved on to their own mobile game. entitled Hail to the King: Deathbat.
The title was created with the band and has been overseeing the of the production of the game for the last two years. The lead singer, M. Shadows, made the announcement today.
“After watching all of the members of this band play mobile games on tour over the years we decided to create one of our own. A game for our fans who love games as well. We decided to create this adventure with a nod to our favorite games growing up. No hand holding here, no fluff, just a hard, bad ass game that lets you discover the story of the Deathbat. How many of you out there can beat this game? Only time will tell. We are excited to share this story with you now.”
Hail to the King: Deathbat is an overhead style action RPG dungeon style crawler game that gets its roots from the Legend of Zelda, Gauntlet Legends and Diablo. The game focuses its efforts on the origin of the Deathbat, which is the bands logo and mascot. You will need to put your skills to the test through the dark underworld. The games musical score includes a slew of Avenged Sevenfold tracks from past albums and is the center piece of the game’s story line. All the rest of the music was also scored by the band in the immortal traditions of 8-bit gaming such as Castlevania.
The game is being offered at a flat $4.99. You won’t find the typical in-app purchase system that we traditionally see with other dungeon style crawlers. They do offer up a little extra in-game content for you to purchase, you can buy the ability to play the game as any of the Avenged Sevenfold band members. That option is more so for the fans then your average gamer and a pretty cool in-app purchase really. Everything else, like weapons and magical abilities are all earned in-game.
Hail to the King: Deathbat boasts 10-12 hours of gameplay in your standard modes, switch over to “Nightmare Mode” for another 10-12 hours of gameplay. Avenged Sevenfold is not just a local U.S. band, they have toured the globe a number of times. The band was keen to make sure there new game was also localized in 8 languages.
Regardless if you are a A7X fan or not, Hail to the King: Deathbat looks like a killer game. I’ll leave you all with one of my favorite songs, which is in the game, and a link to pick up the title below.
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