The official Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for your phone may be weeks away, but Google has delivered all the ingredients for you to make Lollipop-ready apps. The search firm has released both the finished Lollipop developer kit and a fresh batch of stripped-down Android test releases for Nexus 5 and 7 devices. There’s also a new round of Material Design guidelines and assets to make sure apps look at home in Google’s flatter aesthetic. This won’t help much if you just want to try all the whiz-bang features, but you’ll definitely want to hit the source links if you’re a software creator.
Source: Android Developers Blog
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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Sometimes you just want to craft your Tumblr posts and browse the latest updates without being distracted by the rest of the internet. For those occasions, the blogging outfit released a desktop app for Mac that does two things and two things only. First, as we’ve already mentioned, it only shows you Tumblr content and nothing else. It’ll also let you post from anywhere on your Mac — so long as that place has the trusty OS X Share button available. If you haven’t yet updated to Yosemite, you’ll need to do so as the new app only works with Apple’s latest version. Of course, you could just visit the website via your browser of choice, unless you’re posting eleventy billion times a day.
Source: Mac App Store
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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After a lengthy beta, OS X 10.10 Yosemite is finally ready for prime time. It’s the 11th version of Apple’s OS X, and represents the biggest overhaul of the operating system’s visuals since its introduction in 2001. While you’re waiting for the update to download, let’s take the opportunity to see exactly what’s changed over the past 13 years.
There are a few things you can count on when Apple releases a new iPad: it will be thinner, it will be faster and there will be a LOT of hyperbole. Amidst the claims of magical devices, record-breaking sales and “very cool stuff” there are also a lot of numbers. Here’s a closer look at the big digits from today’s event.
By now, you’ve likely noticed that Twitter slapping new Cards in your timeline on a regular basis. Well, now you’re about to get more sound. The company announced today that the Audio Card is on its way to iOS and Android devices, and it’ll allow you to listen right from the social feed. Not wanting to hold up your browsing, the content will continue to play while you scroll through the rest of that collection of tweets. What’s more, the offering is getting a hand from streaming services, but for now, the first one to opt in is SoundCloud. While that may see like an odd match, rumors circulated a few months back that Twitter was looking to snatch up that audio service, and SoundCloud continues to add new features that make it much more of a listening option than one for producers. You can expect podcasts and more to get cozy in your timeline from the likes of NASA, NPR, Pitchfork and many more. Audio Cards are still in the testing phase, but they’re said to be rolling out for more “partners and creators” to use soon.
It looked like Twitpic would live on after a trademark spat with Twitter. Last month, the photo-sharing service announced that it was shutting down, and then that it had been acquired. It seems that whatever deal was on the table went south as the service is really truly shutting down on October 25th. Founder Noah Everett took to the company’s blog to announce its ultimate fate, stating that “agreeable terms could not be met” after sifting through “a handful of potential acquirers.” Everett also said that while the announcement that Twitpic would stay active was premature, the company felt that is was important to let its users know it would keep on trucking as soon as it could. If you need to grab your images, you can get info on exporting data and snapshots here.
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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