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Popular ‘Monument Valley’ Game Earned More Than $5.8M, Saw 1.7M Sales on iOS

Ustwo, the developers behind the hit game Monument Valley today published a detailed infographic that gives a rare inside look at what it takes to develop an ultra popular game and the rewards developers can reap from creating an app that soars to the top of the App Store charts.

For those unfamiliar, Monument Valley is a highly popular indie puzzle game that asks players to lead the main character through a series of mazes spanning 10 separate levels. The game was highly praised for its design, which included a unique and striking art style.

According to Ustwo’s infographic, it took Ustwo’s eight person team 55 weeks and $852,000 to develop the original version of Monument Valley ahead of its April 2014 launch. The app’s Forgotten Shores expansion, released in late November, took an additional 29 weeks and $549,000 to develop.

Monument Valley received some negative attention after the expansion was priced at $1.99 in-app by users who believed that the update should be free, but the half a million in development costs for the Android and iOS apps explain why it would have been largely unreasonable for the team to release an expansion at no cost.

The more than $1 million that Ustwo poured into the development of Monument Valley paid off, and the game earned a total of $5,858,625 from 2,440,076 sales. 81.7 percent of all revenue came from iOS from 1,736,431 sales while Google Play and Amazon represented a combined 18.2 percent of revenue. The game’s highest one day revenue was $145,530, which it earned on the first day it launched.

Monument Valley saw upticks in sales after earning an Apple Design Award in June, following the launch of the Forgotten Shores expansion, at Christmas, and after the December announcement of its status as iPad Game of the Year.

The majority of iOS sales came from the United States at 38 percent, and the game ended up being translated into 13 local languages. 12 percent of sales came from China, five percent from the U.K., and 4.4 percent came from Japan. Half of the players who purchased Monument Valley finished the game, and 24 percent of players went on to purchase Forgotten Shores.

Ustwo’s full Monument Valley infographic can be seen over at the company’s blog. Monument Valley can be downloaded from the App Store for $3.99. [Direct Link]


iPhone 6 Gets Sent Into Space By Urban Armor Gear [iOS Blog]

Back in late November, iPhone case maker Urban Armor Gear sent an iPhone into space using a weather balloon, and in early January, the site shared a video depicting the iPhone’s journey to the stratosphere in an Urban Armor Gear case.

The iPhone soared 101,000 feet into the atmosphere, and was subjected to 70 mile per hour winds and temperatures that dropped to -79 degrees Fahrenheit. Though turned on at launch, the iPhone later shut off and froze due to the cold weather

Urban Armor Gear hooked the iPhone up to a weather balloon rig that also included a GPS locator and two GoPro cameras for filming. Upon descent, the iPhone and the flight rig withstood 150 RPM rotation speeds, and at landing, the rig broke while the iPhone managed to remain unscathed.

“Our cases already meet military drop-test standards, but now we can officially say that they are space tested as well,” said Steve Armstrong, co-founder of Urban Armor Gear. “The fact that the iPhone survived its space adventure and returned fully functioning showcases our commitment in providing our customers world-class, or in this case out of this world, protection for their premium devices.”

The iPhone was protected by an Urban Armor composite case which promises military-grade protection, but it did not have a screen protector and still managed to come out undamaged. After landing, the iPhone powered back on and was fully functional, demonstrating the durability and solid construction of the device.


Timehop for Android: Throwback Thursday made simple

The ghosts of social media past return

You may have noticed an app popping up in a lot of throwback posts of late called Timehop. Timehop is an app with a very specific purpose: it digs up your social media posts from years ago and presents them to you on their anniversaries. While the primary use for Timehop is to rediscover old posts and content and then reshare it, Timehop can also serve as a daily dose of nostalgia — or embarrassment, as is often the case for my own social history. Timehop is a quick, no-frills trip down down memory lane and a cheat-sheet for #throwbackthursday.

So, when are we off to?


[Deal] Expansys has the Nexus 6 (32 GB) in Cloud White for $605 today


If you have been eyeing a Nexus 6, we have good news for you. Expansys not only has it in stock, but it’s also at a very good price. For today only, you can grab the Cloud White 32 GB version for $604.99, which is a savings of $44.01 off of the normal price. Even better news, shipping is free to anywhere in the U.S. (5 to 10 day arrival) and no sales tax will be assessed unless you live in Illinois. Depending on where you live, that could be another $40 to $50 in savings.

According to the website, the sale price is for today only so don’t hesitate on this one. Hit the source link to get your order in.

source: Expansys


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Oppo launches high-end R1C and low to mid-range Mirror 3


We’re only 15 days into 2015 and Chinese-manufacturer Oppo just announced two new smartphones, the high-end R1C and the mid-range Mirror 3.

Going on sale Jan. 20 for 2499 RMB ($404 USD), the R1C sports a 5-inch 720p display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage, expandable to 128GB via MicroSD, 5 MP front-facing camera and 13 MP rear-facing camera (a Sony IMX214 with a f/2.0 aperture), 2420 mAh battery and running Android 4.4-based Color OS 2.0.1 under the hood. All of this is contained in a device that’s 6.85mm thin plus it has a sapphire glass panel.

As for the Mirror 3, which is OPPO’s newest low to mid-range smartphone, it features a 4.7-inch 720p IPS unit with a 312ppi pixel density, 64-bit Snapdragon 410 SoC with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage that’s expandable via MicroSD and runs on the same Android 4.4-based Color OS 2.0.1.

mirror 3

According to GSMArena, the device will sell for about $280 when converted to USD.

VIA TalkAndroid, GizmoChina, GSMArena 


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NordVPN: Two years of secure & anonymous internet, $39


Gone are the days where the only folks who would need a proxy internet connection are the nefarious creeps at the internet cafe up to who knows what. In our modern world of rapidly vanishing privacy, it’s increasingly important to protect yourself your data. We’ve all seen more and more reports of compromised security, leaks, and hacks and there’s nothing in the cards that makes me believe we should expect things to get any safer in the immediate future. How does one safeguard their internet activity? NordVPN.

NordVPN affords you the ability to anonymously connect to the internet with private encryption. That means your data won’t be out in the open on those sketchy public Wi-Fi and mobile networks. Also, no activity-logs… not that you’d have any reason for that to be an issue. In all sincerity, this is a great service to protect yourself and your valuable information. This offer typically goes for $120 but AndroidGuys get the subscription for 67% off. You pay just $39 for two years of safety and peace of mind.

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Early LG G4 rumors suggest 16-megapixel wide camera, Snapdragon 810 CPU



With CES in the rear view mirror and Mobile World Congress fast approaching, we’re in that time frame where unannounced devices are being leaked. The next few months should give way to rumors and conjecture. Such is the case, already, for the successor to the LG G3.

Early chatter around the handset suggest the next-gen flagship could feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB RAM. The camera, allegedly, is being bumped from 13-megapixels to a wide-angle 16-megapixel shooter.

Other hardware is not clear at this point; it is expected to run Android 5.0 Lollipop.

LG has increasingly shortened the window of time between flagships so we might not be surprised if the so-called G4 arrives at Mobile World Congress. Historically, LG brings quite an arsenal of new products to Barcelona. Perhaps this one will be along for the ride.

Techmaniacs via PhoneArena

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4K, VR and a watch by Apple: What we’re excited for in 2015

Now that we’ve emerged from the technological wonderland of CES unscathed, the rest of 2015 is coming into focus. It’s going to be a year where the smart home, connected cars and the entire “Internet of Things” concept finally reaches everyday consumers. And, on the whole, it looks like we’re going to see plenty of other long-anticipated products and technological concepts come to fruition. Barring any major surprises, it looks like 2015 is going to be a year of evolutionary progress, rather than a revolutionary one. But that doesn’t mean we’re not excited for what’s to come.

The rise of 4K TVs

With 4K, what seemed like mere TV industry fluff years ago is actually getting interesting in 2015. Prices for 4K TV sets are quickly coming down (Vizio’s 4K set is just $800 right now); the content is slowly trickling down from Netflix, Amazon and others; and, most importantly, it actually looks significantly better than your existing HDTV. Sure, 4K isn’t a dramatic upgrade like the jump to HD from standard def, but it’s still a noticeable one (especially when combined with OLED). I wouldn’t rush out to replace my 1080p plasma and projector anytime soon, but if you’ve been holding out on upgrading, 4K is worth a look this year.

Enter the Apple Watch

Sure, this is going to be a big year for wearables in general, but the Apple Watch is the one the entire world will be watching. After plenty of ho-hum smartwatch attempts over the past year, everyone’s waiting for Apple to redefine the market once again, just like it did with the iPhone and iPad in mobile.

Engadget Associate Editor Jon Fingas is particularly excited for it:

I dig Android Wear, but my big expectation for the year is the Apple Watch. It’s designed to look good and has some clever interface concepts that haven’t been tried before. And let’s face it, there’s something exciting and scary about Apple’s first device in a category. Is it going to be brilliant? A buggy mess? It’s hard to tell, but it’ll be exciting … and you can’t say that about a lot of devices.


Thinner and lighter laptops

Now that Intel’s Broadwell chips are out, we’re looking forward to how laptop makers will use them to slim down their machines. One of the first computers to use that chip, Lenovo’s LaVie HZ550 (which won our Best of CES award for laptops), weighs only 1.72 pounds and seems impossibly thin. It’s hard to imagine a laptop getting even thinner than that without sacrificing too much battery life and computing power, but we’re sure plenty are going to try.

VR advances

Virtual reality made some pretty significant progress last year, and we’re eager to see where things go in 2015. Oculus might release its consumer VR headset this year (though there are significant challenges with that), and we’ll likely get a better sense of how Sony’s Project Morpheus competes. We know the tech works; now VR outfits just need to make it more accurate, cheaper and easier to use.

The Internet of Things grows up

We’ve been hearing plenty of hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) for a while now, but this year we’ll actually see plenty more smart devices you may want to buy. IoT basically describes connecting everything in our lives, from our homes to our cars. At CES, we saw things like Misfit’s Bolt (above), a colorful, smart LED bulb that’s cheaper than the competition, and several connected cars that could change the way we drive forever. Not everything needs to get online, to be sure, but the idea of the web touching things outside of our phones and computers is certainly intriguing.

Smarter and more fashionable wearables

Expect to see plenty of wearables this year focusing on two major trends: better sensor capabilities (things like body-composition sensing and persistent heart-rate monitoring), and better looks. Some devices, like Jawbone’s Up3, are aiming for both. Others, like Misfit’s wearable partnership with Swarovski, are all about the looks. Either way, they both show how much the wearable market has grown up.

USB Type-C cables

Yes, we’re nerds. So when we hear there’s an upcoming USB standard that’s reversible, recharges devices faster and is also double the speed of USB 3.0, we’re instantly on board. USB Type-C is eventually going to replace the micro-USB standard on smartphones and tablets. And as a bonus, it may also allow for even thinner mobile gadgets. While it just hit mass production, it’ll likely find its way into many high-end devices this year. “Considering the device I plug a cord into and out of the most is my phone, I’m excited to see what phones will adopt this new technology,” said Engadget’s Engagement Editor and social media guru John Colucci.

Project Ara and modular smartphones

Perhaps it’s just a desire for novelty, but we’re intrigued by Google’s modular smartphone concept, Project Ara. Ara might not be for everyone (indeed, Google’s focusing on emerging markets first), but going modular could put an end to the disposable-gadget trend. If you could upgrade your phone as you needed, it might also last you much longer than the latest iPhone.

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[New App] Wear GoPro Remote lets you control your GoPro with your smartwatch


Are you an adventure enthusiast or simply have a GoPro device at your disposal? You will be pleased to know that you can now control this nifty gadget right from your wrist using the Wear GoPro Remote app for Android Wear.

The app doesn’t seem to be available on the Google Play Store, so you will have to download the apk directly from XDA. It allows deep controls for users including the ability to turn on the GoPro device, change camera mode, frame rate or even locate the GoPro device if it goes missing.

Here are some of the essential features listed out by the developer:

  • Change camera mode (Video, Photo, Burst, Time lapse)
  • Change video resolution and frame rate.a
  • Change Time lapse interval.
  • Fire shutter to take pictures, start/stop video and see a small preview of the picture taken.
  • Fire shutter by shaking your hand (Great for selfies).
  • Image gallery to browse images on Camera.
  • Set basic settings like Spot Meter, Beep volume, Upside down, LEDs.
  • Locate camera.
  • Power off/on camera.

Click here to view the embedded video.

This is a relatively new app, so the developer urges users to pass on feedback about any glitches or errors that needs fixing. We’re keeping our fingers crossed to have this app hit the Play Store soon and we don’t think we’ll have to wait much longer. You can download the Wear GoPro Remote for your Android Wear device here.

Via: XDA Forums

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‘iPod Father’ Tony Fadell to Take Charge of Google Glass

Following some leadership changes that Google has implemented, Tony Fadell, creator of the Nest thermostat and “iPod Father,” will oversee Google’s Glass division, reports The Wall Street Journal. Google is planning on splitting out Glass, its wearable headset computer, from the Google X research lab into its own unit, led by Ivy Ross, who will report to Tony Fadell. Fadell will be in charge of Glass, and will provide “strategic guidance” on the product.

Largely seen as a failure at this point, Google Glass failed to drum up enough developer interest to truly establish itself in the wearable market and Google has continually pushed back the product’s mass market release.

Google has opted to cease selling Glass to consumers through the Explorer program, but the company will continue to sell the product to companies and developers. In November, Glass Head of Business Operations Chris O’Neill said the company remained “completely energized and as energized as ever” about Glass and that Google remained “committed as ever” to an eventual consumer launch.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google still has plans to release a new version of Glass in 2015, but details on the upcoming product and its potential launch date are unclear. With the shift, it appears that Google is shying away from public testing in favor of internal testing, a strategy used by Apple.

Under Tony Fadell, Glass could see some significant changes. In addition to creating the Nest thermostat, which was acquired by Google in early 2014, Fadell has been credited as one of the original creators of the iPod. Widely known as the “iPod Father,” Fadell was the SVP of Apple’s iPod division from 2006 to 2008 and helped to produce early versions of the popular music player.

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