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You can now buy a Nest smart thermostat on Google Play

Nest Google Play listing

It’s probably not the biggest news of the day, but after Google announced that they’d be acquiring Nest for $3.2 billion back January, the smart thermostats that put Nest on the map are now available for purchase in the Google Play Store. It’s really not surprising, and probably just the tip of the iceberg in Google’s plan for home automation.

We can’t wait to see what becomes of this marriage — which didn’t become officially official until February –  but a new hardware OEM Google now has at their disposal, they’ll either come up with super cool gadgets to help better our lives, or rule over us with their robot army. Only product missing is the Nest Protect, but they still have a few bugs to work out first. You can find the Nest Learning Thermostat for $250. Link provided below.

Buy on Google Play: Nest Learning Thermostat


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You can now buy the Nest Learning Thermostat from Google Play


Now that Google owns Nest, it’s no surprise that the Nest Learning Thermostat is now being offered in the Google Play Store. The price is the same as everywhere else, $249.

If you’re not familiar with the Nest Learning Thermostat, it is the “Mother” of all thermostats. You don’t even have to program this one because it figures out what your habits are based on when you’re home or not. It even knows what the weather is outside, plus, you can even control it from your phone or tablet. It isn’t cheap, but the goal is to save you a lot more than the price of the device over time.

To celebrate Earth Day, Google is going to plant a tree for each Nest ordered from the Play Store for today only. Hit the link below to get your order in.

Click here to order from Google Play

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Nest Thermostat makes its way to the Google Play Store, unsurprisingly for $249

Google bought up Nest earlier this year for a reported $3.2 billion. We all expected Google to eventually turn around and make it part of the line-up up products that we can buy through the Play Store. Seems that day has finally come as we now see Nest being splashed on the front page of the Play Store linking into the Devices section.

Google Play Store NestFitting launch day really, being Earth Day and all. In simplest terms Nest is smart thermostat that learns and can be controlled via your Android device. They say it is a simple self install device that takes a person less than 30 minutes to install if you are comfortable flipping of your breaker and following some color coded guides. It is compatible with 95% of all heating and cooling systems installed in most homes today. Google didn’t drop the price tag though, which some expected. The Nest will still set you back $249.00 and will ship in 1 to 2 business days. As an added “feel good” to your purchase, Google will plant a tree for every Nest purchased today for Earth Day.

If you are interested, head over to the Play Store and grab one. 

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Sony Smartwatch 2 update brings custom watch faces and plenty more

Sony has rolled out the latest update for the Smartwatch 2. This one is already available from the Google Play Store and will be adding custom watch faces, wallpapers, a calculator and much more. The custom watch face setup is actually an editor that includes a “simple” drag and drop feature to edit those faces directly from the wrist.

The watch face customizations can also be done on a smartphone. Sony mentioned how users will be able to choose the watch face and then add the widgets they want displayed. Widget options include the date and weather as well as calendar, battery indicator and more. Sony also opened this up to 3rd party developers so the support is expected to grow.

The next two items — the wallpapers and calculator, are both as the names would suggest. Users will be able to choose between six different wallpapers and the calculator will be a native app running entirely on the watch.

Sony also improved the Gmail and Facebook apps. Gmail is said to have gotten improved synchronization and Facebook is described as being “more scrollable.” The last items for this update include a Bluetooth connect/disconnect vibration warning and an improved notification drawer that allows you to scroll through calendar events and mark events as ‘read’ directly from your wrist.

You can download the Sony Smartwatch 2 SW2 app from the Google Play Store.


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INFRAWARE Launches Cloud-Based Polaris Office For Free

Are you looking for good office productivity software that is able to synchronize your documents across several devices? You should check Infraware’s latest Polaris Office app that’s currently available for free at the Google Play Store. You will be able to view and edit your documents anytime and anywhere. You will also be able to save your documents in the cloud which can be accessed through various devices. The best part of this is that while other apps charge you to use these features it is available for free with Polaris Office.

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Min-Chul Kwak, CEO of INFRAWARE, announced that “The time when companies profited from exclusively holding software and service is over. INFRAWARE will rapidly enhance our customers’ business environment by offering POLARIS Office for free. We are confident that POLARIS Office will become a leader of the mobile office application market and INFRAWARE will continue its effort to make POLARIS Office the standard office software in all devices including smartphones, tablets, and desktops.”

More than 600 people around the world are using this software which is available for a wide variety of devices. It is compatible with Microsoft Office files allowing you to view and edit them without breaking its format.

Its key features include

  • View and edit Microsoft Office documents / View documents in PDF and HWP formats
  • Supports various files: doc/docx, xls/xlsx, ppt/pptx, pdf, txt, hwp
  • Integrates a variety of cloud storage services (OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, WebDAV, etc.)
  • Fast and convenient document up/download from desktop by using Desktop Agent
  • Add and edit header, footer, endnote, and footnote / Ruler function
  • Apply and edit 37 slide transition effects / View object animation
  • 15 templates / 20 2D/3D charts / 173 shapes / More than 300 functions and automatic data calculation
  • Camera mode that can be used to take pictures and apply them to the document / Insert and play video clips / Directly open zip files

Interested in this app? Check out it out over at the Google Play Store right now.

via prnewswire

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Google And Apple Battles Over Mobile Game Exclusivity

Competition between two of the world’s largest companies is spreading in various areas and this time around the battleground is over mobile games. Google and Apple are both trying to woo game developers to release games exclusive to their respective platforms. This comes as no surprise as there are consumers who will consider getting a mobile device based on the games available on it.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that both companies are offering game developers top placement in the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store. A game title that is visible in any store has a greater chance of it being bought by consumers which then translates to increased sales. While there is no money being exchanged in this deal, it is a win-win situation for both parties involved.

The report says that both companies are making their push in the mobile gaming front however it seems that only Apple is taking action so far. Take for instance the release of the highly anticipated Plants vs. Zombies 2 last August. Game publisher EA managed to close a deal with Apple that allowed their game to be prominently featured in the App Store. In exchange for this EA made the game an exclusive iOS title for two months before it got released on the Android platform.

ZeptoLab also made the same deal with Apple when it released the sequel to “Cut the Rope” last December over at the App Store. The game became an exclusive iOS title for 3 months before making its way to the Android platform.

Emily Greer, head of Kongregate, compared this latest battle to an “arms race” for the best gaming content. “When people love a game, and it’s not available on an alternate platform, they’ll change platforms. The level of attachment a person has to a game can exceed almost anything.”

So what has Google done in the mobile gaming scene so far? The report says that the company has “struck deals to help promote apps that integrate Android branding.” An example given is that in March popular Russian game developer Game Insights offered discounts on items sold like Android mascots that were sold in the game. Google featured the app in a specific spot in the Play Store.

Amazon is also working to get exclusive titles on its devices. An Amazon spokeswoman said that “We work with many developers to bring their apps to the Amazon Appstore, some of which are exclusive to our store.”

Exclusive game titles are known to sway customers to a particular platform. Take for instance in the gaming console business, a lot of people will choose to get either an Xbox or a PlayStation based on the games available on each platform. Lewis Ward, an analyst at IDC, however thinks that this might not apply for mobile devices. He says that “In terms of decision factors of why you buy the device you do, games are very low.”  He seems to have a point since the first thing I look out for in a smartphone is its specs and not on what titles it can play.

via wsj

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This Project Ara dual-analog controller concept has us licking our chops

Flippypad Project Ara concept Aether Technician

There are few advances in the mobile that truly have us as excited as Google ATAP’s Project Ara. The world’s first modular smartphone project, we’re still trying to wrap our heads around everything that could be possible in a smartphone that features removable components. Sure, additional batteries, bigger cameras, or even a QWERTY keyboard are some of the modules that immediately come to mind, but what about when it comes to gaming?

We wont beat around the bush — the Google Play Store is chock full of amazing game console emulators. And just imagine playing all those amazing old-school games on the “Flippypad,” a concept controller module for Project Ara from the mind of the The Aether Technician. The controller would merely snap into one of the larger sized modules on the back and not only allow For gaming properly on-the-go, but keeps your screen protected as well. Battery life is always a concern with gaming on our smartphones, but outfit this controller with a few mAh of juice and it might not even matter.

The concept’s creator says that although the Flippypad isn’t a real product just yet, it’s possible his concept will inspire someone else to create something similar for Project Ara in time for its release sometime in January of next year. We. Can’t. Wait.

[The Aether Technician]

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Trustlook Releases Android Antivirus Application With Heartbleed Protection

If you’ve been following the news lately then you already know that the biggest concern right now regarding online security is the Heartbleed bug. This is a serious vulnerability that affects the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library that is widely used today. This security flaw allows cybercriminals to access protected information which they can use for monetary gains.

HeartBleed Security Scanner

While the Heartbleed bug is commonly known to affect the server side by compromising the username and password of individuals it too can affect Android apps. These affected apps communicate with Heartbleed affected URLs which means that all communications to those URLs can possibly be compromised.

Trustlook, a company that deals with mobile security solutions, immediately studied the Heartbleed bug and published its scanning result that showed that there are apps currently available at the Google Play Store that are affected by the bug. In less than two days after the release of the results the company was able to release a security app called the HeartBleed Security Scanner which scans for any installed app on a device that may be affected by the bug.

The app is free to download and basically performs these functions

  • Scan Heartbleed Risk for Phone and Tablet
  • Detect Install application for Heartbleed Vulnerability
  • Check external website has Heartbleed Risk

The company announced that “According to our scanning, we found 24 apps have accessed Heartbleed impacted URLs, which means all the data that app communicated with server are in danger of being compromised by hackers. We already marked those apps as “High Risk” in Trustlook Antivirus.”

What’s the best thing to do regarding this security issue? First of all don’t panic. While initial estimates place the number of servers worldwide affected by this bug at 60 percent the latest estimates place this at lower than 17.5 percent. This might still be a huge number of servers but its way lower than the initial estimate.

Since this is a security issue everyone who has an online account should be concerned about it. The solution to this is to simply change your passwords. While most of the major services such as Google and Yahoo have confirmed that they have already plugged the hole it is still best to change your passwords.

When dealing with passwords always make it as complicated as possible. Try to choose ne with at least 10 characters using upper and lower case characters in addition to numbers.

If you have a device running on at least Android 2.3 and are concerned about this security risk then it’s best to install this security app which can then be used to scan your device.

via marketwired

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Google Gives Refund Plus $5 Play Store Credit To Consumers Who Bought “Virus Shield” App

Just recently an app was released over at the Google Play store that was supposed to protect Android devices from nasty viruses. The app called Virus Shield cost $3.99 to download which in less than a week made it to the top of the charts garnering more than 10,000 downloads. Unknown to consumers the app really did nothing and simply displayed a few images and a toggle which was discovered by Artem Russakovskii and several other readers of AndroidPolice.

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Ever since it was reported that Virus Shield really did nothing it was pulled out of the Play Store. The developer behind the app said it was a mistake and that it was not really intended for release in the first place. Jesse Carter of Deviant Solutions said that “One of our developers simply made a foolish mistake. The app version that was decompiled by AndroidPolice was not intended to be released. It was an early placeholder that our ui designer created. There was a mix-up between the version that contained the antivirus code for our app.”

Carter further added that they were not able to earn anything from the app since their Google Play Developer account was suspended before they could correct the mistake. The app was taken down from the store on the 15th of this month which is the time that Google processes developer payments.

Google wants to rectify the situation by issuing a full refund to those who purchased the app. In addition to this a $5 Play Store credit will also be given. A message released by the company states that


We’re reaching out to you because you recently purchased the “Virus Shield” app on Google Play.

This app made the false claim that it provided one-click virus protection; in reality, it did not.

Google Play’s policies strictly prohibit false claims like these, and in light of this, we’re refunding you for your “Virus Shield” purchase. You should see funds returned to your account within the next 14 days.

Additionally we’d like to offer you $5 promotional credit1, which can be used to purchase digital content on Google Play such as apps, games, books, music and movies.

Your credit redemption code is XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Click or tap here to redeem. For help redeeming, please visit our Help Center.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused; rest assured that we’re always working to make Google Play better for our users.

Thank you,

Google Play Support

via androidpolice

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[Download] YouTube version 5.6.32 makes quite a few changes in a small Increment

YouTube version 5.6.32It must be Christmas because the Google apps updates just keep coming. Or maybe it’s just Easter. Either way, Google has pushed yet another update for the YouTube app just days after updating it to version 5.6.31. This new iteration, YouTube version 5.6.32, looks like it adds quite a few tweaks despite only being a 0.0.01 increment. The new additions include quite a few changes to interactions with playlists as well as tweaks to comments like replying to and deleting them. The full list of changes from the Play Store page include:

  • YouTube Mix automatic playlists for music videos
  • Reply to comments
  • Improved video quality for Android 4.2 and above
  • Delete your own comment
  • See if a comment was shared privately or publicly
  • Share and like playlists
  • Your liked and personal playlists appear in the left-hand guide drawer

The update is showing on the Google Play Store now, but if the update hasn’t hit your device yet and you want to get your hands on the latest and greatest, we have the APK file available for download below:

YouTube version 5.6.32 APK download

Don’t forget to let us know how you find the latest update in the comments!

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Xperia Keyboard now available in Google Play Store for Sony devices

Almost all the major brands have been releasing their core apps on to the Play Store as it becomes easy to update those parts without pushing an update to the whole system. Sony has released the Xperia Keyboard in the Google Play Store. Although it is only compatible with Sony Xperia devices running Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Which leaves out a the Xperia Z and Xperia Z1s with T-Mobile (Story gave it a look.). The latest version of Xperia Keyboard (6.4.A.0.6) comes with features such as swipe typing, language learning and predictions. It learns a user’s language through GMail, Facebook and Twitter.

Xperia KeyboardXperia KeyboardThe new version also comes with data sync. It will backup and sync service with your Sony Entertainment Network account, assuming it is available in your region. This makes sure that even when you switch to a different Sony device, the typing experience stays the same. This keyboard includes all the major languages worldwide except Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

If you happen to have an Xperia device with Android 4.4.2, then be sure to update and give it a whirl. Assuming you haven’t already of course.

Get it on Google Play

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Official Amazing Spiderman 2 game makes its way to the Play Store

Amazing Spiderman 2

It’s Spiderman season all over again with The Amazing Spiderman 2 releasing worldwide this week. And to commemorate the release of the movie, Gameloft has launched the official Amazing Spiderman 2 game in the Google Play Store today. As expected, the app isn’t going for free and will cost you $4.99, so it’s not cheap by any means. Users will be able to spend money via in-app purchases as well, so the hefty price up front doesn’t promise you smooth continuity.

The game is your standard run-of-the-mill superhero movie spinoff and covers some aspects of the movie as well. There appears to be original voice acting done with the game, which is certainly a neat touch. Game progress will include crime fighting along with ability to unlock a few characters along the way too.

If you’ve been a fan of the franchise (or if you simply love adventure and action games), make sure you give this a look. Hit the link below to check out some live game screenshots which will give you a better idea of its functioning.

Source: Google Play Store

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Xperia Keyboard now available in the Google Play Store, Sony device still required

Sony has moved its Xperia keyboard into the Google Play Store, but you still won’t be able to get it if you’re not using a Sony device. Sony‘s move echoes the actions of Google, who has been steadily moving more and more core app elements of Android — from the Google Keyboard to yesterday’s Google Camera — into Google Play. Sony’s likely done so for the some of the same reason as well: they can update the keyboard and have it on users’ devices without worrying about waiting for carrier approval for a full-on operating system update.

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Google Calendar update adds location autocomplete from Google Maps

There’s an update for Google Calendar available now in the Google Play Store, and it’s going to make adding locations to events a tad easier. The update is relatively minor, but it brings a recently-added feature from the web version of Google Calendar to the Android app: location autocomplete from Google Maps. All you have to do is start typing in the location field on an appointment and Google Maps’ extensive address and point of interest database will be queried to provide you as-you-type autocomplete predictions. This can be especially handy when you want to ensure you have a correct address for someplace you’ll be using your phone’s navigation tools to reach.

The Google Calendar app update is propagating now through the Google Play Store for your updating pleasure.

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YouTube for Android updated to support casting live videos to Chromecast

Head into the Google Play Store and you’ll see YouTube sitting at version 5.5.27. The last time we covered an update for YouTube on Android was in late November when the app improved search results and channel pages. The changelog listed is old, but there are reports that there is now support for casting live videos to Chromecast.

Play around with the settings and you’ll notice that the Preloading menu has been removed. You’ll also find a Captions menu that has been added to YouTube for Android.

Play around with the app and let us know if you find anything else in there.

Download it now and let us know what you think.

Via: Droid Life

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Google Releases Chromoting App For Accessing Computers Remotely From Android Devices [APK Download]

imageGoogle is simply on a roll today! As it turns out, the stock camera wasn’t the only new app to hit the Play Store today – we now have the Chromoting app as well. Chromoting, for those unfamiliar with it, is a way to securely access your computer remotely by connecting to Chrome running a special Chrome Remote Desktop app. Anyone familiar with Remote Desktop, VNC, and other similar apps should feel instantly at home with Chromoting.

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Google Releases Chromoting App For Accessing Computers Remotely From Android Devices [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Play Store still topping the Apple App Store in terms of downloads

App Annie - Play Store

Android’s Google Play Store and the App Store from iOS are two of the biggest mobile app hubs available today. Now, a new report by App Annie sheds light on where the two rival app markets stand as far as downloads and revenues generated are concerned. This report claims that the Play Store is still dominant as far as app downloads are concerned, but still lags behind the iOS App Store in terms of revenue.

This however isn’t surprising since developers have traditionally received better returns from their apps on iOS. However, App Annie finds that the bridge is now nearing between the two app hubs in terms of revenue, so it might not be long before Google gains ground here as well.

Here’s what the report had to say – “Google Play led the iOS App Store in downloads by approximately 45% in Q1 2014, up from 35% in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, the iOS App Store maintained its comfortable advantage in revenue, leading Google Play by 85%. However, Google Play continued to narrow this revenue gap. The gains for Google Play come as Android devices extended their lead in worldwide device installed base.

Source: App Annie

Via: 9to5Google

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Get a head start on Mother’s Day shopping with Play Store sale

Even though it’s not for another month, Google is holding a Mother’s Day sale on the Google Play Store, offering major discounts on certain books, as well as magazine subscriptions.

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Official Google Camera app available for download in the Play Store

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Taking a quick stroll through Google’s applications on the Play Store this morning? You may have noticed that a newcomer has entered the fold, with an official Google Camera app being available to download at this very moment.

It’s a pretty clean camera app that gives you all the features you’ve come to expect from typical photo-snapping experiences, as well as some other unique things Google’s known for. The most notable is the addition of Photo Spheres, something Google implemented a long while ago but not many OEMs have incorporated into their own camera solutions.

Here’s what else you can expect from the app:

  • Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views
  • Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field
  • Panorama mode with high resolution
  • 100% viewfinder for getting the maximum resolution from the sensor (no dropped pixels)
  • Updated UI that gets out of your way and is centered on an extra large capture button

And that’s just the start of it. We’re sure Google will be looking to add a lot more to the experience with updates over time, but for now be sure to head to the Google Play Store and dive in! Note: Google says this will only work for those on Android 4.4 KitKat and higher, and as far as we can tell this thing is only showing compatibility with Nexus devices for the time being.

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Motorola Migrate update improves pairing, fixes issues

If you bought the Moto X or one of Motorola‘s other recent handsets, Motorola Migrate likely served as a mixed blessing: while easy to use, it suffers from various bugs that could cause a random loss of connection or trouble pairing. Today the company pushed out an update for the app addressing the problems.

Motorola Migrate is a handy way to transfer the data from one’s previous handset to their new Motorola device, including things like text messages and contacts. The app is available from the Google Play Store, and once downloaded it works with wifi.

The old handset is used to scan a QR code generated by the app on the new handset, which then allows the two handsets to connect with each other. Those who have cameras with fixed focus could run into issues with this, having trouble scanning the code.

The update brings support for QR pairing with a smartphone that has a fixed-focus camera. Beyond this, a number of unspecified bugs that could cause trouble with transferring data between handsets have also been addressed, potentially eliminating any “connection lost” or similar errors.

SOURCE: Google+

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AllCast update adds Google Drive streaming support

Koush has been pretty busy pushing updates for AllCast lately. It wasn’t all that long ago we saw one adding support for the Amazon Fire TV. But while support for new devices is welcomed, there is also the hope of seeing support for new services. The latest AllCast update has added beta support for Google Drive.

Aside from Google Drive streaming support, and the fairly recent addition of Fire TV support — there was also mention of various bug fixes as well as a “potential” fix for disconnecting after 30 minutes. Anyway, while the support for Drive has been added, there may be some issues with finding the file you are looking for.

You see, for now AllCast is showing your Drive media as one single list, which could make it a bit harder for those with large Drive accounts. Otherwise, as it had been AllCast is available by way of the Google Play Store and comes in a free and premium version.

The premium version will set you back $4.99, however it does remove the limitations found in the free version. For those who have yet to check out AllCast, the free version limits users to one minute of viewing on pictures and video. AllCast can be downloaded using this Google Play Store link.

VIA: Android Police

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Chrome Beta update brings undo close and fullscreen video controls

Google has just rolled out an update to the beta branch of its Chrome browser for Android and it brings a few interesting features. Debuting in this update is the ability to re-open recently closed tabs, more multi-window support, and better HTML5 video controls.

Desktop browsers like Chrome and Firefox have long had the ability to “undo” closing of tabs, but mobile browsers have lagged behind in that aspect. Now, Google Chrome Beta is finally catching up. Closing a tab via the tab manager will show an overlay with an option to undo the action. Like on the desktop, users will be able to go through the stack of closed tabs as long as the overlay is visible. Be careful though as it only stays visible for five seconds after a tab is closed.


Also in this update is better support for HTML5 videos. In particular, videos can now be played fullscreen complete with Subtitles as well as playback controls. This feature takes such videos one step closer to feature parity with Flash videos, which are no longer supported on Android.


The release notes also mention support for some multi-window devices, though it doesn’t mention which ones exactly. Chrome, both Beta and final versions, already support Samsung TouchWiz multi-window. We can only presume that this update adds support for third-party implementations and maybe LG’s own multi-window feature.


Chrome Beta now also supports casting some videos to Chromecast, though YouTube support is noted to be still incomplete. Even fullscreen video controls are still not complete. The updated Chrome Beta can be download now from Google Play Store and can be installed side by side with the regular Chrome version with no problems.

Download: Chrome Beta on Google Play Store
SOURCE: Google

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The official Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff game now available for Android

Family Guy The Quest for Stuff

New to the Google Play Store is the official Family Guy video game from TinyCo. The game features your favorite TV show family, the Griffins, doing what they do best… mayhem.

The story begins with the Griffins attending a town meeting to find out why the Family Guy TV show has gotten cancelled (again). There, they find out it was nothing more than an elaborate plot by Chicken to exact his revenge on Peter Griffin. Another epic battle ensues, and when the dust clears, the city of Quahog is left in ruins. That’s where you, the player, comes in.

Family Guy Quest for Stuff game Android

Played in an over-head top view, we’d be lying if we said it didn’t remind us of the Simpsons: Tapped Out. You tap to perform actions with Peter, completing mission quests to find the rest of your family, and rebuild the town. Because, yes, this is a freemium title, there are two types of currency: coins and clams. Coins are given as rewards for rebuilding houses and buildings, while clams are a little tougher to come by (and can be acquired via in-app purchases, ie: real money).

Features? Well, the game has a quite a few:

  • It’s Free! Freakin’ free? Freakin’ sweet!
  • Create a living Quahog that fits enjoyably in your pants
  • Unlock hilarious outfits for your characters like Mermaid Peter, Bikini-Clad Quagmire, and Rambo Lois
  • Send your characters on ridiculous quests
  • Keep Quahog safe from pirates, evil chickens, and other invasions
  • Peterfy your town with decorations such as The Petercopter, The Peterdactyl, and The Hindenpeter
  • Unlock hundreds of brand new and classic animations

Family Guy game screenshot

Craziest part is the game has been translated to French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese — although we’re not sure how well the humor translates. Because the game’s dialog comes from the writers of the Family Guy show, you’re sure to have a good chuckle every now and again. You can download the Family Guy game via the Play Store link below.

Download on Google Play: Family Guy

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Nikon COOLPIX S810c Android Camera Available This May For $350

Nikon launched its first Android powered camera called the Coolpix S800c way back in 2012. The camera ran on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and had a 3.5-inch touchscreen display which users can use to navigate the menu. While it did not have any telephony features it could connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi and has access to the Google Play store. Back then the device cost $350.

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Today, the company has come up with a second Android powered model called the Nikon COOLPIX S810c. This device has several improvements over the first model including the use of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and a 3.7-inch touchscreen display. It also retains its Wi-Fi feature that allows it to access the Google Play store and download apps.

Technical Specifications

  • Effective Pixels: 16.0 million
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.3 in.
  • Lens: 12x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens
  • Lens Focal Length:  4.5-54.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 25-300 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
  • Lens Zoom: 12x
  • Digital Zoom:  Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 1,200mm lens in 35mm[135] format)
  • Monitor Size: 3.7 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Type: TFT-LCD (touch panel) with Anti-reflection coating, Touch screen control
  • Storage Media: MicroSD card
  • Movie: Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps, HS 1920×1080/ 15p, HS 1280×720/ 60p, HS 640×480/ 120p, VGA 640×480/ 30p
  • ISO Sensitivity: ISO 125-1600, ISO 3200 (available when using Auto mode)
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: Up to 3 shots at approx. 8 frames per second
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL23
  • Approx. Dimensions: 4.5 in. (113 mm) x 2.5 in. (63.5 mm) x 1.1 in. (27.5 mm)
  • Approx. Weight: 7.7 oz. (216 g)

The Nikon COOLPIX S810c is basically a high end point and shoot compact digital camera. It allows for photos to be taken easily and quickly while uploading directly to social networks as well as editing of photos can be done from the device itself.

Some of the features of this latest camera include

  • Android 4.2.2 with Wi-Fi having a familiar smartphone user interface: The camera is easy to setup. Access to the Internet allows apps from the Google Play store such as Facebook and Twitter to be installed on the device.
  • Excellent shooting performance: Its use of a 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens covers the wide-angle 25mm to telephoto 300mm range of angles of view. It also has a Dynamic Fine Zoom feature which enables 24x zoom for a maximum focal length of 600mm.
  • Various shooting and retouch functions: The camera has a comment function that allows users to place comments on photos which can be later on edited. The Nikon Image Space app is also pre-installed which provides users a free 20GB of cloud storage space.
  • 3.7-inch, approximately 1229k-dot TFT LCD monitor offering sharp and clear reproduction

The Nikon COOLPIX S810c will become available this coming May for $350.

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The Walking Dead game series creeps its way into the Google Play Store


Well it’s about time. Zombie fans have something to get excited about today. Already available in the Amazon Appstore since January, The Walking Dead Season One game is now ready for your downloading pleasure from the Google Play Store. This game comes from Telltale Games, and is a five-part series. The first part is free, and episodes 2-5 are available through an in-app purchase.

This game doesn’t follow the popular hit TV show, but I am told this game is very good. You play Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, that has been given a second chance at life. Interestingly enough, that second chance at life involves a heavy dose of the undead. Your actions will control how the story unfolds.

Unfortunately this game won’t be available to everyone as there are some hardware requirements….

Minimum specs:
GPU: Adreno 200 series, Mali-400 series, PowerVR SGX540, or Tegra 3
CPU: Dual core 1GHz
Memory: 1GB

Recommended specs:
GPU: Adreno 300 series, Mali-T600 series, PowerVR SGX544, or Tegra 4
CPU: Quad core 1.5GHz
Memory: 2GB


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 8, 2014


With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!


Sony launches Lifelog app for their wearable devices

Pushbullet updated to add full image previews and Tasker Event support


YouTube Live Streams on Chromecast now available from the desktop

Reddit user finds that new home screen information may land on Chromecast


The Walking Dead game series creeps its way into the Google Play Store


Google I/O registration pushed to next week

Virus Shield pulled out of Google Play Store for being a fake app

Google Glass

Google Glass might have saved this patient’s life


Buy the HTC One (M8) or Robert Downey Jr. will be possessed with the most foul spirit

HTC One (M8) display is one of the fastest

HTC One (M8) in Stealth Red may have been delayed

HTC M8 Ace shows up in first leaked image

OnePlus One clock speed and RAM get clarified

New video tests waterproof qualities of Samsung Galaxy S 5

Samsung sues Korean news site over negative press

Next Vivo flagship will feature dual-LED flash

ZTE ‘Apollo’ could be the first device to feature Qualcomm’s 64-bit processor

Project Ara

Functional Project Ara prototype will be finished this month


LG said to be releasing another smartwatch shortly after the G Watch’s launch

LG G Watch to be available before July in U.K.


Samsung Gear Fit updated, adding vertical display orientation option

Sony launches Lifelog app for their wearable devices


Lenovo acquires 3G and LTE patents from NEC


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The Walking Dead: Season One game now available in the Play Store

The Walking Dead: Season One game is now available in the Google Play Store. We suspect many will react to this news with one word — finally. But putting the long wait aside, the game has arrived for Android users to begin playing. Those grabbing the game will have access to Episode 1-5 as well as a special one called “400 Days.”

If you’ve come this far you are likely aware of The Walking Dead. And in this case, yes, the game is based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning series. You will be playing as Lee Everett, and protecting an orphaned Clementine.

“Experience events, meet people and visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes. A tailored game experience – actions, choices and decisions you make will affect how your story plays out across the entire series.”

You will be able to play with Android 2.3.3 or later, and while there are a set of minimum required specs, the recommended include Adreno 330 graphics with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

For reference, The Walking Dead: Season One does play really nicely on the NVIDIA SHIELD. Naturally, that goes to say the control support can be expected. But otherwise, the game also plays nicely on a touchscreen device. Touching back on those specs and we find the minimum required to be Adreno 200 with 1GB of RAM and a dual-core 1GHz processor.

The Walking Dead: Season One can be found in the Google Play Store. The Season One game contains six episodes in total. The first, Episode 1: A New Day, is free. From that point, Episodes 2-5 are available via in-app purchase.

Those will each run you $4.99. Telltale Games also has a special episode, called “400 Days” available. Similar to the other in-app purchases, that one is also $4.99. Those looking to save some money can purchase the Season Pass which includes Episode 2-5 and “400 Days” for $14.99. Either way though, you can get started with The Walking Dead: Episode One: A New Day for free.


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The Walking Dead game shambles its way onto Google Play

The Walking Dead by Telltale games has hit the Google Play store, offering dramatic, action-packed gameplay. All five episodes plus the extra 400 Days DLC are available through a single in-app purchase, and you can enjoy the first episode for free.

For those unfamiliar, The Walking Dead is an outstanding comic and television series about a group of survivors in a zombie apocalypse. Though the game here has little to do with those series, you’ll find just as much cinematic excellence. Players have to make snap life-or-death decisions, complete rigorous gauntlets of reflex gameplay when fighting off the undead, and, worst of all, live with the decisions you’ve made from one episode to the next.

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The Walking Dead game makes its way to the Play Store

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The Walking Dead: Season One by Telltale Games has finally landed on the Google Play Store after a long wait by Android fans. The app was launched for the Ouya console in August last year, which left many wondering if it will ever make its way to the Play Store as well. The game contains five episodes in total with the first episode available for free while the rest will have to be downloaded via in-app purchases.

Users play as Lee Everett along with the orphan Clementine. The developers suggest that devices need to be at least running Android 2.3 to play this game and have an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM for the best results, although the minimum requirements for the game are 1GB of RAM and an Adreno 200 GPU.

You can download the game free of cost from the link below and try it out for yourself. Since this is a freemium game, you will have to shell out some money to continue progressing, so make sure you’re mindful of that before downloading the game.

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Android Authority

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AllCast gets mirroring support on Amazon Fire TV

Another streaming device means another potential toy for Koushik Dutta to play with. And true enough, the renowned Android developer has just pushed out an update to his AllCast app that allows mirroring smartphones on the newly unveiled Amazon Fire TV.

Koush’s AllCast has come a long way before it finally shed its beta status late last year. It even got yanked off Google Play Store due to issues with Google’s policies for free and paid versions of apps, though that was fortunately resolved quickly. Then in February, it became one of the first to jump in on the Chromecast train after the SDK was released. And now, Koush is jumping yet again.

AllCast boasts of support for a number of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Xbox’s, Chromecast, and now Amazon Fire TV, but mirroring support is limited to only three devices, with apparently widely different performance. Surprisingly, the Chromecast performs the poorest, with video quality only getting better after 2 minutes and with audio being terrible. Furthermore, Chromecast mirroring is only available on the Nexus 5. Apple TV, on the other hand, has good video but has no audio support as of the moment. This leaves the new Amazon Fire TV which Koush claims is actually the best of the three, with great video and great audio and even works on all devices running Android 4.4. The video below demonstrates this new feature, using everyone’s new favorite avian game.

That said, Amazon Fire TV mirroring is still marked as beta, so expect some bugs and future changes. As before, AllCast is available on Google Play Store in free and premium versions. The free version is limited to only 1 minute of viewing, both pictures and videos, and a $4.99 purchase will be required for unlimited access.

Download: AllCast (Free), (Premium)
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