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Google continues to improve the Play Store app for Android, and has pushed out an update for it that brings it up to version 4.5.10 and includes numerous new features. Perhaps the most important feature is that the Play Store will now indicate whether an app has in-app purchases or not – we’ve all been in those situations where we downloaded a game because it’s free, only to find out later that completing it without spending real money in-game was a daunting task, but now users will be able to know if an app will ask for further transactions before downloading it.
The other major change in the new version relates to reviews. Users are now shown bigger review stars just below an app’s pictures and size details, and they can also delete their reviews, something which wasn’t possible before. Furthermore, the Play Store will now show reviews from a user’s Google+ friends at the top in an app listing; another Google+-related feature is the option to share your activity with others, so they can see which apps you’ve been downloading, reviewing, or simply +1′ing lately.
The updated Play Store is rolling out to devices already, and it will take some time before reaching all users. If you’re not willing to wait, you can download the APK from the links below and update to the new version manually.
Via: Android Police
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It’s that time again – Google has pushed out an update to the Play Store with plenty of enticing new features. We’ve got the APK, so after a brief rundown of some of the more notable features (we’ll scour the APK in the coming days for any hidden goodies), we’ll give you a link to download the app for yourself.
You can find previous versions here:
- Download: Latest Google Play Store 4.1.10 With Location Bug Fixes
- Download: Latest Google Play Store 3.10.14
- Download: Latest Google Play Store 3.10.10
- Download: Latest Google Play Store 4.4.21 With Slide-Out Navigation
Download: Latest Google Play Store 4.5.10 With Shared Play Store Activity, IAP Indicator, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Play Store has been once again updated and of course we have the download for you. The version is 4.5.10, and the most noticeable, as well as awesome, feature that was added is the fact that there is an indicator to let you know there is in-app purchases. It’s always nice to know if an app is going to be bugging you to upgrade to the full version with a price tag. The review section of the Play Store has also seen a tweak, making the 5-star rating system bigger, and they have added a edit button to edit your reviews for the app. You are also given the option to delete your review, so it is looking like they are making it more user friendly, similar to a social media platform.
There has also been an activity feed added to this version, giving the user the ability to share what they have browsed through to their Google+ page. The feed will also show your +1s, ratings, and whatever else you’d like to share. Other little tweaks like colors of the 5 stars have been changed, so if you want to check it all out, we have the download link below that will lead you to our download page with official changelog. Let us know how you like this new version of the Play Store.
Sony SmartWatch 2 App Updated With Fast Scrolling Notifications, Auto-Brightness, Stopwatch, And More Watch Faces
Sony has been surprisingly quiet on the smartwatch front since launching its SmartWatch 2. But now that the Galaxy Gear is gaining steam (or at the very least, getting a hell of a lot of advertising airtime) they’ve set out to put a little extra oomph in their Xperia-styled digital watch. A quick update to the Android app on the Google Play Store has given the device a few expanded capabilities.
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- Sony Opens Up The SmartWatch, Encourages Developers To Create Alternative Firmware
- Xperia Z Ultra LTE Now Available For Purchase In The US Direct From Sony, Xperia Z1 And Smartwatch 2 Up For Pre-Order
Sony SmartWatch 2 App Updated With Fast Scrolling Notifications, Auto-Brightness, Stopwatch, And More Watch Faces was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The PlayStation Network has become a surprisingly rich source of ports for the Google Play Store. Take Dokuro: it’s a beautiful 2D platformer that turned more than a few heads when it premiered as a downloadable title for the PS Vita last year. Now it’s available on Android for a single buck, and if you’re a fan of platformers with both creative gameplay and gorgeous visuals, you should definitely check it out.
- Tiny Thief Is The First Rovio Stars Game For Android, Due To Hit Google Play July 11
- [New Game] Princess Punt Brings Angry Birds-Like Gameplay With A Fun, Quirky Twist
- [New Game] Bombcats: Special Edition Explodes Into The Play Store With No In-App Purchases, Lots Of Cats
- [Review] Polarbit’s Tank Riders Has Good Gameplay But Needs Work
[New Game] Dokuro Is A Platformer About An Animated Skeleton, A Princess, And Charcoal was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
One of my biggest complaints about Google Play Music was that the app could only store “pinned” music (music downloaded for offline listening) to a device’s internal storage. Only have 4GB of internal storage but have 32GB of sweet microSD card space to fill? Tough luck.
Not any more, though, as the latest Google Play Music upgrade finally brings us the ability to store cached music to the SD card. This should give users as much space as they need to have tons of their tunes available for those times when a strong internet connection isn’t handy. Beyond that, you now have the ability to share various tracks you’ve bought.
While you’ve been able to share certain tracks and libraries to Google+ in the past, this new option now allows you to share music to any app (it’ll come up in the form of a link). The upgrade should be in the Google Play Store soon, but this is a staggered rollout so if you don’t see it right away then you’ll just have to be a patient Patty and wait a bit.
Version 5.3 of the Google Play Music app is flying out to Android devices right now, bringing with it… not a lot, actually. A quick look inside reveals bolded “Listen Now” text in the slide-out menu, a version update to 5.3.1316M, and not much else. But as usual, our hyper-intelligent cloud of futuristic swarming nanobots is pouring over the APK file, and there’s plenty to be excited about.
- [APK Teardown] Google Play Music v5.1 – Beam Music To Devices With Chromecasting, And A Hack For SD Card Support! (A Download Link, Too)
- [APK Teardown] Next Up For Google Play Music: Integrated YouTube Playback
- Download: Latest Google Play Store 4.2.9 [Updated]
- Download: Latest Google Play Store 4.2.3
Google Play Music Update 5.3.1316M Adds SD Card Downloads And New Sharing Options [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Sony Smartwatch 2 has just received a new update with some much needed improvements. Unlike conventional updates, this one can be downloaded or updated from the Google Play Store, pretty much like an app. It’s more of a UI update, with some core features bundled in to make it better and simpler to use. Most notable of these features is the ability to mark all reminders as read which is a plus given the small screen and a fast scroll option, also for notifications. The update will also introduce several new watch faces to add to the existing lot.
Other changes include stability improvements and the addition of a stopwatch app, which is something that should have been available by default as this is technically a watch. There’s not a lot more to the update than these features, but these changes do make functionality a lot better for the owners of the Smartwatch 2, so it’s worth a mention. Sony was offering the Smartwatch 2 for free with the purchase of its flagship smartphones, so it’s quite popular around Europe. Although smartwatches are a relatively new concept, Sony’s offering is on top of the list along with Pebble.
Source: Google Play Store
Via: Talk Android
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After a long stretch of teasing, Madfinger Games released Dead Trigger 2 for Android back in October. And while it hasn’t been that long since the initial release, it does appear as if an update has arrived in the Google Play Store earlier this morning. The update brings the game to v0.2.5 and even does a bit of teasing for what will be coming with v0.3.0.
While the look ahead is appreciated, how about we begin first with what has arrived with this update. To sum things up, the v0.2.5 update brings new features and also brought some improvements to the current setup. Those improvements are detailed as ‘balancing’ and according to Madfinger Games, Dead Trigger 2 players can expect the following;
- Zombie difficulty has been rebalanced
- Number of fast zombies have been decreased
- Several missions have been rebalanced
Otherwise, there was mention of various “tweaks across the whole game” and a fix for those playing on the Galaxy Grand. With all those details to the side, now we can get into the new features. This time around Madfinger Games has added more than 50 new game plays as well as more helicopter and sniper missions, new African environments and some redesigned warfare rewards.
Looking forward, v0.3.0 is being teased to include some new Chinese environments along with new story and warfare missions, new challenges, new melee weapons and chat. There was also one more item on the v0.3.0 teaser and this one provided a hint as to when we can expect the update to arrive. The final teaser was mention of the next update being a “special Christmas update” which goes to say it should be arriving fairly soon.
With that, Dead Trigger 2 remains available from the Google Play Store.
If you contemplated getting a new Nexus 5 from the Google Play Store in the U.S. recently, you were welcomed to an out of inventory or temporarily out of stock sign. That has changed now, at least partially as the 32GB variant of the White Nexus 5 is back in stock with shipping times of 1-2 days. However, the 16GB variant in White and Black will not start shipping until the 13th of December while the 32GB Black variant will ship from December 11. So the 32GB White variant is your only bet right now if you want the Nexus 5 in your hands immediately. But given the demand there is for the smartphone, we’re not sure how long the 32GB White variant will remain in stock.
While Google has learned its lesson from last year, it still has a lot of homework to do on stock management. Considering that we’re heading into the busiest shopping period of the year, it would have made sense for Google to anticipate demand and stock up on additional units. However, we’re sure the company has learned more lessons now and we hope to have the stocks issues sorted by January as people settle down after Christmas and New Year’s.
Source: Play Store
Via: Android Police
The latest Angry Birds Seasons update has arrived in the Google Play Store. This one is called the Arctic Eggspedition and it brings 25 new levels. Or as Rovio describes them, 25 “festive, frosty and fun-filled levels.” And for those who want more, there are also four bonus levels.
The 25 levels are the “Frosty” levels and in the spirit of the advent calendar, those playing Angry Birds Seasons will get one new level each day with the final being released on December 25th. Of course, if you are the type that wants to play straight though and not go day by day — you can unlock all levels now with an in-app purchase.
- NEW FROSTY LEVELS! Get in the festive spirit with 25 advent calendar levels – one for each day before Christmas! Plus get 4 bonus levels!
- NEW ARCTIC THEME! Take an Arctic Eggspedition and face sub-zero temperatures, large blocks of ice and some rather cold piggies!
Given the time of year you can likely guess that Arctic theme will include some snow and ice. Otherwise, Rovio Mobile has made this latest Angry Birds Seasons announcement with Simon Pierro, who is described as being the official Angry Birds magician.
As always, this latest Angry Birds Seasons update can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
Aside from this Seasons update, Rovio also has quite a few other varieties when it comes to Angry Birds. There is Star Wars, specifically, part two, as well as the Original, Friends, Space and Rio. Of course, Rovio is also responsible for other titles such as Bad Piggies and Amazing Alex as well as the soon to be released Angry Birds Go.
We’re just a few short days away from the Final Draw of FIFA’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the football event that pits the globe’s top countries against each other for the coveted championship every four years. The prestigious event is sure to have many fans and followers, and FIFA’s making it easy for fans to follow on the go with a brand new official app.
The Android version of the official FIFA app is now sitting in the Google Play Store for free. The app will not only serve as a definitive source of information for the big tourney, but will also be a one-stop shop for all things FIFA. News, videos, rankings and more will keep you in tune with the many leagues and football clubs around the world.
A quick stroll through the app reveals an experience that is breathtakingly refreshing. Many sports organizations tend to completely disregard the “rules” of Android app design, but FIFA nails it right on the head with their official app. It conforms to the latest Android design guidelines, including the new-style sliding drawer and a card-based UI. It’s a sad state of affairs when bad app design is so common that you have to applaud something like this, but we’ll do it anyway. Find the free download in the Google Play Store.
I’ll be honest, I usually don’t like third-party Twitter clients. For me, they’re usually cumbersome with their design and are bogged down with features I don’t use. Even on my HTC One, they are sometimes slow. That’s not the case with a new app, Tweedle.
One of the themes is “Falcon”. It changes the app’s design so that it looks like Falcon Pro, an app that many Android users have used for a long time. It makes the app black, with gray squares surrounding individual tweets.
There is another theme called “AMOLED” that makes the app almost entirely black.
The other themes are actually based on the different sections of the Google Play Store. The different schemes match the colors of Google Play Music, Google Play Movies, and more.
The “Play: Music” theme gives the app the orange colors of the Play Music app. “Play: Books” gives the app the light blue scheme of Google Play Books. There are also others, as seen in the screenshots.
- Retweets Of Me
So if you want to mute, say, “Apple event”, you can. It permanently mutes what you select it to, but you can undo that easily in the settings. It’s very convenient, especially if you want to mute, say, spoilers for a TV show or a movie before you have seen it.
If you are unfamiliar with Twitlonger, it is a service that allows you to create tweets over 140 characters. You type in, on their site, the entire content of the tweet you want to post. It creates a link that your followers can click on to see the entirety of something you’re saying.
It’s in the app as well, and allows you to both automatically create and view Twitlonger posts. That’s really handy, if you’ve got something to say that’s longer than Twitter’s 140 character limit.
There’s a couple nice bonus features in here, too. Instagram links are no longer displayed as the “card” previews directly in tweets. That’s supported here, along with other image services Twitter doesn’t support, such as Droplr. There’s also a Google Translate button, so you can read tweets posted in other languages.
This app isn’t without its share of minor bugs, though. One problem I’ve found, though, is that I can’t figure out how to delete the columns from being displayed. But I’m probably missing something, so it’s probably there.
The notifications aren’t push notifications, they are just “refresh” notifications. This means that the app basically refreshes Twitter every so often to see if new mentions or messages have come in. But since this is a brand-new release, this feature will most likely be added later.
Yet those are only minor issues that can probably be fixed with a new bug-fixing update. This really is a great app! And it’s free! It is supported by very non-intrusive ads. They only display after you tap on a tweet and are very small. And they can be removed with a simple $1.49 in-app purchase.
I really suggest you try out Tweedle. It’s a beautiful, yet perfectly powerful Twitter client. As I said, it’s free in the Google Play Store. So go ahead and try it.
There has been speculation for quite some time now that Google has been preparing a new Nexus 10 to update its 10-inch tablet offering from last year, though there has been precious little hard evidence to support any of the rumours. Even the manufacturer of the tablet itself is still being argued, though LG appears to be the frontrunner in this category, ahead of ASUS. There have also been suggestions that Google will be phasing out the 10-inch form factor in favour of a 8- or 9-inch offering, though none of this is concrete or provable at this time.
With all things considered, there has been only one irrefutable fact that has come out of all this: the 16GB model of the Nexus 10 has been sold out on the Google Play Store in America; according to TechnoBlimp, a Google representative has said that it “does not plan to restock the device once it sells out”. Whether this actually means the Nexus 10 will be replaced or dropped is still up in the air, however the last time we heard that line used, and if we use the Nexus 4 as a precedent, it’s definitely a possibility that a replacement Nexus 10 (or Nexus 8/9) is waiting in the wings.
There is one last rumour that is particularly interesting and supports the timely selling out of the old Nexus 10: the rumour suggests that the new Nexus 10, rumoured to be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2560×1600 display and Android 4.4 KitKat, will be released quietly on Cyber Monday. I guess we’ll only have a few hours to wait and see if this rumour is true, but the timing could be perfect for Google as people start madly shopping for stocking-stuffing gifts.
What do you think about these rumours: do you think we’ll see a new Nexus 10 on Cyber Monday? Let us know what you think.
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If you love the idea of Chromecast but wish it worked with locally-stored media, then Koush’s AllCast may be a solution. It doesn’t actually stream media to Chromecast, but it does have support for Roku, Apple, TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TVs, Panasonic Smart TVs, WDTVs, and DLNA Renderers, so if you have one of those, then you’re set.
Koush has been testing the beta application from his Google+ page for the past few weeks, but now he’s created a beta testers group and released the app to Google Play, which means it’s edging its way towards completion.
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If you’re in need of some funds for your Google Play Store balance, head over to Costco’s website. From now through Sunday (or until they run out), Costco will have a package of three $20 gift cards available for $48. That saves you twelve dollars from what the usual value is. To pick yours up, go to the source link below.
Come comment on this article: [Deal] Costco selling $60 worth of Play Store gift cards for $48
If you’re doing a little online app shopping this Black Friday, the Play Store and Amazon App Store have some great deals for you. Both portals have tons of content at a discounted rate, and even offering some free content. The App Store is concentrating on offering discounted games, while the Play Store has a better variety.
For those who use a Kindle device, games are the goal for Amazon this Black Friday. Ranging from $0.99 to $3.99, everything from classic console titles to subtle time wasters are available. Here’s a rundown of the games available for the US:
- TMNT: Rooftop Run
- Battle Bears Fortress
- Angry Birds Space
- Angry Birds Space HD
- Bloons TD 5
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- Fruit Ninja
The Play Store has a wider variety of apps on offer, though not quite as many games. For our money (or lack of, when considering free apps), the Play Store has a better compliment of apps for sale. The Play Store list, for your app purchasing pleasure:
- VidTrim Pro
- OfficeSuite Pro 7
- Smart IR Remote
- Beyond Pod
- RoByte Roku remote
- Reddit Pro
- Battery Widget Reborn
- Anamoly Korea
- RipTide GP2
- Amazing Spiderman
- Heavy Sword
- Virtual Tennis Challenge
- Order & Chaos
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted
This perhaps highlights the real prowess of the Play Store versus the App Store, with apps such as Agent VidTrim Pro. The Kindle is meant for media consumption, though, so we won’t fault it too much. Either way you go, both have great offers, which should sneak a few bucks away from you this Black Friday.
The Cyanogen Installer app was voluntarily pulled from the Google Play Store earlier in the week. While disappointing to see, it was said the Installer managed to get “hundred of thousands” of downloads in the time it was available. If nothing else, that suggests a decent amount of users are interested in running Cyanogen, but want an easier path to installation.
With that in mind, the good news is the CyanogenMod Installer app is still available for download. Just not by way of the Play Store. Those still looking to use the Installer can grab it direct from the Cyanogen website. And in fact, there isn’t much difference going this route as opposed to getting the app direct from the Play Store.
The biggest difference we see is in the “unknown sources” setting. Because the apk isn’t being downloaded from the Play Store you will need to sideload it — which really just means that you will first need to navigate to Settings -> Security and make sure the “Unknown sources” option is checked. From that point, you download the Installer app from the GetCM website and then get the Windows Installer companion app.
Thankfully though, the folks at Cyanogen have provided detailed directions, which is really just a four step process. Bottom line here, aside from not being able to get the app from the Play Store, it remains available and aside from that one extra step — things haven’t really changed all that much in terms of using it. Those looking to get started with Cyanogen should hit the source link sitting below.
Chromecast was launched earlier this year by Google as a TV compatible dongle to display and stream all your online content in one place. However, compatibility is currently limited to big names like Hulu, HBO GO, Netflix and others. But this is set to change soon as Google is all geared up to release the Chromecast SDK to developers in the coming days.
This will allow third party developers to utilize the functioning of Chromecast with new apps. And to accommodate for this change, Google has added a new Chromecast subcategory in the Play Store, which lists all apps compatible with the new dongle. This is a very subtle yet significant change to the system which now makes it easier for users to filter apps compatible with the dongle. We recently reported on how Chromecast app was made available to users outside the U.S., indicating future expansion. The dongle can be bought for $35 through the Google Play Store and other major online retailers.
Via: Phone Arena
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The Google Play for Education program went live earlier in the month. And a bit more recent, it looks like Google has released an app that will help those educators set up tablets for use in class. The app is called Google Edu Device Setup and has arrived (for free) by way of the Google Play Store.
The app does require the user to have a Google Play for Education administrative account. And for now, it will only be able to work with Nexus tablets that were purchased through the Google Education purchase program. Moving forward with those details understood, the Google Edu Device Setup app will be able to walk the administrator through a few tasks.
The app can be used for the initial setup process and also to manage those devices moving forward. Some of the initial tasks will include being able to connect the deices to the school WiFi network (and optional proxy) as well as locking them down and setting “child-appropriate values for key settings.” Or as Google clarifies, means turning off items such as location sharing.
This app can also be used to create an education-specific homescreen. Furthermore, administrators will be able to use this app to enable/disable other tablets in the group from receiving content from Google Play For Education. Bottom line here, if you are using the Google Play for Education program and have ordered (or plan to order) any Nexus tablets — this is the app you will want to have for setup and management.
VIA: Android Police
SOURCE: Google Play Store
Read award winning titles in Google Play Books on your HD Android tablet or phone
Publisher Image Comics has brought their library single edition and series comics to Google Play Books. Titles you know and love, like Saga and The Walking Dead (yes, it started as a comic) are now found right in Google Play and available to read today from your Android phone or tablet.
Over 500 titles, including numerous Eisner Award winners and New York Times best sellers are available for purchase, and to kick things off with a bang Image is making the first issues of The Walking Dead, Saga, Chew, Invincible and Super Dinosaur series for free to Google Play customers.
It’s exciting to bring digital versions of Image Comics titles to the Google Play Store. Our philosophy toward digital content is expanding as the market evolves and grows, and this is just one of many steps we're taking as we continue to move into the future.
Check out the full list of titles from your browser or your Android at Google Play.
SMS apps are a dime a dozen in the Google Play Store. It’s one of the luxuries Android users have been enjoying for what feels like decades now. But not all SMS apps are created equal. Many of them feature different UIs, come with their unique bugs, and behave differently than others.
One Android user discovered that the hard way after using “hello”, a free SMS replacement app available on Google Play. While attempting to send a picture message to his mother of a new car he was interested in, he accidentally clicked a picture of his junk he had stored on his phone. What he didn’t know is as soon as tapped, the hello app will immediately send off that pic to its recipient, without the ability to preview or choose a different one.
A slight oversight by the hello developers? Sure. But as the Android user mentions in his Reddit post, it’s going to be one hell of an awkward Thanksgiving.
Download on Google Play: hello
If you spent any length of time looking for games to download onto your Android device, you’d know the Google Play Store has no shortage of endless runners. Today, your favorite spikey-haired hedgehog is joining their ranks. Sonic Dash, is all new for Android and features the world famous blue protagonist, as he spins, jumps and, of course, dashes his way throughout linear levels in search of shiny gold coins.
An endless runner more akin to Subway Surfers, players assume the role as Sonic the Hedgehog, flicking either left or right to dodge obstacles, swiping up to jump over them, or down to spin attack. For a Sonic the Hedgehog game, we have to admit, it translates pretty darn well into an endless runner. Gameplay is challenging, obstacles and enemies are mixed, and it will take quick reflexes to clear areas and bank coins.
Because Sonic Dash is a freemium game we’re talking about here, the usual sets of in-game currency apply. You’ll accumulate gold coins the easiest, simply by playing a level and banking them at various checkpoints. These can be spent on simple power ups to advance further in a level, giving you bragging rights should you connect the game to your social networks. Harder to come by are the “Red Star Rings”, used for unlocking new characters, playing mini games, or gaining extra lives. It’s the typical freemium-fare, something we’ve grown accustomed to.
It’s Sonic Dash’s other business model that will, no doubt, be the make-or-break for most. Intrusive popup video ads greet you at every turn. They’re so jarring and seemingly appear whenever they damn while feel like it (usually when you’re in the menu screen). Frustrating doesn’t even begin to describe them. Not only will you be forced to watch a video for about 5 seconds before being able to skip, but another popup ad always follows, requiring you to press a small “X” in the corner to exit. Of course, these aren’t always the easiest to hit and more than often you’ll accidentally click the ad forwarding you to the Play Store. It’s annoying, and we can’t shake the feeling that they’re supposed to be.
The real price of admission
For a minimum of $4, ads can be removed from the game altogether, something I’ve strongly considered paying for simply to keep my sanity. Sega tries to sweeten the deal by including a gang of in-game currency. It’s a shame because the game is actually pretty solid, but if playing a Sonic game in between video ads sounds like a good time to you, you can download Sonic Dash for free in the Google Play Store.
Download on Google Play: Sonic Dash
[Deal Alert] Play Store Nexus 7 Now Comes With $25 In Google Play Credit, Offer Valid In US And Canada Only
Christmas is fast approaching, and if you were already considering picking up a Nexus 7 for a special someone, Google’s offering a little something extra to sweeten the deal. For a limited time, both 16GB and 32GB Nexus 7s purchased from the Play Store will come with $25 in Google Play credit. That’s not as good as saving $25 off a device, especially once taxes are taken into account, but it’s still a nice way to fill a new purchase with content.
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[Deal Alert] Play Store Nexus 7 Now Comes With $25 In Google Play Credit, Offer Valid In US And Canada Only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Christmas time is right around the corner, and now is the time of year when most folks begin shopping for their loved ones. If one of your gifts is coming from the Google Play Store, you’ll want to take heed to the following list of cut-off dates to make sure the item ships by December 25th:
- Australia: December 16 at Noon AEDT
- Canada: December 16 at Noon EST
- France: December 17 at Noon CET
- Germany: December 17 at Noon CET
- Hong Kong: December 17 at Noon HKT
- India: December 16 at Noon IST
- Italy: December 16 at Noon CET
- Japan: December 17 at Noon JST
- Korea: December 16 at Noon KST
- Spain: December 16 at Noon CET
- United Kingdom: December 19 at Noon GMT
- United Sates (Ground): December 16 at Noon EST
- United Sates (Two day): December 18 at Noon EST
- United Sates (Next day): December 20 at Noon EST
Remember that the order must show as being “in-stock” for you to get it by these dates, meaning those back-ordered Nexus devices could still be out of reach by the time December 25th rolls around. Head on over to the Google Play Store for all the Nexus phones and tablets, Chromebooks, Chromecasts and accessories you can handle.
SmugMug launched Camera Awesome for Android a short while back and while they quietly added support for the Nexus 5 after the initial launch, they have improved that support with this latest update. Camera Awesome v1.0.2 has arrived in the Google Play Store and along with the Nexus 5, this update brought added support for the Nexus 4 and HTC One as well as some general improvements that will benefit all devices.
Beginning first with the device specific changes we have the Nexus 5 first. The v1.0.2 update brought an improved exposure and flash handling. Nexus 4 users are said to have gotten additional flash handling improvements and HTC One users received HDR support. There was also mention of the ISO setting option coming available for additional devices, though, a specific support list was not included.
Otherwise, the Camera Awesome v1.0.2 update also had some more general, and seemingly welcomed improvements. These include some photo performance enhancements in the gallery and lightbox as well as improvement to the launch performance and speed to camera. Bottom line here, overall speed should be welcomed as we suspect many have missed capturing the image they wanted simply because the camera was slow to load.
Aside from this latest update, a previous update reduced the overall application size, made some stability improvements, fixed things so the last camera mode would be properly restored and made it so users could save images and/or videos to the SD card if they wanted. We spent a bit of hands-on time with Camera Awesome shortly after the initial launch (using the Galaxy Note 3 and Nexus 5) and can say the app remains installed and in-use on both devices.
Those looking for that earlier hands-on will be able to find the link by heading into the Story Timeline sitting below. As usual, the latest update for Camera Awesome can be found by way of the Google Play Store.
A long while ago in the world of after-market ROM development, something unfortunate happened — Google decided they didn’t like their proprietary apps being packaged with ROM downloads without the distributor officially licensing them. As you might know, Android is open-source, but only to an extent.
Folks can download and build the source code as freely as they want to, but it’s not until you get the Gapps package — or Google Apps — that you get access to things like the Play Store, Gmail and more.
It’s something all OEMs have to go through, but you can understand why the development community wasn’t particularly fond of that process. That wasn’t much of an issue, though — folks were just as free to download Gapps packages separately and flash them on their own, giving them access to the Google Play Store and many other Google services on their favorite ROM.
But with CyanogenMod going “legit” with their new incorporation and teaming up with Oppo to provide CyanogenMod for the N1, the company decided it was time to stop beating around the bush and get hooked up with the official licenses and other legal necessities to have Gapps distributed with CyanogenMod.
We know this to be true of the package that will be released for Oppo N1 owners wishing to flash CyanogenMod or get the limited run of the phone with the ROM pre-installed, though we’re not yet sure if this will extend to folks flashing CM to other devices through something like the CyanogenMod Installer (which launched a couple of weeks ago).
This is especially significant for CyanogenMod considering the team’s ROM was the first major example Google used to make their point. The Mountain View company allegedly issued cease and desist letters a few years back asking the team to comply with their licensing rules or risk major legal action. That little snafu obviously didn’t spell doom for CyanogenMod, but it did happen.
We’ll be getting a line into the CyanogenMod team to see if we can’t find out more, but this unprecedented event shouldn’t go unnoticed. This is as big of a deal as the day that the team announced they were going to be forming a corporation with major funds behind them.
The craziest part is that this is still just the early beginning of something major, boys and girls. We’re still waiting to hear word on a supposed official “CyanogenMod phone” that is being worked on with a mystery hardware partner.
The latest rumors suggest the team is working with ex-Oppo vice president Pete Lau to create device that was built from the ground up for nothing but CyanogenMod. The team already halfway confirmed their plans, though we’ll have to wait for more pointed details in the future to know exactly what we’re in store for. Let’s just say it’s going to be an interesting couple of months from here on out.
Google may be ramping up its efforts on Chromecast, with an SDK hackathon scheduled next month, access to the $35 device is still relatively limited, at least when compared to the thousands of Android smartphone and tablet owners out there. For these people, one feasible, not to mention free, alternative is the CheapCast app that just got a whole lot better with this recent update.
We covered CheapCast’s appearance in Google Play Store way back in August. This app basically turns any Android device into an instant Chromecast device, becoming the recipient of content that is “cast” from an officially supported source such as YouTube, Netlfix, and Google Music. Since the Android device has a screen of its own, it is possible to just watch direction on it. Of course, the real benefit comes when you connect the Android device-turned-Chromecast to a TV via HDMI, letting you view content in all its majestic glory.
When it launched, CheapCast’s functionality was basic and quite limited. This latest update brings in some much needed features, in particular, support for Tab Casting. This will allow users to throw a browser tab to the device. At the moment, though, it simply mirrors the tab with no support for fullscreen playback. In addition, switching over to Chromium, the open source web browser on which Google’s own Chrome browser is based, could also open up the app to even more possibilities.
The CheapCast app is, fortunately, still offered for free on Google Play Store. The developer is still accepting donations but, due to changes in the Play Store Terms of Service, that option is now only available in the form of an in-app purchase.
SwiftKey 4.3 exited the beta phase in early November and that meant the “Layouts for Living” update became available by way of the Google Play Store. The key with that update was the variety of options for the keyboard. You see, Layouts for Living actually meant users had a few options including a split keyboard, right (or left) side keyboard, a keyboard that could undock and more.
Well, it looks like SwiftKey 4.3.1 has arrived in the Play Store earlier this morning and while this is mostly a bug fixing update, there is one change that will likely be welcomed by those who are left-handed. The 4.3.1 update allows users to move the number pad to the left or right side of the screen. Similar to how we have made adjustments in the past, you can adjust this setting by pressing and holding the “123″ key in the lower left. From that point tap themes.
Aside from the new left-hand friendly number pad option, SwiftKey 4.3.1 took care of a bug where some were losing the personal language when updating and also restored a missing dollar sign. The missing dollar sign fix is for those in non-US territories and will have the dollar sign on the X key. Additionally, a press and hold of the X key will bring up five different currency symbol options. The spacebar sound is now also different than other keys.
Otherwise, while SwiftKey 4.3.1 has taken care of a few bugs, it seems to have introduced a new one. This one has been spotted when we updated our Nexus 5. In other words, this one will likely affect Kit Kat users. Basically, once you update SwiftKey from the Play Store — SwiftKey is not going to be your default. Diving into the Settings didn’t help us, but things were fixed quickly enough by opening the SwiftKey app.
SOURCE: SwiftKey Blog
Fans of classic Squaresoft RPGs have had a smorgasbord on the Google Play Store as of late, but it’s all been remakes and re-releases. The first “new” Final Fantasy game to come to the platform (unless you count some of the simple stuff like Final Fantasy All The Bravest, which you shouldn’t) is Final Fantast IV: The After Years. It’s a sequel to the old FFIV (from 1991) released for Japanese mobile market in 2008 before making it to the Wii in 2011.
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[New Game] Square Enix Ports Final Fantasy IV: After Years To Android, 22 Years After The Original was written by the awesome team at Android Police.