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NVIDIA announces their cloud platform, say hello to NVIDIA Grid

 

 

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NVIDIA's CES event has just started, but we've already cam around to something awesome — NVIDIA Grid. It's a cloud-based gaming service, where a huge bank of NVIDIA powered servers compute and calculate everything needed to render 3G games in the cloud, then stream them to your location. We saw it demonstrated on an awful nice LG Smart TV, but even more exciting we saw a glimpse of it running on the Transformer Prime.

This could be a pretty killer feature, and we can't wait until the event is over and we can have a better look. Keep an eye out for more on this one!

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Live: Watch NVIDIA’s CES 2013 press conference

We’re live at CES 2013, but if you aren’t among the thousands making the journey to Las Vegas you’re still in luck. NVIDIA is hosting their 2013 press conference this very moment, and you can stream it live. Check it out below!

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NVIDIA GRID sets its sights on cloud gaming market

NVIDIA‘s biggest announcement of the night is arguably the reveal of the Tegra 4, but the announcement of NVIDIA GRID is definitely giving the Tegra 4 a run for its money. NVIDIA GRID marks the company’s entrance into the cloud gaming market, and though we often associate PCs with cloud gaming services, this is also a big announcement for those playing on tablets and smartphones.

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Of course, plenty of companies have failed or otherwise seem to have plateaued where NVIDIA is looking to conquer, so the company definitely has its work cut out for it. NVIDIA apparently has the power to succeed where others couldn’t, as it will be using 20 GRID servers per rack, along with 240 of its famous GPUs, which are working at 200 TFLOPS. To give you an idea of how powerful that will be, that’s equivalent to about 700 Xbox 360s.

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Seven years after the fact, the Xbox 360 can hardly be considered a super-powerful machine, but if you combine 700 of them, you’re definitely working with a lot of power. The result is what NVIDIA is calling “revolutionary cloud-gaming architecture,” and it should allow users to stream games with all of the graphics eye candy turned up to the max. That will certainly come in handy if you want to play the latest PC games but don’t have a rig that can handle max settings.

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If course, it also means good things for tablets and smartphones, all of which would probably melt if they attempted to run current PC games at max settings. Essentially, any Internet -device should be able to stream games using NVIDIA GRID, which is certainly an exciting prospect indeed. Keep it tuned here to Android Community for much more from CES 2013!

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T-Mobile to offer unlimited data plans for Monthly4G users starting January 9th

On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.

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T-Mobile to offer unlimited data plans for Monthly4G users starting January 9th

On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.

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T-Mobile to offer unlimited data plans for Monthly4G users starting January 9th

On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.

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T-Mobile to offer unlimited data plans for Monthly4G users starting January 9th

On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.

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T-Mobile to offer unlimited data plans for Monthly4G users starting January 9th

On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.

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Catch the Replay of The Droid Life Show Episode 11

If you missed the live stream of The Droid Life Show this week, then please, don’t be too hard on yourself. We record every show, spam them off to podcast sites, make sure they are in two places on YouTube, and usually try to do something like this, as in posting up the most recent [...]

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Archos announces TV Connect, bringing Android to your existing HDTV

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Will 2013 be the year we see Android truly infiltrate the living room? It's possible, and Archos has come out swinging with their new TV Connect device unveiled today. In simple terms, the TV connect puts an Android based Smart TV experience onto your existing, non-smart, HDTV. Kind of like Google TV, except, it isn't Google TV. Confused yet? 

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What this is, is the first "multitouch Android on TV" experience, or so says the press release. Naturally there's a specially designed remote control included, and as you'll no doubt see here, it's not aimed at one handed use. It promises the ability to play games, video chat, browse the web, stream videos, basically turn your HDTV into a gigantic Android tablet. 

The TV Connect will be on show at CES next week in Las Vegas, and will go on general release in February for a pretty reasonable $129.99. Spec wise, the TV Connect is packing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has a HD capable video camera on board, and full multitouch gesture capabilities. The onboard storage is 8GB, expandable via microSD card, 1GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz multi-core processor. 

It's an interesting idea, and taking a very different path to Google TV. What about you guys though, is this something you'd be interested in? Sound off in the comments below. 

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Hyundai NFC concept car replaces our keys with smartphones

This week the ever so popular car manufacturer Hyundai is showing off a brand new type of NFC capability. Something surely we’ve all thought about before. Wouldn’t it be nice to unlock and start our cars all with our smartphone? Leave those bulky keys and keyless entry add-ons at home. This new smart car uses NFC tags to do just that.

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It’s being called the Hyundai “Connectivity Concept” Car and is being shown off and previewed at the manufacturer’s European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. This new concept is being shown on the manufacturer’s New Generation i30 car, using Near Field Communication (NFC) to complete the connection.

It’s simple. You use your NFC capable smartphone and pair it with the NFC tag nicely integrated into the vehicle and a quick tap unlocks the car. Then they’ve got a nice mat inside where you’ll also place the phone which acts as a stream to their 7-inch display. There you’ll get music, video, radio, phone contacts and much more. Obviously they won’t be encouraging Angry Birds on the display, but I’m sure we can hack that feature into it too.

That isn’t all either. Once placed inside the car that same mat doubles as a wireless charging dock. No wires needed. Simply place your wireless charging capable Nexus 4, DROID DNA, HTC Butterfly and some of those Nokia Lumia phones on the mat and you’ll be charged in no time. They’ll be using MirrorLink technology for Google Maps GPS, and tons of other things are possible with this technology. Obviously this is just a start, but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing much more at CES this year with cars integrating our smartphones.

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The TalkAndroid app is now available in the Google Play Store

Yes, it has been a long time coming, but we finally launched the TalkAndroid app. Now you can easily read all the latest TalkAndroid stories on your Android phone or tablet. Upon opening the app, you will see our complete stream of posts, and with quick swipes you will be able to see all our reviews and guides. You don’t have to worry about missing anything breaking because you will get notifications as we publish.

If you feel the need to say something after reading a rant, you can easily add comments and track the conversation. Last but not least, you can easily share any post with your friends via Facebook, Google+, Twitter, email, and more. It’s completely free so give it a try and let us know what you think.

Features:

  • News stories, reviews, and guides updated throughout the day
  • Notifications when new Android news is available (optional)
  • Read reviews, guides, and news right in the app
  • Comment on stories right in the app
  • Share stories easily with your friends.
  • Ad supported, with ad-free paid option

 

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Ofcom announces UK 4G auction bidders: seven networks fight it out for 250MHz of new spectrum

Just ahead of the auction set to start in January 2013, UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed the networks gunning for next-generation spectrum. Alongside familiar names like Telefonica (O2), Vodafone, EE and Hutchison (which powers Three), Niche Spectrum Ventures (a BT subsidiary), HKT and MLL will also be looking to pick up a chunk of 800MHz and 2.6GHz LTE spectrum. That lower frequency band was previously tied up with analog TV signal, which has now been switched off, and is well placed for wide-spread mobile internet in rural areas, while the 2.6GHz band should offer users faster data speeds and better penetration in urban areas. The auction will add a substantial 250MHz of extra spectrum, on top of the 333MHz used by mobile networks today. If we’ll be able to stream BBC iPlayer anywhere in the country, it might be worth the wait.

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Google Play Music Brings Music Match Feature To The US

You might be thinking, doesn’t Google Play Music already stream my own music back to me? Yes it does but now it does it in a way that has a few hidden bonuses. Not only does matching the music in your collection with music in Google’s library mean all of your music will be played back at 320 kbps, it also eliminates the need for the long upload process. As a guy who still has tracks ripped at 128 kbps, this makes me very happy.

Google launched Play Music, including the music match feature, last month in Europe. The free service has a 20,000 song max. If that’s not enough music for you, check out our guide to the best music streaming options out there.

Source: Google Play on Google+

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Google Play Music Brings Music Match Feature To The US

You might be thinking, doesn’t Google Play Music already stream my own music back to me? Yes it does but now it does it in a way that has a few hidden bonuses. Not only does matching the music in your collection with music in Google’s library mean all of your music will be played back at 320 kbps, it also eliminates the need for the long upload process. As a guy who still has tracks ripped at 128 kbps, this makes me very happy.

Google launched Play Music, including the music match feature, last month in Europe. The free service has a 20,000 song max. If that’s not enough music for you, check out our guide to the best music streaming options out there.

Source: Google Play on Google+

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Google Play Music Brings Music Match Feature To The US

You might be thinking, doesn’t Google Play Music already stream my own music back to me? Yes it does but now it does it in a way that has a few hidden bonuses. Not only does matching the music in your collection with music in Google’s library mean all of your music will be played back at 320 kbps, it also eliminates the need for the long upload process. As a guy who still has tracks ripped at 128 kbps, this makes me very happy.

Google launched Play Music, including the music match feature, last month in Europe. The free service has a 20,000 song max. If that’s not enough music for you, check out our guide to the best music streaming options out there.

Source: Google Play on Google+

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Bitcasa brings limitless cloud storage to Android and Windows 8 today, iOS in January

Bitcasa brings limitless cloud storage to Android and Windows 8, promises iOS soon

Bitcasa has offered truly unlimited cloud storage for awhile, but only desktop users have had access to more than an HTML5 page. Now that there’s native Infinite Drive apps for Android, Windows 8 and Windows RT, that dream of having access to everything, everywhere just got more tangible. The new apps stream media in a native player and offer two-way file access, no matter the size or quantity — if your life’s work is in the cloud, your Surface can see it. Android users can also link their camera app to Bitcasa to guarantee an instant photo backup, and any file is shareable with those who haven’t signed up. We’re promised both an iOS version and a finished Mac app in early January. The $10 monthly subscription is relatively cheap when there’s no ceiling to what the service can hold; just try not to stream a 1080p movie from that capped mobile connection if you’re not a fan of overage fees.

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Google Music scan and match feature now live in the US

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With the roll out of Google Music in Europe we saw Google include the scan and match feature that offers up a quick scanning of your library and then instantly makes the tracks available in the cloud much like how iTunes Match works. At the time, Google made no efforts to divulge when that feature would see other regions. Now though, they've gone ahead and made it available in the US as per their announcement on Google+:

Traveling this season and want to make sure your music goes with you? Add up to 20,000 songs from your music collection to Google Play and stream it to your Android devices and your computer, anywhere you go.

Our new music matching feature gets your songs into your online music library on Google Play much faster. We’ll scan your collection and quickly rebuild it in the cloud – all for free. And we’ll stream your music back to you at up to 320 kbps.

This feature is live today for people in the US, following our European launch last month. Check it out: http://goo.gl/Hehq6!  It’ll be music to your ears.

The advantage for Google here is the fact that they've kept it free and it's automatic. As a Google Music customer, you're likely to not even notice it happening as it's all pretty much done in the background. It's a pretty slick feature that a lot of people are sure to love.

Source: Google+

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New Android-controlled toilet gives you another reason to bring your smartphone to the bathroom

Android started with phones, then went to tablets, TV’s, and even appliances. Why not toilets? A new toilet made by Tokyo-based Lixil will hit the market this February. Apparently you can get the app for Android called My Satis, which lets you flush, raise the toilet seat, and activate a bidet jet stream. If you like to listen to tunes while doing your business, you can even choose what songs to play through the toilet’s speakers. Finally, for those of you that like to control everything, the app will keep track of your history so the next time you’re at a dinner party, you can tell Aunt Agnus when the last time you, well you know. Don’t expect these toilets to be cheap as they will be priced at ¥199,500 to ¥389,550m which translates to roughly $2,385 to $4,657. I wonder if they would send me a review unit?

Hit the source link to check out a quick video as well.

source: japantrends

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New Android-controlled toilet gives you another reason to bring your smartphone to the bathroom

Android started with phones, then went to tablets, TV’s, and even appliances. Why not toilets? A new toilet made by Tokyo-based Lixil will hit the market this February. Apparently you can get the app for Android called My Satis, which lets you flush, raise the toilet seat, and activate a bidet jet stream. If you like to listen to tunes while doing your business, you can even choose what songs to play through the toilet’s speakers. Finally, for those of you that like to control everything, the app will keep track of your history so the next time you’re at a dinner party, you can tell Aunt Agnus when the last time you, well you know. Don’t expect these toilets to be cheap as they will be priced at ¥199,500 to ¥389,550m which translates to roughly $2,385 to $4,657. I wonder if they would send me a review unit?

Hit the source link to check out a quick video as well.

source: japantrends

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New Android-controlled toilet gives you another reason to bring your smartphone to the bathroom

Android started with phones, then went to tablets, TV’s, and even appliances. Why not toilets? A new toilet made by Tokyo-based Lixil will hit the market this February. Apparently you can get the app for Android called My Satis, which lets you flush, raise the toilet seat, and activate a bidet jet stream. If you like to listen to tunes while doing your business, you can even choose what songs to play through the toilet’s speakers. Finally, for those of you that like to control everything, the app will keep track of your history so the next time you’re at a dinner party, you can tell Aunt Agnus when the last time you, well you know. Don’t expect these toilets to be cheap as they will be priced at ¥199,500 to ¥389,550m which translates to roughly $2,385 to $4,657. I wonder if they would send me a review unit?

Hit the source link to check out a quick video as well.

source: japantrends

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Samsung Mobile audio dock images leak before CES reveal

While speaker docking stations are nothing new, it looks like the folks from Samsung are preparing to release a few dual-speaker docking stations to accompany their popular Galaxy smartphones. Some new photos have leaked out, while a bit fuzzy, showing a Samsung branded speaker dock for their mobile devices that we could be seeing next month at CES.

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According to SamMobile these speaker docks are indeed coming soon, and should make the perfect companion for a Galaxy S III or Note II. Samsung’s new stylish audio dock ‘cubes’ come in silver, black, or red and will have multiple options for Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners.

You’ll be able to stream audio over Bluetooth, as usual, as well as 3.5mm headphone jack and there will also be a micro-usb port for charging as well. The report lists some mediocre audio output specs hitting about 6 watts. So enough to be as loud as your average TV to say the least. Here’s the full spec sheet that was leaked:

• USB Audio Class
• Universal dock station
• Bluetooth version 3.0
• Power: 6W (3W x 2)
• Power/volume button
• Charging Port
• 3.5mm Audio Plug-in

According to their sources, Samsung will be announcing these new speaker docks early this year, most likely at CES 2013 in Jaunary in Las Vegas. We could be waiting until later in February for an announcement, and these new dual-speaker docks are set to hit the market from Samsung in Q1 of 2013. Speaker docks come in all shapes and sizes, and now Samsung might be releasing one more soon. Who’s buying?

[via SamMobile]

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Android-controlled toilet is Japan’s latest bathroom innovation

Studies have already shown that the bathroom is one of our favorite places to pull out our smartphones, so why not take it a step further? That’s exactly what Japanese company Lixil did with the creation of their Satis commode, a toilet controlled by an accompanying Android app. The app makes things like touching a potentially germ-covered toilet seat a thing of the past through a variety of “hands-free” interactions.

Users can raise the or lower the seat, initiate the cleansing blast of a bidet, and even stream music to a set of speakers installed in the toilet all with a few touches of the My Satis app. You can even monitor your toilet usage, which may or may not provide a snapshot of your digestive health (chances are you won’t need an app to tell you when your system is acting up, though).

Leave it to the Japanese, a culture that has already achieved innovations in the bathroom that others around the world only dream of. In comparison to some of the other high-tech toilets found in the country, the Lixil Satis in reality is only a slight bump up in loo luxury. Here in the US we’re still waiting for the day a robotic toilet can pamper us while Phil Collins serenades from somewhere below the bowl.

[Lixil via Inquistr]

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Dropbox Acquires AudioGalaxy, Hints at a Cloud Based Music Service

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Dropbox has been in the news since its inception and has had a huge role to play in making cloud storage more attractive to customers. It is after Dropbox that major companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple followed suit with their own cloud services. And now, the company has another feather in its hat as it has just acquired AudioGalaxy, which is a personal music streaming service that started off in 1998. This wasn’t an audio streaming site when it first started up (although it introduced music streaming and radio services shortly after). AudioGalaxy basically allowed users to remotely stream music from their computer with the help of their mobile device or a flash enabled browser. As a prerequisite, both devices needed to have the software on board. This obviously in some cases was against the law. But they mended their ways soon to make things more legal and open. So you might be wondering as to why Dropbox would be interested in this service. Well, the answer is pretty straight forward. Well, it doesn’t need a genius to guess that Dropbox could well be contemplating stepping into the cloud music arena.

Unfortunately for AudioGalaxy fans, it seems like Dropbox might want to pull the plug from the service for now. Its website states that it’s not accepting new users anymore. It is believed that the functionality will be restored sometime during the course of 2013. We’re of course merely speculating that Dropbox could bring up a cloud based music service, but that seems like the only viable option for Dropbox after having acquired AudioGalaxy. Let’s hope something good comes out of this, and having known Dropbox and the way it functions, we expect just that.

There are several big names in the cloud music industry, including Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player, Spotify, Grooveshark, iCloud to name a few. We’ve just recently learnt of a possible SkyDrive cloud music service which could very well see the light of the day. So the trend suggests that most cloud storage services have had no hesitancy in stepping to the cloud music arena. Some of these services have some limitations, mostly pertaining to geography. So if Dropbox manages to get this rumored new music player to most parts of the world, it should be an instant hit. Dropbox users are increasing in number since most new Android users these days are getting 25GB or 50GB of free Dropbox storage, which is a nice way to make new customers. While the cloud storage scene is still picking up steam, cloud music could prove to be a game changer for all. Let’s hope we get to see some competitive offering from Dropbox, which is if it plans on doing so with AudioGalaxy.

Source: AudioGalaxy Blog
Via: Android Police

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Sky Go Streaming App Now Supports 25 Devices Including Nexus 4

The Sky Go app, which lets Sky TV subscribers in UK & Ireland stream on demand and live TV to their Android device, has added 14 new devices to the list of supported devices. The updated app is now compatible with both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7.  The update includes an improved user interface and navigation. Other devices now supported include the HTC Desire X, HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

Sky Go is currently available on all iOS devices and the Xbox 360 so it’s nice to see it working its way through more Android handsets. If you guys can watch the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen, I will be VERY jealous.

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Google Currents updated with UI improvements, widget

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Google's own news reading aggregation platform, Currents, is receiving an update today with pretty much a complete UI overhaul. When first launching the app, you're now greeted by your news stream. In new Google design fashion, you have a main page, and a navigation bar comes in from the left side to help you select other stories and categories. You can swipe left or right between panels to switch categories, or within an article view to switch between articles. There's also a new widget that's similar to previous Google widgets (like the YouTube one) that let's you flip through cards of recent stories.

More: Get Android Central on Google Currents

Overall the UI is a big departure from what Google was trying to do with Currents in its initial release. This UI feels much more like a "power user" interface more suited to the crowd using Google Reader to aggregate RSS currently. It loses a lot of flare and goes back to the general Google style of efficient minimalism.

You can grab a download at the Play Store link above, and we've got a couple screenshots of the new UI and widget for you to look at after the break. Google has also run through a few details on the update on its Android blog, you can find it at the source link below.

Source: Official Android Blog

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Sky Go Streaming App Now Supports 25 Devices Including Nexus 4

The Sky Go app, which lets Sky TV subscribers in UK & Ireland stream on demand and live TV to their Android device, has added 14 new devices to the list of supported devices. The updated app is now compatible with both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7.  The update includes an improved user interface and navigation. Other devices now supported include the HTC Desire X, HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

Sky Go is currently available on all iOS devices and the Xbox 360 so it’s nice to see it working its way through more Android handsets. If you guys can watch the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen, I will be VERY jealous.

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Sky Go Streaming App Now Supports 25 Devices Including Nexus 4

The Sky Go app, which lets Sky TV subscribers in UK & Ireland stream on demand and live TV to their Android device, has added 14 new devices to the list of supported devices. The updated app is now compatible with both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7.  The update includes an improved user interface and navigation. Other devices now supported include the HTC Desire X, HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

Sky Go is currently available on all iOS devices and the Xbox 360 so it’s nice to see it working its way through more Android handsets. If you guys can watch the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen, I will be VERY jealous.

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Modern Combat 4 makes a brief appearance, but gets pulled because of download Issues

Late last night the social networks were lighting up with news that Gameloft had released Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. I saw it stream past my feeds and hit the magical button to go take a gander. I read through the description, checked out some comments and debated on buying it then, or waiting till the morning. I decided to wait and it looks like that might have been a good idea.

Gameloft has since pulled the highly anticipate title off the Play Store.  Sound familiar? Rockstar Games had to make a similar move not to long ago with Grand Theft Auto Vice City. Their issue came from a validation problem. Of course since I have been eagerly waiting for the arrival of Modern Combat 4, I reached out to a friend at Gameloft. They were kind enough to give me an answer and a statement about the reason it was pulled.

“We have decided to deactivate temporarily Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour from Google Play, until the download conditions are back to normal. Rest assured that you will be notified as soon as the game is back on the store. Thank you for your understanding”.

It sounds like the game had some downloading issues. I assume this isn’t the initial download, but more so the asset files that the game needs to download separately in order to play. We all know those files can be well over 1GB in size, and if memory serves me from last night, this one had something like 1.48GB of additional files to download.

Since I didn’t pull the trigger last night, I can only go on previous experience about what could be holding it up. Gameloft recently started using the Play Stores additional download ability for hosting and downloading of additional files. You might have noticed that on some games more recently. It is a great offer from Google for developers, but I personally have already seen the strain it causes. For one, it seems to download these much larger files at a much slower rate. Took nearly 3 hours to get the additional files for one game. Where as when the game was pulling the files from Gameloft servers, it only took 20 or 30 minutes. Still not instant playing, but much better. I imagine that this might be part of the issues that they are facing with the download conditions not being ideal.

On a brighter note though, when Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour does make it back to the Play Store you will be happy to know that it is fully compatible with the MOGA controller. I have recently acquired one of these awesome little controller for testing and have been pretty pleased with it over the last few days. As you can see in the images below, MC4 is listed in the games section of the MOGA Pivot app. That just makes this title that much exciting for me.

 For those of you that managed to get your hands on the game before it was pulled down, what do you think of it? Is it the best Modern Combat release yet? Let me know, I am eager to hear your thoughts. For the rest of us that missed it, we will keep you posted when we see it go back up.

 

 

 

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Sony announces Xperia Lounge entertainment app for Android

Sony has announced a new smartphone application coming to Android devices called Xperia Lounge. Sony describes the app as a new entertainment application with exclusive content and competitions. These span film, music, gaming, and sports. The app is not available to only Xperia devices, so anyone with an Android device can download it and check it out.



That being said, some of the content in the app is limited to just Xperia device owners. VIP content and streaming mobile content cannot be accessed on other Android devices. Other Android users will be able to enjoy the competitions and some other content once they register through Sony, but it makes sense that Sony would want to keep some content exclusive to its device owners.

Owners of Xperia devices will be able to stream exclusive live concerts and behind the scenes footage of movies from the application. Sony is also working out a way for Xperia owners to meet celebrities via the streaming platform. The contests implemented will include prizes such as concerts, movie premieres, and sporting events.

When the app first launches, it will include exclusive Coldplay content and a chance to win tickets to see Swedish House Mafia on their global farewell tour. Down the line, users will get the chance to win tickets to select FIFA events and other awesome stuff. This app definitely has the potential to be cool, and it’s good to see Sony opening some of the features up to all Android users.

[via Slashgear]

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