Sunday, October 13, 2013

Google Play Store update bringing new “Designed for Tablets” section on November 21st

The Android team team took to their official developer blog today to talk Play Store, specifically, how it deals with tablets. Android’s tablet market share has been skyrocketing, and isn’t about to slow down with the holiday season fast approaching.

To better help new and current tablet users find the applications and games tailor-made for their larger screened devices, Google will be implementing a new “Designed for Tablets” section in the Google Play Store. This can be the default view when searching through Top Paid, Top Free, Top New Free, and other tabs in the Play Store. The Android teams stresses that this will be a huge opportunity for developers to gain some extra exposure, all they need to do now is quit dragging and get to writing their apps with tablet users in mind. Let’s just hope they don’t go making any of them exclusive to specific tablets.

Changes will go into effect November 21st and if you’re a developer, head over to the source link for helpful tips on how you can get your app optimized for tablets.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Toast Time for Android Review

I’d imagine that Force of Habit, the Bristol based developers behind the zany arena shoot-em-up Toast Time, conjured up the idea for this game through a cocktail of sleep deprivation and missed meals. I can hear their mad proclamations in my head as I type: “We’d love to treat the team to a nice breakfast of eggs and soldiers, but our toaster’s run off to save the world…”

Toast Time begins with our heroic kitchen appliance-cum-agent of death TERRY (clever shorthand for Toast Ejecting Recoil & Reload system) taking a stand in the middle of a sky blue playfield as adorable alien assassins charge from all sides. This cosmic menace has their sights set on a ticking clock counting down to the end of one level and the beginning of the next, and it’s up to TERRY to zap them with a lethal assortment of baked goods before they reach said timer, end the game, and impose Martian law on this fever dream of a planet.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Samsung set to unveil smartphone with curved display in October

It seems that Samsung is trying to keep up the pace and ensure it’s spot as a top dog of the mobile device manufacturing industry by pushing forward innovative, if not intriguing, designs and technology. The manufacturer is now publicly admitting its plans to release a smartphone with a curved display next month.

Curved displays on a smartphone might raise some eyebrows but the significance is less on the display itself and more on what it ushers in: an age of flexible displays and devices. Gadgets that can be folded, rolled, or assume shapes other than a flat, rigid surface are the stuff that tech dreams are made of. Of course, curved displays are nothing new, being a known technology in the realm of TVs. But scaling those down to smartphone size will indeed be a manufacturing, not to mention financial, feat.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Remote lock device option added to desktop Play Store under Android Device Manager

The Android Device Manager has added the new remote lock device option to the desktop version of Google Play, and can be found under the “gear” icon at the rightmost part of the screen. Once in the module, you’ll be given the option to either make your phone ring at full blast (no matter the current volume setting on your device), lock it with a new lock pattern (overriding the current lock pattern/PIN), or doing a complete factory reset— all without touching your device.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Official: Moto X will be available at AT&T on August 23

Previous rumors indicated August 23rd for all U.S. Carriers to offer the Moto X. At this point, we can confirm that you will be able to buy the phone at AT&T on that date with a price of $199 for the 16GB version or $249 for the 32GB version. AT&T will have black and white versions available in stores or you can customize one via the Motomaker website and have it delivered within 4 days.
Speaking of Motomaker, we had a chance to play with it yesterday, and it’s not only easy to use, it’s a blast customizing your phone the way you want. Motomaker is exclusive to AT&T for now, but should open up to more carriers in the coming months. Android commander

Official: HTC One to land on Verizon Wireless on August 22 for $199

Those of you on Verizon that have waited oh so patiently for the arrival of the HTC One will be happy to know that we actually have an official release date. Verizon just announced via Twitter that it will be available next Thursday, August 22 for $199 complete with the Verizon logo. At this point in the game, it is probably worth waiting to see what the One Max is all about. Of course, there is no guarantee that one will wind up on Verizon. Anyone going to grab one?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Robert Downey Jr. helps HTC kick off new ad campaign

While hints of Robert Downey Jr’s involvement in HTC’s latest ad campaign have long been apparent, the company made it a lot more formal with a press release today. The campaign stresses “Change,” with HTC saying they plan to show the world how their ideas and products define change and lead the industry.

Robert Downey Jr’s commitment lasts at least two years, and it sounds like he will be more than just a familiar face attached to a big brand. Downey is said to be working closely with HTC’s global marketing agency to shape the creative direction of the Change campaign.

The first of those ads can be found above, and while it’s not the most groundbreaking piece of marketing we’ve ever seen it’s still quite significant for the company. Go ahead and watch it above, and look out for more with Mr. Iron Man in the months ahead.

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