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Indie Developers Outraged as Google Requires a Physical Address on Play Store

Sep 19, 2014 - 9:42 AM - by dgstorm

Something is amiss in Google-land. Google just announced a new policy which has independent developers enraged, and for good reason. As of September 30th, 2014, Google will now require all developers to publish a physical address on the Google Play Store. This is for anyone who wants to host their app on the Google Play Store, and applies to paid apps or apps with in-app purchases. You can see the details in the screen grab below.


Keep in mind that this must be a "physical address," so a Post Office Box won't work. This is wrong on so many levels, it's baffling to fathom that...

Continue Reading @: http://www.droidforums.net/threads/i...-store.274227/
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Star Wars Commander for Android; Just Like a Star Wars Flavored Clash of Clans

Sep 18, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm

Fans of the RTS-style game Clash of Clans who also happen to love the Star Wars universe are in for a treat! Star Wars Commander is now available for Android, and it's basically just like Clash of Clans only it's set in the Star Wars universe instead of the medieval fantasy-style found in Clash of Clans.

The game is free to play, but you know what that means... it includes the dreaded IAP (in app purchase) system. Supposedly, the IAP for this game isn't too terrible though, so it could still be worth a look.

Here's a quote from the Google Play description and a link below to try it out.

Description
Charge into battle on distant planets, and lead your troops to victory in this action-packed, combat strategy game! Build a base, recruit an unstoppable force, and challenge players across the Star Wars universe in Star Wars™: Commander!
During a time of Galactic Civil War, competing forces need allies for their cause. The Rebellion rallies for justice and freedom, while the Empire seeks control of the galaxy. Where does your allegiance lie? Will you side with the Empire’s strength and relentlessness, or the Rebellion’s heroism and resourcefulness? The choice is yours!

Rise through the ranks as a powerful battlefield commander in this exciting game of strategy and competitive galactic combat!

Features:
• Choose your side: Will you command AT-ATs and TIE Fighters as the Empire? Or call on iconic heroes like Han Solo and Princess Leia as the Rebellion?
• Build and defend your base: Train unique troops specific to each faction, and fortify your base with deflector shields, turrets, heavy artillery, and other defenses!
• Lead epic battles: Strategically deploy powerful armies, units, and vehicles against enemies and players around the galaxy!
• Form the ultimate Squad: Build strong alliances with friends and other players!
• Travel to multiple planets and complete special missions: Play an all-new story as a valiant leader on the front lines of the Galactic Civil War.
• Upgrade your strike team and its defenses: Strengthen your forces with multiple levels of upgrades for each unit!
• Download now and play in your choice of English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish!

Invade enemy territory and establish an impenetrable base as you join the battle for dominance!

Star Wars: Commander requires Android OS 2.3.3 or above and supports both tablets and phones.

Before you download this experience, please consider that this app contains social media links to connect with others, in-app purchases that cost real money, push notifications to let you know when we have exciting updates like new content, as well as advertising for The Walt Disney Family of Companies and some third parties. In app purchases available from $1.99-$99.99.
Source: Google Play Store
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Sony Forecasting Quadruple Losses Due to Smartphone Division

Sep 17, 2014 - 10:58 AM - by dgstorm

Although Sony already cut its forecast for smartphone sales in July, they have had to readjust their predictions for the financial year and the outlook is bleak. Sony is now expecting quadruple the losses and it's due to poor sales of their Xperia smartphones.

Sony now expects a 180 billion yen ($1.7 billion) "impairment" after an internal review of its mobile division. Sony shared that they have changed their focus from "achieving significant sales growth" to reducing risk, volatility and "more stable profits." Apparently the mid-range devices were the worst offenders so Sony is likely to return their focus to premium devices.

Source: Sony
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Goat Simulator Comes to Android; Prepare to be Flabbergasted

Sep 17, 2014 - 10:49 AM - by dgstorm

The insanity has come to Android now! Goat Simulator is now available on Android. If you haven't tried out Goat Simulator, it is a rare treat in utter astonishment. We won't call it a great game, but it is one of the wackiest ways to have a good time and laugh until your stomach hurts.

There's no way to describe the ridiculous situations you can create while attempting the perfect combo with your acrobatic little goat. It's a bit pricey at $4.99 on the Google Play Store, but that might be worth it for the sheer shock value alone.

Let the mayhem ensue!

Here's a full description from the Google Play Store:

Description
Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally come true!
Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game.

Disclaimer: Goat Simulator is a completely stupid game and, to be honest, you should probably spend your money on something else, such as a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe pool your money together with your friends and buy a real goat.

Key Features
* You can be a goat
* Get points for wrecking stuff - brag to your friends that you're the alpha goat
* MILLIONS OF BUGS! We're only eliminating the crash-bugs, everything else is hilarious and we're keeping it
* In-game physics that spazz out all the time
* Seriously look at that goat's neck
* You can be a goat
Source: Google Play Store - Goat Simulator
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4's Exynos 5433 Confirmed to be a 64-Bit Chip in Source Code

Sep 17, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm

After the folks at Anandtech dug deeper into the source code of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4's Exynos 5433 chipset, they discovered that it uses the new A57/A53 configuration instead of the previous generation Cortex-A15/A7 mashup. ARM themselves have confirmed this to be a 64-bit architecture.

It's odd that Samsung hasn't been touting that fact too loudly and basically only describe the chip as a 1.9 GHz octa-core processor. It is likely that Samsung simply wants to wait until Android L is released because the 64-bit functionality of the chip is mostly useless without a compatible OS to take advantage of it.

Of course, the primary exception to that is that this chipset will support more than 3GB of RAM in a device, but since the Note 4 only comes with 3GB of RAM, there's really no pressure to announce it yet.

Source: AnandTech
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Android One Launches in India; Coming to Other Nations Later This Year

Sep 15, 2014 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm

Just as Google promised, they are on the march to bring Android to the "next 5 billion" people. They just launched the ultra-affordable Android One smartphone in India. They also shared that the $100 device will be launched in several other nations by the end of the year. This includes Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).

The phone will continue its global march and head to other countries early next year as well. The phone is ultra-affordable because it eschews several of the typical features of most smartphones, like a camera for example. A large number of manufacturers will be building the Android One including: Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo. The first phones will be made by Micromax.

Check out the Google Blog for more details: Official Google Blog: For the next five billion: Android One
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Google's Nexus Unveiling (including the Nexus 9) Might be on October 8th

Sep 15, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm

Image courtesy of older AndroidPolice rumor.

According to the latest intel, the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet is likely to be announced on October 8th. Since it is 99% likely that Google will announce all of the new Nexus devices together, then by extension, we can surmise that Android L and the Nexus devices will arrive on that date. Of course, that is assuming that this intel is correct, of course.

If this leak turns out to be correct, then here are some other juicy details to go along with it worth mentioning...

Continue Reading @: Google's Nexus Unveiling (including the Nexus 9) Might be on October 8th | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
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Moto Device Pre-Orders Begin Tuesday: Moto X AT&T & Pure Edition, Moto Hint & More

Sep 15, 2014 - 10:09 AM - by dgstorm

Motorola just announced on their blog that several of their newest devices will be up for pre-order tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16th). Two versions of the new Moto X will be available tomorrow. One is the AT&T version of the phone, while the other is the unlocked Pure Edition version.

The other devices up for pre-grabs will be the Moto Hint (ear bud) for $149.99 USD, and the Motorola Turbo Charger for $34.99 USD. Motorola also shared that their hot new smartwatch, the Moto 360, will be back in stock starting tomorrow. They even reminded us that they have a trade-in program to help make that new device even more affordable.

Source: MotorolaBlog
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Google Still Teasing Android TV Coming Soon; Asus Nexus Player Could be First Android

Sep 15, 2014 - 9:52 AM - by dgstorm

Back in June at Google I/O, Android TV was first teased. Ever since then, Google has had a "Coming Soon" landing page up so you can sign up for more info. At that time, Google said that Android TV would launch in the Fall.

It's September now, which means Fall is right around the corner, and the first trickle of intel has been captured. According to Liliputing.com, It appears that Asus is working on a "Nexus Player" which could be the first Android TV device. Supposedly, the device will launch along-side Android L, which actually makes perfect sense. It was always expected that Android TV would officially launch when Google announces Android L and the other new Nexus devices coming. That is currently scheduled for October.

Getting back to this mysterious Asus Nexus Player, we find some things to like about the device. The device will be optimized to let users stream a variety of internet video from sites like YouTube and Netflix. It will also handle music from iHeart Radio, TuneIn and others.

The device recently showed up in a benchmark online and here are the specs listed:
  • 1.8 GHz Intel Quad-core processor with PowerVR G6430 graphics
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 6GB of storage
  • WiFi
  • Android L

Supposedly, quite a few other OEMs are planning on introducing Android TV devices, including Razer, Sony, Sharp, Philips, and TP Vision. Most of these devices will simply be Smart TVs using Android TV as the OS of choice.

Sound off and let us know what you think of this revamped version of Google TV.
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Acer Takes Selfie Craze to the Extreme with Selfie Sombrero

Sep 12, 2014 - 11:19 AM - by dgstorm

Now you've seen everything...

Yes, that crazy picture above is a real product, despite the fact that it looks like something you would see on SNL. Acer teamed up with fashion designer Christian Cowan-Sanluis to create this hideous and hideously vain product. We felt it was worth sharing for the shock and humor value alone.


This giant, shiny Pepto-Bismol colored monstrosity actually spins 360 degrees and has an Acer Iconia A-1 840 tablet built-in, all designed to help you capture that perfect selfie angle. Apparently it will be a very exclusive product and you have to make an appointment to even try it on.

You can feel comfortable shaking your head now... Hey Acer marketing exec... Weird Al just called and he wants his prop back!

Source: Pocket-lint
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New Android Distribution Pie-Chart Shows KitKat on Nearly 25% of Android Devices

Sep 11, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm

The pie chart above pretty much says it all. It looks like KitKat didn't get adopted as quickly as Jelly Bean, although it installed on almost 25% of Android devices now. While we still see a few groups of people who are still on Ice Cream Sandwich and even Gingerbread, what's really shocking is that a tiny .7% sliver of users are still sporting their crusty old Froyo. With Android L on the horizon, we expect to see Jelly Bean numbers diminish, while KitKat will probably still grow for a little while longer.

Check out the source link below for more details.

Source: Android Developers
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Amazon Prime Instant Video App Comes to Android in the US Only

Sep 09, 2014 - 9:13 AM - by dgstorm

We have great news for Android users who are also fans of the Amazon Prime Instant Video service. Amazon just made an Amazon Prime Instant Video app available for Android! You can grab the app at the Amazon App Store. Now it's easier than ever to watch your Amazon Prime free movies, TV content and more.

On top of this, the Amazon app itself got an update to version 5. This update allows you to browse Amazon’s catalog of digital and physical products and services. It's great to see changes like this take place.

To get started you need to do a couple of things. One, you will need to download and/or update your Amazon app from the Play Store. After that you will need to install the new Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore.

Here's a link to grab the app for free: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N28818A
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