Samsung is taking advantage of their newfound clout in the Android ecosystem: it's the first Android phone to escape the cellular carriers' meddling changes. Sammy managed to pulled off a unified launch across all the major US carriers - there will be no weird variants, and no names that sound like Street Fighter II sequels.
One of the coolest features of Google Maps is the ability to show live traffic patterns on major roadways. Now, Google is rolling out this feature to seven new countries, as well as expanding coverage in 19 others. The new countries in the inner circle are Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Romania and South Africa. Exciting!
As users of the service are no doubt aware, having your country or city covered doesn't necessarily mean every street is covered.
Update: I've refined a few of my points in this article to focus less on the whole "how much it costs to make a video game" angle, because I'm not exactly an expert on project funding. I think the point I'm trying to illustrate about Kickstarter as a whole is now clearer, and articulated in a more generally-applicable manner.
Note: This piece is of tangential relation to Android (and it grew more tangential as I wrote it), but the game in question is a joint Kickstarter venture promising an Android game, M.U.L.E.
Come one, come all [Google I/O attendees] - the official I/O app is now available in the Play Store. It includes maps, event schedules, the conference agenda, and detailed information about all sorts of devvy stuff. Oh, and this year you can play back various "I/O Live" talks and events straight to your 3.0+ tablet. Awesome. In addition, Google will be open sourcing the whole app once I/O has ended.
The EA titles that went on sale earlier today appear to not be the extent of the deals to be had on Google Play today. Without much warning, the Longest Day sale is underway bringing you a plethora of solid apps, games, music, and books for vastly reduced prices. Longest Days in this case likely refers to the summer solstice; the longest day of the year. For those of you without a calendar handy, that's tomorrow.
In a post to its community boards today, Sprint has confirmed that its Galaxy SIII will be delayed. The statement indicates that, due to overwhelming demand (sound familiar?), the device will be available only through Web Sales and Telesales on its June 21st launch date, with all other channels getting the device "next week." Here's the full post:
If you've been waiting on the opportune moment to grab some new games for your mobile, now may be the time to jump on that: EA just dropped the prices of both Mass Effect: Infiltrator and NBA Jam down to $0.99. Previously, those games would've set you back $7 and $5, respectively; that's a pretty decent savings!
We're not really sure what the reason is, or why these two games were singled out, but we're also not going to question a good thing.
T-Mobile, in an effort "to ensure customers receive the best possible experience," (a familiar opener to bad news) has decided to split the launch of their variant of Samsung's Galaxy SIII into two phases. The carrier recently announced that "select Retail and Branded locations" in the top 29 markets will get the device on the 21st, with a limited number of devices available online, and further launches anticipated to happen about a week later on the 27th.
Google holds a lot of live events. Some are pretty major, like Android and app announcements. Others are a bit more basic, but still just as interesting, like Office Hours for example. With all the different live broadcasts coming out of Google's camp, it's almost impossible to keep up with everything, though. Correction: it was almost impossible to keep up.
Now, Google has launched Google Developers Live, a place to keep up with all of El Goog's broadcasts in one place.
Owners of Archos' G9 series of tablets should be receiving an update today, bringing the software version of their devices to 4.0.7. The update contains mostly bug fixes, but also enhances graphics performance:
- Applications: fix no audio when launching video capture impacting applications like Skype
- Display: graphics performance enhancements
- Hard drive based products: avoid potential loss of hard drive when 3G USB port is switched on with no peripheral attached
- Wi-Fi: fix some more disconnect cases happening on some access points
Archos has been fairly consistent about updating the devices regularly - the last OTA update went out just over a month ago.