Looks like it's the time of the month for Verizon to flip its 4G LTE switch to 'on' in new markets. It seems that the rollout has been in hyperspeed lately, as more and more cities are getting their taste of the blazing fast 4G service; this time Big Red is giving it to 46 new markets:
Yuba City/Marysville, CA
Panama City, FL
Carrolton, Gainesville, and Newnan, GA
Decatur/Effingham, Kankakee/Bradley-Bourbonnais, and La Salle/Peru/Ottawa, IL
Columbus and Michigan City/La Porte, IN
Greater Portland, ME
Greenville/Greenwood, Jackson, and Tunica, MS
Houghton and Traverse City, MI
Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks, and West Plains, MO
Binghamton, Elmira/Corning/Hornell, and Oneonta, NY
Burlington, Hickory/Lenoir, Jacksonville, and New Bern, NC
Bedford and Sharon/Farrell/Hermitage, PA
Anderson, Florence, and Greenwood, SC
Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Midland, San Angelo, and Waco, TX
Huntington and Logan, WV
Fond du Lax, Janesville, Beloit, and Sheboygan, WI
The Lihue, HI (launched on June 11)
And expand in 22 existing markets:
Denver and Fort Collins/Loveland, CO
Daytona Beach, Gainesville, and West Palm Beach, FL
Glens Falls and New York, NY
Charlotte/Gastonia and Greensville, Washington, NC
In the world of software keyboards, Swype has always been the odd man out. In this case, however, that's not necessarily a bad thing, because people who love Swype are emphatic about it. With the latest beta, Swype is now set to take on the entire world of software keyboards, as it has transformed into "four kinds of keyboard," thanks to Nuance.
How is this a four-in-one option? Firstly, you have the traditional Swype method of, well... swyping. Past that is where you'll start to see Nuance's hand on the keyboard, with XT9 input and the Dragon button for vocal dictation.
According to a press release just sent out by Amazon, the company's Appstore will be headed to Europe this summer as rumored, though only to five countries to start. The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy will all be getting access to Amazon's Appstore in the coming months, and developers can head over to the App Distribution Portal to get started on certifying their apps for distribution in those countries right now. Building on that, developers will now be able to control where and when their apps will be available to customers.
Additionally, Amazon has made some changes to the terms of its developer distribution agreement.
Whenever we find a game that's not a simple physics or tower defense game, it's a delight. Mystery Manor is a puzzle/adventure game that promises its game modes are "never ending." Which is quite a feat for a puzzle game. Outside of promises of infinity, the game looks positively fantastic. The artwork that has gone into this game is superb, and the style reminds us of old late 90s PC adventure games.
The game is a basic story-driven puzzle game. Since it's not terribly action-packed, it's great for all ages. The game also has a multiplayer aspect, so you and your friends can help each other out on different puzzles.
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. So, Google is expanding to include more of the roads a man must walk down. Here's the full list of expanded territories:
All in all, it's a solid update to a valuable service.
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. Returns, as well as a multi-platform title, Alpha Colony: A Tribute To 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 devvystuff. 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.
Another new feature comes in the form of Android Beam support for 4.0+ devices, allowing you to "bump" session details between two NFC-enabled Android 4.0 phones.
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.
The handy links in the Play Store are just starting to show up, but this will probably be announced officially tomorrow. In the meantime, you can get a jump on things.
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:
Due to overwhelming demand and limited supply for Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III, we are running a little behind on deliveries. The 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III device will be available in Web Sales and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) beginning on Thursday, June 21.