I have many fond memories of sitting around the kitchen table with my family and playing Uno as a child. The thrill of getting down to one or two cards, hoping that no one throws down a Reverse, Draw Four, or changes the color is still one that I readily recall (and miss). Alas, life goes on, people get older and move away, and before you know it, those simple games of Uno are nothing but a memory of something that you had no idea you'd miss so much.
In South Korea, the market for smartphones is vicious: Samsung leads the pack, as is the case almost everywhere, with fellow Korean company LG behind them in second place. It's strange, then, that the Play Store has not sold LG's own Nexus 4 to the Republic of Korea itself. That changed yesterday, as the Nexus 4 goes on sale in the Play Store in South Korea for the first time... just six and a half months after it launched.
It looks like we won't have to wait until Samsung's June event for an official reveal of the Galaxy S4 Mini after all. This morning Samsung's press department officially unveiled the smaller, budget brother of the Galaxy S4, though "cousin" might be a more appropriate term; the phone does indeed look like its namesake, but that's about where the similarity ends. Like the Galaxy S III Mini before it, the internal hardware makes this device a horse of a different color.
If you're in the market and don't need the most cutting edge device, Amazon has a solid deal on the LG Optimus G for Sprint. The price for this handset has fallen to a single penny on a 2-year contract. This deal is open to all interested parties, whether it's for a new line of service or not. The Optimus G was previously only this cheap for new customers.
The LG Optimus G came out last fall, but it has since been overshadowed by the likes of the HTC One and Galaxy S4.
Electronic Arts' mobile racing magnum opus has been downloaded more than ten million times worldwide on Android alone, and it doesn't look like they're ready to stop adding content any time soon. The latest update to Real Racing 3 is a doozie, adding a new manufacturer and cars, a brand new racing venue, and more than 50 challenges and events for the dedicated virtual driver. The game is free and so is the update, though you'll still have to put up with the annoying time-based in-app purchase system.
Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). The unedited video version of the podcast can be found here - and will likely include various verbal expletives, technical snafus, tangents, and probably a good 5-10 minutes of pre-podcast banter as we prepare. Watch at your own risk!
Word Lens is the kind of app that might not get daily use, but when you do fire it up, it can save your bacon with fast offline translations. This is not just any translation app, though. Word Lens uses your device's camera to overlay the text translation using optical character recognition. Well, this app just got a nice little update to version 2.1 with some new features.
Word Lens now supports Portuguese ⇄ English translations, but it's not included with the app.
The conferences put on by AllThingsD tend to be a bit sedate - Walt Mossberg gets on stage with some Very Important People and picks their brain in front of a live audience. Not so with tonight's interview of Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside and Research & Development head Regina Dugan. At the D11 stage, Woodside let loose with a flurry of information about the company's plans for the remainder of the year, starting with the much-rumored X Phone.
Google Apps administrators now have a new toy to add to their box of goodies. Following the release of a new Admin Console and a new Admin SDK, Google has also rolled out a brand new Android app to the mix. For those in control and on the go, you now have the ability to add or suspend users, reset passwords, manage group memberships, directly contact users by phone or email, and audit the logs.
The Google Calendar Android app received an update this afternoon, introducing a brand-new interface for certain steps during event creation, as well as the option to custom color-code days / your entire calendar. The new interfaces for these features are actually quite pretty, focusing on a circle-based design aesthetic that is more reminiscent of the Android 4.2 clock app in some ways.
These aren't actually huge features in terms of functionality, but they should definitely give you an idea where the Calendar app is headed in future iterations.