Taneli Armanto is a name that probably not many of you are familiar with. However, his most notable accomplishment is something that has wasted dozens of hours of my life and probably the lives of most of the people who read this blog. Taneli Armanto is the man responsible for putting Snake, one of the most widely played and recognized games of all time, on a mobile device.
Back in the days when Nokia ruled the wireless world, some 400 million Nokia devices were sold with Snake on board.
Besides a dogfood version of Play Games, update Wednesday brought us a new version of Play Books - 3.4.5. The changes in this update aren't major (or even immediately apparent), but they are worth taking a quick look at.
First up, there's a brand new translation interface. Rather than a toolbar and sheet overlay, the new translate interface lives on a card, just like the existing notes and dictionary interfaces. Here's a quick before and after.
Left: Play Books 3.3 Right: Play Books 3.4
Next up, new changes to notes. The ability to take notes in a book was present in 3.3, but users could not do that in a free sample of a book.
Listen people, shit just goat serious. Your life was great, you rampaged through the city, flew a jetpack, shot humans with baseballs, went to outer space,..., basically you've had some goat old fun. But something has gone awry and your billy is now a threatened zombie goat that needs to eat in order to survive. Such is the tragic story follow-up to the original Goat Simulator, GoatZ.
Taking a few too many jabs at DayZ in its title, artwork, and description ("Completely realistic survival mode where you have to eat every damn five minutes to survive because Dean Hall & Garry Newman said so"), GoatZ is a survival horror game where your goat is facing chainsaw-yielding masked men, flipping in the air and kicking attackers, driving a car worse than in an Asphalt 8: Airborne scene, flinging green goo all over its enemies, and crafting items out of thin air.
There are a lot (a lot) of caveats when it comes to Google's just-announced Project Fi mobile service. Aside from all the phone and network tomfoolery, Google Voice users have some tough choices to make as signing up for Fi essentially nukes your Voice account. It's nice to know that at least you can go back, according to Fi product manager Simon Arscott.
Last year, we shared some fascinating information surrounding a rumored effort called "Nearby." According to our information at the time, Nearby would enable Android devices to communicate with people, places, and devices that were, well, nearby.
At the time, we had evidence that the feature would come with a future version of Play Services, with a friendly overview for users explaining that the service could use device sensors to communicate with nearby things.
We've seen some of this functionality already - consider Chromecast's guest mode. The device can use ultrasonic sounds (picked up using your device's microphone) to connect to your device.
In the worlds of side-scrolling brawlers, there's no problem you can't solve with your fists. So when the criminal Milkman and his thugs kidnap the Miss Fist Puncher contestants, you know what you must do. That's right, beat up just about everyone that dares to walk the streets of San Cruces. Now you can, in Fist Puncher, the crowdfunded 2D brawler that has found its way into the Play Store.
Why does such a simple, pixelated game cost $10? That's because Fist Puncher's developers have managed to fit a fistful of content deep into the app. There are nearly 20 characters, over 100 items, and over 50 levels.
The official schedule for this year's Google I/O recently went live, and we're poring over the upcoming events with eager excitement. As one commenter was quick to point out, it looks like Android M will make an appearance at this year's conference. There's a direct mention under the Android for Work event scheduled for 2:30 PM PST on the 28th.
The presence of a What's New in Android session (1:00 PM) is also a tip-off.
This is the month of Google I/O, with the event set to take place from the 27th to the 29th. Eager conference goers and stay-at-home-live-streamers alike can now start planning those days out, because the official schedule has made its way online.
The page provides a general overview under the Agenda tab, but you can select other options to get a detailed list of what will take place each day. The most exciting event, the keynote, is scheduled for 9:30AM PST on the 28th.
What's New in Android will come later that day at 1 PM. It usually refers to a new version of Android, which are sometimes unveiled at Google I/O.
Oculus VR has been through quite a ride since it raised nearly $2.5 million on Kickstarter in 2012. It has produced two prototypes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display, and been acquired by Facebook along the way. Now the company has announced a release window for the first consumer version of the Rift—Q1 2016. That's almost all we know, though.
After years of unsuccessfully pushing its almost-here software-defined Icera LTE modem, NVIDIA officially announced yesterday that the Icera unit, which it acquired in 2011, would be shutting down. The fate of the 500 employees working on Icera projects at NVIDIA was not announced, but may be in NVIDIA's quarterly earnings call tomorrow.
As recently as two years ago, NVIDIA was still pushing the Icera i500 LTE modem solution as part of its Phoenix Tegra 4i reference design phone platform, which saw adoption that could be counted on a single hand (OK, if the hand had six fingers). I believe ZTE, Xiaomi, and Coolpad were actually the only full-on Tegra 4 phone partners, each with a single, limited-run 3G phone that didn't even use Icera modems.