The dream of OUYA was not to be. It turns out that overturning a decades-old industry by disrupting it with mobile hardware and open-source software is a tough row to hoe, and adding on a semi-exclusive game market (you know, that thing that consoles do that's already universally hated) wasn't the best opening move. So OUYA floundered in the maturing set-top box market until Razer snapped it up in the hopes of bolstering its own Forge TV, which had been on the market for months and was already known as the worst option in an extremely limited field.
Huh. Maybe they just wanted some company to commiserate with.
In any case, the customers who bought and paid for OUYA hardware are getting a couple of dividends out of the deal. Read More
Google, for all its skill in the realms of mobile search, advertising, email, and even operating systems, has never been particularly good at the social thing. Even now, I suspect, someone at Google is fuming at the notion that the company "isn't very good" at messaging or social networks and pointing animatedly at the tens of millions of Google+ and Hangouts users. The problem is and has always been that for whatever success Google has had in social and messaging platforms, it is constantly undercut by the actions of Google itself that say otherwise. There is near-yearly reworking, redesigning, or branching off of these products in ways that very strongly suggest they aren't getting the results Google's Alphabet overlords consider acceptable. Read More
How festive is your phone? Cool Christmas wallpaper on? Definitely. Christmas watch face sent to your wrist? Check. Snowglobes all over your Facebook messenger? Sure. How about your keyboard? Uh. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! You tellin' me you ain't decked your keyboard with boughs of holly yet?! It's time we took care of that. Yes, right now. Don't tell me you'll do it tomorrow. That's 24 hours you could spend looking at jolly reindeers and gift packs and cold wintery landscapes in your keyboard's background. Type "yes." You can do it. Yes.
SwiftKey is taking care of you this season so you don't have to shell out any money to dress up your keyboard. Read More
When Runkeeper was updated to version 6.0 on iOS back in August, Android users were asked to be patient and promised the same treatment sometime in the fall. Well, the app's developers kept their promise but it was a close call. Released yesterday, just at the end of the fall season, Runkeeper 6.0 brought the new interface, colors, and icons that iOS users have been enjoying, then was followed by a small bug fix update to version 6.0.1.
In version 6.0, Runkeeper gets rid of its bright blue color in favor of a more greenish blue / turquoise hue. Read More
Introduced at Google I/O this year and implemented in the stable version 45 of Chrome, Chrome Custom Tabs aim to make browsing from third-party apps as fast, unintrusive, and seamless as possible. Instead of developers relying on System WebView to load links from their applications, they could implement Custom Tabs to open these links in a faster page that sits on top of the app and uses Chrome's rendering and data saving capabilities, has access to its saved passwords and autofill information, and benefits from its security updates.
However, not all developers have implemented Chrome Custom Tabs and that's where Chromer comes in. Read More
If you're like me and you spend a great deal of your time installing and uninstalling apps on your phone, then you're probably aware of the mess that some apps leave on your internal storage even after they're long gone. SD Maid specializes in getting rid of these ghosts of apps' past by removing the relics from your storage so it's like they've never been there to begin with. And now the app can do its job while also donning a nice modern Material Design interface.
Version 4.0.0 beta was released a couple of days ago and has since received a small bug fix update to version 4.0.1. Read More
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Peter Moorhead's Murder
Android Police coverage: Peter Moorhead's Murder Is A Cyberpunk Short Story Told As A Point-And-Click Adventure, Now In The Play Store For $1.49
Peter Moorhead's Murder (that's "Murder" by Peter Moorhead, it's not a game about killing a guy named Peter) is a point-and-click adventure game that mixes sensibilities from stories like Blade Runner and The Matrix with some stylish pixelated graphics. Read More
The saga of OUYA is a cautionary tale of how hard it is to build a new gaming platform. After an initial crowdfunding success, OUYA had trouble attracting developers and keeping gamers interested. The company was gobbled up by gaming giant Razer earlier this year, and now the OUYA store is back as Cortex for the Android TV-powered Forge TV. Read More