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.
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.
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.
Towards the end of 2014, Oppo released an update for the Find 5 that bumped the Jelly Bean-running device up to KitKat. It wasn't a quality piece of work, but it was something. Now we know that for the Find 5, along with the N1 and the R819, things won't get any better. No additional ColorOS updates are on the way. None of these devices will see Android Lollipop.
This news comes after a reader pointed us toward the Oppo forums, where a moderator stated that these three devices won't receive any more ColorOS updates. We've since reached out to Oppo, and today we received this short but straightforward statement:
"OPPO will not be providing a Lollipop update for the R819, N1 and the Find 5."
Snapchat 9.7 is here, and it packs two new features. They don't fundamentally change the app. In fact, if you blink you might miss them.
The first item on the changelog deals with snaps highlighted in Discover. If you recall, this is the part of the app that shows content from the likes of CNN and National Geographic. You can now tap and hold on the center to share a clip with friends. Snapchat lets you add a caption, doodles, and filters before sending it off.
The second addition is the ability to zoom into video while you're recording.
Toddlers deserve teardowns too! Ok, maybe teardowns are still for grownups, but let's do something for those little ones that haven't learned to read xml yet. The YouTube Kids app has only been available since late February, so it's fair to expect a lot of changes and new features in each release. Last week's update brought immersive mode and better voice search, but a look inside revealed that there are some extra toys in the future. To begin with, it looks like Chromecast support is right around the corner. However, the really cool addition appears to be a built-in recording mode to capture your little one singing along to The Wheels On The Bus.
For fans of the Forgotten Realms universe, the Play Store has copies of both Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, and Icewind Dale. All three of these titles sell for $10, but the last one is currently reduced down to a mere $4.14. That's a pretty impressive savings of roughly 60% and a price that would have long-time fans jumping up and down back in the day. Some of them probably still are.
This is an enhanced port of the PC title with minor alterations to make it touchable. The game remains a complex affair, so while the Play Store says you can install it on a phone, please don't.