The recently refreshed ASUS Nexus 7 is now available directly from Google's Play Store in Europe in France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and UK as well as in Asia in Japan. Both 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi-only variants are being offered - we're still counting down days till the launch of the LTE version.
The 5 new countries join the 2 existing ones (U.S. and Canada) for a grand total of 7. Compared to the 2012 Nexus 7, we're still missing Australia, South Korea, and India, so it's possible we're going to see the list expand soon.
Nearly all the attention for reader-tablet hybrids goes to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but today the Toronto-based Kobo is making a compelling case for their share of the market. The company announced three new tablets: the Arc 7, Arc 7HD, and Arc 10HD, set for release on October 16th. The three models are roughly analogous to the latest Kindle Fire, Fire HD, and Fire HD 8.9, but they've got two distinct advantages: they run Android 4.2.2, and they've got access to the Google Play Store.
The Kobo Arc 7 (above) is the baby of the family, but it isn't a bad piece of hardware for the price.
If you're a dedicated PC or console gamer, odds are pretty good that you've at least heard of The Walking Dead from Telltale Games. It's an old-school adventure game with a coat of current-generation polish, set in the comic book universe that inspired the smash-hit AMC television series. And sometime later this year, it's coming to OUYA.
According to a post on Telltale's blog, all five episodes of The Walking Dead and the well-received DLC episode 400 Days will be coming to the little Android console that could this winter. Season 2 will be coming at some point as well.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a universally famous beat-em-up, a physics puzzler with an obvious inspiration, and a unique platformer with marble game roots. Without further ado:
He-Man: The Most Powerful Game [In The Universe]
Normally we're a bit skeptical of licensed games, but this revival of the famous kid's cartoon comes from Chillingo, a developer with a few decent games under its belt.
The Google Search 2.7 APK teardown is now officially the longest one in the history of Android Police. We find a bunch of interesting things, post about them, continue digging, and what do you know - keep running into new stuff. I'm fairly positive there won't be part 4 this time around, as we've squeezed out every last drop from v2.7, but as they say - never say never.
If you haven't read the first two parts yet, you should do so now to cover the bases. Part one talks about custom hotwords, automatic language pack updates, photo downloads, and a bunch of other things.
Action Launcher is one of the more interesting home screen replacements out there, and it's getting better with a big update to version 1.9 today. There are a few new features, but the app has also gotten a plethora of bug fixes and optimizations that should make it faster and more stable.
Back in February, we detailed the specs of the the Neptune Pine, a strangely-named smartwatch that doubles as a smartphone. If you've been chomping at the bit in anticipation of wearing this monstrosity's 2.5" display on your wrist, the time has come. The Neptune Pine is now available for pre-order at NeptunePine.com, lightening your bank account to the tune of $335 for the 16GB version or $395 for the 32GB model. Both are available in Jet Black and Polar White. It looks like they're also throwing in a bonus heart rate monitor for the pre-order crowd, so for those of you out there who want to exercise with a small TV on your wrist, this is it.
The Canadian Moto X on Rogers is the latest addition to Motorola's Bootloader Unlock program, a growing list that already includes the RAZR HD in Canada and American devices such as the Photon Q 4G LTE on Sprint and the developer edition of the Droid RAZR M on Verizon, among others. No American versions of the Moto X have made the list yet, but Motorola says that support is coming for devices on US Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
With this program, Motorola gives users their blessing to root their devices and flash custom ROMs, but those who choose to do so still void their warranty.
AT&T customers now have one less reason to leave the house. Moto Maker is completely open to everyone, doing away with the need for those lame Moto X cards AT&T stores have been handing out. Just go to the site, design your phone, and buy it on the spot. If your wallet is weighed down by cash, you can also buy the Moto X off contract for $579 starting today. On-contract pricing is still $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB.
Moto Maker allows buyers to pick from a white or black front, nearly 20 back cover colors, and 7 accent colors.