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I was laying in bed last night and grabbed my Nexus 7 that I have on my bedside table, I turned it on and hit the Google Play store to have a look around. I noticed that the menu looked different, so I looked closer and noticed that "Magazines" now appeared - finally, the Australian Play Store has magazines!
Cool, I thought, I'll check it out and purchase a magazine to see how it is. I download the app, purchase a magazine from an Australian technology magazine "PC & Tech Authority", lay down and proceed to enjoy reading it. Well, I couldn't because Google Play Magazines doesn't quite work yet.
The app itself doesn't open, and requires an update, which you can't tap the option to do so. You can see in the picture above, just below where it says "GOOGLE INC.", there should be an "Update", and "Open" tab, but there is not. So I have now wasted $4.99 on a magazine that I can't read. I'm sure it'll work soon enough, but it's disappointing to see Google launch a new section of their Play store, and have it fail on day one.
Anyway, the new Magazine part of the Play store offers countless titles from major Australian publishers like Haymarket Media, ACP Magazines and Pacific Magazines. Also thrown into the mix are a bunch of publishers from overseas, and the option of a once off purchase or subscription-based service is offered. Prices aren't too bad, where they either match the price of Apple's Newsstand, or they're slightly cheaper.
Microsoft Office is looking to jump over to Android and iOS, with evidence coming from Microsoft product manager, Petr Bobek, reportedly telling Czech site IHNED that Office is headed for the mobile OS' of Google and Apple in 2013.
The Verge have also stepped up and said that they've had their eyes locked on a press release from the Redmond-based company's Czech Republic team, which confirmed that the productivity suite is coming to Android and iOS, joining other operating systems like Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS and Symbian.
The press release states that Office 2013 would be available for businesses in December, with a consumer launch not until the end of February or early-March 2013.
GoPro cameras are pretty slick. They're pretty indestructible and perfect for recording a point-of-view video of your extreme adventures, whether that be snowboarding, base jumping, or sky diving. Unfortunately, as it currently stands, users have to remove the camera from their head mount to adjust what they are recording.
That's all about to change with GoPro's new app for iOS devices which allows users to link a HD Hero2 camera through the WiFi BacPac to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Once linked, users can adjust camera settings from anywhere nearby. All of the cameras settings are available to be adjusted through the new app.
The Next Web brings up a great idea that should be added to the app. They suggest the ability to preview what is being recorded so as to allow adjusting the angle of the camera to be done easier. The app also connects users to the company's Photo and Video of the Day so that you can try and outdo fellow GoProers.
An Android version is reported to be in the works. A release date is not currently known.
Google have just pushed in a bunch of input tools to their Gmail client, which will allow users to access a new variety of languages and layout tools. With these new features, Gmail has the proud ability to brag it supports typing in 75 languages.
These new tools include over 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs (input method editors). You can now swap between languages with a single click once you've enabled the tools under Language in your Gmail settings.
Once you've flicked the switch on input tools, you'll see a new Input Tools button that will appear in your toolbar, where you can toggle these tools on and off. Virtual keyboards and IMEs is a move from Google that will see many more flock to the web-based e-mail client, and will see better use of keyboards instead of having to get an expensive multilanguage keyboard setup or overlay. Nice move, Google.
Bit of short news bit, but we look to be on the cusp of seeing social networking site, Facebook, release a native Android app very soon. Engadget have reported the news from an anonymous tipster.
This tipster has said that the native Android application is close to its final testing, and it should be ready any day now. The HTML5-powered Android application should be announced by the social network soon, and we'll post it up as news when it hits.
Are you looking forward to a native application? I know that my Jelly Bean-powered devices are drooling for it, and I'm quite the Facebook addict myself.
There are more people on Android than iOS, but how do those numbers break up when it comes to the biggest social network site on the world, Facebook? Well, Android comes out on top, just.
20.1% of Facebook users are connected through an Android-based devices, compared to just 18.9% of users who run the social networking app on iOS. This data is coming from social advertising and analytics platform Optimal, cited by Inside Facebook.
Optimal also states that there are roughly 189.8 million active users on Android, and around 178.3 million active iOS users, with bot hof these numbers including users accessing the app and browser-based site. Optimal is using the figures from the 944.2 million monthly active users that they found through the Facebook Ads API, and not the full 1 billion users.
Google have been in the tablet space for quite sometime with Android, with the first Android-powered tablets splashing down around 18 months ago now, but the Mountain View-based company is still experiencing teething issues.
This is mainly due to third-party app developers not taking advantage of the extra screen real estate slates have to offer. Google are looking to change this, introducing a new Tablet App Quality Checklist that developers have to pass, in the hopes of seeing better quality tablet applications.
Google also plan on using their Google Play store to aggressively push apps that are optimized for tablets. As for the Tablet App Quality Checklist, it includes guidelines that are focused on tweaks that developers can use on their existing phone-based applications that would make them more suited for tablets.
Get ready for the ride of your life: Crazy Taxi is coming to the iPhone and iPad sometime this month
What amounts to a very short teaser video has got me all excited for a new game that Sega is working on for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. That's right, everyone's favorite classic, Crazy Taxi, is coming to iOS devices near you sometime this month. Check out the extremely short trailer below:
There's no detail as to what the game will cost, how the controls will work, or really any details to the game at all. We've been given a release time frame--October--and nothing else. One has to wonder just how they will implement the classic controls on the touch-only gaming platform presented by iOS.
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Rovio has again made a success when it comes to the Angry Birds series of games. Bad Piggies rose to number one on the iOS App Store in just three hours, which is an impressive feat. Now, they want to continue to capitalize on the success of the series with a new version of the popular game called Angry Birds Star Wars.
The video doesn't show much, but it does give us a day that we can expect to download the app. For all you Star Wars fans out there, this could be the Angry Birds game for you. For everyone else, it will likely feature a unique twist to the original game, much like Angry Birds Space did with the gravity fields.
There's not much else known about the game, but we'll be sure to keep you updated on the latest regarding Rovio's new game and all the records it will likely smash.
Ustream has been updated for Android, where the new version of the app (v2.0.3) now includes better support for 7-inch tablets, such as the ASUS Nexus 7.
On top of the support for more 7-inch tablets, it also includes a bunch of streaming improvements as well as the usual bug fixes and other miscellaneous improvements.
You can grab the new Ustream app directly from the Google Play store. I'm about to download it on my Nexus 7 and check it out.