Even though the newest iteration of Android is a couple of weeks old already, which should have given Google plenty of time to update the entire Nexus roster, you can still count the 5.1-powered devices on the fingers of one hand.
Instead of expecting gifts, as you do when celebrating an anniversary, Amazon goes in a giving mood itself and lets its Android-owning fans install no less than 34 apps and games free of charge. Well, technically, the Amazon Appstore will be four years old on Sunday, March 22, but we wouldn’t hold our breath for better looming deals.
Fact: mobile gaming is huge. Also fact: sometimes the convenience of playing games on a smartphone or tablet pales in comparison to playing on a console connected to a beautiful HDTV.
Balls, balls, balls. Frisbees, pucks, shuttlecocks. I’ll bet you didn’t know that they were your grandpa’s way of playing games. They’re such a frustrating letdown, amirite? A problem in search of a solution. I mean, when you’re not throwing or kicking them around, they just sit there. What a waste! But not to worry. Silicon Valley has you covered with — what else? — a “smart ball.”
To celebrate the original PlayStation’s launch in Japan in December 1994, Sony released the 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 consoles. They only manufactured 12,300 of these units, each having a serial number embossed on them.
The holiday season 2014 turned out to be extremely good for Microsoft as the console managed to become the best-selling console in the U.S. in November and December, as per a report from NPD. The company even released a number of popular titles for the console, and came with an extremely affordable price tag of $349 for the holiday season, which was reverted back to $399 in early January. However, it seems the company has announced a new promotion where it will sell the Xbox One for $349 once again.
Runtastic workouts are not only going digital, they are entering the virtual reality space. The company has revealed plans to use the Oculus Rift with its workouts, and a video has come out showing a 7-minute workout inside of the virtual reality system. Since there is no way for someone to physically run around outside with a Rift on, the Runtastic app for Rift is meant to act like a personal trainer for motions such as squats and lunges.
Mobile gaming enthusiasts must have thought their Thanksgiving present this year was an impressively timely Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nvidia’s Shield Tablet. But the Santa Clara-based chip maker extraordinaire has at least one more surprise in store for the holidays.
Nvidia vowed its Shield Tablet would be one of the first Android soldiers to load itself with 5.0 Lollipop, and next week, the GPU and SoC maker will be delivering on that promise. Impressive turnaround for a device manufacturer with little to no experience in the field, and no special relationship with Google.
While I, personally, haven’t had the opportunity to play around with the Windows Kinect motion sensor, I’ve seen it in action and it looks quite fun. When it comes to gaming on an Xbox, who doesn’t like voice and full-body gesture control? But now, Microsoft is taking things to the next level with its latest SDK 2.0 for Kinect v2 sensors. Soon, we’ll see Kinect-compatible apps in the Windows Store.
The rumored $500 million funding round for Magic Leap is real, and Google is leading it. The tech company is leading a $542 million round for Magic Leap, a virtual and augmented reality startup that could take on a bunch of companies. Magic Leap has made headlines recently for its life-like augmented reality tech that is supposed to launch relatively soon in a consumer-ready device.
Browsing Google Play and Amazon’s Appstore for the latest, hottest, most fun games and productive Android apps? Disappointed to see so many of them cost top dollar? Then you’re likely not looking hard enough.