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Mountain View yesterday at Google I/O announced something very exciting: Google Play Games services. At the time of this writing, the new Play Games features have only been integrated in a small handful of games, but we should see more integration as time goes on.
There’s only a few games that have implemented the new features, including popular titles like World of Goo, Triple Town, Plague Inc., Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, and Beach Buggy Blitz.
Not every game you come across in the Google Play Store is going to offer the new Play Games features. ”We won’t make it a mandatory exercise, or have any certification process around it,” Google lead product manager Greg Hartrell told Engadget. “We create fantastic services that allow developers to create these great game experiences, and help promote their discovery, help retain their users and keep them engaged.”
As much as I’d like to see the Play Games services become a mandatory implementation, it’d at least be nice to see a category in the Play Store that showed you which games are using the new APIs. In the meantime, Droid Gamers has a forum thread with all the games using the new services, which will be updated “until it becomes impossible to do so”.
Are you excited to see more games implement Google’s new Play Games services? Do you think it should be a requirement for all games to implement the new games services? Let everyone know in the comments!
On Tuesday, March 26, T-Mobile will flip the switch on its LTE network in seven cities across the US. See the list here.
It took them forever (plus a botched sale attempt to AT&T), but the fine folks at T-Mobile are finally ready to light up their Long Term Evolution network. The grand opening will happen on March 26, and we’ll be accompanied by the official launch of T-Mobile’s new Uncarrier branding and new unsubsidized plans.
While the details of the Uncarrier campaign have been thoroughly leaked already, we didn’t know until now the markets where T-Mobile will first roll out its 4G LTE network. Today, that final mystery has been dispelled, thanks to a report from the guys at TMoNews that lists the seven cities that will get T-Mobile LTE on March 26:
- Las Vegas, NV
- Phoenix, AZ
- San Jose, CA
- Houston, TX
- Washington, DC
- Kansas City, MO
- Baltimore, MD
If you own a Galaxy Note 2 from T-Mo or if you brought your own LTE device to the network, you’ll get to experience high-speed wireless speeds without lifting a finger. Another way to get in is to wait for the launch of the Galaxy S4 or the HTC One, two great LTE handsets slated for release in late April.
We’ve had clues about some of the markets in this list (Las Vegas for instance, since CES in January), but confirmation is always welcomed. Now, all we have to do is wait till Tuesday for the official details.
The post Leaked: list of first cities to get T-Mobile LTE on March 26 appeared first on Android Authority.
Out of nowhere, Google on Wednesday announced a “second spring cleaning,” which means more Google projects will be shut down, including the Google Reader web app that’s so popular with some crowds, including tech writers such as ourselves.
Google Reader will be available until July 1, so users still have over three months to secure the services of a different feed reader. They’ll also be able to export their Google Reader data via Google Takeout and continue using it with other software.
Hardcore Reader users will certainly protest against Google’s decision to terminate this particular program, but apparently there aren’t that many Reader users left, otherwise the company would have kept it in place:
We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.
There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.
And then there’s this need to focus on fewer projects that we’ve seen with Google starting with fall 2011. Including the new round of project cancelations, Google will have killed 70 projects once this second spring cleaning ends .
Let’s hear it from you, Reader users, what software will you choose as your next feed reader? What apps are you using on your Android device to keep up with your feeds?
The post Google Reader to join the list of canceled projects on July 1 appeared first on Android Authority.
Ulyanovsk, Russian Federation – Skript, LLC, the mobile applications development company from Ulyanovsk, detaches the team of its most successful project Kupi baton! and makes it a separate entity. (Outside Russia and CIS countries Kupi baton! is known as Buy Me a Pie!). The main aim of this detachment is to concentrate the team’s efforts on improving the product and its further worldwide promotion.
Sergey Bulaev, the application ideologist, founder and co-owner of Skript, LLC and Buffer Bay, will be the startup’s CEO. Dmitry Zhukov, previously known as a co-founder and art director of the Turbomilk studio in Samara, will take the position of art director.
The grocery list, Kupi baton! first appeared in the Russian App Store on May 31, 2011. The main idea of the app is sharing lists among devices through cloud synchronization. Along with the application a web-interface was launched for desktop users. The app soon got popular among Russian users and was ranked in the Top 15 of the Russian App Store paid applications for several months. In January, 2012, Apple chose Kupi baton! as the App of the Week in the Russian App Store.
In July, 2011 Kupi baton! entered the worldwide market under the name Buy Me a Pie!. In the autumn of 2012, the app became the most popular grocery list for iPhone in the USA and many European countries, leaving behind the app named Shopping list, its nearest competitor. Currently, the team is about to launch the Android version of the app and plans to continue working on the version for iPhone and iPad.
Dmitry Zhukov, Skript Art Director says, “There is still a lot of ways to improve the app design. It must look and work like native iPhone and iPad apps. I plan to make this excellent product even more beautiful and handier. I believe, Kupi baton! is a must-have for everyone, and we ought to create the best of the best applications for all platforms, mobile and desktop. The company’s design department should become a place where every designer wants to work.”
Sergey Bulaev, Skript CEO syas, “Creating this simplest and handiest grocery list in the world, we could not even imagine how popular it will get. Daily, 30-41 million US people shop in the grocery store. Taking into account that 46% of US citizens use smartphones and about 80% use coupons to save some money, we understand that we have about 15 million prospective customers a day. And this is just in the USA. We are ready to take a dominant position in this market with our disruptive product. To be successful in this, the team should be maximally focused on one single project, so detaching of the Kupi baton! team into a separate entity seems to be the only right decision.”
English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 27.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Grocery List – Buy Me a Pie! 2.9.2 is only .99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. AQ free version is also available from iTunes.
Skript, LLC, an Information Technology leader and creator of some of the world’s top productivity and gaming applications for the iPhone and iPad. Known best for creating top iOS apps including ‘Kupi baton!’ aka ‘Buy Me a Pie!’, ‘Eagle Eye’ and ‘Magic Attention Booster’, Skript, LLC is only a recent entrant into the iOS development market; since 2003, Skript has been specializing predominantly in the development and enhancement of its own and others’ high load international portals, which are integrated with new media. Copyright (C) 2012 Skript, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
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