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Apple luring game developers into offering iOS timed exclusives, in exchange for more prominent advertising

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Back in September of last year, EA ran into a bit of controversy over Plants vs Zombies 2, when an exec reportedly admitted that Apple had paid the company a ton of money to delay the Android launch. Later it was reported that the unnamed executive had really said something to this effect, but it had been meant as a joke.

Now according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, we learn that while money might not have changed hands, that doesn’t mean an exclusivity deal wasn’t reached. WSJ’s sources that are “familiar with the situation” claim Apple has been working hard to woo game developers into releasing titles to iOS ahead of Android.

Apple has been working hard to woo game developers into releasing titles to iOS ahead of Android.

What’s the incentive for developers, if not cash? In the case of games like Plants vs Zombies 2, the game was featured prominently in the app store in exchange for a delayed Android release, giving it more views in the AppStore and potentially more downloads. Another example of a game that reached a similar marketing/advertising agreement was ZeptoLab’s Cut the Rope 2 — which arrive to iOS in December but didn’t hit Android until March.

Why exclusivity matters for Apple

In the video game market, both full and timed exclusives are rather common. For developers, there are usually monetary or promotional/marketing advantages, and for the console maker exclusives can make their system seem more desirable when compared to the competition.

For Apple, having key exclusives not only allows the company to attract gamers interested in getting into the action ‘right away’, it also helps Apple continue to feed the false perception that Android is harder to developer for due to fragmentation and other “Android problems”. After all, a gamer will see apps hitting iOS months ahead of Android, and may assume there must be ‘technical reasons’ for such delays.

Having key exclusives helps Apple feed the false perception that Android is harder to develop for.

As Google Android continues to increase its marketshare (representing 80% of smarphones shipped in 2013), Apple is losing the war. This is why it is important to keep alive the idea that Android is less secure, more fragmented and has a weaker library of apps, as it gives Apple and edge when it comes to mindshare.

Now to be fair, there was a time when all of these above points were completely valid.

In terms of app development, Android has traditionally been harder to develop for, in large part due to the shear amount of screen sizes, resolutions, processors and Android versions that developers had to account for. As time has gone by, however, Android’s development tools have improved making this less of an issue than it once was.

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Google strikes back

Before you start shaking that stick at Apple in anger, it’s important to mention that WSJ reports Google is also working to form exclusive arrangements with app developers. WSJ also mentions that Amazon has been working to bring timed exclusives and even full exclusives to its AppStore as well, in an attempt to lure consumers into buying Kindle-branded tablets and simply installing the App Store on their existing Android devices.

Of course, game and app exclusives probably don’t have quite as big of an impact on what devices consumers buy as it does in the world of home and portable gaming consoles. Still, this could change in time, especially as mobile games become increasingly more advanced.

What do you think, how important is gaming to your Android experience? For those that also own Apple devices, does the company’s tendency to get games first one of the reasons you own an iPad or iPhone? Let us know what you think in the comments below.









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Target offering Samsung Galaxy S5 for $100 with contract, after trade-in

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The Galaxy S5 is getting ready to touch down in the United States, with the average price somewhere between 9 and 9 with a contract, depending on the carrier. Of course just because that’s the ‘set’ carrier pricing, doesn’t mean there isn’t deals to be had.

For those willing to purchase the handset from Target, you can get the Galaxy S5 for just 0 after signing a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. The catch? Target is actually selling the phone for 0, but if you trade-in your existing handset you’ll get at least 0 off.

As you might expect, Target isn’t taking just any phone, though all devices found in their database will be excepted and given the 0 discount — provided it still powers up and has no broken components. This includes handsets like the HTC One X, which normally only nets . Some other qualifying devices include the Galaxy S3, the original Galaxy Note, and even several ‘ancient’ devices like the Sony Xperia Play 4G.

Target’s promotion officially kicks off on April 11th and ends on the 19th, though you’ll have to do the trade-in directly at a Target store to qualify for the guaranteed 0 discount. So is the discount worth trading in your phone for? Really it depends on what handset you are giving up. If it is something 2 years or less in age, you probably could get more by selling it online, though some folks might find it easier to just hand it over to Target and be done with it.

Still not sure if the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the right handset for you? Be sure to check out our full review for more details!

What do you think of Target’s promotion, interested in picking up the Galaxy S5 while getting rid of an older handset?









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Google now offering the Nexus 5 and 7 to a handful of new countries

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Google appears destined to expand their offerings to as many new markets as possible this week. On Monday, they pushed out Google Play Movies to over three dozen new countries and Google Play Music to four more. Earlier today we announced that Chromecast began selling in eleven new markets. Now, Google has expanded Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 sales to a handful of new countries as well.

The Nexus 5, Google’s flagship pure Android smartphone, will now sell through the Google Play Store to customers in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden. In all, the Nexus 5 is now available in 20 countries around the globe.

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This is great news for a great device. The Nexus 5 has been a solid phone for many users, and still holds strong as a great example of a relatively high-end device selling for a relatively low price tag. The Nexus 5 comes unlocked and runs 9 for the 16GB version and 9 for 32GB in the U.S. We do not have word on global pricing, but expect comparative prices. For more details on the Nexus 5, check out our full review, then head over to the Google Play Store to grab the phone for yourself.

As for the Nexus 7, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden bring global sales also up to 20 countries for the WiFi version of Google’s 7-inch tablet. The LTE version of the Nexus 7 did not get a bump and remains available in 12 countries total.

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The Nexus 7 is a well respected device by many users, representing the best that Google has to offer in a 7-inch tablet. Like the Nexus 5, the Nexus 7 has paved the way for what is possible for a relatively low-cost tablet. The Nexus 7 costs 9 and 9 for 16GB and 32GB in the U.S. We’ve taken the Nexus 7 for a test drive, checkout what we had to say about it, then grab it too from the Google Play Store.

This has been a great few days for international fans of Google’s products, with devices and services launching all over the globe. Google has a full list of the countries in which they sell their devices, check that out here. What and where do you think Google will announce next?


    








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Vodafone offering free 32-inch TV with Sony Xperia Z2 pre-orders

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Last month we reported on Clove’s free speaker and noise cancelling handset offer for those planning to pre-order the Sony Xperia Z2. While this wasn’t a bad deal, UK carrier Vodafone’s offer blows this out of the water.

If you pre-order the Z2 between now and April 9th, Vodafone is giving away a 32-inch Sony LED TV as a promotional offer. The catch is that the television set will only be given to the first 3,000 folks that pre-order, so you might want to jump on this one quickly. Vodafone plans to ship out the Xperia Z2 come April 10th, and is offering the handset for free with monthly tariffs beginning at £42 for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data.

For more details on the pre-order offer, you’ll want to head on over to Vodafone’s website. As for those looking to learn more about the Xperia Z2? Be sure to check out our first impressions of the device in the videos below:

What do you think, anyone planning on picking up the Xperia Z2 via Vodafone in the UK?


    








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AT&T now offering $15 monthly discount for off-contract subscribers

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It wasn’t long after T-Mobile introduced its [aa] that Sprint, Verizon and AT&T followed suite with their own similar monthly installment options. For AT&T, this meant the creation of NEXT, a way to buy your phone off-contract and then pay for it through 20 monthly payments.

While AT&T Next sounds like a cool idea on paper, there’s one problem: you were still paying the same rate as a contract customer would pay.

The reason this is a problem is that the standard contract prices are actually inflated in order to make back money on phones sold at low, subsidized prices. So no-contract AT&T customers were not only paying full price for their handsets, they were also paying the inflated contract rates as well.

The good news is that AT&T is now working to change this, likely as a way to be more competitive against rivals such as T-Mobile. Starting this Sunday, additional savings will be applied to customers that pay full price for handsets, bring their own phone or those that use AT&T Next.

So how much will you actually save? That’s where things get a bit more complicated (ironic I know).

Starting this Sunday, additional savings will be applied to customers that pay full price for handsets, bring their own phone or those that use AT&T Next.

For data, both contract and no-contract customers are seeing newly revised rates. Under the new rates you’ll pay the following: 300MB for a month (no change), 1GB for ( MORE than before), 2GB for ( MORE than before), 10GB for 0 ( less than before), 50GB for 5 (5 less).

If you think it’s odd that the 1GB and 2GB (the most common data sizes) are more expensive than before, trust me you aren’t alone.

Where the savings really come into play is on the device ‘access’ fee. Previously this price could range from to a month, depending on your data plan. Going forward, AT&T will charge a flat rate of for all contract customers, or just if you’re off contract.

Although it’s nice to see AT&T throwing a no-contract discount our way, it’s still important to point out that T-Mobile’s no-contract plans are still cheaper. For example, a 2GB data plan with unlimited text and voice costs just — that’s less. An unlimited plan at T-Mobile is just .

Of course T-Mobile’s cheaper rates only matter if you live in an area with solid T-Mobile coverage. For those that don’t, AT&T’s reduced rate no-contract pricing could still certainly be worth looking into.

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Amazon offering the Galaxy Note 3 for as little as $200 on contract, depending on your carrier choice

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Thinking about picking up the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon but not willing to pay 0 and sign a contract? The good news is you can now get the Note 3 for as little as 9.99 through Amazon –depending on which carrier you choose.

The best value is for the Verizon version of the handset, which will set you back just 9.99 if you’re a new customer. Even if you are an existing customer, you still can upgrade for just 9.99.

The next best offer is from Sprint, where you can pick up the handset for 9.99 for new customers, or 9.99 for those planning to upgrade. Amazon is also offering a very small discount for AT&T customers, at 9.99 for both new and existing subscribers. The AT&T price cut might not be mcuh, but every dollar counts.

As a refresher, the Note 3 is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, and comes equipped with 3GB of RAM. Other specs include a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display, 32GB storage, microSD, 13MP back cam, 2MP front cam, an IR blaster, a 3,200 mAh battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. There’s also a redesigned S-Pen and plenty of brand new software features.

For those that have yet to decide whether or not to pick up the Note 3, you might want to check out our full review.

What do you think, planning on taking advantage of Amazon’s pricing and picking up the Note 3 at one of these lower price points?

Thanks Patrick!

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Best Buy offering the Moto X for just $99 with contract

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Some Android users absolutely want the latest and greatest devices, regardless of the price. Others are budget conscientious and will gravitate to mid-range or budget handsets all in the name of saving some cold hard cash.

Why settle when you can have the best of both worlds? Right now Best Buy is offering folks the opportunity to upgrade to Motorola’s flagship Moto X for just with contract. The lowered pricing applies to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint subscribers. Even better, this offer is for both new and existing customers.

That’s half off of what you’ll pay when buying the Moto X directly from the carrier of your choice. You’re going to be hard pressed to find a better deal than this on the Moto X, with the exception of Amazon, where new users can get the Sprint version of the Moto X for as little as .99.

Is the Moto X worth picking up? Absolutely. Sure, it might not be as impressive in the hardware department as many of the other Android flagships out there, but it makes up for that by offering some pretty cool software features including Touchless control and active display technology.

So how about it, anyone planning to jump on this deal?

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Moto X to be a Rogers exclusive offering in Canada next month

We’ve been hearing about the Moto X in increasing detail over the past weeks, especially now that Motorola has ramped up its advertisement campaign in time for the 4th of July holiday. Now, according to a leaked screenshot, we see how the handset will be offered to our Canadian friends: as an exclusive from Rogers.

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The information comes from the folks at MobileSyrup, who nabbed a picture taken of a Rogers internal document, which shows a bit of its Android focus and plans, with one in particular standing out among the rest – a tidbit of information next to an “Android Max” info box that says “EXCLUSIVE Moto X Phone”. You can see it yourself in the image above.

The “Android Max” in the image above is referring to one of the carrier’s campaigns, which will apparently be kicked off in the third quarter of this year. It is targeted at individuals who “live on their phones,” and will be comprised of LTE devices and those who want “Max Android data.” If you recall, Rogers announced seven new locations that it would be expanding its LTE network to.

According to MobileSyrup, the Moto X will be available for Canadian buyers via Rogers on August 1, just a little over three weeks from now. As you likely guessed based on the image above, it will be offered on the carrier’s LTE Max network. Unfortunately, the one piece of information that is still missing is pricing.

In case you missed it, on June 26, Google rolled out an updated Motorola logo, which features a subtle color palette hinting at the wide array of color options the handset will be offered in, as well its own logo at the bottom, showing off its ownership of the company. Per a tip earlier today, word has it the Moto X will be announced on July 10 or 11th, with the latter date being more likely. Among others reasons, speculation has the it the “X” and “I” formed by two individuals jumping into water in Motorola’s ad from earlier this week are a subtle hint.

SOURCE: MobileSyrup

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Moto X will not be a DROID-branded Verizon offering, says sources

Earlier today, we reported that Motorola’s new logo, which has been redesigned to show off the company’s Google underpinning, will be shown in an advertisement slated to appear tomorrow for the Moto X smartphone. Unfortunately, the advertisement won’t be showing off the handset, but according to sources, we already know one aspect of the design: it won’t be DROID-branded.

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The information comes from sources who spoke to the folks over at The Verge, and according to them, the Moto X will not be a DROID offering on Verizon. This is a shakeup of how DROID flagship offerings are typically offered as exclusive Verizon offerings. The news isn’t particularly surprising, but is another interesting look at where the company is going with its new phone.

The handset is being hailed as “the first smartphone you can design yourself,” and we got our first somewhat detailed look at what it will offer from Motorola’s Dennis Woodside at the D11 conference in May. In particular, Woodside has said the Moto X is “contextually aware of what is going on around it,” and that it is being built in the United States.

Further elaborating, Woodside had said: “[The Moto X] is going to be broadly distributed. There are a couple things we’re going to be doing differently … Motorola has always been good at managing ultra-low power sensors, such as the gyroscope and the accelerometer, and keeping those on all the time so the device knows different use states. The [Moto X] knows when it is in my pocket, it knows when I take it out of my pocket. I might want to do something, I might want to take a picture, so it fires up the camera.”

Of course, this doesn’t mean the Moto X won’t necessarily be offered from Verizon, just that it won’t be an exclusive DROID offering. Woodside, and later on a press release, stated that the Google-owned company plans to release other handsets this summer, of which the Moto X is the lead smartphone. Among them will likely be a line of DROID handsets, and we expect you’ll see it at the carrier.

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Union offering select game titles for only $0.99 – Air Attack, Fractal, Roboto and more!

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The news coming out of Union lately has been huge and it looks like they’re celebrating a bit. Right now, if you head into BlackBerry World you’ll find select titles on sale for the BlackBerry Z10. In total, five games from their vast catalog have been updated to support BlackBerry 10 and no doubt, there is more on the way. Here’s a list of what’s on sale and available for the BlackBerry Z10:

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