When Google revealed it had a new version of Glass, refined by months of feedback and use by Explorers, it also announced the first set of Explorers would have the option to swap the original Glass for v2. There was no exact timing announced with the update, only “before the end of the year.” Last night I received an email from Google giving me the option to swap my first generation Glass for the latest iteration.
During the swap process I was asked to verify my shipping address and was given the option to change Glass colors; the only change Explorers will get to change colors.
The new version is tweaked to allow for prescription lenses and frames for those who require it, as well as other internal tweaks Google isn’t yet revealing.
The swap email states the process will be carried out on a first come, first serve basis, giving current Explorers until February 5 to initiate the swap. Explorers are able to skip the swap, retaining the original Glass, but Google warns future accessories and enhancements may not be compatible with the older hardware.
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Nostalgia always gets the best of us, which is why we were excited when we learned the Double Dragon Trilogy would be making its way to Android. Well, it’s here, and we’re glad to say that we haven’t been disappointed one bit. For $2.99, DotEmu has ported this classic in a way that feels familiar, yet can feel fresh depending on the options you choose.
The game features both arcade and story mode, three difficulty levels (mobile, original and expert), achievements and leaderboards through Google Play Games, co-op via Bluetooth, gamepad support and more. You can even choose between the original 8-bit soundtrack or a newly-remastered soundtrack especially made for this release.
You’ll get all three games for this one price, so if you are a Double Dragon nut and want to get your fix on the go, downloading this is a no-brainer. It’s in the Google Play Store, so get over there and check it out for yourself.
Yarr, matey. Are ye ready to set sail for adventure and plunder on the waves? Assassin's Creed Pirates has arrived on Android as promised, and it's brimming with high seas adventure and impressive visuals.
You play a pirate captain searching for fame and fortune in the hulls of defeated enemies. The first vessel under your command is a modest one, but being a successful pirate will let you move up in the world.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
[New Game] Assassin's Creed Pirates Sails Into Google Play On Schedule With A Shipment Of Real-Time Naval Combat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
A little over two months ago Qualcomm unveiled their smartwatch known as the Toq. Pre-orders are now being accepted, and Toq will begin shipping in the next 1-3 weeks. I’ve been tracking the Toq closely since its announcement, and looking at its core feature set and components, it appears to me that Qualcomm has built a smartwatch that strikes a balance between power and simplicity that will deliver precisely the experience that most smartwatch users would want out of their device. We’ll share our full impressions of the Toq once we have had some time with it, but for now we wanted to let you know what we find compelling about the concept of the Toq.1. Mirasol Display
Qualcomm has been showing off devices with Mirasol displays for a few years now, including Mirasol-based e-readers at their CES booths. Without diving too deeply into the tech (check that out here if you are interested), the appeal of Mirasol is that it’s a color display that reflects light rather than transmitting it, similar to e-ink. This makes it easier on the eyes than an LCD or OLED and also means that it is easily viewable in sunlight. The Mirasol tech is a great fit for a smartwatch because it delivers an always-on color display with long battery life.2. Always On
Speaking of an always-on display, that is the second feature of the Toq that has me really excited. Perhaps I get excited about weird things, but I don’t want to have to wake my watch up to find out what time it is. The entire purpose of wearing a smartwatch is to make accessing basic information and notifications as simple as glancing at my wrist. Because the Toq’s Mirasol display reflects light, you will need to activate its built-in light to see the screen in the dark, but that seems like an easy tradeoff for not having to push any buttons in brighter environments.3. Battery Life
The Toq’s battery life can be measured in days rather than hours, and for a smartwatch that is a huge advantage. I don’t want to take my watch off the charger in the morning and end up nervously watching its battery meter tick down to 0 near the end of the day. Having a device that requires charging only once every 2-3 days is a very different proposition than doing so every night.4. Wireless Charging
The other piece of the power puzzle is charging your Toq. With its wireless charging capabilities, I think Qualcomm has selected the right tool for the job. Having to fumble around with a port on a device the size of a smartwatch seems awkward and will likely lead to drops and scratches. So long as you have a nightstand or a table in your bedroom, simply placing the Toq onto its dock would have very little effect on your routine. Plus, the optional wireless stereo headset uses the very same dock, making your Toq charging experience even easier.5. Compatibility
Toq will work with any Android phone running 4.0.3 or higher. At last count, that represents about 72% of all Android devices. While this does leave some people out, the reality is that almost anyone using a device that’s not running Android 4.0.3 or higher is unlikely to be interested in a Toq anyway.6. Design
This may be subjective, but I think Qualcomm has done an excellent job with the look of the Toq. The battery is built into the band, keeping the body of the watch thin so you might look like something out of sci-fi movie. Everything is controlled by the touchscreen, and because the Toq’s wireless charging eliminates the need for a port of any kind, the device is completely seamless.7. Bluetooth Stereo Headset
The stereo headset is optional, so it may be a bit of a rogue entry in my list. If you do add one, though, you gain the ability to control your phone’s audio or take a call through Toq. As someone that commutes to work by bike, this is a tremendously compelling feature. We are rapidly approaching winter here in Wisconsin, and so the prospect of not having to dig my phone out of my pocket is increasingly compelling as the temperature drops. And as I mentioned before, the headset can even charge wirelessly using the same dock as the Toq.Wrap-up
As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, what makes the Toq so appealing to me is that while there may be a lot of innovative technology in it, the concept that Qualcomm is delivering is very minimalistic. From its design to its functionality, the Toq is a companion to your smartphone, eliminating the need to constantly get a phone out of your bag or pocket. The Toq screen is always on and ready to display whatever notification you need in an instant. A smartwatch should be about putting information in front of you as quickly as possible. If it can’t, there is no reason why you wouldn’t just reach into your pocket for your phone. It appears that Qualcomm had this kind of frictionless experience in mind while designing the Toq, and based on everything we’ve seen so far, they appear to have nailed it.
Sponsored by Qualcomm(R) Toq(TM) — The smartwatch that’s always on, active and visible in any light.
Clash of Puppets may sound like it has a lot in common with Clash of Clans, but that's not the case at all. In fact, this game comes from a completely different developer. Clash of Puppets isn't a strategy game, nor does it have multiplayer options. Instead, Crescent Moon Games' latest title is a 3D platformer filled with plenty of hacking, loads of slashing, and even some blasting.
[New Game] Hack, Jump, Slash, And Repeat In The Latest Release From Crescent Moon Games 'Clash Of Puppets' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Have you posted an image on the internet recently? If you didn't use Imgur, you have upset a certain contingent of internet denizens who are sure to let you know the error of your ways. The Imgur app on Android has just gotten a nice update to v1.3, making it even easier to do the right thing.
There are two big changes in this update, then a few smaller, but still nice tweaks:
Imgur App Updated To v1.3 With A Tablet Layout, Native Android Action Bar/Navigation Menu, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
AT&T today announced that it’s got some new Mobile Share Value plans launching this Sunday, Dec. 8, and the refreshed rate plans actually have some pretty significant differences when compared to the original Mobile Share offerings that launched last year. The most notable change is the addition of a discount for customers not currently enrolled in a contract. Those users will pay only $25 per month for each smartphone attached to a Mobile Share Value plan, which is $15 less than the rate that contract customers will pony up each month. Non-contract customers include those that bring their own hardware, finish their two-year commitment or are signed up for AT&T Next.
AT&T is also making some changes to the data buckets themselves. Some of the plans will remain the same price as before, like the $20/300MB and $70/4GB options, while others will get cheaper. For example, the 6GB plan will drop from $90 per month to $80 per month under Mobile Share Value, while the 10GB option will decrease from $120 to $100. Some plans will increase in price, though, like the 1GB and 2GB plans that’ll be growing $5 to a rate of $45 and $55, respectively. AT&T also plans to add a new 8GB tier that’ll cost $90 per month.
Finally, AT&T plans to add a new option to its Next upgrade program. Under the current setup, customers can get a new phone for $0 down and then spread the cost of the device out over 20 months, with the option to upgrade to another device after 12 months. The new AT&T Next plan will allow consumers to pay off their hardware over a 26-month period, resulting in lower monthly payments. However, these customers will also have to wait 18 months to upgrade again.
Most of the changes that these new plans bring seem pretty nice, especially the cheaper monthly access fees for no contract customers and the fact that those fees will now be standardized across the different data buckets. And while AT&T Next certainly isn’t for everyone, the new 26-month payment plan is at least another choice for consumers, and more choice is always a good thing. The full rundown on the Mobile Share Value plans can be found by visiting AT&T’s promotional page.
AT&T has announced some new contract-free options in their Mobile Share Value plans. Launching December 8th, those who get AT&T service by getting AT&T Next, bringing their own devices, buying their device off-contract, or those whose contracts expire and opt to jump to the new Mobile Share Value plans will be able to get service for $15 cheaper than those who decide to stay the contract route.
This plan will afford you shared data (in whichever allotment you’re comfortable with) and unlimited text and data. For instance, the 300MB plan with unlimited talk and text was $60, but can be had for $45 under these new plans. While it’s not the same level of savings T-Mobile introduced with UnCarrier, it’s a lot better than most other carriers are willing to do at this point.
AT&T is also adding a new Next upgrade option for those who don’t need to be on a yearly upgrade schedule. You can now opt for an 18-month plan that will drive the cost of your monthly payments down (you’ll be on a 26-month time table with $0 down and no financing fees), but allow you to upgrade sooner than the standard 24-month window that contract customers currently have to deal with.
New options are always welcome, so be sure to stop by an AT&T store in a few days and inquire about these plans to see if they’re right for you.
You just experienced a weekend of epic deals, and it's not even close to over yet. There are still all kinds of holiday app sales going on, and then it'll be on to the New Years sales, then the Presidents' Day sales, then the Valentine's Day sales, and so on in that fashion until all the apps are sold.
aTorrent PRO – $1.00 from $4.95
MathHelper: Algebra & Calculus – $1.89 from $3.69
SunVox – $3.99 from $5.99
Weather Screen – $0.99 from $2.99
Action Launcher Pro – $1.99 from $3.99Games
The Lords of Midnight – $0.99 from $4.49
Star Command – $0.99 from $2.99
R-Type – $0.99 from $1.99
Raiden Legacy – $1.99 from $4.99
The Last Express – $0.99 from $3.99
Another World – $0.99 from $1.99
Flick Golf Extreme – Free from $1.99 (Amazon app of the day)Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Thursday App And Game Sales: Star Command, Action Launcher Pro, Another World, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Version 5.3 of the Google Play Music app is flying out to Android devices right now, bringing with it... not a lot, actually. A quick look inside reveals bolded "Listen Now" text in the slide-out menu, a version update to 5.3.1316M, and not much else. But as usual, our hyper-intelligent cloud of futuristic swarming nanobots is pouring over the APK file, and there's plenty to be excited about.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Google Play Music Update 5.3.1316M Adds SD Card Downloads And New Sharing Options [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Ubisoft told us the mobile version of Assassin’s Creed, dubbed Assassin’s Creed Pirates, would be headed to the Google Play Store today, and their promise was about as full as a chest full of gold. You can download the game for $5 right now, and it’s already being treated to some pretty good reviews by those who have played it so far.
While it’s not nearly as comprehensive as the console versions folks are enjoying on the likes of the PS4 and Xbox One, Assassin’s Creed Pirates brings us the high seas as we’ve never seen them before on mobile. You can build up your own ship and crew, and set sail to take on others in a naval combat system that has us wondering why it took someone this long to make such a game.
The game features over 50 story missions and side quests, so you’re getting your money’s worth in the long run. Even if you weren’t a huge fan of Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft has made a game that any pirate fan can get behind. Go ahead and find it in the Google Play Store if you’re interested.
Google has confirmed that it plans to offer Glass hardware that will be compatible with prescription eyeglasses, and tonight we’ve gotten an early peek at what the device might look like. Google employee Brian Matiash has posted a couple of photos of the prescription Glass unit to his Google+ page, showing a unit with a slot in which the arm of the eyeglasses slide right into. Outside of that small change, this pair of Glass looks fairly similar to the regular model that we’ve seen in the past, complete with a heads-up display in front of the right eye.
It’s unclear if this version of prescription Google Glass will be the same model that’s made available to consumers or if it’s still in development, but the unit shown in these photos looks pretty nice. The arm of the eyeglasses appear to slot snugly into the body of Glass and it appears that Google is working to make the prescription-friendly Glass as similar as possible to the non-prescription version.
In other Glass news, Google has started inviting early Explorers to swap out their original hardware for the updated model that was announced in late October. The offer allows Explorers that bought Glass before Oct. 28 to exchange their unit for a newer version that Google says has the same look and feel but is faster, more durable and compatible with upcoming prescription frames. Explorers will have until Feb. 5 to decide if they want to swap for an updated model, and if they do elect to exchange, they’ll be given the opportunity to select a new color as well.
Up until now, we haven’t gotten a real good look at Google’s plans for prescription eyewearers looking to outfit themselves with Google Glass. Sure there was the scruffy looking fella from months ago, but it was still tough to make out exactly what was going on. Will Glass’s titanium frames be detachable? Will the main Glass unit simply stick to a existing frames?
Well, Googler Brian Matiash is finally giving us a better view of prescription Google Glass, sharing a few images of the high-tech eyewear — likely still in its prototype stages — to his his Google+ page. From the looks of it, frames carrying a design much like non-prescription Glass will need to be made specifically for Glass, with one side attaching to the main unit. This means if you were hoping to bring your current favorite pair of eyeglasses with you, they likely wont have a proper Glass fitment.
Now that you’ve had a better look at prescription Glass, what do you guys think?
Gamers of a certain age probably spent at least a few hours (or years) of their lives submerged in the original Double Dragon games. These side-scrolling beat-em-ups have stood the test of time, but emulators are so messy, right? DotEmu, a developer with plenty of experience porting classic games to mobile, has followed through on its promise to bring the Double Dragon Trilogy to Android as a single download.
[New Game] DotEmu's Double Dragon Trilogy Hits Android With Mobile-Optimized Gameplay, A Remastered Soundtrack, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The last time we saw an expansion of Google Play Books was nearly a month ago when the service opened up shop in South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey. Since then, it would appear Google has been making headway in its continued effort to bring more of its services to as many countries as possible. This time around, the list of countries in which Play Books is available has been updated to include Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Google Play Books Comes To Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, And Venezuela was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
After Google promised current Explorers the 1-time opportunity to swap out their first generation Glass for the new v2 model, we were beginning to wonder if we were ever going to get the invite. Today seems to be that special day, with a few Glass Explorers on Phandroid’s team — myself included — now receiving swap instructions in our email inboxes.
Current Explorers who purchased their Glass before October 28th are the only ones eligible for the swap, having until February 5th to begin the process. Before you ask, yes this is a swap, meaning we wont be giving away our old pairs here on the site (I know, we’d really like to). We should note that Google did mention that they’d be doing something “special” with the old pairs, but wouldn’t say at the moment.
Google promises the new and improved Google Glass Explorer Editions are faster, more durable, and compatible with their upcoming accessories like stereo headphones and prescription lenses. I smell another review incoming…
Do you consider yourself a heavy Googler? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear about a couple of Google search updates that are rolling out today.
The Big G has announced that users searching for a piece of information can now be presented with links to open up an app that contains the relevant info. For example, someone searching for Michael J. Fox may be given the option of opening up the IMDb app to learn more about the actor. It’s worth noting, though, that an app will need support for the “Open in app” feature baked into it to appear in search results. The list of apps that currently support it include IMDb, Newegg, OpenTable and Wikipedia.
Google search can also help users to find apps related to a particular topic that they haven’t yet installed. Performing a search for “fantasy football apps” will present a list of apps available in the Google Play Store, complete with links to the app pages and their download links.
Today’s Google search updates sound like they ought to make it easier and quicker for users to find the relevant information that they’re hunting for, whether that’s on the web or in an app, and I think that that’s something that we can all get behind. The improved app integration is now rolling out as part of an update to the Google Search app for Android and in the Chrome and Android browsers. For more info on the updates and how developers can add support for these features to their apps, just slide your cursor down to the Google links below and get to clickin’.
Dragon Age has a rich universe, one that has spawned novels, a film, comics, and, now, a mobile game. I know, try not to act so surprised. Yet though Heroes of Dragon Age may be free, it packs quite a bit of depth, as this is one adventure designed to forge the strongest, most-feared tactician in the land.
[New Game] EA Releases Heroes Of Dragon Age, A Multiplayer Squad-Based Tactics Game With Hundreds Of Collectible Characters was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Announced earlier today, the Google Search app for Android is about to get a whole lot smarter. No, we’re not talking about the usual Google Now cards that come in every update, search results not pulled, not only from the web, but inside apps as well. This makes it easier than ever to find exactly what you’re looking for.
For instance, when searching for a movie, normally Search would pull up showtimes, or even its listing on IMDB.com. Not too useful when you already have the IMDB app already installed on your device, right? Now, when signed into your Google account, the Search app will know exactly what apps are installed on your device and show results found inside them with a simple “Open in app” link. Clicking the link will take you directly to the specific search query inside the app (like IMDB for instance), making Google Search a universal tool for searching the web for anything using your Android device. Currently, the new search results are only available in English, and for Android devices 2.3+. Also, at launch, only 13 apps support the new search feature:
Of course, relevant apps found on the Google Play Store will also be displayed when searching (ones that haven’t been installed on your device), a feature we saw introduced in Google Search back in 2010. The best part about these new (and old) Search features is that they can also be found in the Chrome and Android browsers by visiting the Google homepage — no Search app needed. As more developers make their apps compatible with this new feature, they better it will get. In the meantime, you can update the Google Search app via the link below.
Download on Google Play: Google Search
Action Launcher is one of the more distinct alternative home screens for Android. Instead of grafting new abilities on a standard launcher setup, the developer has created some innovative features that change how you use apps and widgets. Version 2.0 is just out and it's adding even more goodies.
Action Launcher Pro Hits v2.0 – Adds New Features, A Free Version, And Goes On 50% Off Sale For One Week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.