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Google I/O 2013: Google Launches Android Studio And New Features For Developer Console, Including Beta Releases And Staged Rollout

Today, during Google’s I/O developer conference, the company announced a group of tools for app developers, including a new developer suite called Android Studio. It’s an IDE based on IntelliJ.

This was a popular announcement, as the crowd “ooh’d” and “ahh’d” as screenshots were shown on stage.

This tool has more options for Android Development, making the process faster and more productive. A “live layout” was shown that renders your app as you’re editing in realtime.

Google Launches Android Studio

Additionally, you can switch over to different layouts and screen sizes, such as 3.7 inch phone and 10-inch tablet. The team noted that this might be useful for internationalization, allowing you to quickly see what things look like without having to package up your app and install it on a device.

The company says that it has “big plans” for Android Studio.

DEVELOPER CONSOLE UPDATES AND BETA/STAGED ROLLOUTS

DEVELOPER CONSOLE

After the Studio announcement, new features to help developers get their apps in the hands of beta testers were announced. This is something that hasn’t been easy before, but the console now lets you manage both beta users and a staged rollout process.

Ellie Powers, Product Manager at Google, shared these new features, including ways to make money. The console will now have optimization tips, such as assistance for translation. The app translation service allows you to get professional translations directly in developer consoles; just select russian – it will show a list of different translation vendors, then Google will play middle man. Your results will be delivered within the console.

DEVELOPER CONSOLE

DEVELOPER CONSOLE

DEVELOPER CONSOLE

You can invest in a campaign to promote your app with new referral tracking. It will tell you where installs are coming from, let you track effectiveness of each referral channel and then what happens in the app from the first time it’s opened on a device by a user. Those usage metrics will also be show in the console.

Via Techcrunch

Google I/O 2013: Google Launches Android Studio And New Features For Developer Console, Including Beta Releases And Staged Rollout

BlueStacks announces Android-powered GamePop gaming console and subscription service

Popular mobile game titles on your TV, using your phone as a controller

BlueStacks, which is best known for letting users run Android apps on Windows and Mac computers, is going in a completely different direction with the introduction of a new gaming console called GamePop. But the console is just half of the story — GamePop also encompasses a monthly subscription service that lets users play as many games as they want on the console with no additional charges. The console itself is running Android, and can be connected to your TV and controlled from either your phone or a dedicated game controller. Outside of that, we don’t have any details on the internals of the device, although the design certainly looks interesting.

GamePop gaming console

To make sure there’s a good selection of games to choose from, BlueStacks has partnered with some of the biggest mobile developers out there right now. Names like Halfbrick, Glu Mobile, OutFit7, Intellijoy, Deemedya and many more are all on board to bring their titles over to GamePop. From the developer’s perspective, they will receive 50-percent of the subscription price per user — based on gameplay time — for having games available on the platform. Additionally, BlueStacks will not take a cut of any in-app purchases if developers choose to have them in their games. Hopefully this generous revenue sharing model can help boost the number of games that come over to GamePop.

GamePop is available for pre-order starting today, and interestingly will be offered for free with a monthly subscription of $6.99 during the month of May. After the initial May pre-order period ends the console will have an up-front cost associated with it, however, which hasn’t been specified. Given the quick rise in number of users of its desktop software to run Android apps, we have to think BlueStacks may be onto something. Does it have what it takes to challenge competitors like OUYA though? We’ll have to see going forward. Stick around after the break to see a nice introductory video and a full press release for the device, and follow the source link if you’re interested in pre-ordering a GamePop console.

BlueStacks Announces GamePop, Brings Famous Mobile Games to TV

Mobile gaming comes to the living room via new product, service; several top developers on board

Palo Alto, CA  May 9, 2013 – Mobile company BlueStacks today announced a new gaming console and subscription service called GamePop. The system includes a custom console and gaming controller free as part of the $6.99 per month service for May pre-orders only. This marks the first time a gaming console has been offered free with a subscription. The company recently passed 10 million users of its App Player software, which allows mobile games to be played on Mac or PC.

BlueStacks has also announced content deals today with several top game developers for the new platform, including Glu Mobile, Halfbrick, and OutFit7 – makers of the popular Talking Tom series.

“BlueStacks has credibility in the microconsole space that others just don’t have,” said Shainiel Deo, CEO of Halfbrick. “We’ve been a featured partner in App Player since early on and they’ve delivered on every promise in terms of distribution. GamePop is a great incremental channel for us.”

Other Google app-makers with the coveted “Top Developer” badge coming on the platform include the #1 kids app-maker Intellijoy, as well as Deemedya, Chinese wunderkind Droidhen and many more yet to be announced. “Mobile gaming has been taking off the past few years. BlueStacks’ vision is to bring that same experience to bigger screens,” said BlueStacks CEO, Rosen Sharma. The all-you-can-eat pricing model for GamePop lets users enjoy a much broader range of games, just as you can watch more movies with Netflix versus the pay-as-you-go model Blockbuster employed.”

“Mobile gamers continue to show higher levels of engagement and longer play sessions on larger form factors,” said Glu CEO, Niccolo de Masi. “BlueStacks and GamePop offer developers like Glu an opportunity to potentially reach a new audience of gamers with great 3D, high-production value content. We see significant potential in BlueStacks’ approach to the console gaming market.” Developers keep all of the in-app purchases that run through their apps with GamePop – BlueStacks does not take any share. Additionally, 50% of GamePop subscription revenue will be shared back with developers, apportioned by usage.

BlueStacks plans to market GamePop subscriptions directly from GamePop.tv, which went live today. Their main site, BlueStacks.com the company announced for the first time today clocks 1.6 million unique visitors every month and growing. GamePop will also be featured on BlueStacks’ Facebook page, where they maintain a community of 1.2 million fans.

ABOUT BLUESTACKS
BlueStacks was founded in 2009 to bring the energy and creativity of the mobile app world to every type of device. The company is funded with 15M from Intel, Andreessen-Horowitz, Radar Partners, Redpoint, Ignition Partners and Qualcomm. The company’s App Player software has over 10 million users. Join their more than 1.2 million Facebook fans at Facebook.com/BlueStacksinc, or on Twitter at

Via Androidcentral

BlueStacks announces Android-powered GamePop gaming console and subscription service

Motorola X Phone release date, news and rumours

Google acquired Motorola Mobility a year ago but we’re still yet to see a handset slide out bearing the search giant’s brand and Moto’s design.

Motorola X Phone

Rumours surrounding the X Phone have been around since December and, while neither Google nor Motorola has officially revealed anything about a potential handset, it hasn’t stopped the speculation and leaks.

It would make sense for Google to use Motorola as the manufacturer of its next Nexus-branded smartphone, as this would give the firm greater control at every stage of production – but that’s something which is far from certain.

Over in Australia, carriers have apparently already seen details of the X Phone, prompting one network head to say the handset will be a “real breakthrough, a game changer that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple”.

We’ve pulled together all the internet chatter surrounding the Motorola X Phone and stuffed it into one manageable article, just for you.

Motorola X phone release date and price

Most reports surrounding the Motorola X Phone release date seem to point towards the annual Google IO conference which takes place in mid-May.

Even if the X Phone is unveiled at IO, consumers may still have a lengthy wait before the handset lands in their sweaty palms – especially if the Nexus 4 is anything to go by which sold out in minutes when the first stock was made available, leaving many waiting for more units to turn up.

Initial reports suggested that the X Phone would arrive in stores in either June or July, but word’s got out that it’s already been delayed until Augustor later.

If the Motorola X does carry Google’s name, we could also see some rather competitive pricing as the search giant looks to undercut the top phones of the moment – such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

Pie or Beans

Google-branded handsets usually usher in a new version of the Android operating system, so if the Motorola X Phone does eventually end up adopting the search giant’s name you can expect it to arrive running the latest Android platform.

A new version of Android is also expected to be announced at Google IO, with early claims pointing towards Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

Key Lime Pie also seems to be on the cards for the X Phone, if the swathe of rumours are to be believed.

However, more recently we’ve seen reports saying that Key Lime Pie has been delayed, and instead we’ll see an updated Jelly Bean at Google IO,known as Android 4.3.

If this is the case then the X Phone could come running 4.3 instead of 5.0 – we’re just going to have to wait and see.

Look at this

The X Phone might build on the 4.7-inch display found on the Nexus 4 and rock up with a 5-inch screen with almost no bezel.

Another “tipster” doesn’t agree though, claiming the Motorola X will stick with the 4.7-inch format and instead up the resolution to Full HD, for a truly eye-popping display – something which has also been “confirmed” by a separate source.

We’re not done there though, with 4.65-inch also being bandied about as the potential screen size for the X Phone, although the unconvincing renders this information arrived with makes us question it.

Specs

In terms of power the Motorola X phone is hotly tipped to pack a 1.7GHz quad-core processor – various sources say the same thing – along with 2GB of RAM.

That’s not the only processor which has been linked to the X though, with Android World claiming it’s been told it could carry a powerful 2.3GHz Nvidia 4i chip.

The same leak also points towards the Motorola X packing a punchy 16MP camera which would put the handset head and shoulders above the current crop of flagship smartphones, plus it could measure a pocket friendly 131.2 x 66.7 x 7.9mm.

Another rumour claims that the new UI that will feature on the X phone will integrate a host of new features to rival Samsung’s S-Beam, S-Voice and the like.

In terms of storage we could well see the Motorola X offered in a 32GB guise, which will be music to some people’s ears after being left frustrated that the Nexus 4 was only available in 8GB and 16GB variants.

Real or render?

In terms of what the Motorola X Phone could potentially look like we’ve had a couple of leaks claiming to show the handset.

First up are a set of images picked up by Vietnamese site Tinhte and while the handset in question looks pretty impressive in terms of style, they appear to be renders instead of photos of the actual device.

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The other set of images come courtesy of @evleaks and apparently show the X phone with a prototype chassis in order to protect its identity.

Comparisons can be drawn between the handset in these images and the renders above – with the front facing Motorola logo sitting in the same place.

Motorola X Phone

 

Via Techradar

Motorola X Phone release date, news and rumours

RunKeeper for Android and iOS now talks to Pebble smartwatches

Although more than a few runners track their progress through apps like RunKeeper, it’s doubtful that many of them like reaching for their smartphones just to check their pace. Thanks to an updated RunKeeper app, they’ll only have to look at the Pebble smartwatch on their wrist.

pebble-runkeeper

 

Both Android and iOS users can now glance at the Bluetooth timepiece for vital stats, such as pacing, or start and stop their runs. Only a handful of us will have the needed combination of app and wristwear to justify the update at the source links, but don’t despair if you’re not part of the Pebble flock. RunKeeper’s staff say they “look forward” to supporting wearable technology as a whole, which should let many more athletes keep their eyes on the path ahead, and their hands out of their pockets.

Introducing RunKeeper for Pebble Smart Watch

Kickstarter Phenomenon is First of Many RunKeeper Wearable Integration Partnerships

Boston, Ma. — May 7, 2013 — Today, RunKeeper rolls out the first-ever Pebble-connected app for iPhone and Android, turning your smart watch into a personal trainer. The partnership with Pebble is just one of many integrations with hardware and fitness tracking devices in the coming months, supporting RunKeeper’s mission to become the fitness platform that makes the world healthier at scale.

RunKeeper now allows you to control the app from Pebble, so you can leave your phone in your pocket during a workout. RunKeeper features such as pace, mileage, starting and stopping a workout, and more will be fully accessible on Pebble wearers’ wrists.

“People are rightfully excited about wearables because they extend the experience of mobile apps like RunKeeper, so they can be enjoyed without taking your phone out of your pocket,” said Jason Jacobs, CEO, RunKeeper. “Pebble is such an exciting partner for RunKeeper; it is a great device and a powerful showcase of how your runs, walks and bike rides with RunKeeper can be enhanced by wearable device integration. We look forward to integrating with more wearable devices in the future.”

“Pebble integrates tech into people’s daily lives in a fashionable and unobtrusive way. We’re excited that RunKeeper will be among the first apps to showcase our smart watch’s capabilities and how we support your day-to-day interests and activities, ” said Eric Migicovsky, CEO, Pebble. “With the RunKeeper app, fitness enthusiasts can benefit from Pebble to track their workouts, get motivated and meet their goals.”

Pebble’s smart watches have begun shipping to Kickstarter backers and are now available for pre-order at getpebble.com. Wearable technology companies interested in working with RunKeeper on custom integrations should contact api@runkeeper.com.

RunKeeper for Android and iOS now talks to Pebble smartwatches

Testing builds of Paranoid Android with Halo now available for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7

New Halo notification system is ready for testing, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 owners can download today

A couple of days ago we talked about the upcoming Paranoid Android ROM and its new Halo feature. Part chat heads, part awesome, and a rewrite of the Android framework make this one of the neatest tricks we’ve seen in a while from any third-party development team.

Paranoid Android with Halo

Starting today, those of you with a Nexus 4 or a Nexus 7 can give it a try, as the team has made some early testing builds available for download. Be warned, these are by no means finished, and will surely have a fair share of bugs. We know that’s hardly going to stop a slew of people from giving this a try.

A build for the Oppo Find 5 is also in the works, and a Galaxy Nexus version is promised when there’s time. If you are feeling a little adventurous, and not afraid to try something new, hit the source link for the details and download links. The video of Halo in action is after the break as a refresher. Continue reading

Testing builds of Paranoid Android with Halo now available for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7

New Halo notification system is ready for testing, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 owners can download today

A couple of days ago we talked about the upcoming Paranoid Android ROM and its new Halo feature. Part chat heads, part awesome, and a rewrite of the Android framework make this one of the neatest tricks we’ve seen in a while from any third-party development team.

Paranoid Android with Halo

Starting today, those of you with a Nexus 4 or a Nexus 7 can give it a try, as the team has made some early testing builds available for download. Be warned, these are by no means finished, and will surely have a fair share of bugs. We know that’s hardly going to stop a slew of people from giving this a try.

A build for the Oppo Find 5 is also in the works, and a Galaxy Nexus version is promised when there’s time. If you are feeling a little adventurous, and not afraid to try something new, hit the source link for the details and download links. The video of Halo in action is after the break as a refresher. Continue reading

Google Now available on iOS devices starting today

When it comes to major news, we didn’t expect to hear much from Google in the run-up to I/O, but clearly, the company just couldn’t wait that long.Google Now available on iOS

Google Now, a service that Android users have enjoyed for a year, just became available on iOS devices in the form of an update to the Google Search app, confirming those leaked videos we saw a few weeks ago. It won’t have integration with notifications or alerts at launch — it may come in a future update, but the company wasn’t willing to divulge its future plans — so you’ll need to enter the app and swipe up to refresh your list of cards. The iOS version won’t have every type of card that you’ll find on Android, either: boarding passes, activity summary, events, concerts, Fandango and Zillow aren’t included this go-round. Improvements and additional features will likely trickle in over time, but it’s certainly better than nothing for iOS fans who’ve looked at Jelly Bean users with a slightly jealous eye. We’ve included Google’s blog post in its entirety below, and you can jump to More Coverage to download the app. Continue reading