iOS & Android Game Controllers: New direction in mobile gaming

Samsung GamePad Courtesy: 9to5google

Logitech and Samsung, two of the biggest tech giants in terms of innovative hardware have come up with a completely new genre of devices. The former has brought in a mobile gaming controller for iOS powered Apple iPhones and latter has devised a smartphone gamepad along with mobile console app. Here are some of the features and what’s in store with both the device.

Starting with Samsung’s GamePad, it is made for enhancing the gaming experience on the popular Galaxy smartphones. The phones with screen size of 4-6.3’’ can easily be connected to this gamepad which can also be connected to TV via  HDMI cable for experiencing your mobile game on the big screen. This gamepad connects to smartphones and tablets, running Android 4.3 or higher, via Bluetooth. The lucky few devices that made in the list of compatible devices include Galaxy series S4, S3 and Note 3 and Note 2 from Note series.

Currently there are almost 35 compatible games and Samsung has launched it in select European markets with a promise of many more compatible games in 2014. The tech giant will be releasing it in India in January ’14 with a price tag of Rs. 4999.

Moving on to Apple’s MFi game controller frameworks that were released at the WWDC in June, Logitech Powershell comes with specified form-fitted controller. The iPhone 5, 5S and iPod touch can slide easily in the controller and be connected with a lightning connector. A 1500 mAh battery, 120gm weight and a rubberized grip that covers the whole controller takes gaming on your Apple device to a whole new level.

There are few drawbacks with the Logitech controller like crammed buttons, which loosely sit in the space, protruding. This might result in accidental press of buttons sometimes. Apart from this it leaves open spaces for accessing your device’s volume controls and camera. All in all it is something new for the game lovers and worth a try. Logitech is coming up with a list of games that are compatible with the game controller and we can expect Apple to come up with a section of games in the App Store which will be compatible with it.

The $100 price tag makes Logitech controller an attractive option for iOS users just like Samsung’s  GamePad is for Android ones.

What do you think about it? Let us know your opinion via comments.

Sony’s Micro USB pen drive now available in India

We earlier told you about the micro USB pen drive launched by Sony that helped people boost storage on their android smartphones/tablets. Now Sony has launched it in India too.

The 8, 16 and 32GB variants of the Sony micro USB pen drive are priced at Rs 746, Rs 1,399 and Rs 2,633 respectively.

It is compatible with Android Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean. Sony is working hard to get it on Kitkat.

 

Flipkart Launches Android app, iOS App expected by the end of the Year

India’s amazon, Flipkart, is moving yet another step ahead in helping people buy online. Flipkart now has a dedicated Android Application which lets you browse through items available on flipkart and order the ones you want to right from your smartphone.

Upon asking Flipkart about an iOS app, Flipkart replied via twitter saying that an iOS app would be(should be) available by the end of the year.

@amilwani We’re gunning for end of year… looking promising.

— Flipkart (@Flipkart) September 20, 2013

From the very beginning Flipkart has been the best when it comes to online shopping. My personal experiences with Flipkart have also been amazing. The timely delivery, packaging, and authenticity is what makes Flipkart thrive.

E-commerce websites are coming up in hundreds but Flipkart has managed to maintain its position well in the Indian market even though its music service was big flop and finally Flipkart shut it( Bye Bye Flyte).

Flipkart also seems to have revamped its desktop website. The website now looks much more cleaner and has the navigation at the top instead of left.

Download the Flipkart android app here.

KitKat Android unveiled by Google

Google has always been innovative while keeping names for its versions of android.(Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread and Jelly Bean). Continuing the trend Google has unveiled the name of the next android version i.e. android 4.4 which is expected to launch in October.

The codename for version 4.4 was Lime Pie.

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HELP! Can not find default messaging app in my android phone.

One of our readers had a problem with her android phone and asked us out to help her.

The problem was : She could not find her default messaging app in her Samsung Galaxy phone. We thought many of our other readers might also face the same problem in future and therefore we decided to address this issue publicly by writing a blog post.

The solution to this is simple. Just go to application manager -> all apps and scroll down entirely.

Sometimes due to some reason the application gets automatically disabled. It generally happens when you download a application similar to the default app.

Hope the post helped you.

Android Browsers – Eight Best Picks

We assume you have an Android running smart device. Or why would you have landed on this article? However, let’s think about a PC. Do you use Internet Explorer? Probably not, only a very few people use IE and most of them for downloading another browser. This has been an old joke; however, the same term goes with Android handsets as well. The stock Android browser is good for daily browsing and stuffs, but why should you necessarily stick to that one browser when you have the freedom to test the taste of many other browsers that you can easily get from the Google Play Store?

There are many browsers, stylish and powerful waiting for your download in the Play Store, and a recent addition to this list is the Firefox browser for Android. However, we are going to write about eight of them – the best ones we’ve picked out for you.

Android Browser

We are not going to abandon the stock browser as it is not bad, it has its own qualities to make a place of itself in this list. The basic foundations of Chrome Beta for Android lie in this browser and it has the ability to sync the browsing data from the desktop Chrome browser. Indeed a great functionality for those who switch devices a lot. Provided it has speedy internet connectivity, it takes around 8.25 seconds to load a web page.

Google Chrome Beta

If your phone runs ICS or above, then you can use Google Chrome. The websites load very fast, you can switch between tabs without much trouble. The animations and other ingredients make the browser look better on your device screen, and the browser syncs data from the desktop or Chrome running devices. It loads websites in around 6.98 seconds.

Dolphin Browser HD

What features do you expect from a smartphone website browser? Almost everything you want, Dolphin Browser HD can bring you them. This browser has capabilities to run flash, and your phone display will just look like that of your computer. You can input voice through the sonar plugin – the list only gets bigger. The average website loading time is 8.36 seconds.

Firefox Beta

If you are a Mozilla Firefox fan, then you must have missed Firefox in your smartphone. The wait is over, here’s what you desired for. The browser looks like that of the desktop browser, like Chrome, the performance is robust though it took longer to load sites. It’s still in beta phase, right? You get the sync function as well, however the site loading time is 10.72 seconds.

Opera Mobile

Opera is into the mobile website browser market for a long time. There’s nothing much to say about this browser, it’s very lightweight, less data consuming and fast. You don’t get flash support but you get a cheap browsing experience.

And you can sync your data with desktop browser. Site loading time is 8.13 seconds.

Ninesky

This browser will reduce strain on your eyes during your night time or low light website browsing; it will automatically adjust the settings. And if your mobile signal is weak, the browser will extract only texts, which is useful sometimes if you just need the text data.

Skyfire

This browser sports a lot of functions. There’s a big like button for Facebook, you will not have to look around in the webpages for a like button. Just tap like, what you like. The Flash to HTML5 plugin makes video watching experience better. This browser sported the most innovative ideas we have ever tested; and the sites load pretty fast. It takes 7.60 seconds to load an website.

Boat Browser

It’s a basic browser but it does the ‘basic’ things in a smooth and sometimes in an extraordinary way. There are some smart handy features lying underneath the UI, you need to search a bit and use them. You get functions like screenshot, private browsing capabilities etc. Useful for low end devices and the sites took around 8.54 seconds during our test.

Make your choice and pick the one that suits you the best!

Author bio: Sidra is a professional tech blogger and enjoys sharing latest news related to the field of technology on his blogs techiedrive and techiefusion

HP re-enters tablet market with HP Slate 7 running Android 4.1 with Beats Audio for $169

HP has come out and announced that they will be launching HP Slate 7, which will be running Android 4.1 (JellyBean) and will sport a 7 inch 1024 x 600 display that HP promises will boast wide viewing angles thanks to its High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) tech. Slate 7 is a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor that powers the whole device, and the new slate also has 8GB of built-in storage, 1GB RAM, Beats Audio and wireless printing support. Coming out in April for $169.

HP has stayed quiet by not launching anything significant in the mobile market since 2011. Since it “discontinued operations” on webOS products in 2011. Would you shell out money for an HP tablet running Android? Keeping in mind its an entry-level offering, do the specs and the tablet itself justify the $169 price tag?

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Via HP, PhoneDog

London Olympic Games 2012 Official App released for iOS, Android (video)

The Olympic Games 2012, to be held in London next month, is on everyone’s mind that an official game for the event has been released on major m0bile platforms iOS and Android today. Named London Games, the game features all the 12 venues that will be used at the Olympics, and allows players to take part in nine events. A few events include swimming, kayaking, and archery in three different modes: training, competition, and challenge. For those who like things customized, you can even build your own athletes with over 220 items in the arsenal. The game also features support for eight languages worldwide, and can be downloaded from the App Store free with ads or a $2.99 version without ads. Here’s a teaser:

Microkia takes on iPhone, Android with new set of mocking commercials (videos)

When the latest Nielsen survey revealed just last week that over 90% of US Smartphones purchased in the last 3 months are either iOS or Android, no one, including yours truly, could ever imagine Nokia and Microsoft will come up with this: Smartphonebetatest.com. The venture’s latest campaign, starring former Saturday Night Live star Chris Parnell, features a string of questionable videos which make fun of iPhone and Android devices, getting too dirty with their rivals that they forgot to market their own product: Nokia handsets running Windows Phone OS. Anyway, take a look at all the videos (below) to understand Microkia’s ‘promotional’ thinking (they even bought the antennagate issue back!):

Android on Windows Via BlueStacks

Android is just growing and growing. Now you can run your favorite android app on your PC. Yes, you heard it right PC. PC are an addition to the already successful android handsets and tablets.

The Blue Stacks app player lets you run your android apps on Windows. Great isn’t it?

You can download the Blue Stacks app player for free from here.

Temple run for Android to Launch Tomorrow

One of the most popular iOS game, Temple Run, will be available for android users starting tomorrow.

A lot of android users used to envy iOS users since Temple Run was an iOS only app but now android users have something to be happy about.

Be ready and be the first one to download the app on your android device