VLC 3.0 is Here and It Brings All the New Features

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VLC received a big update today to v3.0 “Vetinari,” bringing with it stable Chromecast support, voice actions in Android Auto, availability on all Android TV devices (Chromebooks and DeX too), and support for Android’s picture-in-picture. Some of this stuff was in the previous VLC beta. Here’s the full list of Android-specific changes: Chromecast support from your phone HEVC hardware decoding using MediaCodec Android Auto with voice actions Available on all Android TV, Chromebooks & DeX Support for Picture-in-Picture Playlist files detection Outside of Android, this is a huge VLC update in general. VLC 3.0 ...

Opinion: Netflix for mobile games is the future, and would kill off the platform’s obsession with freemium

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If VentureBeat‘s latest report is true, Google is reportedly working on a subscription service for Android gamers. That means we could end up consuming mobile games like we do Netflix. And it makes an awful lot of sense. Rather than developers battling it out to get you to cough up a dollar on some worthless IAP, they’ll be battling for downloads or number of plays. You know what that means, don’t you? That developers will first and foremost want to make a good game, rather than a ...

Google Appears Ready to Turn Android Messages Into Android’s iMessage

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Back in August, a reliable source of ours told us that Android Messages would gain a web portal, just like Allo’s, that you would access via QR code. We assumed that Google would have launched it by now (that was 6 months ago), but only yesterday, the folks at Android Police dug into a recent Android Messages update and found evidence of it all: the web portal, QR code, browser compatibility, and a possible upgrade from Google on the app’s features to turn the client ...

DEAL: Essential Phone Drops to $449 at Amazon, 360 Camera to $50

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Friday is here and so is the first good deal of the day. Amazon has dropped the price of the Essential Phone from $499.99 to $449.99. That may not be the biggest price cut in history, but you have to remember that the phone is already heavily discounted to $500. Amazon has both the black and white versions in stock, with Prime shipping. In addition to the Essential Phone being discounted, the Essential 360 Degree Camera is super cheap at the moment. Normally $199, you can pick-up ...

Android Feature Request: Let Us “User-Initiate” App Updates on Google Play, Just Like System Updates

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The introduction of staged rollouts for Android apps is probably my least favorite Android happening in the history of covering this industry. While I’m fully aware of the reasoning for them to exist (act as a test group, catch bugs early before everyone gets them, don’t destroy everyone’s phone, etc.), they absolutely took almost all of the fun out of Android apps and the way we discovered new features and shared big changes with one another, all through the secure outlet that is Google Play. In ...

Big Essential Phone Camera Update Adds Auto-HDR, New HDR Algorithm

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The Essential Phone, even with its below-average performance, touch responsiveness, and camera, still has me holding out hope for update magic that’ll eliminate its flaws and allow the phone’s software to stop embarrassing its incredible build and design. It’ll probably never happen, but Essential keeps trying. In the latest attempt to salvage whatever they can from this first frustrating phone, we’ve got a big camera update to play with. Essential says that the newest camera (which can be updated to right away on Google Play), adds ...

[Update: Pricing] Sony announces new 4K HDR Android TVs with Google Assistant built-in

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Sony Announces New Premium OLED and LED 4K HDR TVs with Improved Picture Quality and Enhanced User Experience New A8F BRAVIA® OLED 4K HDR TV series and X900F 4K HDR TV series incorporate a powerful mix of Sony picture and processing technologies with new Dolby Vision™ support LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 5pm PT (CES, Booth #17300) – Sony Electronics announced today two new and expanded 4K HDR television series designed to deliver enhanced color, contrast and clarity. The X900F series and A8F BRAVIA OLED series of Sony TVs make the best ...

Pre-register for Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition now

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You can now pre-register for Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition, an upcoming Android version of Capcom’s hit fighting franchise. This entry actually launched on iOS last year, but has taken its sweet time making the transition to Android. Still, if you love the franchise it’s better late than never. It’s basically a watered down version of the console version. All of your favourite fighters return as well, so you can Hadouken to your heart’s content. So go ahead and pre-register for Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition right now on Capcom’s official site. You’ve got ...