Samsung has confirmed that they will be releasing a new Smart TV SDK at the CES 2013 next week, that will add support for Mac and Linux operating systems.In addition to Windows, version 4.0 of the Smart TV SDK will allow Smart TV app development on both Linux and Mac OS.
The new platform supports USB controllers, keyboards and joysticks, and allow developers to display ads in their TV apps. Samsung has also implemented a payment module, which allows developers to create premium apps.
Samsung's developer community has 25,000 registered users from 140 countries, but taken the number of TV apps into consideration most of them are probably inactive.
We are not sure what this means Samsung's Google TV plans but Samsung might choose to run the two platforms side-by-side - like Sony is doing today.
A popular Korean Media site called DDaily claims that the Galaxy S4 will support wireless charging, the type with back cover with wireless charging support and its charging dock we have seem before, both will be sold separately.
DDaily also reported that Samsung considered using an alternative, more advanced wireless charging technology known as resonant magnetic coupling. That, in theory, would allow the Samsung Galaxy S IV to be charged from a distance of up to around 2 meters, so you wouldn't have to put the Galaxy S IV on top of a Wireless Charging dock.
The current specs rumored for Samsung Galaxy S4 features an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU, Mali-T658 (8-Core) GPU, 4.99″ SuperAMOLED Full HD Resolution Display, 2GB of RAM, 13 Megapixel Rear facing Camera capable of shooting 1080p Full HD Videos at 30FPS, 2 Megapixel front facing camera capable of shooting 720p HD Videos and run Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean directly from the retail box.
If rumors are to be trusted, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is to be announced within a few months, with an appearance at MWC next month still not being out of the question. However, the smartphone isn't likely to be commercially available earlier than May 2013 according to mutiple sources.
Samsung and Chillingo partner up to encourage indie developers and help their games cross over to the mainstream. If you can remember, Chillingo is developer for super successful games such as "Angry Birds" and "Cut the Rope". This will definitely open doors for many independent game makers and will no doubt bring in revenue shares, since Samsung will also back the project.
A schedule for revenue sharing is also given and if your game gets reviewed and accepted, you get to keep 100% -70% revenue shares. Also, the Indie development will only be for those who have Samsung devices. The idea is to get Samsung and Chillingo to notice your game. So most probably, this year is the greatest yet for indie game makers.
* Developers will receive 100% revenue from March 4, 2013 - September 3, 2013, 90% revenue share from September 4, 2013 - March 3, 2014, 80% revenue share from March 4, 2014 - March 3, 2015, and after March 4, 2015 on Samsung Apps, developers will begin receiving 70% revenue share. Revenue share will be net of any applicable payment gateway and/or carrier charges.
Small developers will really benefit from this move and it is a leveling factor to the very tough competition is limited to seasoned game developers and bigger companies that usually dominate the industry.
MEDIA ALERT 4th March 2013
100% INDIE IS LIVE
MOBILE GAME DEVS TO RECEIVE UNPARALLELED REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES AS CHILLINGO AND SAMSUNG INITIATIVE OPENS FOR GAME SUBMISSIONS
From today mobile game developers can submit their Samsung compatible games via the 100% Indie initiative and receive 100% of their profits for the first six months, followed by unparalleled and pre-negotiated revenue shares until March 2015*.
Pioneered by Chillingo founders, Chris Byatte and Joe Wee, 100% Indie has been created to inspire, foster and support mobile game developers across the globe. The partnership between Chillingo and Samsung enables developers to tap into Samsung's huge mobile user base while at the same time offering access to a new developer community platform spearheaded by Chillingo.
Developers are invited to visit www.100PercentIndie.com and submit their games for consideration to Samsung's mobile apps marketplace, Samsung Apps. The 100% Indie team will review all games to ensure they meet Samsung Apps standards, and once approved, guide developers through the process of bringing their games to market. The portal will include resourceful tools, inspiring articles and information to encourage and motivate developers to create incredible games.
* Developers will receive 100% revenue from March 4, 2013 - September 3, 2013, 90% revenue share from September 4, 2013 - March 3, 2014, 80% revenue share from March 4, 2014 - March 3, 2015, and after March 4, 2015 on Samsung Apps, developers will receive 70% revenue share. Revenue share will be net of any applicable payment gateway and/or carrier charges.
Chillingo, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts, is a leading games publisher on iOS with numerous award-winning hits around the world including Angry Birds, Cut the Rope and Anomaly Warzone Earth. The company also publishes games for Android, Windows Phone 7, Steam, and other digital platforms. For more information about the company and its games, please visit www.chillingo.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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It's only a few days to go before Samsung's star smartphone is launched and looks like there's no stopping more rumors from showing up on the news. Another bunched of "leaked photos" have come out claiming that they were the images of the S4 but somehow, more people are already suspicious about its authenticity, following a barrage of news about "leaked" this and that.
The latest to come out is Samsung Galaxy S 4's alleged ability to take 3D pictures, based on the company's recent patents. People are really getting creative (investigative?) with their sources! Last week, Samsung released a vague teaser that only left people with more conjectures.
Another reason for surmising that the S4 will come with 3D photo capability is apparently because of the (drumroll...) poster! Since it's in 3D, then it's just normal to deduce that the phone will be able to do that. Possible or simply inane. However, we have to give it to Samsung for keeping how the smartphone looks like for days since the release of the teaser. With the kind of hype that this phone is receiving, all of these rumors might just be true. We'll know in a couple of days.
Samsung Galaxy Gear will only support Android 4.3 and up, leaving you with only the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 at launch. Samsung did announce that the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 would be arriving in October, so soon there will be three supported devices for the Gear.
The reason behind this requirement is likely because Android 4.3 adds native support for Bluetooth LE (low-energy), and if you're still rocking a Galaxy S II, it's time for an upgrade.
There's always a chance that Gear support could come in the future, but we're certainly not counting on it, especially with this first-generation wearable. It's not clear if Galaxy Nexus devices will be supported when updated to Android 4.3 as well, but Samsung has confirmed that the Gear will work with a refreshed Galaxy S4.
Great news for Verizon Galaxy S3 customers, the long-awaited Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S III is now rolling out. It's finally here build number I535VRUCML1, complete with the last Jelly Bean release and Galaxy Gear compatibility.
Here's the full Android 4.3 changelog:
- - GALAXY GEAR Support
- - TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- - Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
- - New Samsung Keyboard
- - GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
- - New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- - New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- - Daydream
- - KNOX included
- - Driving mode
- - Actionable notifications
- - Move-to-SD-card feature
- - New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- - New Additions in Notification Centre
- - Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface - Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
- - Implementation of Voice controls (Let's you control various parts of the phone using voice commands - Galaxy S4 feature)
- - New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
- - Full screen Samsung apps
- - New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)
Source: Verizon Galaxy S3 Android 4.3
Despite the heavy competition from Chrome and Chrome Beta for Android, Dolphin is still going strong, and keep on innovating.
The latest update, which bumps Dolphin up to 9.2.0, brings three fairly major features: one-tap sharing, cross-devices sync (called Dolphin Connect), and built-in Evernote support. Here's the change log:
What's in this version:
1. One-tap Share: Tweet or post in Facebook instantly
2. Remember Everything: Clip web content and save directly to Evernote (Beta) or Box
3. Dolphin Connect:
- - Chrome/Firefox/Safari extensions:Dolphin now has desktop extensions
- - Send to Device: Use Dolphin extensions to send tabs, images, text and directions between desktop and mobile
- - Sync: Bookmarks/tabs/history/passwords
4. Wifi Broadcast: Share a webpage with your friends instantly through the same Wifi
As SwiftKey Flow nears its launch date, an update for users on the beta version has been introduced. There are additional input fields under SwiftKey's precognitive autocompletion and flow text entry facilities while featuring more languages, easier corrections and pre existing attributes from SwiftKey 3.
Highlights of the changes include the capability to see three possible corrections for a word with one tap, split keyboard layout in landscape mode and accelerated long press delete. Despite a long list of issues, the update includes plenty of bug fixes. For more information, go to SwiftKey's latest blog entry.
You will find Beta version 126.96.36.199 on the same link. SwiftKey 3 is currently retailing at the Google Play Store for those who do not prefer the Beta version. On release, Flow is to be offered as an update.
For those of you who are using Google Currents, you can now enjoy news that contains audio and you may even put them on a playlist and organize them to your liking. Aside from this, audio controls such as status bar and play-back for the audio part of the news or content have been added to ensure convenience.
Google Currents is being marketed as a podcast platform that is open for both providers and those who are looking for content. Podcasts are reallyuseful for those who want to stay connected with the news and goings on in the general public and hopefully, more content providers will take to this vehicle in spreading news and other interesting ideas.
Let's just hope that it does not get discontinued, much like what is about to happen to Google's syndication platform.
Download Link: Google Play Store
ES File Explorer has been greatly updated braiga8iang it to version 3.0. This popular management app update brings in new User Interface, Gesture Support, WiFi File Sharing, and many more. Conspicuously missing is swipeable tabs and slide-out navigation bar. The fowling is the complete list of the updates that now feature in version 3.0.
• Press menu for fast access
• New Picture,
• Multiple Windows
• Gestures such as Zoom, Drag, and Slide.
• New User Interface
• WiFi File Sharing
• Classic Theme
• Root Explorer,
ES File Explorer has remained popular for long period of time in spite of the high competition with regard to utilities of file management on Android. Users have always wanted to see a refresh on the app's User Interface. This new look is better as compared to the older version of this application. Those who are not comfortable or happy with the new look can revert to the old classic theme.
Link: Google Play Store
Google has now taken to their official blog to offer up a few more details regarding all the new photo features unveiled today. In the info, Google also clarifies that while most of the features are widely supported by just about any Android device, Auto Awesome Movies will only work on "certain devices with Android 4.3+".
Just take videos and photos with your phone as usual, and Google+ will automatically make you a beautiful short movie, complete with effects, transitions and a soundtrack. You can share the video as is, or dive into the editing process to customize even further.
Check out all the features at the link below
Google pushed an update to Gmail for Android which brought several welcome new features to the table. They include vacation auto responders, enhanced attachment functionality, as well as the ability to print straight from your device's email client.
In addition to photos and videos, you can send attachments-documents, PDFs, zip files-of any type. You can also print hard copies of your emails if you're using Android 4.4 KitKat. And finally, you'll notice enhanced performance of the app on low memory devices as part of Project Svelte.
Check it out and let me know what you think about these new features.