Google Play Newsstands has some great features, but here are our favourites.
Google’s latest app project has seen them blend Play Magazines and Currents into one app. It offers users a one stop place to get all the news they want, while not having to search around for one of their magazine subscriptions. We’ve spent some time with the app and found some great features that every Android users should check out.Each news story and magazine is available to read offline whenever you like. Simply bookmark them as you read them and they’ll download on to your device. Similar to the likes of Flipboard and Pocket, Newsstand enables users to subscribe to specific topics of interest. It then notifies you when a news story has been uploaded in those categories. When adding new news sources to your list in Newsstand, you can also leave a review in the same way you leave an app review on the Play Store. Make sure to check these out and see if the news source is worth subscribing to. The fantastic Wishlist feature which is predominantly used for apps has been brought into Newsstand for users to add news sources and specific issues of magazines. News stories can now be shared to other users by using the Share feature located at the top of the app. It’s a great way of getting others to read the latest headlines.
There’s a lot of additional features to check out in Google Play Newsstand, so make sure you check it out right away!
The Kogan Agora is a premium device for a budget price.
Online retailer Kogan has launched a new, affordable smartphone that looks to try and cater for every Android users needs. The Kogan Agora includes a powerful 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a mighty 2,000mAh which should keep everything ticking over nicely. Display wise we’re talking a 5″ IPS LCD screen that boasts a modest 1280 x 720 resolution. Other features include an eight megapixel rear-facing camera, two megapixel front-facing camera, dual SIM capabilities and 4GB of internal storage.
The Kogan Agora is available exclusively through Kogan for the consumer friendly price of £149.
Looking ahead to Samsung’s conference at IFA 2013, we’ve put together a quick guide on everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note III, so far.
All eyes are on Samsung again, as they prepare to announce the latest version of the successful phablet range. Details are still sketchy, to say the least, and there are a wide number of sources claiming to know what the new phablet has in store for us. We’ve trawled the web to try and figure what you can expect to see in the Samsung Galaxy Note III.1. It will run Android 4.3 out of the box
This is largely a no-brainer, with Samsung looking to launch the phablet with the latest update to the Android OS. Don’t expect it to be stock Android, however, with Samsung usually adding a variety of features on top of the interface.2. It will include 3GB of RAM
Although details on processor speeds have still been kept under wraps, many believe that the Note III will ship with an incredible 3GB of RAM. Neither of the previous Note’s were slouches, so the 3GB of RAM should tear through most tasks you throw at it.
We’ve searched high and low to bring you the 5 hacks you should look to explore on your OUYA console.
OUYA has had mixed reviews so far, with many criticising the small box as a games console, which is accurate for the most part. When we went hands on with the unit, however, we discovered a device waiting to be opened up by various tweaks and hacks. There’s a growing community of OUYA hackers out there, and we’ve uncovered five of the best projects you can start getting to grips with.
1. Add Google Play store
One of the disadvantages of OUYA is that it lacks the variety of games many of its competitors already run. Over on the XDA Forums, WonderEkin has created a guide to getting Google Play store straight on to the console. It isn’t an easy project and it does require to have previously rooted the console, but once added, you’ll have a much more varied selection of games to play with. If you’re up to the task, then the guide can be found over in this thread.
We review OUYA, the £99 Android games console that wants to take over your living room. Is it still relevant with the Xbox One and PS4 just around the corner?
With $8.5 million in crowd funding and an extensive marketing campaign to rival that of its console counterparts, OUYA is without doubt the pioneer of the new generation of Android gaming consoles.
Unboxing the OUYA reveals a small silver square alongside a smart looking controller. Both the controller and console are light, a bit too light infact, but they both have a nice aesthetic quality to them, even if the OUYA might be smaller than you first thought.
Around the back of the console are a range of ports which ramp up the variety of connectivity options available to you. There’s the standard power port, full USB, microUSB and also a HDMI port to boot. Due to the consoles small stature, having both the power and HDMI cable plugged into the console when you begin playing is a real eyesore.
Google I/O showcased some fantastic new apps and features. Take a look as we round-up the news regarding Play Music All Access, Hangout, Play Games and the Galaxy S4 running stock Android.
If you managed to sit through the entire Google I/O keynote yesterday, then hats off to you. The event showcased Google’s plans for the year ahead and there’s never been a better time to be involved in the tech industry. But what does the event mean for the Android platform? We’ve put together a quick guide to everything new and exciting that will appear on your phone soon enough.Play Music All Access
As well as having a complete redesign, the Play Music app will now include its very own streaming service to rival that of Spotify. Although the All Access service will only be initially launched in the U.S for $9.99 per month, or $7.99 for early adopters, it’ll enable users to gather their various music playlists in one place. Google has been quick off the mark getting many big name publishers onboard to make it something that both Spotify and Rdio will really need to keep an eye on.Hangouts
Another area in which Google has looked to make big changes to is with its various messaging platforms. Hangouts looks to bring all these together, providing a single place to stay in contact with everyone. The app itself lets people share messages, photos, videos and video chats across Android and iOS devices. The downside to the app is that it doesn’t support SMS messaging, as of yet, but it’s an area which Google are looking to cover soon enough.