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The state of Fitbit wireless syncing is far from ideal for Android users, but the company’s latest step is proof that it’s slowly getting better. Today, Fitbit updated its Android app to bring wireless syncing to the Galaxy S 4, which follows a previous update for the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. According to Fitbit’s blog, its difficulty in supporting more devices stems from software differences on various Android smartphones, which causes trouble regardless of whether the device includes Bluetooth 4.0. On the upside, just yesterday, the Bluetooth SIG announced that Android will gain support for Bluetooth Smart Ready and Bluetooth Smart devices in the coming months, which Fitbit reckons will solve much of the compatibility issues that it and other device manufacturers have faced. So, if you have a Galaxy S 4, take the opportunity to get syncing your fitness data today — it won’t be long before other Android devices get to join in the fun.
Google TV is getting a refreshed YouTube app to go along with its update to the latest versions of Android and Chrome. The video-streaming service now features a sleeker UI, complete with playlists displayed under the video discovery and subscription tabs and larger thumbnails for previewing content. The update also lets you subscribe to a channel with just one click, and it’s now easier to share a clip via Google + as well. Other additions include more in-depth playback controls and support for paid subscriptions. Google TV owners can download the update now — just hit up the source link below.
Via: Android Police
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Select Ford owners with Android phones have been rockin’ out with Amazon Cloud Player and their in-dash Sync systems for the better part of three months. Now, iPhone and iPod touch users are invited to join in on the fun. The latest version of Amazon’s app for iOS, 2.1.0, enables wireless streaming and control with Ford’s AppLink platform. The service joins a handful of competitors, including Spotify, which announced its own compatible app in late February. The refreshed iOS app also brings playlist and VoiceOver updates, so even if you don’t drive a Ford, it might be worth the download. You can snag it right now at the source link below.
Source: Amazon (iTunes)
Pebble and its developer partners have been working at a manic pace in recent days, and they’ve just released a flood of status updates that prove they’re not easing up. Along with confirming that the first red watches have shipped inside of the past week, Pebble is now claiming one of its first notable golf apps through an updated version of Mobile Software Design’s Freecaddie. Would-be PGA stars can check the hole distance and par when paired up with an Android phone, with iOS support due soon. At least some owners can look forward to a bright future, too. An SDK update within the next month will allow two-way interaction between apps and watches, albeit only with Android devices in any realistic way — iOS releases bound for the App Store won’t support bi-directional use “at this time.” That’s certainly an unfortunate discrepancy, although we may be too busy perfecting our swings to notice.
[Image credit: Thomas Harbinson, Twitter]
Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablets have always been surprisingly good Android devices with one critical flaw: very few apps. That’s because to-date they have relied on the company’s own app store, which offered a tiny fraction of what was available on Google Play. That’s all changed, as the company has announced that the Nook HD and HD+ will be getting a software update that will include the Google Play store and access to the over 700,00 apps contained therein. It will also come pre-loaded on future devices. You’ll be able to not only access apps through the Google Play store, but also the books, magazines, and movies that Google offers.
Barnes & Noble won’t be shutting down its own content and apps store — though we imagine most users…
Don’t get too attached to that collection of TecTiles if you’re upgrading to a Galaxy S 4. AnandTech has discovered that Samsung’s newer phone includes an NFC chipset that can’t read the older TecTiles, which rely on a less common tag type to register our taps instead of the NFC Forum’s standards. Customers aren’t being left in a bind, however. Samsung has confirmed that it’s about to release a follow-up, TecTile 2, which adheres to the official format while supporting the company’s older NFC-equipped phones. The fully modernized tags will be ready sometime in the “coming weeks.” That doesn’t offer much immediate relief for GS3-to-GS4 upgraders whose TecTile layouts have suddenly been reduced to decorations, but those buyers should at least get the replacements they seek before long.
Leap Motion’s gesture-based controller launch is less than a month away, but so far we’ve heard relatively little about app support, besides the fact that the company is working hard on filling out its Airspace app store. Now, Leap Motion and Google are announcing support for Google Earth for Leap Motion tech, which will be built-in to the desktop Google Earth app for Windows, Mac and Linux as of version 7.1 (out today).
That’s a good initial user pool for Leap Motion, since Google Earth has been downloaded by over 1 billion people according to Google’s stats. The endorsement by Google is crucial because of the company’s stature, and the fact that it builds a whole lot of software, including the Chrome browser, and because it gives potential Leap Motion owners a very tangible, natural and commonplace app to test out Leap Motion’s utility with.
And we won’t have to wait until mid-May to find out how effective it is – 10,000 developers arleady have access to Leap Motion Controller hardware as it is. Leap motion is looking for devs to try it out and submit their own YouTube videos of the experience, by flagging the posts with #LeapInto. Those will go into a playlist the company will share to show off its tech.
Leap Motion continues to rack up the pre-launch hits, with major retail and OEM partnerships. The HP arrangement that will see its 3D gesture tech built-in to future laptops and other devices in particular is huge news. But all that hype means it will face high expectations at launch, and Google endorsement drives those expectations even higher.
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How are you celebrating Earth Day? If you’re one of 10,000 Leap Motion devs with an early device, you might extremely well be exploring Mount Everest or venturing with the Amazon, just by waving your hands. Google’s Earth app, which has actually reportedly been downloaded more than a billion times, simply scored a refresh today– variation 7.1– providing Leap Motion motion control to your desktop computer. Both the cost-free and paid versions now support touch-free navigation with the USB desktop gadget, which is anticipated in shops following month. The update, nonetheless, available for Windows, Mac and Linux, is yours for the taking now.
Source: Leap Motion (YouTube)
Oculus Rift’s Tuscany demo was built with a good ol’ fashioned keyboard and mouse setup in mind, but now it’s unofficially scored support for motion controls. Sixense, the outfit behind Razer’s Hydra, has cooked up a custom version of the Italian-themed sample for use with their controller, and it gives gamers a pair of floating hands to pick up and manipulate objects. Originally shown at GDC, the tweaked experience is now up for grabs, and can even be played by those who don’t have a Rift — albeit with just the controller’s perks.
Booting up the retooled package offers users a new 3D menu, giving them options for arm length, crouching, head bobbing and a crosshair. It’s not the first project to combine Rift with Hydra, but it certainly helps illustrate the potential of such a setup. Sixense says it plans to release updates and the source code, and it recommends folks sign up for their project-specific email list and keep an eye on their forums for word on availability. Hit the source links below for the download, or head past the break to catch Road to VR’s hands-on with the Hydra-friendly Tuscan villa.
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If you’re an outright Facebook addict, then today is the day you’ve been waiting for. House needs to formally be hitting the Play shop at some point today. In preparation for its launching, the company has actually just upgraded its Messenger app. The modification log attributes the normal slew of bug repairs but, most notably, it adds support for chat heads. Those floating IM faster ways are one of the most expected attributes of Facebook’s homescreen replacement, and appear to be as irritating as they are hassle-free. To obtain your upgrade, visit the Play store now.
Update: The official Facebook app has also been updated, with the approvals necessary to run House. However, we’re not seeing the launcher yet, either buried in the Facebook app’s settings or in the Play store. We’ll be keeping an eye out, however.
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