Now that Facebook’s share feature has settled into its own mobile apps, the firm has pushed its native Share Dialog for iOS out of beta, which allows developers to bake the function into their own applications. With just an extra line of code, apps will allow users to share things, tag friends and note their location without having to log into the social network or connect the app to their account first, removing some hassle from the equation. In addition, the built-in sharing options in iOS 6 can be bolstered with Open Graph actions. Click the source link below to snatch Zuckerberg and Co.’s latest SDK for Apple’s mobile OS, or hit the second link for the docs.
We have seen various game controllers for Android handsets, one of which is the MOGA. Moving forward though, those rocking an Xperia branded device will not need to look towards third party controllers as Sony has announced DualShock 3 support. Basically, this means you will be able to play games on your Xperia device using your DualShock 3 controller.
Better yet, this includes navigating the menu as well as the actual game play. The one catch we can see is that you will need to purchase the USB on-the-go adapter in order to pair your controller with your smartphone. Or alternatively, we suppose you could also borrow one from a friend or family member and save a few bucks. After all, you will only need the adapter during that initial set-up process.
In terms of setting things up, it seems fairly easy. The video in this post does a walkthrough, however it really comes down to nothing more than navigating to the Xperia option in the settings and choosing the DualShock 3 wireless controller setup wizard. From here, just follow the prompts.
After the initial setup and pairing is done, you will then connect the controller over Bluetooth. A few other tidbits include turning the controller off from the notifications drop down and looking for compatible games by checking the game descriptions for references to game controller or game pad support. And for those with an HDMI out on their handset, this can turn your smartphone into a nice game system when plugged into your HDTV.
How would you like to play your choice of Android or PlayStation Mobile games with the use of a true blue DUALSHOCK 3 PlayStation controller? Well, you already can, actually. As long as you go through a few minor hoops. But soon, none of that will be necessary, as it appears that Sony is planning to equip its Xperia-branded Android smartphones with native support for controllers originally meant to be used on the Sony PS3.
As evidenced by photos of the upcoming Sony Xperia SP‘s settings menu, there will be a new “DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller” menu option for users which will allow easy pairing of controllers through the use of Bluetooth and USB-OTG. The initial setup apparently requires a USB connection, but after that’s done, only a Bluetooth connection will be necessary.
For anyone with an interest in playing PlayStation Mobile titles on the go, or for those who consider themselves to be hardcore Android gamers, this is exciting news. One can only hope that this new feature will be rolled out — perhaps via a future software update — to most or all of Sony’s Xperia handsets, especially those in the high-end such as the Sony Xperia Z.
Check out the DUALSHOCK 3 software menu and controller in action via the embedded video below.
Automatic setup and native support makes it easy to use a DUALSHOCK 3 controller for your favorite games
Sony looks to be adding system level support for their popular Playstation DUALSHOCK 3 controllers to Xperia phones. User will be able to wirelessly connect their controllers without root or any cumbersome set up routines, using only a USB OTG cable for the initial pairing.
As you can see in the video (find it after the break) you plug your controller into the phone's USB port, turn it on, enter the device settings and enable the controller. After some data exchange over the wire, you're told to unplug the controller and can now use it via the device's Bluetooth connection. There's no word when we should expect to see this, or if it will even be ported back to older and current Xperia devices.
Of course, you'll need to use games that support a controller for the best experience, but the controller will also navigate through the UI, much like Logitech controllers currently do with various tablet devices. Add in a TV or monitor via the device's HDMI output, and it sounds like the making of a game console. Hit the break for the video.
Source: Xperia blog
Today Twitter for Android has just received a pretty major update to version 4.0 that brings a brand new look and feel to the social app. The update gives Twitter a UI makeover, adds a few new features, and is said to bring with it a “native Android experience” according to the developers. Twitter just confirmed the details on their official blog.
So what can you expect from the new Twitter? A pretty decent experience from our very limited time with it. Honestly it has a slight TweetDeck feel to it, something that I’m happy to see, and overall the changes are quite welcome. Their blog states Twitter 4.0 brings the app design up to speed and the design is crafted around Android 4.0 and above.
As you can see from the images above the new UI is pretty simple, seamless, and looks quite nice. Things are extremely speedy too. According to the details Twitter states the UI “reflects a native Android experience: wider and taller timelines that fill the screen, a flat navigation bar, tap and hold for quick actions, and more.” Here’s the changelog:
- We’ve got a brand new look and feel crafted for Android 4.0+. Navigate seamlessly between your favorite parts of Twitter with a simple swipe.
- It’s easier to connect with friends and join conversations with @username and #hashtag suggestions that appear as you search or compose a Tweet
- Discover, install and launch your favorite apps from Tweets
- Other bug fixes and improvements
Overall the new UI seems nice and polished, but we have had the occasion lag while scrolling, but not much. This is how you make a mobile app Facebook! Twitter 4.0 allows simple swipes between tabs for navigation, and you’ll now get suggestions and predictions while typing based on hashtags and usernames. Is it just us or does the settings button not seem to work though?
One interesting bit there is the ability to discover, install, and even launch your favorite Android apps from Tweets. This seems neat and we can’t wait to try it out. When someone shares content from another mobile app like Foursquare there will now be a link on the bottom left of said content to instantly open the app from Twitter. That feature is reportedly rolling out to users over the next few days. Get the new Twitter from the Play Store now and give it a try.
MEGA launched a while back and did so with a rather large cloud offering of 50GB worth of storage space. While things appear to have been going well with MEGA as a whole, the one piece they are still lacking are the mobile apps. Of course, we want to see a MEGA app for Android, however we hope they launch on multiple platforms at the same time. We have yet to learn when a native (and official) MEGA app will be available, however the mobile experience has recently been improved.
MEGA, as of this morning, has announced a new mobile site. The site is noted as being experimental, but does come with another teaser. They have said this is “certainly not a replacement for a full-blown app (which will follow suit).” Again, we know an Android app is coming, we just do not yet know when.
Basically, this mobile site can be found by surfing to mega.co.nz on a smartphone or tablet. A quick walkthrough of the mobile site appears to have things in line and as to what one would expect and/or hope to see. Plus, there is also easy access to switch back to the full desktop site, just in case you feel more comfortable on that side.
Aside from the launch of the MEGA mobile site, there are some third party Android apps already available. We mentioned one called MEGA Manager in the past, however there are also several more. A few others include MEGA Storage Manager and MEGA Secure Cloud for Android. And yes, these are all available for free, just like the 50GB of storage space that is given with the MEGA accounts.
[via MEGA Blog]
DJ apps for iPad? There’s a bunch. But — if you’re at all familiar with the craft — there’s a very notable name absent from the crowd. Until today that is. Native Instruments set the high watermark for DJ software with its desktop-based Traktor application, and now it’s available in compact iOS form. Designed by the same team as the full-fat version, aspiring DJs can enjoy two waveform-based decks, with three-band EQ, eight effects (ported over from Trakor Pro) all redesigned from the ground up for the iPad’s touch-based input. The interface eschews the conventional virtualization of a turntable set-up, instead creating a workflow more congruent with the hardware’s form factor. Notably, a new “Freeze” mode stops the waveform from galloping on, letting you tend to cue points, loops etc or slice it into samples for “playable” parts. There’s also interaction between the mobile and desktop versions via dropbox-based media sync, so any tracks loops and so on made on the move can be seamlessly transported to your club performance too. Think an iPad app is nice and all, but want a little more spice? Well, hook it up to one of the firm’s popular Audio 6 or Audio 10 interfaces (via the USB connection kit) you just got proper pre-listen and cue functionality too. Traktor DJ is available today for $ 19.99, and if you’re still undecided, there’s a demo video after the break that might just swing it for you.
Filed under: Tablets
Source: Native Instruments
Vizio’s Co-Star hub is still one of the cheapest points of entry into the Google TV world, so it’s comforting to see the set-top box getting an update — albeit somewhat behind Google’s own pace. The previously promised release mostly focuses on giving it the third-generation Google TV interface, including the mini-guide, YouTube pairing and (through a future Android app update) voice-guided search. Viewers on the prowl for more content get a few additional perks through new apps for M-Go and Vudu video streaming, as well as a truly native Amazon Instant Video app. Should Vizio’s tiny media center inhabit your living room, you can expect the upgrade to arrive over the air within the next few weeks.
The spacefaring club has been a small one: to date, just 10 countries have managed to build their own rocket and successfully deploy at least a satellite. Make that 11. South Korea has entered the fold by successfully launching its mostly self-developed, two-stage Naro rocket and putting the vehicle’s Science and Technology Satellite-2C payload into orbit. The achievement comes after two prominent failures in 2009 and 2010, and is partly symbolic when there’s no plans for a short-term follow-up. However, the success gets the ball rolling for the long run — the Korea Aerospace Research Institute is working with contractors to build completely in-house rocket stages by 2016, and reach 300 tons of thrust as soon as 2018.
Source: Yonhap News Agency