PlayJam Sticks It To The Video Game Giants
Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. It’s been six months since PlayJam’s GameStick started its off-again, on-again Kickstarter campaign that netted it nearly $650,000 -- well beyond its $100,000 goal. While it attracted less than a tenth of the funds that its predecessor OUYA nabbed for its Android-based home game console, things have moved apace with the two-piece, controller-hosted console that plugs directly into the HDMI connector of a TV that should be shipping to backers next month.
DARPA Unveils an Android-Based Ground Sensor Device
DeviceGuru writes "DARPA announced a sensor reference system device based on a new Android-based sensor processing core called the ADAPTable Sensor System (a.k.a. ADAPT). The initial ADAPT reference device, called UGS (unattended ground sensor), is designed as the basis for a series of lower-cost, more upgradable sensor devices for military applications. The ADAPT program is part of larger effort by the U.S. military to reduce the costs and speed production schedules for military equipment, using an ODM process similar to that of the commercial smartphone industry. Potential applications for the technology include swarms of hive-mind UAVs or robots, or perimeter security sensors hidden at a deployed airfield or underground, all networked together and capable of transmitting video."
Amazon Takes Its Android Appstore Global, Adding 200 More Countries ‘In The Coming Months'
Amazon today took a big step forward in its strategy to take its app distribution business -- and its Kindle Fire hardware business -- global: it announced that its Android-based Appstore will expand to cover 200 more countries, including Australia, Latin American countries like Brazil and Mexico, Canada, South Africa and South Korea.
Facebook Home Now Live On Google Play, A Free App For HTC One X And X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II
Facebook Home, the new Android-based launcher that puts the social network and its messaging, photo and other services front and center on a user's mobile device, is now available for download on Google Play for a limited selection of Android devices: HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II. This comes after earlier today Facebook updated its Facebook Messenger Android app with Chat Heads functionality, as well as its basic Android app with Facebook Home support.
OUYA Console Starts Shipping To Kickstarter Backers
First time accepted submitter Patch86 writes "The team behind the Android-based OUYA games console have announced last week that they have begun shipping their first consoles. As the console originated as a Kickstarter project the first consoles will be shipped to backers; the console is due to be released for general sale for the 4th of June with a $99 price tag. As the BBC notes, this is the first of a series of major new entrants into the games console market, with others on the horizon including fellow Kickstarter Android project Gamestick, Nvidia's CES surprise Project Shield, and of course Valve's 'Steambox.'"
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