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Hulu Plus Expands to Seven Android Tablets

Mar 30 2012 06:43 PM | mobile_sensei Articles

Hulu Plus Expands Android Tablet Support, Adds 'Deluxe' UI

Hulu Plus expanded its reach into the Android tablet market with an update that encompasses seven older tablets, and adds a "super deluxe" UI.

Hulu previously launched its Hulu Plus app for the Apple iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and the 7-inch Vizio tablet. But this week's update adds support for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Motorola XYBoard 10.1, Toshiba Thrive, Acer Iconia, and LG G-Slate. A number of Android phones are already supported.

The new layout gives the Hulu Plus app the horizontally aligned look of Flipboard or a similar app, with content arranged vertically, but navigated side-to-side. A full list of Hulu's supported devices is on its website. Most recently, Hulu developed Plus for the Nintendo Wii.

"When building this app, we looked for ways to grant you instant access to exactly what you want to watch," the team said in a blog post. "Once you decide on a show, hold your finger down on the show's thumbnail and the latest episode of the series will automatically start playing. If you've been following a show for a while, hold your finger down on the show's thumbnail and the next episode will automatically launch based on where you are in the series."

Unfortunately, a few users reported a glitch with the Motorola Xoom, in that playback did not work. PCMag contacted a Hulu spokeswoman, who said that her team would look into the matter. Some users also wondered why the app did not support the Galaxy Tab, another popular Android tablet. More Android devices will be supported in the future, Hulu said.

Owners can download the app from the Google Play Store, formerly known as the Android Market.

Source : PCW

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Tegra 3 Android tablets to cost as low as...

Mar 30 2012 06:40 PM | mobile_sensei Articles

Perhaps learning a thing or two from Amazon, Nvidia's head honcho hints at more affordable Android tablets in the near future.

Remember the 7-inch tablet that Nvidia teased at CES earlier this year? The Tegra 3-powered device that was supposed to cost $249? It could turn out to be more affordable than we thought.

According to The New York Times, Nvidia's head honcho, Jen-Hsun Huang, indicated that the company is working on lowering the cost of its latest Tegra 3 processors. He also hinted that Android tablets will go for $199 by the second half of the year.

Though the quad-core Tegra 3 processor is currently found on the Asus Transformer Prime and will be featured in a number of upcoming smartphones from LG and HTC, these devices are high-end products that cost much more than $199.

However, there have been recent reports that Google is planning to launch a 7-inch tablet this year. It's said to be built by Asus and will cost between $149 and $199. If this device is indeed the same tablet shown at CES, it will certainly be an attractive proposition.

Amazon's Kindle Fire has shown that there is a market for inexpensive slates, but critics have contended that its budget-class hardware and customized Android-based OS don't give the best user experience. However, a Google Nexus tablet powered by the capable Tegra 3 processor would be a different story.

Source : Crave Asia

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Manage Your Tunes with Google Music

Mar 29 2012 05:53 PM | mobile_sensei Articles

Want access to your music anytime, anywhere? With your Android powered device and Google Music, you can discover, buy and share music whether you're on the go with your smartphone or at home with your Android tablet.

It’s All About Discovery

Working seamlessly with Google Music, Google Play™ allows you to find music you love, whether new or familiar songs. You can check out staff-picked emerging artists and great bands from your favorite genres, get personalized recommendations based on what you listen to—not just what you buy, and rediscover lost gems in your library by creating an instant mix.

The Shop Is Always Open

When you purchase music on Google Play, it’s automatically stored in your Google Music library for free—and it does not count toward your storage limit. You can listen to your music on your Android-powered devices with the Google Music app as well as on any web browser, by simply logging in to your account.

Your music is always ready to be played or downloaded instantly, and all songs and albums on Google Play are high-quality 320kbps MP3 files, the most common format for digital audio storage. There are millions of songs to choose from and no matter whether you bought your music on the web, on your tablet or on your phone, you can always listen to it from any of them at any time.

Listen Anytime, Anywhere

With Google Music, you can instantly access your library anywhere and anytime, no syncing or wires needed. As long as your device is running Android 2.2, Froyo, or a more recent version, you can stream music and listen instantly. You can also save your favorites to your mobile device to play them later, when you’re offline. With devices like Samsung's Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab that feature a dual core processor, you can always count on skip-free playback and a smooth interface for finding your favorite tunes.

Keeping Track is Easy

Keep all your music in one place. Anything you get from Google Play is automatically stored in your Google Music library and you can add up to 20,000 of your own songs—all for free—with Music Manager, a simple desktop application that allows you to upload files from your computer. Music Manager can upload your iTunes and Windows Media Player library, playlists, playcounts, ratings and more. Once your music is uploaded, you can access everything on your device. With Google Music, you can search your library, create playlists, edit song information, and even rate tracks. Because your music collection is online, you won’t have to synchronize your devices every time you make changes. It’s all organized in one place and available to play anywhere.

Go Ahead, Share the Love

Excited about a great new band? Let your friends know about your latest discovery. When you buy songs on Google Play, you can share a listen with your friends on Google+. You can even share a song preview with your Google+ circles without making a purchase.

Get Started

If you're ready to discover, buy and share great tunes, then get started by signing up to Google Music or explore millions of tracks in Google Play.

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ChatON Keeps You Connected

Mar 29 2012 05:45 PM | mobile_sensei Articles

Just because your friends use different types of devices doesn’t mean you can’t stay well connected. With ChatON, you can easily communicate with them and make sure nothing gets in the way of your friendship.

Staying in touch with all of your friends, work contacts and family members can be a full-time job. Between texting, emails, updating social media sites and phone calls, getting everyone on the same page can be quite a workout—especially given all of the different devices, operating systems and platforms that are out on the market. Trying to plan something as simple as meeting for brunch can wear you out before you even begin. Luckily, there’s ChatON—a new messaging application that makes keeping up with your social circle faster, easier and more fun.
  • Communication Innovation
ChatON is the latest smart-messaging app that gives you a host of innovative ways to stay connected with all your friends and family, regardless of their device or platform. Whether you’re looking to initiate a group chat, share videos, send interactive animation messages or even wage a little friendly competition, ChatON is revolutionizing the way people communicate.
  • A Simple Idea Whose Time Has Come
ChatON was developed with one mission in mind: to make communicating with friends and family a whole lot easier. As a result, there are a number of features ChatON utilizes to streamline the entire experience of keeping on top of your daily life.

For starters, the phone number-based feature allows you to access your friends easily from your contact list without having to register your buddies separately. Not only does the feature save you time, it’s also the key reason why ChatON works across all devices and platforms.

Here’s a quick look at the many features of ChatON:

Get everyone together in one convenient place. Trying to coordinate plans with multiple friends can give even the most experienced texters a sore thumb. With ChatON, you can avoid the multiple texts by using the group chat feature that gives you the freedom to have a “bigger” conversation with multiple contacts all in one handy place.

Trying to make plans for Saturday night on the town? Don’t send dozens of separate messages when you can easily iron out the details with ChatON’s group chat. Or course, if you prefer to speak privately, ChatON gives you the option of one-on-one communication as well.

Say it with something more than a text. Why communicate with texts alone when you can say it visually? ChatON lets you stay in touch with your friends and family beyond the written word. Send pictures, videos, audio, contacts, calendar and even your location. Even better, ChatON lets you create special animated messages for your friends with your handwritten notes, text, photos, background images and music. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Raise the stakes with a little friendly competition. With ChatON, you can challenge your friends and contacts to see who stays in touch the best. The Buddy Interaction feature shows you which friends you chat with most frequently and makes a game out of your interactions. Points are awarded for the number of messages sent and the top three contacts on your list are given medals displayed next to their names. You can even broadcast your accomplishments to your other contacts when you’ve earned top bragging rights. Who knew staying in touch could be so fun?

Leave a message, short and snappy. Got something on your mind you want to share with a buddy? ChatON makes it easy to express yourself in a flash. Use the Buddies Say feature to leave your message on your buddy's profile page. Be sure to check back to see what they say in return on your profile.

The Trunk gives you quick and easy access to media files. Want to see that cool video one friend sent to another? With ChatON, you can check all the images and media files shared in chat rooms through the multimedia-sharing box called the Trunk. You can leave replies for individual items or share on other SNS sites. If only the trunk in your car was this well-organized!

Seamlessly connect with the most popular mobile phones. Versatility is at the center of ChatON’s appeal. That’s why ChatON supports multiple platforms and devices, including Android, bada and iOS. Additionally, ChatON will be coming soon to Blackberry® OS as well. So regardless of the type of phone your friends and family have, you can easily share the sights and sounds of your life with one easy application.

Now that you know what it can do, it’s time to try ChatON for yourself. Click here to download the ChatON from Google Play today. You’ll never communicate with your friends and family the same way again.

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20 Apps for Your Galaxy Note S Pen

Mar 29 2012 05:35 PM | mobile_sensei Articles

With its responsive, accurate movement, your S Pen™ can do more than you might imagine, providing new ways to capture, create and share. Take advantage of its capabilities by exploring all the great apps for S Pen at Google Play. You can take notes, sketch, scribble, doodle, sign credit card receipts, play games and more.

Samsung Apps Recommendations

Want to find the best apps for your Galaxy Note? Simply select the "Samsung Apps" app on your device and go to the "S Pen Apps" category. There you'll find fun and useful apps that will help you get the most out of your Galaxy Note and S Pen.

20 Great Apps to Download

American Football Clipboard gives you the clipboard of a pro football coach. Demonstrate plays and strategies, take notes about the team, use your S Pen to move players and the ball, and save an unlimited number of plays into your playbook that youcan load quickly from the sidelines.

Amazon Kindle is the perfect way to read books on your phone, whether it’s classics or best-sellers that you love. The large screen is ideal for reading books and the S Pen's enhanced precision makes it easy to highlight text. You can also enjoy newspapers and magazines, too, with high-resolution color images. Customize the experience by selecting your preferred font size, screen brightness and background color. Sync your e-books across devices.

Basketball Coach’s Clipboard is just like a coach’s actual whiteboard, but conveniently on an electronic screen. With this app, you can easily develop your strategies: draw (and save) an unlimited number of plays, then animate them. Move players around on the screen, draw lines with the S Pen, erase lines where needed, and animate the plays. Save and load them onto your playbook.

Basketball Tactics gives you the winning edge. You can see animated basketball play diagrams, learn new skills, and improve your playing style. Whether it’s offense or defense, basic or advanced instruction, you can pick up more than a few good tips with this app.

ChatON supports many platforms and devices, and helps you have better, richer communication with friends. This app offers a variety of fun ways to chat, including group chats, broadcasts, animated messages, pictures and audio. Use the S Pen to color and draw animated messages for your friends.

Deer Hunter Challenge means that it’s always open season. This hunting app takes you to extreme wilderness environments in search of the biggest game around the world. Use the GPS map to train your sights on cougars, moose and more. Choose from customizable weapons such as the bolt rifle, shotgun, crossbow and more.

Flick Golf will leave you hooked on the game. The popular app is now bigger than ever with two new courses, an option to unlock all courses, and all-new medals. Flick, spin and curve your shots while watching out for hazards such as bunkers, trees and sand. Set the course for varying wind effects. Enjoy accurate in-flight spin control and stunning 3D environments.

Fruit Ninja Free offers nonstop action with squishy, splashy, satisfying fruit carnage. Become the ultimate hero of sweet, tasty destruction with every slash. Swipe up across the screen like a true ninja warrior, and choose from three game modes (Classic, Zen or Arcade) in single player, and worldwide leaderboards using Openfeint. A bonus Dojo section includes unlockable blades and backgrounds.

Kids ABC Learn and Trace is both educational and entertaining. Your child can use the S Pen to practice tracing both upper- and lower-case letters, then match a picture to the starting letter (e.g. Apple for “A”).

Make Me Bald does exactly that. Snap a photo, then use your S Pen as a razor to “shave” yourself. You can go bald in seconds and do much more with this funny-face image booth. Make portrait photos bald and add funny moustaches. Import pics from your photo gallery or camera, or from Facebook. Play around with images, then share them with friends. It’s good, silly fun.

NOOK offers more than two million books to choose from, so you can take your library wherever you go. Turn pages with the flick of a finger, or highlight words with the SPen and look them up in a dictionary. Access books, magazines and newspapers from your Galaxy Note, and get a free trial subscription of your favorite publication. There’s even an in-app e-book lending feature.

Posterous Spaces is an easy way to share your artistic creations made on your Galaxy Note, photos, videos and even ideas with family, friends and other groups. You can control whom you share with every time, and post anything within seconds. Make viewing private or public, and you can broadcast posts to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and other websites as much as you’d like.

Sign This Photo lets you take a photo and get that picture signed. Whether you’re bumping into your favorite rock star or author, you can snap a pic and then have them autograph it using the S Pen. Also, if you’re not so good with names, you can use this app for networking: just take someone’s photo when you meet them, and write their name on the pic so you’ll remember it the next day.

Sketchbook Mobile is here to help you unlock and enhance your creativity. This popular, professional-grade painting and drawing application gives you a full set of sketching tools, and a streamlined and intuitive user interface. It’s a great app for drawing pros, and for those who just love to draw for fun.

Sketchinary is an ideal party app. This simple Pictionary (or charades) score keeper and word generator provides more than 500 words to choose from. It’s very easy to use.

Soccer Coach’s Clipboard will help your team score the best moves on the field. With this app, simply use your S Pen to move players across the screen to demonstrate plays. Save your plays into a playbook and load them quickly from the sidelines. Draw and erase lines, choose full or half-field mode, and change animation speed or player and line colors.

Solo is Android’s most popular virtual guitar. This app is good for jamming sessions when you don’t have your guitar with you—or it’s a helpful reference for when you do. Use the S Pen to mimic the use of a pick when playing the guitar. Features include classical, acoustic and electric guitars; a huge chord library with diagrams; the ability to play along to any music loaded on your phone; and much more. Customize the interface to fit your playing style.

Square is a great tool for small-business owners, allowing you to accept credit cards and cash—safely and securely—on your Galaxy Note™ with the free Square Card Reader. Setup is fast and easy. Plus, you’ll get built-in analytics that will help you track sales, collect tips and tax, and send electronic receipts via email or text message.

Tap Tap Revenge lets you shake to the music of hundreds of your favorite artists. Tap the targets on your touch screen to the beat of the music, scoring points for accuracy and timing. Add difficulty levels and engage in live online battlegrounds. You can chat with players around the world, and check out global leaderboards with up-to-the-minute scores.

Where’s My Water? This app provides educational, brain-teasing fun. This challenging physics-based puzzler has vibrant graphics, intuitive controls, an engaging storyline, cute characters and a great soundtrack. Test your skills with multiple levels as you watch out for algae, toxic ooze, triggers and traps—the S Pen will help you carve out a path to keep the alligator under water. You’ll swipe, slosh and splash your way through a variety of exciting scenarios.

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