Google Announced “Android Wear” Operating System for Smartwatches

Google telah mengumumkan Android Wear, sebuah versi sistem operasi mobile-nya diperuntukkan bagi smartwatches dan perangkat wearables lainnya. Menurut Google di official blog-nya, mereka sudah bekerjasama dengan beberapa industri elektronik seperti Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola dan Samsung serta pabik pembuat chip Boradcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek dan Qualcomm. Saat ini Android Wear lebih fokus ke smartwatches dan saat ini sudah bekerja sama dengan salah satu fashion brands Fosil Group.

Android Wear berfokus pada notification yang cepat untuk menampilkan informasi yang diperlukan pengguna smartwatches sekaligus mengurangi interaksi yang minimum dengan perangkat.  Berikut katalog yang diberikan Android Wear dari blognya:

  • Useful information when you need it most. Android Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them. The wide variety of Android applications means you’ll receive the latest posts and updates from your favorite social apps, chats from your preferred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more. 
  • Straight answers to spoken questions. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions, like how many calories are in an avocado, what time your flight leaves, and the score of the game. Or say “Ok Google” to get stuff done, like calling a taxi, sending a text, making a restaurant reservation or setting an alarm. 
  • The ability to better monitor your health and fitness. Hit your exercise goals with reminders and fitness summaries from Android Wear. Your favorite fitness apps can give you real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk. 
  • Your key to a multiscreen world. Android Wear lets you access and control other devices from your wrist. Just say “Ok Google” to fire up a music playlist on your phone, or cast your favorite movie to your TV. There’s a lot of possibilities here so we’re eager to see what developers build. 
Bari para pengembang sudah bisa berperan serta di Android Wear, buka halaman http://developer.android.com/wear/ dan join serta dowload developer preview-nya di http://developer.android.com/wear/preview/start.html
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Facebook Introduce the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testing Program

Facebook hari ini mengumumkan lewat Enginering Blog program beta testing Facebook Messenger for Android yang memungkinkan pengguna Android yang berminat membantu Facebook mencoba terlebih dahulu versi beta sebelum rilis resmi ke publik.  Sebelumnya di bulan Juni tahun lalu Facebook sudah meluncurkan program yang sama an kali ini Facebook menjanjikan akan update perbaikan setiap minggu dari masukan peserta beta testing ini.

Bagi yang berminat silahkan baca keterangan selengkapnya di blog Facebook Code di SINI dan berikut cara ikutan Facebook Messenger Beta Testing Program:

– Join Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Tester di Google Groups https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/messenger-for-android-beta-testers

– Ikuti petunjuk yang ada di Google Groups, kunjungi link http://bit.ly/1ce7FE5 dan klik “Become a Tester

– Uninstall aplikasi Facebook Messenger di Android terlebih dahulu.

– Buka Play Store dan re-install kembali aplikasi Facebook Messenger dengan memilih menu “update” atau “install”.

– Aplikasi Facebook Messenger yang terinstal sudah dalam versi Beta Tester dan nyalakan notifikasi karena setiap minggu bakal ada beberapa update terbaru.

Silahkan mencoba…

Source: Facebook

Facebook For Android With New Photo Features & More

Update terbaru aplikasi Facebook for Android yang rilis tanggal 13 Maret 2014 kemaren banyak menambahkan fitur-fitur dan perbaikan khususnya fitur foto dan fitur buat admin groups.

Saat ini dengan aplikasi terbaru dapat menambahkan foto saat kita berkomentar, melakukan edit dan menghapus album foto, menghilangkan tag (untag) kita sendiri di foto yang diposting temen kita. Sedangkan bagi groups admins ada improvement yang dapat memudahkan pekerjaan admins untuk melakukan pin atau unpin postingan, melakukan review postingan member yang masuk pending serta melakukan tindakan “reported posts”.

Silahkan yang menggunakan aplikasi Facebook for Android untuk melakukan update langsung dari Google Play Store.

What’s New
• Include photos in comments
• Delete and edit photo albums
• Untag yourself in photos
• Upload multiple photos at a time in groups
• Improvements to help group admins pin and unpin posts, and review pending and reported posts

Source: Play Store

New Version of “Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic” Available With Sync Calendar

Hari ini layanan “Social GPS” milik Google yaitu “Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic” di perangkat Android dan iPhone telah diperbaharui ke versi yang lebih baru dengan dukungan “Calendar Integration“. Jadi apabila di kalender ada acara berkunjung ke suatu tempat akan bisa diatur dengan mudah navigasi-nya. Fitur ini juga dapat dinonaktifkan sesuai keinginan.

Saat ini fitur “Calendar Integration” ini baru ada di versi baru iPhone dan Android dan belum tersedia di perangkat Windows Phone.  Silahkan bagi yang mau update aplikasi “Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic” bisa langsung ke Google Play Store atau iTunes App Store.

Berikut rilis resmi dari blog Waze “New Version of Waze Available“:

Good news in the play store today! Waze has released a new version for Android (iPhone to follow soon)! 


This version features integration with your Calendar, allowing you to navigate to Calendar events with just one tap. 

Events with location info will automatically appear in your navigation list, two events featured at a time. 

Simply tap to activate the integration. If you’d like to disable the feature simply go to Settings > Advanced

Nokia X (Normandy) Siap Rilis di MWC 2014 Barcelona

perangkat android pertama dari nokia bakal meluncur tanggal 24 februari ini di ajang mwc 2014 di barcelona dan bocoran spesifikasi dan bentuknya pun sudah mulai beredar luas. bocoran terakhir dirilis akun twitter @evleaks tentang foto materi marketing nokia x atau sebelumnya disebut-sebut sebagai nokia normandy.

yang menarik dari tampilan warna-warni nokia x (normandy) ini adalah antarmuka yang mirip dengan nokia asha digabung dengan windows phone, jadi dari tampilan jauh dari kesan android. dari hargapun noxia x (normandy) ini juga dipatok dengan harga yang murah.

spesifikasi yang sudah beredar antara lain layar 4-inch WVGA, prosesor 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 512MB of RAM, internal storage 4GB, kamera 5-megapixel dan baterei 1500mAh. berhubung nokia/ microsoft sudah memiliki sendiri aplikasi peta “here” akan menggantikan “google maps”, untuk email akan menggunakan “outlook” sedangkan search engine akan memakai milik sendiri “bing” menggantikan “google”. aplikasi “skype” pastinya gak akan ketinggalan di nokia x (normandy) ini.

kita tunggu aja rilis resmi nokia x (normandy) di ajang mwc 2014 di barcelona.

Related Post: WSJ Report: Nokia Will Release Its First Android Device This Month

BBM for Android Gingerbread: Available Today

seperti janji blackberry beberapa waktu lalu tentang rencana rilis aplikasi #bbm for android gingerbread users, akhirnya hari ini ada special release versi terbaru #bbm for android yang support perangkat yang memiliki operating system android v.2.3.x gingerbread. menurut catatan android developer dashboard ada 21 persen pengguna android masih menggunakan gingerbread dan ini termasuk jumlah yang lumayan besar untuk bergabung dengan user android di komunitas bbm. silahkan bagi yang mau mencoba langsung download aplikasinya di google play store.

berikut rilis resmi blackberry di inside blackberry:

Back in January we told you we were busy cooking up a special release of BBM for Android Gingerbread. Now, we’re pleased to share that it’s ready and will be available starting today. This means that Android Gingerbread users can start to enjoy the immediacy, privacy and control of BBM to chat and share with friends, family and people they work with. And for our existing BBM users, this release means that you can find even more of the people you want to talk to on BBM. Be sure to check out the Find Friends feature to see who has joined BBM that you may know – that’s found under ‘Invites’ in the bottom left hand corner of the BBM app. 

With 21 per cent of the global Android user base running on Gingerbread, we’re excited to welcome lots of new users in to the BBM community. You can find BBM for Gingerbread in Google Play or by visiting www.BBM.com from your Android Gingerbread smartphone.

BBM 2.0 For Android Released Today With Major Update (BBM Voice, BBM Channels & More)

Blackberry today released new version BBM for Android v.2.00.13 with major change include BBM Channels, free voice calls between BBM user and more.

There is What’s New of BBM V.2.0 for Android:

– BBM Voice. Free voice calls between BBM contacts
– BBM Channels, join conversations happening now with BBM users, brands, businesses, communities and more
– Faster, easier sharing, quickly add photos, voice notes, files and attachments to your BBM chats from your smartphone or Dropbox account
– Location sharing. Share your location temporarily, powered by Glympse.
– 100 new emoticons
– Larger BBM Groups. You can now chat and share with 50 people in your BBM Group

Update your BBM for Android via Google Play Store.

WSJ Report: Nokia Will Release Its First Android Device This Month

According to WSJ’s sources, Nokia was hard at work on the device while Microsoft was performing due diligence prior to its acquisition of the Finnish company. The smartphone will allegedly go official as Nokia X.

Unsurprisingly, the smartphone is tipped to launch without Google Play support, similarly to Amazon’s Kindle products. Instead, it will be focused on services provided by Microsoft and Nokia. In line with recent leaks, the UI of the upcoming smartphone is also said to be closely related to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.

Rumored specs of the Nokia X include dual-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, dual-SIM, 4” WVGA display, 4GB of built-in memory, and 512MB of RAM. The handset will reportedly be priced in line with Nokia Asha devices.

All things considered, The Wall Street Journal report reaffirms the already floating batch of rumors. We are quite curious to find out how the device’s launch will affect the sales of Nokia’s popular low-end Windows Phone devices such as the Lumia 520 and 525. Nokia Lumia 520 in particular is responsible for 30% of all Windows Phone sales.

Via: GSM Arena

Normandy’s Leak image from @evleaks:

Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Says App ‘Gone Forever’ Because It Was ‘An Addictive Product’

The mysterious developer of the world’s most popular free app, who drew global attention this past weekend with his sudden decision to remove it, tells Forbes that Flappy Bird is dead. Permanently.

Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” says Dong Nguyen, in an exclusive interview, his first since he pulled the plug on the app. “But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.

In killing Flappy Bird for what he maintains are altruistic reasons, Nguyen is walking away from a jackpot. An article in the Verge last week estimated his daily take from in-app advertising at $50,000. Nguyen declined to confirm that number. “I don’t know the exact figure, but I do know it’s a lot.

The circumstances surrounding the interview, conducted in Vietnamese, were as much of a soap opera as his public ruminations about whether to take down the app. The interview with Forbes took place in a hotel in Hanoi, with a strict condition that Forbes not reveal Nguyen’s face. It was delayed several hours, in part because Nguyen had a sudden meeting with Vietnam’s deputy prime minister Vu Duc Dam – a remarkable turn of events for someone unknown a week ago. Nguyen says his parents didn’t even know that Flappy Bird existed, much less his role in it, until media coverage spun out of control in the past few days.

The 29-year-old, who sports a close-cropped haircut, appeared stressed. He smoked several cigarettes over the course of the 45-minute interview, and doodled monkey heads on a pad of paper.

Flappy Bird was released for free on May 24, 2013 first for iOS with little fanfare by a Vietnam-based developer called .GEARS. Nguyen says he coded the game over two or three days. The game mechanics were simple yet irritatingly difficult. Tapping on your smartphone screen, players navigated a pixilated bird through narrow corridors of green pipes that looked suspiciously like the pipes found in Nintendo ’s Super Mario Bros.—something that Nguyen says that was coincidental. (He also denied reports that Nintendo had sent him a legal threat, or that it had anything to do with him killing the app.) Striking any surface resulted in instant death. Your chance of death multiplied exponentially with each gate you passed.

Nguyen has several other top app store games, including Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block, which are currently #6 and #18 on the iOS store, respectively. Nguyen says that he has no plans to remove those games, which he termed “harmless.” If he thought users were getting addicted, however, he said he would not hesitate to also take them down.

In mulling whether to pull Flappy Bird, Nguyen said that it was guilt – atop the fact that “my life has not been as comfortable as I was before” – that motivated him. “I couldn’t sleep,” he said. He added that his conscience is relieved; he spent the past few days, Internet-free, catching up on slumber.

I don’t think it’s a mistake,” he says. “I have thought it through.

We haven’t heard the last of Nguyen. He says he will continue to develop games. “After the success of Flappy Bird, I feel more confident, and I have freedom to do what I want to do.”

And Flappy Bird addicts should have nothing to worry about, as there are certainly no shortages of Flappy Bird replacements. Clones have stormed the App store with names like Flappy Plane, Flappy Whale, Flappy Penguin and Flappy Angry Bird. Nguyen said he probably won’t take legal action against any copycats. “I have tried playing Ironpants,” he added. “It’s a good game.

When asked if there’s anything he wanted to tell disappointed users of the authentic Flappy Bird, Nguyen was concise: “Thank you very much for playing my game.” Source: Forbes

Related Post:
– How To Win at Flappy Bird Games
– Flappy Bird Game Over After Make $50.000 Revenue A Day
– Flappy Bird Is No Longer Available On Apple App Store & Google Play Store

Flappy Bird Is No Longer Available On Apple App Store & Google Play Store

Seperti janji sebelumnya di akun Twitternya, Dong Nguyen pengembang mobile game “Flappy Bird” akhirnya menarik halaman download game tersebut di App Store dan Google Play Store. Saat ini pengguna iOS dan Android tidak bisa lagi mendonlod game tersebut tetapi bagi yang sudah memiliki sebelumnya masih bisa memainkan game Flappy Bird tersebut.

Penarikan kontroversial tersebut masih menyisakan banyak pertanyaan meskipun Dong Nguyen sebelumnya mengatakan tidak ada permasalahan secara legal terhadap game tersebut. Dibalik kesuksesan “Flappy Bird” tersebut, selain menghasilkan $50.000 dalam sehari dari iklan dan jumlah download yang mencapai lebih dari 50 juta kali, “Flappy Bird” banyak mendapatkan kritikan dan tuduhan penjiplakan dan kecurangan yang mendongkrak aplikasi bikinan Dong Nguyen tersebut melonjak secara drastis. Tercatat ada 3 aplikasi game buatan Dong Nguyen (.GEARS Studio) yang menduduki peringkat atas di Top Free Apps baik di App Store maupun di Play Store, 2 game lain adalah Super Ball Juggling dan Shuriken Block.

Tanpa dukungan promosi yang khusus, “Flappy Bird” makin populer karena promosi gratis beberapa media serta tak luput para pengguna yang ketagihah saat memainkan game ini. Banyak yang mendonlod karena penasaran dengan gambar-gambar parodi di Path, Facebook dan Twitter maupun video YouTube. Sebenarnya game Flappy Bird inipun sederhana cara memainkannya, sama dengan desain UI yang sederhana menggunakan 2D retro style graphics. Cara memainkan-nya punya hanya menerbangkan dengan cara “tap” layar gadget untuk melewati pipa-pipa tanpa menyentuh dan menabrakkannya, sederhana tapi sulit dan bikin penasaran dengan “High Score” yang akan kita dapatkan.

Dugaan penjiplakan antara lain kemiripan “pipa hijau” milik game ternama “Super Mario Bros” (Nintendo) dan kemiripan konsep permainan dan tampilan dengan game “Piou Piou” yang ada di tahun 2011. Silahkan perhatikan kemiripan seperti ini:

 

Kita tunggu aja apa yang akan terjadi nanti dengan kontoversi game “Flappy Bird” yang jelas saat ini pengguna smartphone yang sudah menggunduh masih tetap bisa memainkannya termasuk memanipulasi agar mendapatkan “High Score” setinggi-tingginya. Dan selain dari Dong Nguyen (.GEARS Studio) ada juga aplikasi game kloningan “Flappy Bird” yang bisa dimainkan melalui website di PC melalui link http://www.flappybird.com/play/ serta bisa juga lewat akun Facebook di link https://apps.facebook.com/trueflappybird/#_=_ dan di device Windows Phone http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/flappy-bird/9bf76692-f5ca-4a5f-a533-2ce0d9c0e6e1

Baca juga tulisan ini:
How To Win at Flappy Bird Games – http://pcholic.blogspot.com/2014/02/FlappyBird.html
Flappy Bird Game Over After Make $50.000 Revenue A Day – http://pcholic.blogspot.com/2014/02/FlappyBirdDown.html