Nexus Q Delayed as Google Tries to Improve It

Nexus Q Delayed as Google Tries to Improve It

Aug 1, 2012

According to a report by Phandroid, Google is currently in the process of revamping the Nexus Q from a software standpoint. An email went out to preorder customers saying that Google “heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.”

It’s unclear what this necessarily means for the future of the Nexus Q. It would be entirely unfounded speculation to suggest that they might turn it into a Google TV device, but it makes sense as a solution to the Nexus Q’s perceived utility problem. Google isn’t exactly forthcoming on what these improvements will be, and the Nexus Q’s web page has been stripped of details. For those who did preorder the Nexus Q, they’re in the luck: Google is shipping out free devices to them very soon.

Google Announces Google Fiber; Why It May Signal the Death Knell for Google TV

Google Announces Google Fiber; Why It May Signal the Death Knell for Google TV

Jul 27, 2012

Google has announced the first rollout of Google Fiber will be taking place in that tech hotspot of Kansas City – both the Missouri and Kansas variations, apparently! This internet service will deliver Gigabit internet(!) for $70/month, with a combined TV/internet package available for $120/month. As well, there will be a free internet option that will deliver 5 Mpbs speeds for up to 7 years for free, after a $300 installation fee.

The TV service will also integrate with Android devices, particularly the Nexus 7. Not only will the package come with a Nexus 7, but it will be possible to use it as a TV remote, and watch TV from anywhere in the house with it, though not all channels will be available with it. Also, there’s currently no ESPN available as part of the Fiber TV package, so sports fans may not be jumping on Google Fiber quite yet.

Now what’s interesting is that there’s nary a mention of Google TV being part of the TV service. Devices with Google TV continue to roll out – Vizio just launched one today – but it appears that Google might want nothing to do with the TV platform going forward.

Multiplayer Gaming Comes to Sony Internet TVs with ustwo’s Dot

Multiplayer Gaming Comes to Sony Internet TVs with ustwo’s Dot

Jan 11, 2012

While ustwo puts the final touches on the Android version of Whale Trail, they’ve released something else for Android; well, Google TV specifically. In partnership with Sony, their game Dot is now available for Sony Internet TVs on the Android Market. The game has players controlling a dot, trying to collect other dots, and avoiding triangles. This version is playable with the remote that comes with Sony TVs, and has one particular feature: multiplayer! Up to four players, using their Android phones, can play the game on the TV, competing to collect the most dots and survive the longest. The game is available for free from the Android Market for Sony Internet TV owners; the free Sony Media Remote application is required for gameplay, and is available for both phones and tablets. Those who want to get into the dotty action but lack the Sony Internet TV can play Dot on their Android phone for free. As well, Whale Trail is soon to hit the Android Market, they’re just polishing off the final bugs for a release very soon.

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Are You Watching This? Brings New Ways to Watch and Follow Sports

Are You Watching This? Brings New Ways to Watch and Follow Sports

Dec 30, 2011

Sports have exploded in popularity the past decade, bolstered in part by expanding cable and satellite lineups that allow no atheltic competion in any quasi-relevant sport to go unseen by someone on their couch. However, with all these channels, finding games on TV is extremely difficult, if not impossible – what channel is Fox College Sports Central, anyway? 648, I think? How should I know? And what if there’s some game on that’s more interesting? I wish there was an app to help find those games right away, and alert me when exciting games were on?

As it would be a boring article if there wasn’t a potential answer to these rhetorical questions, “Are You Watching This?” is the potential answer. The app tracks and rates live sporting events based on their watchability – more important and hotly-contested matchups are rated higher, for example. Games are rated from OK to Good to Hot to Epic for those truly exciting matchups. For example, the Epic rating was saved for the Florida-Rutgers men’s college basketball game that went into double overtime. The Mavericks-Thunder basketball game that ended with a game-winning 3-pointer from Kevin Durant was Hot, as was the Baylor-Washington college football game that was the end of defensive football.

The app can send alerts for games that are Good, Hot, and/or Epic. As well, it can be set to only send alerts for certain sports, only games that are on the selected TV provider, and even for just the user-selected favorite teams.

Possibly the most unique feature of the app is the ability to actually change channels based on the selected game. This requires either a Google TV, DirecTV, or Tivo box at the moment, but by swiping through games, the app can automatically cause the selected TV to switch to that game directly.

This is a useful app for keeping up with the latest scores, to find watchable live events, and for those with supported technology, to easily watch those games. Are You Watching This? is available for free from the Android Market.