Ouya aims to bring free Android games to the TV with $99 console

The Google Nexus Q might be good enough for your garden-variety home media sharing for video, pictures, and music, but gamers will want to keep their eyes on a new Kickstarter project called Ouya. It aims to be an open Android-powered gaming console that retails for $99. One of the main goals is to provide a home platform that’s free from the big-money competition and publisher pressures that plagues traditional console gaming and keeps hip indie devs away. Here’s a spec rundown on the Ouya.

* Tegra3 quad-core processor
* 1GB RAM
* 8GB of internal flash storage
* HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
* WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
* Bluetooth LE 4.0
* USB 2.0 (one)
* Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
* Android 4.0

There’s already a bunch of developer interest, including the guy behind Canabalt, the folks at Owlchemy Labs (Snuggle Truck and the upcoming Jack Lumber), Madfinger Games (Dead Trigger, Shadowgun, Samurai II), the devs behind Triple Town, and even Madden NFL 12 showed up on one screen, indicating EA is getting involved.

The one catch? All developers submitting their game has to provide at least some gameplay for free. That’s awesome for end-users, even if that means that freemium upgrades, in-app purchases, and banner ads are likely to be found everywhere. Twitch.tv is also on board for streaming live sessions of StarCraft and other games, so we may very well see other non-gaming apps get involved.

Ouya’s Kickstarter campaign is already well over half of the way to their $950,000 goal after launching just this morning, but there are still plenty of pre-orders available for backers. Ouya is expected to ship in March 2013, and backers will get their mitts on it before it hits stores.

Gamers, are you interested, or do you think there will be something just as cool (if not cooler) out by springtime next year? Will an open Android box be able to realistically compete with Xbox and PlayStation, or has Google TV already shown us just how well Android does on the big screen?


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New at ShopAndroid.com: The Galaxy S III flip case

 

Here’s a quick heads up for those of you who were eager to snag the Samsung Galaxy S III flip case and wanted to support your favorite Android site in the process. ShopAndroid.com now has the cool little case available in stock. As you’ll recall from our first look at the case, it’s a replacement battery door with a cover attached that wraps around the side, and then protects the phone’s gorgeous 4.8-inch display. And because it’s using a stock-style battery cover, it adds the bare minimum of thickness to the phone, and you can quickly flip the case open (thus the name) to get to the phone.

Folks have asked about access to the buttons and cameras. You’ll have to flip open the case to get to the buttons and front-facing camera. The rear camera’s as available as it is without the case, but you’ll still have to flip it open to activate the shutter.

Note that ShopAndroid.com currently has the blue model in stock. The white version will follow.

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Nexus Q torn down - think it’s worth $299 yet?

Ever since the Google Nexus Q was announced last week at the Google I/O developer conference, folks have been trying to rationalize (or pan) its $299 price tag. We’ve been using it for a week now and believe it’s justified. But if you’re still not convinced, you need to check out iFixit’s teardown photos.

We couldn’t care less about the reparability of the Q, but it’s obvious that some serious design and manufacturing work went into this spherical streaming wonder. _IFixit_ also points out that any number of components could have (and likely were) sourced from outside the United States, taking a little luster off the “Made in the USA” claim, but for a device as complicated as the Q, that never really should have been taken as more than a bit of marketing speak anyway.

Hit the link below for the full gallery. It’s definitely worth a gander.

Source: iFixit Nexus Q teardown

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Final Day of ShopAndroid.com’s Fourth of July Sale - Save 15%!

This is it, folks. The final day of ShopAndroid.com’s Fourth of July blowout, where you can save on every Android accessory in stock!

To save 15 percent on your orders, which includes all Android accessories — cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth, everything! — all you need to do is use coupon code j412 at checkout (note - software not included, not available in Canada store). Offer ends midnight PDT on Thursday, July 5. That’s all there is to it. Jump over to ShopAndroid at the link below and let the savings begin!

Take me to ShopAndroid.com so I can take advantage of the savings!

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Remote controlled, inflatable Android going on sale in September, if you work at Google that is

See this, looks pretty sweet doesn’t it? Would look great rolling around the office, or even at home wouldn’t it? Well, from September, and if you work at Google, you could be in luck. 

This remote controlled, inflatable Android mascot is the work of Bladez Toys, and is awaiting the approval of the mighty Google. It will go on sale initially only to Google staff, as a kind of trial run to gage the items popularity before any possible release to joe public. 

The unit sits at 65cm tall, will go forwards and backwards, and can spin through 360-degrees left or right. There’s also the ability to control upto three at any one time. Your own personal, little Android army. Expected price is around £45/$70, but you know what, that doesn’t matter. I’d love one of these to roll around my house, how about you guys? 

Source: Pocket-lint

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July 4th Celebration Sale - Use Coupon j412 to Save 15% on ALL Android Accessories!

Before you head out for franks and fireworks today, be sure to swing by ShopAndroid.com’s Fourth of July Celebration Sale! To save 15 percent on your orders, which includes all Android accessories — cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth, everything! — all you need to do is use coupon code j412 at checkout (note - software not included, not available in Canada store). Offer ends midnight PDT on Thursday, July 5. That’s all there is to it. Jump over to ShopAndroid at the link below and let the savings begin!

Take me to ShopAndroid.com so I can take advantage of the savings!

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July 4th Celebration Sale - Use Coupon j412 to Save 15% on ALL Android Accessories!

The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year (as in, tomorrow), so we’re going to have some additional celebration savings on either end, for the ultimate Android accessories sale!

To save 15 percent on your orders, which includes all Android accessories — cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth, everything! — all you need to do is use coupon code j412 at checkout (note - software not included, not available in Canada store). Offer ends midnight PST on Thursday, July 5. That’s all there is to it. Jump over to ShopAndroid at the link below and let the savings begin!

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Face Socks: Sneaky Way Of Expressing Your Feelings

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Yesterday I wrote an article called 10 Signs You Are Truly Happy, and people seemed to respond really well to it. Some people feel like happiness is not a choice, but rather a privilege that we earn. I am of a different opinion since I believe we mold life as we want it to be. It’s all in the actions we populate our lives with. It doesn’t have to be harder than that really. As you probably know, this could easily turn into an argument that keeps on going for a long time, so we won’t get into all that. But the question still remains, how do you populate your life with actions that will make life a little bit more happy? Where do you start?

If you have a look at these insane socks, I am sure you will at least get a smile on your face. See, that’s a good start. Purchase a couple pairs of these, and you will totally make the surrounding crowd break out in either an instant laugh or smile the biggest smile. They are made available by Pretty Closet and are called Face Socks. They are apparently a huge success in Korea, and they are about to take on the world.

They are quite cheap as well at only $3.50 per pair. It’s a great investment that I think any geek could get a whole lot of smiles from. These socks are for children and teenagers by the looks of the sizes. However, if you have really small feet, these would totally work. They’re perfect for any geek party! Well, if the party you are going to doesn’t allow shoes inside that is. Otherwise, the investment would be kind of pointless. So, Face Socks… let’s bring on a smile!


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