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Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories hits the Play Store

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All the way back in June of last year, we learned that Android would be getting its very first Harvest Moon game, Seeds of Memories. The game was slated to come out in the winter, but it looks like there were some entanglements in the development process. We didn’t see hide nor hare of the farming simulator as the winter solstice came and went, but now just in time for spring planting season, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories has arrived.

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This game brings back much of what you love about the classic rural slice-of-life adventure that won over the hearts of millions. You’ve been tasked with revitalizing a farm, so you’ll need to socially invest in the nearby town to get the help you need. Grow a variety of crops and discover new varieties as you build relationships and spend the afternoons fishing. Raise cows, sheep, chickens, and even horses and even start a family. There’s a fairly elaborate upgrade system, and plenty of interesting events like cooking contests and festivals.

All in all, Seeds of Memories looks like a solid addition to the Android game library, and we hope to see more like it in the future. We haven’t had the chance to give it a full play, of course, since it just came out, but click the button below to hit it up in the Play Store. Give it a spin, then come back and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Google Play Music podcasts coming April 18?


So, all the way back in October 2015, Google announced that their all-around music streaming service Google Music would soon have podcast functionality. And then we heard literally nothing on the subject for half a year. Now it seems like this pipe dream is actually becoming a reality, as some sources are reporting that podcasts are coming to Google Music as early as this coming Monday.

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The way this news came out is that apparently Google released this embargoed information to staff members of NPR. Someone within NPR leaked the email, and Android Police announced that podcast capability would be arriving on the 18th. An excerpt from the email:

Google will launch podcasts on Android and other platforms next Monday, April 18, inside of Google Play Music, a streaming service similar to Apple Music. Please note: this information is embargoed and should not be shared or promoted externally until Monday. NPR has worked with Google to ensure that public radio is represented in the Google Play environment. Learn more about adding your station’s podcasts to this new platform.

So it looks like this is the real scoop. The news comes as a relief to users like myself who have found themselves listening to fewer podcasts than they would like after moving over to Google Play Music since the app historically hasn’t supported them natively. This update will probably be what finally gets me back into the second season of Serial.

What are your thought on Google Play Music receiving podcast capability? Does this not really affect you, or are you grateful to be able to move back to using one app for all your audio needs instead of splitting it between two? Let us know your take in the comments, and stay tuned to Android Authority for all the updates on your favorite apps.

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Google Play Newsstand and Play Music reach new countries – Japan, Thailand and Malaysia


It seems Google chose an odd day to announce availability of Play Newsstand and Play Music in new markets. It might make sense, though, as everyone already had their eyes set on said company today. The more announcements the merrier, and we know today’s new supported markets will definitely be happy to see Newsstand and Play Music coming around.

Google Play Newsstand is heading over to Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. People in these markets will now be able to access magazines and newspapers, subscribe to them and more. Information is key, and moving to a digital world shouldn’t have to mean abandoning these publications.

On the other hand, we have the awesome Google Play Music jamming on Japane devices. This is definitely good news for those who really love their streaming services. Especially considering you could use Google Play Music for free and still get much from it. If you need an extra kick you can also sign up for All Access.

This is just a quick update from the latest Google Play news. Are any of you celebrating this announcement? Hit the comments and let us know what you think of these services. They are both available today, so you should be up and running by now.

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XBMC’s Kodi media player officially makes its way to the Play Store with version 15 update


The popular Kodi media center application, formerly known as XBMC, has finally made its way to the Play Store. The app launched in Google Play last month in beta form, but now it’s officially available for all to download. Along with the big Play Store announcement, Kodi is getting a hefty update to version 15 which brings some notable features that make the app even more functional than ever.

For starters, version 15 brings 4K support, refresh rate switching and HEVC playback to capable Android devices, such as the NVIDIA Shield Android TV. It should be noted that Android 5.0 Lollipop is required to take advantage of these new additions.

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Also new to the application is an all-new chapter selector window that lets you visually browse and choose different chapters in supported video formats. Take a look at the video below for a quick demonstration:

Another small, yet notable feature in this update is adaptive seeking functionality, which allows you to skip forward and backward more quickly by tapping the navigation key several times. The developers have made a quick video for this feature as well, so check that out below:

The update also brings new audio and subtitle lists, language add-ons and expanded international preferences, as well as an improved add-on manager. There are a ton of other small improvements listed in the changelog, so feel free to check out the source link for more details. Thankfully the app is now available in the Play Store, so interested folks can get these changes right away.

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What is Virtual Reality, and what role will Android play?


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Virtual Reality (VR) is an immersive computer system that mimics the world we see around us. It can also be used to create imaginary worlds, or in other words it can be used to create immersive games. VR isn’t a new idea, in fact it was first described in the 1930s, and the first VR system was built in the late 1960s. Its boom time came in the 1990s with companies like Sega and Nintendo started developing consumer level VR gaming products. However after a boom, there is often a bust. And that is what happened to VR. Sega’s product was never release, and Nintendo’s Virtual Boy was a commercial failure.

Since then very little has happened at a consumer level. The reasons for VRs failures in the 1990s were not only to do with computing power. Think back to the size and design of laptops and mobile phones in that era. To make VR headsets truly useful the technology in terms of miniaturization, displays, materials and computing power needed to improve.

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After almost 20 years VR is now making a come back. In 2012 Palmer Luckey launched a Kickstarter campaign for an immersive virtual reality headset for video games. The Oculus Rift project aimed to raise $ 250,000, but actually raise $ 2.4 million.

In late 2013 John Carmack, famous for his 3D game series like Doom and Quake, joined Oculus. The Oculus Rift is designed to be connected and used with a PC, however Carmack helped Oculus develop a mobile version in collaboration with Samsung.

The Samsung Gear VR uses a smartphone which is clipped into a headset to create a VR platform. It is an untethered solution which means there are no wires connecting it to a PC or other computing device. The smartphone’s GPU is used to render the virtual world and the phone’s display is split in half for the images needed by the left and right eyes. The headset includes the head-tracking module from the Oculus Rift.

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The original Gear VR only worked with the Note 4, however Samsung recently released a new version to coincide with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6. Both these Gear VR versions carry the title “Innovator Edition”, meaning that they are intended for early adopters and developers. However, during a recent keynote speech at GDC, John Carmack said that the Gear VR would become a true consumer level product this year and he hinted strongly that this would happen with the release of the Note 5.

The other two big players in the reinvigorated VR market are Sony and Microsoft. In 2014 Sony announced Project Morpheus a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4. The headset, which is reported to be able to do graphics are 120 frames per second (fps) is set to be released during 2016. Unlike Project Morpheus, Microsoft’s product, the HoloLens, is an untethered headset that will work with Windows 10. It is different from the Gear VR in that the HoloLens comes with its own built-in computing module and doesn’t use your smartphone. It is also different in that it doesn’t use a OLED display placed directly in front of the user’s eyes, but rather it uses transparent goggles with a form of projection/head-up display type system. This is where we cross the line between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (AR).


Although VR and AR might look similar, because you need to wear a headset or some form of special goggles, they are in fact quite different and have different goals, and ultimately different consumer markets. Before leaving AR, I want to mention Epson’s Moverio Smart Glasses, unlike Google Glass, the Moverio Smart Glasses don’t try to be a normal pair of everyday glasses, they are instead designed for tasks that need AR. But like Google Glass, the Moverio glasses use Android!


As we can see with the difference between the Oculus Rift and the Gear VR, today’s Virtual Reality market is split into two segments: tethered and untethered. The advantage of the tethered approach is that the processing power and the electrical power comes from a PC or console. These machines have high performance CPUs and GPUs, and don’t need to worry about battery life. However the disadvantage is that they are generally fixed to one room in your house. The advantage of untethered VR is that it is truly portable. Wherever you go, your VR headset can go with you. It also means it has a greater social impact. Although using a VR headset could be considered as anti-social if used in public, there is the aspect of sharing the VR experience within a group of friends. For example, the “WOW” factor when the headset is passed from one person to the other.

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It looks like both the tethered and untethered markets will grow and co-exist together. Ultimately there maybe some form of convergence as the headsets become more universal and can be driven by different devices.

And this is where Android has an important role to play. The Gear VR is an excellent example of what can be done using Android. Since Android is based on Linux, it is a full multitasking operating system. It is just as capable as performing VR task as any OS, from Windows to the bespoke operating systems found in consoles. Also, since it is a mobile operating system it is already optimized for untethered use cases.

The Gear VR isn’t the only Android VR solution. At the lower-end is Google Cardboard. Designed as a way to get people interested in VR, the Google headset is made from cardboard. This means it is cheap and you can get a headset for under $ 20. Of course, it isn’t the most ergonomic design in the world and it probably isn’t that comfortable for long periods. However, as a way into VR, Cardboard is great. Google currently has about 50 apps in its Featured Cardboard Apps section on the Play Store.



The challenges for untethered VR are different to those of tethered VR. For devices like the Oculus Rift the obstacles are more to do with getting games out into the market so that the headset will become a de facto standard for VR gaming. Of course, there are still technical issues, however a lot of the issues that plagued VR back in the 1990s have been overcome.

For untethered VR the challenges are quite different. First, the headset doesn’t have a mains power supply, everything needs to be battery based. That means that power consumption will always be a factor. Second, the current crop of untethered VR headsets like Google Cardboard and Gear VR rely on the screen built-in to your smartphone. This affects the picture quality, refresh rates and resolution.

Also with untethered headsets the GPU in the smartphone is being used to generate the virtual world. Although mobile GPUs are sophisticated bits of hardware, they aren’t up to the same quality and speed as the graphics cards we find in PCs. And that is normal, have you seen the size of the graphics card in your PC!

What this means is that VR headset makers are now pushing the boundaries for mobile graphics. VR developers are looking for greater frames per second and higher mobile GPU performance.


The other challenge for VR is motion sickness. The failures of VR technology in the 1990s set back the VR industry by 20 years. If the current range of VR products fail to meet expectations then it could be another 20 years before anyone takes VR seriously again. And one major concern for VR OEMs is motion sickness. Your brain is an incredible thing and it isn’t easily fooled. When your inner ear detects motion but your eyes don’t see the same motion then you start to feel sick. You may have experienced it on a boat or in a car.

The same can occur when using VR headsets, and is sometimes referred to as “simulator sickness.” If your brain detects that you have moved your head but your eyes don’t see the same movement then some people can feel sick. Also some people feel sick when your eyes detect movement but there is no corresponding physical movement.

VR headsets makers like Oculus are very aware of this problem and are treating it seriously. In fact when the Gear VR hits the mainstream it will have its own app store, and apps which could cause motion sickness will be very clearly labelled.


This is an exciting time for VR. There are some big names backing a new range of products, and the problems of the 1990s in terms of technology and pricing seem to have been solved. VR will also be a driving force behind new technology in terms of motion tracking, movement sensors, optics, display and mobile GPUs. The only downside that I can see is when the lawyers start getting involved and the different VR companies start suing each other for patent violations.

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Deal: Grab Monument Valley for 75% off, Icewind Dale for 60% off in the Play Store

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Need a few awesome games to help you get through the end of the week? At some point today, you might want to head over to the Play Store, where you can currently find the acclaimed puzzler Monument Valley and popular RPG Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition on sale at significant discounts.

Monument Valley recently made our list as one of the 70 best Android games available today, and during this sale, you can pick it up for just $ 0.99, which is 75% off the normal $ 3.99 price tag. Icewind Dale, which is also on our Best Games list, is normally sold for a hefty $ 9.99 but is currently on sale for 60% off at just $ 4.14. Additionally, the most recent Humble Bundle features Monument Valley, Joe Danger and a handful of other games for cheap, which is also a really great deal.

Head to the source links below to download these awesome games. Anybody taking advantage of these sales today?

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Lego Star Wars: the Complete Saga arrives to Google Play, KotOR slashed to $3


The unofficial Star Wars holiday “May the Fourth” is almost here, and you can bet that means plenty Star Wars-related sales, app promos, and more in the near future. As far as Android is concerned, so far we are happy to report that Lego Star Wars: the Complete Saga has now landed on Google Play. Additionally, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has received a price cut!

Starting with KotOR, the Bioware classic first arrived to Android at a price of $ 10, a little pricey considering the game was over a decade old. For those of you that have held off because of the price tag, you might be a bit more interested now that the price has dropped down to just $ 3!

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Moving on to the Lego Star Wars, the game is now available in the Play store for $ 7. While that’s more expensive than the typical $ 1 to $ 2 games that run wild on the Play store, it’s still a pretty fair price for all the content you get. As most of you are probably aware, the Lego Star Wars series takes you through the events of all six movies but with some Lego-inspired twists and changes along the way.

Arriving first in 2007, the series is a must have for Lego and Star Wars fans alike, featuring 36 story mode levels, over 120 characters, and support for both touchscreen and “classic” controls.

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Google has a new app in the Play Store, but Interactive Events isn’t for you (yet?)

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Behind closed doors in Mountain View, California, hard working Googlers bring to life all manner of cool services and Android apps. We are seeing one of these new Android apps today, but we are not sure we were supposed to. Introducing Interactive Events by Google.

A first glance, Interactive Events looks like an amazing tool to find and navigate events in your area, presumably providing vendor lists and floor plans for that comic-con or RV convention, you know, whichever you are into. Functionality we’ve seen out of the Google I/O apps of years past. However, Interactive Events does not actually do any of these things at this time.

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Whether left in place accidentally, or the slip up was in actually publicly launching the app, Interactive Events immediately greets new installs with Google’s dogfood warning. Apparently, the app is not meant for non-Googlers, you know, not meant for you or I to see or use. As such, we expect an update really soon, or to see the app removed from the Google Play Store.

One thing is for sure, if this somewhat outdated looking app goes live with local event information, we will have plenty more to say about it, but for now, unless you have a valid event code, or event QR Code to scan, we can only explore the first few screens of Interactive Events.

Check out Interactive Events in the Google Play Store for more details. It’s free.

What would you say to a local events calendar and guide from Google – would you use an app like Interactive Events?

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Stealth-action game République 60% off in the Play Store


Every once in awhile, Google Play has some pretty decent deals on really premium content. They’re definitely continuing that reputation as they offer the thrilling République for only $ 1.99… that’s 60% off!

If you’ve never heard of République, let me fill you in for a second. Think a Metal Gear Solid-esque game with console-quality graphics, developed around a touch screen, and amazing music floating overtop of it all. It’s no wonder why the game reminds us so much of Metal Gear Solid, though, because the game is developed by Camouflaj (the makers of M.G.S., Halo, F.E.A.R.). It’s split up between five episodes, all of which are sold separately. Hope, the main character, is trying to escape a mysterious building that’s heavily surveyed. The goal of the game is to try and get Hope to safety, away from the facility. But the interesting thing about the game is that you don’t play as Hope. You play as a hacker, guiding her around the facility through security cameras.

With that being said, the game is on sale thanks to the Google Play Weekly Deals promotion. You can grab the first episode for only $ 1.99. And seriously, you’re probably going to want to play the remaining episodes right away.

Grab the game from the Play Store here before it goes back to the original price! Have any of you played République? How did you like it?

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