New Application: Adobe Photoshop Touch, and Adobe Suite

If you missed it, which you probably did considering it launched rather discretely, Adobe has finally released their version of Photoshop optimized just for Android devices: and for a mere $9.99!

The popular computer editing software was released today exclusively on the Android Market made for devices running Android 3.1 and up. If you are interested you can check out the market link here to purchase. For only $9.99 and all of the options it includes (filters, selection, step-by-step tutorials, even using the camera on your tablet to fill in a selected area) it’s practically a steal! Keep watching to stay up to date for a full application review to come soon.

As well as Photoshop Touch, they also released the Adobe suite for Android Devices, check out Ideas, Proto, Collage, Debut, and Kuler. You can head to the Android market here to check out Adobe’s collection.

Tapjoy Starts $5 Million Fund to Help Applications Shift to Android

Recently, mobile app distribution service Tapjoy and Apple had a bit of a falling out. Tapjoy uses a system where they offer incentives like rewards within an app in exchange for the download of another application. Apple feels like this could possibly be in violation of their app policy and could affect the store’s top 25 list. So to compromise, Tapjoy put a cap on their system they called, “pretty reasonable.”

Apple continued to reject Tapjoy games, so Tapjoy decided to make the move to Android. Today, they began a $5 million fund to help developers make the transition of their apps from Apple to Android. With more than 9,000 mobile apps provided by Tapjoy’s developers, the process has already begun and we’ll surely see plenty trickling in as the move progresses.

Via VentureBeat

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Google Mobile Site Receives Another Touch Up

Google has been releasing a lot of new features and updates recently for their mobile site, such as the Google maps being available in browser, and has unveiled its latest update: a major User Interface enhancement for mobile users. The previous Google mobile search used only text which sometimes made it difficult to choose what media you were searching for (images, web, videos, etc). The improved UI now features large buttons which make it much easier to hit on smaller screens and larger screens alike; however, the update only shows after searching for something, for right now atleast. You can access the new mobile site from most mobile Browsers including Android and iOS. Hopefully we’ll be seeing some more updates including a finished mobile site!

Thanks: AndroidCentral

Minecraft Coming To Android – First Device To Receive Is Xperia PLAY

This is some news that is going to make a lot of gamers very happy, developer Mojang has confirmed that there will be an Android and iOS version of Minecraft. Although the version that will be released is not necessarily going to be the full version of the game, it will include a large amount of features that are easily usable on touch screen devices.

The first port of this PC game is heading straight to the brand new Sony Xperia Play but will be adapted to various other Android and iOS devices as well, the developer Mojang has already confirmed. The game will offer customized controls for the built in gamepad on the Xperia but will also include a touch based interface for future development with other Android phones.

Mojang has said that the mobile versions will be following in the PC’s footsteps with a beta type release and will be frequently updated with new additions and optimizations for the mobile crowd. If you would like to read more on the release, you can click the source links below as well as follow Notch on Twitter (The picture from above was tweeted by him), who posts frequent updates about development with Minecraft.

Source Gamasutra- Minecraft Coming To Xperia First, Minecraft Official iOS And Android Release, Notch’s Twitter

Google Maps Now Available On Your Mobile Browser

Announced in Google Mobile’s blog, the new Google Maps can be used directly from inside your mobile browser without any add-ons or applications installed on the side for complete access to an optimized version for any iOS and Android device.

Here’s a list of the new features from the blog:

• See your current location
• Search for what’s nearby with suggest and auto complete
• Have clickable icons of popular businesses and transit stations
• Get driving, transit, biking, and walking directions
• Turn on satellite, transit, traffic, biking, and other layers
• View Place pages with photos, ratings, hours, and more
• When signed into your Google account, access your starred locations and My Maps

These new features can be used anywhere: whether it is your Android tablet, Android mobile phone, or iOS counterpart. I changed the UA string on my browser to be iPhone as well as Android and both worked flawlessly with all of the new features enabled for both devices. Zooming is unable to use multi-touch, of course, but it still has the buttons easily accessible from the left side of the screen. You can visit with your mobile browser to use the improved Google maps and mess with some of the new features.

New Browser Tests Show Android 50% Faster than iOS in Loading Speeds

Do we really need yet another graph showing how Android performance reins over iOS? We sure do! I love these constant reminders that point out Android devices are superior in more ways than one.

This test was specifically set up to compare speeds of the stock browsers of both Android and iOS platforms. We should mention that the Android devices that were used were running 2.2 and 2.3 versions of Android, while the iPhone 4 devices were on 4.2 and 4.3.

The tests that were conducted were quite thorough, including visiting 1,000 different sites while doing 45,000 separate tests in total. On average, the Android browser loaded pages 52% faster than the iOS browser. How’s that for competition?

We can’t say we’re very surprised at the drastic lead that the Android browser has over iOS, but we have Google’s crack team to thank for consistently keeping the Android browser up to snuff. With more Tegra 2 devices starting to emerge, iOS will have a hell of a time keeping up!

[VIA] Phandroid

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Gaming Company Crytek on the Lookout for Android Developers

If you’re an avid gamer, whether it’s on a console or PC, you’ve probably heard of or played a Crytek game before. Their most popular titles to date are Crysis, and the upcoming Crysis 2. Just recently the company has posted job opportunities for Android/iOS developers on their career page, which can only mean one thing. Badass games coming to mobile platforms. Check out the posting below for all the specific requirements.

[LEFT][VIA] DroidGamers


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