Google Hangouts has a lot of cool features, including over 800 emoji characters to use. Apparently there are also six hidden “easter eggs,” including ponies, dinosaurs, and the ability to change the background of the chat window. Google employee Moritz Toxdorff posted the above image on his Google+ account, which explains how to use them. All you need to do to experience the magic is type in your desired code into the chat window, and press enter. Right now, these easter eggs only work on the Google+ client of Hangouts, but the Chrome and mobile clients should surely get them soon.
Come comment on this article: Google Hangouts “easter eggs” revealed, include ponies and dinosaurs
At the I/O, Google announced that a version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 running stock Android will be for sale later this summer. Could a “Google experience” HTC One with stock Android follow? Leigh Momii, a Developer Evangelist at HTC posted a tweet possibly suggesting exactly that, stating “So you can pay $649 for a piece of plastic running stock or… You can wait.” Trusted developer LlabTooFer said on Twitter he was positive that the tweet meant that “this summer we will see HTC One Google Edition” or something similar.
HTC employee Jeff Gordon replied to Android and Me, who initially reported Momii’s tweet, saying “HTC is not currently planning a ‘Nexus Edition’ of the HTC One.” The key word in that statement is “currently,” as confirming a new version of their flagship phone would definitely hurt current sales for HTC.
If this rumor turns out to be true, could this be the start of more and more “Google experience” Android phones? Stay tuned to Talk Android as we hear more.
Sources: Android and Me, @LlabTooFeR, @jetleigh
Come comment on this article: HTC employee hints at an HTC One with stock Android
According to a report from market analysts cited by Reuters, only one in ten Galaxy S4 units will sport an Exynos 5 Octa chip inside. The rest of 90% will be shipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 graphic chips.
A game and a couple of tools highlight this abbreviated list of picks
The combination of Google I/O going on in San Francisco and BlackBerry Live in Orlando this week has our team a little sparse, but we think there are a few great picks to be seen this week regardless. Whether its just four apps or ten, we do our best every weekend to bring you apps that each of the Android Central writers have been using regularly the previous week.
Stick around after the break and see how this week's picks stack up against the rest.
Whether you’re looking to slice and dice goblins, dig for treasure or color balls, this week’s list of the Best New Android Games of the week has you covered.
New plans available to existing customers now; new customers can take advantage June 6
As an update to a previous blog post detailing changes to its prepaid plans, Verizon stealthily made yet another change that will give prepaid customers even more data. Verizon keeps things simple on its prepaid smartphone offerings, with two tiers — $60 and $70. Both have unlimited talk and text, and previously either 500MB or 2GB of data. Verizon is now bumping those up to 2GB and 4GB, respectively, with no price increase. The plan changes go into effect right away for existing customers that have either of the two plans, but new customers will have to wait until June 6th to have the option available when starting a line.
If you're new to Verizon's prepaid plans, you have to also remember that they are restricted to just its 3G service, and there's no indication of when (if ever) LTE will be included. With that being said, these are still a couple of good options that just got a little more competitive in the steadily expanding prepaid market.
When a stereotypical madman has access to some conveniently forgotten nuclear weapons, the only thing that can stop him is a flying tank. There is probably no other game in which that sentence makes a lick of sense, but it’s the basic premise behind Fire and Forget: Final Assault.
This is an arcade-style action game based on the classic franchise. In this title you must blast your way through waves of bad guys in a post-apocalyptic wasteland to reach Captain Nucleo’s nuclear-equipped hovercraft. It certainly sounds like it has all the makings of a killer experience, but is it?
Controls And Gameplay
Each of the 10 stages consist of your car, the Thunder Master III, rocketing down the highway in pursuit of Captain Nucleo.
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Fire And Forget Review: Rough Around The Edges, But Not Forgettable was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Normally we’re a bit wary of reporting on the certification filings that go through the Federal Communications Commission, because frankly, they don’t often mean anything. But an entry spotted by the fine folks at TabletGuide.nl caught our attention purely on its geeky merit. There’s very little information available about the “H840 DEVICE” – it’s made (or at least submitted) by Google, it’s listed as a Digital Transmission System and “functions as a media player,” it has a WiFi connection, and it runs on AC power. Oh, and the model number is H2G2-42.
Douglass Adams fans will recall H2G2 as shorthand for The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series, a much-loved collection of five books and innumerable spin-offs that lampoons science fiction (and just about everything else).
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[Don't Panic] Google-Branded H840 Media Player Appears In The FCC, Bearing Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy References was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
If you guys missed Google’s amazing developer conference this week, catch up here… they released some awesome apps (a few listed below). But this is the App Weekender and that means brand new apps we received this week! We haven’t rinsed these apps in our thorough review cycle but they’re worth giving a shot! Be sure to install… View Article
App Weekender: 30 brand new apps you should try this weekend is a post from: AndroidTapp.com