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13 Jun 12 Max Payne Mobile for Android Coming June 14

Rockstar Games today confirmed that Max Payne for Android will be available starting Thursday, June 14.

“This full classic Max Payne experience, is optimized for Android devices and features HD graphics, high-resolution textures, Social Club connectivity, user-customizable controls, and gamepad support for select USB controllers,” Rockstar said in a blog post.

Rockstar first tipped Max Payne for Android and iOS in April, initially saying that the Android-based version of the game would drop on April 26. Instead, it will debut later this week in the Google Play store for $2.99.

The iOS version is already available in the Apple App Store, also for $2.99.

A number of Android devices will support Max Payne Mobile. Supported Android phones include: Motorola Razr, Razr Maxx, Motorola Atrix, Motorola Photon, Motorola Droid Bionic, HTC Rezound, HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation, HTC Droid Incredible 2, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung S2, Samsung Galaxy R, Sony Xperia Play, Sony Xperia S, and Sony Walkman Z Series Media Player.

Supported Android tablets include: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Medion Lifetab, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 / 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P, Toshiba Thrive, HTC Flyer, and HTC Jetstream.

After its own delay, Max Payne 3 made its debut in May. For more, see PCMag’s full review and the slideshow below.

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04 Jun 12 Instapaper Releases Android App

Instapaper for Android launched today, adding to the growing list of iOS-turned-Android applications.

Developer Mobelux, which previously built Tumblr for iPhone and Android, was handpicked to create the new app, which is available today via Google Play for $2.99. It will work on devices running Android 2.1 and higher.

Instapaper allows users to save Web pages for later reading, keeping articles from your favorite websites stored offline and ready to read wherever you may not have access to data or Wi-Fi networks.

“Great for long articles and blog posts that you find during the day and would like to read, but don’t have the time when you find them,” the app’s Google Play Store description said.

Most websites can be saved as text-only, with adjustable fonts, text size, line spacing and margins; you can keep articles organized in folders, and share them via a Web browser.

The Android app release comes just days after the iOS app received an update, adding Background Update Locations to the 4.2.2 version. Instapaper now automatically downloads new articles whenever a user enters or leaves locations such as their home or workplace. The app stores the locations only within itself, and does not share them or send them to any web service, according to an Instapaper blog post.

The news was first reported by The Verge, which also talked to Instapaper creator Marco Arment, a known Apple fan. “Android is not in my world. It’s not in my attention span most days,” he told the blog. “Thinking about the iOS app is a full-time job, and staying competitive on iOS is a full-time job.”

Arment was inspired to explore an Android version of Instapaper thanks to the success of the Android-based Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes Noble Nook. “For me personally, Instapaper is now a tablet app first, and smartphone second,” he told The Verge.

Instapaper said the Android app was built “specifically for small tablets like Kindle Fire and Nook Color, large tablets like the Motorola Xoom as well as most Android phones running 2.1 (Eclair) and up.”

The Android app is expected to be available soon in the Amazon App Store and the Nook Store, Arment told The Verge.

For more, see PCMag’s original review of Instapaper for iOS and the slideshow below.

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27 Apr 12 Kindle Fire taking over Android side of tablet market, report says

The Kindle Fire appears to be burning up its competition — on the Android side, anyway. Inc.’s tablet computer is catching on in a big way, having grabbed 54.4% of the Android tablet market by the end of February, the fourth month that it was on sale, according to new data from comScore Inc. That represented a near doubling of the Fire’s Android market share since December, when it was at 29.4%.

In a way, the Kindle Fire is gobbling up the small fish in the pond — far outpacing Samsung’s Galaxy Tab (15.4% of Android), Motorola Xoom (7%), the Asus Transformer (6.3%) and others by Dell, Lenovo and Sony. 

But the big fish remains Apple’s iPad, which, according to the market research firm IDC, controlled about 55% of the entire tablet market as of the fourth quarter of 2011, with Android tablets accounting for about 45%.  In its release Friday, comScore declined to offer more recent overall market share numbers, so we don’t yet have an up-to-date snapshot of the broader tablet battle.

However, if the iPad-Android market split has stayed close to 55%-45% in the last few months,  that would mean about 30% of tablets currently shipping are Kindle Fires, putting the Fire an increasingly close second to the iPad.

That may make dismissing the Kindle Fire more difficult for Apple, which sold close to 12 million of its new iPads in the device’s first quarter on the market, a strong showing but not a record for iPad sales. In February, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook dismissed tablets like the Kindle Fire as an inferior competitor.

“A cheap prod­uct might sell some units,” Cook said at the time. “But then [consumers] get it home and use it and the joy is gone. And the joy is gone ev­ery day that they use it and they wind up not us­ing it anymore.”

Whether or not they’re using the Kindle Fire after they take it home, however, consumers certainly appear to be buying it.


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27 Apr 12 Kindle Fire has more than half of Android tablet market

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In less than six months since it became available, Amazon’s Kindle Fire has become the leading Android tablet in the U.S., representing a 54.4 percent share of tablets using Google’s operating system.

“Within the Android tablet market, Kindle Fire has almost doubled its share in the past two months from 29.4 percent share in December 2011 to 54.4 percent share in February 2012, already establishing itself as the leading Android tablet by a wide margin,” said research firm comScore in a report Thursday.

“With Amazon’s well-known brand name, marketing muscle and widely used distribution channel, it’s not surprising to see the Kindle Fire take a leadership position in the Android tablet market,” Sarah Radwanick of comScore told “What is impressive is that it reached this position so quickly after its debut.”

The Kindle Fire came out last November and immediately caught fire with consumers for a variety of reasons, including its $199 price and the already known Kindle e-reader brand. No other Android tablet is holding a candle to Apple’s iPad, which is the leading tablet being sold. Worldwide, the iPad is projected to account for 61.4 percent of tablet sales this year; Android tablets, 31.9 percent, says Gartner Research.


Until the Kindle Fire came out, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was the leading Android tablet; comScore notes how sales of the Galaxy Tab have declined since December, when it had 23.8 percent of Android tablets, and February, when its share dropped to 15.4 percent. 

Motorola’s Xoom was in third place, going from 11.8 percent in December to 7 percent in February.

Tablet adoption by consumers “continues to climb as more devices
appealing to various price and feature preferences are introduced to the
market,” comScore said. One of the most important differentiators is screen size, with those tablets with bigger screens, not surprisingly, have more “page view consumption,” the firm said.

“Specifically, 10-inch tablets have a 39 percent
higher consumption rate than 7-inch tablets and a 58 percent higher rate
than 5-inch tablets.” (The Kindle Fire has a 7-inch screen; the iPad, 9.7 inches.)

And size makes a difference for good reasons, comScore said: ”With the emergence of a
growing number of smaller-sized tablet devices, advertisers and
publishers will need to understand whether these devices limit the
opportunity for advertising compared to their larger-screen
counterparts, or if they are able to build incremental reach and
engagement by presenting different use cases.”

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