XBMC has released an exciting new beta version of their media center software. XBMC 13.0, codenamed "Gotham" has been a year in the making and addresses their number one user request - Android hardware decoding. That's right folks, the official XBMC player for Android 4.0 and higher is available for the ARM or x86 architecture.
Shazam for Android gets brand new design and new features
Ouya is planning to make their software and gaming services extend to other devices with an initiative called Ouya Everywhere. There are not many details at this point, but our set-top boxes and smart TVs should be the first ones to get access. This should be no cause for alarm for those that look forward to Ouya's annual hardware refresh cycle. Your next $99 console should be available right on schedule.
Vudu streaming video app will soon offer Chromecast support
If you were an original purchaser of the HTC Sensation, you may remember their video streaming service called HTC Watch that made its debut on the phone. If not, don't worry about it, the service is being discontinued at the end of this month. If you are still using HTC Watch, you may still purchase content, but HTC wants you to download your stuff before March 31, 2014 when the service and access to your stuff will be cut off.
Yelp opens beta tester program for next Android app, uses Google+ to control access
Yelp wants your help testing out their next Android app update. Before releasing their next update to their Android app in the Google Play Store, Yelp has opened a beta test program. Beta testers will need to request access to the Yelp Android Beta Testers community on Google+ to get started, then be ready to be awesome! It's a requirement.
Amazon AppStore giving away nine gaming apps, today only
The Japanese game developer behind the great Final Fantasy Series has released a website and trailer for a new hack 'n' slash style 3D RPG Game. Rise of Mana will be based on the Square Enix produced World of Mana game series and will launch to Android and iOS this year.
Future ‘Verify Apps’ update will reportedly bring continuous app monitoring