OUYA

Android Community Weekly: August 12th, 2012

With the past week finally winding down one of the best ways to enjoy your Sunday afternoon is to catch up on all the latest Android news. Here at Android Community we had another exciting week of news. With the OUYA gaming console dropping all sorts of news, and T-Mobile launching three new smartphones. Head on below for your weekly fix!

OUYA now available for pre-order

The Kickstarter campaign for OUYA wrapped up earlier this morning, bringing in a grand total of $8,596,475 in funding from 63,416 backers. A mind-numbing figure to be sure, but now it's time for the OUYA team to get to work on bringing this Android-based console to market. They haven't wasted any time either, as OUYA pre-orders are now available through the official site.

OUYA games listed, support for XBMC announced

We've entered the final hours of OUYA's Kickstarter, and with the clock winding down, the OUYA team has made a couple exciting announcements. First and foremost, the team shared some new renders of the console, and as it turns out, OUYA is very tiny. Of course, we weren't expecting it to be massive since it won't use any discs, but we weren't quite expecting it to be this compact either. Have a look below.

iHeartRadio bringing its streaming service to OUYA

With just five days left to go before the Kickstarter campaign for OUYA comes to a close, OUYA has announced a new partnership with radio streaming service iHeartRadio. Previously, the OUYA team revealed that the console will offer streaming games through OnLive, and now it sounds the multimedia onslaught is nearly complete thanks to this new deal with iHeartRadio. Now we just need OUYA to announce partnerships with the likes of Hulu Plus and Netflix and we'll be set.

Square Enix announces Final Fantasy III for OUYA

Just 8 more days to go until the Kickstarter for OUYA wraps up! Are you getting excited? Square Enix apparently is, as the company has announced a version of Final Fantasy III for OUYA. This will be mostly the same as the revamped Final Fantasy III we saw on Nintendo DS back in 2006 (and later on Android), but with a few key differences. It'll also be available on OUYA from day one, so how's that for a launch day announcement?

OUYA will offer rooting instructions to consumers

The OUYA team has a lot of promises to fulfill once they actually deliver the console, one of the big ones being the promise that OUYA will be the first completely open console. Previously, OUYA developers were given the option of receiving a rooted console (when it eventually releases, that is), but the OUYA team has just sent out an update saying they'll be providing instructions for rooting to everyone. This means that consumers will be able to root their machines at their leisure, with OUYA also offering "builds and instructions" to get consoles back to their "unrooted" factory settings.
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