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GameStop’s game streaming service arrives in 2013

GameStop has announced that its game streaming service will be launching in summer 2013, but at least at first, it won't be available on consoles. Dubbed "Spawn," GameStop has been talking about this cloud gaming service ever since it bought Spawn Labs back in 2011. Obviously, GameStop means to expand beyond brick and mortar retail with this move, challenging other streaming services like OnLive and Gaikai while dipping its hand in a broader range of markets in the process.

Google Nexus Q Hands-on

This week Google has introduced several new products in both the software and hardware realms, one of the oddest of these being the "first social streaming media player" called the Nexus Q. This device was shown off at Google I/O 2012 and was part of the Developer Pack given to all attendees. It's also currently on sale at the Google Play store online and will be shipped very soon - but you may be asking yourself still: what on earth is it?

HTC Media Link HD accessory Hands-on

Along with their new phones and sleek cases, HTC has another exciting option they are bringing to the table with HTC Media Link HD. This neat accessory is basically a Wifi-Direct device that allows the user to easily connect their HTC phone to their TV. This isn't a dock your phone must connect and be attached to, and it does more than just mirroring. It works over WiFi and offers dual-screen mode. Check it out after the break.

Spotify’s new Android app looks fresh, we go hands-on

Today Spotify announced their impressive brand new music streaming app for Android. Since first released last year in the US I've been patiently waiting for them to update the application, and today they've done that and more. Spotify didn't just update their app, they've completely redesigned it from top to bottom and it now feels part of the Android 4.0 ICS family with the Holo theme and more. If you're a fan of Spotify or have been considering it, you'll want to stay tuned for my hands-on video.

Flixster for Android gets updated – video streaming still poor

The hugely popular Movies by Flixster app for Android received a rather large update today in the Google Play Store. For being Friday the 13th things are looking up already. Surprisingly the update oddly lists multiple fixes for yes, Android 1.5 and 1.6 (Donut and Cupcake) devices for the few that still have them. Flixster specifically mentioned better video streaming on mobile data, which I'm not seeing any improvements on.

Hulu Plus updated with brand new tablet UI for Android

Good news today for anyone that uses Hulu. They've finally updated Hulu Plus for Android with full tablet support with a sleek new user interface and fullscreen streaming. Hulu hasn't been a very popular Android app and the user interface was quite poor if you ask me. After installing the new tablet-optimized app on my Transformer Prime I can safely say the new app is awesome, and looks great on a 10-inch screen.

March Madness 2012: Android Apps Round-Up

Who is ready for the best month of sports? Yup, it's March Madness time. Although the NCAA Tournament has officially kicked off already and most brackets need to already be finished, we have a few of our favorite applications for following or creating brackets, live streams and more. A couple will give you game updates, alerts, scores and even live audio streams of all 67 games so head down below to see what we liked.

Blockbuster On Demand coming to Samsung phones and tablets

Today Samsung has landed a deal with Blockbuster and their On-Demand services, and will soon be offering full On-Demand access and streaming to Samsung smartphones and tablets. Not to mention their wide array or TV's and another electronics. According to Smarthouse the service will hit devices in the US, UK, and parts of Europe during the next few months. Then head to Australia in the second half of 2012.

Netflix for Android updated with on-screen volume controls and more

We've had a lot of application updates and releases this week so far. Continuing with the excitement is Netflix for Android. It has just received another rather large update and is available now. Too bad streaming is still so-so for Android, we were hoping for an HD version for tablets but are still patiently waiting for that. Details after the break.
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