Samsung is still trying to bring the full Bixby experience to users outside its home turf, but things don't seem to be working well for the South Korean company. Reports coming from the international media claim Bixby is having trouble comprehending English syntax and grammar.Because of that, Samsung won't be able to launch English-language Bixby in the United States until late June, the same reports say. Until then, Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners in the U.S. are given the option to try out Bixby before the digital assistant gets released in the country.Samsung has just kicked off an early access program for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users in the U.S., which allows them to access new voice features coming to Bixby. According to Samsung, the participation is limited, so not everyone will be select for the early access program.Also, even though Bixby's voice command recognizes English (U.S.) and Korean, the digital assistant will understand all accents, dialects, and expressions, Samsung claims.Those … [Read more...] about Samsung debuts Bixby early access program in the U.S.
NVIDIA is the latest newcomer in the beta program field, as the company is trying to provide users with smooth software updates for its SHIELD lineup of products.A new SHIELD Preview Program is now available for users who own this type of devices. Those who decide to enroll in the program will receive early access to features and improvements on their SHIELD. Moreover, they will gain access to beta forums where they can provide their feedback.It's worth pointing out that those who own multiple SHIELD devices will have to sign up for an account for each device separately. Before attempting to enroll into the beta program, make sure you have a NVIDIA account.Either you have a SHIELD tablet or TV, you should start seeing beta updates being delivered to your device as soon as your beta program account is enabled. A fair warning though, you won't be allowed to post any information about these updates outside the beta forums.There doesn't seem to be a time limit to sign up to the SHIELD … [Read more...] about NVIDIA debuts SHIELD Preview Program to grant users early access to upcoming updates
A few days ago, we talked about a new feature that is slowly rolling out to the Play Store, which allows users to enroll in beta-testing programs for various apps, which have not reached the production stage yet. Now, at Google I/O, it becomes apparent that this is part of an effort by Google to help app developers easily find volunteer testers for their open beta builds, so that they can gather massive amounts of info quickly, and push their apps forward faster.So, as the new Google Play Store update rolls out, open beta apps will be visible in search results, and there will be a special button for volunteers to opt into testing. From then on, testers will have a direct channel for sending feedback to the developer, straight from the Play Store listing.To promote up-and-coming apps, Google will also add a new Google Play Early Access category. This will basically be a list of open betas that one can opt into, but hand-picked to represent the most promising and interesting new … [Read more...] about Google talks beta-testing on the Play Store, announces “Early Access” feature
During its developer conference in Mountain View this past spring, Google announced a program to allow developers an easier path to test their apps in beta without having to go through the expense of harnessing resources in-house.Called Early Access, Google launched the program for select developers a little over a month ago. Google hand-picked developers during the initial rollout of Early Access.Since this “trial” began, open beta apps have seen over a million times. Beginning today, Early Access is opening up to more developers, who can now simply nominate their apps or games to be included in the program.Early Access is a double-edged benefit. It is great for users because allows enthusiasts to take part in seeing early builds of interesting apps and allows them to provide feedback, all without complicated selection processes, or side-loading applications. It is great for developers, especially smaller studios or startups, because it allows them to offer beta builds of … [Read more...] about Google opens up its “Early Access” beta program to more developers – more open beta titles on the way
After Google allowed almost-done, beta apps and games to be posted to the Play Store, it is slowly getting populated with "early access" titles that are either finished, and counting on user feedback to tweak the content before version 1.0 is released officially, or with minor bugs which the developer hopes to catch beforehand.It's a great program with some pretty little gems hidden from plain sight when you search Google Play. That is why we've rounded up a few of the best so-called "early access" games we could find, to test your pioneering spirits, and show you what's coming down the Android gaming pipeline that is proving so prolific these days that it's hard to separate grain from chaff.After lurking in the iOS shadows for a while, Rubek is getting to Android. It's an inventive puzzle game that will have you printing colors on cube sides, and then trying to match those sides in a maze going forward. It's like a Rubic cube on the run, and, at a 50% off while in early access, is … [Read more...] about Pioneer? The best prerelease ‘early access’ games for Android