Think apps that run in a web browser can’t be as powerful as native apps? Google begs to differ. To show off some of the latest features baked into the Chrome web browser, Google developed a game called Racer which lets you send race cars across a track… and that track can span multiple smartphones and tablets.
Place your phone next to another phone and put that next to a tablet, and the track expands. Each device sends data to the others so that it can keep track of where the cars are on the track, and as soon as a vehicle runs off one device, it shows up on the next.
The game’s music is also mixed in real-time as you play, with each device acting as an instrument in a small orchestra.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- How Google built a tech demo that lets you play a browser-based game across multiple phones, tablets with Chrome
During this year’s Google I/O, the Chrome team showed off a pretty slick demo with a video game that lets users with put about half a dozen phones and tablets next to one another and race cars which zoom from one screen to the next. This video shows a bit of the work that went into making it happen. [Chromium Blog]
- Floating Notifications app for Android brings FB “chat heads” style notifications to all apps
Paranoid Android’s developers aren’t the only ones copying Facebook’s “chat heads” style notifications. This app brings floating-style notifications to most apps on most phones… but it won’t fully replace your status bar notifications. [Google Play]
- Google now offers cheaper (and slower) shipping options on devices from the Play Store
Google’s still relatively new to the selling-physical-items-over-the-internet business. But now the company is offering a few more shipping options, which could save you a few bucks. [Android Police]
- Mele introduces F10 Pro air mouse for Android TV boxes
Have an Android TV box, but need a remote control to use with it? Mele’s F10 Pro looks like an intriguing option, although at $39, it costs as much as some Android sticks. [AndroidPC.es]
- ScummVM ported to HTML5, play Monkey Island in your browser
Or Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max, or other classic point-and-click adventure games. Sound is currently only available if you use Firefox. [HTML5 ScummVM]
- Hands-on with the final NVIDIA Shield hardware
Now that NVIDIA’s handheld gaming console is almost ready to ship, it’s time to look at the final hardware. So far it seems to have a good game controller and decent build quality. Whether there’s enough available software to justify the $350 asking price remains to be seen. [AnandTech]
- B&N kills NOOK for PC, Mac apps
I don’t know why you’d want to read an eBook on your laptop or desktop anyway, but if you do… and if B&N is your digital bookstore of choice, you’re going to have to do it in a web browser or in Windows 8, because the NOOK apps for Mac and earlier versions of Windows are gone. [The Digital Reader]