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Google sets up an Android game vending machine in Tokyo

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Google sets up an Android game vending machine in Tokyo
Vending machines are everywhere in Japan, and they offer just about anything you could want. The standard vending machines will offer drinks (tea, coffee, beer, water, soda, etc), snacks, food, clothing, cigarettes, electronics, toys, and in some areas you can even get fresh eggs. Now, thanks to Google, you can get Android games from a vending machine in Tokyo.

You may ask why, and frankly we don't have a good answer to that. If you own an Android device, it is easy enough to get games through your device or through the Google Play website. Google Play offers a 15-minute return window so you can try out a game (if there is no demo version available) without having to pay. 

The vending machine will only offer 18 titles to start. The games will be a mix of free-to-play and paid games, and you will need to have a device with NFC and Android 4.0 or higher to get games from the machine. But, the cool thing about it is that you can still try out games because the machine will dispense a demo Nexus 4 loaded up with the titles you want to try out. Of course, you will have to give back the device. 

The vending machine is placed in front of the Parco department store in Shibuya, and Google hasn't talked about plans for other machines elsewhere in Japan or anywhere else in the world. 

source: Engadget

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posted on 01 Oct 2013, 21:17 1

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Day was made with screenshot #3. That beautiful OS.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 00:02

7. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

That Cheap laggy OS made by Google

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 00:11

8. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

Ok maybe I am being a little extreme but I am just expressing my anger at the lagging and stuttering in my GS3. iPhone 5 has a slightly slower processor and yet it's running like a flagship. I like android but if only it was as smooth and snappy as ios, it would be great

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 00:59 5

9. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)

Touch wiz is the main reason for the lag not android,Samsung's ui is poorly optimized for their smartphones...other Skins like Sony ui,sense,emotion ui or the vanilla skin run buttery smooth......get your facts right and from time to time ios devices also start to show lag and stutter

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 01:03

10. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

I have an iPad 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5S (and GS3) none of my ios devices show any Trace of lag. You get your facts right

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 02:32 3

12. Remmy (Posts: 146; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

Almost all of my friends on iOS 7 rant about how slow/laggy is the new OS on their devices. Including our iPads and my iPhone 4. :/ If you're not experiencing lag, good for you then. :)

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 06:17 2

14. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)

My sister's iPhone 4s lags like hell,scrolling from homescreen clearly shows lag and stutter,applications do not load like they used to do,browser and other similar applications take around 5-9 seconds to load up properly ....go and use a pre-used ios device

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 08:24

15. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 425; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)

wait, so u have an iPad 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and a...GS3? Hmmm. Strange. Usually someone so appled out wouldnt have a diff device. i no believe!

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 02:44

13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

The iPhone 5 is roughly on par with the GS3 (both versions) in terms of CPU power, falling slightly behind the Exynos and slightly ahead of the Snapdragon, based on Geekbench. Where the iPhone 5 pulls ahead though is GPU tests, where it scores double that of the Snapdragon version and more than double of the Exynos, based on GFXBench (Egypt HD). So, the iPhone 5 is definitely more capable than the GS3.

But, the problem is Touchwiz. If you've worked with the Nexus 4, you would know that Android, in it's stock form, runs flawlessly. Even my Droid Mini with 2 less cores than the Nexus 4 runs perfectly, because Motorola keeps the stock interface. My friend who has had every iPhone since the 3GS loves how smooth my phone is, and is thinking about switching to Android next year when the contract with his iPhone 5 runs out because the only thing that kept him with the iPhone is the fluidity.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:18

18. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

Man stop being selfish and basing yout experience with android and putting all of them in one bag. That's like how some women think all men are the same but some how always ignore all the good married men in the world. You only used one device. Which was probably defective anyway. Why is it that we see other people talking about their gs3 don't lag but yours does? Doesn't that sound a bit odd to you? Like maybe you got a bad unit or something?

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 21:21 4

2. Sakeem (Posts: 607; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Japan seems to get all the cool stuff. lol.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 22:33 3

4. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Yea they do... Almost everything there is more technologically advanced/way cooler.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 23:00

6. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

yeah earthquakes too

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 01:27 2

11. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)

And the best earthquake detection and protection system in the world too.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 21:26

3. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


posted on 01 Oct 2013, 22:50 2

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I guess you haven't seen what Japan machines sell....
A small summary
-mushrooms (to get high)
-fishing bait

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 08:25

16. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 425; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)

take the nexus 4!

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:18

17. Evilsj (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)

Am I the only one to notice them showing off Fire Emblem Awakening (which is for the 3DS) at the end there?

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