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3 years ago

Badland now lets you play as a Bugdroid!

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One of the darkest and more interesting games we've played lately has got to be Badland, in which you fly around as a little furry (or is it pointy?) creature and attempt to create and rescue clones. (Just go with it.)

If you haven't played Badland, you've got to do so. We'll wait.

And with a recent update you can now play as a Bugdroid — that lovable Android robot mascot guy. 

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2014

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Welcome yet again to the Mobile Nations Community Update! Around Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, Smartwatch Fans and Windows Phone Central, it’s been a fun start to 2014. Lots of events with boatloads of new devices to talk about.

We recently wrapped up our coverage of Mobile World Congress, and the event has left us with a legacy of devices, devices, and MORE devices to discuss in our forums. In the end, we have somewhere in the neighbourhood of 35 new device forums across all Mobile Nations communities. If you want to talk Samsung Galaxy S5, Nokia X Series or even the BlackBerry Z5 or Q20, we’ve got you covered.

All told, our communities are having a great time discussing the plethora of new devices that have hit the scene. Fun times for sure, but there’s much more goodness to come in 2014. We’re just getting started.

3 years ago

MLB At Bat gets new subscription model for 2014 season

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Batter up for the MLB season with a new monthly subscription rate

Spring Training is underway ahead of the start of the 2014 MLB season, and the official At Bat for Android just got a useful little update. Now, alongside the one off subscription payment of $19.99 for the season, you can choose to pay in smaller chunks of $2.99 per month for full access to the app.

For Baseball fans there's no better one-stop shop to follow the season right from Spring Training through to the World Series. MLB.tv subscribers still get free access to At Bat – so long as you're on the Premium tier – as well as being able to watch live video content and more. Snag the app at the Google Play link up top

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 hits Verizon for $849

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If you're in the market for a footlong tablet, Verizon's now listing the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. The large — as in, yes, 12.2 inches in the diagonal — tablet will run $849 sans contract. Signing up for a two-year stretch will only lop off $100, so choose wisely.

In addition to all the usual Samsung bells and whistles, the 4G LTE tablet will also serve as a hotspot — and with a 9,500 mAh battery on board, it should be able to serve up data for quite some time.

You can order the Note Pro 12.2 here, and be sure to check out Verizon's coverage map while you're at it.

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3 years ago

Deus Ex: The Fall available for 99 cents from today

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As part of Square Enix's mobile sale, stealthy conspiracy shooter Deus Ex: The Fall is now available on Google Play for just $0.99, €0.99 or £0.99 depending on your locale. That's a significant cut from the launch price of $6.99, €5.99 or £4.99. The game is styled after Deus Ex: Human Revolution and puts players into the role of Ben Saxon, a former SAS mercenary augmented with cybernetic implants, as he uncovers a global conspiracy in the year 2027.

Square Enix's sale runs until March 10, and also includes Tomb Raider 1 and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on iOS.

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3 years ago

HTC unveils new entry-level Desire 310

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Traditional three button set up is back again

HTC has today pulled the wraps off its latest entry-level offering, the Desire 310. And, immediately noticeable over its predecessor, the Desire 300, is that the traditional three button arrangement is back in business. No giant gaps between two buttons here. Otherwise it sounds pretty much like we'd expect of a budget offering from HTC with Blinkfeed and Video Highlights included.

Hardware wise the Desire 310 houses a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, a 4.5-inch display and a 5MP rear camera. We're not given much more than that at this point, though it all sounds very much entry-level. The press render up top also shows – rather oddly for a HTC device – stock app icons and the blue status bar. It could well be a mistake in the photoshopping process, but it would also indicate Jelly Bean and not KitKat. Either way HTC hasn't said right now. Head on past the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 up for pre-order in the UK, arriving April 11

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Free from £47 per month on contract, with pre-order goodies from Phones4u

British retailer Phones4u has unveiled its on-contract prices for Sony's upcoming Xperia Z2. The Z2 is set to land at P4u on April 11 — the same day as the global launch for the Samsung Galaxy S5 — with the phone available for free on 24-month contracts from Vodafone and EE starting at £47 per month. Pay £49-99 upfront and it's possible to knock the monthly fee down to £42. Phones4u has the Xperia Z2 in white and black at present — no purple option, as that model is only available at O2 — but P4u dos have exclusivity over the white Z2 in the U.K.

Pre-order customers will get a free Sony SRS-BTX300 wireless speaker valued at £119, in additition to "exclusive Sony content including games, music and six movies," and a 50% discount on the cost of Sony's Smartband accessory. And order on a 4G tariff and the retailer will throw in £50 Google Play credit.

To learn more about the Sony Xperia Z2, check out our hands-on report from Mobile World Congress.

More: Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on

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3 years ago

Evernote introduces seamless handwriting integration on Android

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Notes seamlessly switch from handwriting to other inputs, work with stylus or finger

Notes can be made up for more than just inserted images and printed text, and that's why Evernote announced today that it is integrating full-blown handwriting input in the latest release of its app. Evernote points out that this isn't just another input method, but complete handwriting integration that makes it fit in with the rest of the content in your notes. You can switch quickly from typing to add in written commentary, annotations or equations and go right back to typing with a couple taps. Multiple colors and line thicknesses are available as well, and handwritten words are searchable just like printed text.

In its promotional materials Evernote shows off an awful lot of people using Galaxy Note phones and tablets with fine stylus input, but you'll be able to give a quick scrawl into your notes with your finger (or a capacitive stylus) on any device you'd like. Notes aren't saved any different when they have handwriting in them — everything is right in-line with the other text, images and audio of the note.

The latest update also improves the editing of notes that were created on other platforms, and makes the camera capture time quicker across the board. You can grab the latest Evernote app with these new features from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

Source: Evernote

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3 years ago

LG makes the L90 extra official, details specs and features

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The highest-end of the low-end brings new 'Knock Code' to more people

Following up on the announcement just before MWC that its L Series III devices will be coming to market in short order, we now have more details and a launch window for the highest-end of the bunch, the L90. Before you prepare to get blown away, let's remember that these devices are targeted at the lower end of the market with the goal of bringing some LG style and features to those who won't (or can't) shell out the cash for an LG G Pro 2 or even G2 Mini.

The L90 is sporting a 4.7-inch qHD IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5MP camera — solid specs for a lower-end device that won't command a high price tag. On the software side you're getting Android 4.4 KitKat as well, including a refreshed interface and LG's latest feature, Knock Code, which lets you unlock your device from sleep by tapping in a sequence on the locked screen.

More: How to use Knock Code on the LG G Pro 2

LG expects the L90 to launch soon in Russia, with other regions coming later with specific launch information on each market to be rolled out when it becomes available. This likely isn't a device we'll see in the U.S., but it's a good one to keep things in perspective nonetheless.

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3 years ago

Aviate gets support for icon packs

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Yahoo's Aviate launcher (you do remember that Yahoo bought it, right?) today announced that it now supports icon packs. In fact, it supports the same icon packs you're used to with other launchers, including ADW, Apex Launcher, LauncherPro or Nova.

Dive into the settings menu, hit "Set icon pack," and you're on your way.

Source: Aviate blog

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3 years ago

Motorola updates Touchless Control with new 'What's up' command to read notifications aloud

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Motorola Migrate also updated with two usability fixes to better control your data

Motorola's Touchless Control app, the brains behind the always-listening function in the Moto X and new Droids, is being updated today with an interesting new feature that reads your notifications aloud. Along with the other commands you have such as making calls and Google searches, you can now say "What's up" or "Read notifications" to have the phone read aloud your current notifications.

It may get a little overwhelming if you have a lot of notifications (like some of us), but if you're driving and just have to know what all that buzzing in your car dock is about, this could be a great tool. To start, the new command is available in U.S. English, Spanish and Italian, with several other languages wearing the beta tag in this release.

Another quick fix in this latest update is better "end-of-speech detection," which should help with those awkwardly-long pauses after giving a voice command to your phone. Motorola says this will help with both accuracy and response time with getting your command answered. Touchless control is only available for Motorola's most recent devices — the Moto X and Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx — and your phone must also be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat to be compatible. If you meet the criteria, hit the Play Store link for a download of the latest Touchless Control version.

While you're at the Play Store updating apps, you may want to grab the updated Motorola Migrate as well. You now have an option to move over just certain data from one phone to another, as well as selectively pull contacts in from your phone's SIM card to your default Google account. You can find that in the Play Store as well right here.

Thanks, Ben!

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3 years ago

New HTC One leaked in higher resolution, flaunts new curves

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The new One shows its softer side with age

Where the old HTC One had polycarbonate-injected sharp-edged sides, the latest pictographic leak of the upcoming new-for-2014 HTC One shows it with the already-known full metal body, but accentuating the newer, more-friendly curves of the edge. There are a bunch of small details to be considered — the broader curve of the top and bottom corners, that glossy black plastic strip across the top, the close-up of the dual cameras and flash, and how the black plastic trim on the edges of the screen has vanished.

All-in-all, these new photos found on Weibo by Nowhereelse.fr show a smartphone that takes everything that we loved about the old HTC One and made an improved version that's more refined and mature than what was already a refined and mature handset. Some of it's still a mystery — like what exactly HTC's going to do with those dual cameras, what that black plastic on the top is for, and why HTC still felt the need to keep a black bar for its logo on the front after losing the capacitive buttons — but there's not a lot left up to the imagination anymore. We're less than three weeks from the all-new HTC One's announcement anyway.

You can check out the photos after the break, as well as an up-close crop of the press rendering of the gray brushed metal new HTC One's cameras, courtesy of @evleaks

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3 years ago

Google Play Games update to version 1.5, makes it worth using

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View multiplayer invites, see who is playing what, and discover fun new games

Google has pushed out a sizable update for Google Play Games today (yay, Wednesday!) and the changes finally make the app worth using. There are three major changes, and they are ones that I think everyone is going to like.

  • See invitations for multiplayer games
  • See who's playing a game
  • Search for something fun to play in Find Games

There are a few other minor changes to the applications user interface, most noticable of which is putting the settings into the side menu, just as we've seen in Google Music. Those are always welcome, but the three bullet-point changes are what has our attention.

Multiplayer invites works as expected. Now instead of only being able to join multiplayer games, you can see your invites. This puts everything in one place, making things easy to act on. The active players list gives you a look at who is currently playing each game, though it's not real-time. It is a good way to see who has your favorite game installed so you can invite them, challenge them, then beat them mercilessly until they call you uncle. The "Find Games" section gives you a list of games that Google thinks you'll find interesting. I looked through, and some of them actually were interesting. Nice work, Google.

Of course, this is a typical Google #trollout release. You can wait patiently for it to be your turn, hammer the button and refresh things at Google Play to try and break Google's trollout Enigma machine, or dig around on the Internet to find a version optimized for your processor. Getting the update is almost a game in itself, and deserves to have leaderboards. Good luck, and see you in the players list, player.

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3 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Street Scenes

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Take a look at your street, and share what you see

We just wrapped up another successful weekly photo contest, cooking, with a bunch of fantastic entries, and now it's time to do it again. We like to follow a broad prompt with our weekly photo contests so that as many people as possible can participate. This week we're going with "street scene" photos, and considering that everybody lives on a street of some sort, we know everyone can enter!

Entries this week will be put in the running to win a glorious mystery box of AC swag. Stuff you can't get any other way, and it's all very cool. You want this.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (March 11) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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3 years ago

Lenovorola still loves us - more Moto X codes are trickling out

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$349 off-contract codes going out to 'loyal' customers

Folks who registered or purchased a Moto X from Motorola.com are seeing an email with a new "Loyalty code" in their inboxes, that offers a Moto X for $349.99 through Moto Maker.

You've been loyal to Motorola, and we'd like to thank you with this exclusive offer. Design Moto X with Moto Maker and use your exclusive promo code, LOYAL-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXX (redacted), at checkout. Trade in your old device for an even bigger discount.

Of course, you'll still have to spend some extra cash on the wooden backed look, but a base price of $350 for the Moto X is worth a close look. Of course, new models are coming from everyone, including Motorola, but chances are none of them will be $350.

We've no idea if these codes are able to be shared like the last ones were, but I imagine we'll know shortly.

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