4 years ago

Android Quick App: Robo Defense


Robo Defense is one of those staples of the Android Market. It's been around since very early on in Android's life, and has been consistently updated to keep the game up-to-date graphically and in gameplay.

Robo Defense is a tower defense game where you're repelling hordes of robots. Defending against robots, ergo, Robo Defense ... everyone clear?

The gameplay is straightforward. You start off on an empty canvas with one hole on one side, another hole on the other, and you need to strategically set up your towers to stop the baddies as they march through. Different levels are set up differently, but Level 0 is a no-frills, easy-to-grasp starter level.

You have a pretty wide range of towers to choose from. Your main three that you'll be picking from are the regular gun tower, missile tower, and slow tower. Over time, as the enemies get stronger and you accumulate more money, you can upgrade your towers. For example, the missile tower can be upgraded to anti-air missiles, a mortar tower, or a medium strength missile tower. Even subclasses of tower you choose, like mortars, have an upgrade (artillery). It's this wide swath of options that affords you the opportunity to avoid repetitious and boring gameplay. Do I want the flame tower (yes, there is one) or anti-air cannons?

Because achievements are all the rage, Robo Defense tracks certain achievements, like beating your first map, playing 25 levels or more all in "fast" mode, or completing a map without losing any life. If you're a completionist, there's enough achievements to keep you occupied for a while. There's also a "reward points" system, where you're awarded points at the end of a game based on how much life you had remaining, how much cash you had, and what your score was. You can spend these points on upgrades to towers you have or you can buy new towers altogether, like the famed teleport tower.

There's both a free and a paid version (with more levels) in the Market, but if you have any love for tower defense games, Robo Defense is like their Android-based grandpa. Do it a favor, respect your elders, and give it a try.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 4G case review: Trident Cyclops Series


If you're looking to strike the perfect balance between full-phone protection and still maintaining a slim phone, the Trident Cyclops Series Cases for HTC EVO 4G are the way to go. You're still getting all of the dust and particle-covering rubber that you get from some other offerings (like the Seidio CONVERT Combo) but without the same bulk and heft that mandates it goes on a belt holster.

The Trident Cyclops Series actually comes in two parts: the hard, plastic shell that surrounds your phone, and the rubberized skin that goes around the outside edges of the shell. The rubber feels fine in hand, and that's where you're actually getting all of your dust rejection powers. The rubber skin covers all of the open ports on the phone as well as volume rocker and power button, ensuring nothing gets in.

One of the cooler features of this case is that it comes with a built-in screen protector, not unlike the Otterbox Defender line of cases. When the phone is in the case, you can't even tell there's a thin plastic screen separating you from your phone's screen, but if you're anal like me, you'll be spending a lot of time trying to make sure there's no dust on the phone and the screen protector before finally locking your EVO inside.

Best part? You don't lose access to your kickstand! That might sound silly, but I use my kickstand often, so getting to keep my phone massively protecting and getting to flip out my kickstand at a moment's notice is too sweet a deal for me. You can pick up the Trident Cyclops Series Cases for HTC EVO 4G in the Android Central Store for $32.95.

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4 years ago

Samsung Fascinate lands a Gingerbread leak


We all know, the Samsung Fascinate has not been known as the device to receive the quickest updates, heck it feels like just yesterday that we saw Froyo land on the device officially. While many would think that Gingerbread is something that we would never see on the device, an unofficial build has leaked for those risky enough to install it. For more instructions about the install be sure to hit the source link, and be sure to hop in the forums and let us know how it goes for you. Video after the break. 

Source: My Droid World

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 Gingerbread update demoed, set for release in August


Youtube link for mobile viewing

If at any point over the past year you would have told me that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 would actually get an update to Gingerbread, I'd likely have laughed at you. And, in fact, I did throw a chuckle or two toward Alex Dobie when he first wrote in March that indeed the X10 was slated for an Android 2.3.3 update.

Sony Ericcson's now given us a little more detail on the update. It's currently shooting for an August released -- the beginning of August, in fact. Other details to note:

  • The Gingerbread update will keep the original camera software user interface.
  • The new Facebook inside Xperia will be included.
  • Features from the Xperia Arc will be included.
  • There will not, however, be DLNA support.

Who'd have thunk the Xperia X10 would end up being one of the longest-lasing smartphones of the past 18 months, eh? Peep the video above for a quick demo, and get full details at the source link.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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4 years ago

EVO 4G maintenance update begins its push; Netflix, SMS bug fixes on the way


Just as it was foretold, the Sprint HTC EVO 4G is getting a maintenance update that will, among other things, fix the broken Netflix compatibility, and fix that blasted SMS bug. Other fixes include:

  • SMS are intermittently sent to wrong and seemingly random contact
  • "Me" instead of "Yo" in SMS thread conversations when set to Spanish
  • Unable to stream media thru some applications after updating to 3.70
  • Email attachments are not displayed in the mail client
  • Multiple Gmail accounts no longer sync after FroYo update
  • Fix for battery discharge issue
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Downloads managementThe Downloads application gives the user easy access
  • to any file downloaded from the browser, email,or another application
  • Corrects voicemail notification issue (from 4.22.651.2)
  • Corrects issue with hearing aid compatibility menu disappearing (from 4.22.651.2)
  • Netflix compatibility (from 4.22.651.2)

The update to version 4.24.651.1 is pushing out now. Look for the manual download location to be discovered any time now.

Source: Sprint; More: EVO 4G forums; Thanks, dw3bb10!

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4 years ago

Twidroyd updated to Version 6.0



Popular Twitter client Twidroyd has been updated to version 6.0, which developer UberMedia is calling its “biggest release ever.” We'll let the massive changelog do the talking:

  • navigate in twidroyd with the awesome and fully customizable UberBar (w00t!)
  • new login method to support twitter’s web based oAuth workflow
  • (awesome) app Icon
  • option to show exact timestamp
  • verified user icon
  • when replying to a retweet, compose window will be prefilled with the user name of the person who retweeted
  • ask before discarding a tweet
  • added indicator bubble for outbox
  • auto-shorten option for tweets > 140 chars (off by default)
  • more font size options
  • selectable locations for trending topics
  • TMI.me viewer for search results
  • send, attach and shorten button to the top of the compose screen
  • t.co support
  • back button history for tabs
  • image view, comments, votes for lockerz.com images
  • native retweets included in list of tweets in profile view
  • insert username/hashtag at cursor position
  • fix: app crash when attempting to mute hash tags that have been extracted from timeline
  • fix: @mention at cursor position

Significant update, indeed. Hit the break to grab 6.0 from the Android Market.

Source: twidroyd.com

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: xkcd Viewer


If you're ever had the pleasure of reading xkcd, you know it's utterly hilarious. I read it, most of my friends read it, so it lends itself to coming up in conversation time to time. It's nerd comedic gold, and let's be honest here: you're on an Android website, so it's right up your alley. To ensure you're never without your appropriate dose of vitamin xkcd, I recommend xkcd Viewer.

xkcd Viewer is a free, ad-free app that lets you read any of the comics listed on the main website. There's no delay between new comics going live on the website and them being accessible on your phone's app, so if you're ever out and about and want to pepper your experiences with some funny, xkcd Viewer will do the job.

The app is fairly simple: it defaults to the latest comic. Tapping on the comic gives you whatever the mouseover text is on the website. You can favorite the comic, move sequentially forward or backward, or tap the dice button to jump to a random comic. You can also bring up the menu by tapping your menu button on your phone. Doing so opens up more options like seeing the entire xkcd master list, if you're inclined to scroll up and down it.

That's pretty much all there is to it, but if you hadn't started downloading by the end of the first paragraph, get to it. If you don't, expect a visit from the black hat man.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 850/1900MHz 3G passes the FCC


Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

Looks like the onslaught of Galaxy Tab 10.1s is about to begin. A version sporting the 850MHz and 1900MHz 3G radio bands has made its way through the FCC. That could well point toward release on AT&T in the United States, or in parts further north. (Or anywhere else that uses those bands.)

Not much else to say about it just yet, though we can't help but wonder if it'll have "enhanced backhaul."

Source: FCC; via Wireless Goodness

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4 years ago

Confirmation of Motorola Xoom 4G/LTE pops up


Horseshoes, hand grenades and the Motorola Xoom LTE. That's close enough to the the Motorola Xoom 4G we told you about last week  (remember that Verizon calls it "4G LTE") that we're more than happy to drop a big fat "told you so" on this fine Sunday afternoon. So it's coming, apparently. Still don't know when, and for how much, however. And note the acknowledgement of the Motorola Droid 3, which is nice and all.

What's still missing, of course, is when (and at this point, if) the original Motorola Xoom will get that long-awaited hardware update to LTE.

So, all and all, not a whole lot of news here. But some confirmation is better than none, right?

Source: Droid Life

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4 years ago

Android App Review: Lightbox


Lightbox is a camera/gallery replacement application that bills itself as "The Connected Camera," allowing you to snap, "enhance," and easily share your pictures with your favorite social networks.  The idea of a "social" camera is still something of a new concept but they're rather popular with our fruit-flavored cousins and they're becoming increasingly popular in the Android ecosystem.  That doesn't mean they're for everyone, but there is clearly a market for this type of product, one that Lightbox hopes to fill.

We first saw the Lightbox back in May at Google IO, but the app didn't officially hit the market until last week, and not without its own share of controversy.  Join us after the break to read our full review, additional screenshots, and the download link.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide caught in wild, looks darn sexy


Well, well. What have we here? It's the long-rumored T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide. And, boy howdy, does that look like a fine piece of smartphone, now that it's far less blurry than the last time it poked up its head.

Let's talk about what we can glean from the pics: There's the obvious four-row sliding keyboard. And we'd wager it's as good as any out there, given that it's made by HTC. Note that the "G" button remains, a holdover from the original keyboardless myTouch 4G. We could take it or leave it. (Leaning toward the latter.) Also note that in addition to the dedicated .com key, its alternate function is www. Nice!

It's also said to have an updated Espresso UI (Gingerbread, says TmoNews' source), but otherwise keeps the overall look and feel (including the heft) of the original myTouch 4G.

Still no word on when we'll officially see this guy. But it's already gone through the FCC, and it's likely in the hands of civilian testers now. So hopefully sooner rather than later. More pics are at the source link.

Source: TmoNews

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4 years ago

Pantech Crossover review


The Pantech Crossover is one of those phones that's hard to place. It's a bit smaller than most of it's smartphone brethren, isn't packing the latest components, plus it's got a retro-funky design. It's a bit of an anomaly in the sea of high-end phones surrounding it, but at the very least, it's a breath of fresh air.

But what does that mean for those on AT&T? Is this keyboard-packing slider worth investing in? For those with furious fingers, is this seemingly rugged, message-focused phone the one for you?

Those are all questions I aim to tackle, so take a deep breath, join me after the break, and let's find out.


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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 18, 2011


Half the fun of having an Android device is the wide selection of amazing applications which are available in the Android market. But half the battle is trying to find ones that you want, or that serve the purpose you need, but as you know we love our readers, so each week we bring you some of our personal favorites. Hit the break and let's take a look at what we got for you all this week!

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