Recent Articles | Android Central

Pre-order BlackBerry DTEK50 for $299 | Shop Chromebooks: Asus Flip | Acer 14 | Dell 13

Headlines

4 years ago

Draw Something [Android Game Review]

26


YouTube link for mobile viewing

Drawing is a really funny thing. Most people fall into one of two categories: excellent or incredibly terrible. What better way to expose people and complicate the matters further than by forcing you to use your chubby fingers to draw crude, cave painting-like images with a friend, and then try to guess what the other person drew? Well, that seems to be the thinking at OMGPOP, because they made a little game called Draw Something that does just that, and it's all the rage these days.

The premise is ridiculously simple: pick a word from a list of three, try and draw it using different colors and brushes, then send it along to your friend and see if they can guess the correct word. Guessing is aided by the fact that your letter selection isn't infinite; on the contrary, you're only given a small handful of letters that aren't​ in your word, so as long as you can discern what you need, you'll be fine.

The three words you're given to choose from get increasingly more difficult, but the reward is also increased if your partner correctly guesses the word, too. There's a built-in incentive for trying to accumulate coins as fast as you can; coins can buy you precious bombs that eliminate letters not used in your word, or can buy you new colors to add to your palette.

You've got two options to create an account: login with your Facebook account or create a username. If you opt for the former, you can invite any of your friends from your friends list that is playing and start up a game. If you opt for the latter, you've got to add people by their username. In the sad event you don't have any friends to play with, you can also be matched with a random opponent, too, so you can still get your draw on. Either way, you can play against your friends on Android, or on iOS. Nice.

For a game with so simple a concept, Draw Something really strikes a chord with me (and everyone else, apparently). It's probably the social aspect, but there's something oddly rewarding about guessing correctly even though the drawing looked like something a pre-schooler would do. At any rate, it's fun as can be, so you might as well give it a shot. Missing, however, are notifications for when it's your turn. Booo.

Draw Something is 99 cents in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

Looking to play against other Android Central members? Share your username here!

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

CyanogenMod team giving torrents a try for CM7.2-RC1 distribution

8

One of the more awesome things about custom ROMs in general is the myriad possibilities for distribution. And, more specifically, apps like ROM Manager have made downloading and updating so simple that we do it without a second thought. But with as large as the CM community has become, the download crush becomes more profound every day. As such, the CM team is giving torrents another go for the CM7.2-RC1 release.

If you've been living under a rock the past several years, torrents are a distribution method in which files are split and shared by "seeders," with no one central download location.Yes, torrents (or torrentz, if you're one of the cool kids) often are used to share copyrighted material, so you often hear about them with a negative connotation. (We're not fans of stealing, either.) But this is a prime example of a legitimate use. And the more people who download and in turn seed the CM ROMs, the faster everyone else gets to download. Very much in the spirit of the custom ROM community, eh?

And, yes, there are torrent apps for Android, so you can still download directly to your device. (We like aTorrent, and there are others, too.) Hit up the link below for the full list of CyanogenMod 7.2-Release Candidate 1 torrents, and make sure you get the right one from your phone.

Download: CyanogenMod 7.2-RC1 torrents; more +Keyan Mobli

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Late-night poll: Phone cases - yea or nay?

89

Smart phones are expensive. More-so if you buy them off contract and unlocked, but even subsidized with a new agreement the high-end phones are going to cost you about three-fiddy after taxes and that's a whole lot of money. When you spend that much money, you want to try to take very good care of something lest you break it, and for many of us that means a case of some sort. On the other side, it's awful nice to use a hot new Android phone without a case. The Galaxy S II or  the Bionic are super thin and beg to be felt in the hand. It's a difficult decision.

I use a case sometimes. I have one that I will slap on a phone if I'm headed outdoors doing something that sounds like it would tear up a phone, but most of the time I just slip my phone into my pocket and roll the dice. So far, so good.

What about you folks? Let us know in the poll.

 

Do you use a case on your Android phone?

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Tripit gets significant redesign for Android tablets, phone version tweaked, too

1

Tripit easily is our favorite app for frequent travelers, and it's just gotten an pretty significant update for tablets as well as phones.

On the larger screens, there's a new layout that includes interactive maps and multiscreen views. Trips and points accounts all share space on the main screen. There also are larger (and scrollable!) widgets available if you're running Android 3.0 and up.

On the phone side, the points accounts section has been redesigned -- your account details, status and activity all have their own collapsible sections -- and the app refreshes faster while using less data.

All in all, a good update to an indispensable application for frequent travelers. We've got download links after the break if you need 'em.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

L.A. Noire for tablets now available through OnLive

1

Rockstar has announced the availability of L.A. Noire: Touch Edition built specifically for tablet play via OnLive Desktop. If you're not familiar, have a look at our hands-on with OnLive, and see how it streams programs installed in a Windows 7 desktop environment to your tablet or smartphone. L.A. Noire is no exception, and what you'll be playing on your tablet is a natively installed Windows game, with controls optimized for the touch interface. 

Rockstar has optimized the award winning game to make controls and menus designed for tablet use, and it appears they have done a very nice job. It's the first time a game of this scope and complexity has been re-built this way, and it a good indicator of things to come. If you already have L.A. Noire, or L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition through OnLive, your game has already been updated with touch support. If you haven't tried it yet, you can rent or buy it through the OnLive Game System for as little as $5.99 /£3.99.

Of course you'll need the Android OnLive client, which is completely free and runs on any Android device with Gingerbread or higher installed. You can find the download link after the break.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Pre-order the HTC One X from Optus today

3

Aussies using Optus can pre-order the HTC One X online today. According to Optus, folks who order early enough will have a One X with it's quad-core Tegra 3 in their hands as soon as April 2. The price varies according to the plan, with a $59 monthly plan having a cost of zero per month and the $19 monthly plan costing an extra $17 monthly for the handset. This puts it on par with the Galaxy Nexus, and looks to be the norm for high-end handsets on contract. 

The One X promises to deliver an all-new experience with it's high-end internals, HTC Sense 4.0, Beats Audio, and a remarkable new camera setup. For a sneak peek at what to expect have a look at our hands-on from Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2012.

If you're looking to get one of the hottest new devices on Optus, have a look and get out your credit cards!

Source: Optus; via Ausdroid

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

The winners of the ASUS Transformer Prime giveaways

46

You might have heard we were having a little contest of sorts, where we got together with NVIDIA and gave away not one, not two, but three ASUS Transformer Prime tablets, complete with the keyboard docks. We picked out the three winners, and here they are:

Congrats winners! Be sure to keep an eye on your inboxes for information, and be sure to try Shadowgun on that sweet, sweet piece of equipment heading your way. 

Response was overwhelming, partly because everyone involved is so freaking awesome, and partly because the Transformer Prime is a really cool piece of Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 quad-core-powered monster Android technology. Now let's all congratulate the winners, and be on the lookout for more contests and fabulous prizes coming from Android Central. 

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

HTC to include LogMeIn Rescue on future Android devices

9

LogMeIn, the popular remote support client, announced today that it has entered a partnership with HTC in which the manufacturer will preinstall the software on its Android devices for remote technical support. Future HTC smartphones and tablets will ship (with the wireless carrier's consent) with LogMeIn Rescue onboard, allowing users to connect to HTC technical service representatives with one click. Once initiated, technicians will be able to run remote diagnostics, tweak settings, and access the device in the event of a problem. The service, as is current HTC technical support, will be free to use. 

Today's announcement comes just days after Verizon announced that with its latest OTA update for the LG Revolution, it has begun adding similar remote diagnostic software to its devices. Like Verizon, LogMeIn's policy states that the information it collects is used strictly to diagnose malfunctions and other technical problems. It is unclear whether Verizon will include LogMeIn Rescue or its own remote diagnostic software on its line of HTC devices.

LogMeIn is currently used on over 150 million devices worldwide including PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets. The company's full announcement can be found after the break.

Source: LogMeIn

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Droid Fighter, Galaxy Nexus vs. One X [From the Forums]

0

We've kicked off a pretty rumor filled Monday here at Android Central so that makes us wonder what the rest of the week shall bring us. If you, for whatever reason missed out on anything make sure you get yourself caught up both her on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest: Self-portrait

8

Mondays mean more than just hangovers and piles of work in ye olde inbox around here; it means the start of another Android Central photo contest! This week we're going all out and asking you fine folks to snap a picture of the subject you know best -- yourself. Use that front facing camera, or do up a solid MySpace bathroom mirror shot, or get a friend to take your mugshot and share it with the world.

We're looking for creativity. Make us laugh, make us cry, or make us ohh and ahh over the awesome scenery behind you, but give us something a little extra. We're not about to hold a beauty contest here. Don't be shy, grab your Android phone (or tablet) and join in. Here's the rules:

  • Use an Android device to take the picture.
  • Send it to pics@androidcentral.com, along with a name we can use and the model of Android you used to take it. We like knowing this kind of stuff.
  • If you send in more than one, or send me a link instead of an attachment, your entry gets filed in the trash folder, so don't do it. I hate it when I have to do that.
  • Get me the pictures before the end of the night on Friday.

This week we're giving away an Android Central t-shirt to the top five, so the next time you take a self-portrait you'll look good rocking a little bit of Lloyd. Good luck everyone! 

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

HTC publishes ICS kernel source for Sensation, Vivid, Sensation XE

4

HTC has made the Ice Cream Sandwich kernel sources for the Vivid, the Sensation, and the Sensation XE available for download on their HTC Developer Center website. It's been about a week since HTC began rolling out ICS for the three devices, and per the license, these were to have been published when the software was released. Developers have been getting a little antsy waiting, but now have what they need to build custom kernels and Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the newly-updated phones.

As usual, for normal users like you and I the source itself means little. But the magic that developers can make happen with it certainly has some appeal, and we're ready to see what folks can come up with. If you're one of those developers, or if you're just curious what a hundred MB or so of Linux kernel sources looks like, hit the link and have a peek.

Source: HTC dev

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Winnipeg Jets release official app just as the playoff race heats up

12

Official apps from NHL teams are being released on a staggered schedule. Last month, four more teams received apps, however, many fans were still left in the cold. The Winnipeg Jets have recently released their official app, which has to make fans up north incredibly happy. The franchise that was gone in Atlanta for so long has now returned, and the passionate fans up there can follow their team on-the-go with the The Winnipeg Jets App.

The features of the app include:

  • Jets interactive schedule and results
  • Up to date scores, stats and standings
  • News and Videos
  • Player cards, bios and stats
  • Game photos

The playoff races are heating up in the NHL, so the timing is good for the fans up in Winnipeg. Please find links to the free app after the break.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Vlingo reminds us they offer a virtual assistant for anyone and everyone

19


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Since Apple unveiled Siri, everyone has jumped on the "virtual assistant" bandwagon. Take a solid set of voice actions, give it a cutesy name and claim it has some personality, and you have the next big thing. Vlingo has been at this game a while, since way back when Siri was just a gleam in some programmer's eye. Today, they show us that they can not only make a great cross-platform application, but they have one hell of a sense of humor.

This is how you should market every app -- with Grandma's who cheat at bingo and puppets who want to get "crunk" and forget each others names. Just watch it, you'll be glad you did. The download link is after the break if you haven't tried Vlingo yet.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Humble Bundle 2 brings 5 more games - pay what you want

5


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Dunno what's better — the fact that you can get five new games (well, new to Android) and pay whatever you want, that you can designate where you want your contribution to go to (developers, charity or to Humble Bundle), or the preview video you see above. The answer, of course, is all of the above.

New in Humble Bundle 2 are Zen Bound 2, Canabalt, Cogs and Avadon: The Black Fortress (for tablets only). Plus, if you pay more than the average amount (which currently stands at $5.89), you'll get Swords & Soldiers thrown in for good measure. 

The whole thing's going down at the link below.

More: HumbleBundle.com

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Fitbit finally gets a proper Android app

7

The folks at Fitbit over the weekend slipped an official Fitbit Android app into the Google Play Store. It doesn't take the place of the Fitbit tracker, but it does let you check your daily progress as well as set daily goals and record activities, all from your Android smartphone.

We've pulled back our Fitbit review to give this one a proper look, but for now we've got a slew of screenshots and download links after the break.

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages