Test your knowledge head-to-head on over 400 topics, including Android
QuizUp, the insanely popular trivia game on iOS, has made its way to Android in all its glory today. The game, if you haven't given it a try on the other platform yet, lets you go head-to-head with random opponents all around the world answering multiple-choice trivia questions on several topics. You can choose from books, movies, games, art, logos, history, sports and more — 414 in total at the moment — to build your score and rank yourself among your friends.
Along with the launch of the game on Android, there's even a new topic called "Android" you can play to test your knowledge of the platform. The Android release is also integrating with Google Play Games, which lets you track achievements and leaderboards seamleassly across devices. You can sign into the game with Google+ as well to make the entire experience seamless.
Trivia games appeal to a whole bunch of people out there, and QuizUp is poised to do well on Android if we had to guess. The game is free and can be downloaded from the Play Store link at the top of this post.
If you're a fan of awesome graphics, easy but challenging gameplay — and most of all just a good fun app — you've got to try Smash Hit. The idea is that you have a number of balls with which you'll hit objects in a sort of first-person shooter style. Physics are very much in effect here, and keep in mind that you've got a limited amount of ammo.
But hit a crystal and you get extra balls. Hit 10 (or more) crystals in a row and you'll get multiball, making things much easier. Crash into an obstacle and you lose 10 balls.
As the game progresses, crystals won't be quite so obvious, you have new obstacles to overcome, and overall gameplay begins to speed up. Be sure to turn up your speakers, too, as the music is synced to the gameplay and changes as you progress through the 50 rooms.
Smash Hit ties into Google Play Games (as any good game should). The game's completely playable in its free form, but a $1.99 in-app purchase adds the ability to restart from checkpoints, and provides cloud saves and statistics.
Some say he knows two facts about ducks, and that both of them are wrong
An endless runner isn't necessarily something we'd hope for from a game called Race The Stig, but thanks to the BBC it's what we've got. Released today for Android – and cross platform for iOS and Windows Phone – you put your helmet on, jump into one of the iconic cars from the TV show and try and out run The Stig. Need for Speed, this isn't.
The graphics are a little low-end, and being an endless runner there isn't much we haven't seen before. But, it's Top Gear, it's The Stig, so anyone who's seen the show will likely give it at least a try. Oh, and at some point in the game you get to race in Geoff, Top Gear's own take on the electric car – later known as the Hammerhead Eagle iThrust, or something.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get ready for first kick this Saturday with the latest news, analysis and alerts from MLS
Along with the hype machine of "Jersey Week" and last-minute roster changes surrounding the MLS season kickoff this Saturday, MLS has updated its Matchday app for Android with a fresh look and even more features over the 2013 version. You'll instantly notice a refreshed interface that looks and acts like a 2014 Android app, with a slide-in drawer taking over more navigation function and the top action bar making proper use of category selection, filter, refresh and settings buttons.
As for under-the-hood functionality, you'll notice a drastically improved notification and news system that lets you follow multiple aspects of several teams if you choose to. You have your selection of every MLS team, along with the U.S. and Canadian national teams, of which you no longer have to select one "favorite" but can instead follow as many teams as you'd like. You can choose specifically what notifications you see about each team, and can even filter news by both content type and team in the homescreen view.
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