Full campaign and survival mode with both first-person and third-person action
The latest in the Call of Duty line, Strike Team, has just hit the Play Store for everyone to get their hands on. With a new story line based on modern combat in the year 2020 between the "world's superpowers," Strike Team will certainly appeal to any CoD fan out there. In terms of gameplay, Strike Team is introducing an interesting idea — you'll be able to quickly switch between first-person and third-person game modes, giving you control over your squad and individual actions.
The game offers both a full-features campaign mode that delivers the same CoD experience you know and love, and a survival mode to test your skills against waves of incoming enemies with increasing difficulty. Survival mode also has an online community leaderboard component, which will keep things frustrating competitive.
The game is live now in the Play Store at $6.99, but that's not too big of a price to pay for a full-featured shooter nowadays. Heads up if you're not on Wifi though, the download weighs in at 1.9GB.
Update: Looks like things have reverted back, and the Sound Search widget is once again unavailable in Canada.
Original story: Though they're still unable to stream from Google Play Music, Canadians now have the ability to use Google's Sound Search widget to identify music. The widget works on home screens and lock screens, and uses your phone or tablet's microphones to match what's playing against Google's vast library of music. (The same library still unavailable in Canada.)
Strangely, MobileSyrup reports that asking Google Now "What's this song" still returns an error message in Canada, while the standalone widget works as expected.
Would it be overly optimistic to think Sound Search's launch in Canada might signal the arrival of more Google music content for Canadians in the near future? Who knows, but surely it's about time.
Performance enhancements and bug fixes also included in version 126.96.36.199
Just in case your device wasn't on the list of supported phones or tablets at launch, BBM has just been updated to support even more. Unfortunately the changelog doesn't indicate a complete list of supported devices nor does it say which were added in this round, but we're never going to turn down an update for wider support on a popular app.
The update also includes "bug fixes and performance enhancements," naturally, but again no specifics were given. If you were unable to install BBM before, hit the Play Store link above and see if your devices are supported now.
Think lock screen that learns which apps you use in various locations — home, work, car and out — and floats them to the lock screen as you go about your day, much like Aviate does with your home screens. Pretty slick idea, and it actually does go beyond the lock screen and the full usage of the phone.
It's invite-only for now, so sit back and let the hype flow freely around you. Can't wait to try this, though, especially the sick transition between the lock screen and an app whose shortcut you picked.
Everyone's favorite 6-second video making app Vine is receiving an update today that helps you create even better videos. The first new feature is called "Sessions," and its basically a drafts folder for videos. You can take portions or complete Vines, and save them for later, up to 10 at a time. You can access these Sessions with a tap on an icon in the bottom right of your capture window.
Next up is "Time Travel," a new way to edit the Vine you're currently working on. At any time in your creative process, you can tap the green progress bar and go back through your clips to rearrange them. While you may not use this often for basic editing, it'll be useful if you need to re-shoot any portion of a scene and put it in its proper place.
You can grab the latest version of Vine from the Play Store link at the top of this post.
App surpasses 5 million downloads — but did you use it before Android?
I'll freely admit I'm still trying to wrap my head around BBM. I was never a BlackBerry Messenger user in the past, and it's entirely possible I won't be in the future. But obviously someone is using BBM — the app passed into the 5 million to 10 million downloads category in Google Play in just its second day. There's no denying how impressive that is.
Those who know and love BBM continue to sing its praises. Those of us who don't are still wondering what the big deal is.
So, after the break, a quick poll. If you're using BBM on Android — as in really using it — were you a BBM user before Android? Or are you new to the game?
A whole new world of weapons and online cooperative gameplay
Madfinger Games' follow-up to the hugely popular Dead Trigger is here, and it's now available for free in the Play Store. True to its word that the game would make its debut on October 23rd, Dead Trigger 2 brings all of that zombie-killing action you love with a new storyline.
The game also has a new set of game mechanics, building on a system of crafting new weapons before you go back out to fight the incoming zombie horde. You'll also have the option to combine forces with other players worldwide for missions and rewards, with weekly and monthly content updates. The graphics have received a nice bump as well, which we'll never turn down in a second generation game.
You can grab a download of Dead Trigger 2 from the Play Store link above.
Having been released on iOS for a while, and with the speculation that Apple paid EA a large sum to keep it an exclusive for a while, there hasn't been much noise about the game being released on the most popular mobile platform in the world. But now that it's happened, that will change.
As it should — PvZ 2 is a fun game. It follows the footsteps of the original, with a bit of a storyline and an adventure game quest based twist. It's free, with plenty of in-app purchases to get you along, but it's very playable as-is and will be a success for Pop Cap.
Plants vs. Zombies 2 runs on Gingerbread devices and higher, checks in at about 170MB worth of downloaded files, and you can grab it from the Google Play link above.
Celebrate Halloween with ghost hunting and obnoxious teenagers
It’s been a while since we wrote about The Sims FreePlay, Electronic Arts’ mobile version of the hit life simulation series. Even still, the game is going strong. EA has released two major updates for FreePlay in the last two months: the Teen and Mysterious Island updates. Together, they add new quests, areas to visit, loads of items, and of course teenage Sims.
We’ve put ample time in with both updates, just in time for the the Halloween Madness Event that’s lasts through October 31st. Read on for full details on the event and how The Sims FreePlay has grown!
A quick heads-up for anyone using the beta version of SwiftKey 4.3 — an updated version is now available from beta.swiftkey.net. The new SwiftKey beta 188.8.131.52 adds fixes various bugs — including issues when moving between layouts and problems causing the keyboard to jump around the screen — while adding some new localization features. This latest version ensures the currency key matches your phone's locale, and implements Punjabi, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Azerbaijani, Russian Windows and Turkish keyboard layouts.
Grab the new version from the source link, or click below to check out our recent hands-on preview of SwiftKey 4.3.