One app makes it simple to keep using your iCloud calendar on Android
With all the awesome Android devices on the market today, it's perfectly understandable if you're ditching your old iPhone and coming to join us where things are more Google flavored. But, with leaving one ecosystem completely comes the problem of moving all your stuff with it.
iPhone owners may well have relied upon iCloud in a similar manner to Android users relying on Google. Fortunately, there's always something you can do to bring thing with you and here we're going to look at syncing your existing iCloud calendars to your Android device. You need not move it all to Google Calendar since there's a really simple way to carry on using it. Head on past the break to see how.
Some of us have had the pleasure of seeing the Samsung Galaxy S5 up close and personal, but for those who haven't this app is about the closest you'll get before April 11. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Experience is essentially a demo app showing off some of the new features of the Galaxy S5 on your existing phone.
Amazon is still celebrating its Appstore's third birthday, and the next wave of deals are now available. Right now you'll find 14 paid apps completely free through the Amazon Appstore, worth over $50. A subset of apps are also available in the UK from the Amazon Appstore, totaling £25 in savings.
Asphalt 8: Airborne is one of our favorite (albeit so in-app purchase spammy it's also sort of sad) racing games, and this week it got itself a pretty major update with new tracks, the promise of new cars, and a whole bunch new fun to be had.
A nice new feature for developers: You're now able to have different changelogs for production, beta and alpha versions of your app. Before it was all or nothing — and nobody wants to see a new changelog for an app without an update. We'll definitely take advantage of this with our next version, which should be available as soon as it's ready. (See what we did there?)
Mushroom 11 is one of the more interesting games we've seen at the Game Developer Conference this year. The core of the game involves guiding a large fungal mass across treacherous stages by destroying parts of the fungus with touch, and allowing it to grow in the opposite direction. It's a truly unique mode of locomotion, and gets particularly interesting when you have to leave bits of fungus behind in one location so it can grow later as you destroy the rest of it.
As you can see, the gameplay mechanic is very polished, and the bulk of the work ahead for the game is simply a matter of building out levels and puzzles. That should take 6 - 9 months, and the developer, Untame, said that they're aiming for this to be a standard premium pricing structure without in-app purchases, though hadn't settled on a final price point just yet.
One of the annoying things about the current breed of Clash of Clans-style city builders, it's that you have little say in how raids and attacks unfold beyond deploying your units. That's getting addressed in Gamevil's upcoming Mark of the Dragon, which we played around with at GDC 2014. The usual freemium tropes are present, like gathering resources from your village, upgrading structures, researching, and training troops.
When taking the battle to the enemy, you can deploy troops as usual, except this time you get a dragon that you can manually control to destroy certain defenses when the typically dumb AI would have just gnawed on some superficial building and get taken down by well-placed turrets. This mechanic alone is enough to to up-end any traditional strategies you might have developed for these kinds of titles.
Besides that, you've got solid 3D graphics in a genre that leans primarily on 2D. The terrain style of your village changes depending on the kind of dragon you're working with, which adds some much-needed variety to your raiding locations. Casual gamers will be able to pick up Mark of the Dragon on Android and iOS this summer.
If you're tired of opening links from inside one app — say, Twitter of Facebook, to name two of the biggest offenders — and having to wait for it to actually open in its proper app, you need to give Link Bubble a shot. It handles the heavy lifting in the background while you keep on keeping on in the foreground. So instead of tapping a linking and praying it makes the leap from Twitter to Chrome to Instagram (or YouTube, or Google Play, or whatever), it just loads in Link Bubble and lets you know when it's ready.
Beautiful Widgets is always improving its app with new user-facing features and back-end fixes, and in its latest release, version 5.6, it's bringing two new widget designs. The widgets are flat, simple and customizable, with two different sizes — 4x2 and 4x1 — that give you variety to match the rest of your phone just right. Each one offers a simple display of the time, date and weather information, and you can customize them by adjusting both the transparency and the color palette.
Motorola has updated several of its apps in the Play Store this week, and the latest to grab a new version number is the Motorola Camera app. The changelog is nice and simple — you can now take pictures on your Motorola phone by hitting the volume key on your phone or attached headset. This is a feature that other phones have had for a good long while, and it isn't a perfect stand-in for a dedicated camera button, but it can't hurt to have another way to snap a picture for the times that call for it.
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