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3 years ago

I Am Vegend: A game that doesn't take itself too seriously

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A mash-up of games that never steps beyond casual gameplay makes its way into Google Play

It's clear right from the start when you look at the Play Store listing for I Am Vegend: Zombiegeddon that the game isn't going to win any awards for a great storyline or plot, but that doesn't mean it can't be an enjoyable game to play. Mashing together aspects from a few different games, I Am Vegend aims squarely at the casual audience with simple but fun gameplay that is easy to stroll through but harder to master.

The light-hearted nature of the game continues with the characters and design, which are playful but well illustrated. I Am Vegend delivers something fun and worth a look, so stick around after the break and see what it's all about.

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3 years ago

AT&T pushing out Jelly Bean update for LG Escape

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Update to Android 4.1 also includes AT&T Drivemode app, available as an OTA

The LG Escape on AT&T is a decent enough offering for the more budget conscious smartphone buyer, but when it launched in late 2012 it still came packing Ice Cream Sandwich. Definitely not unusual, especially for an LG phone at the time, but AT&T has announced an update to Android 4.1 is now available. 

Jelly Bean of course brings with it Project Butter, Google Now and expandable notifications, but AT&T is also throwing in their Drivemode app. Drivemode is designed to help prevent phone use and driving -- which, is extremely irresponsible as we all know -- by automatically replying to text, emails and calls once you reach 25mph. 

To grab yourselves the update head into Settings>General>About phone>Software Update>Update Now and follow the on-screen prompts. 

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Amazon expanding their Android Appstore to 200 new countries

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Developers invited to submit applications ahead of the planned rollout, Kindle Fire launches to follow?

Amazon has today released news that their Android Appstore will be rolled out to 200 new countries around the world. Currently limited to the U.S, some countries in Europe and Japan, the new list sees markets such as Canada, Australia, Mexico, South Korea and South Africa added for the first time. Even the Vatican City is included. So, even the Pope can get himself a free app every day courtesy of Amazon. 

The Appstore itself will launch in the "coming months," although developers can begin submitting applications from today. So, does this mean that the Kindle Fire hardware will follow? Possibly. It happened in Europe and Japan, and it's not at all unreasonable to think that Amazon would launch their own hardware to take full advantage of having their Appstore in so many global markets. 

Source: Amazon

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3 years ago

Ting account management app now available

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Monitoring usage and managing your Ting account just got easier

Prepaid carrier Ting, which is relatively new in the U.S. phone market, has just launched its official account management app in the Play Store. The app, which is both phone and tablet compatible, gives you a quick way to both manage your account and monitor current usage. On the account side, you can view your bills and enable or disable account features such as text messaging or international calling. You can also view complete details of your minute, text and data usage for all lines on the account, all in real time.

Ting, if you're not familiar, runs on the Sprint network and operates on a model of prepaid service and subsidy-free handsets. You can learn a little more about Ting at the source link below, and if you're already a customer grab the app from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Microsoft partners with SEVEN Networks to update Outlook.com app

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Microsoft has updated their Outlook.com application today, bringing a new user interface and a few new features

Microsoft and SEVEN Networks have revamped the Outlook.com application for Android, and released a huge update today on Google Play. There's a whole new look  -- a mashup of a strange Holo-esque feeling combined with Microsoft's traditional Windows phone style elements -- and a trio of new features. Users can now have threaded conversations,  use filters for unread and flagged mail, and now have the ability to mark messages as junk. 

To build the all-new app, Microsoft partnered with SEVEN Networks. These are the same folks they used to build the Hotmail app on Android, and makers of what Phil calls "an old-school bad-ass Exchange conduit for Windows Mobile".  

While most Android users will use Gmail, we can understand why Microsoft cares enough to try and provide a good experience for Android users. Outlook.com is a successful venture for them, and it makes sense to be able to deliver it -- and deliver it with quality and class -- on as many screens as possible. If you haven't tried it yet, and use Outlook.com for email (or are thinking of trying it), hit the Google Play link above. SEVEN's full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid RAZR M receiving small bugfix update

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Improved Wifi performance and a whole host of bugfixes packed into a small update

This isn't the big Android 4.2 update you may have been hoping for on your Droid RAZR M, but an 80MB update containing a good number of improvements is hitting devices starting today. The update to software version 98.15.66.XT907.Verizon.en.US brings fixes and improvements across the board:

  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Voice volume has been improved at set level
  • Camera improvements in touch-to-focus, notifications and low light performance
  • In-call audio is routed to ear piece while connected to headset has been improved
  • Video streaming pixelation has been improved
  • Support for Mobile Device Management has been improved
  • Media sync with Back Up Assistant Plus has been improved
  • Visual Voicemail connectivity improvements have been made

The update will be coming OTA (Over The Air) and can be prompted to download by checking manually in the phone's settings, or received later when pushed to the phone. Have you seen the update pop up on your device yet? Chime in in the forums and let the other members know what to look forward to.

Source: Verizon Support; PDF; PDF

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 European launch to include Need for Speed giveaway, new Hub apps

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The first 100,000 customers will get an exclusive version of Need for Speed 'Samsung edition'

Samsung has partnered with multiple companies to bring new content to the Samsung Hub for the upcoming Galaxy S4 launch in Europe, scheduled for April 27. EA is providing a version of Need for Speed Most Wanted that not only has been optimized for this particular phone, but includes "in-game Samsung branding." The first 100,000 European customers will be able to download the game for free through the Samsung Hub -- everyone else, including Galaxy Note 2 owners, can still purchase a copy.

Michelin will be offering their real-time traffic app 'Traffic' and eatery locator and reviewer 'Restaurant' apps at launch, with with tourist attraction app 'Travel' following this summer. The children's apps 'Nighty Night' and ‘Little Fox Music Box’ by Goodbeans will be Samsung Hub exclusives. Random House Mondadori is bringing 3,400 Spanish language books, which include international best-selling authors, to the Hub as well.

The full press release, with complete details from Samsung about these content providers, can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Facebook Home now available internationally

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The U.S. exclusivity for Facebook Home has been a short one

Facebook has announced in conjunction with a talk at D: Dive Into Mobile that Facebook Home is set to be available internationally starting today. Following a brief period of U.S. exclusivity to iron out the bugs, folks around the world should have access to Home provided they have one of the supported devices. For now, those devices seem to still be just the HTC One X, X+, One; Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2; and of course the HTC First.

We can confirm on our own devices that Home is now available in the U.K. at least -- have you found it to show up in the Play Store elsewhere in the world? Let us know in the comments below. And if you're not so sure about what Facebook Home is and how it works, be sure to see some of our great guides to understanding Home.

Source: AllThingsD

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3 years ago

Dungeon Hunter 4 now availabile in the Play Store

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The latest in the Dungeon Hunter franchise is now available and free-to-play on Android

When Gameloft teased us with a trailer for Dungeon Hunter 4 and said the release was "coming soon", they certainly weren't kidding. The latest iteration in the Dungeon Hunter series is now available in the Play Store, and it's also free to download and play. The game is a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler title, with single player and multiplayer co-op modes available. Building on the previous version, Dungeon Hunter 4 has all new enhanced graphics and gameplay elements that should make it feel like a whole new title.

If you're interested in giving the new Dungeon Hunter 4 a shot, you can download it from the Play Store link above. There's a pretty large "additional file" download required to get up and running, so be sure to stick your device on Wifi if you're tight on mobile data for the month.

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3 years ago

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Camera software update imminent

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Android powered camera getting new Smart Modes, S-Memo and compatibility with remote viewfinder app

Owners of the Verizon Galaxy Camera will be interested in this one, a software update is heading your way. The update pegged as coming 'soon' doesn't bump the Android version, but does add a variety of new features. First up is the addition of Samsung's S-Memo app, more commonly found on smartphones such as the Note 2. S-Memo doesn't appear to have the ability to take photos in-app, but allows the import of anything from the gallery. 

The camera app gets the bulk of the updates though, with an extra 4 Smart Modes being added. The new modes are for Dawn, Party Indoors, Snow and Food and takes the grand total of Smart Modes up to 19. 

Also included is the ability to make full use of Samsung's Remote Viewfinder application. Remote Viewfinder is available for a range of devices -- even the iPhone -- and lets you control timer, zoom, and a range of other options. If you manage to snag the update in the coming days, be sure to jump into the Galaxy Camera forums and let us know how you're finding it. 

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Quick app: Battery Core Live Wallpaper

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A neat new live wallpaper that adapts and changes as your phone's battery depletes

We've taken a look at several different great live wallpapers out there, and we've stumbled upon another that's worth showing off. It's called Battery Core Live Wallpaper, and it's nice to look at but also functional for monitoring your battery state and usage. Live wallpapers have come a long way as device specs have improved, and this is a nice example of a wallpaper that can be turned on and not be a big resource drain.

With a whole bunch of features even in the free version, it's certainly worth a look. Skip down past the break and see a little more of what Battery Core Live Wallpaper has to offer.

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3 years ago

Rando isn't picture Chatroulette for Android - it's just boring

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Sending an receiving anonymous pictures from random people across the world - how bad could that possibly be?

It's completely possible, I suppose, that your experience with Rando will be completely different than mine. After all, this is an Android app that delivers random pictures that someone took in exchange for some of your own. Give a random picture, get a picture.

And it's completely reasonable to predict that a photo-sharing service such as this, in which the sender is as anonymous as the receiver, would quickly be inundated by random acts of nudity. (And, face it, that's hardly the worst thing that I've imagined could anonymously show up on my screen.)

But, no. I've not been bombarded by anonymous body parts. Or any kind of parts. Or anything remotely interesting, actually.

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3 years ago

'MyGlass' companion app hits Google Play

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Manage and configure Glass from your phone... if you actually had Glass

There's a whole lot of Google Glass news hitting today, and this is a pretty important piece of the puzzle. Google has just published the "MyGlass" companion app in the Play Store, which will be a critical part of using your Glass and phone together. Google makes it clear that the app is really only of use to Glass owners, stating in the description: "If you don't have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time.", but that's not going to stop us -- or anyone else intrigued by the idea -- from installing and taking a look it it.

The interface is nice and looks just like any other recent Google app, with a grey and white color scheme and simple controls. You can't get much farther than the first few screens without an active pair of Glass nearby, but the process requires accepting some terms and turning on both Bluetooth and Wifi for the pairing process. If you want to poke around with the app in hopeful anticipation of the Glass launch, grab it at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Google Voice app updated to improve SMS delivery

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It's just a one-item changelog, but we'll take any improvements we can get

From the outside looking in, it doesn't seem like Google is giving too much time towards improving the Google Voice app or service, but it certainly makes us hopeful when we see an update arrive in the Play Store. Today's update has a single item on the changelog: "Improved the reliability of SMS delivery". Anyone that has used Google Voice for some amount of time knows that things can be a little shaky sending and receiving texts when in low or slow signal areas (and sometimes even in great signal areas), so hopefully this update addresses some of those issues.

As for the future of Google Voice, we can only wonder. In the meantime we know at least some amount of time is being spent over at Google maintaining the app. You can grab a download of this latest version from the Play Store link above. Noticing any improvements with the latest update? Let us know in the comments.

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3 years ago

Press adds widgets, several usability improvements

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In light of the impending Google Reader shutdown, Press pushes on with new updates

Although Google may be pulling the rug out from underneath a lot of reader apps, Press doesn't seem to be bothered by it. In an update to its app today, Press added several new features that will enhance the overall user experience. First are a pair of widgets -- one large, resizable and scrollable widget and one 1x1 widget that simply lists the number of unread stories. The widgets are simple and clean, with a slightly transparent black background. Once you're in the app, there are several more improvements to be seen.

You can now continually scroll vertically through news stories, rather than swiping horizontally to switch. There are also several new options when long-pressing in articles to make it easier to star, share and mark articles as read. Press also prominently displays on its app description that the app isn't going away. We look forward to seeing what the developers end up choosing as a new back-end solution to replace Reader.

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