Just a quick heads up that the Netflix Android app has been updated to support Ice Cream Sandwich devices, as well as get a few bugfixes. Go snag it now in the Android Market. We've got download links after the break.
SEGA has just released Sonic the Hedgehog CD on Android, as well as a few other platforms. The Android version is available for $1.99 on the US Market, or £1.29 in the UK. Sonic CD, which first appeared on the Mega CD (SEGA CD) back in 1993, is fondly remembered for its fast platform gameplay and over-the-top, J-Pop-inspired soundtrack.
A few words of warning, though -- some users are reporting slow playback on certain devices, including the Droid Bionic and the shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. So you may want to hold off if you're planning on playing it on one of those devices.
The game worked flawlessly on the handful of Gingerbread devices we tried, however. SEGA has enabled widescreen support too, so you won't have to deal with any black bars. There's also the option to forego the English soundtrack in favor of the crazier Japanese original. Trust us, that's a good thing.
Why? The answer, along with the Market link and QR code, lies after the break...
Here 'tis, folks. The final day of Google's 10-cent app promotion, celebrating (more than) 10 billion downloads from the Android Market. The final day sadly has a couple more repeat apps, but we're not about to turn down a 10-cent app. Here you go:
Sex, guns, drugs, violence -- and that's just in the splash screen. Yes, folks, Grand Theft Auto III is now available on Android as part of Rockstar Games' 10th anniverssary celebration of the game. It's been optimized for touchscreens. But if you've got an Android device that suppports USB controllers, you can rock one of them as well. (And Rockstar's promising support soon for the Galaxy Nexus.
It'll cost you $4.99 and a few hours of your life. We've got download links after the break.
In the vast sea of Android tablets, it can take a bit to stand out. Toshiba managed to do so with the original Thrive tablet thanks to a bevy of full-size ports that no other tablet saw fit to include. On the other hand, a good many other Android tablets are thinner and lighter, too. But the Thrive bucked that trend and gained a decent following.
The Toshiba Thrive 7, as its name implies, scales things down a bit. Gone is the 10-inch display, trading it in for a 7-inch display. It's not terribly svelte, but neither is it horribly heavy, and Toshiba's seen fit to include a good number of ports and features unseen on other tablets. But it's also got a couple of quirks that have left us banging our heads against the tablet.
Head on past the break for our complete Toshiba Thrive 7 review.
We're loving the 7-inch size, and the screen and its 1280x800 resolution are excellent. Tegra 2 performs as well as ever.
A bit of a big bezel, a bit pricey when compared to the e-reader tablets, and the rear camera is pretty horrid.
As far as 7-inch tablets go, you could do worse, we suppose. It's fast, the display is great, and so long as you don't intend on taking many pictures, you could find yourself plenty happy with the Thrive 7
Everyone, meet Ozzy. Ozzy, meet everyone. Ozzy is your typical robot (almost looks like a long lost cousin of Andy/Bugdroid), just floating around and doing his robot thing. Unfortunately for him, whoever built him left off that whole "ability to jump" thing. In its place, they gave him the power to suck things into his head using some robot technology, then dump it out at will. It is this that powers the engine that is Ozzy's Odyssey.
Ozzy's Odyssey is a physics-based platformer that puts you in control of the aforementioned Ozzy. Your goal in each level is to reach the exit while collecting as many batteries as you can. Batteries are what contribute to your score, so without them, you're just a jumpless robot bouncing from level to level.
The physics come into play namely when you've sucked something into that noggin of yours. The first one you come across is a barrel or a coin. (Something brown.) There's a switch somewhere you need to activate, but of course, you're either too tall to fit in the passage or you can't jump. Simply drop the item, push it, and sweet physics will send it careening into the switch, opening your path.
Like all games, the challenges and levels start off simple then become more and more difficult as advance through the levels. A few levels in you're presented with deadly spikes on the ground, but seeing as you can't jump, you've got to come up with a more innovative way to not get impaled.
If you do happen to lose a level, you're treated to a sad but goofy animation of Ozzy's head popping off, then you're free to restart the level. As far as I can tell there's no limit on how many lives you have, so you're free to try and fail as many times as you want before you inevitably succeed.
Ozzy's Odyssey looks great on phones and tablets both, and while you might feel silly holding a tablet while playing this, it really shines on the larger screen. The graphics are simple, but everything looks good, colors are nice, and it's really just a great gameplay experience. Plus, it's on sale.
Ozzy's Odyssey is 99 cents in the Android Market. We've got download links after the break.
Plants vs Zombies coming to Android was big news, albeit big news if you lived in the US and could access the Amazon Appstore. All that changes this week though, with the announcement from Popcap Games that Amazon's exclusivity on the title is over.
And today, Plants vs Zombies along with other Amazon exclusive, Peggle, is in the Android Market for all the world to enjoy for $2.99
If you've yet to come across the game, and wondering what all the fuss is about, check out our hands on way back in May when the title first appeared.
If you have an Android phone chances are that you use Google Maps, and you've got a new update waiting for you in the Android Market. Usually when we see an update for Maps, we see features like indoor mapping, or updates for places and check-ins, but this time around it simply states that this version is a bug fix for "newer devices".
We have no idea if newer devices means yet-to-be-released Verizon devices, or current devices (we're not hearing about any glaring bugs in Google Maps for the latest phones), but in any case bugs have been fixed. Go grab it from the market, or hit the jump for the quick link.
Let's not mince words here. You're not going to play Bird Poop for hours. You're not going to stay up nights hoping to level up a character. Hell, you're not even going to want people to know you're playing it. But Bird Poop, from Paramobile Games, is strangely fascinating. You're a bird on a wire, hanging out above a city street, doing what birds do. Pooping. Only, this bird's got a bombsight, the better to pepper cars and pedestrians. It's also got an interesting three-dimensional perspective, and the graphics are quite smooth. It's bizarre, to say the least.
If you don't want Bird Poop mucking up your downloads list, we've got some hands-on video after the break. That's right ... we're givers.