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3 years ago

'Value Pack' update for Optimus G Pro to bring eye-tracking software and more

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LG is planning to bring a "Value Pack" update with extra features to the recently announced Optimus G Pro as well as other high-end LG devices. This update will bring two headline features -- Smart Video and Dual Camera -- to the Optimus G Pro in the Korean market. Smart Video is eye-tracking software that will pause video playback when the phone recognizes that the user is looking away from the screen, and then resume when they look back. Dual Camera is an extension of the Dual Recording feature LG recently debuted, and will let the user take simultaneous pictures from the front and rear cameras.

In addition to these new features, the Value Pack will bring improvements to the QRemote app for increased functionality in controlling TVs. The home button LED will also receive an update with new software to more granularly control its flashing, and a new video camera feature will let users stop/start video but save to one continuous file.

LG hasn't specified which other "premium smartphones" will receive the Value Pack update, but we know that at minimum the Korean Optimus G Pro will receive it first starting next month.

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Super Hexagon

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Super Hexagon has been out for a little while in the Play Store, and it's just as insanely difficult now as part of the Humble Bundle 5 as it was when it was released. The retro arcade styling and accompanying soundtrack keep you sucked into this game for hours, and we're completely fine with that. For some reason we enjoy playing a game that feels impossible to get a high score on.

This is the same Super Hexagon many of us know and love, but if you haven't yet seen it stick around after the break and see what it's all about.

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3 years ago

Vivid Games' Real Boxing now available for Tegra 3 devices

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Real Boxing.

Get ready to rumble boxing fans, because Real Boxing is now available for Android devices running NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip. A smash hit on iOS, Real Boxing has been updated for Android, and optimized for Tegra devices with enhanced textures, increased poly count and animations, per pixel specular effects and true depth of field.

And it really kicks ass. It's powered by the Unreal Engine which means very realistic looking graphics, fluid gameplay and animations, and a fully 3D immersive experience. You fight in four different arenas, and you can see the differences in the way they are laid out and how they look. Your opponents each have a unique fighting style, and their movement is ultra-lifelike because the movement was captured from professional boxers using real-life motion capture. Extras like career mode and character customization using different combinations of hair, skin, tattoos and clothing, and a gym where you can train your abilities really take things over the top and put you in the game. Simple on screen gestures are used for controls, with punches and defensive moves performed with just one finger or thumb. 

We've been playing with the press demo for a while on the Nexus 7 and the Transformer Prime, and I think our Moderator Team Leader and part-time game tester Kevin O'Quinn pretty much nailed it:

O. M. G.

It really is something special on Tegra 3 devices, and proof positive that wonderful things can be done with optimized software. It brings back that same "wow" factor we all had when we first saw a Tegra-optimized game. It's really that good looking, and playing. And it's going to get better. NVIDIA tells us that work is being done that will further optimize the game and assets to take advantage of the Tegra 4 and Project Shield. I know what I'm trying the minute I get my hands on a Tegra 4 powered device.

Real Boxing costs $4.99, and you can download it at the Google Play link above, and hit the break to see a handful of screenshots and the release trailer. We'll be taking a closer look at this one in the next few days.

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3 years ago

Humble Bundle 5 adds three more games to the list

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The Humble Bundle 5 has been out for a few days now, and after raising over $1 million in donations, the bundle is growing with three more games. The updated bundle adds the following three games, which were part of Humble Bundle 4:

  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP by Capybara Games
  • Splice by Cipher Prime Studios
  • Crayon Physics Deluxe by Klooingames

The titles are part of the "locked" portion of the bundle, which can be accessed by donating more than that average of previous donations. At the time of writing, the average sits at just $6.67. If you were to donate that amount or more, you'd receive nine DRM-free games in total. That's a heck of a deal and worth a look even if you just want a couple of them. If you haven't seen, we've been reviewing the games in Humble Bundle 5 and they've got quite the lineup here. You can learn more about the Humble Bundle 5 at the source link below.

Source: Humble Bundle

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Dungeon Defenders Second Wave

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Dungeon Defenders has been out on Android for some time now. The latest update, "Second Wave" is available in the Play Store but also as part of the Humble Bundle 5 as one of the two games received for donating over the average amount. It's a big download, but there's a lot of content in this game to warrant the size. If you purchase it through Humble Bundle, you'll be receiving all available DLC (downloadable content) included as well which adds even more gameplay.

Stick around after the break for a quick refresher on the Dungeon Defenders series with a look at the Second Wave update.

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3 years ago

DoubleTwist launches Magic Radio streaming service, we go hands on

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doubleTwist needs little introduction really. Charting over 10 million downloads from the Google Play Store, it's without question one of the finest and most popular music players available on the Android platform. The ability to interact with Apple's iTunes and Airplay services provides a path many iTunes users rely upon to manage their music on their Android device with minimal fuss. Besides the iTunes integration, doubleTwist also offers -- albeit via in-app purchases -- a range of add-ons such as full podcast support, an equalizer and high quality artwork. 

Today, doubleTwist launches their latest add-on package, Magic Radio, their answer to a music streaming service. Subscriptions to Magic Radio cost just $3.99 per month through Google Wallet and come with a 7 day free trial, so you get a good chance to put it through its paces before committing your money. But, the music streaming space already has some heavy hitters with the like of Sony, Spotify and Rdio all having their own offerings. Does Magic Radio have enough to provide a compelling experience? We've been playing with it for a few days now, and the tl;dr version is this; It's really good. Well designed, well executed and pretty good value for money. However, the Magic Radio approach may not be for everyone. So, click on past the break and we'll take a look. 

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3 years ago

Nuance Dragon Mobile Assistant adds location sharing and hands-free texting

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Nuance has announced a handful of new features to their Dragon Mobile Assistant app, which launched just last fall. In addition to the usual stuff, like updating Facebook and Twitter, finding businesses, booking calendar appointments, and getting directions, Dragon Mobile Assistant can now share GPS coordinates with trusted contacts.

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Beat Hazard Ultra

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Although a few of the games in Humble Bundle 5 are making their Android debut, Beat Hazard Ultra has been out on the Play Store for some time now. That doesn't mean that it isn't a worthwhile title though, as it still brings together the arcade shooter and music genres in an interesting way. The game will be different for every user too, because the gameplay changes based on your own local music collection.

Hang with us after the break to see a little bit more about Beat Hazard Ultra, one of the games in the Humble Bundle 5.

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3 years ago

Marvel Comics app now offering 700 free first issues

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Marvel has announced an awesome limited-time promo as a part of their SXSW presence. Anyone using the official Marvel Comics app for Android can download over 700 first issues for free. These #1 titles range from the classics to the more contemporary stuff. The frenzy over these issues is pretty amped, so your download speeds might not be so great right now. You'll still want to get in on this, because it wraps up at 11 PM Tuesday night. David Gabriel, one of the dudes from Marvel, commented on why they kicked off this promotion. 

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia J updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Good news for Sony Xperia J owners - the official rollout of Jelly Bean has begun. This will bump the Android OS up to version 4.1, bringing with it new features from Jelly Bean like Quick Settings in the notification area. A new version of Sony Select has also been packaged into the update. Xperia J users should be getting an update notification on their phones automatically in the coming days/weeks. If any users are unable to update over the air, they can check out Sony's official page for a manual install method.

Source: Sony; More: Sony Xperia J Forums

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Dynamite Jack

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A few of the games in Humble Bundle 5 are making their Android debut, and Dynamite Jack is one of them. This retro-styled game that reminds us of old arcade titles translates well to the phone with touch controls. And because its part of the Humble Bundle, it won't cost you much to play.

Hang with us after the break and see how Dynamite Jack performs in its first Android release.

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3 years ago

Unicorn Apocalypse game from Samsung commercials hits the Play Store

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Unicorn Apocalypse

Samsung has been using a fictional game called "Unicorn Apocalypse" in a barrage of internet and TV commercials lately, and has followed up on it by actually releasing the game in the Play Store. In the commercials, Samsung tends to poke fun at the fictional developers of the game because they take it so seriously, and the game certainly continues with that theme. Unfortunately the game hasn't exactly gotten great reviews in the Play Store, with most users noting that the game doesn't play properly, and when it does the content isn't exactly exciting. We've noticed that the visual assets aren't set properly for 768x1280 displays either.

With little bugs aside, it's a fun little game to look at -- if for nothing more than to have the game from the commercial on your phone. You can grab a download from the Play Store at the source link below.

Download: Unicorn Apocalypse (Google Play)

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: HootSuite, TVCatchup, Solar 2 and more!

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Apps of the Week

Ahh yes, the Apps of the Week. We meet here every Saturday afternoon to bring you an app from each of the Android Central writers. But not just any apps, these are the apps that we're using day-to-day and have found useful enough to keep on our devices. We have some tools, games and everything in between on the list today.

Stick around with us after the break and see how we did with our app picks this week.

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3 years ago

Netflix shutting down public API program, current third-party apps will continue to function

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While third-party Netflix applications are somewhat limited as to what they can offer anyway, some folks still love to use them. Netflix is putting an end to any future third-party clients however, by killing off the public API program. 

Currently active clients will continue to function, as all API keys currently issued will remain active. What it does mean is that no new keys will be issued to third-party developers, so what we've got today is as far as it goes. Additionally the developer portal is being set to read-only, and the OData catalog will be retired in April. 

Netflix says that the changes are being made so as to focus on the products and features most used by its subscribers -- or in other words, the official Netflix clients. It's still a little sad to see future third-party apps killed off completely, but given the times we live in -- Twitter being the obvious example -- it isn't all that surprising either. 

Source: Netflix

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Solar 2

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Our coverage of the games offered in Humble Bundle 5 continues with a look at Solar 2, which has just made its debut on Android. This is an interesting game centered around the life of an evolving planet, flying around the solar system trying to grow and stay alive. Solar 2 has a neat gameplay idea wrapped in solid visuals and an appropriate soundtrack, all of the components necessary for a great game.

Read on past the break for a more in-depth walkthrough of Solar 2, a new game now available as part of Humble Bundle 5.

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