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2 years ago

Tweet Lanes review - a new twist on twitter, but still a work in progress

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Tweet Lanes for Android fits in very nicely with ICS design, but is that enough?

Tweet Lanes launched on Android earlier this month and somehow managed to muscle its way into a plenty-crowded category of Twitter clients. There are a few things that Tweet Lanes does differently that immediately sets it apart from the norm.

The main thing is that all outgoing tweets are pumped through the same context-sensitive text box. no matter if you're starting a new tweet from scratch, replying, or retweeting. This is done by selecting which tweet (or tweets) you want want to interact with, and the top bar changes and bottom tweet box adjust accordingly. Secondly, Tweet Lanes can use a device's volume up and volume down keys to navigate through feeds. 

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2 years ago

HTC says Desire HD still getting ICS, refutes reports of update cancellation

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Last week some troubling news seemed to be emerging from Canadian carrier TELUS, which put out an update schedule suggesting that the Android 4.0 upgrade for the Desire HD had been canceled. The schedule indicated that the ICS update had been canned due to "poor device performance in testing," which didn't make a whole lot of sense given that we've seen ICS running on even less powerful phones like the Desire C in recent months.

As such, we reached out to HTC for comment, and an the manufacturer has informed us that ICS updates for the Desire HD, and the similarly-spec'd Desire S, are still on.

An HTC spokesperson told Android Central --

"We remain committed to providing customers with the latest software updates when possible. As such, we are pleased to confirm we are still on schedule to deliver an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for both the HTC Desire HD and Desire S."

So there you go. The Desire HD may be approaching its second birthday, but at least it should see one more OS update before it's put out to pasture.

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2 years ago

Sonos Controller update expands support for all 7-inch and 10-inch tablets and adds landscape

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An update to the Sonos Controller app is available that expands its list of supported tablets and also adds support for landscape. Late last year, Sonos made the app available for tablets, but the selection was limited. It is now available on all 7-inch and 10-inch devices, which of course includes the recently released Nexus 7 (see our review).

In addition, Sonos has added landscape mode which was one of the most requested features, and also has added larger album artwork for your visual pleasure.

If you're a big Sonos user, this has to excite you. For the update, please find links to the free app after the break.

Source: Sonos

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2 years ago

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light released on Android, exclusive to Xperia for now

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The latest big name title to arrive on Android, is Square Enix's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Fans of the Tomb Raider series of games will feel right at home, and while Android is pretty much the last place for this title to show up -- it's even on the BlackBerry PlayBook already -- as always, big titles are welcome. 

The one, big, caveat at the moment though, is that the title is exclusive to Xperia devices for the time being. Playing a title such as this on an Xperia Play is sure to be an enjoyable experience, but for those of us without one of the supported Sony devices, we're just going to have to wait. There's no word at present on how long this exclusivity will last. 

The good news for Xperia owners, is that for now at least, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light can be had for the low low price of £0.99/$1.29. 

Download: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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2 years ago

Oscura review - spooky, simple, and challenging

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Earlier this month, an abstract Android title by MTV called Oscura slashed its price in half, and continues to rank highly among the top paid games in Google Play. Oscura has a minimal, silhouetted style that bears a striking similarity to an indie PC game Limbo, not that that's a bad thing - it suits mobile wonderfully.  

The premise is a little on the fairy tale side, yet doesn't stop the game from being tense or downright scary at times. There's a lighthouse that keeps dark creatures at bay. One day it explodes and the impish keeper, Oscura, has to run out, collect the scattered light shards and restore protection to the lands. Of course, with the lighthouse out of commission, it leaves the doors wide open for red-eyed monsters to roam freely, making Oscura's repair mission a fair bit more challenging. 

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2 years ago

IM+ updated for Android with a host of new features

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The popular cross platform instant messaging app IM+ from Shape Services has received a nice update today bringing some welcomed new features. I'm a big fan of the app, having used it on iOS, BlackBerry and Android over the last couple of years. With a host of integrated services, such as Skype, Gtalk and Facebook just to name a few, SMS may well be a thing of the past. IM+ also includes Beep, a free mobile to mobile in-app messenger. If you want to manage all your instant messaging clients in once place then IM+ gets my vote.

If you haven't tried IM+ before now may be a good time to do so.

New to version 6.3 are the following features:

  • Significantly improved battery life.
  • Message Queue: Outgoing messages are queued is network not available and will be sent upon reconnection.
  • New IM services: mig33, SINA Wiebo, Mamba.Ru and Fetion.
  • Option to set master password: App can not be launched without password being entered.
  • Contact list can now be grouped by accounts
  • Preview to links for images and video in chat window.
  • Option to expand/collapse chat groups in charts tab.
  • Option to import accounts and settings from IM+ to IM+ Pro.
  • Option to disable system notifications for AOL and AIM IM service.

Download: IM+

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2 years ago

Instagram updated with Nexus 7 support, Flickr sharing

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If you're among the lucky few to already be in possession of a Google Nexus 7, then you'll be pleased to see hear that the Instagram app for Android has been updated to support your new tablet. The latest version 1.1.7 of Instagram for Android is now fully functional on the Jelly Bean tablet, whereas before N7 owners were turned away with a compatibility message. Though the focus of Instagram on a tablet is on viewing, not creating content, you can also use the Nexus 7's 1.2MP front-facing camera to take your own mugshots and filter them to your heart's content.

In addition, the latest update includes the ability to share Instagram'd photos directly to Flickr as part of the sharing menu once you've saved your image. (Unfortunately there's still no native Google+ support right now, though our fingers remain crossed.)

Check the link below to download Instagram for Android from Google Play.

Download: Instagram for Android

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2 years ago

Chromemote offers another solution for controlling your Google TV

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Although there is quite a few options for controlling your Google TV out there already, such as the included remote or any one of the numerous apps in the Google Play Store not all of them work they way some folks want or how they wish to use their Google TV. For me personally, I like to have my Google TV fired up and on when I'm writing up posts as I sit in front of my laptop. The included remote isn't all that great for this and an app would mean picking up my smartphone every now and then and messing around with it. Granted, I'm likely doing that anyhow but that's kind of the point. I have other things on my phone to be doing than controlling my Google TV with it.

Luckily, a new project is under way by a fellow named Robert Smith. His project is called Chromemote and the premise behind is that it allows you to control your Google TV right from within as you may have guessed already, Google Chrome. Chromemote is an extension available for Google Chrome in the Chrome Web Store and in Robert's own words, he is what you can expect from Chromemote:

This will enable any device running a Google Chrome browser or the Google Chrome OS to have complete control over any Google TV device. With Chromemote you will be able to use your notebook's keyboard and touchpad to control your Google TV. Chromemote is designed to have the look and feel of the original Google TV Remote app for Android, but has been expanded to allow a multitude of new features. Chromemote will allow you to rearrange buttons and create custom buttons tailored for your home entertainment system.

Sure enough, after installing the extension from the Chrome Web Store and entering my secure PIN, I was up and running with Chromemote and able to control my aging Logitech Revue all from my MacBook Pro with ease. Other functions such as turning my TV off and on also worked rather flawlessly as well, so I'm starting to think I may have found a pretty decent solution to my remote control problem. If you have a Google TV and are looking for a better way to control it, then I'd say Chromemote is certainly worth a look.

Source: Chromemote, via: GigaOm

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2 years ago

Metal Slug 3 review - classic cartoon carnage

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Metal Slug 3 blasted into Google Play last week, complete with a tankload of nostalgia and old-school graphics. Don't let the pixel art style fool you, though - Metal Slug's animation is buttery smooth, explosive, and full of character. 

In a nutshell, Metal Slug 3 is Contra with a goofy cartoon twist. The side-scrolling shoot-em-up action is pretty much exactly the same - use the joystick to aim a weapon and move, and buttons to jump, shoot, and use special abilities. Enemies can kill your character in one shot, which quickly turns the game into a test of survival; three lives and three continues will only get you so far. Everyday bad guys drop quickly to a hail of bullets, but prolonged boss fights can be particularly harrowing. Power-ups pepper levels and provide access to limited-use bombs and bigger guns to clear a path to the end. 

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2 years ago

Sky's Now TV launches on Android and other platforms tomorrow

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British broadcaster Sky has announced that its new Internet-based, on-demand TV service Now TV will be launching on Android and other platforms tomorrow. Competing with the UK's LoveFilm and the recently-launched Netflix, Now TV promises customers an "easy and commitment-free way to enjoy amazing movies, instantly." The first round of content will be taken from Sky's library of movies, with Sports and other TV content due to be added over the next few months. Movies will be available to view for a one-off fee of between £0.99 and £3.49, or view unlimited movies with a Sky Movies Pass for £15 per month. To sweeten the deal, Sky's giving users a free 30-day trial of the Movies Pass, similar to what Netflix currently offers.

The service launches on PC, Mac and "selected Android smartphones" tomorrow, with other platforms including Xbox and iOS begin added later in the year. The "selected" part may set alarm bells ringing, as Sky operates a similar policy for its Sky Go streaming service, which so far has the Android app for that service limited to just a few handsets, with no support for Android 4.0 and above.

Given Sky's comprehensive library of content, though, it certainly has the potential to become a major player in the on-demand TV world. Check past the break for today's press release in full.

Source: Sky

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