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2 years ago

Google adds service alerts for NYC subway into Google Maps

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Regular subway commuters in New York City, this one's for you. Google has flipped the switch from this morning, on a new addition to their transit information in the City. When searching for transit directions, or when selecting any one of the 468 subway stations labelled in Google Maps, disruption alerts and any planned service changes for the relevant stations will be displayed. 

The added features are available in Google Maps on the desktop, and within the Google Maps Android application. It's noted that Google is regularly adding new features all over the globe. And, having up to date travel information right within the app most Android users will be using to find their way around, is no bad thing.

Source: Google Lat Long Blog

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2 years ago

Spotify update brings Spotify Radio to Android at last

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Music streaming service Spotify has pushed an update out to their Android application this morning, which brings with it at last the Spotify Radio functionality. Best of all, it's completely free of charge. The free radio will be ad-supported, so every so often between songs you'll have to listen to ads, but these go away for Premium account holders. Free radio is at present only available to U.S. users, but the premium version is available to everyone. This feature has been around on iOS for about a month now, but we're delighted that it's now coming our way. 

Spotify Radio isn't just any old radio streaming app, in vein of say, TuneIn Radio. Spotify's effort aims to learn from your personal preferences, so when you give a song a thumbs up, this is remembered and used to generate a playlist for you. So, next time that Glee soundtrack song appears, it might not be so easy to explain away!

You also have the ability to create your own radio stations based upon a playlist, album or even a single song. When a song comes up that you like, you can save that too to listen back to at your leisure across any Spotify enabled device. 

The update is live in the Play Store now, and you'll find the full press release after the break. 

Download: Spotify

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2 years ago

Mutant Roadkill review - when Temple Run goes post-apocalyptic

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Mutant Roadkill screeched into Google Play earlier this month as an unabashed homage to Temple Run with a few significant twists. Instead of being chased, you're the one chasing, and you're running over radioactive zombies in a gritty post-apocalyptic world.

Players mount up in a car and steer by tilting the device to the left or right in order to dodge debris littering the streets and nail shambling mutants. Some will be a bit more aggressive, and require players to scrape them off the side of their car by skimming walls, or rely on the odd power-up to clear the way. Players earn cash based on how long they survive without crashing, how many mutants they hit (earning bonus points for consecutive kills), and how many challenges they manage to complete. That coin can be used to buy new vehicles, improve power-ups, and purchase consumables. A premium currency can be bought through IAPs in order to access the particularly good stuff.

 

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2 years ago

PlayUp review - get social with the Olympics

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PlayUp's sporting social network has recently updated with lots of content specific to the Olympics, and with the games just getting started, it seemed like a good time for a review. If you're looking for more, be sure to check out our round-up of Olympics Android apps, and expect another one soon. 

PlayUp curates a wide range of sports content from a bunch of different sources, including Twitter, USA Today, NBC,  ESPN, Reuters, and others. There's even some decent video content that seems to come direct from PlayUp. For the Olympics, users can drill down into individual categories, check schedules and results, as well as create hangouts, where you can publicly or privately banter with other PlayUp users about events as they happen. Users can add friends through Facebook and Twitter connections to send them direct messages and see their activity on the network. Users can also add sports to favorites for quick access later on. 

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2 years ago

Square Enix showing off Final Fantasy Dimensions and other titles for Android at Gamescom

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Square Enix is bringing the big guns of late when it comes to Android. In recent weeks we've seen the release of the mighty Final Fantasy III, and the original Final Fantasy that sneaked out just last week. It doesn't stop there though, as the prominent game developer is headed to Gamescom, in Germany, to show off their next Final Fantasy title for Android, Final Fantasy Dimensions. 

While Dimensions will undoubtedly be the main attraction, Square Enix will also show off a number of future Android titles. There will be a couple of matching, strategy based games called Qwirkle and Motley Blocks, KooZac which is described as a mix of Tetris and Sudoku, and their own brain training game known as Mensa Academy will be out for testing. It's fantastic news for Android as a gaming platform, to see big name developers such as Square Enix getting on board. 

via DroidGamers

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2 years ago

Fake Infinity Blade II Android port weasels into Google Play

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Some wily con artist thought it would be a good idea to snag the branding and assets of Infinity Blade II and post it as their own on Google Play. Except instead of actually including the game in the download, they try to get hopeful players to collect a bunch of points through ad clicks on the TapJoy network before delivering an asset pack that amounts to about 1 GB of nothing. The Google Play listing is convincing enough to the casual observer: description verbiage pulled right from the iOS App Store, "2011 Chair Entertainment Group LLC" as the developer name, the familiar icon, and even a few fake positive reviews to round things out. 

The fact that TapJoy partners with such shady outfits is one thing, but scams like this should never get into Google Play. Not only does it cause a ton of disappointment in Android users, but do you think Chair and EA are remotely interested in making an official port after stuff like this? Smaller apps getting duped in schemes like this is unfortunate, but expected; how can a big developer and recognizable title like Infinity Blade II make it this far? Does Google Play need to be better curated?

Source: Pocket Gamer

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2 years ago

Forever Drive brings unending user-generated racing tracks to Android

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Forever Drive, one of my favorite racing games on iOS, made the jump to Android this weekend. From a top-down perspective, players tilt or tap their way through an endless series of user-created courses for as long as they can before time runs out. Players earn experience points, level up, and get access to new cars and license plates. The real selling point are the smooth, stark, pseudo-Tron graphics that set a truly unique atmosphere. Here's a quick feature run-down.

  • In-Game Track Editor: extremely easy-to-use editor to make beautiful, winding city tracks with just a few touches!
  • Weekly challenge mode: race against the world and competitors’ ghost cars on specially created tracks
  • Regional Leaderboards: see how you stack up against other players around you and compete against them
  • 4 different control types: arcade, tilt, digital pro, analog pro
  • Unlock new cars, paintwork, buildings and license plates!
  • Race against the clock to accumulate XP for LEVELING UP, and access to brand new content.
  • Custom 3D engine rendering

The game is free with optional in-app purchases, which I found were generally done in a classy way. Give it a shot and lets us know about any device compatibility issues. 

Download: Forever Drive (Free, IAPs)

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2 years ago

Touchnote postcards free until Aug. 31 courtesy of Samsung

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In its latest Olympic promotion, Samsung has teamed up with postcard peddler Touchnote to enable users to send free postcards until Aug. 31. For the uninitiated, Touchnote allows you to turn any photo or image on your phone into a real, physical postcard that you can send anywhere in the world. Normally this would set you back £1.49, $1.49 or €1.49 depending on where you live, but this summer Samsung's footing the bill as part of its ongoing sponsorship of the Olympic Games.

The promotion is available to all Touchnote users on Android, iPhone or iPad, so it doesn't matter whether you're using a Samsung device or not. And it's not limited to Olympic visitors or postcards either, so if you're nowhere near London and want to send yourself a postcard of your cat, you're free to do that, too.

Touchnote users can also submit their postcards to Samsung's Olympic postcard wall, which you'll find linked below. To get started, you'll need to grab the Touchnote app for Android -- direct your eyes a few pixels down for a handy Google Play link.

More: Samsung Share Great Moments; Download: Google Play

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2 years ago

Instapaper seeing huge increase in downloads since the Nexus 7 launch

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We heard earlier in the week about the success the guys at Shifty Jelly have had since the launch of the Nexus 7, but, it seems they're not alone. Mobelux, the developers of the Instapaper app for Android, has shared some of their own numbers. And, much like Shifty Jelly, there has been a definite increase in download numbers since the launch of the Nexus 7.

The figure, is a massive 600% increase in downloads of the app since the date of the Nexus 7 launch. There is of course every chance that the $25 free credit for the Play Store has helped their cause. But it's great to hear stories of developers increased success since the Nexus 7 came to town. An application like Instapaper is something that would naturally suit a 7-inch tablet -- it's a perfect size for reading on after all. The Nexus 7 is the first 7-inch Android tablet -- not counting Amazon's Kindle Fire -- to really capture consumer interest in large numbers, and so far everything is coming up roses. 

Source: TNW

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2 years ago

The Weather Channel app updated with localization for 40 languages

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Planning a summer event but worried about the weather? You'll be happy to hear that The Weather Channel app for Android has had a fairly beefy update geared particularly to international users.

  • Bug fixes for wide widgets and widget crashes
  • Support for 40 languages
  • Support for metric in the 36 hour forecast
  • Widget bugs fixed on Ice Cream Sandwich
  • iWitness now open to our customers in the United Kingdom -share your weather with us!
  • Expanded test pilot for Session M points

The download link is available below. What's your favorite weather app? International folks, is it hard finding a good weather app in your language?

Download: The Weather Network (Free)

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