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3 years ago

Chillingo goes all-in with Android - Endless Road, He-Man, and more on the way

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One of my favorite mobile game publishers, Chillingo, was at GDC 2013 and we got to catch up with them and hear about all of the awesome titles that are coming to Android. Some are already out, like Parking Mania and Contre Jour, but others like He-Man, Puzzle Craft, and Endless Road are on the way, and others still like Catapult King just came out. We only got to try out a few of these, but Chillingo's catalog is really impressive, and it will be great to see more of their stuff hitting Google Play this year. 

What are your favorite Chillingo games? Any other publisher that you have a particular fondness for? 

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3 years ago

Xperia TX now receiving Jelly Bean via PC Companion software

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Sony said back in February that it would deliver Jelly Bean for the Xperia TX, and the update has hit just in time.

Starting late last night, folks who have a Sony Xperia TX and the associated "PC Companion" software on their computer were being notified of an update. Luckily it is indeed the Jelly Bean update promised by Sony all the way back in the first week of February. The update brings big improvements to all of Sony's customizations, from the included apps to the launcher and home screen experience. The move to Jelly Bean of course brings Google's own set of goodies like Google Now, Project Butter and actionable notifications as well.

At this point the update only seems to be coming over that PC Companion software and not OTA -- which is unfortunate -- but the option should be there if you're ready to get your Jelly Bean on. Grab the update yet for your own device? Let us know in the comments.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar to bring casual demon-slaying to Android

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The venerable Ultima franchise is coming to Android this spring by way of a lightweight role-playing game called Ultima Forever: Quest of the Avatar. We got to play around a bit with it at GDC 2013, and it really does promise to bring the classic hardcore MMO model to a more casual audience. Players party up in groups of four to delve into dungeon romps that last five minutes and up, depending on how much time you and your buddies have.

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3 years ago

'Featured Android Apps for Tablets' page now on Google Play website

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Developers who spend time to make apps that look great on a tablet get a shout-out from Google on a new page at the Google Play site.

Google has put up a page at Google Play that focuses on apps designed with a tablet in mind. Android doesn't require applications to be specifically written for tablets, instead opting to allow developers to use UI elements like fragments to better utilize screen real estate on any device. But the truth of the matter is, most app developers aren't doing it. Hopefully, a chance to get featured by Google will jump start a bit more development in this area.

We're not saying it's easy to make one app work across all devices, because it's not. Google provides a good toolbox for it, and they have outreach programs for developers, but it still takes time and work to make you app look great on both a phone and a tablet. While Android is the market leader for smart phones, their tablet sales fall to a distant third behind Apple and Amazon. It makes sense for developers to focus on an app designed to look great on a smaller screen before he or she starts worrying about tablet-sized screens and the new challenges they bring.

Anyhoo, it's nice to see Google give props to a handful (there's 116 apps featured) of applications that are awesome on your tablet, and we hope this list grows and grows. To check them out for yourself, just follow the link below.

Source: Google Play. Thanks, Tomas!

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3 years ago

Action Launcher gains 'Shutters' - swipe your way to widgets

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Tablets also get some attention, along with a number of other fixes

Every now and then you run into a cool system-level Android app that does some really interesting stuff -- and does it well. Action Launcher is one such application. From Aussie developer Chris Lacy, Action Launcher, erm, launched in October 2012 and shifted the usual Android launcher paradigm -- the home screens for app icons, folders and widgets, and a separate app drawer full of icons -- to a far-left (and extremely speedy) list view for apps. 

An update in December brought forth Covers -- sort of uber-folders that added a slick new bit of functionality to the application.

And now, we have Shutters, available in an update today along with a slew of new features and fixes.

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3 years ago

Gameloft bringing Iron Man 3 to Android on April 25

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Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk. -- Tony Stark

We saw the teasers yesterday, and today Gameloft has announced that Iron Man 3 is coming to Android. It's set to launch on April 25, and it looks like a new breed of endless runner. 

Before you complain about yet another endless running game, be sure to check the trailer above. Flying above city streets, firing a lazer at obstacles and enemies is a far cry from Temple Run. This looks like a ton of fun, and even if you're not a fan of Iron Man, who doesn't love to blow the bad guys out of the sky?

No news on what this one's going to cost, all Gameloft is telling us is the date and where to see the trailer. When it comes, we'll have a good look at it.

Source: @Gameloft

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3 years ago

Google Play Movies & TV adds in-content 'Info Card' search

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Update brings Google Play Moves & TV to India as well!

Google has just updated its Play Movies & TV app to include what it calls "Info Card" search, giving you information about the movie you're watching when you pause. Similar to what Amazon offers on its Kindle Fire tablets, Info Cards give you contextual information about the movie when you pause it, listing the actors in the scene, related movies and the soundtrack playing at the time. The cards are of course in the new "Google Now" card style, overlaid on the movie along the right side and look like what you'd get if you performed a Google search on the actor from a device.

Info Cards are available for only certain movies -- and certainly a limited selection -- that have an Info Cards "badge" on them, so be on the lookout next time you're renting or buying something from Google Play. Also included in this update is Play Movies & TV content for India, which is again a huge deal.

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3 years ago

Google Translate app updated with offline support

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An update to the Google Translate app for Android is going out today, adding support for offline translations for fifty languages. It's a big upgrade for Google Translate, which until now has required an internet connection. (We all know how expensive international roaming can be.)

The new version supports Android 2.3 Gingerbread and above, and languages can be downloaded from the new "Offline languages" menu. A word of warning -- downloading an entire language to your phone takes just as much space as you'd imagine. With only English and German installed, we'd already taken up a hefty 280MB of internal storage.

There are also some limitations to offline mode -- it's currently text-only, so voice translation and image translation don't work offline.

If you've already got Google Translate installed, hit the Play Store to get the latest update. If not, you can use the handy Google Play link above.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Preview of Frontline Commando: D-Day

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We swung by the Glu offices while prepping for GDC 2013 today to check out their next Frontline Commando game, due to launch this Thursday on Google Play. You'll find a lot of the same third-person, duck-and-cover action that the franchise is known for, along with a few new elements that really sets it apart.

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3 years ago

Earn to Die: All the zombie mauling fun you could ask for

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Who doesn't love killing a few dozen zombies while driving to survive the apocalypse? No one, that's who. Earn to Die helps get you your daily zombie-killing fix, and it does so with quality gameplay and graphics. Initially an extremely popular iOS title with millions of installs and plenty of time in the top charts, Earn to Die has come to the Play Store in all its glory. Nothing was lost on the way over either, and the game plays just as great on Android.

The developer has also made the game free for the first lengthy level, and the full-priced version is extremely cheap to boot. Hang with us after the break to learn a little more about Earn to Die, a fun side-scrolling zombie apocalypse game.

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3 years ago

The original Sonic the Hedgehog coming to Android

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Big news from GDC for Sonic fans! The original Sonic the Hedgehog is making it's way to Android. It will cost $2.99 (a bargain for any fan) and we have no release date as of yet. We do know that it's going to be completely re-written as a native Android app, and deliver a "rock solid" frame rate and take advantage of the wide screen of Android devices for superior game play. In addition, Time Attack mode will be included, as well as a completely remastered sound track.

While not official, folks at SonicRetro think the new game may be built using the Retro Engine, as developer Christian Whitehead recently tweeted:

 Those feels, I'm preparing a build for GDC and I won't even be there.

It sounds like we're going to be in for a treat. We're going to talk more with Sega tomorrow and see if we can't get a little demo. All you need to do is dust off the old Game Gear and practice. 

Source: SonicRetro; Android Police

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3 years ago

Green Throttle expands Atlas Controller support to any device running ICS and above

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Green Throttle, a start-up focused on bringing quality console-level controllers to Android devices, is announcing wider device compatibility of its app and Atlas Controller. The controller can now be used on any Android device running ICS (4.0.3) or later, although Green Throttle recommends you use a device with video-out support in order to play on a larger screen. After its installed, Green Throttle Arena lets you play games with up to four players on your Android device with a much better experience than using a touch screen.

The app is free, but the Atlas Controller itself will set you back $39.95 stand-alone, or $49.95 with a bundled Micro USB charger and HDMI cable. If you want to play with a friend, a two controller bundle runs $89.99. If you'd like to check them out for yourself, you can grab the app from the Play Store link above, and see more about the controller and technology at the link below.

More: Green Throttle

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3 years ago

Motorola support page indicates Droid Bionic to receive Jelly Bean in Q2 2013

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While we wouldn't have blamed you for thinking ICS was the end of the road for the Droid Bionic, a Motorola Support page now indicates that a Jelly Bean update is on its way in Q2 2013. The handy little tool that Motorola introduced last year to help people find out about upcoming updates on their device reveals the information when selecting the Bionic from a list of support devices. As pointed out by Droid-Life, prominently at the bottom of the page it lists "Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade rollout expected to begin Q2 2013."

Now that's a pretty darn vague window, if true, to have the update "start" somewhere in the next three months, but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth. If it does come true, there are going to be some seriously happy Bionic owners out there.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

How to watch TV with the HTC One

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Powered by Peel, the HTC One helps discover what to watch - and then ​deftly turns into an infrared remote control

A common thread among smartphone manufacturers this year is the inclusion of an infrared port and television remote control and show discoverability. That is, you use your phone to control the TV and change channels and volume and stuff. You also have a way to see what's on, and to easily tune to it.

Know what? It works pretty darn well.

More: Read our complete HTC One review

To be clear, we're not talking about watching TV on your HTC One. We're talking about watching TV with your HTC One. See the difference? The idea behind all this (for HTC as well as other manufacturers) is that there's a pretty good chance you're sitting there with your phone in your pocket anyway. Might as well put it to use. Whether that's a good idea? Well, we'll leave that for another time.

For now, let's take a deep dive into the TV app on the HTC One.

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3 years ago

First Android-only 'Humble Mobile Bundle' now available

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Today The Humble Bundle is introducing a mobile-only (and Android-only) "Humble Mobile Bundle", which is now available for your enjoyment. The Humble Bundle has been around for some time, and has also recently started including Android versions of games alongside Windows, Mac and Linux versions. This is the first time the bundle will only contain Android games, however. We recently reviewed each game in Humble Bundle 5 and came away impressed. This time around, we're looking at six great games:

  • Contre Jour
  • Anomaly Korea
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Bladeslinger
  • The Rooma
  • Metal Slug 3

If you're not familiar with the Humble Bundle system, it's a "pay what you want" model that lets you donate any amount you please and receive the first four games, and the last two games if you donate over the average. A portion of the proceeds also go to charity, which is great. The games are also DRM-free, which is a huge bonus. The average donation is currently $5.44, and you have just shy of two weeks left to donate yourself.

Source: Humble Bundle

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