Just in time for the final shows of the season, the Blue Angels -- the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstraion Squadron -- finally has its own official Android application.
First things first -- the Blue Angels app is $1.99, with proceeds going to the National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. With that out of the way, the apps's a nice little portal into the Blue Angels, with show information (including maps), "news" (which is really just a Twitter feed) and then the meat of the matter. You get a roster and bios of the entire team (not just the pilots), info on the aircraft (including Fat Albert), and a list of all the manuevers the Blues (and, again, Fat Albert) do during a show. The maneuvers are the really slick part, with graphic showing the basic move. Video's just a touch away, however, and then you get a three-camera look at what it's like inside and outside the F/A-18. Very cool.
Our only real niggle here is that the app's a bit on the slow side, and be sure to not hit your phone's back button. But otherwise, it's a cool look into the Blues and the people who make them happen, and a nice way to support the Museum Foundation.
We've got screen shots, hands-on video and download links after the break.
Sky Go is a big deal in the UK mobile world. Allowing its customers to watch their favourite TV content on demand through their computers and mobile devices including premium content, it's really a top grade service. At the moment, the mobile offering is exclusive to iOS. This though apparently may be about to change.
A spokesperson for the satellite TV company has told Techradar UK; "Sky Go on Android, it will be launching in the coming months."
Sky Go currently has 1.6million users across the UK, which is impressive considering its relatively limited device coverage. Combined with the 2012 launch of Netflix on these shores, UK Android fans are finally approaching the sort of choice our American friends have on offer.
He's back, baby. Duke Nukem 3D, the classic first-person shooter, is finally available on Android. It's everything you'd expect it to be, which is to say it's an extremely faithful port. If you've ever played Duke Nukem, you're right at home here. Same snide remarks, same point of view, same guns, same monsters.
Gameplay's fast -- almost too fast. The simple graphics don't allow much room for lag, which is good. But the screen's also pretty cluttered with buttons -- doubly so if you use dual-stick mode. But you can move the controls around, so that'll help some.
The game is a fairly big 27MB download. But for all those MBs, you only get one episode to play -- L.A. Meltdown. Lunar Apocalypse and Shrapnel City will each cost you another 99 cents. And that's on top of the ads that show up on the menus. Not a huge deal, but it's something to be aware of.
Otherwise, it's pretty straightforward. Not the best game we've seen on Android. But for 99 cents worth of nostalgia, it ain't bad.
Check out a few more screen shots, download links and our hands-on footage after the break.
If you use Google Reader to make all your RSS feeds a little more sane organized, be ready for a pleasant surprise. Google has begun the rollout of the new look and feel for the reader website, and everyone should expect it by this evening. Go on and hit F5 for a while, we'll wait (have to admit, I did just that). The new look lines up with the rest of the updated Google service websites, including the black omnimagicbar across the top and your Google+ notifications baked right in to the upper left corner.
Speaking of Google+ and integration, the new Reader allows you to +1 and share stories right from the stream. This is an easy way to share with friends, and should work much better than the previous friending, following, sharing, and comments methods, which have been removed in favor of the new integration.
It works the same as the +1 button does anywhere -- click it, and you're given the option to share it on Google+. Type in your message, and the magic happens.
We're big users of both Google Reader and Google+ around these parts, and we're excited about the new look and the new + integration, but the last little tidbit Alan Green (Google software engineer) threw out on the official announcement is the best of them all -- expect a new Android app shortly. Sweet.
Google+ is getting some love tonight. The latest version has just been pushed to the Android Market and should be showing up for most folks. If not, you'll just have to sit tight for a little while longer. This release -- created during the Ice Cream Sandwich developement brings a few changes to the table.
Most notably the UI and styling of the app is more in tune with how Android 4.0 looks and for those who loaded up the previously leaked version -- it will look familiar but others changes can be found within as well such as:
Battery life improvements
Navigation and performance improvements
Significant notifications improvements
Brand new posting UI
Several bug fixes
Support for Google Apps users
Ability to sign out
Add people to a circle from circle profiles
All in all, a nice update that will hopefully correct a lot of concerns some have had. You can fire up the Android Market or grab it from the link below, where you'll also find some more screenshots
With all the Google TV news the past few days, we wanted to let you guys know about Redux. Back at Google I/O Redux was featured by Google as something Google TV was all about -- quality content you can view right in your living room via Google TV. Their HTML 5 app has been in the GTV spotlight (Google's app picks for the Google TV platform) for a while, and to be ready for the Honeycomb rollout, they already have their Android app ready in the Market. That's cool -- Redux is ready for you, but what exactly is Redux? hit the break to find out, and get information where you can check it out right now.
When Google finally unveiledIce Cream Sandwich to the world, we all knew it was going to be the new hotness. How much it changed things, though, I'm not sure anyone could have really predicted. Fortunately, it didn't matter. Once the event was over, I knew I wanted it, period.
Thanks to one enterprising developer, there's a wicked theme for CM7 that gives you all the aesthetic polish of ICS on your current-gen, non-ICS phone. It's done by the same guy who made Tangerine and Arctic Green (to name a few), and as good as those were, Ice Cream Sandwich CM7 Theme rules the roost in terms of look and quality.
For starters, all of the system apps we've come to know and love have had their icons updated to their Ice Cream Sandwich counterparts. That means Calendar, Camera, and the like have fresh, new looks, while Gmail is finally the icon we've become accustomed to from Honeycomb.
The notification bar and its respective icons have been all TRON'd out, as they're sporting the new blue color that was first introduced in Honeycomb and is being carried over into Ice Cream Sandwich. The text in the pulldown bar (such as your carrier, the date, and the word 'Notifications') are similarly colored.
Text on your actual notifications is a bright white, which stands out nicely compared to the darkness of the pulldown and makes everything easy to read. Instead of a 'Clear' button, there's just a blue X, but its purpose is obvious. It also looks much sleeker than the button of Android's yesteryear.
The dialer is sporting Roboto Light (or something close to it) and looks all the better for it. The numbers are in blue and the letters are in grey, but it all comes together nicely.
Check boxes inside menus have also been rendered blue, with a subtle glow to them. (No, it doesn't pulse.) Anything highlighted is the same blue, and the force field that appears when a list hits the top of bottom of the screen is colored the same, too.
For anyone else who can't wait for Ice Cream Sandwich to officially drop (and has a rooted phone running CM7), I'd pick this theme up, posthaste. It's clean, works like a charm, and best of all, it's free. Plus, if you use LauncherPro Plus, there's an additional app you can download that themes your widgets to look all Ice Cream Sandwichy, too.
We've got a few pictures and download links after the break.
The long wait is finally, almost, at an end for users of LG's Optimus line as they have today released details of the European rollout of their much awaited Gingerbread update for the "three premium smartphones" in the lineup.
It's important to remember that the dates provided by LG, refer specifically to unlocked, unbranded versions of the devices. Those bought from carriers may have to wait a little while longer. The good news though, is that for the Optimus 2X, the update starts from November 1. The Optimus 3D, and the Optimus Black will follow shortly after, followed by a global rollout. No specific dates have been provided though for outside of Europe.
The dates are:
LG Optimus 2X - From Nov. 1 for open models in Europe
LG Optimus 3D - From week commencing21st Nov. 21 for open models in Europe
LG Optimus Black - From week commencing Nov. 28 for open models in Europe