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3 years ago

LG Optimus Black looks set to receive Android 4.0, eventually

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Will they, won't they, Android update stories are one of the more frustrating topics to read about. Particularly, if you happen to be a proud owner of a device which seems to be teetering on the edge of getting an update or not. When it comes to updates, LG owners are all to aware of the pain, and the waiting, and the pain. While making great hardware, it is absolutely no secret that LG is less than positive with software updates. 

The latest LG news comes courtesy of the guys over at Tech Covet. While official information is often scarce, in this case it is the retail packaging that's doing the talking. This new, sealed Optimus Black proudly wears a sticker saying that it will be upgradable to Android 4.0. Huzzah!

Still treat this with a healthy pinch of salt though. Above all, it's just a sticker on a box. We're not saying it's all a marketing ploy to get the device into peoples hands, before a "sorry, you won't get ICS" statement comes out, not at all. But, until we see the software pushing out to devices, and with LG's track record, it's difficult to get overly excited just yet. 

Source: Tech Covet via GSMArena

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3 years ago

Jetpack Joyride review - the gleeful rampage of a disgruntled bureaucrat

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Jetpack Joyride’s classic one-touch endless running action is finally available on Android! The free game puts you in command of Barry Steakfries, a disgruntled bureaucrat who decides to run amok in his place of employment: a top secret laboratory full of dangerous toys.

Using a jetpack powered by minigun propulsion, Barry dodges the facility’s various security precautions while gaining more and more speed. Along the way, Barry picks up coins which can be used to buy various gadgets as well as plenty of vanity items. Rare spin tokens allow Barry to use a bonus slot machine after wiping out, which can reward him with extra coins, a boost on the next run, or even a second chance.

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3 years ago

Retired Wizard Story review - sheep-nuking at its finest

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Retired Wizard Story launched on Android recently, adding a proactive twist on the Plants vs. Zombies wave defense formula. Instead of sitting back and letting minions do all the defending. players don the robe and wizard’s hat to stop accidentally-enchanted sheep from escaping their pen and ruining their quiet, anonymous retirement. This is done by casting spells with taps, swipes, and dragging and dropping scrolls creates mystical circles of power.

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3 years ago

Agent Dash review - a spy has infiltrated Temple Run

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Earlier this month Agent Dash landed on Android, offering some familiar endless-running gameplay with a new twist. Instead of running away from angry spirits in a jungle temple, players guide Agent Dash through a series of dangerous areas in an ultimate attempt to foil Bond-esque evil geniuses.

Swipe gestures have Dash sidestep, leap, and slide beneath incoming obstacles while he also tries to collect stray diamonds, which are used to purchase new gadgets and unlock new agents. Of course, as a free title, those gems can be bought through in-app purchases. Despite having a lot in common with Temple Run, Agent Dash has quite a few things that set it apart. 

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3 years ago

Dark Gate review - a retro RPG built right for mobile

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A throwback retro RPG by the name of Dark Gate was recently localized for English, and offers all of the classic feel of old-school role-playing games with a bunch of smart optimizations for the mobile interface.

The story starts off that Dark Gates are opening up around your area, unleashing unspeakable monsters into the world. You’ve got to keep the monsters at bay and close the gates to restore peace to the land. There’s a long winding storyline that follows the characters on this mission, but at the end of the day, Dark Gate is like any RPG - kill monsters, level up, get new gear, rinse, repeat.

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3 years ago

Songza review - a playlist for for any occasion

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Songza for Android was recently updated for tablet layouts, following up on the release of Concierge. The music streaming service’s big selling points are its mood-based playlists and time-based suggestions. For example, launching the app on a Friday night in December will probably offer a playlist for Christmas-themed party songs, while Monday evenings are more likely to offer something to unwind from work. Of course, you can browse through the catalog of playlists ranging in subject matter from genre, activities, moods, decades, or culture.There’s even a cute record-store clerk category with playlists such as “This Will Piss Off Your Parents” and “Indie Music That’s Not Too Weird”.

Best of all, the app’s free and there aren’t any audio ads. I’ll try not to ask how they manage to swing that, on the off-chance someone catches on and we’ve gotta start paying $10/month.

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3 years ago

Q&A with TheScore - serving up Olympics coverage and diving into the Nexus 7

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ScoreMobile for Android was recently updated for Nexus 7 compatibility and seeing as their app is all about keeping track of sports, they had a busy run during the Olympics. Of course, the app still keeps tabs on football, hockey, baseball, and golf too. We caught up with Score Media's VP of Digital Products Dale Fallon to talk about what it's like working with Jelly Bean, how their traffic has bean over the last couple of weeks, and how their sporting coverage is going to progress over the next couple of months. 

Hi, Dale! Thanks for your time. Care to give us a bit of background on ScoreMobile?

No problem, Simon. ScoreMobile actually existed first as a Java-based app back in 2005. It was very basic, offering just the latest scores of games and was only available in Canada. It was in 2007 when it made its debut as an iPhone web app in the US,  and then, a year later, as a native app that things really exploded. Since then we’ve developed native apps for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, iPad, Kindle Fire and now the Nexus 7. This has helped us grow to 3.5 million active users every month around the world, making ScoreMobile one of the top sports apps on the planet. It’s certainly come a long way – from an app which just gave you the score, to one which provides an in-depth experience, offering scores, stats, free push alerts, news and options to personalize, as well as the ability to track fantasy league rosters. With NFL season just around the corner, I know a lot of fans are researching and planning their fantasy rosters!

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week - 1Weather, Steam, Perfect Viewer and more!

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Another week in the books and that means yet another chance for us to show you all some of our favorite applications. While some may be fun, others a bit more practical, they all serve a purpose, and rock at doing so. Let's hit the break and check out some of our favorites from this week!

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3 years ago

Gameloft's new Order & Chaos spin-off will be lane defense

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Gameloft has been teasing a spin-off of their World of Warcraft clone for Android, Order & Chaos, for a few weeks now, and today took off the the wraps. It turns out Heroes of Order & Chaos will be a lane defense game (or MOBA), similar to Defense of the Ancients, League of Legends, and others in that sphere.

For those unfamiliar, you pick one of many flavorful, unique heroes, and use them to defend your headquarters against waves of mindless drones coming to do destroy your towers through three seperate lanes of attack. Not only do players have to defend, but they have to push into the opposing team's area and take out their base in order to win. 6 free heroes will be available on a shifting rotation, though you'll be able to pay through in-app purchases for permanent access. 

I'm just starting to get into Dota 2, and am finding the gameplay really great; it's actually pretty surprising that we haven't seen more games like it on Android yet, and I'm pretty confident Gameloft will do a good job with adapting the experience for mobile. Any LoL or Dota fans out there? Would you be willing to weather a gauntlet of microtransactions to play it on Android? At least you're already used to it from PC, right? We can expect Heroes of Order & Chaos to hit Google Play on October 11. 

Source: IGN

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3 years ago

SongPop review - the Draw Something of music trivia

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SongPop is quickly becoming one of the more popular social games available on Android by seriously testing musical knowledge. Players take turns trying to identify five tracks within a specific genre from a multiple-choice list. Points are awarded based on how quickly correct answers are supplied, and once both players have had a go, their results are compared and a winner declared. Things can be made a little bit easier by buying power-ups with coins earned through gameplay or in-app purchases. Those power-ups can knock out two of the options in a list. Coins can also unlock new playlists, expanding your horizon of challenges.

The asynchronous set-up is and in-app purchase model is similar to Draw Something, but after one round, you’ll see that SongPop is a very different beast.

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3 years ago

The Respawnables promises cartoony third-person shooting action

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​The Respawnables has recently been announced by Digital Legends, which will add a goofy twist to the usual class-based shooting game. The art is very similar to the cartoony style you'd see in Battlefield Heroes, and it looks like there's going to be just as many unlockables and customizability. While details are skimpy, it's a safe bet that this is going to be free-to-play with microtransactions available to buy virtual items, 

Three classes are highlighted in the teaser video below: a light scout, a balanced soldier, and a slow heavy weapons guy. There are a ton of weapons on display too, including dual pistols, sniper rifles, and miniguns. You probably won't be left hurting for selection. 

No word on a release date just yet, but I'm digging the style, and they get bonus points for poking fun at The Expendables. Anyone else willing to give this a shot?

Source: PocketGamer

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3 years ago

Are you ready for some football? Essential apps for the upcoming season

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The football season is upon us. Whether or not you’re a college fan, a pro fan or both, the excitement has been building and the first games are not that far away. The NFL has started preseason, but those games are pretty meaningless. To get you prepared for the upcoming seasons, we’ve compiled some of our favorite football apps, both for fantasy and not. There are many other apps, including some very good team-specific ones, but it would take quite a while to show off every team-focused app.

Nevertheless, onto the list:

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3 years ago

WWE launches first app, includes live second-screen experience for Monday Night Raw

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Wrestling fans, WWE has launched their first official app on Android today and is available in Google Play for free. For something about spandex-clad dudes pretending to beat the snot out of one another, there's actually a lot to the app.

There's a breaking news section for the latest updates in the ridiculous world of pro wrestling. There's also a ton of recent and archived wrestling videos available to stream. Wrestlers, divas, and legends all have their own bios, complete with biographies, milestones, photos, and links to their Twitter and Facebook pages. There's a full event schedule too if you want to buy tickets for the next time WWE comes to town, as well as a store to get kitted out with wrestling swag. For those that are really gung-ho about WWE, there's a bunch of community tools so you can talk shop in the forums from the app. 

The biggest thing the WWE app is offering is something called RAWactive, which allows fans to participate in live polls and get additional contextual information while Monday Night Raw is on. 

Any wrestling fans out there itching to catch up what's happening in WWE? I've got to admit to being a little inerested in checking out some of the classic videos. Yokozuna vs. Undertaker casket match really stands out for some reason, but what's your favorite wrestling moment of all time?

Via: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

Wikitude update adds image recognition, enables quick exchange rate checking

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Wikitude has updated their augmented reality platform to version 7.5 with tools for image recognition. To demo the new capabilities, they've added a feature to their app that can scan money and provide immediate information on exchange rates for the currency you're looking at. Wikitude 7.5 has a handful of other features for developers as well. 

  • HTML Drawables: it is easier to create complex visualizations of AR objects
  • Relative locations make it more comfortable to create AR content relative to the users location
  • A fully customizable AR radar
  • Sprite Animations, 3D Transformations and Animation Groups allow complex types of animations
  • Extension for Qualcomm Vuforia SDK for Image Recognition
  • Performance optimizations and bug fixes

I don't see Wikitude replacing Google Goggles any time soon, but image recognition and augmented reality are two features that really go hand-in-hand with one another, and if Wikitude can enable developers to explore both of those capabilities at once, then I'm all for it. Developers interested in trying out some of the new augmented reality tools can find the updated Wikitude SDK over here

How often do you use augmented reality apps compared to anything with image recognition? What's your most common use case for either one?

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3 years ago

Dead Trigger update adds new arenas, missions, weapons and more

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​Dead Trigger for Android has just been updated to version 1.5 with a whole lot of fresh content, including two new arenas (stadium of dead and deadly corridors), a new alien gun weapon, a laser turret and mini-morter, and a whole bunch of fresh tweaks. Here's the full changelog. 

  • 2 new Arenas: STADIUM OF DEAD & DEADLY CORRIDORS
  • Reward for everyone who had purchased DEAD TRIGGER before the game became for free (ALIEN GUN, 25 GOLD, 10 CASINO CHIPS)
  • New story missions
  • New weapon: ALIEN GUN
  • New items: LASER TURRET & MINI-MORTAR
  • Improved gameplay of protect objects missions, players can repair damaged objects now
  • New tutorial for beginners
  • Improved MINIGUN and COLT-M4
  • Increased reward in the Arenas (Players can also win CASINO CHIPS)
  • More chance to win at the Casino (including items)
  • Auto-aim works better when more enemies nearby
  • Better ammo drops for everyone who use more than one weapon

This a beefy update to an already gorgeous game. Shortly after launch, this zombie shooter went free-to-play, making  their in-game currency buyable through in-app purchases, as well as adding a premium currency. it's a formula that has worked for a lot of developers, and with a game as polished as this getting such regular updates, I'm sure it'll do well for a long time to come. 

How much time have you guys pored into Dead Trigger? What's your favorite weapon?

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