From Laminar Research, the developer that brought us X-Plane, we now present Giant Fighting Robots! We said, GIANT. FIGHTING. ROBOTS!
The premise is simple:
Aliens have invaded our outer colonies with no warning, and we are madly trying to raise a defense as our outposts fail, scrounging up anything we can do defend ourselves with.
You will command an All Terrain Attack Walker, or ATAW ... They are calling them Giant Fighting Robots' in the press now.
The controls ... well, if you've played X-Plane, you'll be used to things here. You have a throttle for going forward and backward, and tilt the phone to steer. Arm your weapons and fire away.
As you'll see in our video, the graphics aren't 100 percent, the sounds are simple and the gameplay is a bit rudimentary. But with a name like GIANT FIGHTING ROBOTS (OK, the all-caps are our doing), we just couldn't pass it up. The game's $1.99 in the Android Market, and we've got download links after the break.
Early last month word slipped about Zipcar and their Android application that was in the works and now the application has finally hit the market. If you're unfamiliar, Zipcar it is a popular metro-based loaner car company that allows people to rent and use cars in a rather non traditional manner. The application does have a disclaimer in the market that it still is a beta version, but don't let that deter you from giving it a shot, and if you notice any bugs be sure to provide feedback! Download links available after the break.
With summer just around the corner everyone is trying to get their summer muscles back in action, and be beach ready. Well, OK, not everyone. But if you are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, hit the break with us as we look at some great workout applications this week.
All in all, we're not overly surprised by the GUI. It's using the fragments that make up a big part of the Honeycomb experience -- basically the ability to bring more information to a larger screen. In the example above, Seemic founder and CEO Loic Le Meur tweeted about the Air France Flight 447 crash. The tweet included a link via ping.fm (which Seesmic bought last year) to the boingboing article, and we see the page loaded in a fragment on the right. And presumably other content will at least be previewed that way, too.
We're not going to read too much more into these screen shots (there's one more after the break) just yet, except to say that this is just the beginning of the Honeycomb Twitter apps, folks, and Seesmic has previously said publicly that we'll get a look at its app next week at Google IO.
Whether you're always on the go, or are just an occasional traveler, having the correct application on your device can change the whole experience of the travel. Keeping up to date with real time flight information, maps of the airport, and even weather of the city you are traveling to are features that are found in various airline applications in the Android market. Let's hit the jump to check out some of the various airline applications from around the world.
I don't game often on my EVO, but when I do, I want it to be epic. Sure, there's games like Dungeon Defenders, but sometimes that just doesn't hit the sweet spot. Not enough of that Dune feeling, I suppose.
Fortunately, the aptly-named Death Worm remedies that. With 45 levels, three different types of gameplay, an entire myriad of enemies, and HD support, I feel like I picked a real winner here. Plus, the whole Dune thing helped.
Join me after the break and I'll take you through the finer points of being a gigantic, nigh-unstoppable worm that destroys everything in its path.
According to reports from Tech Crunch, Twitter has acquired TweetDeck, at a cost of about $50 million. Congrats go out to the TweetDeck team for the know-how and ability to create such a lucrative piece of work, and we all look forward to your next project. But after all the back-patting and opening of the bubbly, how will this affect us as Android users?
TweetDeck is a really popular cross platform application, using Adobe Air on the desktop as well as having Android and iOS apps. It's touted as posting over 1 million tweets per day on Android alone, so a lot of users seem to like it just the way it is. The native Twitter client for Android, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired in many folks eyes. Will we see a mash-up of the two? Will one or the other get dropped? And what about TweetDeck's support for other networks like Google Buzz or Facebook? There's a lot of what-ifs to be considered, but in the end the question is simple -- will this make TweetDeck for Android better, or worse? Vote away!
Bump, the popular contact and content sharing app, recently was updated to version 2.0. The update contains new features such as the ability to send more than one app, picture, or contact card at a time to friends and remembers people you have previously bumped for quicker future sharing. In addition, the update brings a new and improved photo viewer and general speed and design improvements.
Check out the standard download links past the break or current users can just open the Android Market and go in to Menu > My Apps.
Lloydgetsaround, and now Android Central member Benny879 has him strutting his stuff in his very own Launcher Pro theme. Besides the calendar above, the skinnable widgets in this theme include:
Rock! The theme is free in the Android Market, and you'll need a phone running Android 2.0 (Eclair) or higher, running Launcher Pro Plus to use it. I know a lot of you guys and gals use LP, and everybody loves Lloyd. It's a no brainer. A couple more pics, and the download link after the break.
OK, all you parents out there. Here's another one that's sure to keep the kids occupied for a good three, maybe four minutes. Chances are you've sat through an episode or two of PBS Kids' "Super Why" -- and now it's available on Android. For the uninitiated, "Super Why" is an award-winning children's TV show that teaches reading, spelling and story-telling. PBS describes the app as:
The SUPER WHY App for Android helps children achieve the power to read with four fun SUPER WHY interactive literacy games in addition to a colorful virtual sticker book. Young learners can play along with each of the four main characters from the PBS KIDS series: Alpha Pig, Princess Presto, Wonder Red, and, of course, Super Why, while practicing the alphabet, rhyming, spelling, writing and reading.
The app will cost $2.99 (ask your kids for help -- they probably already know how to buy them), though it's free today on Amazon. Download it at the source link.
It's a simple premise: If you're an HBO subscriber, you sign in (I used my Cox Cable log-in) and have access to movies, series -- all the content HBO has to offer, really -- and it's served up to your Android phone. Hopefully we'll see it on Honeycomb tablets in the near future. But for now, that's not an option.
The user interface is simple enough. Browse programs and watch them. You can dive through the extensive list of movies, series, comedy, sports, documentaries and (of course), late-night.
The streaming quality was pretty good, though you're a bit let down because the preview images on the app are nicer than what you'll actually be watching. It'll work on either 3G or Wifi. And if the buffering drops off, the stream will revert to audio-only while it catches up.
Anyhoo, if you're looking to get your HBO fix while you're on the go, the aptly named HBO will get it done.
We've got video of it in action, as well as download links, after the break.
Attention all parents of youngsters: Android is here to save you from being overrun, a tall order, especially if you've got more than one running around, or will in the future. But Parenting Magazine has launched the Parenting Ages & Stages app, which aims to guide you through the early years. It's broken down into five categories -- pregnancy, first year, second year, the early years and school years. You can customize the app with pictures of your children, the names and ages, so you get a more personal experience in learning whether that thing Timmy swallowed is really harmful.
You can check out the press release after the break, and we've got more pics and download links after the break.
If you're a fan of Slayer and have an Android phone, you're in luck. Sony Music has released the Slayer app for Android, and it's really good. And loud. And evil. You'll find everything you ever wanted to know about Slayer at your fingertips, including show information (with a quick link to buy tickets), the full discography, news, weblinks, and a fanwall for commenting and leaving photos. On the multimedia side, you have a well rounded list of tracks that play right from the app, as well as plenty of concert footage in the form of mobile optimized video.
Besides being a feast for the senses, the Slayer app has some social media functions as well. Not all death metal fans are anti-social, so the app gives quick ways to share via SMS or Twitter, and is integrated with Foursquare for concert venue check-ins.
Even if you're not a fan of Slayer -- and you really, really should be -- you have to appreciate the polish and thought that went into this one. It's done very well and would be a very nice format for other apps of this nature to follow. If you are a fan, the download link and a bunch of screenshots are after the break.
Now that we've got a proper native Google Docs Android app, it's time to take it for a spin. Here's the thing: It's a native app, all right. But if you're looking for an experience that's far and away better than editing Google Docs on the mobile site, you're going to come away disappointed. It definitely borrows from the mobile side of things.
But that's not to say it's horrible. On the contrary. It's relatively fast (your data connection will affect that, obviously), and the app's pretty intuitive to navigate. And, more important, it lets you search through all of your docs, making for easy reading and editing.
The optical character recognition -- where your phone takes a picture of a piece of paper and turns the text into a Google doc -- works surprisingly well. Our first test was flawless. Our second test -- the one you see in the video above -- didn't go quite as well. Your mileage may vary.
Peep our hands-on video above, and hit up the download link after the break if you're ready to give it a try.
The Viewdle SocialCamera, that nifty little facial recognition app we first saw back at CTIA, is now available for download. The concept is really cool and from what we saw back in March, it works like a charm. Simply take a photo with your camera and Viewdle will recognize the faces in the picture and automatically tag them for Facebook, Flickr, MMS, or e-mail.
Viewdle does need to learn the faces you frequently snap, but once you’ve told it who’s who, it delivers on its promise. Check out the demo above and grab the newly released beta version for free directly from Viewdle or in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.
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