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3 years ago

Marvel’s Avenger Initiative now available on Google Play for a promotional price of $5

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Although it landed on iOS first, Marvel’s Avenger Initiative has now arrived in the Google Play Store. Noted as being "the first installment of Marvel's biggest cross‐over mobile gaming event" you'll start the game off playing as Hulk and take on the task of hunting down the world's most notorious villains and send them back S.H.I.E.L.D. In other words, Hulk. Smash.

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3 years ago

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to launch on Android on December 6

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We've previously heard that GTA Vice City 10th Anniversary edition would be heading to our Android devices, but until now we didn't know when. The wait is almost at an end, with today's announcement from Rockstar Games that we can expect Vice City to drop on December 6. Following on from last years release of GTA III Anniversary edition, Vice City of course takes us back to the 1980's as Tommy Vercetti. 

The price of GTA Vice City is to be a reasonable $5, less than the price GTA III made at launch, although like its predecessor there is a potential compatibility issue. Rockstar has kindly listed the devices that will be compatible at launch, though thankfully this time round, it isn't quite so depressing. Many of the latest devices are to be supported immediately, including the new Nexus 4 and Nexus 10:

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3 years ago

µTorrent update adds WiFi only option, spares your data plan

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Although it's probably a long overdue addition for some, the folks from Bittorrent have now updated their Android torrent client µTorrent to offer a WiFi only download option. Previously, when using the app you ran the risk of  blowing through your entire data plan or racking up overage charges by leaving some torrents running, but no more. You'll now be able to set it to download over WiFi only and never really worry about it.

In addition to that change, there is also some unspecified stability improvements in this release.

Hit the Google Play Store link above to grab the latest version.

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3 years ago

Amazon's suite of apps on Verizon phones isn't a bad thing

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Once upon a time there was a leaked memo regarding Verizon beginning to load "a suite of Amazon apps preloaded on one dedicated home screen for all newly launched Android devices." Wit the launch of the HTC Droid DNA, we now now exactly what that entails. And the results are not nearly as scary as some had feared.

First off, the sentence in and of itself should have made things pretty clear. Apps. On one home screen. Nothing about replacing Google Play. Nothing about going solely with the Amazon Appstore. But we can't blame folks' ears from perking up a little bit. Verizon, after all, is the carrier that once swapped out Google's maps and search for Microsoft's Bing. That ended poorly.

More: Read our complete Droid DNA review

Fact of the matter here is that there's a nicely designed widget on one of the home screens that pushes to Amazon storefront, as well as apps such as Amazon MP3 and Kindle. No surprise there, and it's not like those apps had never been preloaded on any other devices before.

The really interesting thing is how it handles the suite of apps. Instead of pushing links to the Amazon Appstore, you're directed to Google Play. We're willing to put good money on that being a requirement from Google in order to pass compatibility testing -- and there's no reason why you can't install the Amazon Appstore later, if you so desire.

We've got a little video of the whole thing after the break.

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3 years ago

Creatorverse brings physics sandbox to Android

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Linden Lab, the folks behind the Second Life virtual world, have released their first creation for Android. Creatorverse isn't so much a game as it is a toy. Though there are simple, intuitive controls for placing virtual objects into a space, resizing, connecting, and coloring them, the breadth of mechanics that can be applied to them are truly boggling. Virtual magnetic fields, alterations in gravity and friction, levers, pivots, triggers, and many more tools are likely to keep tinkerers busy for a long time. Best of all, any creations, be they cute pieces of interactive art, explorations in physics, or even simple games, can all be shared online to other creators on all platforms. They can then download, experience, and tweak creations as they see fit. 

As Android fans, I think we all have a bit of a tinkerer's mindset. That said, an open, creative sandbox like this is well-suited to us. I can definitely see the use of Creatorverse for getting kids interested in engineering; the rules and interface are accessible, but deep and potentially inspiring. I've only been playing around with Creatorverse for a little while, but I can already tell that it's going to be keeping a permanent spot on my Android device. 

What do you guys think? Any Little Big Planet fans in the house? How about Second Life? 

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3 years ago

ForeverMap 2 brings offline-ready OpenStreetMaps to Google Play

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After hanging out on the Barnes & Noble Nook since the summer, Skobbler's ForeverMap 2 has found its way to the Google Play store. Like a few other non-Google solutions ForeverMap 2 taps into OpenStreetMap for its data, which is created thanks to the collective contributions of users. The core app costs $0.99, and you can download locally-stored maps for individual cities for $0.99, single states for $1.99, whole countries for $2.99, continents for $5.99 each, or a full global map for $9.99. Though that sounds like a fair bit to ask, users get one country for free out of the box. All of the usual services are there, including turn-by-turn directions, points of interest search, and address lookup. 

Skobbler is pushing ForeverMap 2 as a Google Maps alternative, which is a pretty hard sell considering the high quality of Android's built-in navigation and local search apps. Offline access is always handy, especially if you're visiting someplace outside your data coverage, but it that alone enough? What would it take for you to switch to something other than Google Maps? Does ForeverMap 2 look like it could fit the bill, or are there other third-party maps applications that you're already comfortable with? 

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3 years ago

Android 4.2 OTA update and factory image live for 'yakju' Galaxy Nexus

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Good news for those of you waiting patiently on Android 4.2 for the 'yakju' variant international GSM Galaxy Nexus. We're seeing reports from Android Central Forums members that the OTA update has begun pushing out to those devices. Should you not wish to wait though, or just want a fresh start, the factory 4.2 image for the device has also been posted. 

This only applies to 'yakju' Galaxy Nexus owners at this time, which means people in places like Hong Kong and the UK should be seeing OTA notifications very soon. 'Takju' Galaxy Nexus owners had their updates push last week, and at this time there's still no sign of an update for the Verizon or Sprint versions of the Galaxy Nexus. 

And, because we're so good to you, we've got your download links below for both the factory images and the update package. For a run through of how to update your Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.2 manually be sure to check out our guide linked below. 

How to manually update your Nexus to the latest Android Version

Download: Android 4.2 update, Factory Image

More: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Forums

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3 years ago

OpenFeint gaming service closing its doors on December 14

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OpenFeint -- the service that used to ask you if you didn't like fun if you ignored it -- is closing its doors and discontinuing service as of December 14. The cross-platform game platform that allows you to chart scores on leaderboards, achievements and compete against friends is being shut down by owners Gree. At the same time, Gree is hoping that developers who utilized OpenFeint will transfer over to their own platform instead. 

As of shutdown "all OpenFeint network calls will be non-functional." In simple terms, it will cease to work. The actual end date may end up being later than December 14 but developers are urged to prepare for this date. All game information stored will be lost, and should developers wish to retain it migration to the Gree platform ahead of December 14 is advised. 

Source: OpenFeint via Joystiq

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3 years ago

Highlight brings its location-based matchmaking to Android

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A new location-based social network has hit Android today called Highlight. Users set up profiles, list their tastes, post pictures, and send messages to other users. There's an obvious dating angle here, though it can be used for more innocent social networking too. Highlight pulls in data from Facebook to populate your profile, plus you can plug in LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Profiles of unihighlighted contacts show shared connections, and for when you don't have the time to manually check in on the app, it can push notifications when someone you know or might know is in the neighborhood. 

Highlight has been steadily growing its userbase on iOS for about a year now, though the Android app has been nicely adapted for the Holo theme. I've played around with Highlight for a little bit, and even though Ottawa isn't exactly a bustling area for this kind of stuff, I've already found someone a few blocks away that has a common friend and is into phones. Any takers? How much luck have you had with location-based social networking? How about location-based dating? How well does Google Latitude handle keeping track of friends? 

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3 years ago

Skype brings new layout, improved audio to Android tablets

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Skype today announced a fairly major update for Android tablets. In addition to the updated layout, there's no an option to sign in and merge your Skype account with your Microsoft account (an offshoot of the Windows-maker buying Skype), improved audio quality, and a number of bugfixes in Skype 3.0.

The audio improvements are brought about by Skype's wideband audio codec, SILK, the company wrote in its official blog.

SILK was designed to capture the richness of human speech. It copes well with the often varying speeds of Internet connections, ensuring that the audio quality is always the best it can be. 

There's a demo of SILK after the break.

Source: Skype

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3 years ago

TuneIn Radio turns on Premier League games

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TuneIn Radio has long been one of our favorite Internet radio apps, and it just got a even better with the addition of live Barclays Premier League Games. What's more, they'll be available in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

For those who prefer football to futbol, more college football bowl games are being added this year, including the national title game. 

Hit the link above to get your download on. There's also a pro version available.

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3 years ago

Runkeeper's got a new Holo look and get's friendly with some new features

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The folks at FitnessKeeper, Inc. have pushed out a big update to the popular RunKeeper app, bringing a holo-like interface and a slew of new social features to help make staying healthy more fun. The biggest of these is the new Friends tab, which ranks buddies gathered from your contacts and Facebook by the number of activities completed. You can find these buddies without leaving the app, and even give them a gentle poke if they seem to be slacking using Android's in-app messaging service.

the rest of the changes are pretty darn good as well. The new holo look with tabs and action bar navigation is a welcome sight, there's a new activities page to help keep track of what you've done and what's coming up, and there's now a bit more flexibility when you sign up for a new training plan. 

To take advantage of these new features, you'll need to connect RunKeeper to your Facebook account. Since that often can be a security nightmare, there's plenty of information on how to do it safely at the source link. You can grab RunKeeper from the Google Play link above, and catch a few screenshots of the app after the break.

Source: RunKeeper blog

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3 years ago

Sony launches PlayStation Mobile Developer Program

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After a few months in beta, Sony's PlayStation Mobile Developer Program is today ready for prime-time. The program allows game developers to build titles for PlayStation-certified Android phones and tablets -- such as the Xperia T and HTC One X+ -- as well as the company's PS Vita device, for an annual fee of  7,980 Japanese yen (around $99).

Today's launch covers Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, with Hong Kong and Taiwan to follow in the near future.

PlayStation Mobile Developer Program membership gives devs the rights to create and publish as many titles as they wish, meaning the yearly fee doesn't stack for multiple games.

The full, finalized PlayStation Mobile SDK is available to download from the link below, after payment of the annual entry fee. You'll find today's full press release after the break.

More: PlayStation Mobile Developer Registration

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3 years ago

Amazon Appstore update pushing out, fixes Android 4.2 login issue

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Since Android 4.2 started getting into peoples hands, whichever device it may be on, the Amazon Appstore has been experiencing an extremely irritating bug. Whatever happens, the Appstore application would log you out of its own accord forcing a re-login to use. Worse still, according to several Android Central Forums users, each login would add another authorized device to your overall list. 

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3 years ago

HBO Go app updated for Android 4.2 and Nexus 10

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Home Box Office has updated their Android app to support Android 4.2 and the Nexus 10 this evening, allowing plenty of folks (including yours truly) to go into couch potato mode. Besides these two big changes, there's also some "performance enhancements and bug fixes" that are always appreciated.

If you've updated your Nexus device to 4.2 and have been missing this one, it's time to hit Google Play and update or re-install. if you picked up a Nexus 10, I think it's high time to put the screen to use. Now bring on season three of Game of Thrones!

Thanks, Kevin!

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