Sometimes a video is just the best way to explain exactly what you can be looking forward to when purchasing a new game. That is exactly the case with Hero Princess, a fast-paced game in which you continually fight off a rather large collection of potential intruders in attempts to keep the castle safe. There are tons and tons of extra powers, and abilities that can be unlocked and used, and the graphics are nothing short of spectacular.
Hero Princess is only available in the Amazon Market currently, so that means most AT&T users, and International users are left out on this one, but if you have the ability to purchase this game, it is 99 cents well spent.
Adding to the series of Pure Widgets, Android developer Francois Deslandes has released Pure News to the Android Market after plenty of beta testing. Pure News is a scrollable widget that works in combination with many of the launchers that are available and allows for creation of a customizable, scrollable news widget through Google Reader. If you're also lucky enough to own a Motorola Xoom you'll find that Pure News is supported and all of the customizable options that are made for smaller devices will also run on the Xoom such as skinning, update options and cache operations.
One small caveat of the Pure News widget is that you have to enable scrollable widgets within whatever launcher it is that you are using. You should find those options under the settings area of your launcher of course but once enabled you'll be up and running. Android 3.0 can by pass this step though as 3.0 allows for scrollable widgets.
Sadly, no lite or trial version is available currently but you should certainly be able to see if it fits your needs within the refund time allotted. Jump on past the break for the download and to see it up and running on the Motorola Xoom.
Skype today has a newly updated version of Qik Video Connect in the Android Market. The updated app, takes a lot of common video features that we know from Qik and wraps them all into one application but not only do you get all those familiar features -- you also now get Android-to-iOS video chat ability. Check out the full list of features below:
Live video calls over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi
Video calls between Qik Android and iPhone/iOS users
High resolution video calling (up to VGA)
Receive video mail when you can’t talk live
Share live videos to Facebook, Twitter, and more
Video Feed: See all videos shared by friends
Instant Connect: Automatically see who in your phone’s contact list is available for a live video call
Qik Video Connect will work with any Android device 2.1 and up as well as iPhones, the iPad2 and every iPod Touch with a camera. While some of you may have had this pre loaded onto your device, this is the first time it's been made available for everyone. Jump on past the break for the download link. Let us know in the comments if you prefer it over the other similar apps that are out there. [Skype Blog]
It's been a couple months since we first took a look at the full version of Laminar Research's X-Plane 9 -- and, my, how things have changed. Gameplay is pretty much the same -- you've got some pretty realistic controls and detailed maps -- but it's grown in functionality.
X-Plane has added in-app billing and now has 40 new airplanes from which to choose. Each is 99 cents, and you can fly such behemoths as an Airbus A380, or a Boeing 747, or an SR-71, B-52 or a Chinook helicopter -- among others. And there are 15 new regions you can choose to fly in -- Hawaii, Miami, among others.
But, wait, there's more. If you're flying one of the fighter aircraft -- the F-22, F-15, F-4, among others -- you'll quickly find yourself being shot at. And who doesn't like that!
And to top it all off, X-Plane 9 has dropped from the $9.99 price down to $4.99, giving you that much more change to spend on planes and maps. Download links are ready to go if you're ready to pull the trigger.
The Amazon Appstore is pushing a minor update tonight, bumping it up to release 1.11. It looks like nothing major, just some miscellaneous fixes and improvements, all listed in the screenshot above. Jump on the Appstore icon when it appears in your notification bar to install the update, and for those unsure whether or not they have the latest version, you can check the release number on the app's settings page.
We like easy around here. Too much of what we do every day is far from easy, so when something comes along that does what it's supposed to do without a lot of futzing around, we're gonna share it with you guys. Systerac Memory Cleaner fits the bill nicely. What it does -- and all it does -- is clean up the cache from things like the browser with a single click. That means it's a great way to free up some space on your phone when and if you need to.
The free version only cleans browser and search cache, and oddly enough that's what I like about it the most. No settings to fool with and you can zap that browser cache away with a click. The browser on Android, or any other mobile device (or even your computer) stores a lot of data that you may never need again. That data can build up, and we all know there are times when we'd rather have 10 or 20 MB of space back instead of having application cache eating it up. Systerac Memory Cleaner can clear it all out for you, no root needed, no digging in app settings. The app is 84k in size, and can be moved to the SD card. Sounds like a very fair trade.
Some of us might want something with a few more settings instead of just a simple click and clean. The Pro (read paid) version cleans up just about everything that can be safely cleaned -- and again without needing root permissions. Market cache, cache from any app, Maps, call logs, it does it all, and includes a simple widget for one click access. Of course there are other apps out there that do the same thing, but the paid version is only €0.50, or about $0.72 US -- we like saving money almost as much as easy. It works with any Android device running 1.6 or higher, and doesn't have any screwey permissions. Give it a look -- the link to the free version and a couple screen shots are after the break.
Believe it or not, we're several months into the life of Android 3.0, and we're just now seeing our first Honeycomb-optimized Twitter app. Brought to you by the developer of the Honeycomb-optimized Newsr RSS app (see our review here), TweetComb takes advantage of the "fragments" design feature in Honeycomb and actually makes use of the full tablet screen, unlike smartphone-based Twitter clients.
The gist: You've got three columns -- your timeline, mentions and direct messages. Scroll down to read through them. If you want to act on a tweet -- reply to the sender, retweet, mark as a favorite, etc. -- you tap and hold. You can refresh all the columns at once, or independently. Settings are tucked away in the Action Bar, just as they should be in Honeycomb. No extra menu button at the bottom for this app.
TweetComb is still very Version 1.0. It doesn't yet have support for multiple accounts (a must for some of us), and the list of trending topics displayed neatly at the bottom doesn't actually do anything more than display the list of trending topics. But these are small niggles, and the developer's known for quickly pushing out updates.
Probably our biggest gripe right now is that TweetComb is $2.99 in the Android Market. There's no shortage of free Android Twitter apps, and you just know one of the major players -- TweetDeck, Seesmic, Twidroid, Plume, etc. -- will bring free versions of a Honeycomb-optimized Twitter app at some point. And if we were first out of the gate with a Honeycomb Twitter app, we'd give it away to bring in as many users as possible before the big boys show up. But for now, if you've gotta have some proper Twitter on a tablet, this is the way to go.
Gaming on an Android device is always a great way to pass some time and to have countless hours of fun while on the go. If you are into gaming, and love your Android device, be sure to check out some of our favorite Android games below.
Judging from our inbox this morning, more than a few of you have discovered the Dog Wars app. We'd been hoping it would slink back into the depths from which it slithered, but such is not to be the case.
Dog Wars, which some sort of horrific canine RPG, is doing its best to stoke the fires, announcing itself as "A GAME THAT WILL NEVER BE IN THE IPHONE APP STORE!!!" And you know what? Apple's App Store is better off for it. The developer, Kage Games, also wants you to know that "if you have a bug up your butt about the game concept, remember:"
It is just A VIDEO GAME
Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or beta fish wars for people who can't understand fantasy role play games
Just because something is illegal in real life in certain countries, does not mean it is illegal to make a song, movie, or video game about it (looking at you XDA Developer Forums... deleting our beta testing thread and banning our account?!)
Just go slingshot some virtual birds to kill some virtual pigs.
Go complain to someone who cares about Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Weed Farmer, Smoke a Bowl (these two are listed in the top 15 of casual games on Android Market) and maybe even Sierra's Leisure Suit Larry from 1987.
A few of the one-star comments left in the Market:
"This represents the truly revolting world of dog fighting, dogs are still stolen daily for fights. Remove it now!" - Alex
"Hope you people get prison time for making this app." - devon
"This is pretty awful... Downloaded this just to say how very wrong this is, both in real life and in fantasy." - nonfinite
And a couple of e-mails we've received:
"This is so sick I can't believe it! Have you people learned nothing from Michael Vick???? Way to encourage this disgusting violence against innocent animals.....studies indicate that most serial killers who hurt animals move on to people. This is SICK. WTF android????!!!!!" - Diane
"I cannot believe that you as a leader in this industry would promote dog fighting with an app!! Dog wars should be removed from the android market! This is very disappointing for me and many others to see that Android would do this!" - Dawn
We're not sure if the 50,000-250,000 download mark is because people downloaded the free beta just to leave 1-star comments (let's hope so), or if it's really that popular (let's hope not). But we do know this: If we were Google, we'd probably find some sort of term of use that Kage Games has broken -- or invent a new one -- and fast, and get this sort of thing out of the Market.
Download links are not after the break. Here, however, is the the developer's e-mail address: email@example.com. Let 'em know how you feel. And tell 'em we sent ya.
Everyone knows us Android users love the visual voicemail, but if YouMail Visual Voicemail leaves you wanting, then you're definitely going to want to check out Better YouMail.
Say the developers, Best IT Guys:
YouMail provides a public API for their service, so we decided to make our own app that used their service. You’ll notice that there is a heavy iPhone influence on the graphics, but there are also some features that other visual voicemail apps don’t have. We specifically designed the app to have the most streamlined layout, so that most of the common functions could be accessed with as few clicks as possible.
Let's examine some of these extra features after the break.