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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Word Ball

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I think I've already established that I like me some words. Give me something that forces my noggin to make sense of a nebulous jumble of letters and I'm a happy man. Plus, maybe (hopefully!) it'll keep me from going senile when I'm old.

Because of this obsession with vocabulary and words, I bring you Word Ball. Word Ball is a game where you make words by tapping on letters in differently colored balls. Spell out something lengthy or use an uncommon letter and your word is worth more points.

You advance from level to level by hitting a point barrier. For example, you can't get out of level one until you've earned 100 points. Hit 100 and you're off to, you guessed it, level two. The kicker is that if you lollygag a bit too long, certain letters start to shrink and eventually disappear from the screen. (How are you supposed to spell kumquat now?)

The other challenge is keeping track of all your letters. Like I mentioned in the video, with so many colors floating around, during any kind of extended play period, I get a mad headache. I think that's just me, but it's something to be aware of. Your eyes are going to be scanning, nonstop, for the letters you need.

Overall, I think Word Ball is pretty darn cool. If you're looking to sharpen your wordionado skills, I'd this is definitely something to look at. Word Ball goes for 99 cents in the Android Market.

Download links can be found after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Cyanide & Happiness

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Cyanide & Happiness is pretty darn hilarious. From their nonsensical comics to their "no one has hair" drawing style, the crazy antics and social commentary never cease to make me chuckle. When I found out they had an Android app, I was all over that like white on rice.

As far as the app goes, it's pretty simple to navigate. Open it up and you're taken to the main home screen which displays the latest comic, latest news story, and latest short. Basically, if you're looking for the latest, home is the place to be.

There's also a comics tab for (you guessed it!) an entire archive of comics as well as a list for those you've denoted as your favorites. The shorts tab has all of their videos. Select a short and you'll be prompted to choose your browser or the YouTube app (provided you have the YouTube app installed), but since it's streaming from YouTube regardless, playback works well.

The last tab is news and it's where all the non-comic, non-shorts blurbs go. Everything is chronological, with the newest stuff up top. Tap an article and it full-screens, perfectly rendered for whatever your resolution is.

There's also a pretty bare options menu, but you should check it out for the "Seizure Mode." I'll leave it at that.

The Cyanide & Happiness app costs 99 cents in the Android Market. More pictures and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 3, 2011

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Ah, so, the Android Market. We meet again. What apps shall we pluck from the depths this week? Join us after the break for a look off the beaten path. Apps that might not get the attention they deserve, deserve attention nonetheless.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Kinetic Clock

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I’m a sucker for clock widgets. I have the time displayed clearly on my lock screen, in my notification bar, I even have a watch I wear semi-regularly, but none of them compare to a clock widget. A lot of our readers seem to agree, as most “post your home screen” threads are quickly dominated by a large half-screen widget that lets you know the time. Maybe scientists will diagnose this obsession some day and we’ll all go on to leave fulfilling, clock-widget free lives, but that day is not today. Today I get to tell you about Kinetic Clock.

The first thing you’ll notice is that Kinetic Clock isn’t a “minimalist style” widget, not that I’m knocking minimalism. I’ve installed my fair share of “Minimalistic text” widgets, but lately it seems like everyone is in a race to see who can make the most minimalist app without simply being a featureless black square and it’s nice to see someone try and buck that trend. The gears and wiring on the widget are so detailed that I spent a few minutes after I first installed it just waiting for something to move. The gears are actually just static images, but the developers did such an amazing job capturing the 3D "feel" of the gears that I had to email the developers just to make sure the widget functioned properly.

Kinetic Clock has a handful of customization options as well. There are two clock widgets to choose from, a 4x2 portrait widget as well as a 3x3 landscape option. Each widget will allow you to toggle how much information you want displayed (AM/PM, Date, etc) and provide space for two applications, such as my alarm clock and a shortcut to Google+.  There are sixteen different skins available for the clock, with the developers promising more are on their way, such as holiday-specific skins, or user-requested skins to match their favorite theme's.

Overall, I’m very impressed with kinetic clock. The gears might not move, but they look like they should, and that level of detail is still pretty rare in the market. Kinetic clock doesn’t have dozens of themes like Beautiful widgets, or the granular level of control afforded by “Minimal Text” type clocks, but it has a unique and detailed skin that’s sure to get noticed. The market link and additional screenshots can be found after the break. Kinetic Clock is $1 in the Android Market.

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2 years ago

Congratulations to our SpeedX 3D contest winners!

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Last week we gave you the chance to win a 3D phone of your choice, in conjunction with HyperBees and their excellent SpeedX 3D game. We challenged players to make the longest run possible in SpeedX 3D, and now, as promised, we're pleased to announce the winners... (drum roll)

  1. Grand Prize Winner: HomerSp, 146,953 points

Congratulations to our first-place winner, HomerSp, who chose the HTC EVO 3D, HTC's latest high-performance smartphone with a 3D display and 3D recording capabilities.

  1. filip8429, 132,356 points
  2. hamatro, 125,179 points
  3. Vec1nu, 89,924 points
  4. mbigby, 89,833 points

Our second through fifth place runners-up will receive Zeemote mobile gaming controllers. Also second and third place entrants filip8429 and hamatro will each receive an exclusive SpeedX t-shirt for their efforts. Congratulations!

In announcing the winners' names, HyperBees added --

With more than 10,000 participants, the contest mode was played over 180,000 times. These are spectacular results. A big thank you to all who took part! The players demonstrated great gaming spirit throughout, and the final hours were especially exciting.

Thanks to everyone that participated. Keep watching AC in the coming weeks for more awesome contests like this.

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2 years ago

Google Voice for Android updated with tablet support

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The Google Voice app just received another update this evening, bumping it to version 4.2.34 and bringing a very short (but welcome) change log -- tablet support.  We've seen just how easy it is to sideload the app onto your tablet, and plenty of folks noticed the way the action bar looks more tablet-like in the update a few days ago, but now it's more official with it sitting right in the Market, waiting for you to download it.

So get to it -- link is after the break.

Thanks, Daves!

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic ARena app live on Android Market, the game starts shortly

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Ready to try your hand at winning a Motorola Droid Bionic, and another "machine" to control with it?  To make it even better, how about using a fancy Augmented Reality app to assist in the nationwide scavenger hunt?  Yeah, now we have your attention. 

The Droid Bionic ARena scavenger hint kicks off Sep. 4, with a chance to win one of 16 Motorola Droid Bionic smartphones, coupled with an HDTV, an Intel laptop, A Motorola Xoom, or a video streaming enabled Quadcopter to pair it to.  Four folks will win each day, and the winners will be announced when the whole thing gets wrapped up on Sep. 8.  It's free to play (of course), and it looks pretty interesting -- install the Android app, collect a randomly dropped render of a prize, and each one you grab is an entry in the drawing for the prize.  See the Droid Does site for the full details.  We've got a pic of the UI in action as well as the download link after the break.

More: Droid Does

Share tips and strategy in the Droid Bionic forums!

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2 years ago

Marriott's Android app does all but turn down the covers

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For all you frequent travelers out there, Marriott reminds us that it's got a nice little Android app available. You can find and reserve a hotel room, view or cancel your existing reservations, check your rewards account, get city guides, find phone numbers to (gasp) call for reservations -- basically maneuver your way through the Marriott community right from your phone. It's free and available now in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons: Moon Festival now ready

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Angry Birds Seasons: Moon Festival is now available for download in the the Android Market. In this update, Angry Birds is headed to Chine for the 3000-year-old harvest festival and they're bringing you along as well. 30 new levels have been added for your enjoyment. Download is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Another day, another chance to win an HTC Thunderbolt from Waze and Android Central!

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Happy Friday ladies and gents!  What better way to start the weekend than by winning a shiny HTC Thunderbolt in the big Waze contest?  We're all winding down the day, thinking about where we'll go and what we'll do when the whistle blows at five o'clock, and chances are you'll be going out somewhere with friends or family this evening.  Be sure to take Waze along for the ride -- not only for the chance to win fabulous prizes, but because it's a pretty darn useful tool for keeping up to date on traffic, speed traps, road closings, and all those other things designed to make your Friday evening a little less fun. 

Grab Waze from their website or download it from the link after the break, make sure you register so the folks at Waze know how to find you if you win, and snack on some Android munchies while you're out tooling around.  It's fun, easy, and can snag you one hell of a prize.  Check out the Waze blog for the full details.

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