4 years ago

Android Game Review: Robot Unicorn Attack



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I remember way back when in April, Adult Swim put Robot Unicorn Attack in the Market. I was pretty fond of the browser version, but for some reason convinced myself to not buy the Android game. Today, that changed.

For those of you that live under a rock aren't familiar with Robot Unicorn Attack, the premise is simple: jump when appropriate to not fall to your demise, dodge things in your way (or rainbow dash through them), and last as long as you can to get your score up. It's not any different from other games in this same genre (what to call it? "Move until you run into something" games?), but you get to play as a robot unicorn with rainbow hair, plus there's a kickin' soundtrack.

Gameplay is just what you'd expect. The robot unicorn runs forth, doing it's robot unicorn thing. You control the jump (and double-jump) with the button on the bottom-left corner of the screen. If there's something like a star rock in your way, you can dash through it with the button on the bottom-right corner of the screen. There's also pixies or fairies or something mystical along the way, and running through those nets you more points, too.

There's three "wishes" (your lives) per game, and once you run out of wishes, your game ends. The game totals your three individual scores for your overall score, which is the only thing you're trying to beat each time you play. Gameplay is smooth as butter, but I wouldn't expect anything less from Adult Swim.

The app description says tablets aren't supported, but it worked on my Thrive, just scaled up and pixelated. Point is, it still loaded.

Robot Unicorn Attack is only 99 cents, and for something so epic, I don't know why you wouldn't spend that money, especially to have your wishes come true. And remember, always I wanna be with you, and make believe with you, and live in harmony.

Download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Gameloft lets you gambling cowboys fight off aliens with latest Market releases



Gameloft is no alien to the Android Market. Especially with their latest releases of Cowboys & Aliens and Texas Hold’em Poker 2. In Cowboys & Aliens you play as Zeke, a gunslinger from the west. You'll use his trusty six-shooter, lasso and alien space shooter to defend Earth from those pesky over-sized green heads.

And for all you Texas Hold'em junkies out there, Gameloft's got your digital back. The game boasts a training mode and tournament mode that allows you to climb the ranks. The game also lets you travel to 8 great venues around the world like Dubai or Macau -- and you don't even have to buy a plane ticket.

Both games are now available for download in the Android Market. Full press release and Market links after the break.

Image Source: Vitogoni Deviant Art

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4 years ago

Samsung Admire now available at MetroPCS


As we expected, and let you all know about -- the Samsung Admire has now arrived at MetroPCS in time for back-to-school sales. One thing we weren't sure of at the time was what, exactly MetroPCS would be charging for the little Android 2.3 powered device and now we know. The Samsung Admire can be yours for only $129 on plans $50 or more plus, you can also get $15 off apps in the Amazon App Store with a mail-in coupon. Not a bad deal, make a good phone for kids heading back to school!

Source: MetroPCS; via: PhoneScoop

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4 years ago

Verizon expanding 4G LTE to more locales on Sept. 15 [update: slew of more places announced]


Verizon announced today that it will be bringing their 4G LTE service to Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota on Sept. 15. 

This news comes days after Verizon announced their LTE deployment to 15 new cities. Consumers throughout the mid-west should be excited as they will soon be able to experience the lightning fast speeds seen on Verizon's 4G network.

[Update: We originally wrote that the LTE network would only be rolling out to Moorehead and Fargo, but Verizon announced a considerable amount of more places that will get it.]

Here is a list of places that will be receiving LTE on Sept. 15th:

  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fargo, North Dakota
  • Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Lima, Ohio
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Akron-Canton Airport, Ohio
  • Bloomington/Normal, Illinois
  • Champaign/Urbana, Illinois
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • The Quad Cities, Iowa/Illinois
  • Mansfield, Ohio
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • San Luis Obispo County, California
  • Santa Barbara County, California
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Austin, Texas
  • Wichita Falls, Texas
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico

These are the areas receiving expanded coverage of their current LTE network on Sept. 15th:

  • Campbelltown, Pennsylvania
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • San Francisco Bay Area, California

Current Android devices that can take advantage of the speeds are: Samsung Droid Charge, LG Revolution and HTC Thunderbolt. Though who knows, by the 15th, we may have the much anticipated Motorola Droid Bionic hitting shelves, which will provide another attractive option. Full press release for Fargo and Moorhead after the break. The remainder can be found at the source link.

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

Poll: Did you buy a $99 TouchPad with the hope of getting Android on it?


Fess up: You bought a $99 TouchPad, didn't you. It's OK. We did, too. While you can't yet run Android on it, the buzz is that now that it's cheap, a whole lot more people are going to work to get it done. So you could end up with a $99 Android tablet. Sure, it's not exactly a dual-core Honeycomb monster, but it's a $99 tablet, right?

So let's hear it: Who bought one?

Did you buy a $99 TouchPad

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4 years ago

Android 101: Know what's using your battery

4 years ago

Three UK aiming for 80% HSPA+ coverage by end of 2011


Buried at the bottom of a recent press release from Three UK is this rather interesting little morsel -- the carrier's planning on extending its HSPA+ coverage to 80% of the UK by the end of this year, with the rest of the country following "soon afterwards". Right now Three's HSPA+ network, which offers download speeds up to 21.1 Mbps and uploads of up to 5.76 Mbps, is only available on a handful of phones, tablets and mobile broadband dongles. Three's also keeping quiet about exactly how much of the UK is currently covered, though we'd assume major cities like London would have already been upgraded.

If Three manages to pull off its target of 80% coverage by the end of 2011, then it could put them at an advantage over larger competitors like O2 and Vodafone. Right now HSPA+ coverage on all networks that offer it can be patchy at the best of times.

Source: Three UK Press Centre

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4 years ago

Verizon officially unveils Verizon Video - more than 250 TV shows for $10 a month


Those of you with Verizon Android smartphones might have noticed a Verizon Video app pushed out over the past few days (yeah, we didn't ask for it either), and this morning Big Red has officially announced it.

Essentially, Verizon Video is exactly what it looks like -- on-demand streaming (powered by RealNetworks) of more than 250 television, and on-demand video from ABC, NBC, CBS, MTV, Comedy Central, Animal Planet, CNBC, Disney Channel, ESPN, PBS Kids and others. You'll also have access to NFL RedZone on Sundays, NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and the NFL Network.

Verizon Video is available "on select smartphones," (we've got it on a ThunderBolt here) and is currently in a free preview. After the preview ends, a monthly subscription is $10, or you can try it out for 24  hours for $3.

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4 years ago

The Walkman returns with Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman


The Sony Walkman has been reincarnated yet again -- this time on Android. The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, aside being quite the mouthful, is a 3.2-inch Android 2.3 smartphone with some seriously deep music integration (nothing new for SE phones), as well as deep integration with Facebook.

Hardware-wise, you're looking at a relatively small device -- it weighs 115 grams and measures in at 56.5 x 106 x 14.2 mm. It sports a 1GHz processor, pushing Gingerbread and SE's custom UI on that 3.2-inch display, which only sports a 320x480 resolution. (Hey, it is just 3.2 inches.) It's got 320MB of on-board storage, and comes with a 2GB microSD card. There's a 5MP camera on the back that will record video in 720p, and its 1200 mAh battery is rated at up to 17.5 hours of music listening time.

And speaking of music, this thing's loaded. It's got a dedicated hardware Walkman button, and you might remember the "infinite button" from the previous iterations of its Mediascape UI. The infinite button is back, sending you deep inside the Qriocity music service. It's also got xLoud, which is said to enhance the sound coming out of the phone's speakers, and TrackID, to, well, ID what you're listening to.

No word on specific markets just yet, but look for the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman in the fourth quarter this year. More pics and a full presser are after the break.

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4 years ago

LG announces the Optimus Sol with 3.8-inch 'Ultra AMOLED' display


LG this evening announced the Optimus Sol (aka the LG -E730). And this things packed with a number of standout features. First off, it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as well it should. It's boasting a 3.8-inch "Ultra AMOLED" display at 480x800 resolution, which LG says "has a two-fold advanced reflection rate compared to standard AMOLED displays," leading to better clarity outdoors, and a reduction in image quality degradation.

It's also got a new power-management system, which LG says will boost battery life by 20 percent to 30 percent.

Other specs of note:

  • Qualcomm MSM8255 processor at 1GHz
  • Network: Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), dual-band UMTS (900/2100)
  • RAM: 512MB
  • ROM: 2GB
  • Program memory: 150MB internal
  • External memory: 2GB microSD card included
  • Rear camera: 5MP with autofocus
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • aGPS
  • DLNA
  • Dimensions: 122.5 x 62.5 x 9.8 mm
  • Battery: 1,500 mAh

The Optimus Sol will be available in Europe in mid-September, followed by Central and South America. It'll be available in black, titan and white, subject to regional release.

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4 years ago

LG Thrill 4G shows up in Target circular, sports an $80 price tag


While we still aren't sure exactly when the LG Thrill 4G will be showing up for sale, or the reason for the delays, we know it will cost 80 dollars if you pick it up from Target on a new line or have a qualifying update available, or a healthy $550 if you buy it outright.  If you haven't been paying attention, the Thrill 4G runs Froyo on an OMAP4 dual-core CPU, has dual channel RAM and a dual channel board configuration, nifty stereoscopic glasses free 3D, and if AT&T hasn't pulled any shenanigans, is a sure bet for inclusion in CyanogenMod's stable of devices. 

We've handled the thing numerous times, and we all know it's coming.  What it being in the coming week's Target advertisement means is anyone's guess. 

via: +Brady Duran

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Sol press images revealed, looks like another stylish mid-range phone from LG


Press shots for the LG Optimus Sol have leaked out, and while it's not going to be a groundbreaking device in the specs department, LG is delivering some very clean lines and a nice looking Android handset with this one.  Rumored to have a 1GHz single core CPU, front and rear cameras, Wifi direct, and LG's first AMOLED display checking in at 3.8 inches, it should be a solid performer.  After seeing these press photos, it looks like LG is following the trend they began with the Optimus Black, and offering a phone that looks as good as it runs.  No unsightly bumps or bulges, no NASCAR-esque labels and graphics plastered all over the back, and no big protruding buttons. 

While there's no word on when or where we may be seeing this one, it will certainly appeal to those who are looking for Android power in a sexy shell. 

Source: Pocketnow

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4 years ago

Android Game Review: Spirit HD



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Holy moly. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I downloaded this game. I've got this nice, shiny Thrive to check out tablet apps on, and this was featured, so I figured "Why not?" Lemme tell ya, as far as Android games go, one of the best decisions I could have made.

In Spirit (HD optional), you control this little ghost-looking guy, presumably a spirit via touch. He's a deceptively powerful little guy, creating black holes/vortexes/scary holes that swallow stuff whenever he makes two points of his movement trail touch. This is the key to your victory.

The reason he can make these portals is out of sheer defense, because there's shapes (yes, shapes) of various colors and abilities that are out to hurt you. One touch, boom, you're done. It feels very Geometry Wars in terms of aesthetic, but fortunately, the gameplay differs.

What I noticed in my time with Spirit is that the levels are seemingly random. One level, I faced these terrifying, red triangles that came at you like a booby trap from an Indiana Jones movie. That same level (the next time I played) had green laser shapes shooting, you guessed it, lasers at me. That was pretty refreshing, because it keeps working through the lower levels from getting stale.

There's also three modes of gameplay. There's Classic, Extreme, and Pulse. Classic is just what you'd expect: Good, ol' fashioned shape-destroying via scary portal. Extreme ups the ante, sending more deadly shapes your way. Move quick, or your Spirit goes bye-bye.

Pulse takes your normal system of gameplay and turns it on its head. Instead of being able to create portal by making circles, you need to fly into the circle pulse orbs that spawn. Hit one and you get a nice portal for a little bit. In the mean time, baddies of all color and variety are teleporting in, and it can get pretty hectic really quickly. It's incredibly challenging and definitely my favorite way to play.

Spirit is an awesome game, and I can tell why it did so well on iOS. What's really cool for us Android users is that if you buy Spirit, you get both the phone and tablet version with one purchase, so you can install on any device you have and you'll be able to play. Spirit is $1.30, and it's not priced unfairly.

Download links are after the break.

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