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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Color Confusion

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I'm not sure how to explain Color Confusion. Well, that's not entirely true. I'm just not sure how to describe the frustration you'll feel as you realize learning the basic colors (red, yellow, blue) won't help you at all in this game. Oh, well.

Color Confusion has a simple idea: mix cans of paint to create the colors that need to be made. Easy description, mind-blowingly difficult concept (at times).

You get a limited number of "mixes" per level, and if you run out of mixes before you've discovered how to make all the colors, you lose. Fortunately, you can then choose to be shown what colors at your disposal you needed to mix, and (one would assume) learn.

If you find yourself not liking the colors you were dealt, the bottom right-hand corner of the screen has a "remix" button. We're not talking dance party, dubstep remix, just a "have some new colors" remix. As far as I can tell, you get unlimited remixes, so don't be afraid to grab some colors you know how to create.

You're timed on how fast you complete a level, so there's some incentive to not completely lollygag. As you advance through the levels, more and more colors need to be mixed at a time, but the game compensates by upping your mix count to balance things out.

Overall, Color Confusion is definitely for those who want a serious challenge, but not for the faint of heart. There's both a free version and a paid version on the Market, but the paid version only sets you back one greenback (standard fare 'round these parts), so don't hesitate to show your support if it's something you enjoy.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Honeycomb Tip: Silencing all notifications

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3 years ago

More pictures of the HTC Ruby show a sleek device coming to T-Mobile

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A couple of weeks ago, we saw a photo of part of the rumored HTC Ruby that displayed T-Mobile branding and evidence of the Android camera app. Now a picture has surfaced of the front of the device, which looks pretty slick.

Specs have yet to leak out, but this phone could be a slightly lesser version of the popular HTC Sensation, which could appeal to a lot of people. A cheaper phone perhaps that offers solid specs would be widely adopted in my opinion. Of course nothing is official or even leaked out at this point, so we'll have to be content with the photo. When something does pop up about the Ruby though, we'll make sure to let you know as soon as it does.

Source: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

HTCdev.com goes online: One-stop shopping for OpenSense SDK, kernel source and (soon) bootloader unlocking

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If you're the serious tinkering type (as opposed to the rest of us who just like to occasionally break things), it's time to check out HTCdev.com. Two-thirds of the site, announced at the beginning of June, are now live. The OpenSense SDK gives developers easy access to take advantage of all of the HTC Sense APIs and add-ons. (For example, the tablet pen for the HTC Flyer.)

Then there's HTC's kernel source repository. HTC's been putting out kernel source for quite some time, and now it's got a new home.

And, finally, there's the much-anticipated bootloader unlock web tool. It's not live yet, but should be later this month as HTC updates the Sensation then the EVO 3D to allow for unlocked bootloaders.

More: HTCdev.com

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: GUN BROS

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Inside of every man, woman, and child is a tiny little urge to shoot comically large guns and single-handedly stop a force of bad guys doing ... bad guy stuff. While there might be a slew of options to choose from over the course of your life, at this time, on this day, GUN BROS (hereafter referred to as Gun Bros) takes that crown.

What you've got in Gun Bros is a goofy plot (you go around offing T.O.O.L. bad guys, cause who likes a tool?) with big guns, large, muscular men, and awesome gameplay. Gameplay is pretty straightforward. Run around with the left digital joystick, point your guns with the right. Fortunately, there's no fire button. As soon as you activate the right joystick, you unleash the fury of your boomstick.

Your object is to survive wave-after-wave of baddies, running around picking up health and explodium, as it reveals itself. When you finally run out of life, you're taken back to the menu screen. No game over, no sad music, none of that. When back on the menu, you're free to refine your explodium ore for gold coins, which you can then spend on better weapons, armor, and other misc. stuff. (Pro tip: buy big guns first.)

Ultimately, you're hoping to survive all of the waves in a given level, so you can unlock the next series in that section of the game, but even if you don't, other planets (with more T.O.O.L.s on them) still reveal themselves, so you can bounce around a bit if anything starts to feel stale.

The controls are relatively tight, although sometimes it feels like both joysticks lag up a bit as you need them, so be prepared to both run and shoot a little preemptively if you don't want to take damage. Other than that, everything is mad responsive, just as it should be.

Gun Bros is absolutely free in the Android Market, so if any of this has piqued your interest, I'd go download it without hesitation. Solid graphics, great gameplay, and saving the world (near single-handedly) is just too much to pass up.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Google acquires a new marketing director of mobile apps from GetJar

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While GetJar has been busy mixing words with Apple over the use of the App Store moniker, Google has stepped in and snagged their chief marketing officer, Patrick Mork. Mork, who has been a part of GetJar since 2008 will be heading to Google as their marketing director of mobile apps. This info confirmed via Morks personal blog and an email sent off to his fellow employees at GetJar:

I'd like to thank all the people who are part of GetJar's ecosystem for having made this experience possible. The reality is that our growth and success would not have been possible without the support of our investors at Accel, our content partners and developers and the enthusiasm and encouragement of our supporters in the press. Each one of you has played a special and unique role in helping GetJar become what it is to today and I've greatly enjoyed working with each of you.

So what's next? ;) Well, I'm an apps guy at heart and always looking for a good fight as you know! So I'll be joining Google as Marketing Director for Mobile Applications the first week of September.

The loss for GetJar doesn't seem overly impacting at this time. They now have 50 employees and are planning a launch of new products and offerings over the next couple of months however, the gain here for Google remains to be seen. Patrick Mork has a pretty solid background in marketing strategy, PR, developer marketing, and business development so it'll be interesting to see what he accomplishes within Google.

Source: Mork On Mobile; via: Venture Beat

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3 years ago

Google Movies update pushing out to Galaxy Tab

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Well, this is interesting.  I recently went into the Android Market on my Galaxy Tab and it asked me to accept the terms and conditions again.  I accepted, and the app closed down.  When I booted the market back up I had a shiny new "movies" tab.  In my preview of the Touchwiz UX update, I noted that the update came with the "Google Videos" app pre-installed but that the market didn't have movies available for purchase yet.

One puzzling thing is that the playback worked flawlessly on my rooted galaxy tab, but Josh's rooted phone just gave him the playback error we all know and love.  My device is running essentially a "stock" Touchwiz build, so that might have something to do with it.

Like most market updates, expect this rollout to go out gradually, but it can't hurt to clear the cache to try and force and update.  One additional screen capture, and a blurrycam pic of actual playback (since the videos app seems to block screen capture methods) after the break.  If you get it on your device, be sure to sound off in our forums.

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3 years ago

Samsung Hercules photos leaked, show T-Mobile and Galaxy S II branding

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It appears that another new phone has reached the hands of testers, as shots of the Samsung Hercules -- now officially unofficially T-Mobile's Galaxy S II variant -- are cropping up across the web.  We're still in the dark about most of the specs, we've heard things like a Qualcomm processor and 4.5-inch screen (which would be a departure from the rest of the Galaxy S II line), but we do get a pretty good look at the exterior of the new device.  These new pics have the Hercules looking a lot like the Samsung Nexus S in the overall body design, as the optical trackpad single button we see on the international versions is gone, and the rear of the phone has the familiar reverse chin.  Looking through the other pictures (check the source links) we also see a front facing camera, an 8MP rear camera, capacitive buttons, a SAMOLED display (we'd bet on that being SAMOLED plus), and a 4G icon.  The two biggest questions -- will it really be dropping the Samsung Exynos processor in favor of the Qualcomm, and the release date, are still unanswered.  For now, we'll just enjoy the pictures.

Sources: Pocketnow; TmoNews 

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