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4 years ago

Earn to Die: All the zombie mauling fun you could ask for

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Who doesn't love killing a few dozen zombies while driving to survive the apocalypse? No one, that's who. Earn to Die helps get you your daily zombie-killing fix, and it does so with quality gameplay and graphics. Initially an extremely popular iOS title with millions of installs and plenty of time in the top charts, Earn to Die has come to the Play Store in all its glory. Nothing was lost on the way over either, and the game plays just as great on Android.

The developer has also made the game free for the first lengthy level, and the full-priced version is extremely cheap to boot. Hang with us after the break to learn a little more about Earn to Die, a fun side-scrolling zombie apocalypse game.

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet Z to launch in the UK on May 20, priced at £499

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Sony's Xperia Tablet Z has been out in Japan for sometime, and now we've got the first details of the new Sony tab's UK arrival. British online retailer Clove has the tablet up for pre-order now priced at £499.20 including VAT, with a release slated for Monday, May 20.

The 10-inch, 1080p-screened Xperia Tablet Z is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD. There's also an 8MP Sony Exmor R rear shooter and hexa-band 4G LTE connectivity, in addition to IP57-rated water and dust resistance. On the software side, it's running Sony's own UI atop Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

We went hands-on with the Xperia Tablet Z at Mobile World Congress last month, and were quite impressed with the tablet's thin profile and sturdy build quality. At £500, though, it's going to be a tough sell -- even with 4G LTE support and a high-quality camera.

For more on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, check out our hands-on preview.

Source: Clove

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4 years ago

Snapdragon 600-powered Sony Xperia A, UL rumored alongside 6.4-inch 'Togari'

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With the Xperia Z out the door -- and Xperias SP and L due in a few weeks -- Sony Mobile’s attention may be turning to the rest of its 2013 product line-up. That, according to the latest rumors from Japan, might include a duo of Snapdragon 600-powered handsets and a monstrous 6.4-inch tablet hybrid.

According to Japanese site smasoku.mobi, the Xperia A (codenamed “Dogo”) will arrive on Japanese carrier NTT Docomo this summer. Specs are said to include a 4.6-inch display, the aforementioned Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2300mAh battery and water and dust resistance. An IR blaster is reportedly on-board too, as is 1Seg Japanese TV support and NFC-based mobile wallet capabilities.

Next up is the Xperia UL (codenamed “Gaga”), which apparently sports a similar design to the America-centric Xperia ZL. As far as specs are concerned the main difference between the two is the upgrade from a Snapdragon S4 Pro to Snapdragon 600. The other vital stats -- 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 2300mAh battery, haven’t changed all that much. Like the Xperia A, it’s also said to support 1Seg, IR capabilities and mobile wallet.

Finally, Sony’s gigantic 6.4-inch handset, purportedly codenamed “Togari,” remains on the cards according to the Japanese site. In Japan it’s set to launch “later this year” on Docomo, however Sony is said to still be in talks with carriers. If the “Togari” does see a widespread release, it might go up against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, which is expected towards the back half of the year.

As always, take these rumors with a pinch of salt, and bear in mind that these Japanese products might look somewhat different when we see them in the West. Regardless, these look like some interesting devices -- in particular, we’re curious to see how Sony tackles the phone/tablet hybrid space.

Source: smasoku.mobi; via: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

Three UK launching 4G service during Q4 2013, carrier in 'no rush' for LTE

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During yesterdays earnings report, Three UK CEO Dave Dyson also spoke of his carriers plans for their as yet un-announced LTE network. Three has picked up spectrum from both rival carrier EE, as well as the recent spectrum auctions, on which their future LTE network will be based. According to Dyson, we shouldn't expect to see LTE from Three anytime before Q4 2013, but that they are in "no rush for LTE." 

Three currently offers an "Ultrafast" network via HSPA+, and customer response has been excellent. In our own real world tests, in certain areas Ultrafast can match, and even beat, EE's LTE for download speeds so you can understand Three's relaxed attitude towards 4G. 

They're also purposely waiting until the other two of the big four carriers -- O2 and Vodafone -- launch their own LTE offerings. Dyson went on to say that Three is content to see how these two position their 4G offerings, before looking at how they offer their own. 

4G is definitely the buzzword in this day and age, but Three isn't losing out too much by waiting. Besides offering some extremely fast HSPA+ data speeds, they also offer a wide range of all-you-can-eat data plans. Ultrafast will lead into 4G, and the first LTE markets will be where Three currently sees the most demand for mobile internet. 

Source: Mobile News

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4 years ago

The original Sonic the Hedgehog coming to Android

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Big news from GDC for Sonic fans! The original Sonic the Hedgehog is making it's way to Android. It will cost $2.99 (a bargain for any fan) and we have no release date as of yet. We do know that it's going to be completely re-written as a native Android app, and deliver a "rock solid" frame rate and take advantage of the wide screen of Android devices for superior game play. In addition, Time Attack mode will be included, as well as a completely remastered sound track.

While not official, folks at SonicRetro think the new game may be built using the Retro Engine, as developer Christian Whitehead recently tweeted:

 Those feels, I'm preparing a build for GDC and I won't even be there.

It sounds like we're going to be in for a treat. We're going to talk more with Sega tomorrow and see if we can't get a little demo. All you need to do is dust off the old Game Gear and practice. 

Source: SonicRetro; Android Police

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4 years ago

Green Throttle expands Atlas Controller support to any device running ICS and above

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Green Throttle, a start-up focused on bringing quality console-level controllers to Android devices, is announcing wider device compatibility of its app and Atlas Controller. The controller can now be used on any Android device running ICS (4.0.3) or later, although Green Throttle recommends you use a device with video-out support in order to play on a larger screen. After its installed, Green Throttle Arena lets you play games with up to four players on your Android device with a much better experience than using a touch screen.

The app is free, but the Atlas Controller itself will set you back $39.95 stand-alone, or $49.95 with a bundled Micro USB charger and HDMI cable. If you want to play with a friend, a two controller bundle runs $89.99. If you'd like to check them out for yourself, you can grab the app from the Play Store link above, and see more about the controller and technology at the link below.

More: Green Throttle

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4 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are you going to look at T-Mobile for your next phone?

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T-Mobile threw a whole lot of stuff at us when they unveiled their new "UnCarrier" Simple-Choice pricing models. While we're mostly excited to see a release date for the Galaxy S4, and existing customers are pretty amped about LTE, the rest of the announcement dealt with pricing and plans. Granted, your cellular plan and how much it costs you may not be the most glamorous thing to talk about, but it might be the most important.

We broke it down as best we can previously, but the quick and dirty version is that T-Mobile no longer ties the purchase of a phone to your plan, and offers up some great prices for the use of their network. There is a lot of potential to save money here, provided you can get good enough service from T-Mobile. And you won't know that until you check into it.

I get great T-Mobile service where I live and play, but for every person like me with good service, there is someone stuck on EDGE and cruising along on 2G data speeds. You need to look at coverage maps, talk to folks you know who are using or have tried T-Mobile's service in your area, and maybe even give that 14-day trial period a spin to find out how it would work for you. That sounds like a lot of hassle compared to just renewing the service you have and walking out with a shiny new Android phone.

Are you going to do it? T-Mobile is counting on you to try it, and your current carrier is counting on you not trying it. We thought it was best to ask. You'll find a poll in the sidebar to the right (or after the break). Let us know if you're going to give it a shot.

Before we end this, we have to look at the results from our last poll. 

Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One - which are you buying?

A lot of folks look interested in the HTC One. We get it -- it's a hell of a phone. But the Galaxy S4 looks like an amazing phone as well. I have a feeling these results won't stand when both phones are available. I'll mark my calendar and revisit this one around the middle of July. 

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4 years ago

Motorola support page indicates Droid Bionic to receive Jelly Bean in Q2 2013

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While we wouldn't have blamed you for thinking ICS was the end of the road for the Droid Bionic, a Motorola Support page now indicates that a Jelly Bean update is on its way in Q2 2013. The handy little tool that Motorola introduced last year to help people find out about upcoming updates on their device reveals the information when selecting the Bionic from a list of support devices. As pointed out by Droid-Life, prominently at the bottom of the page it lists "Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade rollout expected to begin Q2 2013."

Now that's a pretty darn vague window, if true, to have the update "start" somewhere in the next three months, but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth. If it does come true, there are going to be some seriously happy Bionic owners out there.

Source: Motorola

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4 years ago

How to watch TV with the HTC One

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Powered by Peel, the HTC One helps discover what to watch - and then ​deftly turns into an infrared remote control

A common thread among smartphone manufacturers this year is the inclusion of an infrared port and television remote control and show discoverability. That is, you use your phone to control the TV and change channels and volume and stuff. You also have a way to see what's on, and to easily tune to it.

Know what? It works pretty darn well.

More: Read our complete HTC One review

To be clear, we're not talking about watching TV on your HTC One. We're talking about watching TV with your HTC One. See the difference? The idea behind all this (for HTC as well as other manufacturers) is that there's a pretty good chance you're sitting there with your phone in your pocket anyway. Might as well put it to use. Whether that's a good idea? Well, we'll leave that for another time.

For now, let's take a deep dive into the TV app on the HTC One.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 accessory pricing and release dates leak

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Pricing and tentative release dates have leaked for a slew of Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories today. If we go back to Samsung's Unpacked event in New York for the S4, they talked a bit about some of these, namely the gear to use with Samsung's S Health application. We also got a quick look at a gamepad and some flip covers, but today's leaks looks to cover everything.

There are a bunch of them, so hit the break to see the list with suggested retail prices and plenty of pictures.

Source: SamMobile; SamsungMania (Czech)

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4 years ago

Fieldrunners 2 coming soon to Android, beta testers wanted

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The popular tower defense game Fieldrunners HD will have a proper sequel on Android in April, if everything goes to plan. Fieldrunners 2, which launched on iOS mid last year, is almost ready to go on the Android side but last minute kinks are still being worked out. The new version of the game naturally brings new weapons, towers, and levels -- with 20+ hours of gameplay in just the campaign alone. There are also new Time Trial, Sudden Death and Puzzle maps available for even more gameplay.

The developer Subatomic Studios is looking for a handful of users with "a variety of Android devices" to test the game in closed beta before it releases. Stick around after the break to read the full press release and follow the source link to enter for a closed beta spot of your own.

More: Subatomic Studios

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4 years ago

Gameloft teasing something for March 27, looks a lot like Iron Man

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Gameloft is no stranger to big name movie tie-in games, and it looks pretty much a given that another one is on the horizon. This image appeared on the Gameloft UK Twitter feed accompanied by the message, "warming up main core." 

So, it looks a lot like Iron Man then. With the release of Iron Man 3 not that far away now, it's highly possible that whatever Gameloft has up their sleeves could be related to the movie in some way. 

Previous efforts on The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises games have been commendable. We like both titles very much, although the Gameloft in-app purchases we're not so fond of. Needless to say, it all leaves us pretty excited to see how they might bring Tony Stark to life.

The good news is there isn't long to wait. The only other detail on the image was the date -- March 27. So, sit tight, we'll know the score very, very soon. 

Source: @Gameloft_UK

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4 years ago

Rogers expanding LTE network to 44 new markets this Spring

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Rogers is announcing today that it is planning to roll out 44 new LTE markets this Spring for its customers. The rollout is expected over the next few months, and while there isn't a definitive list of every new market, Rogers is listing a few areas as a primer of what's to come:

  • Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Medicine Hat, Alberta
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Guelph, Ontario
  • Muskokas, Ontario
  • Collingwood, Ontario
  • "multiple cities" in Quebec

As part of its LTE rollout announcement, Rogers is also giving more information on the deployment of that network over the 2600MHz frequency. The carrier indicates that it will start to utilize the 2600MHz spectrum in every one of its markets, including 34 of the 44 new markets planned. You'll need a 2600MHz-capable device -- Rogers lists the LG Optimus G as one --  to take advantage, but Rogers says it will make more available as the network goes live.

Source: Rogers

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4 years ago

First Android-only 'Humble Mobile Bundle' now available

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Today The Humble Bundle is introducing a mobile-only (and Android-only) "Humble Mobile Bundle", which is now available for your enjoyment. The Humble Bundle has been around for some time, and has also recently started including Android versions of games alongside Windows, Mac and Linux versions. This is the first time the bundle will only contain Android games, however. We recently reviewed each game in Humble Bundle 5 and came away impressed. This time around, we're looking at six great games:

  • Contre Jour
  • Anomaly Korea
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Bladeslinger
  • The Rooma
  • Metal Slug 3

If you're not familiar with the Humble Bundle system, it's a "pay what you want" model that lets you donate any amount you please and receive the first four games, and the last two games if you donate over the average. A portion of the proceeds also go to charity, which is great. The games are also DRM-free, which is a huge bonus. The average donation is currently $5.44, and you have just shy of two weeks left to donate yourself.

Source: Humble Bundle

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4 years ago

Havok introduces free 3D game development engine

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Havok has announced that their 3D gaming Vision engine, Physics and Animation suites, and their award winning AI tools will now be free for "leading" mobile platforms under their new Project Anarchy initiative. If you play games, you already know about Havok. They're the folks who make the tools behind games like the Assassin's Creed, Halo, and Skyrim franchises, and are used by some of the biggest names in gaming, like EA, Bethesda, and Bungie.

The download also includes game samples and tutorials for mobile developers, and there will be a complete online community to "encourage free sharing and collaborative development of extensions and customizations by the community." Ross O’Dwyer, head of developer relations at Havok, says:

We’re really delighted to be able to offer these professional grade tools to mobile developers for free and we look forward to supporting the mobile game development community to make some stunning games with the technology over the next few years.

Project Anarchy will launch this spring. To keep up with things and sign-up for more information, follow the link below. The full press release is after the break.

More: Project Anarchy

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