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Meet the dedicated Google TouchBot lag-checker

July 2, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Hardware News, Phone, Tablet with No Comments.

While the technology we carry in our pockets is just amazing - it’s easy to take it for granted and fly into a rage when touchscreen commands get a bit laggy for a few milliseconds. Rather than taking a step back and trying to get some perspective, we can rest assured that somewhere in the world Google has a robot tapping and swiping screens in a never-ending effort to eliminate this first world problem. The Chrome TouchBot is an OptoFidelity-made robot that is dedicated to gauging latency on Android and Chrome OS touchscreen devices. Its findings are recorded and hardware and software are adjusted accordingly. Via engadget

Snail Games W3D dedicated 3D gaming Android smartphone now on pre-order

June 24, 2015 by Tom in Android, Android Phone, Phone with No Comments.

Snail Games has developed the W3D - an Android phone dedicated to gaming. The device, now available to pre-order, features glasses-free 3D visuals and mappable physical buttons on each side. The phone launchs at £399.99 and runs on an octacore processor clocked at 2.2GHz. It has 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, a 5.5-inch 1080p display and eye-tracking sync. Also onboard is a 4000mAh battery, so that should keep games going for five to seven hours. It also supports WiFi, Bluetooth, dual-SIM, USB, and has a 5MP front-facing camera and a 13MP rear cam. The pre-order is now open and it's expected to ship at the end of September. Via androidcommunity

Fallout 4 special edition with working wearable Pip-Boy sells out in presale

June 22, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Android, App News, Phone with No Comments.

Vault-dwellers, if you've not got your Pip-Boy ordered yet you're out of luck - the special edition of Fallout 4 that comes bundled with a working wrist wearable Pip-Boy has sold out. The special edition went on sale at $120 and includes a Pip-Boy that works with Android or iOS phones to display game functions and work as a real-time second screen for the game. For even the most cynically Fallout fan, this is a pretty cool product. As Bethesda's Todd Howard said at E3: ""As far as stupid gimmicks go, I chose the best f***ing one." As it's essentially just a holder for your phone though you can still get the live Pip-Boy action by downloading the Fallout 4 companion app for iOS and Android once the game is released on November 10. Via techradar

As well as Fallout 4, Bethesda releases Fallout Shelter mobile game for iOS and Android (soon)

June 15, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

As an added extra to the Fallout 4 hysteria, Bethesda also announced a new Fallout mobile game, Fallout Shelter. Free on iOS and coming soon to Android, Fallout Shelter is a vault building and management game that fits the similar mold as Tiny Tower and its ilk. While it's free to download there are the ever-present in-app purchases, but we've not got to that part yet as a quick try is still mired in tutorial pop-up. On first impressions it looks gorgeous, has a nice amount of humour and seems to be a detailed look at vault life. Via androidauthority

Pictoral chatting app LINE moves to music streaming with LINE MUSIC

June 12, 2015 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

Social network / chat app LINE is huge in Japan and famed for its endless fun and cute graphics. Now it's moving into audio streaming with the introduction of LINE MUSIC, which carries more than 1.5 million songs and will launch on both Android and iOS. J-Pop fans might like to seek it out as the selection may be more than the likes of Spotify carry. Also on LINE MUSIC is the regular selection of international music and classical, as well as anime themes and more. LINE MUSIC is set to up the amount of tracks to 30 million by next year. Music streams in high quality 320kbps with a good connection, and goes down to 64kbps on low quality. The focus is on sharing and music is integrated into chat screens. LINE MUSIC is currently available for free for two months, after w

Apple Music due at the end of the month – hits Android in the autumn

June 9, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Apple, Audio with No Comments.

Apple has finally lifted the lid on its music streaming service Apple Music, which will be available from June 30. The service will cost $10 a month and will be available to more than 100 countries and playable on iOS, Mac and Windows PCs. An Android version is due out in the fall. Are you happy with Spotify et al or will brand loyalty take you over to Apple for streaming? Via engadget

Humble Mobile Bundle 13 with silly walks and worms

June 5, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The pay-what-you-want Humble Mobile Bundle 13 returns with another batch of DRM-free games for Android, including the Monty Python game The Ministry of Silly Walks and the classic Worms 3. The basic pack contains Timelines: Assault on America Premium edition, The Ministry of Silly Walks and Hellraid: The Escape. For those paying over the average ($3.20 at time of writing), there's also Puzzle Retreat, Worms 3, Twisty Hollow and more to be announced. As usual proceeds go to charity and the developers. Via humblebundle

Classic keyboard Korg M1 arrives on iPad

May 27, 2015 by Tom in App News, Audio with No Comments.

Korg has released an iOS app version of its classic Korg M1 synthesizer - the original of which was heard on countless records, including The Show Must Go On by Queen and Snap's Rhythm is a Dancer. There's nothing quite like the chunky sound of a classic synth, and Korg promises this app to be a "complete reproduction" of the mid-'80s to early-'90s keyboard, with the added extras of a Kaoss pad function and a whole load more effects. The app supports MIDI controllers such as Korg's compact keyboards. This is a quality piece of kit and the price reflects that: it's out now for $20/£15 on the App Store. Via engadget  

Secret Sega app cull: get your classic games now before it’s too late

May 12, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

In the next week or so Sega will pull an undisclosed amount of games from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, No specific titles have been mentioned, Sega has simply said that it will cut out the games it no longer feels matches up to today's quality. These are likely to be ports of old Mega Drive/Genesis games that use old virtual button control systems. However they control in your pocket, these are nostalgic gems and sometimes worth having for the music alone. So if you're a fan of Sega's old arcade and console games and haven't filled up your smartphone or tablet with little nostalgic nuggets, now's the time to do so. Via slashgear

Pay what you want Humble Mobile Bundle 12 for Android packed with classics

May 8, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Humble Bundle has announced the Humble Mobile Bundle 12 for Android and it's a great one. Worth getting for two games alone, namely 21st century frantic parlor game Spaceteam Premium edition and the beautiful puzzler Monument Valley. Also in the bundle are The Last Express, Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous, Blek, Joe Danger and more to come. Some games require you to pay above the (very low) average to unlock, and as some of the money goes to charity, it's a win-win as always. Check it out here.

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