Archive for the Android Category

Cracking new Android Humble Bundle: Carcassonne, The Room Two, R-Type II

April 16, 2014 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

The charity-friendly, pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle for Mobile has returned. This time around, available for Android devices is Bag It, R-Type II and Aralon: Sword and Shadow. If you pay above the average (currently $4.76) you get the excellent port of the board game Carcassonne (which is worth the price alone), The Cave (from Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert), The Room Two, and more games will be announced soon. Also included in the bundle is the MP3 soundtracks. Payment's available through cards, Paypal, Amazon and Google.

This means war! Age of Empires goes mobile

April 14, 2014 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

If you've always felt like your pocket's missing an empire, rejoice in the fact that Microsoft has just announced Age of Empires is coming to mobile devices. Available on iOS, Android and Windows, Age of Empires: World Domination will be out in the summer. A teaser trailer shows glimpses of frantic battles that mimic the tried and tested desktop classic, and feaure a cast of favourites such as King Arthur, Cnut the Great, Joan of Arc and Attila the Hun. The game has an official site, which offers pre-registration. The first Age of Empires game was released in 1997 and has spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs. Will it successfully make the leap to mobile or is it best left on the desktop? Let us know on the MP4Nation forum. Via engadget

Rockchip-powered iSports Android game console

April 9, 2014 by Tom in Android News, Rockchip with No Comments.

Clocking it at less than US$100, the Rockchip RK3288-powered iSports Android game console could be an effective way to take your mobile games to the big screen. One of the first of what's expected to be many Android-powered game macines, the iSport comes from China and comes at a nice price. It also follows the Wii and Kinect models of motion sensor controls (using the front-mounted camera). It can also be used for video streaming and web browsing. Amazon are set to release a games machine too - now we just need Android game developers to design with these big screen devices in mind. Via gizchina

Autographer wearable camera – now with Android

April 2, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, App News with No Comments.

Previously only available on iOS, the Autographer app has now landed on Android. The Autographer wearable camera is, as it sounds, a clip-on camera that can be used on the go to document your day. The new app allows Android users to review, tag, share and delete the pics, as well as create GIFs from the snaps. The Autographer camera is available now for $399. It comes with 8GB storage space, has a 5MP low light image sensor and a 136 degree field of view. For the geotaggers out there, it also has GPS. Via androidcommunity

Good free Flappy Bird cash-in alert! Flappybalt from Canabalt creator

April 2, 2014 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

Wait, come back! We know you're sick of the Flappy Bird phenomenon and the thousands of clones that spring up in its wake. Yesterday, however, saw the release of something good. Poking out of the rubble is Flappybalt - a Flappy Bird inspired iOS game made by the king of endless runner games Adam Saltsman,  whose Canabalt is a stone cold mobile gaming classic (and available to play for free here). Flappybalt is a super smooth, super simple one-screen game that takes us back to the grey industrial world of Canabalt and uses the same harsh but fair rules that strike the right balance between endless fun and crushing but must-play-more anguish. Best of all, it's free.

Leef Access gives microSD support to all Android phones

March 28, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Android News with No Comments.

Love your Android phone but rue the lack of microSD support? Fear not, the Leef Access dongle plugs straight into OTG-enabled smartphones and brings back the expansion option. At US$9.99 from 2leef.com, it’s a fine way to bulk up your memory or pack lots of films, music or shows for a long trip. Via gizchina  

Readly tablet magazine library launches in UK

March 27, 2014 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

Readly, the 'Spotify of magazines' has launched in the UK today, and carries 418 titles, including NME, What Hi-Fi, Uncut and a whole host of others. It's not fussy who uses it - it's available on iTunes, Google Play, Windows Store and Amazon Appstore so has all bases covered. There's a two-week free trial on offer too, so you can decide whether it's worth the £9.99 a month subscription fee. Publishers such as Haymarket, IPC and DC Thompson have made their titles available. With the publishing industry in dire straits, is this a new innovation that will save them or will it prolong the decline but lead to the same end? Do you still buy magazines in stores, have digital subscriptions or just look online for your entertainment these days? Let us know on the MP4Nation forum. Via

Show off your typing skills with Flesky Android keyboard update

March 25, 2014 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

From iOS Game Centre to Foursquare, Steam and PSN, achievements have wormed their way into our lives in as irresistible challenges. Now Fleksy keyboard for Android is in on the act with its latest update, which brings new colour schemes, cloud syncing and a badge system. The alternative keyboard uses a predictive touch typing system and features the option of an invisible keyboard (which, if you get the hang of, now earns you the 'Invisible Master' badge). The keyboard's available as a trial and the full version is half price for the next 72 hours. Via engadget

MIUI now on tablets – Nexus 7 first adopter

March 18, 2014 by Tom in Android News, Android Tablet, Software / OS with No Comments.

The popular Android ROM MIUI is now available for tablets, and rather than a straight port, it's been designed with tablets in mind and is optimised for larger displays. Nexus 7 owners can try it out now but downloading it from the MIUI site. Let us know how it goes! Via gizchina

VLC Beta could end Windows tablet video woes

March 14, 2014 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

Like Media Player Classic on PC, VLC Media Player is a Mac standard for playing those hard to decode codecs and video formats. It's been available on PC for ages but it's now in the beta stage of an optimised Windows 8 tablet OS version. Liliputing took the beta for a spin and found that when it worked, it worked great. As it's in beta stage, the issues it had on a Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet are understandable, but it was smooth sailing on a Dell XPS 12 (powered by an Intel Core i5 Haswell CPU). Via liliputing

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