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Gestureworks Gameplay app turns Android devices into customisable controlpads

July 29, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Most PC games are all well and good with a keyboard and mouse combo, but some simply lose something without a gamepad (see Super Meat Boy, etc.). Combining your tablet/phone with PC is the Gestureworks Gameplay app, which turns the handheld Android devices into virtual controllers. This is a pretty nifty app, as it allows the virtual control pads to be customised to what fits you best, and further customised for specific games. The app is $15 on Steam, which is above average price for an app but much cheaper than a gamepad. The only issue we can think of is latency  - let us know if you've used one and how you got on. Via engadget

Hit game Thomas Was Alone squares up on Android

July 29, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

If you're against the anthropomorphism of animals in games, try Thomas Was Alone - an addictive platform puzzler that has a compelling and moving story about nothing but shapes. The game has been out on all platforms in increments since its 2010 release, and now it's available on Android. For a cracking story, excellent puzzles and lots of fun, Thomas Was Alone is a must-have. The award-winning indie gem is worthy of its praise and the narration tops it off nicely. It's out now at $3.99 (regular price $5.99). Via androidcommunity

Wacom Bamboo Paper app expands to Android, Amazon and Windows

July 23, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The Wacom Bamboo Paper notebook simulator is no longer only for iOS users - it has launched on the Google Play Store, the Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Do you still have that stylus you bought for those heady two weeks of playing Draw Something against everybody you ever met? Dig it out and get sketching and making notes - the app is free but additional brushes, backgrounds and notebooks are all in-app purchases. The basics, however, are fine for sketching ideas.   Via pocket-lint

Use once and delete: app stats revealed

June 13, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Localytics has looked at your app usage and noticed 20% of downloaded apps are used only once. 1.5 billion devices and 25,000 apps were used to gather the information, the results of which were a 6 percent improvement on a study conducted in 2010. Weather and social apps are the most returned to and sports apps and games are the must discarded. Games, Localytics discovered, have a nearly 50% chance of never being opened again if they're not returned to within 12 hours of downloading. These stats sound about right. With the sheer numbers of apps - and more importantly free apps - the amount tried and discarded is going to be huge. The most popular apps are doubtlessly portals for existing social websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Via tuaw

Mobile Game of the Week: VVVVVV finally out on iOS and Android

June 12, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

2010's grueling but oh-so-good platformer VVVVV is finally coming out on mobile devices today (Thursday). The controls are simple, so shouldn't be a problem on touchscreens. It's from Terry Cavanagh, who has already enjoyed a mobile hit with the terrifically addictive Super Hexagon. VVVVVV (play it to find out why it's called that) is just as addictive and hair-pullingly frustrating - but all in the best possible way. The payoff for beating a room is bliss. As simple as it looks (and to be fair, is), the story is surprisingly engaging, emotional and all-encompassing. If the mobile version doesn't float your boat, try it on your desktop. Via distractionware

SwiftKey goes free – alter your Android today

June 12, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

If you've always stuck with the standard Android keyboard, now's the time to see what else is out there for you - newly for free. SwiftKey is the top-selling keyboard app for Android and it has now shifted from being a paid app to a freemium product. This means you can get the regular SwiftKey keyboard for free and only pay if you're tempted by the add-ons. So, what are you waiting for? See what all the fuss is about. If you previously bought SwiftKey and you're feeling short changed, worry not, they're offering a free download of a $4.99 theme pack as a thanks for your early adoption. Via pocket-lint

Apple owners love mobile porn more than Android users

June 6, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

  Pornhub has released figures that quantitatively settle the argument of who are the biggest w**nkers: Apple fans or Android folk. iPad users come top of the pile with this particular site, with 73% of the site's 17 million daily mobile users accessing the site via the mobile version of Safari. The site revealed how viewing patterns have changed: "Over the past year, Pornhub has seen a major shift in the types of traffic coming to our site," said a spokesperson. "Of the 38 million people who visit Pornhub each day, over half are now using mobile devices like tablets and smartphones." Safari takes up the lion's share, with Chrome across iPads and Android accounting for 13.6 visits and the built-in Android browser bringing just 7.8% of traffic. Now, there are quite a few

Humble Bundle 10 for Android & PC adds Frozen Synapse and more

June 4, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The Humble Bundle 10 for Android and PC has expanded its games list, adding the excellent turn-based tactical game Frozen Synapse, along with Little Dew and Fieldrunners. These games bulk up the already excellent list of games we reported last week and as usual, you can name your price for the lot, they're DRM-free, you can choose how much goes to charity and the developers, and you get both PC and Android versions. Check out the Humble Bundle website to purchase.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat out now – here are the changes

June 4, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

While the forthcoming iOS 8 brings big changes to Apple's lot, the more universal Android OS Kitkat has had its own update: 4.4.3. Most of the changes are under the hood, comprising mostly bug fixes and security enhancements, but there are a few noticeable changes. The Dialer app has lightened up, swapping out the dark colour scheme for a brighter option. It's now possible to rearrange contact cards in Dialer too. The People app has been updated with colourful icons for contacts to match the Gmail app's display. Also, downloads can be paused in the Play Store. Other improvements noted around the web include better WiFi performance, elimination of some battery drain bugs and on the Nexus 5, audio hiss has gone from videos. Have you noticed any improvements on your device

Intel & Rockchip join forces for Android assault

May 31, 2014 by Tom in Android, Hardware News, Intel, Rockchip with No Comments.

Forget Apple and Beats, the newly announced partnership of Intel and Taiwanese processor giant Rockchip could be bigger news as tries to usher in a new age of Android tablets. The pair will work on SoFIA processors, which will be Android-focused and carry onboard modems. The dual-core first processor will be out this year, with quad-core 3G and LTE chips due out in 2015. While it may be weighed in Intel's favour as they try to hit their 40 million tablet goal by the end of 2014 by piggybacking Rockchip's 10 per cent share in tablet processors and good links in China, it could still spell some interesting results. Via barrons and gizchina

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