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Wonder where all the retro VHS camcorder videos and pics are coming from?

August 25, 2015 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Anyone who uses social media will have noticed a glut of new videos with the grain and fuzz of an '80s/'90s VHS camcorder video. You can join in the retro party with the app that everyone's using: VHS Camcorder from Rarevisions. The app has all the features the old camcorders had, including clunky zoom, the date in the corner and a whole host of skins that let you choose exactly the type of grain you want. The app is currently only on iOS but an Android version is in the works. Via slashgear

Humble Bundle for Android and PC/Mac 13 – pay what you want!

August 19, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The latest Android Humble Bundle comprises games that can also be played on Steam on PC and Mac systems, giving a wealth of on the go mobile and DRM-free desktop gaming options. Announced so far in this bundle are the games Crimsonland, the dark and disturbing Neverending Nightmares, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians and Fotonica for whatever price you want to pay. If you pay above the average (currently a measly $2.69) you also get Tiny Keep, Crowntakers, Monster Loves You! and more games yet to be announced. As usual proceeds are split between charity, the developers and the site and it's another cracking deal. Happy gaming! Get your games here.

Android 6.0 officially unveilled as Android Marshmallow

August 19, 2015 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Google to the lawn outside its Mountain View headquarters to unveil the new Android mascot and confirm the next incarnation of the OS, Android 6.0, will be Android Marshmallow. Marshmallow is expected to debut on on the next Nexus devices, with one coming from LG and the other made by Huawei. Now that we know the name of the new OS, it'll just be a matter of time before we learn what's new from Android HQ. Via pocket-lint

Will a fingerprint sensor on the new Nexus 5 usher in Android Pay?

August 9, 2015 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Apple have got everyone swiping their phones at the tills with Apple Pay, Google presumably want a slice of that action too. A new version of the Nexus 5 is due this year and is expected to launch with a fingerprint scanner - and with it the launch of Google's rival payment system. Rumours suggest that LG will be the brains behind the Nexus 5. Their previous models are now unavailable and the last one came out in 2013, so we're well due an upgrade. Along with the fingerprint sensor, it's also expected to run on a Snapdragon 808 processor and carry 4GB of RAM. As October will also see the launch of Android M, we're expecting a packed press conference. Via gizmodo

Games Workshop Android bundle: pay what you want for Warhammer Quest – the other nine games are a bonus

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

The excellent Warhammer Quest for Android is available on a Humble Bundle pay what you want deal, along with nine (and counting) other Games Workshop games. Also available for any price over a dollar are Warhammer 40,000 titles Carnage, Storm of Vengeance and Space Wolf, as well as The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault and Warhammer: The App. If you pay above the average price you also get Talisman Prologue, Chainsaw Warrior: LotN, Warhammer: Snotling Fling and more games yet to be announced. Check out the bundle here.  

Xiaomi Mi Note launch day – company offers delivery via Uber

July 27, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Today's the day - the Xiaomi Mi Note is out in Southeast Asia and to sweeten the deal, Xiaomi and 21st-century smartphone taxi service Uber have teamed up for swift delivery. In the available regions, a Xiaomi icon will be displayed on the Uber app and tapping it will get the phone bought and sent round with a speedy Uber driver. Via gizmodo

Pay what you want for a whole bunch of classic Neo Geo games for Android

July 22, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The Humble Neo Geo Android Mobile Bundle collects some of the arcade-compatible system's most iconic games - all for the starting price of a dollar. The basic set comprises Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Blazing Star, The King of Fighters '97, Metal Slug 2 and Metal Slug X. If you pay above the average (currently $4.66) you also get Fatal Fury Special, Samurai Shodown II, Metal Slug 3 and more games which will be announced before the week is out. If you want to wear your retro love on your chest, a $29.99 bundle gets you the games and a 25th anniversary Metal Slug t-shirt made especially for this bundle. As usual a portion of proceeds go to charity. Check out the deal here.  

This milkshake won’t bring many boys to the yard: Android M likely to be 5.2, not 6

July 22, 2015 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Android M - expected to be code for Milkshake - will be out by the end of the year but rather than being the next incarnation of the OS, 6.0, it's looking more likely that it will instead just be the 5.2 update. The last big update was the jump from Android KitKat 4.4 to Android Lollipop 5.0. It was correctly predicted by shots of demo mode developer builds, which set the time as the Android version. The latest screenshot to emerge (see below) is the one that shows we'll just get a small leap to 5.2 with Milkshake. Via pocket-lint

Gravity Screen for Android locks and unlocks devices automatically

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

Do you like tinkering with settings and gestures? Gravity Screen, a new app for Android devices, is the one for you. Gravity Screen is designed to allow lock and unlock solutions that work by setting the phone to lock and unlock when it's picked up or put down face up or down, or put in a pocket. An endlessly customizable app, it can also be programmed to stop dimming with a shake or wake up when it detects motion. The settings can be adjusted for angles and there's a comprehensive Q&A section in the app for fine-tuning. A free version is available now from the Play Store. Via gizmodo

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

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