Archive for the Android Category

SwiftKey for iPhone and iPad launches on Wednesday

September 15, 2014 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

Wednesday September 17 will see the release of the popular Android keyboard app, Swiftkey, on iOS devices. Lauded as the best custom keyboard tool on the market, SwiftKey will make the transition to Apple iPhones and iPads, allowing a new degree of customisation - one Android users have already grown used to. SwiftKey Cloud will also be available, allowing personal dictionaries and preferences to be saved across devices. It can also trawl your emails, tweets, etc. to find out how you write and customise autocorrects to your style and quirks. Via slashgear

Adventurers wanted for new Android Humble Bundle

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

Humble Mobile Bundle 7 brings a slice of action to adventurers this time around, with the likes of Kingdom Rush Frontiers and Sorcery! on offer in the pay-what-you-want deal. The full list of Android games (so far, more will be added), is The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium, Heroes of Loot, and if you pay above the average (currently $4.05), Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn, and Sorcery!. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is worth the (self-named-)price alone - it's arguably the best tower defense game out there. Sorcery! is a winner too - it's from Steve Jackson, the man who made the Fighting Fantasy book series. The adventure begins at Humble Bundle

SimCity coming to mobile devices soon – expect caveats

September 10, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

EA has announced SimCity is coming to mobile. SimCity BuildIt will be released on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android. We all have a favourite version of SimCity, so the chance to have our own towns in our pockets should be an exciting one. This news, however, is marred by the series' recent history and the modern model of mobile gaming. Broken SimCity 4 aside, the series has been pretty solid. With this, however, all we can expect is a free-to-play game that is constantly clawing at your wallet for in-app purchases for town top-ups. Remember EA's mobile version of Theme Park, in which a roller-coaster will cost upward of $60? EA's sullied mobile output and practices point that this is another SimCity game to avoid. Let's all load up our emulators and run a SimCity 2000 ROM

Humble Bundle for Android Sega Special

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

Get your Sonic on with the latest Humble Bundle for mobile. Bundled into the pay-what-you-want deal is Sonic 4 Episode 1, ChuChu Rocket! and Virtua Tennis Challenge. For those who pay more than the average amount (currently $3.84 at time of writing), here's also Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic 4 Episode II, Crazy Taxi and more games yet to be announced. Sonic 4 was a better crack than previous years' efforts at making the hedgehog exciting again but it'd be great to see the original and Sonic 2 announced too. Via humblebundle

Flush your Android device and give it some space

August 20, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Limited storage causes constant warnings and reminders about low memory. For those tired of the messages, this comprehensive guide to freeing up space on Android devices could come in useful. From apps that cleanse to finding pesky hidden chunks of data, this set of top tips compiled by gizmodo should set your Android device up with some breathing space in no time. Via gizmodo

Guess how big the Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD child-friendly Android tablet is?

August 20, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android Tablet, Tablet with No Comments.

Huge! That's how big. Fuhu's Big Tab HD line starts at 20-inches and stops at the 24-inch model. Phew. The Big Tab HD is a blown-up version of their DreamTab series and use the Android-based Blue Morpho UI. The 20-inch model has a 1600 x 900 "HD+" display, while the 24-incher has a 1920 x 1080 Full HD screen. The tablets are geared toward education and entertainment for children and will follow the same Dreamworks tie-in content that the DreamTabs had. The tablets come with a kickstand, 16GB storage, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and cost $339 (20") / $549 (24"). Via engadget  

Tom Hanks launches typewriter passion project for iPad

August 20, 2014 by Tom in App News, Other Tablet, Software / OS with No Comments.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks loves typewriters. He can't get enough of the click-clacky manual machines. Not one to be outdone in the digital age, Hanks has launched Hanx Writer - a writing tool app for iPad that replicates classic typewriter tones and layouts. The app shot to number one in the App Store and is available for free but offers in-app purchases for additional features and themes. Hanks wrote about his love of typewriters in the New York Times last summer and thanks to the App Store, we can all share his passion. Via pocket-lint

Android Humble Bundle app steps out of ugly ducking beta to become a swan

August 15, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

We're big fans of Humble Bundle, the website that offers great pay-what-you-want bundles for PC, Mac, Steam and Android games, books, comics and soundtracks, as well as a nice store offering big discounts. The Humble Bundle Android app has left its shaky beta form and emerged as a nice, functional app that handily points tablets to the right applications for launching, unpacks zip files and more. The Humble Bundle app is now available in the Google Play Store. Via androidcommunity

Ramos i9S will sport a LeWa OS custom interface

August 14, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News, Ramos with No Comments.

The LeWa OS custom interface will find its way into the Ramos canon when the upcoming Ramos i9S tablet is shipped with LeWa preloaded. LeWa OS is a custom Android OS design made by Chinese company Lewa. By the looks of the screenshot, the interface is all about round edges and simple presentation. No details of the i9S have been released but we'll be on it as soon as they are. Via tablet-news

The L-owdown on Android L – what’s in store with 5.0 and when you can get it

August 14, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Techradar has compiled a comprehensive list of changes to come with Android L and expected arrival dates for regions and models. What the L stands for is still a mystery but it's known that there'll be new features, a new look and plenty of under-the-hood performance tweaks. Techradar slates the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to be the first to adopt but it's not just Google devices they've probed, check out the link below to see when your handset will get some L action. Via techradar

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