Open Garden is hands down one of the most impressive apps I've seen this year. The app, first introduced at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2012 as the startup that would go on to win the conference title of Most Innovative Startup, allows users to create an "open garden" of internet connectivity for multiple devices to share. The startup's official website explains it this way:
|Liam Spradlin||Besides being an avid Android fan and blogger, Liam is a photographer with a degree in both Anthropology and Sociology. He can usually be found reading through blogs, taking photos, or studying ancient pottery. Liam has been known to leave on international trips at a moment's notice, and can't resist a new challenge.|
While your average "drop test" video isn't necessarily a source for scientific durability analysis, they can be entertaining to watch. Somehow, seeing expensive devices mercilessly dropped onto unforgiving concrete or pavement feels slightly gratifying, while the process simultaneously educates viewers on the dangers of careless phone handling.
Today, Android Authority uploaded a drop test video which saw Samsung's Galaxy SIII (by all accounts the phone of the moment) and Apple's iPhone 4S faced off against an expanse of hard concrete. Both phones were dropped on their face, back, and side, of course in an attempt to gather more experimental data.
It goes without saying that neither device fared particularly well.
The Google Play Store's "Bouncer," which Google launched back in February to protect Android users from malicious apps, is a service that scans potential Play Store apps by running them in a virtual phone environment, where the app's activities are monitored for any signs of mal-intent.
Taking advantage of that test period, security researchers Charlie Miller and Jon Oberheide have evidently found ways past Bouncer (which they will be presenting at the Summercon conference in New York this week). Their method, in short, allows an app to "know" that it is being run in a virtual environment, meaning malicious apps could conceivably resist carrying out malicious activities until they are running on a real system.
Instapaper, "a simple tool to save web pages for reading later," is wildly popular among iOS users, but has – until now – eluded Android users. Looking to quench users' thirst for the highly desired app, Mobelux has just made Instapaper live in Google's Play Store.
For those who aren't familiar, Instapaper allows users to quickly, easily save reading material they discover online but don't have time to read right away. The app is able to save just about any webpage in a text-only format, allowing for easy, "distraction-free" reading at your leisure.
Perhaps the best part about Instapaper is that saved content is stored for offline viewing, meaning users can read their saved content anywhere at any time.
Well folks, it's official. In a press release sent out just moments ago, Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy SIII, easily one of the most anticipated smartphones this year, will be available on five major carriers in the US beginning this month.
The carriers, which are expected to make individual announcements in the "coming weeks," include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and US Cellular. And yes, the SIII's design will be consistent across all carriers. Feast your eyes on some official (non-carrier specific) press images below:
For those wondering, some of the rumors we've heard about the US' Galaxy SIII are indeed true.
Update: Turns out the teasers were about an ASUS Windows 8/Android device after all, and even Bluestacks got tricked into thinking the "big transformation" teasers were about them. You can find more info about this device, called Transformer AiO, here.
Remember a few days ago when ASUS got everyone's hopes up with teaser videos that began excited rumor-churn about a possible dual-booting Android/Windows 8 tablet? Well, it turns out that the videos in question were meant to tease a new partnership ASUS has formed with BlueStacks, creators of the renowned BlueStacks App Player (which we reviewed back in March).
Described as part real time strategy, part role playing game, GAMEVIL's Plants War is the most adorable game to offer "intense real-time tactical strategy" I've seen in months.
The game takes place on a post-human Earth, where animals who were left behind on the (mostly) barren planet have begun taking over the one remaining holdout of lush greenery and water – Dryad Forest. Enraged by the animals' exploitation of the forest, an army of plants (using a magical power source provided by Lake Naiad) band together to stop the animals. Of course, a raging battle ensues.
Players, when starting a new round, can select their "hero," with additional/enhanced heroes available for purchase using two types of in-game currency: gold and leaf.
Tapatalk, the mobile forum app "designed for forum superstars," can now be had for $0.99 in the Play Store, down a full $2.00 from its normal price.
For those unfamiliar, Tapatalk is one of the most popular mobile forum apps in existence, and bills itself as "the only and best fully-functional forum app in the market." The app allows users to quickly access, read, and participate in many of their favorite online forums through a smooth, intuitive interface.
The app does a fantastic job of streamlining the process of participating in forums by allowing users to access their favorite boards in a centralized location with a unified layout.
Just as expected, HTC's Evo 4G LTE has finally landed at Sprint, both online and in stores. After the latest Evo's extended stay at US Customs, the device has arrived just in time for release, perfectly timed for early celebration of the original Evo 4G's release a mere two years ago.
In case you've somehow forgotten about the Evo 4G LTE's specs, here's why this is a device to be excited about (for a more complete look at the device, check out our full review):
- 4.7" Super IPS LCD2 display at 720x1280 (~312ppi)
- 16GB on-board storage, expandable via microSD
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP camera (with LED flash), 1.3MP front-shooter
- Android 4.0.3 ICS
- Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor
- Built in NFC
- Ample 2000mAh battery
Whether you're a veteran of the Sprint's Evo line, or just want to upgrade to a slick, powerful device, the Evo 4G LTE is a great option.