Summertime is conventionally considered a slow season for game releases, at least in the console and PC world. But thanks to the ceaseless environment of mobile design, there's been no noticeable slowdown in the world of Android games. In fact, we're seeing a pretty constant flow of both original titles and ports from older consoles and iOS. Below are our top seven picks for August's new games, along with some honorable mentions.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a mix of Minecraft and tower defense, a unique hand-drawn racer, a word puzzle game, and an old-school top down shooter.
Nine out of ten times when we report on a lawsuit, it has something to do with patents or trademarks. I'll admit that those posts can get a little dull, but they're important for the world of consumer electronics. If you've been waiting for something a little juicier in your tech legal news, have we got a story for you. The Seattle Times reports that American cellular carrier T-Mobile is suing Huawei, a giant provider of telecom infrastructure hardware and currently the third-biggest manufacturer of phones on the planet, for stealing a robot.
As a dedicated gamer and a former cash-starved teenager, please listen to me: don't shop at GameStop. The ubiquitous American video game retailer is almost certain to overcharge for software and hardware, underpay you for trade-ins, and try to squeeze three preorders and a Game Informer subscription out of you before you leave. But for those misguided souls who insist on giving them custom (or who live in a city with no retail alternatives), the official GameStop app has been notably updated today.
There are a lot of portable battery packs out there, and a lot of them can be had for less than forty bucks. Motorola is counting on a bit of style and extra functionality to get you interested in its new Power Pack Micro, a first-party 1500mAh battery booster that looks more than a little bit like a Zippo lighter. The device also connects with your phone via Bluetooth for some location features.
The hits just keep on coming. A video for Motorola's second-generation Moto G has been posted before the expected reveal later this evening/morning. According to the video, the phone will use a larger, 5-inch HD (read: 1280x720) screen, and the unidentified processor is a quad-core model. Motorola also highlighted the fact that the Moto G will get "pure Android with [a] guaranteed upgrade."
The Motorola homepage was also briefly updated with a few hints of the Moto G, among other devices.
Motorola's new 2014 series of products is set for an official announcement on Motorola.com in less than an hour, but here's something we haven't seen before: the Moto Hint. It appears to be a pretty standard Bluetooth headset, plus a custom carrier or charger cradle (or both). Considering the emphasis that Motorola is placing on voice control, not to mention the company's own history with radio and Bluetooth hardware, it fits in surprisingly well.
If you were hoping that the litigious nature of the consumer electronics industry would fade out any time soon, well, keep on hoping. Today NVIDIA announced that it has initiated a suit against phone and tablet manufacturer Samsung and mobile chip supplier Qualcomm in the US District Court of Delaware for violating seven of its patents. The company is also petitioning the International Trade Commission to block shipments of Samsung devices using Adreno, Mali, or PowerVR graphical processing units.
One of the less dramatic software additions to the Moto X was the handy and unobtrusive camera launch gesture. While most phones have a quick-launch function for the camera on the lockscreen, the Moto X (and Verizon's me-too DROIDs from 2013) can quickly access the camera with two twists of the wrist, even when the phone's screen is off. According to a video spotted by A Tech Website (no, that's really the name) the upcoming Moto X+1, or possibly "the new Moto X," retains this function.