Those little pictographic symbols on your keyboard are about to get much more expansive now that Unicode 7.0 has been released. Yes, the designers of emoji don't just come up with this stuff on their own – they are part of the text presentation standards that keeps letters consistent across platforms. Included in the new emoji are gems like a thermometer, a chipmunk, a middle finger, and a diesel locomotive...
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.
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Lo, and then the lord did tap the touchscreen interface and cause great mountains to rise up from the landscape. Then with a swipe and a tap, the lord did create all the creatures of the land. Following all that, the lord made the sky purple, just because, for this god is a confusing and temperamental god. This and so much more is what awaits you in Topia World Builder, which has just hit Android after a good long run on iOS.
It's been a while since AllCast saw a big update, but here one is to brighten your Monday. Koush's media streaming app gains a few new features today, but perhaps his mind has been on other things. The oddly conversational Play Store changelog mentions Game of Thrones in addition to AllCast. I'm hunting for Hodor references in the app, but nothing so far.
Android Police alum and current Ars Technica editor Ron Amadeo has been hard at work on something that might be of interest to you. Head on over to Ars and you can read Ron's 40,000 word history of Android. Yes, 40,000 words – for reference, the classic novella Animal Farm is about 10k words shorter. I can only hope Ron's bosses will unchain him from his desk and allow him to sleep now.
You guys like soccer, right? Sorry, football... At any rate, Google likes it too, so maybe you'll want to check out Google Maps. In recognition of the World Cup, the Street View pegman is all suited up in a football/soccer uniform that matches the version of maps you're using. Note, this is desktop only, at least right now. It should be good for several minutes of amusement.
Google's own launcher lacks many customization features you'd get with third-party options, but it has that cool Google Now panel that makes it that much easier to see your cards. Because that's part of the closed-source Google Search app, other launchers have thus far been unable to implement it. However, the newest 0613 nightlies of CyanogenMod 11 include this feature in the default Trebuchet launcher. Well, mostly.
There is apparently a sport called "soccer" (sometimes confused with football) that is somewhat popular in various places around the world. For those who are particularly serious about getting the perfect kick, BallTune claims to be able to measure the pressure of a soccer ball simply by watching it bounce with your device's camera. Truly this is the future.
Badland is one of those rare games that manages to be both gorgeous and completely engrossing. All you have to do is tap the screen to make your little bird-things flap their wings, but there are so many dangers in Badland! How will you ever make it alone? Now you can experience this killer game with three friends thanks to the new four-player co-op mode.