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 well-done dungeon crawler, a shoot-em-up with a fresh coat of paint, and a Puzzle Quest sequel built by Tony Stark (in a cave, with a box of scraps).
If you like your phone to be more like a tablet, then it's hard to overlook Sony's massive 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra. Admittedly, it takes a certain type of person to show interest in a phone this big, but one thing's for sure: those who love big phones really love big phones. If the Z Ultra is the big phone for you, Sony just announced an awesome accessory for it.
A few weeks back we pointed out a neat little trick in the Chrome Beta for Android. By toggling the NTP flag, you could get a spiffy new tab page with a search box and scrollable list of recent sites. The last update to the app seems to have killed it, but now we know why – Chrome 31 will make that UI the default in Android.
Starting today, anyone with Glass can now submit their own creations to MyGlass, the Google Glass app store. Google has opened up the Glassware Review Process to any developer seeking to make their software available to the many Explorers who already happen to own a pair. All a developer has to do is take a look at the Distributing Glassware documentation and meet the basic requirements provided.
Today's announcement coincides with the release of several new third-party Glassware in MyGlass.
There are a number of ebook readers available for Android, but if you want a Holo-friendly option, your best bet is to rely on Google Books or the latest version of Aldiko. Now there's another competitor making its way over from iOS that seems to blend in just as well, if not more so. Readmill for Android offers a reading experience that's easy on the eyes and - since it's not tied to a bookstore of its own - your wallet.
Starting with the upcoming version 31, Chrome for Android Beta will support adding web apps to the home screen via an option in the overflow menu. These apps will still run in a sandboxed Chrome environment, but they will also be integrated with the operating system in a few interesting ways.
Adding a supported web app to the homescreen will place a custom icon on the device, but this is more than a bookmark shortcut.
It's not hard to keep track of the news on your smartphone, as seemingly every major news organization (in the US at least) has released their own app. People who don't like the idea of bouncing back and forth between apps can use a dedicated RSS reader or any number of curated news offerings ranging from Flipboard to Google's own Currents. But there's one issue that none of these apps address - they deliver full-length articles to people who may not want or have time to read such lengthy content on their phones.
ZTE likely isn't the first brand that comes to mind when you think of premium Android handsets, and that isn't a surprise. The company's footprint is largest in Asia, and it typically releases budget handsets on this side of the Pacific. But ZTE has been working to change things, and today it's announced that two of its high-end smartphones are ready to compete in the US market - the Grand S and the Nubia 5.