Twenty years ago you had to pump quarters into an arcade machine to enjoy the punishing shooter known as Raiden. The game was so successful that multiple sequels followed. Now you can play four Raiden arcade games on your mobile device for a one-time fee. This is a retro gaming experience that tries to preserve the feel of the original game, and still make it work on a touch screen. So is Raiden still awesome? Let's see.
See that thing there? Shoot it. That other thing over there? Shoot that, too. That third whatsit over there? That one is a power up.
There's a reason that the Nexus 4 has been sold out almost since it hit the Play Store: for custom ROM enthusiasts, buying anything else is a crapshoot. Assuming that the bootloader is unlocked (or can be,) you've just got to hope there's enough adoption among ROM developers to ensure a steady stream of builds. Owners of T-Mobile's former flagship, the HTC Amaze 4G, have had relatively good options in this area, and they just got a little better: the CyanogenMod team has released official nightly builds of CM10. Owners of the older Sensation 4G can also join the party.
Both devices are supported in an experimental capacity.
Hi, everyone. I'd like to introduce you to the Samsung Muse. This is a music player with no screen and a mere 4GB of storage that requires a phone with music on it in order to sync. It costs $50 and is going on sale in the U.S. soon. Why is this handy little thingy going to be made available here? Because screw you, that's why.
'What is this device?' you ask? It's a music player. 4GB of storage for all the music you can handle so long as you can't handle that much music. Also, you need to have the music on your phone already.
A few days ago, we were treated to a lovely look at what Tasker, the highly-customizable Android automation app, could look like if it got a nice facelift. Unfortunately, this was done by the Android team and was not representative of any real work being done by the developer. As it turns out, though, the developer behind said application is working on a holo conversion. There are quite a few obstacles to deal with in the meantime:
I started working on a holo conversion about a week ago coincidentally, with half the goal being use of the holo conventions and half replacing under-the-hood deprecated APIs for dialogs etc.
Many moons ago - way back in March - we covered a Space Invaders-type game called Star Defender 3. It looks like space didn't stay safe for very long and now it needs to be defended again, because Awem Studio just released the sequel: Star Defender 4. And if you thought three was crazy - wait until you see all the action packed into four. It's nutty.
Crazy, right? Like its predecessor, this one features a full array of enemies, as well as eight full missions with boss battles, bonus power-ups to help slay your foe, new weapons, and over 100 levels.
Chris Lacy, developer of the gorgeous, widely lauded Tweet Lanes, has finally brought his latest creation to the Play Store – Action Launcher.
As the name would suggest, Action Launcher is a custom launcher with an emphasis on its ever-present action bar. The action bar allows users to quickly open a side-panel app drawer which, in Lacy's words, "aims to allow you to load any app in one second from your home screen." The bar also features Search and Play Store shortcuts, along with an action overflow.
The action bar, as you can see in the video above, is not the only trick Action Launcher has up its sleeve.
Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 39.
A word from our sponsor
Special shout-out to Logitech for a second week, the official video sponsor of the Android Police Podcast's live video show! Logitech was kind enough to outfit the Android Police Podcast with some brand-new video digs, in the form the C920 and C910 Logitech HD Pro webcams.
The C920 webcam features Carl Zeiss optics, 1080p video recording, on-board h.264 video compression to reduce upload bandwidth requirements, and Logitech's proprietary Fluid Crystal Technology, making video smoother, sharper, and richer. It's what sets a Logitech webcam apart from the competition. It's also why our live hangout looked a lot better this week!
After our review, the Galaxy Camera may not be high on your wishlist this holiday season, but if you're set on Samsung's smartphone-meet-camera mashup, and AT&T's HSPA+ version isn't quick enough for your fast-paced shutterbug lifestyle, you may be in luck: it looks like the Verizon Galaxy Camera is for real.
A Samsung product page appears to have inadvertently gone live for the device (model EK-GC120), boasting Verizon's 4G LTE connectivity, along with everything else the standard Galaxy Camera does. Pricing isn't available, but we wouldn't be surprised to see Verizon's edition sporting the same $500 entry fee as its AT&T sibling.
We all love those little Android figurines that come from the mind of Andrew Bell, and with Christmas coming up, that can only mean one thing: a holiday Android! I'd like you all to meet Frankie Frost.
Look at him, all frosty and cute - you know you want one. Or two. They're on sale now for $10 a pop, so you can always head over to the Dead Zebra Shop and order one up.
Or you can try to win one here. We have five to give away, so here's how to throw your hat in the ring.
After an unexplained delay, the One VX is finally available for just fifty dollars on contract at AT&T. Not a bad price for such a pretty phone - even if it is running Ice Cream Sandwich. To recap, the VX is packing a 4.5" qHD SLCD display, MSM8930 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, AT&T LTE, an 1800mAh battery, microSD slot, and NFC. It's a fairly robust device for not a lot of money.
Right now, it's available from AT&T, online or in-store. We've heard you may also be able to find the One VX at RadioShack's brick and mortar locations.