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 new action platformer from Noodlecake, both a tactical and a conventional multiplayer RPG, and a new entry in Herocraft's Strategy & Tactics series.
The Humble Bundle is one of the best deals in gaming, but the Humble folks also do smaller weekly sales. The newest weekly sale bundle includes five total games, three of which come with Android versions.
The sale is brought to you by Cipher Prime, which is the developer of all five titles. The three Android titles are fairly popular, but aren't the kind of thing everyone knows about. Fractal and Splice are both abstract puzzle games with very polished visuals.
For many of us, it's not enough just to get our hands on a new handset. We love Android, but we're just not big fans of the changes that manufacturers make to distinguish their phones from one another. Some manufacturer customizations, like Sense 5, are arguably more attractive than Google's own efforts.
Vine has had a rocky start on Android since it launched over the summer, lacking many of the features found in its older iOS sibling. The app has started to get more positive reviews on Google Play since then, but it's been a slow ascension. Today's update isn't groundbreaking, but it does a little more to nudge those reviews in the right direction. Version 1.4 introduces two new features called Sessions and Time Travel, which collectively give users more time and options for tinkering with their videos before sharing them with the world.
Updates don't alway meet their deadlines, and that's fine. The Android 4.2.2 Google TV update that LG promised back in May may be late, but it's here, at least for some models. This is big news for people who have invested in Google's television offering, as it bumps the platform up from a rather old Android 3.2 Honeycomb base.
Unfortunately, some things are lost in transition. While updated Google TVs will have better mobile app compatibility thanks to Android NDK support, the Chrome browser has changed from the PC to the Android version, meaning there's no Flash support.
You know what's cool? Apps are cool. You know what else? Saving money. What if... what if those two ideas could be combined?! It would surely improve your happiness and wellbeing dramatically. You should probably check out these sales immediately for your own good.
We're used to seeing Dropbox space bonuses on various Android phones and tablets, but Google Drive is out there with some free byte promos too. Owners of the HTC One and One Max will be tickled to know they may be eligible for some extra cloud storage through a new Google-HTC deal. There are a few caveats, though
The Android 4.3 update for the HTC One has been making the rounds, starting in Asia, making its way to Canada, and then coming to the US via Sprint, AT&T, C Spire Wireless, and T-Mobile. Yet there are many countries not on this list, leaving a great deal of users who will be pleased to know that Android 4.3 is now popping up on International HTC Ones.
The original Plants vs. Zombies was a fabulous mobile game even though it didn't debut on a mobile device. It launched on PC and Mac way back in 2009, a full year before it landed on iOS. Still, Plants vs. Zombies turned out to be ideal for an immersive touchscreen experience. The sequel has many of the same gameplay elements that made the first one so compelling, but there is more going on here.
Yesterday Billboard issued a report claiming that Google subsidiary YouTube is preparing to release a streaming music service. This service would be offered in both free and premium tiers a la Spotify, and it is reportedly a separate entity from Google Play's music service, All Access. Specific details on date and price are not available, but Billboard claims that all the licensing deals made through All Access will be available for the new service and a launch is tentatively planned for before the end of the year.