Gather 'round, folks. This is the third installment of Android Police Files and the first to contain letters submitted after we started the series. As you would expect, many emails we receive come in the form of questions, and some submitters keep their requests short and sweet. Unfortunately, we couldn't satisfy some of them even if we wanted to.
But we do our best. We really do. If we weren't here to serve, we would throw our wisdom up behind a pay wall.
Update 2: Samsung has clarified the issue to Android Central, and it turns out it's actually not all that bad. Here's the gist: if you buy a Galaxy Note 3 (or other region-locked Samsung phone), it must be activated with a SIM in its home region. That means you can't import a Note 3 from Taiwan and then activate it in Europe, for example, and if you try to do that, it will lock itself.
Smart IR Remote has been missing from the Play Store for over a month, but now it's back, and it comes with greatly needed changes. For starters, you no longer have to purchase a separate version of the app to use it on both the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, a deal that's bigger than you would expect considering that we're talking about two $10 purchases. And since the app is currently available for 50% off, you can get support for both smartphones for just $4.99.
Back in July, we took a look at Testdroid, a service that allows developers to test their application or game on over 250 different actual devices. This isn't an emulation service – every single test is performed on real Android-powered devices, which in turn exposes real problems. Some of the biggest names in the book are using Testdroid these days – Facebook, Swiftkey, Rovio, Pinterest, Paypal, and many others – so it's only natural that the company step up its game to keep customers happy.
Kingdom Rush made a splash when it arrived on Android a few months ago, but there was still a sequel waiting in the wings. At long last, Kingdom Rush Frontiers has set up shop in Google Play. This game has more towers, monsters, and heroes than the original, along with hours of gameplay.
Picking out an appropriate Halloween costume becomes gradually more difficult the older you get. It might actually be easier to just be yourself. No, I don't mean to avoid making an effort entirely. Just take a look at PopMask, a company that will make a mask out of any face you take a picture of with your smartphone or any other camera. They will then mail the comical creation to you for just $20, shipping included.
The previous apps from Vision Objects have been a little magical – they had better handwriting recognition than a lot of expensive desktop software suites. MyScript Stylus brings that handwriting recognition to all apps by replacing the keyboard on your phone or tablet.
MyScript Stylus gives you a small writing space where the keyboard usually is. Whatever you scribble in there will be turned into text and dropped into any field on the device in real time.
You know that moment you have when you're playing an endless runner and you're ten seconds from beating your record, then you smash into an easily-avoided obstacle by the width of about two pixels? The colorful Time Surfer has found a way around that: you can rewind time to cover up your mistakes. The Prince of Persia's ears must be turning red right about now.
Time Surfer got its start on the Humble Mobile Bundle, but now it's available from the Play Store for a reasonable $.99.
If you've ever watched Ellen DeGeneres' show Ellen, then you may already be familiar with Heads Up!, a quirky and seemingly fun guessing game of sorts. If you haven't heard of it, this video tell you everything you need to know:
Zoolander! Oh, um, Starskey and Hutch! ... The Royal Tenenbaums! Oh! Night at the Museum!
Got the idea? Look like something you'd want to play? Good news! Now you can.
The world of Shadowrun was created 25 years ago as a tabletop RPG setting, and it certainly had its fans. When Jordan Weisman, one of the original creators of Shadowrun wanted to make it into a proper video game, the internet was more than happy to get involved. The Kickstarter campaign pulled in $1.8 million and now the end result is finally available on an Android tablet near you.
Shadowrun Returns is a traditional turn-based RPG with touch-optimized controls.