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.
Fans of JRPGs, Square Enix, Final Fantasy, or just those adorable Moogles, you might want to take a moment to look into the Play Store. Go ahead, I'll wait. Did you see it? That's right, Final Fantasy V is here, marking the fifth entry from Square Enix's long running franchise to make it over to Android.
As you've probably noticed by now, this title's graphics more closely resemble the touched-up 2D visuals of the 1st and 2nd Final Fantasy titles than the 3D polygons found in the previous two releases.
If you've been patiently waiting for the Nexus 10 to go on sale before you snatch one up, this may be your best opportunity before Google puts out a refreshed model. eBay Daily Deals (which really seems to love those Nexus tablets for some reason) has once again featured the biggest of Google's tablets. You can pick one up for $319.00, which is the lowest price we've seen for this model lately.
Samsung took the wraps off of three new Galaxy devices at IFA earlier this month – the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear, and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. While most carriers have announced Note 3 and Gear availability, we've been waiting on the official word from Samsung as to when the Note 10.1 2014 would hit store shelves. This morning, it announced just that.
The Note 10.1 2014 Edition is expected to be available beginning October 10th at $549 for the 16GB model, and $599 for 32GB.
HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie got HTC One owners' hopes up a few days ago when he tweeted that the long-awaited Android 4.3 update was scheduled to roll out within the span of a week. These updates are aimed at the developer edition of the HTC One along with HTC Ones distributed by Canadian carriers. While we're still waiting on the latter, the former has arrived.
Android 4.3 update w/Sense 5 rolling out now to #HTCOne Developer Edition users.
We've got one last Google update to discuss this evening – YouTube. Bumping up to version 5.1.1, YouTube didn't get an official change log, but there are a few things worth discussing briefly (before Artem does his teardown magic, anyway).
First up, YouTube has a new permission for receiving data from the internet, which it uses to give you new video notifications.
Somewhere amid the rest of Google's appupdates today, Google updated its Search app. While the Play Store still shows an old change log, there are at least a couple of notable changes with the new update.
First among them, as part of Google's ongoing quest for better language processing, is the ability to have language packs automatically update themselves. This is something we uncovered in our last APK Teardown, though some of the more exciting features we saw evidence of (custom hotwords) haven't quite hit prime time yet.
Google's got a surprise for users across Asia and New Zealand today, bringing Play Books availability to nine new places: Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and New Zealand.
The company that claims the world's largest selection of online books has been slowly but surely making headway in spreading its Play products across the planet. Of course, it would be great if Google could simply flip a switch to bring Play to all Android users everywhere, but legal issues and other roadblocks mean it still takes some time to expand.
Yesterday, TuneIn Radio Pro, one of my favorite radio apps, was updated to version 9.0 and brought a bunch of sports-related improvements. However, a pretty significant bug made its way into the app as well - pausing and rewinding live streams, which are two of the most important features of Pro, no longer worked.
Reviewers started making a stink, a bunch of users on Reddit got sad, and TuneIn soon realized what they'd done.
If you read this site, you probably love Android. And if you love Android, you might like to let the world know. There's really no shortage of ways to do that – you could just tell people, wear an Android t-shirt, flash your phone randomly so everyone knows you don't carry an iPhone, you know the normal stuff. Or, you could decorate your house (or maybe just your office) with the little Android characters from the mind of Andrew Bell.