Announced last month at SXSW, Marvel's Augmented Reality app has finally hit Google's play store, promising to "bring the Marvel Universe to life like never before utilizing your Android powered device."
Essentially the app allows users to scan select Marvel products (which feature the AR logo) to unlock and view exclusive Marvel content. The app unlocks a surprisingly wide array of content, from 3D shorts to script excerpts, exclusive art and commentaries, and "key features on select comics."
The app's augmented reality functionality is powered by Aurasma, the self-proclaimed first visual browser, "bringing the physical and virtual worlds together." For fans of the Marvel Universe, this app seems like an awesome way to get an extra dose of Marvel content.
We've been hearing rumors about Sprint's version of the HTC One X for a few weeks now, and the pair just took the wraps off the device. Simply known as the HTC EVO 4G LTE (okay, so I was off by one letter and a number on the name speculation, whatever), this will likely be Sprint's flagship device at the time of launch, and will be one of the premier devices on its LTE network.
4.7-inch 1280x720 display with Gorilla Glass
1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor
16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
8MP f/2.0 28mm wide angle lens rear shooter, ImageSense, and a dedicated camera button (!)
1.3 MP front camera
HD Voice with dual microphones (dual-core, dual mics, dual cameras, dual )
25GB of free cloud storage on Dropbox
Unibody design with an aluminum spaceframe with anodized black finish and machined edge
NFC with Google Wallet support
Android 4.0 with Sense 4
Kickstand, which supports the phone in landscape (90 and 270 degrees) and portrait orientations (the original EVO 4G could only do one of the four)
2000mAh battery (compared to 1800mAh on the One X - nice)
The device will be available for pre-order on May 7th for $199 with a two-year agreement, making this the upgrade option for owners of the original EVO 4G.
While the LG Lucid may have hit Verizon stores with an incredibly low price-to-hardware ratio, the good folks over at AmazonWireless took that to a whole new level: free. Okay, well, one cent (close enough). Normally, we tell users to avoid budget devices like the plague, but the Lucid is the exception to the rule. Why? Because while its price (or lack thereof in this case) may be budget, its hardware is anything but:
Google unleashed a small round of updates today, bringing new features to both the Play Books and Street View apps. Play Books has been updated with a brand new UI for devices running Android 2.2/2.3, including the nifty 3D page-turning animation users of Books' tablet interface have come to know and love.
Users can also add home screen shortcuts for individual books, allowing you to jump straight into your favorite book without actually opening the app. The update also enables offline search, and ensures that your device's display will stay on during TTS.
Google Street View, on the other hand, got a slightly less major update (but an important one nonetheless) – the app now includes Ice Cream Sandwich's signature action bar and action-overflow button for those running Android 4.0+, bringing its interface into line with ICS' current design standards.
Back in 1999, a site called The Spark that aimed to help its users better understand literature hit the internet. Shortly after, a series of six literature study guides were published to the site, simply called SparkNotes.
Fast-forward to today, and SparkNotes is alive and well; in fact, it's now on Android. The app offers the same idea behind the original site: to help literary content make sense to students. It features 50 pre-installed study guides and hundreds more available for online viewing/downloading, along with a check-in feature so you can easily find other users in the same location and start a study group, and the ability to share what you're currently studying with your Facebook friends.
When it comes to must-have tools installed on my desktop, laptop, tablets, and phones, Dropbox is close to the very top of the list. Having access to your data anytime, anywhere, from any device, is an absolute godsend, and anyone who isn't yet using Dropbox is missing out on an insanely useful service.
For those who are using Dropbox, though, you probably know how easy it is to score some free space by getting your friends to sign up for the service with your referral code. Up to this point, you've been able to garner an additional 8GB with your free 2GB account, for a total of 10GB.
In case you were wondering if a rebrand was the only thing Google was doing to set itself up as a content provider, rest easy. Google's still working at signing those content deals. Today's deal is with Paramount. You may remember Paramount as the company that likes to throw stars at you while you're flying over a mountain. This new content deal brings 500 movies to the Play Store, and surprise! They don't all suck!
While today's Staff Picks may be a little biased towards today's deal, you can tell right from the main page that this is big for the Play Store's movie selection.
I already know that some of you may be wondering how in the world an alarm app made it into our March roundup for best newly released apps, so let's start with a simple explanation. DoubleTwist Alarm Clock made our cut for two reasons: it's quite possibly the most good looking alarm option on the Play Store at the moment and it keeps waking up simple by eliminating many of the useless features we find in other alternatives.
Honestly, that's pretty much it. We really dig the minimalist approach that the developers took with this. It won't brew you a cup of coffee in the morning or pull the curtains back to wake you with natural sunlight, but do you really need your alarm app to do hundreds of things for you?
We were first introduced to Star Defender 3 a short time ago, but it has already become one of our favorites. This spectacular space shooter by Awem Studio really has quite a bit going for it, and if you happen to be a fan of games similar to Space Invaders then this title will definitely whet your gaming appetite.
In Star Defender 3, you'll come up against wave after wave of alien enemies, but you also have a very large arsenal of weapons to fend them off. All in all, this is a thrilling action-packed game well worth the $0.99 price tag.