Miniclip's Agar.io has been a huge success - aside from getting featured in Netflix's House of Cards series, it has had over 50 million downloads from the Play Store alone. What could be thought of as the successor to Agar.io has now arrived on Android: Diep.io, a multiplayer tank game.
Like Agar.io, Diep.io was originally a browser-based game, but has been made available on Android and iOS. The aim of Diep.io is to destroy other players by shooting pellets at them - in my first round I survived for about two minutes before being destroyed. Another way to level-up is to decimate the yellow squares, blue pentagons, and red triangles - ideal cannon fodder and good target practice before taking on other, bigger, more experienced players. Read More
Android has long provided a way for developers to show web content in apps without implementing a full browser with WebView, but the nature of this component has changed a lot over the years. It became Chromium-powered, was unbundled from the system, and then got a beta channel. Starting in Android 7.0 Nougat, WebView will actually be Chrome. Read More
Corning announced today that the newest generation of Gorilla Glass, Gorilla Glass 5, is official. It will be available on devices starting later this year. The main improvement? Increased resistance to impact damage (i.e., shattering / cracking). That should mean that Gorilla Glass 5 will be the most drop-resistant version of the company's proprietary glass blend yet. How resistant is it? Corning's language is a bit... wishy-washy, but this is about as close as we get to a concrete (pun intended) statement on durability.
In lab tests, CorningGorillaGlass 5 survives up to 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces, far outperforming competitive glass designs
In American, that's up to an 80% drop survival rate at heights up to around 5 feet and 3 inches. Read More
It was a bummer when Adobe decided to end support for Photoshop Touch on Android a while back, especially because at the time Photoshop Mix was extremely limited by comparison. It has improved over time, and today it's getting a big update that might appease those who miss PS Touch. Now, you can have more layers and do more things with them. Read More
The new developer preview rolled out the other day, and included with it was a new version of the Google Camera. We already went over the various changes that were readily apparent, but there's another big one. As of v4.1, the Google Camera will support pausing video recording. Read More
Motorola's relationship with unlockable bootloaders, and thus with the ROM-flashing aftermarket community, can be summed up as "complicated." While its default approach is to offer a consumer-friendly bootloader unlock on most of its phones, it nonetheless bows to the whims of its carrier masters (Verizon and AT&T) whenever they insist that said feature be disabled, and they don't offer those handy full-price Developer Editions anymore, either. Add Amazon to the list, because the retailer's customized, super-cheap edition of the fourth-generation Moto G can't be bootloader unlocked. Read More
After the new post-paid plans announced by Verizon earlier in the month, it seemed like only a matter of time before changes to their prepaid plans as well. Well, that time has come. Verizon has updated their prepaid plans, and taking inspiration from the ‘Safe Mode’ throttling available in their post-paid plans, included "Always-On" throttled data at no extra cost.
Perhaps unlike the revisions made to the post-paid offerings, the changes made to Verizon’s prepaid plans are actually a solid upgrade. The main feature to be added to Verizon’s prepaid offerings, last revised in May, is the inclusion of ‘Always-On’ data throttling when prepaid data limits have been reached. Like ‘Safe Mode,’ ‘Always-On’ throttles data down to 128Kb/second when the data limit on the plan has been reached. Unlike ‘Safe Mode,’ ‘Always-On’ comes at no additional charge to prepaid customers. Verizon claims that ‘Always-On’ is enough for using social media and sending email, which it may well be, but doing so is going to be near dial-up levels of slow. Read More