Google Music has become quite the app over Android's lifecycle, and there are plenty of very solid alternatives out there. But the vast majority of them offer a rather tired way of accessing your local music collection, splitting them into the same artist, album, genre and playlist sections we've been using for decades. n7player Music Player (yes, it's repetitive) has a uniquely visual way of displaying your tunes, worth checking out for any music lover who wants to shake things up. We've covered this app before, but for the next week it'll only cost you a single greenback in the Google Play Store.
Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. I have to open this post with a bit of an apology, as our attempts to get the live show rolling this week were thwarted at every turn by technical gremlins - we should be up and running again next week, though. You can still listen to this week's episode in its full, recorded glory, though.
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Just about everyone who has played a PC game in the past dozen years has probably heard of (and possibly used) GameSpy. The service, formerly owned by IGN, has been a major player in the social/multiplayer gaming space, offering matchmaking, stats, profiles, leaderboards, and cloud syncing. And now, freemium game maker Glu Mobile has acquired the service for an unnamed price.
Glu hopes that the acquisition can beef up their multiplayer support:
“Our acquisition of GameSpy brings Glu industry-recognized leadership in online, cross-platform technology infrastructure,” said Niccolo de Masi, Chief Executive Officer of Glu. “GameSpy’s battle-tested team will enable Glu’s product roadmap to include robust and highly scalable multiplayer and social functionality."
The company is also quick to point out that one of their games launched in Q1 2012 has GameSpy support baked in, which allows for co-op and head-to-head multiplayer gameplay.
Chameleon Launcher, a highly anticipated launcher replacement for Android tablets, has just released the initial beta version of the app into the Play Store. While everyone with a compatible device can download it, you will need to have an invitation, whether from your Kickstarter pre-order or pre-registration (say, if you're a member of the press or a private beta tester).
If you think you're part of the private beta, head over here (replace YOUR_EMAIL with your pre-reg email address and YOUR_NAME with your name) and associate your registration email with your Play Store account, then grab the app from the Play Store and fire it up.
This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.
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A headstrong female space marine in powered armor, with a gun for a hand. Miles of twisting, turning passageways to explore. Double-jumps, power ups, and huge, terrifying bosses. Stop me if you've heard all this before. You'd be forgiven for thinking that MEGATROID is a Nintendo 3DS title that somehow made it onto the Google Play Store: the game wears its inspiration from the likes of Metroid and Castlevania on its sleeve. But that's no reason to ignore it. And here's one to do just the opposite: MEGATROID comes from Triolith Entertainment AB, the developer of the well-received Wisp.
If MEGATROID is inspired by gaming's past, it certainly isn't restrained by it.
If you're just not happy with the current selection of Android devices on U.S. Cellular, two more options are being added to the table: the Motorola Electrify 2 and Defy XT.
Available online today and in stores tomorrow for $199 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, the Motorola Electrify 2 is (obviously) the successor to last year's original Electrify. This successor is essentially a slightly watered-down Atrix HD, featuring a 4.3" ColorBoost display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Kevlar coating, and Android 4.0.
If rough and tumble is more your speed, then the Defy XT may be a better choice.
Details of Sony's newest contribution to the tablet world, rumored to be called the Xperia Tablet, showed up last night on German blog Mobiflip. The 9.4" (1280x800) slate appears to be the successor to last year's Tablet S, as it keeps the similar "folded magazine" form factor, albeit in a 42% thinner shell.
The Xperia Tablet is said to feature NVIDIA's 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3 processor, along with 1 GB of RAM, an 8MP rear shooter, 1MP front camera, 6,000mAh battery, DLNA support, and "ICS or later;" and will be offered in three ranges of storage: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
If you haven't already picked up a Nexus 7, then you're missing out on what's easily the best Android tablet on the planet. And I don't say things like that lightly.
So, you poor Nexus 7-less soul, here's you chance to snag one for free. Thanks to our friends over at Beansoft, we have a few (read: three) 16GB models to give away. For free. To you.
If you don't already know who Beansoft is, pay attention. They make one of the best tablet-optimized keyboard that you'll find on the market: Thumb Keyboard. If you have a tablet, and you haven't at least tried TK as your software keyboard, you're seriously doing it wrong.
One of the great things about Android's ecosystem is the number of indie developers who are able to enter the market successfully, providing a great product and inspiring would-be developers to join in. For many though, Android development in general is a mysterious topic. How an app or game goes from an idea to an entry in the Play Store is unknown, but (thankfully) not unknowable.
Of course, considering how major development studios bring apps to life doesn't require too much thought – major companies like EA, Disney, or Rockstar have no problem hiring designers and developers to crank out and maintain polished apps.