Look, I've got nothing against the pixelated graphical style, sometimes erroneously referred to as "8-bit." But for the last few years it's often been used as a crutch for developers who can't be bothered to make truly good 2D graphics. That doesn't apply to Sword of Xolan, the latest game from developer Alper Sarikaya of Manuganu fame. The environments, enemies, and main character have enough definition that you can actually see what's happening on screen, and the excellent animations make the world come to life in ways that developers could only dream of back in the old SNES days.
It's Wednesday, which means there should be some Google app updates at some point. Nothing much has happened yet, but here's a good way to pass the time while waiting—get some new apps and games. We've assembled some deals to help you justify the cost.
Birds gonna fly, fish gonna swim, dogs gonna bark, and unscrupulous people are going to find ways to steal digital content. Video piracy is more or less unstoppable (though reasonable prices and more convenient streaming have taken it down a peg), but if you brazenly sell gadgets with the sole intention of stealing TV shows and movies, expect a visit from Johnny Law soon enough. Several shady retailers in the United Kingdom have reason to reflect on this today, after police raided multiple locations selling "Android TV" set-top boxes designed more or less as piracy machines.
Solid Explorer is one of the most popular file managers on Android, but the app has never been particularly attractive. It's much improved today, though, with the release of Solid Explorer v2.0. I know what you're thinking, is that really just happening now? Well, it's been in beta for more than six months.
If you're debating where to buy a HTC One M9, Verizon Wireless is now offering anyone who picks one up $100 worth of Google Play credit. That's quite a bit of virtual money you can spend on apps, books, magazines, movies, music, and other digital content.
This deal is visible both on HTC's website and Verizon Wireless's product page. Verizon is already a compelling carrier to buy the HTC One M9 from, assuming that you're already committed to paying a substantial monthly bill for service.
Just about every Android OEM has an official flip case of some sort these days, but they're usually a rip off of Samsung's S View case. At least HTC is doing something different with the Dot View. The companion app for this accessory has been updated to v2.10 today with a few new display options.
The Guardian Project, the group behind previous efforts to bring Tor and other privacy-preserving software to Android, is working on a Tor-friendly browser built on the desktop equivalent's codebase. This app, named Orfox, will replace its WebView-based predecessor Orweb.
Just like Orweb, Orfox will require the companion app Orbot to connect to Tor. Orfox sets itself apart by being a fully-featured standalone browser, with the basic trappings even privacy-conscious users would come to expect like bookmarks and tabbed browsing.