Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a typographical platformer, Tin Man's latest game-book, an over-the-top racer, a relaxing puzzle game, and a licensed Dreamworks title.
Several days ago, I started a series of rumor posts on my personal Google+ account discussing some Android rumors I felt were interesting enough to share, but didn't feel confident enough yet to do so here on the site. The posts were heavily prefixed with disclaimers that none of them may turn out to be true but that I had a certain level of confidence to talk about them in public unofficially.
Okay, okay, there are many reasons not to be interested in this story, and I'm going to acknowledge these right off the bat. The Galaxy S4 Mini is not exactly a new device anymore, and it wasn't nearly as powerful as the flagship device it's based on even when it was. Likewise, people aren't likely to turn to Sprint in search of a speedy network connection. In a way, the device and the carrier are a match made in heaven.
Hero Academy is a charming and addictive turn-based strategy game made by people who know a thing or two about strategy games. It may not look like it, but some of the folks behind Hero Academy have worked on the likes of Age of Empires and Halo Wars. This game has brought in such accolades as a 2013 Mobile Game of the Year D.I.C.E award and a near perfect rating on the Apple App Store.
An update for the Outlook Android app landed today that introduces a handful of substantial features, the most notable of which is server-side search. This new functionality allows you to search through all of your email, even messages that aren't on your phone. But Microsoft must have doubts about the app's reliability, because they've included a link to search for more messages at outlook.com if things don't work out.
If you still rather have a copy stored on your phone, the option to download all mail is now in place as well.
Today Twitter has officially introduced the long-awaited tablet version of their Android app, and it should look pretty familiar. This UI was first leaked during the Samsung Unpacked event last month in Germany, but Twitter kept their lips sealed regarding the issue. Now the company is ready to show off their new Android tablet UI to the world, only you will still need a 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 in order to use it.
There have been products like the Fitbit and Nike Fuelband for a number of years, but these devices are mainly interested in how far you're walking, running, or biking. Strength training is harder to track, but the new Push band on Indiegogo promises to deliver the same quality stats direct to your phone that professional athletes get with high price laboratory equipment.
The Push contains an accelerometer and orientation sensor that follow the motion of your body with a high degree of accuracy.
What timing. Just over a week ago I transitioned my HTC One over from Sense 5 to CyanogenMod, accepting the fact that I was sacrificing IR functionality in the process (and yes, that was something I used somewhat regularly). Now an update for Smart IR Remote has landed that adds IR functionality back to HTC Ones and Samsung Galaxy devices with custom ROMs installed, even if the ROM lacks IR drivers.
It seems like external batteries are a dime-a-dozen these days, but ZENDURE is one like we haven't seen before. It's crush-proof, sleek, can retain 95% of its charge after 6-months without use, and a lot more. It's badass.
As you can see, ZENDURE started its road to market on Kickstarter. The campaign ended yesterday, with a whopping $216,230 in funding – about $185k more than the original $30k goal. I guess a lot of people like the idea of being able to run their portable battery over with a car.