To be perfectly honest, I'm not much of an e-mag guy. I tried Google Currents for a while, but never quite saw the utility of it, and so quickly transitioned back to my beloved Feedly and Google Reader. That's not to say I haven't realized the limitations of RSS many times, though, especially as certain websites I follow look to integrate more multimedia into articles. (Having to use Chrome to listen to audio or video in a weird custom player is really frustrating.) And concededly, apps like Currents look a thousand times better than feeds, which are traditionally text-heavy.
Back in February, TestFlight announced that it would be bringing its services to Android in the form of a private beta, having already served over 300,000 apps on iOS. Today, though, TestFlight has announced that it is ready to lift the private beta, opening beta Android compatibility to all users. TestFlight says that during its 45-day beta period, 5000 developers uploaded over 4500 apps.
The service, for those unfamiliar, is a widely popular beta testing platform, allowing developers to quickly and smoothly deploy beta apps to select users.
We first caught a glimpse of Gameloft's Team Fortress 2 clone Blitz Brigade back in late January. If you've been chomping at the bit to get in on the action since then, the day has finally arrived: BB is now live in the Play Store.
The game was only published this morning, but it already has an unprecedented 450+ (mostly positive) ratings in the store – a true testament to the excitement surrounding the title.
We've come across a pretty decent bundle of apps and games with less-than-normal price tags today. Since you probably already understand what this post is all about, let's cut the fluff and get right into it, shall we?
Update: We've been adding new sales since the post went up towards the bottom of the post.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum Lockdown (Kindle Tablet Edition) – $0.99 (83% off)
- Robird – $0.99 (50% off)
- Liquid Cloud LWP – $0.99 (50% off)
- NFL Kicker – $0.00 (100% off, was $1.99)
- Giana Sisters – $1.95 (56% off)
- IM+ Pro (it even has Skype support) – $1.99 (60% off)
- Strategy & Tactics: WW II – $0.99 (80% off)
- Solace: The Escape – $0.99 (50% off)
- RadioON – $0.99 (50% off)
- Wipeout – $0.99 (50% off)
- Jones on Fire – $0.99 (50% off)
- Solar System HD Deluxe Edition – $0.99 (50% off)
- Carmageddon Promo – $0.00 (100% off, available for one day only)
As always, we'll update if we find more, so check back if you like to save money.
When it comes to Twitter clients on Android, Falcon Pro is hard to beat. It's fast, functional, and dang pretty to look at. Aside from that, though, it's also very well-supported, as the dev is constantly adding new features or fixing bugs.
Today's update is no different, as it brings a handful of new customizations to the client, including a "sexy" new font and the option to move the action bar to the bottom:
Guys, stop talking about the Ouya for a second. Bluestacks has a different console it would like you to pay attention to: GamePop. The company that has previously worked on interoperability between Android software and other platforms, is now launching a console of its own. The hardware—including a console and physical controller—will be entirely free for people who pre-order. The catch? You have to pay for a subscription to play games.
I may have just heard about focus- and relaxation-inducing music site Focus@Will, but that hasn't stopped me from already falling in love with it. For much of my stare-at-a-screen-all-day career, I've actually wanted a service like this, and even have a few stations on Pandora and Spotify that almost mimic the service. Now that I've found F@W, though, those stations are essentially defunct.
What is Focus@Will?
That's probably the biggest question on your mind right now.
The big XE5 update just hit the interwebs, so that means it's time for a teardown! XE5 is still Android 4.0.4 based, but now we're up to build 4.0.4-665738; the old version was 4.0.4-625737.
The Glass Team is still extraordinarily messy; any new file usually has copies in a million different locations. Basically, everything ships in every APK.
Holy cow! If you write Android apps, you need to look over here right now. You've probably heard of AIDE, a complete development environment that runs on and builds for Android. While it was pretty impressive before, you won't believe what the appfour GmbH team has in store now. Just today, version 2.0 of the Android IDE was pushed to the Play Store with support for building native apps with C/C++, quick previews of XML layouts, and a cleaner and even more Holo-themed interface, along with major enhancements to Git.
As is the custom these days, another Android OEM has teased a phone with an event invitation. A year ago it wouldn't have been very interesting to speculate on what LG was up to, but the OEM has been returned to prominence after building the last Nexus device and delivering a competent flagship phone of its own in the Optimus G. This invitation summons press to an event in Macau, China at the end of the month, and it might be the Optimus G2.