Budget flagships are abound these days, and the latest addition to ZTE's line of premium phones, the Axon 7, is one of the better ones on the market. The hardware is top-notch, and although the software isn't quite up to par with the OnePlus 3T's or the Nexus 6P's (as Ryan writes about in his review), it's certainly not the worst on the market. Now, you can pick one of these powerhouses up for just $349.98 and have some extras thrown in if you buy from the right retailers. Read More
The Honor 8 suffers an affliction that many Chinese phones are prone to: excellent hardware let down by poorly-made software. However, thanks to a beta of EMUI 5 that supposedly improves the software a bunch, the phone may be worth considering now - especially with this Black Friday deal. If a $110 discount on both the 32GB and 64GB models wasn't enough, Newegg is also throwing in the most amount of things I've ever seen bundled with a phone. Read More
The dream of OUYA was not to be. It turns out that overturning a decades-old industry by disrupting it with mobile hardware and open-source software is a tough row to hoe, and adding on a semi-exclusive game market (you know, that thing that consoles do that's already universally hated) wasn't the best opening move. So OUYA floundered in the maturing set-top box market until Razer snapped it up in the hopes of bolstering its own Forge TV, which had been on the market for months and was already known as the worst option in an extremely limited field.
Huh. Maybe they just wanted some company to commiserate with.
In any case, the customers who bought and paid for OUYA hardware are getting a couple of dividends out of the deal. Read More
Let's be honest here: there hasn't been much movement for Android TV since the Nexus Player was released way back in November. Though Sony has committed to using ATV in its upcoming smart TVs, the actual availability of Google's latest set-top box is depressingly low. But two gaming-centric Android TV units are on the horizon, and one of them is from veteran PC accessory vendor Razer. The Forge TV now has an unconfirmed release date (May 1st) and at least one pre-order retailer (Amazon).
The only thing available at the moment, and indeed, the only hint of the Forge TV we've seen since its unveiling at CES in January, is the "Forge TV Bundle." This includes the tiny Android TV set-top box and a premium "Serval" controller for $150. Read More
The Penny Arcade Expo, better known as PAX, has been doing its thing in various cities for ten years now. If you haven't heard of it, it's basically a tiny microcosm of video game trade shows put on with the intention of welcoming actual gamers and fans instead of press or investors. The Expo is put on by the creators of the long-running Penny Arcade web comic and their team, hence the name. To celebrate the 10th PAX Prime, the ceaseless folks at Humble Bundle have created yet another collection of pay-what-you-want games for charity.
This one includes both mobile and desktop games: three of them can be played on Android, while all of them can be redeemed on Steam or as a separate download for the PC. Read More
The Humble Sega Mobile Bundle kicked things off last week with a collection of six games the publisher has released into the Play Store over the years. For any price, buyers could get ChuChu Rocket, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, and Virtua Tennis Challenge. Those who beat the average were rewarded with Crazy Taxi, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, and Episode 2 of Sonic 4. Now, right on schedule, three additional apps have made their way into the bundle. Two are, as you would expect, games: Sonic CD and Super Monkey Ball 2 Sakura Edition. The third happens to be a live wallpaper. Read More
Humble Bundle: PC and Android 8 has been out for a week now, so it's time for more games to be added to liven the deal. Three new titles are now available: Bad Hotel, The Bard's Tale, and Solar 2. These should appear automatically in the libraries of anyone who has already paid over the average, and they will likewise be available to anyone who passes that bar going forward. The average currently sits at just over $4, which is not at all a lot to ask for nine games to play on your Android device.
These three games join the likes of AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! Read More
If you simply can't wait for the next Humble bundle to roll around, there's now an Android-specific alternative available. iKoid is a new service that just released its first indie game bundle, this time at a fixed but very reasonable price of $2.49. It includes five games: They Need To Be Fed, Bridge Constructor Playground, Hero Of Many, Don't Run With A Plasma Sword, And Streetfood Tycoon Extreme, which would cost about $9 together on the Google Play Store.
They Need To Be Fed (the original, not the sequel) and Don't Run With A Plasma Sword are the highlights here: one is a much-loved indie platforming game, and the other is a humor-filled throwback to action RPGs of days gone by. Read More
If you've already made the decision to give someone your money for the Galaxy Note 3, Verizon is more than happy to take it. You can now put down $299.99 to pre-order the Note 3 on a two-year contract, a whopping $699.99 for an unsubsidized phone, or reserve a no-money-down phone on Verizon's Edge upgrade plan.
Verizon will also be selling the Galaxy Gear smartwatch directly. You can reserve one along with your Galaxy Note 3 for $599.98 (the same price as a $300 Gear and an on-contract Note 3). There are no savings here and no real reason to buy the package deal unless you're convinced that the Galaxy Gear will be in short supply when it launches. Read More