Last Updated: October 16th, 2010
There are times when it pays to be an Android user, literally. Poker enthusiast website PokerTwitch received word that Full Tilt's Rush Poker will soon be coming to some lucky Froyo-running Android phones. This appears to be the first genuine real-money poker game for Android and trumps the offerings in Apple's strict App store whose policies do not permit gambling for real currency. There are online solutions available but none so convenient as a native application. Rush Poker is a new style of online play from Full Tilt and seems well-suited to the pick-up-and-play style of mobile gaming.
Select Black Card members of Full Tilt's poker site are receiving e-mails inviting them to participate in Rush Poker Mobile's beta launch if their device is one of the following:
- Acer Liquid Stream S110
- HTC Desire
- HTC Droid Incredible
- HTC Evo 4G
- HTC Google Nexus One
- HTC Desire HD
- Motorola Droid 2
- Motorola Droid Pro / Droid 2 World Edition
- Motorola Droid X
- T-Mobile G2
Poker has never been a hobby of mine, but the ability to have a quick go with my phone anywhere I am may just be the impetus I need to give this a shot.
Last Updated: September 23rd, 2010
One of the weaknesses of Android has been a lack of high quality games. Sure, there are some very good games, but not nearly as many as there should be, and they are often hidden in the Android Market. Fortunately, Android gaming momentum has been increasing with hits like Angry Birds arriving on Android recently. Now, OpenFeint is further increasing that momentum with the announcement of twenty Android titles in the next month, including several top 10 iOS hits like Fruit Ninja, MiniSquadron, and Super Slyder.
OpenFeint is a cross-platform social gaming network that was introduced just over a year-and-a-half ago.
Last Updated: August 27th, 2010
Based on a tweet by Cyanogen, the G2 isn't going to be sporting another rehash of the Snapdragon family of chipsets that has come to dominate HTC devices for the past 6 months.
You may remember back in November of 2009 (or maybe not, I didn't) that Qualcomm demoed an updated family of chipsets for mobile multimedia devices. The name of that chipset is the remarkably catchy MSM7X30 (really has a ring to it, no?), and it's bringing a little more to the table than its predecessors.
We already knew the G2 would be shipping with HSPA+ connectivity (the first phone to have it), but that's only one of the goodies Qualcomm's upgraded chipset will be offering:
- 720P video encoding (recording) and decoding at 30FPS
- Integrated 2D/3D GPU's with OpenGL ES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 API support
- 5.1 surround sound output
- Up to 12 megapixel camera support
- Integrated GPS
- Support for processor speeds between 800MHz and 1GHz (Scorpion CPU's, same as Snapdragon's)
All of this considered, the G2's spec sheet could really cause some heads to explode.
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011
In what is best described as a roaming tower defense game, Guns'n'Glory, by HandyGames, allows you to play as bad guys who attempt to ambush settlers and steal their gold. Starting off as a lone gunman, the more settlers you kill, the more gold you’ll gain, which in turn will allow you to hire more bandits to help you out in your evil ways.
Available for free on the Android market, Guns'n'Glory offers a unique style of gameplay by melding several genres into one title. On one hand you have a layout similar to a tower defense game and on the other you can move your guys around at any point in time should the need arise, adding an element of action to the mix.