There's something about our camera-equipped portable mini-computers that makes app developers look at them as the perfect platform for yet another niche photo editing app. Want to add text to your images? Here's something for that. Want cool filters? Try this on for size. Want to feel like Snoop Lion? Of course you do. Fragment doesn't even claim to make your photos better. It just makes them... different.
Fragment gives users the power to change their plain photos into abstract works of art. The developers call it prismatic art. I wikied that word, but that only turned up yet another app. Read More
One of the first pieces I submitted to Android Police over a year ago was a hands-on look at an app called the Spin Alarm Clock. I hated it. I couldn't get the thing to work on my admittedly crappy phone at the time, and the entire experience just made me want to vomit.
As it turns out, that app was a clone of an iOS app that did the same thing. The developer of that app, the SpinMe Alarm Clock, quickly asked Google to take down Spin Alarm Clock. Now he has ported his own software over to Android. Read More
If I had to guess which animated show the mobile game developers at Cartoon Network enjoy most, I'd throw my money behind Adventure Time (followed closely by Regular Show, which was tied before today). The company has already released no less than four games based on the series into the Play Store, and now it's rewarding fans with two more: Rock Bandits and Fionna Fights.
Despite its musical influences, Rock Bandits is a side-scrolling 2D platformer starring Finn and Jake. Players will use the former's sword and the latter's stretchy powers to fight through twenty levels spread across four worlds. Read More
Canadian college goers, there might just be one less book tucked under your arm as you head to class this semester. Google has announced that Google Play textbooks are now coming to Canada. Students north of the border will have the option to rent or purchase digital textbooks and read them using Play Books on phones, tablets, and PCs.
As is the case in the US, textbooks aren't filtered out from other books on Google Play, so discovering them isn't as easy as it could be. Search works well though, with students able to find works by title, author, or ISBN. Read More
Developer Klinker Apps, the folks behind the Talon Twitter client and the EvolveSMS messaging app, have just released Blur, a free launcher replacement that takes the approach introduced by the Google Now Launcher and opens it up to other apps. With Blur, any app that adds on support for the launcher can have its own dedicated page that rests right on a person's homescreen. In practice, this means users can swipe to the left to access their Twitter feed, text messages, a basic calculator, or a dedicated Google Now page that the Klinker brothers MacGyvered to imitate the GNL. More pages are hopefully on the way. Read More
For kids, deep internal conflict may consist of deciding whether to play with toys or something virtual and flashy. Even in our youth, there simply isn't enough time in the day for everything. Yet LEGO has an answer. With its new FUSION line of products, children (both young and old) can take physical blocks and create things that come to life inside of a tablet or certain phones. To launch the brand, LEGO has dropped three apps into the Play Store. I don't know about you, but six-year-old me really, really, wants to play with these.
The core functionality behind each app is the same. Read More
Well this is amusing. The International Olympic Committee has released an Android app into the Play Store that is arriving just in time to stream video from this year's Summer Youth Olympic Games, which will take place in Nanjing, China. Ironically, though, China is the one place where Olympic TV is explicitly labeled not to work. It's written in plain sight on the app's Play Store page.
The event will take place this year from August 16th to the 28th and provide teenagers with a venue to compete in all manner of athletic games.
Amusement aside, this app should provide everyone else with live and on-demand video from this year's games. Read More
Surgeon Simulator is a game where players will save lives, but this will come mostly likely after they've ruined many others. In this port of the popular PC title, players get to step into an operating room and do whatever it is their heart desires. The idea is that this will match whatever it is the patient's heart wants, but as we know from any simulation game, this isn't always the case.
With a first-person view of the action and tight control over their surgeon's hands, players are able to wield tools however they see fit and cause great mayhem thanks to the game's over-the-top physics engine. Read More
You probably didn't wake up this morning thinking you need another endless runner in your life. I sure didn't. But if you're a Regular Show fan, then that alone may be enough reason to pay attention to Cartoon Network's latest Android game. If not, then maybe you will be enticed by the unicorns riding fast cars. I mean, why wouldn't you be?
Now that I've piqued your interest, let's go over the details (don't worry, this is an endless runner, so there really isn't much). You play as Rigby, who must hang on to Muscle Man for dear life as he speeds through the park on all fours. Read More
If you've managed to stick with Ingress for a year or two now, then maybe you should show others just how committed you are. There's no need for anything extravagant. Those of you who happen to own an Android Wear device can just head over to the Play Store and give this free Ingress-integrated watchface a download. Then when people see it, they will be, well, just as confused as they were when they saw you hanging out by that old, abandoned record store last weekend.
This non-official app hits your watch with an Ingress theme that can display your level (if you're higher than level 8), cycle countdown, faction logo, and, of course, the time. Read More