As promised late last month, Adobe has released updated versions of their Flash Player and AIR products to the Android Market. In our earlier article we outlined some of the new features that the updates would bring including, Stage 3D, an architecture that enables hardware-accelerated rendering at 1000x the speed of Flash Player 10, theatre-quality HD video, native 64-bit optimizations, and HD video conferencing. Unfortunately, the latest blog post from Adobe indicates that 2D and 3D graphics rendering through Stage 3D will only be available on Windows, Mac OS X and connected TVs. Apparently, a "production release" of Flash Player 11 with support for Stage 3D will be available for Android, Apple iOS and BlackBerry in an "upcoming release".
World of Goo, by indie developer 2D Boy, is a highly addictive physics-based puzzle/construction game that has won several design and gaming awards since its release. The basic objective of the game is to get a requisite number of goo balls to a pipe, which represents the exit. The goo balls can be used to make bridges, towers, and other structures to overcome gravity and terrain. Currently, the game is available on a number of platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and Wii; and earlier today 2D Boy announced that the game would finally be coming to Android tablets and smartphones "soon."
Rubicon Development has just released Great Little War Game, a turn-based strategy game, promising intuitive gameplay and a unique visual twist.
GLWG has a ton of different environments, multiplayer capability, and openFeint achievements, making it a dynamic game with certain replay value.
Adding to the elements you may expect in a turn-based strategy game, Great Little War Game is styled in an almost cartoonish, comical way while still offering big guns and explosions.
The games unique fusion of cutesy visual style and robust turn-based strategy give it a strange appeal, and for $2.99, it's pretty reasonable for a game that offers great replay value and a nice strategy experience.
The creators of Age of Defenders, a game coming soon to Android and iOS (and already available for PC and Mac), released the game's first trailer today, giving viewers a taste of what's in store for its release.
The game combines the familiar tower defense genre with offensive strategy, and even allows for online play. Better still, the game's desktop version can run directly from your computer's browser.
The graphics are clean, sharp, and realistic, and there are plenty of environments to play through. Enhancing the experience of online play, Age of Defenders offers a chat feature in its computer iteration, allowing users to communicate strategies at the click of a button.
Anyone out there still use Hotmail? No? Okay, never mind.
I kid, I kid. I know there are plenty of people who still use Hotmail, and if you fall into that category, you'll be glad to know that an official Android app just landed in the Market.
The Hotmail app brings key features from your Microsoft mail experience to your mobile device, including:
- Push mail
- Calendar and contact sync
- Folder and sub-folder support
- Send/receive attachments
- Multiple account support
So, all you Hotmail lovers, head over the Android Market to grab your piece of hot-and-fresh mail-on-the-go-pie. Mmmm, just like mom used to make.
Adobe, the masterminds behind the ubiquitous Creative Suite of products, has just announced Adobe Touch Apps, a set of apps aimed at Honeycomb tablets, allowing users to perform sophisticated design, editing, and generally creative tasks from just about anywhere.
Perhaps the most exciting member of Adobe's new group of apps is Photoshop Touch, which is pretty much Photoshop on a tablet. The app allows for layer control, blending modes, curves adjustments, and almost everything you've come to expect from its desktop counterpart. Interestingly, Photoshop touch also makes it easy to grab a photo from your tablet's camera, Google Images, or social media sites such as Facebook.
Ever dream of going back in time, kickin' it with your homeboys in an old school style sleepover, and rocking the Nintendo 64 until the wee hours of the morning? That dream can now become a reality (well, aside form the actual time travel part) thanks to the updated Nintendo 64 emulator N64oid.
You may remember a few months ago when N64oid and a slew of other emulators were pulled from the Android Market for a violation of policies, but that didn't stop developer Yongzh from keeping up work on the project. It simply found a new home where it could live in peace, and everything has been rainbows and butterflies for the app and its brethren ever since.
Every once in a while, an app comes along that revolutionizes the Android experience in an unimaginable way. More often, though, we get apps that simply regurgitate the same thing we've seen a thousand times before but with a different colored title bar or some such minor adjustment. A happy medium between the two, however, is necessary to the advancement of the platform. Perhaps the most important type of app is one that provides the functionality that we've been using the whole time but solidly improves how it is done. Car Tunes is just that type of application.
Car Tunes is one of the simplest apps I've ever seen.
Following the lead of the New York Times, the Economist, Guardian, and other mainstream publications, the venerable Washington Post has finally decided to launch its own Android app. The app is fairly polished and its content covers a variety of subjects including, politics, opinions, sports, lifestyle, business, technology, travel, and entertainment.
In addition to the articles, the app also includes the following features:
- Comprehensive weather information, with hourly updates and 7-day forecasts for cities around the world. Residents of the Washington DC area can also use the weather maps, radar images, and weather alerts features
- Washington DC area users will also receive traffic information, including real-time alerts, traffic cams with live snapshots of road conditions, and continuous updates from Dr.
As an ardent Android fan I spent the better part of the last few months trying to convince my girlfriend to switch over to the green robot after she lost her beloved BlackBerry and required a replacement phone. However, nothing I said would convince her to give up the corporate mainstay, I even suggested that an iPhone (*gasp*) was a superior device to the BlackBerry.