Even in its current and somewhat dated form, AirDroid is easily one of the best apps on the Google Play Store. The sheer flexibility and polish of the remote access tool has made it one of the first things I install on any new device. The original AirDroid is still great, but for the last few months the development team at Sand Studio has been beta testing AirDroid version 2, with a ton of new features added to its original toolset. AirDroid 2 will be live on the Play Store in a few hours - here's an exclusive preview of the final build.
Allow me to be blunt for a moment: AOL's Moviefone was in desperate need of a makeover. Sure, back in the day the styling was appropriate – but now we want Holo. Everywhere.
Good news: the most recent update to Moviefone ditches the old tabbed-style interface for a much nicer-looking Holo-esque interface and dark color scheme. It really is quite nice looking – especially in comparison to the former version:
I had a revelation last year: when it comes to my favorite superheroes, I'm a big fan of the "normal" guys who just have lots of money and gadgets. That's not to say that Wolverine, Thor, and the like aren't complete and total badasses, but there's just something to be said for millionaire philanthropists looking for a bit of vigilante justice.
For those who may be outside the super hero loop (way outside of it), I'm referring to Batman and Iron Man. While the former's newest movie trilogy has come to close, the latter has a new film hitting theaters in roughly a week (May 3).
Over the past few weeks we've highlighted several Play Store sales that hit at the end of each week. Today, however, looks like a few devs decided to try middle-of-the-week sales, and we figured some of those may not make it to the week's end. So here it is – a short list of sales that are happening right now.
- Alien Breed ($3.99 -> $0.99)
- Strategy & Tactics: WW II ($4.99 -> $1.39)
- Trainz Driver ($2.99 -> $0.99)
- Swype (??? -> $0.99)
- Infinite Painter ($4.99 -> $2.99)
- tTorrent Pro ($3.99 -> $1.99)
If any of those strike your fancy, it'd probably be a good idea to pick 'em up sooner rather than later.
This is the app roundup. The game roundup from last week can be found here.
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Remember the Milk lovers – tired of that drab old interface? Ready for something new and exciting? Want to remember your milk on a bigger screen than your phone's? Today's your lucky day! The app was just updated to v3, which brings all sorts of new features.
First, and most obvious, you get a whole new interface. It actually reminds me a lot of Evernote, which is a good thing for this sort of app – I find the stacked card interface to be quite intuitive. But it doesn't just stop there – the UI is also dynamic so it adapts to larger screen devices like tablets.
Ah, free to play games: they really do seem to be taking the world by storm. Sort of like zombies. So it makes sense for a game in which kill horde upon horde of the walking dead to be free to play... or something. Anyway, Zombie HQ is a fairly popular game on iOS, and the developers just dropped an Android version on the Play Store.
Zombie HQ is a game in which you shoot zombies. It's an overhead run-and-gun shooter, if you want to get picky with the details. It looks reasonably well made, and its 4.5 star rating on iOS would seem to support that inference.
It's hard out there for a football fan. With almost five months to go and nothing but basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, NASCAR, and that game all the foreigners play with their feet to tide us over, it's going to be a long summer. If you're one of the millions who can't get enough of fantasy football, you can kill time with the official ESPN Fantasy Football app, updated for the Draft and thankfully devoid of an annual re-title. It's available as a free, ad-supported download for devices running Gingerbread or later.
The ESPN app syncs with your fantasy account on the web, letting you manage your and team keep abreast of the latest stats, trades, injuries, and what have you.
I spent many an hour at my trusty Nintendo 64 playing RE-VOLT as a kid, and when I heard an Android port was released, I just handed over my money without question.
Now, you may say "a racing game on Android? A port of one? Sounds like a lot of potential for terrible awfulness there, David" ... and you'd be right. There is a lot of potential for a lot of terrible awfulness. Not so with RE-VOLT. Questionable English translations in the description aside, this is a fantastically made port of a truly great arcade racer. The controls are actually reasonably precise, too, which was my big worry.
Playing emulated games on Android is something of a "don't ask, don't tell" affair when it comes to obtaining system BIOS files and such. Cloanto, owners of the Amiga OS license, though, have decided that you no longer should have to scrounge for the appropriate pieces to get Amiga emulation up and running on your device. The company released an app today called Amiga Forever Essentials, which is not only a mouthful, but a complete package of Amiga system ROMs for your enjoyment.
AFE contains Amiga 1.2, 1.3, 2.04, 3.0, and 3.1 system ROMs, so you can easily (and legitimately) emulate iconic devices like the Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200.