CPU-Z has long been a popular tool on the desktop for identifying hardware components quickly and easily. Now that same power has come to Android with the first beta release of CPU-Z in the Play Store.
There aren't a lot of bells and whistles in CPU-Z, but it knows absolutely everything about your hardware. It'll ID your ARM chip down to the revision number, find software and kernel versions, track RAM and processor load, and list all of your internal sensors.
The weekend is upon us again, and that means it's time to unwind and forget your troubles. You can pick up some apps and games to help with that process if you like, and we even have some deals for you.
The new re-reboot of the Superman franchise is getting a lot of buzz, and now you can get in on the fun with the official Man of Steel game. It's arriving right on time, in fact. Can you save the world in this new game, or will you lose interest and go on Reddit or something while General Zod conquers Earth? Stop being so lazy, Superman.
From all appearances, this title seems like yet another Infinity Blade clone with swiping combat and pretty graphics.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a new puzzle game from the makers of Slydris, a game that puts other "old school" titles to shame, and yet another licensed endless runner.
In case you hadn't heard, Google Reader will be mercilessly and permanently shut down in just over two weeks. It's kind of a big deal. Not just because of the millions of readers who actively use it, but because of the services that rely on Reader as a backend for their own platforms. Press, a popular reader launched on Android with some fanfare back in December, is now preparing for the Readerpocalypse.
Foursquare is a neat way to keep your friends appraised of your location and activities, as is the custom in this day and age. With the help of Samsung, you can now see all your Foursquare check-ins through a living timeline called Time Machine. Even if you don't have a Foursquare account, check out the demo. It's really cool.
Time Machine is an aerial view of your check-ins laid out chronologically.
As I was digging through the latest build of Google Play Music, I noticed something strange: lots and lots of YouTube stuff. "That's odd," I thought, "What does YouTube have to do with Play Music?"
Oh, right, music videos!
Sure enough, there's some fairly revealing text included, too:
<string name="finding_videos_for_track">Finding related videos for the track...</string> <string name="no_videos_for_track">No videos found for the track.</string> <string name="youtube_video_details_hd">%1$s | %2$,d views | HD</string> <string name="youtube_video_details_nonhd">%1$s | %2$,d views</string> <string name="youtube_video_duration_hms">%1$02d:%2$02d:%3$02d</string> <string name="youtube_video_duration_ms">%1$02d:%2$02d</string>
While listening to music, you'll be able to tell Play Music to hunt down the YouTube video for that song.
The Humble Bundle debuts a new bundle of games every Thursday on sale for whatever-you-want-to-pay. Most sales are multi-platform, but Android gamers don't always make the list. Today, take notice. Four of this week's games are just begging to find a home on your mobile device. Altogether, this collection is bound to please strategy gurus, platforming masters, and arcade action addicts alike.
If you're familiar with the Humble Bundle, then you know the deal.
Yahoo has been on quite a tear lately with new CEO Marissa Mayer at the helm. Today the one-time search king has updated the app formerly known as Sportacular. Now it's Yahoo Sports, and it comes with a complete 4.0 redesign.
After a long period of neglect, Google recently started sprucing up its music app. It's getting to be quite a respectable experience with a snazzy card-based UI and Google Play All Access built-in. The new update still makes some long overdue improvements, but that's how we feel every time.