Making its second entry to the Play Store (after Dark Nebula), Free Lunch Design brought Icy Tower 2 to Android today. Today's debut marks the first appearance of the Icy Tower title in the Play Store, meaning Android users can finally enjoy the extremely popular jumper on their mobile devices.
Some readers may question the noteworthiness of a jumping game – after all, the genre is a crowded one. What sets Icy Tower apart, though, is the fact that its gameplay manages to remain significantly more dynamic, action packed, and generally more fun than most other jumpers. Evidently, players of the original agree – the game's page on Facebook (where it also lives as an app) has reached about 2.5 million likes.
Have you heard the news? The official Tumblr app finally supports tablets! But only sort of. Still, technically, you can install the app on your tablet. But be prepared: it only works in portrait mode. You know what that means, right? Yep - it's still going to suck on your 10" slate. Look at the bright side, though: it looks great on 7" tablets!
But really, there isn't much different between the phone app and the "tablet-optimized" version. Sure, there have been some slight layout tweaks; like a dedicated notification button on the bigger screen, instead of the combined panel of the phone.
If you're a fan of Hothead's Big Win card-based sports games, then Christmas comes early for you this year: Big Win Basketball is here! Just like other games from the Big Win series, you start of with a certain number of cards - which give you players of all positions and a few "big impact" cards - and away you go. The more you play, the more cards you get; thus, advancing your team as much as possible.
The Big Impact cards hold the ability to drastically change the game with a variety of different tweaks, including Ball Swatter, Sixth Sense, Rainmaker, Breaking Ankles, and many more.
After a couple years of working on its LTE Network, we've come to expect these monthly market activations from VZW. The lists started off small - consisting of mostly big cities - but as the towns get smaller, the lists get longer. Earlier this month, Big Red announced that it would be bringing LTE to a slew of new markets on December 20th:
Port Angeles, WA
Port Townsend, WA
Klamath Falls, OR
Jackson Hole, WY
Teton Village, WY
Today, however, it has expanded that list by several more areas:
Flagstaff, Prescott, And Sedona, AZ
Casa Grande, AZ
Farmington and Gallup, NM
Mason City and Charles City, IA
December 20th is the big day for all those cities, as well - looks like you're only three days away from saying goodbye to VZW's [less than spectacular] 3G network for good.
And the nightlies come in the niiiight! Or, in this case, in the middle of the afternoon. Today, the fine folks over on the CyanogenMod team have seen fit to release CM10.1 nightlies for several Nexus devices including both CDMA variants—the Verizon version named 'toro' and Sprint's 'toroplus'—as well as the brand new 3G Nexus 7 hardware. ROMs for all three of the variants are available for download on get.cm.
Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.
ÜberConference, simply put, is a service that makes conference calls better. It adds not only a visual element to the call, but an extra dimension of functionality, allowing users to record, mute, have private conversations with, and even research call participants, all while keeping track of various in-call statistics. After taking a look at the service, it isn't hard to see why it won TechCrunch Disrupt NYC in 2012.
Until now, the service was limited to desktop users. With today's introduction of an Android client to the Play Store, however, mobile users can start sophisticated, productive conference calls in seconds and enjoy everything Über has to offer.
Ah, the holidays. Nothing says family togetherness like carols, eggnog, and a horde of ravenous undead monsters trying to gobble your brains like gingerbread. Madfinger's popular zombie shooter Dead Trigger has been updated once again: after the crowd-pleasing Halloween content, they've gone and added Christmas-themed levels. You'd better hope for some ammunition in your stocking.
In addition to a new North Pole Christmas Arena, you'll get to face off against new boss Zanta. (Zombie Santa? Christopher Moore would be proud.) A shiny new grenade launcher should make his torso shake like a bowl full of jelly, and there are new story missions to while away the cold winter nights.
I suppose you have to give Sony credit for at least keeping its customers informed. Today, the manufacturer announced an update to its plans for bringing its phones up to Jelly Bean. If you're rocking the Xperia T, Xperia TX, or Xperia V, you should see Android 4.1 "during February and March." Of course, this will depend on what market you're in or which variant you own.
Following those flagships, the Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia go will start to receive their upgrades starting around the end of March. Following that release, the Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and the Xperia acro S will be updated "in the subsequent weeks." Of course, schedules are always subject to change, but all of this information lines up pretty well with what we've heard before from the company.
There's no doubt that the breakout feature of Samsung's Note II is multi-window, which allows users to run two apps side-by-side on the device's massive 5.5" display. The thing is, this isn't yet available on all versions of the Note II, though Samsung has been doing a pretty good job of getting updates ready and rolling out to all the different variants.
Beginning on Wednesday, December 19th, T-Mo's Note II is next in line to receive multi-window in an OTA update. This will bump the device up to build T889UVALK8 - which is still Android 4.1.1 - and also brings a solution for an Exchange calendar sync issue, as well as an issue that prevented users from being able to swipe through emails in Gmail.