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 marble game (but not that kind of marble game), a rip-off of Kerbal Space Program, a reinvention of Sudoko, and a digital version of Paper Football. Without further ado:
Don't Fall In The Hole
Don't Fall In The Hole is a marble game. Read More
Hold on to your hats, boys and girls – things are about to get real. Since the dawn of time, we've been asking – nay, demanding – an official Twitter app with tablet optimizations. Just when we thought our pleas were going unheard, Samsung unintentionally showed us what's up during its Unpacked event today at IFA.
I present to you, a quick look at Twitter's tablet-optimized interface:
During the event, they even referred to it as "the redesigned Twitter app" while discussing all the nifty things Samsung has packed into the Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Unfortunately, the video is now private (possibly due to this leak?), so we can't reference the exact timeframe; but as you can clearly see, that is not the same Twitter app we have now. Read More
Samsung KNOX separates data and apps into containers, making it difficult for malware or intruders to gain access or cause damage where they aren't wanted, and it is integrated to a device's hardware and each individual level of the Android framework, making it a full-coverage solution. The software has been available to enterprises for some time now, alleviating concerns that Android isn't secure enough to protect corporate data and communications. KNOX is trusted enough to have been approved for use on the US Department of Defense's networks, and now Samsung is giving access to such security directly to consumers.
Using KNOX, consumers can store data that they're especially concerned about, such as personal pictures and video, in protected containers that would be resistant to hacking attempts on stolen devices. Read More
It's been a busy few days around here, but we haven't forgotten to look after your wallet. It's time to save some cash, and all you have to do is read on and click some stuff. Who else treats you so good?
Odds are you don't yet have access to Google Glass yet, but the MyGlass app should be quite robust by the time you can buy Google's face-computer. A new update to MyGlass allows you to control the Glass UI from the screencast experience on your phone or tablet.
A screencast on Google Glass is a way to stream the Glass interface in real time to a regular Android device. It's a handy way to show people what's going on in Glass without sticking it on their heads. With this update, taps and swipes on the regular Android device will be able to manipulate the Glass UI remotely. Read More
Hey kids, do you remember the awesome Star Wars collectible trading cards from Topps? Of course you don't, and neither do I, because the shameless whoring of the brand has burned away whatever good memories of Star Wars I ever possessed. Here's Konami's attempt to wring a few more bucks out of science fiction's most used-up intellectual property with an almost certainly crappy free-to-play battle card game.
If you haven't seen this particular style of game before, it goes something like this: you collect a bunch of cards which have RPG-style defense and attack attributes. You put them in a deck, then lay them out in a playing field that differs from game to game. Read More
It took many long months for the HTC One to make its way over to Verizon, but for people who are loyal or otherwise bound to the company, it was worth the wait. The handset is still one of the most powerful out there, and while beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, no Android device has yet to attract the near-universal praise for its look and feel that the HTC One has. Now the original silver version of the phone is on sale on Amazon for $119 with a new two-year agreement. The deal is also available for current Verizon customers, though it's a tad less generous - upgrades cost $129 instead. Read More
Update: Verizon has updated the page with a pre-order date: September 6th (Friday) at 9AM Eastern Standard Time. There's still no word on a price or release date for either device.
Samsung just got through announcing the shiny new Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but Verizon isn't wasting any time getting its customers excited. The American carrier has already put up a preview page, complete with some typical marketing copy and a placeholder spot for the pre-order. But what's most interesting is what has been omitted.
Take a hard look up there, design purists: the image that Verizon posted is decidedly lacking in any tacky home button logos. Read More
Samsung just unveiled the much-rumored Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but that's far from the only new smartwatch about to hit wrists around the world. Qualcomm, the company best known for building the ARM chips powering most modern Android devices, has just announced the Toq smartwatch. The Toq (pronounced 'talk') will be compatible with Android 4.0.3 and higher, but does not appear to run Android itself. Unlike the Gear, Qualcomm is promising the Toq will get multiple days of battery life from a single charge thanks to its Mirasol screen.
Mirasol has been demoed at tradeshows for years, but has never seen a true consumer launch. Read More
The LTE version of the new Nexus 7 still isn't that easy to get your hands on, but a new update has rolled out for those of you who happen to own this slightly more expensive version of what is already a solid tablet. Like any new device, the Nexus 7 comes with a handful of bugs. Build number JLS36C doesn't do much, but it changes a bunch of system files, patching both the radio and the recovery.
You can wait for the OTA to roll out to your device, or you could even start repetitively tapping the update button under system settings, but either way, it might take a while to show up. Read More