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HTC Announces Mid-Range Desire 500 For The UK: 4.3", 1.2Ghz Quad-Core, Removable Battery, And MicroSD

HTC hasn't abandoned the market for small phones, as shown by their One Mini at a (relatively) tiny 4.3 inches. But that's still on the premium side, and those who want both a small size and a small price need some love too. Enter the Desire 500, a 4.3" phone with a mixture of features from this generation of HTC hardware and the last one. It's currently slated for release in the UK sometime in August, but HTC has been mum on a price and wider release details so far.

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[New App] AOL Dials Up Official Moviefone App For Google TV

If you know the name of the app you'd like to download... press one. If you're still using Google TV... press two. [Beep] Yes, that venerable service, Moviefone has been ported to Google TV. Why Google TV? Because it was there, and Moviefone has long since evolved beyond the phone line.

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The Google TV version has a different UI than the regular Android app cousin, but that makes sense.

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[New App] Volkswagen's SmileDrive Turns Every Trip To The Store Into A Game With Awards And Stickers

Driving is okay, but it's a little mundane, don't you think? If you need more fun during your road trips, Volkswagen is all over that with its new SmileDrive app. This app follows your trips and turns them into interactive online adventures. It doesn't even require a Volkswagen – just a car with Bluetooth.

The app uses Google+ logins to connect the people in the car, then creates a map for each trip.

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[New Game] Shoot-Em-Up Sleeper Hit Sine Mora Touches Down In The Play Store After Brief Amazon Exclusivity

Sine Mora got its start on the Xbox Live Arcade last summer and has slowly but surely been spreading to every platform under the sun. The 2.5D space shooter might not be the "legendary cult classic" that its description alludes to, but it's certainly been well-received by shmup fans, and it's now available on Google Play after a brief spell on the Amazon Appstore. It's a bit on the pricy side at $5.99.

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[Bonus Round] Apoc Wars, QbQbQb, And Gurk III

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 mobilized, social-savvy real-time strategy game, yet another minimal puzzler, and an unapologetically old-school RPG.

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WhatsApp Shakes Things Up: Free Push-To-Talk Voice Messages Now Available To All 300 Million Users

Speak softly and carry a big user base. It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but that might as well be the unofficial motto of WhatsApp. The cross-platform messaging service has been quietly spreading over the last couple of years, coming to every major mobile platform and gaining over 300 million active monthly users, according to AllThingsD. What's next for the quiet revolution? Voice communication.

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Well, sort of - it's more like a short voicemail message, not a live two-way conversation.

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Let The Fun Begin... Some More: NVIDIA Releases Open Source Files And Recovery Image For SHIELD

With SHIELD, NVIDIA made the decision to support the open source/root/Android modding community and embrace the hack-centric nature of the platform by making the device unlockable and easily modifiable. Now, it has made the necessary files available to really open it up for devs: the open source binary drivers and stock recovery image. Together, these files will not only allow developers to start tinkering with the device, but also flash everything back to its stock state should something go awry.

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LG G2 Press Image Leaked Ahead Of Official Unveiling Tomorrow [Update: Second Image]

That noted leaker of phones, @evleaks has just posted what appears to be the LG G2 in all its glory. We've seen the device show up a number of times before, but this press shot is the first time the final product has been so clearly visible.

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The device matches previous leaks quite well with the strange up and down arrows on the rear of the device, and a very minimal front bezel.

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AT&T Confirms It Will Offer One-Time Replacement For A Water-Damaged Galaxy S4 Active

When a phone is advertised as "water-resistant" you have to wonder just how resistant it actually is. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T, the answer is apparently "not very." Despite AT&T heavily advertising the device as “whatever-proof” and great for taking underwater videos, some owners have been complaining of damage to the device after an encounter with water.

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The Active is supposedly IP67 certified, which means it should hold up to water at a depth of one meter for 30 minutes.

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Tuesday App And Game Sales: Yesterday, Bike Repair, Scrabble, And More

There are always deal to be had in the wide world of Android apps, and it's our pleasure to bring you the best of them. Read on for some solid apps at bargain prices.

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