The fifth installment in Gameloft's action RPG Dungeon Hunter franchise has arrived on Android, and it has a lot going for it. There are over 150 weapons, dozens of armor sets, hordes of undead monsters to slay, and more. Dungeon Hunter 5 is basically Diablo, but they don't call it Diablo. Also, this is Gameloft, so Dungeon Hunter 5 is free-to-play.
When Lollipop 5.0 first launched, it brought with it an interesting set of dynamic Quick Settings toggles. Drop down your notification shade and you could see the usual culprits like WiFi and Bluetooth, but a few toggles were hidden unless they were triggered once, like WiFi Hotspot or Invert Colors. The problem, however, was that once these showed up, they were there to stay ... at least for one month if you never touched them again.
Google just announced the new Chromebook Pixel today, two days after Apple unveiled its new Macbook, and for all the differences those two laptops will have, they also have one very important thing in common: a USB3.1 Type C connector. That connector is used to charge them, as well as to transfer data, hook up external displays, or most any other USB accessory. This is very exciting.
USB3.1 Type C is fully reversible and finally does away with the most annoying aspect of modern USB cables: multiple port types. USB3.1 will finally eschew micro, mini, type B, and other weird-ass ports in favor of a single port design that is much smaller (and reversible, did I mention reversible?) than the existing full-sized USB A style.
Along with a fancy new hardware-focused Google Store, there's a shiny new version of the super-premium Chromebook. Google just threw the Chromebook Pixel 2015 up on its page in two models: one with an Intel Core i5 2.2Ghz processor for $999 (considerably less than the original) and one with a 2.4Ghz Core i7 for $1299. Sales appear to be limited to the United States at the moment.
The i5 model is ostensibly the low-end version, but even that is fairly super-powered compared to other Chromebooks. It comes with a 32GB SSD drive for storage and a generous 8GB of RAM - double the original Pixel and twice as much as any current Chromebook on the market.
Google is pushing out an update to the Play Store's Android interface that replaces the action bar with a standard search bar. Inside are the words "Google play," which, when tapped, show off the hamburger flip animation and pull up recent Play Store searches. Kirill Grouchnikov, one of the company's user interface engineers, teased the featurein GIFs on Google+.
The Play Store's home screen now behaves similarly to the Now page of the Google Now Launcher, with the search bar disappearing when you scroll down and reappearing as you go back up.
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There are already a number of ways to test the capability of your Android device's hardware, but one more isn't going to hurt. Rightware has released Basemark ES 3.1 for Android in both free and paid versions. Do you need a paid graphics benchmark? Probably not, but maybe someone does.
It's been about a year since Android Wear was announced, and here we are with a few watches and a ton of apps and faces. I hear there's some other company that announced a smartwatch recently. I think they usually sell fruit or something. Whatever, we're here to talk about all the cool new stuff you can do with your Android Wear watch. So here are the best new apps and watch faces that have come to Wear in the last few weeks.
Wear Hydrate Me
Doctors say you should drink at least 35 liters of water per day to prevent bonus eruptus, a rare disorder in which the skeleton tries to jump out of the mouth and leave the body.
Apple has a big event scheduled to kick off whenever the hour, with folks looking forward to learning more about upcoming MacBooks and the Apple Watch. The latter will be a first-generation device, Apple's long-awaited debut into the wearables market.
But forget about that product for a moment and remember that, whatever the headlines, Apple's watch will hardly be the only decent smartwatch in town. Google has just released a short commercial showing consumers that Android Wear is a thing and that its watches are cool.
The 17-second commercial features plenty of young people wearing various circular and square watches all sporting different faces.