Unstoppaball DX probably isn’t the best of games to play on the move. Evoking the abstract physics-based platform rolling of 1984 Atari hit Marble Madness — and to a lesser extent the more recent Super Monkey Ball series — it asks you to steer a ball through hazardous environments by tilting your device.
While it doesn’t have the depth of those forebears, it’s a fun, challenging, well-designed exercise in steady handedness and virtual rolling.
Sports games used to be better. Somewhere along the way, despite tremendous popularity of simpler titles like NBA Jam, Sensible Soccer, and Tecmo Bowl, the genre became obsessed with simulation. Developers stopped focusing on fun approximations of real life in favor of being as lifelike as possible — no matter how inaccessible and confusing it may be to the majority of potential players.
But there are those who are fighting back, creating sports games with uncomplicated controls, fewer obstacles to enjoyment, and more arcade-style action. Super Soccer Champs 2013 is one such effort, drawing on the legacy of Dino Dini’s Goal! and Sensible Soccer to provide a delightful, nuanced, two-button top-down soccer game.
I recently started a journal to keep track of my thoughts and life events. It’s been too long since I’ve used pen and paper to write, so I decided to do it in a more modern way. As an Android app enthusiast, I scoured the Play Store for the most appealing note-taking app. I soon found out there were only a few apps that met my standards, and Flava won me over almost instantly. In addition to having a new approach to note-taking, it’s the ideal journal app that blends nicely with the phone’s Holo interface. It’s not just a digital version of the old fashioned notebook, it’s that and so much more.
Ever since I started using Android, I’ve been looking for a beautiful text editor with Markdown and Dropbox integration. I might have been spoiled by my experience with iOS, but nobody can deny the great apps available for writers in that ecosystem. I’ve always hoped to find something similar in simplicity on the Android platform, without sacrificing the advanced functionality many Android users often scoff about when they see iPhones.
I’ve tried just about every Markdown-related app available on Google Play, but I never felt I had found one that suited my needs until recently with Lightpaper Pro. It isn’t perfect, but it has most of the functionality I’m looking for and then some. Read on to find out if Lightpaper Pro is for you.
It is blatantly apparent that journalism is no longer an exclusive vocation. Anyone can become a respected expert simply by publishing a successful blog, and on-the-ground news gathering is now open to any individual equipped with a smartphone. Even traditional professional media outlets are now moving with the times and embracing the phone; the Chicago Sun-Times recently replaced its entire photography department by making iPhones standard issue among its reporters.
There is a difference, however, between the simplistic recording of current events, and great journalism. Truly to captivate a reader, listener, or viewer, a journalist must tell a story and provide a coherent narrative. In most cases, the ability to do this is not a talent, but rather, a learned skill. How much better, then, would Average Joe’s news gathering be if he were to learn this skill? Significantly so, in all likelihood.
That is the idea behind Storymaker, a new Android offering which aims to educate everyone in the art of capturing and presenting the stories around them. This beta app provides a library of tutorials, and pre-built cookie cutter stories to build your report around. The concept is an interesting one, but can an app really turn us all into high class correspondents? Let’s find out…
Android and Macs don’t always play nice with each other, especially when it comes to transferring files from your device to your computer. Even when using a cable, OS X needs an extra utility to recognize an Android device, which isn’t very stable…
But why bother using cables and additional utilities when your Mac and your Android device can communicate wirelessly and seamlessly with each other? Thanks to DroidNAS, your Mac will automatically recognize any Android device running the application as a network drive and display it in the Finder.
There’s nothing I hate more than watching my expensive smartphone struggle just to display a simple SMS — you’d think manufacturers would have figured out how to get this to work smoothly by now but unfortunately, even on an HTC One X, the story remains the same. Thankfully, one of the great things about Android is that you can replace just about every app for specific functions with another of your choosing. If you’re in the same boat and want to get to your texts faster, check out Textra.
Designed to be as quick as possible, Textra combines simple design with a short-and-sweet list of features that allows the app to make light work of displaying and composing messages, even on older phones. It does what it says on the box, and not a whole lot more. Best of all, though, is that it’s free. Let’s take a look at how fast Textra is, and how soon you can ditch your stock messaging app.
Any Android phone or tablet comes supplied with a web browser installed — depending on your carrier or manufacturer you’re likely to find that it is either terrible or just about bearable. But few people stick with the default browser for long and there are now plenty of alternatives to choose from. The likes of Chrome, Firefox and Opera prove about as popular on mobile devices as on desktop computers, but in fact there is even more choice. Next Browser comes from the company best known for producing Go Launcher, and we thought we’d take a look to see how it compared to the competition. (more…)
I remember the time I had a PDA, 11 years ago, and how thrilled I was about editing Word and Excel documents straight from my handheld device. I lost my excitement when I realized the mobile applications didn’t offer the same features as the desktop ones. More than a decade later, our phones and tablets have more processing power than computers did back then. Today, we can surely expect them to offer similar features, no matter the device they’re running on.
Applications such as Google Drive and QuickOffice are useful when it comes to basic text editing and computing, but they don’t provide the same features and experience as the full Office suite. Not only do these often lead to compatibility issues, they also prevent you from accessing advanced features such as Excel macros, custom PowerPoint animations and automated footnotes in Word. CloudOn tries to solve the problem by running Microsoft Office on an actual computer and letting you control it from your phone or tablet. Let’s have a look at what the app has to offer and see if it can really replace a computer to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint.