BlueStacks and AMD have teamed up to create an Android app player for Windows; it’s in alpha and could use some UI tune-ups but it delivers what it promises: Android apps running smoothly on Windows 7.
There’s a free and a pro version. The free version will be limited to only allow you to install 26 apps, while the pro version lets you install as many as you like. BlueStacks is first of its kind and I can only imagine what prospects it will have on touch screen Windows Devices like the upcoming Windows 8 tablets – and even the already present Windows Tablets, like the Acer Iconia W500. (more…)
With the success of Minecraft – having sold nearly 4 million copies, and having 15 million users – it’s picked up quite an amount of fans, many of whom wanted an Android version! Notch, the lead developer, obliged to this on 16th August, though to begin with the game was only available for the Xperia Play. Now it’s available on a wide range of Android phones (you can find the system requirements here).
But how well does the mouse-and-keyboard game to which many hours have been lost transfer to a small screen, touch controls, and a few minutes of play at the bus stop? (more…)
One of the greatest things about having a handheld device that’s connected to the Internet is having limitless information at your finger tips. We can look up who that guy from the movie we just saw is, or exactly when the song “Never Gonna Give You Up” came out. We can also get the latest news from the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the NY Times, and more.
One thing that was lacking was the ability to get local news. Well, search no more: News Selection gives us access to local newspapers from all around the world. If the newspaper has a website it’s likely listed here. (more…)
Mook The Comic (in 3D) is a quirky comic strip featuring an oddball alien named Mook, and his friends CLiK and Blog. The most noticeable boast from this app is that it features the ability to view the stories in either 2D or 3D, (the latter by the use of 3D glasses). The idea behind the app is that the developer/writer will produce three new strips every three weeks, each available via updates. But is Mook any good? And are Android devices the best platforms for reading comics? Read on to find out more… (more…)
My three favorite things in life are Android, football, and a steak cooked rare on a grill. Unfortunately, my phone hasn’t learned how to properly cook a steak. However, football and Android seem to have come together to give us Madden NFL 12, an app that will keep any football lover busy in between Sundays.
I am pulling out my Patriots jersey and trying out the game. Maybe this app will get me through all those commercial breaks throughout the season. (more…)
A few months ago, I wrote a round-up article detailing several utilities to help you make the most out of Dropbox on your Android. At the time the article was written, the only synchronization application I mentioned was Titanium Media Sync, which allowed continuous sync from the device to Dropbox folders, but unfortunately was limited to one-shot sync in the opposite direction. All similar utilities were limited by the same pitfall.
Today, things are different. Enter Dropsync, a client that finally brings a decent solution to this problem. (more…)
The Worms game series, with its turn-based 2D gameplay and hyper-destructive warfare, is amongst the most famous and popular ever created on PC or console; most people have played it at some point in their lives. But how well does the sixteen-year-old series adapt to small screens and touch controls? Read on for the full review!
Google does a lot of great things. But they aren’t good at paying attention to detail, at least when it comes to Android. That’s totally opposite to what Apple does, focusing and polishing the little things. Android Market and iOS App Store are great examples of this conundrum. Google’s shortcomings with the Android Market and the exponential increase in Android adoption has attracted some key players to launch their own app stores. Now, it’s the turn of the crowd favorite GetJar.
GetJar is the world’s largest free app store with over two billion downloads to date. The company distributes more than 150,000 mobile applications across a variety of operating systems including Blackberry, Java, Symbian, Mobile Web and now, Android. Interested to know how great the new app store actually is?
There is no shortage of puzzle games in the Android Market, including a whole bunch of Bejeweled wannabes. The tried and tested gameplay of matching colored objects towards a variety of objectives can be pretty addictive if done well. Unfortunately, it’s a tired formula now, and finding good games that bring a fresh perspective to the sub-genre are rare to come by.
Wiz Kid Jr is a fairly new game that tries to do exatly that: take the tried and tested formula and add some interesting twists to it. I have no clue why they decided to call it that, but it doesn’t really matter I guess. The real question is, does it succeed at maintaining the balance between complexity and accessibility well enough? (more…)