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Nexon Mobile releases Legion of Heroes MMORPG for Android

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

So the buzz for Legion of Heroes, Nexon Mobile’s newest PC quality MMORPG for Android, has been building up for quite a while. The game was expected to launch in July, but more testing and development had to happen – pushing to the launch to, well, now. Legion of Heroes is now officially available on Android.

This is the second title Nexon M has launched this week, right after Base Busters, which is a tank driving and shooting game (lots of cannons, explosions, all those macho stuff). But Legion of Heroes is a little more subtle – it’s got all the dungeon crawling goodness of your standard RPG games, hopefully you survive those and level up your character hopefully getting all the great items and loot along the way.

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But being an MMORPG, the game also allows you to connect with online friends for some good old guild quests and raids – allowing up to 45 people/characters in a guild. With your guild you take on the heavy hitting bosses or go on PvP with other guilds.

Unlike other RPGs, the game takes the turn-based combat style rather than the more random hack-and-slash. If you want to give this a try, it is already available at the Google Play Store as a free download with IAP.

VIA: Droid Gamers

Lockdown Pro 2 Brings Material Design and Media Support

Posted by Will Verduzco October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Back in March of this year, we took a look at a rather innovated security application by XDA Senior Member thotran7989. Aptly titled Lockdown Pro, this app allowed users to lock applications with a PIN or pattern unlock. But rather than simply locking apps like the sea of other app locker solutions, Lockdown Pro differentiated itself by offering pre-defined locations where the phone locks automatically, as well as simulated force closes to prevent intruders from figuring out that they’ve been locked out.

Fast forward about seven months, and a lot has changed in the Android world. Ever since Google publicly unveiled Android L at the I/O 2014 keynote, both third- and first-party applications have been redesigned to match Google’s new Material Design UI. Naturally, a redesign was always in the cards for Lockdown Pro, which was always a very aesthetically appealing locker app. That update has now come. And along for the ride, we have new locker support that allows you to lock images and videos, play private videos, more trusted device support including smartwatch unlocking, and much more.

If you’ve never used Lockdown Pro, now’s a good time to give it a shot. Head over to the Lockdown Pro 2 app thread to get started!

The post Lockdown Pro 2 Brings Material Design and Media Support appeared first on xda-developers.

NHL 2K brings hockey fun to Android devices

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

There is one sport that can get our hearts thumping, raise up our adrenaline, excite our senses and bring people from all walks of life together… that is, if you’re Canadian (or maybe some Americans as well). We’re not talking about football of course, but rather, hockey. And now you can enjoy all of the things that you love about the sport, albeit digitally, with the release of NHL 2K for Android. The new season of the NHL starts in a few days and this may be the perfect game to pump you up.

The game has several game modes that hockey fans will be able to enjoy (and maybe practice on for that weekend hockey pickup game in your neighborhood). Aside from the normal game, you can also play it in the Mini Rink mode with an arcade style of a 3 vs 3 game play, which makes the game even faster and more furious. If you’d like to enhance your shootout skills, at least through your fingers, you can use the turn-based penalty shooutout mode, where you can play against friends or other players using that mode as well.

The My Career mode is pretty interesting as you can create and custom a player, train and play him and follow his career all throughout several seasons. You can get him to play for actual teams in the NHL. The app also gives you live and updated rosters of the teams in the league so you can keep track of your favorite teams and players, even as you play the game while watching actual games on TV (or even live!).

NHL 2K is available at the Google Play Store for $8. Seems a pretty steep price for a mobile game, but if you’re a true-blue hockey fan, you wouldn’t really mind spending that much.

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You’re doing it wrong: What Android OEMs could be doing better

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Android is clearly the most popular mobile operating system across the globe but this success isn’t Google’s alone. There are tons of Android OEMs out there producing solid devices and each of these manufacturers have their own benefits and disadvantages.

For this week’s Friday Debate we take a closer look at these OEMs, either individually or as a whole, and discuss what they could be doing better. For example, could OEMs benefit from more aggressive pricing, more custom software features, new sensors, battery life enhancements? The list goes on.

As always, check out what some of our team members have to say and let us know what you think in the comments!

Robert Triggs

Value is the one big lesson that the larger Android OEMs are going to have to learn and fast. Huawei, OnePlus, and Xiaomi are surging in market share by providing consumers with the hardware they need at a price that’s hard to beat.

Even though there is clearly demand for premium features – fingerprint scanners, higher resolution cameras and displays, or IP certifications – these can’t really justify an additional $200 – $300 dollars or more. The issue is that the basics of high-end hardware – SoC, RAM, memory, camera, etc – have been pretty consistent across handsets for a year or so, but rather than drop the prices some OEMs have turned to these less important features to maintain the high price tags.

LG is one of the few home-brand OEMs to have struck a better balance. Its handsets offer some extra features over the basic flagship hardware packages, like the OnePlus One, but it prices its phones more competitively than HTC, Samsung and Sony.

I firmly believe that the HTC One series would sell a lot better if it was slightly cheaper, and I’d be much more willing to recommend it. Sony is just being greedy by keeping the price of its Xperia Z line steady despite offering minor improvements with each generation. Electronics usually become cheaper overtime, but the big OEM’s don’t seem to be following this trend.

Tablets are the other problem for me. Not hardware, that’s perfectly fine, but the software experience still isn’t there yet. Watching videos and browsing the web is fine, but I wouldn’t pick an Android tablet to do work on. Multitasking is still a problem and apps, even the few that are tablet optimized, are still not as functional as I’d like. Chromebook’s aren’t really an alternative because of a lack of software.

Microsoft is actual the company I look up to here. Windows 8 might not be perfect, but it plays nicely with a load of extra software and hardware configurations that Android can’t touch. Those Asus Transformer Books are brilliant. Android’s external keyboard and printer support is coming along, but more needs to be done.

Gary Sims

Unlike iOS and to some extent Windows Phone, the fate of Android doesn’t rest solely in the hands of its creator. The handset makers (the OEMs) play a huge part in making Android successful.

If you follow the financial stories of companies like Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC, you will see that being an Android OEM isn’t always easy. HTC went through a tough patch (and aren’t out of the woods yet). Sony isn’t doing so well. Samsung’s profits are falling, and so on.

The problem is that the competition is fierce and the OEMs need to stay on top of their game, all of the time, which isn’t easy.

Looking at Samsung, its biggest problem is that it has too many models. Like way too many models. when you consider the R&D costs, the manufacturing costs, distribution and so on, maintain such an extensive model line is expensive. Samsung, please, if just for my sanity, reduce the number of models you make.

Some people complain about TouchWiz and I guess I can understand why, but each OEM needs a differentiator. For some it is price, for others it is the software. Samsung should stick with TouchWiz, it seems to be doing more good than harm in terms of handset sales.

The only other big handset maker which I care about is HTC. My first “proper” Android phone was from HTC and I liked it, I liked it a lot. In fact HTC almost won the brand loyalty game with me and if it wasn’t for the Nexus range I would still be a HTC owner. Personally I would love to see HTC go into competition with the Chinese OEMs. Sell directly, offer unlocked phones for the masses, allow us to cut the cord from our carriers. Sure it can still sell via the carriers, but if there is one company that could compete with Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo, and OnePlus One, it is HTC.

Having said all that, one thing is for sure, things aren’t going to get any easier for the big OEMs, the competition is getting stronger and consumers are getting wiser.

Andrew Grush

Both Gary and Robert make some excellent points. I agree that pricing is a factor that bigger OEMs like Samsung, Sony, HTC and (to lesser extent) LG need to be more aggressive on. I also agree that HTC has the potential to compete more directly with the growing Chinese giants if they changed up their retail model a bit (online sales, etc).

Furthermore I feel that tablets are an area that Android does well but could use a bit more refinement. I will even admit that in some ways Windows (backwards compatibility for business and even iOS (slightly better tablet app optimization) are a bit more established here.

Personally, I feel that all the OEMs have strong advantages and disadvantages but I’d say the one thing I’d like to see more of is “freedom”, one of the core reasons I chose Android over alternatives in the first place. What I mean by this is that OEMs should give consumers more choice over what software features and apps they get. I’m not suggesting that OEMs throw out custom skins (that would be subtracting from freedom in a way), but instead that they make skins and custom apps optional and uninstallable without root or other hackery needed. Of course, Google itself is just as guilty here — as there are a number of Google apps and services that can only be disabled on most phones and not completely removed if we so desire.

Overall, I think that all the Android OEMs are doing a fairly solid job and Android is flourishing as a direct result. Sure, they could all use some improvements, but the same goes for an OS/ecosystem out there.

Montblanc accessories for Galaxy Note 4 break cover

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

One of the coolest features of the Galaxy Note series of smartphones from Samsung is the S Pen and the S View Cover. The big screen of the Note series beg for people to write on them with a stylus. If you like writing on the screen of your device, but wish for an S Pen that is a bit more substantial, check out what Montblanc and Samsung have teamed up to produce.

Montblanc and Samsung teamed up to produce new writing instruments and leather covers for the Galaxy Note 4. Montblanc is famous for making very nice pens and has unveiled the Montblanc e-StarWalker and Pix pens.

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Both of these pens can be used to write on the screen of your smartphone or on normal paper. The special covers for the Note 4 have a digital ID chip inside that automatically provide the owner access to Montblanc digital content like an ink-inspired 3D unlock effect, special edition S Note, and five screenwriter nibs.

There are two styles for the cover with one looking woven called the Montblanc Extreme leather cover and the other called the Montblanc Meisterstuck soft grain leather cover with a smoother leather grain finish.

SOURCE: Samsung

Galaxy S5 Reported to Receive Lollipop Update in December

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

According to sources of SamMobile’s, owners of the Galaxy S5 may not have to wait too long to see Android 5.0 hit their devices. As stated by the source, Lollipop should arrive for Samsung’s flagship device in December, but that is no guarantee that it will come to all markets within that time frame, especially when the update would need to be approved by our carriers. 

Given how many devices Samsung must focus on in terms of updates, across countless countries, it is no shock that the company is not able to come out and give any hard estimations, unlike HTC and its 90 day promise.

If you do not remember right off, a video of Android L on the Galaxy S5 was shown off not too long ago. Needless to say, it looks a lot like TouchWiz, and not so much Material Design.

Via: SamMobile

Galaxy S5 Reported to Receive Lollipop Update in December is a post from: Droid Life

Google Play Music gets Material Design, curated mood music

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Material Design is all around us, and of course Google products have been slowly been updating its products in order to match the new look of the upcoming Android Lollipop. This week it’s the turn of Google Play Music to get an overhaul, but it’s not just the look that gets a major tweaking, but rather, the way you listen to music as well. They are now offering “radio stations” that have been tailor-fit to your current activity or mood, thanks to a recent acquisition that supposedly makes curating music easier.

Songza was bought by Google earlier this year and it’s now time to put it to use by integrating it to Google Play Music. As long as you’re a subscriber to Google’s music service, you’ll be able to have access to playlists that have been specially curated to match any activity you’re doing or match any mood you’re feeling at the moment. You will also be given several options for music stations that will match your preference at that moment, so you will not be limited to just one kind of music when you’re exercising, stressfully commuting or sleepily trying to finish work stuff.

The Listen Now page has also been redesigned to make it easier for you to find or discover new music. There are also cards that will show you what songs you’ve recently played and based on this, you will be sent cards of new music and radio stations that fit into your most played genres or artists. The album and artist descriptions are now easier to read as well, thanks to redesigned landing pages. Other music streaming services have to step up their game as apps like Spotify, Pandora and others continue to give you more innovative ways of listening instead of just queuing up the music on your player.

You can download Google Play Music for free from the Google Play Store, but you need a $9.99 per month subscription to be able to access its catalogue and enjoy features we mentioned above. The streaming service is not yet available everywhere but only in certain territories like Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, United States among others.

Kindle Fire HDX 7″ bundled with Fire Phone, only from AT&T

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Amazon has just announced a new deal that will make you buy the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet finally. The new tablet is now available in AT&T stores and online for only $49.99 starting today, October 24. The affordable price is offered ONLY when you buy it with the Amazon Fire phone.

This is a limited offer so don’t waste your time. t’s already a good deal to get both the Kindle Fire and the Amazon Fire phone. If you don’t want the phone, you can just get the 32GB variant of the Kindle Fire HDX 7” for $99.99 with a 2-year contract or at $10/month without any downpayment and no annual service contract. Be willing to pay $199.99 if you want to purchase the tablet outright without any contract.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is an Android tablet that can be a great tool for entertainment, education, and some relaxation. Play games, surf the web, chat with friends, check you social media networks, and watch TVs shows and movies right on the Kindle Fire. The Fire Phone, also powered by Android, comes with one year of Prime so you can access media content for free. You can also enjoy Prime Music or read books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Kindle Fire HDX tablet features X-Ray, a special function that lets you search for key phrases and characters while reading an e-book, movie trivia while watching, or lyrics to a song while listening to music. The tablet’s Dolby Digital Plus audio system allows high-quality surrond sound and optimized audio profile.

Specs of the tablet include a high resolution display for vivid images, 2GB RAM, and 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor for faster app launches and multi-tasking. The Kindle tablet is based on Android but it runs Fire OS 3.X Mojito user interface for easier navigation. You can easily connect to the Amazon Appstore and the cloud services.

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The Amazon Fire HDX tablet is ideal for children because of the FreeTime feature. With this feature, parents can create profiles for their kids and set what apps, games, videos, or books they can access. They can set limits as to what the kids can access on the tablet.

You can purchase the Amazon Fire HDX 7-inch with Fire Phone from AT&T.

SOURCE: AT&T

Mural Watchface Brings 500px to Android Wear

Posted by Will Verduzco October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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On a traditional watch, you can’t really do too much to change its appearance once you’ve selected your timepiece and purchased it. Undoubtedly, one of the best features found on Android Wear devices is the ability to change your watchface to suit your mood. What if you took this one step further and had an application to select from some of the most stylish wallpapers available on the Web? Well, when trying to come up with a solution, XDA Senior Member alucine came up with Mural Watchface for Android Wear.

Mural Watchface is an Android Wear app that brings some beautiful photos from the 500px service straight to your Android Wear watchface. The images are presented alongside the weather, date, day, and charge levels for your phone and smartwatch. The app works with both round and square Android Wear devices, so this means that currently the Moto 360, LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, and Samsung Gear Live are compatible. That said, we wouldn’t have any trouble imaginging that future Wear devices will also fit the bill.

If you’d like to give your Android Wear device a bit of 500px spice, head over to the Mural Watchface application thread and give Mural Watchface a shot!

The post Mural Watchface Brings 500px to Android Wear appeared first on xda-developers.

Hitman GO update brings a bit of Hitman 2 to the table

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Square Enix has a big gift for fans of the Hitman franchise today, at least for those who also favor playing the titles on their mobile devices. First up is an update to the diorama-esque Hitman GO title, adding a bit of nostalgia for those who have played the game’s Silent Assassin sequel. But more than that, there is finally the addition of cloud saves plus a temporary price drop to celebrate the update. There’s even some good news about the more Hitman-like Sniper title coming soon.

Continuing its tradition of bringing memorable locations from its bigger titles, like the “The Opera” from Hitman Blood Money, Square Enix is bringing Hitman 2 Silent Assassin’s iconic St. Petersburg map to Hitman GO as the latest mission box. And by “box”, they do almost literally mean a box, because, if you have forgotten, Hitman GO plays out more like a board game set in a cardboard diorama world. This new box brings 8 new levels set in Varosnij Square. As before, to access this new box for free, you need to have completed at least 140 missions. Otherwise, you can also cough up $0.99 to buy the new levels if you’re in a hurry.

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The update also finally ropes in cloud saving, meaning your save games can now be stored on the Internet, meaning you can pick up where you left off, no matter what device you’re on. And that bit might be even more useful now since Square Enix is releasing the update on both Android and iOS at the same time. To celebrate this expansion, Hitman GO’s prices will be taken down a notch, now available for only $1.99. There’s very little time to deliberate the matter though, as it will only last until the 29th of October.

Square Enix is also teasing that their other mobile Hitman game will be launching soon. How soon? They’re not exactly saying. Unlike Hitman GO, Hitman: Sniper returns to the roots of the franchise and is billed as a “competitive sniping game.” That said, based on early sneak peeks, it won’t be a faithful rendition of a full Hitman game either. It will instead be like a “vertical slice” of a Hitman title, focusing on short mission-based bursts that seem to be the trend of many mobile games these days.

Download: Hitman GO on Google Play Store
SOURCE: Hitman.com

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