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Pokemon Shuffle makes it to the Google Play Store

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Fans have been begging for a Pokemon game to make it to mobile for years. Today we can finally report that a release is here, but it’s definitely not what you were hoping for. Nevertheless, it should be a fun title for your casual gaming sessions. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s not only the first Pokemon game to officially hit mobile devices, it’s also the first title to be ported from Nintendo consoles to mobile!

So, what is this Pokemon Shuffle all about? You will understand the game right away, as it is really nothing new. In essence, it’s the same as Bejeweled (or Candy Crush)… except with Pokemon faces instead of jewels or candy.

Your goal is to solve puzzles by matching identical Pokemon figures. You get a limited amount of moves, as well as lives. Each game costs one life, which is regenerated in 30 minutes. Of course, you can also buy game currency via in-app purchases, which can help you buy power-ups and speed up your advancement.

Admittedly, this is not really a Pokemon game. It’s just using the franchise’s image to try and get more users. Regardless, it’s still fun, and it represents something much larger. Nintendo is entering the mobile market and this happens to be one of the first steps into this transition. More is coming, and maybe even actual Pokemon games are to follow. Not to mention other amazingly popular franchises like Zelda, Mario Bros and more.

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Good things are to come, guys! Just let this game be a good reminder of that. Also, who doesn’t like matching figures?! Go download Pokemon Shuffle from the Google Play Store!

Download Pokemon Shuffle from the Google Play Store!

Google Maps v9.14: improved Navigation UI and ‘Popular times’ charts added

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The Google Maps team seems to be pretty busy lately. It has been only about a week since version 9.13 hit the Play Store, and today we are already starting to see v9.14 hitting Android smartphones. The latest update to Maps brings forth a couple main changes to the application. A revamped interface will help you better plan your trips, and the new ‘Popular times’ chart will keep you posted on the best times to hit up your destination of choice.

Let’s start off with the new Navigation UI, shall we? The design of said section is likely the biggest change we have seen coming to the Google Maps app in a while. Upon requesting a route, the user will be presented with a large map, as opposed to the small thumbnail that really didn’t help much in the past. The different modes of transportation have been moved right below the location fields, making them more accessible and informative, as they also show the travel time without having to access each option.

Those who need to access more details about trips will also enjoy the new pull-up function, which can be accessed from the route query. This section will display information on toll roads, elevation, accidents, turn-by-turn details and more. Overall, the application has been redesigned to leave more significant information within closer reach.

Screenshot_2015-08-31-17-21-35Planning a trip is not only about routes or immediate traffic data, though. Sometimes you want to take your drive at a later time, and this is what the new feature ‘Popular times’ is all about. Google can predict how busy a location will get depending on the time, taking into account previous data from their servers. Just hit up the business details card and a chart showing you all the details will show up.

Want to grab the new app? Remember these updates usually roll out periodically, so it may not show up for you just yet. Those really itching to test out the new features can download the APK file here. Otherwise, just wait around and hit the comments to let us know what you think about this update. Will either of these improvements ease your specific traveling woes?

Download Google Maps from the Play Store

 

10 best new Android apps and games from August 2015

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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August has come and gone and with it marks the beginning of the end of the season. It also left us with a bunch of awesome new Android apps and games! Let’s take a quick look at the best ones released this last month.


fallout shelter new Android Apps WeeklyFallout Shelter

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Fallout Shelter turned a lot of heads when it was released on iOS back at E3 2015 and turned even more once it was released on Android. It’s a sim builder where you must create a Vault for survivors and help coax the new community into thriving. It comes packed with things to do including building rooms, exploring the wasteland, and even making babies. There is plenty of that classic Fallout quirkiness to make it feel authentic.

Get it now on Google Play!


final fantasy portal app new Android Apps WeeklyFinal Fantasy Portal App

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Fans of the Final Fantasy series got a new application this last month that lets them stay up to date on the latest Final Fantasy news. On top of that, the app also includes the Triple Triad card game from Final Fantasy VIII with an updated deck that allows you to collect characters from most games in the series. You can also play the original Final Fantasy right from the application. It’s about as good as it gets for a portal app.

Get it now on Google Play!

Final Fantasy Portal App new Android Apps Weekly


fishbrain Android new Apps WeeklyFishBrain

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
FishBrain is an application developed specifically for those who like to go fishing. It’s a crowd sourced application which means other people using the app are the ones providing the data and you can see what fish are biting, where they’re being caught, and there is even a built-in competition where you can climb leaderboards in your favorite fishing spots. It’s a fun little app for anglers and it’s free to download.

Get it now on Google Play!


Focus Android new Apps WeeklyFocus

[Price: Free / $2.79]
Focus is a new gallery application with a lot of fun features. It includes an extensive tagging system that allows you to organize and easily find your photos. You can also sort by date and it comes with gif support along with support for pretty much any other image. If you go premium, you have even more organization and security features, a dark theme, and much more. It’s a powerful app with a light touch and it’s easy to use.

Get it now on Google Play!


Framed new Android Apps WeeklyFramed

[Price: $0.99]
Framed is a new puzzle game out of Noodlecake Studios and it is actually really fun. The premise is you have a bunch of movie panels that play short video clips. Your job is to arrange them in their logical order so that the right actions happen. If you do, you can advance and if not then you fail the level. It also comes with a decent soundtrack, plenty of game play, and a cheap price tag. It’s definitely a different kind of puzzle game.

Get it now on Google Play!


Lara Croft GO Android Apps WeeklyLara Croft GO

[Price: $4.99]
Lara Croft GO is a new puzzle game out of Square Enix where you raid abandoned ruins as the famous Lara Croft. It’s a board-game style puzzler where you must move around, solve puzzles, find hidden items, and kill bad guys to continue on to the next level. It’s beautifully designed, easy to play, and it does feel a bit like a Tomb Raider game. It’s a bit expensive for how short it is, but it is a very well executed game.

Get it now on Google Play!


mirrativ best new android apps and games from august 2015Mirrativ

[Price: Free]
Mirrativ is a brand new application that allows you to broadcast pretty much anything on your device to the world. Before, there were ways to do it with games and broadcasting your camera like Periscope. This allows you to stream anything on your phone and allows people to watch and comment. It’s a unique premise but it is in beta so expect some bugs. It’s also only usable by devices running Android 5.0 or higher.

Get it now on Google Play!


pac man 256 new Android Apps WeeklyPac-Man 256

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Pac-Man 256 is an infinite runner version of the classic Pacman game. However, unlike most bastardizations where the infinite runner aspect makes the game feel hollow, Pac-Man 256 actually still feels like Pac-Man. You still deal with ghosts and you must eat pellets to increase your score, but now you have to do it fast enough to not die. It’s surprisingly good for a Freemium game and worth checking out.

Get it now on Google Play!


mozilla webmaker new Android Apps WeeklyWebmaker

[Price: Free]
Mozilla quietly released an application earlier this month called Webmaker. This nifty little application allows you to create web pages right from your device. You don’t need a lot of web design experience although from what I’ve seen, a little HTML and CSS knowledge certainly doesn’t hurt. The app is also open source which is always a good thing and comes with a variety of templates to play with. It’s also totally free.

Get it now on Google Play!

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YouTube Gaming new Android Apps WeeklyYouTube Gaming

[Price: Free]
Last and certainly not least this month is YouTube Gaming. Google’s competitor to Twitch is now in the wild and the accompanying app is made to help people find the channels and games they want to watch. It’s a totally free application and it’s easy enough to use. It also comes with notifications to let you know when live streams are starting, chat rooms, and a lot more. It’s going to be fun and we’ll be there very soon.

Get it now on Google Play!


Wrap up

If we missed any great new Android apps or games, tell us about them in the comments!

Google On – OnHub companion app now available from the Play Store

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Google’s OnHub smart router is hitting the store shelves tomorrow, August 31st, so the Search Giant is getting you equipped with the necessary tools to be ready for some advanced internet usage. Thankfully, you don’t need much. You can operate every aspect of the OnHub from the official Google On app, and it has just become available from the Google Play Store.

If you missed out on the Google OnHub news, it’s a router made by the Mountain View giant. It’s not cheap at $199.99, but it promises features that you won’t get with your usual WiFi hubs.

Aside from looking gorgeous, this router benefits from automatic updates (without disconnection). The device also scans for congested wireless channels and switches to the best performing one. In addition, the owner can prioritize certain devices, run network tests, easily change/share the WiFi password and more.

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Here’s what you can do with the Google On app:
• Set up your OnHub in just a few minutes
• Learn how to improve your Wi-Fi connection if there’s a slowdown
• Run a network check to test your connection speed
• Easily share your network name and password to friends & family
• Make changes to your settings, such as your network name or password
• Remotely provide or receive help from friends and family

Is it worth the $200? It depends on your needs and priorities, but it sure seems to be among the best WiFi routers around. And this is not an isolated event; Google plans to partner with other manufacturers to make more OnHub devices. The next one is said to be ASUS, but we shall see. Maybe it will be a bit cheaper.

For now, just go to the Google Play Store and grab your app if you are planning on getting the Google OnHub. How many of you are signing up for one?!

Download the Google OnHub app from the Google Play Store

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Motorola updates Camera and Gallery apps: move albums to SD, scan QR codes and more

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Are you rocking an older Motorola phone? You may have notice some significant improvements hitting your device. Said manufacturer has just pushed out updates to a couple of their main applications. Namely, the Motorola Camera and Gallery apps, which now come with a set of added features that will definitely make some of you happier campers.

Aside from the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, Moto has included an active viewfinder to its Camera app. What does this even mean? In short: users will now have the ability to read QR and bar codes directly from the camera’s viewfinder, without having to take a picture or download any separate services to decipher these intricate designs. Not all phones will get this new functionality, though. This feature is only available for the 2nd-gen Moto X, Moto X Pro, DROID Turbo and Moto Maxx/Turbo on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Furthermore, those grabbing the Motorola Gallery update now have the ability to better organize their video clips and photos into albums. These can then be stored into SD cards, offloading some weight from that precious internal storage, which can often be so limited.

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Aren’t you glad manufacturers have begun publishing their system apps directly to the Google Play Store? If it was all done the old-fashioned way, users would have to wait until their next system software update to get all these nifty features.

If you haven’t gotten your update, just head over to the Google Play Store and grab it. It should be there! How many of you have been testing these enhancements? How are the new capabilities treating you?

Download Motorola Camera from the Google Play Store

Download Motorola Gallery from the Google Play Store

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Welcome back to the Android Apps Weekly show! Let’s jump right into the headlines for this week:

  • Microsoft is now letting people download Cortana as part of a public beta which is the first time it’s been officially available to the public. There is only one problem and that is that you cannot participate in the public beta unless you live in the United States. We don’t think that’ll change which kinda sucks.
  • A new app called Vysor was leaked recently and it prompted developer Koushik Dutta to just release the application. It’s a Chrome app that lets you easily control your Android device from your computer. It’s a nifty tool even if it’s in beta and keep an eye out for pricing because there will be some pricing options eventually.
  • Facebook M has been officially announced and much like the leaks said, it’ll be a personal assistant that lives inside of Facebook Messenger that helps you buy things along with a suite of other functions for productivity. It’s currently in testing and we have no clue when it’ll be available to the public.
  • Earlier this week, Rovio announced that they’ll be laying off 1/3 of their work force. The speculation is that the Angry Birds franchise is finally starting to falter as the company just released Angry Birds 2 not long ago. The company maintains that it made these layoffs to be leaner and more agile.
  • Earlier this week, Amazon killed off the free app of the day and replaced it with a new application called Amazon Underground. The new app is meant to offer a lot more apps that the company is calling “actually free”. You can download and install Amazon Underground just like any other Amazon app.

For even more Android apps headlines, updates, and new releases, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter. There we have a whole lot more apps and games news that we didn’t have time for here. If you’re so inclined, you can even sign up using your email address and we’ll send it to you every Friday!


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AMC Android Apps WeeklyAMC

[Price: Free]
Late last week, AMC released its own official application to the Google Play Store. It comes with a lineup of AMC programming including The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Hell on WHeels, and a lot more. You do need a cable subscription to have access most of the content but some stuff you’ll be able to access for free. It’s missing some features here and there and the app is suffering from release day bugs, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Get it now on Google Play!

AMC Android Apps Weekly


S6 Edge Plus experience app Android Apps WeeklySamsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ Experience app

[Price: Free]
Earlier this week, Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ experience apps. The point of these apps is to show people what kind of experience they can get with these devices and Samsung has released similar apps in the past for their flagships. They’re fairly easy to use and it’s a nice experience to have if you plan on buying either of these devices or just want to see what they’re all about.

Get it now on Google Play!

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YouTube Gaming Android Apps WeeklyYouTube Gaming

[Price: Free]
YouTube Gaming is finally official and Google has released the official app to prove it. Google’s competitor to Twitch is in full swing and the application will give you access to everyone who is streaming games. You’ll also be able to engage with past broadcasts, plenty of channel and page browsing options, and the app will offer live streams from large events like E3, PAX, and Gamescon. It’s definitely worth checking out and hey, you’ll see us there very soon!

Get it now on Google Play!


Framed Android Apps WeeklyFramed

[Price: $0.99]
Framed is an award-winning puzzle game with a unique premise. You are given a set of video clips which you must arrange to create a certain story scene. If you do it incorrectly, you lose and if you do it right, you can proceed. It’s backed by a pretty decent jazz soundtrack and there is a lot of game here to play. It’s definitely something a bit different and actually very fun to play. It’s only $0.99 and it’s worth every penny.

Get it now on Google Play!


Lara Croft GO Android Apps WeeklyLara Croft GO

[Price: $4.99]
Last and certainly not least this week is Lara Croft GO. This highly anticipated game has finally made its way to Google Play to extremely positive reviews so far. This title features 75 puzzles over five chapters as you guide Lara through obstacles and fights with various creatures. It holds true to the series as you’ll be exploring ancient ruins with mythical puzzles. It looks good, it plays great, and $4.99 isn’t an unfair price at all.

Get it now on Google Play!


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps and games news, tell us more about it in the comments! Thanks for reading, watching, and subscribing and we’ll see you next week!

Google polishes app search results with a new UI

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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If you have been looking for an app using Google’s mobile search lately then you may have spotted a new, colourful results layout, showcasing the most relevant apps from the Play Store. As well as looking nice, the update is also pretty handy if you’re looking for a specific type of app.

The results display some useful app information, including the number of downloads the app has and its rating in the Play Store. There is also a little drop down button below the results to see more apps that match your search results. The colors keep up with the Material Design scheme that Google is pushing for mobile.

To get the new layout to appear, you only need to enter a query into your Android browser, any browser will work, followed by the word “apps”. Interestingly, this new layout appears to be platform specific. Typing in the same results into different browsers on PC or Apple products doesn’t return the same results, but this makes sense as the links take you directly to the Play Store.


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If you haven’t noticed the new design yet, it’s likely that Google is gradually rolling the update out to different regions. What do you think about the new look app search results?

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV console now available at the Play Store

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Starting today, graphics and device manufacturer NVIDIA have announced that North American customers can now purchase their NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV directly from the Google Play Store. It took a while for what is currently the world’s most powerful Android device in the market to get to Google’s online portal, but it’s there now.

Let us remind you why this is an Android TV device worth getting. For one, the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV console has the most powerful internals you can find out in the market today for an Android device – bar none. It packs the NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, a 256-core (!!!) Maxwell graphics chip, supported by 3GB RAM, and either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage. This beast is ready for 4K displays and playback for 4K content up to 60fps.

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As of now, there are 135 games specifically for this platform sold via the NVIDIA Hub store, while there are around 300+ more via the Google Play Store. Of course, the TV element is not bad at all. There are 800 apps for Android TV, and streaming your media from server to your big-screen display will be a lot easier on the NVIDIA SHIELD.

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All this for at a USD$200 price tag, and you can see why people are excited at this device. Gaming, media streaming – name it, the SHIELD can do it for you. Check out the link below if you want to purchase it.

SOURCE: NVIDIA
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Deal: Purchase the HTC One M9 and receive $100 in Google Play credit

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The HTC One M9 has received a bad wrap, despite being a solid, substantial product. Critics have lobbed all sorts of accusations at it, ranging from the CPU, the camera, and even the design. All this has ultimately taken a toll on the Taiwanese OEM that made it. Still, HTC is eager to try and show curious customers just how good its product is: A new promotion being run from now until December will allow new purchasers to receive an incredible $100 in credit for the Google Play Store.

Those interested need simply complete the following steps:

  • Buy the HTC One® M9 by 11/30/15.
  • Go to https://play.google.com/redeem to redeem your $100 credit by 12/31/15.
  • Keep your order confirmation email handy as you follow the on-screen steps.
  • On the Google Play store enter in the “Unlock Code” from your HTC.com order confirmation email into the “Enter gift card or promo code” field and click on “Redeem” to get your $100 Google Play™ Credit

It should be noted that the device must be purchased from HTC.com in order to qualify for the promotion. Those who opt to buy from Verizon are still able to get $100 of credit, but need to take advantage of a different website, and should be aware that said campaign only lasts until August 31st.

The HTC One M9 packs a 5-inch FullHD LCD display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with Adreno 430 graphics, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 20-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front shooter, and a 2840mAh battery. It supports microSD (up to 128GB) and is now being updated to Android 5.1.

For those on the fence, please feel free to look at our full review here.

Does this offer sweeten the deal for you, or is HTC just desperate to try and offload its overstocked assets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

I/O apps for Project Tango now available in Play Store

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

At the I/O developer conference in May this year, Google presented to the world the progress with Project Tango. If you don’t know or remember what that is, this is the project to bring 3D mapping and rendering capabilities to tablets and smartphones via an array of cameras installed on a device with robust specs. At Google I/O this year, the mothership showed some apps that gave users some cool things to do with a Tango device. Those apps are now available to all via the Google Play Store.

Now that the developer kits for the Project Tango tablet device are out, and the Intel-powered Tango smartphone not far behind, Google can now release to the world some of the apps that show Project Tango’s potential in 3D mapping and rendering apps.

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The first app is called “MeasureIt” – which allows you to use a Tango device to measure distance without using a tape measure. Just point the Tango at two different points and the app does the job of measuring for you. With the “Constructor” app, you can scan a room in 3D – then save and use the scan for construction/renovation purposes.

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For a couple of more fun apps, you can try “Tangosaurus” – giving your Tango device an AR slant, walking around and looking for “fossils”. We also talked about “Tango Blaster”, where Intel combined their Tango smartphones with modified Nerf guns and brought us a fun “shoot the robots before they get you” game.

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Of course, for all these apps to work, you will need a Tango device. If you haven’t ordered a Tango tablet developer kit yet, Google is reminding us that Project Tango Tablet Development Kits will go on sale in Google Stores in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom starting August 26. Check out the source link below for more apps, and click on the app title links to download the apps!

SOURCE: Google

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