In a rather stealthy fashion, Amazon made its Appstore application for Android redundant. The retail giant baked its Android marketplace into the main app, which is available in the Google Play store.
Going forward, you will be able to access your Android apps from Amazon by simply going into the Apps & Games section of its Android app. Read more »
RETRY is the latest game from Rovio. The game has often been mistakenly been compared to Flappy Bird, despite the two having very little in common.
RETRY puts you in the cockpit of an out of control airplane that you have to guide through a series of obstacles to reach the finish line. Everything about the game suggests that it’s going to be difficult, so let’s see how difficult it really is. Read more »
The Sony Xperia E3 has Sony’s complete confidence of capable battery life. The manufacturer boasts about 2 days of power autonomy on the Xperia E3′s product page and we decided to hold them to their word.
Before we take a look at the numbers let’s get the specs out of the way. The Sony Xperia E3 packs a Snapdragon 400 chipset, 4.5″ display of 480x854px resolution and Android 4.4.2 KitKat, all powered by a 2,330mAh battery unit. Read more »
Following in the footsteps of the LG G Watch and the Moto 360, the Samsung Gear Live is now in the process of receiving an update to the latest version of Android Wear.
This is the same build that has rolled out to the other aforementioned smartwatches a few days ago. After applying the update, you’ll be on Android Wear 4.4W.2, build number KNX01Q. Read more »
Rockstar Games is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and is offering San Andreas, Vice City and the original GTA III with a big discount. The deal is available for iOS and Android through both the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore.
The mobile version of GTA III launched in 2011 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the PC version and later in 2012 Rockstar released GTA: Vice City, again to celebrate its 10th birthday. Read more »
Via its official Weibo account, Meizu is gathering 5000 beta testers with MX2 and MX3 smartphones to run a beta build of Flyme 4.0.
Currently, the Meizu MX2 and MX3 are running Flyme OS 3.8.5A, but hopefully the sooner the company cleans out any bugs Flyme 4 might have on those devices, the faster it releases it. Read more »
Sony’s first smartwatch to run Android Wear, the SmartWatch 3, is finally up for pre-order – yet just at Verizon of all places. It’s already been listed in the Play Store, but you’ll only be able to get it from there at some (still unannounced) later point.
The wearable is priced at $249.99 over at Verizon’s online store, and it’s due to start shipping by October 30. Read more »
The Netherlands division of Samsung Mobile has enlisted the help of Dutch model/actress/Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes to promote the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
The campaign kicks off with a 20 second “Your Style, Your Galaxy Alpha” video ad and some Doutzen branding on the Dutch Galaxy Alpha product page. Read more »
Samsung designers have opened up about the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge design for an inside look of how Samsung’s latest flagships came to be. The fourth generation, say the designers, is focused even more on the combination of digital (the flagship specs) and analog (the S Pen experience) and aims to deliver a “warm and emotional” design.
The addition of a metal frame was done at the request of users but the designers were against adding metal for metal’s sake. Read more »
Microsoft is on a roll these days… making apps for Android. Made by the same Microsoft Garage division that brought us this comes the new Next Lock Screen.
As you can tell from the name, it’s a lockscreen app. It presents notifications on the lockscreen similar to the way Android Lollipop does. You can see them at a glance or swipe them away. But more than showing notifications, the lockscreen also shows relevant information from your apps directly on the lockscreen so you don’t have to go hunting inside the app. Read more »
Microsoft launched a crafty search application for Android Wear devices dubbed Torque. The app activates on the Android Wear device via a twist of the user’s wrist.
Of course, the search engine used by the app is powered by Bing, not Google’s own solution. Read more »
Rovio has gone the 8-bit route, emulating the incredible success that was Flappy Bird. The company’s first game to use pretty much the same formula is now available to download on iOS and Android. It’s called Retry, and you’ll be doing a lot of that while you play it.
It’s no Angry Birds, that’s for sure. Like Flappy Bird before it, Retry is easy to learn but frustrating to play and master. It’s hard but addictive. It’s not a full-on Flappy Bird clone, however, coming with some interesting twists of its own. Read more »
Google has just announced a pretty big update for the Google Earth app for Android. The new version will be rolling out over the next week, bringing with it faster and smoother transitions as you’re zooming in.
Mountains and cities get sharper 3D views too, thanks to an overhauled 3D rendering technology that was built from scratch. This is, in fact, the first big upgrade for the 3D tech since Google Earth launched 10 years ago. And more 3D updates are promised for the coming months. Read more »
Google has just unveiled a new service. It’s called Inbox, and it uses the data in your Gmail account. But it presents this to you in some pretty interesting new ways.
It’s designed to “focus on what really matters”, the company says. It does this by surfacing important information from emails, and by letting you add reminders to your new inbox. Read more »
Samsung has released two new promotional videos for the new Galaxy Note 4 on YouTube, that feature real artists. The first video shows British artist Jon Burgerman, known for his ‘doodle style’ of paintings, while the second video features Helsinki-based illustrator and graphic designer Janine Rewell.
Neither videos show the artists actually drawing on the phone itself but they are used to suggest that the phone can be used to quickly draw something whenever an idea or inspiration comes to you. Read more »