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Top 10 new Android games this week: DARTHY, Phil the Pill

Posted: 31 Dec 2015 12:06 PM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Kitty Kitchen

DescriptionKitty Kitchen is a puzzle-like board game about feeding three super cute kittens with the delicious food they adore so much. Swipe into the direction you want them to go. Try to take them with the least amount of movements possible to score more.

 

Phil the Pill

Description:  Phil The Pill is an immersive, surprising and mildly addicting action puzzle adventure game. Phil the Pill conjures the quality, fun and imagination of classic games like Bomberman, Pacman, Mario and more in a game mechanic designed from the ground up specifically for touch screens!

 

DARTHY

DescriptionDARTHY is a Simple Side Scrolling Pixel Platformer based on old school mechanics. DARTHY wakes up in the hospital and soon finds out he must release the souls of the robots imprisoned in the Gold Doubloons (Gold Coins) by the Giant Space Pirates.

 

 Captain Cowboy

DescriptionExplore a huge handcrafted world. Get lost in your quests for diamonds. Get back on track with the handy automap.Find the mysterious exit warp room. Cross paths with friendly Snorkhogs and dangerous Gnurfs.

 

TrainCrasher

DescriptionTrainCrasher is an anime beat em up game that combines RPG and side scroller elements to create the most flexible, gorgeous combat fighting game on mobile! Fight through a speeding train in a quest for revenge, using your fury to crush armies of warriors and combat huge bosses.

 

Power Plane: The Ultimate War

Description: In this 2D game for kids and even grown-ups, it's time to seek attack and destroy! Battle ship, enemy planes, and weird mountains that make the airspace a tough ride for even an ace pilot like you.

 

Real City Gangster 2

DescriptionThe streets of San Andreas are full of gangs' crooked cops and other low life scum. Dive into the gang warfare and hope nothing goes sour, make sure you win back your old influences over the City of Angels.

 

Cherry Star: Asteroid Smasher

Description Once more planet earth is in danger, a menace from another world in closing in with an unstoppable army. You'll have to take control of Cherry Star, one of earth's guardians, and use her psychic powers to stop the advance of this new menace onto the earth.

 

FortuneMemory

Description: Your main weapon – the memory. Only consistency in practice will allow your character to survive and overcome any stressful situation. How long can you hold out?

 

Super Mustache

DescriptionOur old retro mario style addicting game will be now one of your top favorite free adventure games. As we want to keep the vintage style platformer, you don´t need an internet connection to play.

 


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[Update: Back Again] Instagram Now Lets You "3D Touch" Photos On Android

Posted: 31 Dec 2015 09:02 AM PST

  • After removing the '3D Touch' experiment, we've confirmed that Instagram has added the feature back in the latest version of the app.

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The highlight feature of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is something called "3D Touch" — a way of interacting with the phone by pressing harder on the screen than you regularly would. This is not to be confused with "Force Touch," which is exactly the same thing but on the Apple Watch instead.

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Leak shows Blackberry Priv heading to T-Mobile in January

Posted: 31 Dec 2015 07:36 AM PST

T-Mobile fans holding out for the Blackberry Priv may finally have a date to circle on their calendars. A leaked document shows that the Blackberry Priv is scheduled to go on sale at T-Mobile on January 26. The price of T-Mobile's Blackberry Priv isn't revealed in the leak, but it'll likely be close to $700 since that's what Blackberry is charging for the phone though its website.

With the Priv heading to T-Mobile and Verizon during the month of January, BlackBerry should see a significant sales bump. The company hasn't given us any solid sales figures for its first Android-powered phone, but it has stated that it's satisfied with how things are going so far. The Priv has received mixed reviews from the tech community, but out of 120 consumer reviews on AT&T's website, it does have a 4.6 out of 5 stars. Based on how things are shaping up with the Priv, we can pretty much guarantee that we'll be seeing a few more Android-powered Blackberry smartphones in the future.


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HTC’s cost-cutting measures lead to sale of Taoyuan City factory

Posted: 31 Dec 2015 07:06 AM PST

HTC may not have any plans to close up shop in 2016, but the company's plans to reduce overall operating costs by 35% has led to the sale of its Taoyuan City factory and property. The assets have been sold to Inventec for $174 million, but HTC is planning to relocate its employees that still work at the factory. In 2013, HTC temporarily stopped smartphone production line at its Taoyuan City factory due to slowing sales of HTC phones.

During the third quarter of this year, HTC announced that its overhead reduction plan would lead to layoff of 15% of its employees, leaving nearly 2,000 people without jobs. While making massive cuts to its work force and selling a factory may seem like dramatic measures to take, they are required sacrifices that need to be made if HTC plans to survive in the current environment. Hopefully, HTC's 2016 flagship can help turn the tides a little and allow HTC to pull its head above water.


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Impressed – personalized premium photo prints in just minutes

Posted: 31 Dec 2015 06:21 AM PST

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Impressed app allows you to order personalized printed novelties from your smartphone. It features some elegant and creative designs to make the perfect photographic gift. It's now available for Android. Check out this review for more details! Price: Free app, In-app Purchases Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Content Rating: Everyone AndroidTapp.com Android App Review: Pros & Cons:... View Article

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Misfit Cycling, Companion App To The New Misfit Flash Cyclist Edition, Arrives On Android

Posted: 31 Dec 2015 06:02 AM PST

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Misfit's popular Flash activity tracker was recently released in a special Cyclist edition, which has a similar price to the original at just $50 but adds a key sensor of interest for those who ride bicycles: cadence. The only "catch" when it comes to fitness sensors like this is that you need software to interpret the data for you. Today's release of the Misfit Cycling app for Android provides just that.

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LG G5 Could Come With A Dual Display, Dual Cameras And A Mysterious Hardware “Magic Slot”

Posted: 30 Dec 2015 11:07 PM PST

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After all this talk about the Galaxy S7, Samsung's other Korean competitor LG is expected to launch their LG G5 flagship smartphone next year. Rumours for the LG G5 have already begun and they're quite interesting.

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A source familiar with the matter revealed to Venture Beat what the LG G5 will feature. First off, the G5 will include two displays, a 5.3-inch QHD display and a smaller second screen similar to the one found on the LG V10. There will be not one but two rear cameras, one of which is 16MP and the other allows for wide angle shots (135 degrees).

The previously rumoured fingerprint sensor and Snadpragon 820 SoC and 3GB of RAM are also present but no word on whether it includes a microSD card slot.

The phone will also feature something called (for now) a "Magic Slot" which might allow for connectivity with external cameras, audio amps and even external keyboards. The release date is still unknown but as with every other device in history, more will soon follow.

[Venture Beat]

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LG G5 rumors point to dual displays and camera lenses

Posted: 30 Dec 2015 08:36 PM PST

The LG G5 is going to borrow a lot of design cues and features from the V10. Photo: LGLG's next flagship smartphone, the G5, is nearly 4-5 months away from launch, but leaks regarding the handset have started making their way to the Internet. As per sources of Evan Blass a.k.a @evleaks, the LG G5 will be the company's most premium smartphone to date and feature an all-metal build. The handset will also borrow design elements

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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AT&T will kill two-year contracts next month

Posted: 30 Dec 2015 01:30 PM PST

Two-year contracts are will soon be shunned by another US carrier. On January 8, 2016, AT&T will stop offering contracts with its smartphones, the operator confirmed to PhoneScoop. That means that the only ways to get a new phone from AT&T will be to pay full price or pay in installments with AT&T Next. AT&T does say that business customers will still be able to get a contract.

Meanwhile, leaks and rumors have shed more light on AT&T's upcoming move. Leaked AT&T documents show that unlike Verizon, which recently stopped offering contracts to new customers but still allow existing contract customers to upgrade to a subsidized phone, contracts will be dead for both new and existing AT&T customers. If you want a tablet, hotspot, wearable, or Internet of Things device from AT&T, though, a Droid-Life report says that you'll still be able to get those products on a contract.

Contracts used to be the way that pretty much all US wireless customers bought a new phone, but in recent years, the carriers have been moving to installment plans. AT&T started to move away from contracts earlier this year when it stopped offering them at third-party retailers like Best Buy, but soon they'll stop being available at AT&T stores, too. It's a big deal for the US wireless industry that helps to show consumers the true cost of a smartphone.

Are any of you currently in a contract with your carrier?

Sources: PhoneScoop, Engadget, Droid-Life


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LG’s G5 said to feature secondary display, fingerprint reader, and more

Posted: 30 Dec 2015 12:46 PM PST

The G4 from the Life's Good crew turned out to be a good handset that a lot of people liked, and the V10 features a major new secondary display that might be a gimmick to some, but it could be something LG wants to keep around for a bit longer. And then there's the Nexus 5X, another phone with features that will probably make it to the company's newest flagship in 2016.

Those are assumptions placed on the right path, if a new report from Evan Blass via VentureBeat is to be believed. According to the serial leaker, LG's G5 will gather noteworthy features from some of its other high-profile devices and merge them together into LG's "most premium device to date." The phone will reportedly feature an all-metal construction, a fingerprint reader on the back, and a secondary display with a resolution of 160×1040.

The camera system on the back will get a significant upgrade as well, according to the report. It will have two lenses on the back, with the main camera being a 16-megapixel shooter and the secondary working to give it 135-degrees of wide-angle functionality. Between those lenses, LG will house four sensors, including a pair of flashes, an RGB sensor that should boost scene recognition and focus, and the laser autofocus sensor. On the front, the G5 will boast an 8MP camera.

Other features include Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a battery that's measured in at 2800mAh. The screen's resolution is said to be 5.3 inches, and boast a resolution of 2560×1400.

The LG G5 will also reportedly feature something called a "Magic Slot," but the details on what this could be are thin. However, the report indicates it could be used to support hardware expansion modules, things like an external keyboard, camera accessories, and more.

As far as a release date goes, the report suggests it could see the light of day in the first quarter of 2016.

What do you think of the G5 rumors?


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 30 Dec 2015 12:46 PM PST

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Clipboard Actions

Clipboard Actions

Description: Clipboard Actions creates actions based on your clipboard and shows them in the status bar as notification.

 

FoodMe

FoodMe

Description: FoodMe shows you full meals, one at a time, with PICTURES, with tax/tip included in the price and no delivery minimums or options to worry about. Just swipe, swipe, food! 

 

AutoMate

AutoMate

DescriptionAutoMate makes common services available to you from your device while you're driving. With AutoMate, you get the right information at the right time, so you can focus on the road.

 

SportsLine

SportsLine

DescriptionSportsLine combines advanced data with the analysis of sports experts to project the outcome of every game for all major U.S. sports. Our picks are powered by computer simulations that play out each game over 10,000 times to predict the winner, score and stats for every matchup.

 

Avast Wi-Fi Finder

Avast Wi-Fi Finder

DescriptionAvast Wi-Fi Finder helps you automatically connect to the nearest free Wi-Fi in your range, so you can save on monthly bills and roaming fees.

 

BlindTool

BlindTool

DescriptionThis app tells you what it is looking at and vibrates based on how confident it is. When using this app you will wave the phone around you until you feel it vibrating more and more which means you are getting closer to an object it understands.

 

YouSing

YouSing

DescriptionDiscover YouSing, THE new social karaoke app that enables you to fill your daily life with singing! Sing in solo, or join the singers of the YouSing community: record duets or group songs and meet other talents, brought together by singing!

 

FiLMiC Pro

FiLMiC Pro

DescriptionFeatures include: Intuitive User Interface, Standard, Manual and Hybrid shooting modes. A shooting style for whatever your level.
Variable Speed Zoom

 

Large Heap App Detector

Large Heap App Detector

DescriptionApplications that request Large Heap in the manifest are typically reducing user experience on the device. Android will terminate other apps' processes to free up system RAM for use by the large heap. This will result in slower multitasking and response times for your device.

 

Times Square Official Ball App

Times Square Official Ball App

DescriptionJoin millions of revelers around the world to celebrate New Year's Eve LIVE. The Official Times Square Ball App is your exclusive access to be part of the activities in Times Square as you watch the LIVE official show featuring musical performances, celebrity appearances, reveler interviews, hourly countdowns and the midnight Ball Drop!

 


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Get ready for Javascript “Promises” with Google and Udacity

Posted: 30 Dec 2015 12:32 PM PST

Sarah Clark, Program Manager, Google Developer Training

Front-end web developers face challenges when using common "asynchronous" requests. These requests, such as fetching a URL or reading a file, often lead to complicated code, especially when performing multiple actions in a row. How can we make this easier for developers?

Javascript Promises are a new tool that simplifies asynchronous code, converting a tangle of callbacks and event handlers into simple, straightforward code such as: fetch(url).then(decodeJSON).then(addToPage)...

Promises are used by many new web standards, including Service Worker, the Fetch API, Quota Management, Font Load Events,Web MIDI, and Streams.


We've just opened up a online course on Promises, built in collaboration with Udacity. This brief course, which you can finish in about a day, walks you through building an "Exoplanet Explorer" app that reads and displays live data using Promises. You'll also learn to use the Fetch API and finally kiss XMLHttpRequest goodbye!

This short course is a prerequisite for most of the Senior Web Developer Nanodegree. Whether you are in the paid Nanodegree program or taking the course for free, won't you come learn to make your code simpler and more reliable today?


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Transcend Deal of the Day on Amazon offering steep discounts on microSDs, SDs and SSDs

Posted: 30 Dec 2015 10:30 AM PST

If you're in need of more memory for any of those new gadgets you picked up over the holidays, you should take a look at the Transcend deals on Amazon today.

For your mobile needs, there's a 64GB Class 10 microSDXC card at $13.99 or a 128GB version for $42.99. While both are solid deals, the 128GB in particular is a steal at $14 off the previous low price.

Full-size SD cards are similarly discounted, with a 64GB Class 10 SDXC card at $15.99 and a 128GB Class 10 UHS-3 card just $41.99.

And on the off chance any of you are in the market for a large SSD, Transcend has its 1TB SSD at just $244.99, which is almost $100 off what you'll find it for most days.

All of these deals end at midnight Pacific time, so don't wait too long.


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Google Play year-end games sale ends today

Posted: 30 Dec 2015 09:30 AM PST

In case you missed it, Google Play has been running a year-end sale that offers up to 90% off some fantastic games, and today is your final chance to take advantage of the deals.

There are 27 total games included in the sale, and whatever style of game you are into, there is probably something there for you, so make sure you check out the deal page before the end of the day.

Some of my favorites include Lara Croft Go, Minecraft: Story Mode, Hitman: Sniper, Dark Echo, and This War of Mine (50 cents off a $14.99 game isn't exactly a scorching deal, but it is a great game).

Here's the full list of games on sale:

  • Castle of Illusion
  • Civilization Revolution 2
  • Dark Echo
  • Deep Under the Sky
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
  • FRAMED
  • Goat Simulator
  • Hitman: Sniper
  • Joe Danger
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Lego Batman: Beyond Gotham
  • Leo's Fortune
  • Minecraft: Story Mode
  • Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
  • Monument Valley
  • NBA Jam
  • Pac-Man CE DX
  • Ravensburger Puzzle
  • Rayman Fiesta Run
  • Riptide GP2
  • Sleeping Prince: Royal Edition
  • Small World 2
  • Splendor
  • Surgeon Simulator
  • This War of Mine
  • Trivia Crack (Ad free)

Let us know if any of your personal favorites are in there that shouldn't be missed.


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T-Mobile ‘fesses up to ‘downgraded’ YouTube experience on its network

Posted: 30 Dec 2015 07:45 AM PST

T-Mobile's Binge On network feature has been getting a lot unwanted attention ever since it was introduced this fall. While Binge On promises that streaming video from select services will not count against your plan's data limit, Google has noticed that T-Mobile has been reducing the quality of YouTube streams to its customers, even though YouTube isn't Binge On-certified. Because "throttling" accusations have been flying across the web over the past few weeks, T-Mobile has released a statement to clear the waters:

Using the term "throttle" is misleading. We aren't slowing down YouTube or any other site. In fact, because video is optimized for mobile devices, streaming from these sites should be just as fast, if not faster than before. A better phrase is "mobile optimized" or a less flattering "downgraded" is also accurate.

If you want to get around the "downgraded" video streams that have been "mobile optimized," Binge On can be turned off within the My T-Mobile app by going to Profile > Multimedia settings. Most of T-Mobile's "Un-carrier" moves have resulted in quite a bit of positive press for the company, so we'll be waiting to see if they decide to roll the feature back or try to offer more granular options so that users know and have control over which streaming media services are being optimized for streaming over T-Mobile's network.

What's your take on T-Mobile's Binge On?


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Android’s design guru says iPhone interface is ‘heavy and burdensome’

Posted: 30 Dec 2015 04:01 AM PST

The iPhone 6 Plus is my personal favorite of 2014. Photo: AppleThe arrival of the original iPhone may have fundamentally changed Google's plans for its Android smartphone platform, but according to Google's Vice President of Design, Matias Duarte, Apple's iOS layout — consisting of grids of apps icons — is disappointingly stagnant. "[The iPhone] crystallised a lot of other things that were kind of stayed even

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AutoMate Brings A Little Android Auto To Everyone!

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 08:16 PM PST

Android Auto is a beautiful way to connect our phones to our cars but many of us don't have the moola to go buy a new Android Auto equipped car or even the pricey aftermarket Android Auto equipped infotainment systems.  Well the BitSpice guys have stepped in to fill the void and have recently released AutoMate, an app that emulates the Android Auto experience.

The app has actually been available in beta for some time but it is now available to the masses through the Play Store.  I've been using it for about a month now and I've quite enjoyed the experience.  All of your important notifications come to you in card form and there are different pages for things like navigation and music/audio.  The app is also filled with other features to keep you safely connected to your phone while behind the wheel.

If you want to give this app a test drive, hit the link below!

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Apple could ink deal with Samsung and LG for future OLED iPhones

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 07:01 PM PST

LG-G-Flex-2We've heard for years that Apple could incorporate OLED displays into next-generation iPhones, but over the past few months, those rumors have ramped up, suggesting that the power-sipping display technology could land as early as the iPhone 7. Now, a new report buttresses those rumors, saying Apple is close to finalizing a supply agreement with

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