Out of many new games that are being released for Android platform on a daily basis, we’ve selected 4 which got released this month. Without further ado, here they are in no particular order… Timberman This is one of those pesky little games that you just can’t stop playing. It’s easy to play, but really,… Read more »
We know what you’re thinking, but a new app called Selfies is actually kind of fun, considering that it’s a barely-promoted one-off from Automattic (the company responsible for WordPress). It told TechCrunch that Selfies was in development for eight weeks or so as part of the Gravatar universal avatar app before it became a separate thing. Trying the app showed that its basic-ness is part of the kick, since it let us post our own pic right after logging on. (We also found it to be a little rough around the edges with a few crashes.) Right now, there’s just a single public feed showing ever photo, but the company has plans to filter the best content soon. You can try it now for yourself, but only on Android — the company narrowly picked that platform to launch it first thanks to a user poll.
So you want a gamepad to play that new platformer on your Windows PC, but you don’t relish the idea of buying an expensive peripheral that will collect dust after you’re done. Are you stuck using the keyboard? Not if Ideum has its way — it’s updating its GestureWorks Gameplay virtual controller app with Android support, letting you use your phone or tablet to steer the action instead of either a real gamepad or on-screen buttons. You can still tailor the controls for specific titles, so you won’t have to settle for a sub-par experience just because you jumped from Castle Crashers to Bastion. The new software supports more graphics standards, too, so more of your favorite games should be compatible.
You’ll have to spend $15 to get the full version of the new Gameplay app, which should be available on Steam either now or very shortly. That’s relatively costly for a utility, but the Android upgrade extends the software’s usefulness beyond tablets — it could save you from buying gamepads for most any Windows PC, and it will visiting friends join in on multiplayer sessions without having to bring dedicated hardware.
Despite the fact that LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are already available, many of you are still waiting for that beautiful third Android Wear device. Moto 360 is supposed to launch this summer and according to the latest information it’s about to sport something we didn’t expect or at least didn’t know about……. Read more »
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So you’ve got an Android Wear device and now you’re looking for some Android apps to go along with it. We’ve got you covered. Our Watch This App column is designed to help educate readers in the various apps available for the platform and highlight the best of the bunch. Watch This App: Music Boss Listing to music on…… Read more »
So you’ve got an Android Wear device and now you’re looking for some Android apps to go along with it. We’ve got you covered. Our Watch This App column is designed to help educate readers in the various apps available for the platform and highlight the best of the bunch. Watch This App: Chron Watch Customization of your watch… Read more »
Hidden deep in Android, following the KitKat 4.4 release, is a feature that can be enabled to instantly speed up your Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3, and pretty much any Android device that supports KitKat.
It’s called ART, and that stands for Android Runtime, which is the successor to the Dalvik system currently used since Android’s inception. ART uses what Google calls an ‘ahead of time’ compiler as opposed to Dalvik’s ‘just in time’. Dalvik worked by converting each app on the fly when it was called upon to be launched. ART on the other hand converts it during installation, ultimately resulting in a larger app file size, but meaning the app launches pretty much instantly. The result? The device is quicker and battery life is improved.
So how do you do it?
The new ART runtime system isn’t enabled by default in Android 4.4 KitKat so you’ll need to head into the hidden ‘Developer Options’ menu in the Settings to access it. To enable the hidden ‘Developer Options’ go into Settings > About Phone > Build number and Tap the build number 7 times. Once there, go to ‘Select Runtime’ and change the selection from ‘Dalvik’ to ‘ART’.
You’ll have to reboot after changing the setting and you may have to wait a few minutes whilst ART does its thing in the background converting all your installed apps, but once the progress meter is done you’re good to go.
Whilst ART provides increased speed and improved battery life, you may find that not all Apps are 100% compatible; however since Android L has been released with the developer preview, the chances of finding an incompatible App has greatly reduced.
Drop us a comment and let us know if you’ve noticed a speed improvement on your device.
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Many have assumed that Samsung’s fabled metal smartphone would be a very high-end device, but some new leaks hint that it could be considerably more modest. Both SamMobile and Tinhte have posted photos of the Galaxy Alpha (shown on the right), a mid-range Android handset that reportedly touts a 4.7-inch screen and that long-rumored, slightly more fashionable metal trim. It’s not certain exactly what’s under the hood beyond LTE-Advanced data, although SamMobile suggests that the internals would slot in neatly between the Galaxy S5 and its smaller, slower mini counterpart. Alongside a previously rumored 720p screen, the Alpha would supposedly pack 32GB of (sadly non-removable) storage and either an Exynos 5 Octa or a Snapdragon 800 for a processor — good enough, but not great.
The real question may not be when we’ll see the Alpha, but where we’ll see it. While the handset could show up as soon as August, there are concerns that Samsung can’t produce the phone in meaningfully large numbers. It may end up being a limited release that ships to just a handful of countries, like the company’s native South Korea (Tinhte‘s shots reveal a Korean “LTE-A” logo). If this is the metal-clad Samsung phone of legend, it won’t necessarily take the world by storm.
Google quietly slipped out a big upgrade to Maps’ local discovery features on iOS a couple of weeks ago, and today it’s Android’s turn. Once your device gets the refresh, you should see a new Explore guide that offers suggestions for things to do based on both context and your tastes; it knows not to point you to a nearby park when it’s raining, and can suggest breakfast spots the night before you need them. In that sense, Google Maps could become a solid alternative to familiar location-based recommendation apps like Yelp and Foursquare. Don’t be surprised if it takes some time for Explore to arrive, though. It’s just starting to reach Android this week, so you may have to rely on other tools for a little while longer.
Source: Google Maps Blog