Move It! Game Review

Move It! Game Review

Oct 27, 2010

I like to “Move It!, Move It,” you like to “Move It!, Move It!,” we like to “Move It!” Sorry, got that song stuck in my head. You might be thinking this is a dance game of some sort (I know I was ready to cut a rug) but in fact the game “Move It!” is a slide block puzzle game by AI Factory Limited. Hoping to fill a void in the “Rush Hour” block puzzle genre, AI Factory released “Move It!” for Android back in June. It has since undergone various updates and is available in both a “Free” (72 puzzle, with ads) and “Paid” (672 puzzles, no ads) version. As with any game or app, I always recommend trying the “Free” version first to get a taste of what to expect. I did in fact try both versions and now it’s time to give you the rundown.

Sony’s Playstation Phone (Prototype) Sporting Android

Sony’s Playstation Phone (Prototype) Sporting Android

Oct 27, 2010

UPDATE: Sony has discredited the Engadget photos, but not whether there will be a PSP Phone.

What will your kids be asking for this Christmas? Like Santa, these recent photos showcased by Engadget represent what may or may not exist. Is this Sony’s Playstation Phone? One thing is for sure, if it is, it’s running Android! Engadget claims this bad boy will have some of the following specs and features:

  • Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) – Even though Gingerbread is supposedly going to be Android 2.3 not 3.0.
  • Custom Sony Market Place – No big surprise there.
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1GB of ROM
  • MicroSD card support
  • Screen range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches
  • Long multi-touch touchpad

What do you guys think? There are a lot of obvious flaws in the design and displayed software such as menu options prompting the user to press an A or B button (there are no A and B buttons on this device). Can we just push aside such discrepancies and chock them up to this being a “Prototype?” Would it make sense for Sony to blend together one of their popular gaming platforms with a phone? Will this hurt their PSP business? A lot of questions is what we do have. I believe this may be the prototype and I’m extremely excited that it will be running Android. I just hope they shine this bad boy up and get it ready for prime time.

Engadget is also reporting that this device is heading for a 2010 release but I seriously doubt that’s going to happen based on what I am seeing in these photos. You never know, right? Are you interested in such a device? I can see this being extremely popular with the teens but not sure how many adults will go out and replace their current phones for this one. It will be interesting to see what other features this sports, especially the UI. Then again, by the time this thing hits the stores its hardware may be a little “slow,” considering the way the smartphone market has been advancing lately. So go ahead and get excited but don’t get too excited, ok get excited. What the hell, it is pretty cool. Check out the story on Engadget for more info and photos.

Source: Engadget

Winamp (Beta) Available for Android

Winamp (Beta) Available for Android

Oct 26, 2010

When I heard the news about Winamp (beta) launching for Android I thought to myself: “Winamp, why does that name sound familiar?” I forgot all about this old school (if you consider late 90’s old) media player and now I see that it’s still around. Although I only tinkered with it back then and never really made it my default media player, I still feel a little nostalgic while writing this.

Winamp has decided to create what they call “The Ultimate Media Player” for Android devices (Android 2.1 and above). They have released the beta version for free and it is available for download via the Android Market. If you’ve been looking to replace the stock media player or have been a Winamp devotee for all these years then you may want to check this out:

New YouTube App Hits The Market

New YouTube App Hits The Market

Oct 22, 2010

Google’s YouTube Android App has joined its emancipated brethren and can now be found chillin in the Android Market. Google has been slowly but steadily updating and moving core apps onto the Market and making them available as stand alone apps. You may remember some more recent apps such as “Gmail” and “Car Home,” who also made the move. These moves make for better app management allowing for more updates and quicker releases.

Android Dessert List Includes Honeycomb and Ice Cream

Android Dessert List Includes Honeycomb and Ice Cream

Oct 21, 2010

You know the saying “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?” Apparently Google does, and every time I hear about a new Android release I seem to salivate. I’m not sure if it’s due to the thought of a new platform release or the delicious names they love to brand them with. Since Android 1.5 (Cupcake) Google has continued its tradition of naming its releases after desserts (in alphabetical order). Up next after Froyo is Gingerbread and then Honeycomb. Now this is already enough dessert to keep me satisfied but apparently someone didn’t get the memo and we now have a possible name for Android 4.0: “Ice Cream.”

Forbes has reported that ARM President Tudor Brown let the cat out of the bag by telling them that version 4.0 will be called “Ice Cream.” Considering Tudor Brown’s insider knowledge of Android and the fact that there aren’t many desserts that start with the letter “I”, I’d bet he’s correct. So what does this mean? It means another yet-to-be released update, it means another lawn ornament for Google, and it means I’m getting hungry. Hungry for some sweets and hungry for any new enhancements of an already “kick-ass” mobile operating system. This news is really nothing more than “Food for thought.”

Source: Forbes

CannonBall Game Review

CannonBall Game Review

Oct 19, 2010

We have reached our final destination in my rundown of Polarbit/Fabrication game reviews. The last on the list is that of Cannonball, a shooting-gallery genre game using a (you guessed it) cannonball. As usual with the Polarbit/Fabrication games there are absolutely no game instructions or tutorials to give you some sort of clue as to game rules. I will quote myself once more to reiterate my feelings:

Let me start with one of my biggest gripes with the Polarbit/Fabrication franchise. I have yet to play a game made by them that includes any sort of in-game instructions. This is frustrating because it’s naive of them to assume every single user will be able to figure things out. Even if you do figure things out it would be nice to know exactly what each option does. Thankfully you guys have me as a guinea pig.

Sony’s Crackle Subscription App Available In Android Market

Sony’s Crackle Subscription App Available In Android Market

Oct 19, 2010

Sony’s Crackle service for streaming movies and television shows has “Snap, Crackle, and Popped” its way to Android. They offer a variety of subscription plans that start at $4.99 a month for unlimited viewing. You must first download the free Crackle application which features free minisodes (short 5 minute edited clips) and hundreds of free Crackle Originals. Once you have downloaded the free Crackle app you can then unlock content by purchasing one of their subscription plans.

[Update 1.0.2] TweetDeck Grows Out Of Its Beta Diapers, 1.0 Available For Download

[Update 1.0.2] TweetDeck Grows Out Of Its Beta Diapers, 1.0 Available For Download

Oct 18, 2010

Update 11/8: TweetDeck for Android has been updated to 1.0.2 and includes a fix for Facebook problems. Go to the Market to update to the latest version.

Source:@deckondroid

TweetDeck’s Public Beta was released back in August and, through various testing and feedback, went through 11 updates. Now, thanks to all the beta users and their feedback, TweetDeck has become official. Their 1.0 release for Android is now available in the Android Market at no cost to you. What exactly is TweetDeck? It’s a one stop hub for all your major social media needs. With a TweetDeck account, you can easily synchronize your Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Buzz accounts.

For those social gladiators out there, TweetDeck will certainly help save some time by eliminating the need to constantly check in to four separate accounts. This Twitter client has all the tools needed such as composing tweets, replies, retweets, add pictures, contacts, or location (with foursquare account). Everything neatly packed and color coded into one simple UI.

I will have to leave all the comments and opinions up to you guys since I personally have not used TweetDeck. This is only due to the fact that I have no need for it at this moment (I only have a twitter account which I just started less than a month ago). I definitely see the convenience of such an app and for all of you social juggernauts this is definitely worth a try. It’s free, so what do you have to lose? Head on over to the TweetDeck site for more info and check out the quick video below for an idea of what TweetDeck has to offer.

Source: TweetDeck

Firefox 4 Beta Available For Download

Firefox 4 Beta Available For Download

Oct 18, 2010

Firefox 4 (formerly codenamed Fennec) has reached beta status and is available for download. The Mozilla team has been working hard on releasing a mobile browser with the same quality Firefox desktop users have come to expect. In fact, the mobile browser was built on the same technology platform as the desktop model. If you already use the desktop version, you will find the mobile browser to be a great companion with a familiar face.

Firefox 4 beta utilizes many features, some familiar, some new:

Angry Birds (Full Version) Now Available

Angry Birds (Full Version) Now Available

Oct 15, 2010

Update 11/9: 45 New Levels Added!
Update: Full version now available in Android Market

AABF(Android Angry Bird Fan) “Is it here yet?”
Rovio: “Not yet.”
AABF: “When will it be released?”
Rovio: “Soon.”
AABF: “Is it here yet?”
Rovio: “Not yet!”
AABF: “Is it almost here?”
Rovio: “This week.”
AABF: “When will it be here?” “Thurdsay?”, “Friday?”
Rovio: “By the end of the week.”
AABF: Is it here yet!”
Rovio: “YES IT’S HERE!!!” “NOW GO PLAY AND LET ME GET SOME SLEEP!!”

The birds have finally flown the coop! The moment we (Android users) have been impatiently waiting for has arrived. Put down any work you were doing, cancel all future engagements and go download the Full Version of Angry Birds which is now available via Getjar. Rovio has decided to release the full version for Free with in-game ads. Not sure the reasoning for this but I’m sure it will upset many people (myself included). I guess I should be happy it’s Free but I would have been more than willing to dish out the money for an ad-free version. A future update is supposed to give the option to purchase a non-ad version but no announcement on when that update will roll out. They will also be releasing the full version on the Android Market soon (why the wait?).

Over a month ago, Rovio released Angry Birds Beta for Android and in 4 days time downloads surpassed 250,000! This 15 level Beta infected hundreds of thousands of once productive citizens and kept them glued to their mobile devices for over a month. This was not enough to appease the Android Angry Birds mob and they have been relentlessly filling up forums and twitter accounts like backseat 4 year olds on a family road trip. Now that the full version is finally here I’m guessing there will be some much needed rest going on in the Rovio camp (then again, they now have Windows phone 7 to start on).

I really can’t believe you’re still here reading this. Go! Go! See you in a couple months.

Download Link: ANGRY BIRDS FULL

Source: Rovio

Adobe AIR + Apps Available In Android Market

Adobe AIR + Apps Available In Android Market

Oct 14, 2010

Not too long ago, Adobe released “Adobe AIR” into the Android Market for devices running Android 2.2. The app itself seemed to do nothing and had many people confused. What we know now is that you must install Adobe AIR in order to use any AIR apps. So where are these apps? It seems only nanoseconds (not really but I wanted to use the word nanoseconds) after the release of Adobe AIR into the Android Market developers started getting their AIR apps out (I am now officially out of Air).

If you’re one of those people who can’t stand to search for anything within the Android Market, don’t sweat it. Those clever chaps over at AppBrain have you covered. Just click on this Link and start perusing the ever growing list of available apps powered by — I’m not going to say it.

This news is just another great step forward for Android and its users. I can’t wait to see this whole new genre of apps expand and multiply. It will be interesting to see what kind of effect this has on android app development.

If you would like more information on Adobe AIR for Android you can check out Adobe AIR for Android or head over to Adobe to see what AIR is all about.

Source: Android Central, Android Police

Zap Game Review

Zap Game Review

Oct 14, 2010

Round two in my Polarbit/Fabrication Games Trifecta is their recently released game “Zap,” a match-3 style puzzle arcade game very reminiscent of Puzzle Bobble or Bust-a-Move. As with the other Polarbit/Fabrication Games, pre-game options are exactly the same. They also carry the same gripes which I expressed in my first review of 8ball. Here’s an excerpt from that review:

Let me start with one of my biggest gripes with the Polarbit/Fabrication franchise. I have yet to play a game made by them that includes any sort of in-game instructions. This is frustrating because it’s naive of them to assume every single user will be able to figure things out. Even if you do figure things out it would be nice to know exactly what each option does. Thankfully you guys have me as a guinea pig.