Google Play-exclusive animated adventure ‘BLING’ set for March launch

Google Play-exclusive animated adventure ‘BLING’ set for March launch

Feb 27, 2016

BLING is an upcoming animated adventure featuring the voices of Taylor Kitsch, Carla Gugino and James Woods; interestingly, it is set to be a limited-time Google Play-exclusive.

For free, even.

Starting on March 3rd, Google Play users will have access to the movie before it hits theaters.

Lowly theme park mechanic Sam dreams about his childhood sweetheart Sue. With the misguided belief that only a bling ring can win the girl of his dreams, Sam plans the most perfect night to propose to his one true love. But when supervillain Oscar shows up with an evil scheme involving a ring of his own, Sam’s plans are thrown into utter disarray. After mistaking each other’s rings for their own, Sam teams up with his robot superheroes to track down his engagement ring and save the city… learning that it’s not about the size of the bling, but the size of your heart.

BLING is available for free exclusively on Google Play, and will remain exclusively there till April 10th. Below is the trailer.

Disney Movies Anywhere Brings Some Cohesion to Digital Content Ownership

Disney Movies Anywhere Brings Some Cohesion to Digital Content Ownership

Nov 4, 2014

Disney Movies Anywhere has just arrived on Google Play, and is an app that might be worth keeping an eye on.

At first blush, it serves as a digital locker of Disney, Pixar and Marvel content, which is interesting in and of itself. But it does do a bit more.

It allows users with a Disney Movies Anywhere accounts to link said account to Google Play (and/or Apple iTunes, as it so happens) and have access the content from the companion Google Play Movies app, or the Disney Movies Anywhere App. Now, if one connects it to iTunes, it pulls in Disney content purchased there; in other words, it is possible to access content purchased from iTunes on Android devices, and content purchased on Google Play on iOS devices. It’s a centralized clearinghouse of sorts.

It is a small step, but it is arguably the most interesting move to date with regards to cleaning up the current digital movies morass. Now, it reasonably possible to acquire content from one of the world’s largest content creators in either of the top mobile content stores and access it on either of the two leading platforms. Movies can be downloaded to Android devices to be accessed without the need for signal.

It’s a big deal.


Additionally, a Disney Movies Anywhere account (which is interchangeable with an ESPN account, by the way) allows one to collect points from buying Disney content. I was able to redeem a code from a movie purchased several years ago.

Some caveats (I know, I know): it seems as though not all Android devices support streaming from within the Disney app; for these devices, one must download the Google Play Movies & TV app. Also, word is that the service might be USA-centric for now.

All in all though, it is an excellent concept that we hope to see grow. It’s definitely something we’d like to see other content providers look to make similar arrangements happen.

[Source: The Verge]

Quiztix Movies Review

Quiztix Movies Review

Jun 11, 2014

Quiztix Movies and its sister game Quiztix Pop Music are the latest examples of the ever entertaining quiz genre on Android. Are they worth knowing?

Screenshot_2014-06-06-12-01-40Quiztix Movies features loads of questions and they are challenging without being too hard. They range in subject matter widely and are never boring or too easy. Opening a question uses Quizfizz which is a fancy name for an energy system, common to most freemium games. Answering a question quickly wins back some of the quizfizz that was spent and answering faster earns more of it. If the player answers wrongly they get nothing and the question is locked for 12 hours. After 12 hours the question can be answered again. Quizfizz can be spent to unlock questions early.

Quiztix Movies can be quite limiting if the player doesn’t get every question right. With full quizfizz the player can get about 6 questions wrong or about 6-10 slower answers. Correct answers pretty much restore the same amount of Quiz fizz that was used to open them and provide a lot more playing time The extremely slow pace might annoy quiz lovers. Recharging Quizfizz completely from empty takes at least a few hours.

Screenshot_2014-06-06-12-01-17Quiztix Movies has a pretty snappy interface compared to most quiz games. Rather than dry questions and answers, Quiztix Movies takes place in a movie theatre/concert hall type area full of seats. Each seat is a question and getting a question right fills that seat with a person, often an amusing one like a super hero or a strangely dressed guy. Each bank of seats is a different question category and the cute robot that serves as your guide and the bright sound give Quiztix Movies a goodly amount of personality. When compared to other puzzle games on the platform this is very welcome.

Quiztix Movies is filled with in app purchases. Their sheer number can be a bit off putting. There are ones for extra quizfizz, ones to refill quizfizz faster, ones to reduce lockout time for wrong answers right away and there’s even one to allow you to ask a friend for help directly from the app via Facebook. Why this costs money is anyone’s guess. The player does start with a few of each, but still this game has a lot of IAP and this may annoy some people. They are very cheap however. The game is so enjoyable a few purchases to make things faster aren’t such a bad thing.

Quiztix Movies has a lot of questions and unlocking all of them will take a long, long time. Of course some of this is down to the game’s fairly glacial pace. When compared to other games like Songpop and its unlimited games, Quiztix can feel a bit too sedate.

Quiztix Movies is a fun and great-looking quiz game it has a long shelf life and its IAPs are reasonable if annoying. For people that can handle its freemium trappings it’s worth a download. Quiztix Pop Music is exactly the same, but with music questions instead and is good stuff as well.

Film Vintage-Style Videos In FullHD Resolution With iSupr8

Film Vintage-Style Videos In FullHD Resolution With iSupr8

Mar 17, 2014

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If Instagram isn’t enough for you, here’s an app that lets anyone shoot 1080p videos and then add vintage effects and “dirt” to them, making them look like old-timey footage. The app also serves as a video sharing site, with much larger video lengths available for subscribers, unlike, say, Vine. Download it from here: iSupr8 Vintage Video Camera on Google Play.

What A Cult Review

What A Cult Review

Nov 27, 2012

Pop culture is big business. There are whole television shows and even stations dedicated to popular culture. What A Cult is here to test that knowledge. Think of What A Cult is kind of a like Wheel of Fortune without the wheel. The way that works is pictures shown or a question is asked. The answer is blanked out but the number of letters and how many words is still shown. To solve the challenge, type in the answer.

As the answer is being typed in, all of the common letters are filled then. What I mean is if you type in the letter E, all of the Es in the answer will be filled in. A time limit is imposed as well as a limitation on the number of incorrect letter attempts. The incorrect letter limitation creates quite a challenge. First of all make sure the spelling is correct is essential and if players have no idea what the answer is, they can’t just hit random letters until the answer spelled out.

In the settings of What A Cult, the categories for the questions can be clicked on and off. For example, if the people playing are not well read, the category for books can be deselected.

The questions in the game can be pretty difficult. For this reason, clues are sometimes available. There are four available clues to choose from. As clues are used, the number of points achieved for finishing the challenge is decreased. Also, all of the clues cannot be seen. Only a couple of them can be seen per challenge.

Playing What A Cult for the first time reminded me of the games you play at bars and restaurants. Using a little controller you’re given a question multiple-choice answers. What A Cult is similar in style to those games with more challenging questions.

Epix App Brings Streaming Movies to Android Phones and Tablets

Epix App Brings Streaming Movies to Android Phones and Tablets

Feb 1, 2012

TV channel and movie streaming service Epix has an app for watching movies directly on Android devices. Epix is a partnership of several Hollywood studios: Paramount, MGM Studios, and Lionsgate, that claims to offer 3000 films streaming on its movie service. There are some relatively recent films on it, like The Expendables, Iron Man 2, Defiance, Rango, The Lincoln Lawyer, and a selection of concert films and documentaries.

By visiting the Epix website, users can sign up for 14-day free trial (no credit card required) and begin to watch movies directly on their device by simply putting in a 6-digit PIN. Android tablets are supported as well as phones; the app simply requires Android 2.1 or up. Note that full long-term access to the channel requires authentication with a cable provider that offers the channel, but it is free for those with access to it. The EPIX HD app is available now from the Android Market.

Redesigned Android Market with Book and Movie Stores Rolling Out to Froyo and Gingerbread Devices

Redesigned Android Market with Book and Movie Stores Rolling Out to Froyo and Gingerbread Devices

Jul 13, 2011

Google has revealed the latest version of the app for the Android Market, and it brings some new features to the Market, Most immediately apparent is the app’s total redesign; gone is the rotating display of apps at the top, and here is a new panel-based design providing access to not just apps and games, but to books and movies as well. Through the Google Books app and new Videos app, users can now buy books from the Market, and rent movies. Both services will offer the ability to instantly stream the content to users’ devices as purchases are linked to users’ Google Accounts. As well, there is the option to download them to the phone for offline viewing. These features will be available in the US, though they may come to some other countries in the future.

For apps and games, the new Android Market will provide new top lists, including a “Top Grossing” list, similar to the iOS App Store. This new chart could help push Android Market’s built-in in-app purchase mechanism as apps that use it would be eligible to appear on this list, as opposed to 3rd party IAP mechanisms. This should also help free to play games and similar apps with in-app purchases have some more visibility on the store.

The new Android Market will not be available to all users, as right now it only supports Android 2.2 and up devices. Considering that a lot of phones are still stuck on 2.1 and below, now may be the time for those users to start yelling at their carrier and manufacturers, or to start looking into rooting and custom roms for their phone. Every Android problem has a solution, after all. The new Android Market app will be automatically updating on users’ devices over the next couple of weeks, and will be available internationally, with Books and Videos support enabled for US users. The new Videos app is available from the Market for compatible devices.

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.