TYLT Cases Go On Sale For Limited Time

TYLT Cases Go On Sale For Limited Time

Oct 22, 2014

TYLT is a company we have come to love; its designs generally straddle the thin line between creative and functional very comfortably.

Now, TYLT is offering up its cases for $10 for a limited time. Generally, these cases retail from $35 through $50.

The sale does not include power cases; it includes free shipping within the continental USA; it’s the prefect time to get a case for one’s Galaxy S5, Note 3, S4, iOS devices and more.

We’ve had the opportunity to review TYLT products in the past, and mostly liked the usability and design aesthetic.

The sale will continue through October 30th, so get it while you can.

Get Deals From A Variety Of Retail Stores With Retale

Get Deals From A Variety Of Retail Stores With Retale

Nov 7, 2013

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Everyone hates ads, until they offer something they need. Retale is an app for the people who are looking for the right ads, from their local retail stores. It notifies of new products, sales, and offers from a variety of stores, such as Target and Toys-R-Us. The app can be downloaded for free from here: Retale – Weekly Ads & Deals on Google Play.

The Nexus 7 is Now Shipping, and Google Chrome is in Tow

The Nexus 7 is Now Shipping, and Google Chrome is in Tow

Jul 23, 2012

Almost a month after its announcement, Google and Asus’ Nexus 7 tablet is finally making its way into people’s hands as they’ve finally started shipping from Google Play.

Those looking to get the 8 GB version are in luck: I personally ordered one on Friday morning, and should have it today. Expect a review soon. The 16 GB one is harder to find: it’s currently out of stock on Google Play and many retailers have reported it as being out of sale. For Google this has to be a good thing: massive demand of a product is certainly a good sign. As well, given the iSuppli report that basically said that the 16 GB Nexus 7 only costs about $8-$15 more to make than the 8 GB version which is being sold at cost, then there’s the possibility that Google could wind up making a profit – even if it’s just a modest one – as well as gaining vital tablet market share.

Interesting to report is that Chrome is the primary browser on the Nexus 7 and not the standard Android browser. It’s important to note this because of the fact that Google appears to be trying to push Chrome as a product for all operating systems, not just a desktop browser. They’ve launched Chrome for iOS, though it’s still basically just a WebKit wrapper, and Safari is still the most capable iOS browser thanks to the Nitro JavaScript engine. However, Google wants users to get into that Chrome ecosystem wherever they are, and making it the browser of choice on the Nexus 7 seems to be a conscious choice. It also represents the death of the stock Android browser, capable enough thanks to its WebKit base, but not all that well-regarded as a capable browser thanks in part to Android’s fragmentation.

Of course, how it all works in practice is a very good question, though the capable hardware of the Nexus 7 should ensure that any well-built browser will work well. But will it wind up being a net positive experience? We’ll have our rundown very soon.

The Hills Are Greener: Because Amazon May?

The Hills Are Greener: Because Amazon May?

May 28, 2012

The “Because We May” sale that started recently may seem like an odd reason to have a sale, possibly even a meta-sale of sorts – a sale celebrating that we can have sales when we want! But there may be an Android-related reason behind it.

Ron Carmel of 2D Boy mentioned to Gamasutra that they were in negotiations with a store that had “draconian demands on pricing control.” Now, while it’s possible this could be for something else entirely, here’s what the likely scenario seems to be:

  1. World of Goo is 2D Boy’s biggest product, and much of their visible work over the past few years has been to bring the game to as many platforms as possible.

  2. World of Goo is on Android, and has been on sale on Google Play and through the Humble Indie Bundle. It is not on the Amazon Appstore.
  3. The Amazon Appstore has notable demands on pricing – including guaranteeing that they have the lowest price, and wanting their own controls over the price of apps on the store.

Put it all together, and it seems as if this is the obvious reasoning for the sale.

The problem is that this winds up being a double-edged sword for developers. Kindle Fire is a lucrative platform to be on. But to be on its preinstalled store, it requires agreeing to Amazon’s terms. While it’s definitely possible to sell to that device’s users and distribute through another store or to self-distribute, it pragmatically becomes a choice between principles and profit.

The developers participating in Because We May have a point. Developer freedom is a necessity, and they’re ultimately the ones that provide the content, so they should have control over how much they want to sell their games for. On Android, Amazon can fluster developers, because not only have they splintered off, but they’ve created a policy that benefits only Amazon.

Will these indie developers change the mind of Amazon and of companies like Microsoft who notably restrict developer control over pricing? Unlikely – and in all fairness, they may want to prevent a race to the bottom, and keeping developers from dropping prices to 99 cents with desperate fire sales may be for the best. However, Amazon’s policy is solely in place to guarantee that their own store has the lowest prices. The stores should be looking out for the developer, not trying to take advantage or them, and this is an interesting issue that Because We May has brought to mind.

Because We May Sale Celebrates Developers’ Pricing Independence

Because We May Sale Celebrates Developers’ Pricing Independence

May 24, 2012

Indie developers from all over the world are putting their games on sale in celebration of a cause that some may take for granted: the freedom of developers to price their games as they wish without any outside interference. It’s the “Because We May” sale, running from May 24th to June 1st, and dozens of Android games are going on sale as part of this campaign.

Some notable titles include many of the games in previous Humble Indie Bundles, including Canabalt HD, World of Goo, and Anomaly: Warzone Earth HD, which are available for half-off or more. Shadowgun is available for $1.99 during the sale. Even Android-exclusive Android shmup All My Enemies is available for $0.99.

Worthy of note is that no one decided to do an anti-discount on Android like Michael Brough, who actually decided to raise the prices on his games for the sale as an interesting statement that he explains on his blog. Well, it’s his prerogative to do so!

All the links to download games are available from the Because We May Android page.

Where’s My Water? Available for Free on Amazon Appstore Today

While price drops to free may not necessarily be a good thing as far as justifying the price of paid apps, we here at Android Rundown would be remiss if a great freebie came along and our readers didn’t know about it. This one is a doozy, too. Disney’s physics puzzler Where’s My Water? is available for free today on the Amazon Appstore. This should prove to be a great bargain to new Android owners, especially those who have the Kindle Fire. This is one of the best mobile games of 2011, so every Android owner who hasn’t picked up the game yet should do so immediately. This is the second major free promotion for the game – Apple gave the iOS version away for free as part of a promotion on their Facebook page, which has also included other major titles like Jetpack Joyride and Bejeweled. The Amazon free promotion ends at around midnight Pacific time, so interested parties should click here to download immediately!

Android Publishers Getting in on the Holiday Sale Fun, Too

Android Publishers Getting in on the Holiday Sale Fun, Too

Sep 4, 2011

Over on the iOS App Store, any kind of significant holiday or important date is a cause for publishers to start dropping prices on their apps. Android hasn’t quite gotten into this fun, but Namco and Gameloft have launched a few sales in order to get Android users some low-cost games to enjoy on Labor Day.

Namco: All these games are currently on sale for half off their regular prices through 10:00 am PST on September 6th:

Isaac Newton’s Gravity: $0.99
More Brain Exercise: $1.49
Ms. Pac-Man: $1.49
Pac-Man Championship Edition: $1.49
Pac-Man: $1.49
Pool Pro Online 3: $1.49
TNA Wrestling Impact: $2.49

Gameloft: They’re doing something a little bit different from Namco. All of Gameloft’s games are available for $0.99, but not from the Android Market, only from Gameloft’s own store. Note that Gameloft is very picky about which devices can run which games, so a title may not be available for a phone or tablet, even if it would have sufficient hardware to run the game. Click here to see the (very sizable) list of games available from Gameloft’s store. As well, Gameloft is giving away a free game a day from their Twitter and Facebook pages.

Any developers with other sales? Leave a comment below or tweet @AndroidRundown to be possibly added to the list!