Perhaps that title doesn't sound like high praise, but playing games on your smartwatch is a generally distasteful business. I don't know that watch gaming is ever going to be a great experience, but Tales of Pocoro isn't bad. I've played it for a solid 10 minutes and I haven't grimaced with pain. I suppose that kind of makes it the best game for your Android Wear watch.
Tales Of Pocoro Is An Android Wear Game That Won't Immediately Make You Hate Yourself was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Although occasionally guilty of it ourselves, we’ll admit — smartphone unboxings aren’t always the funnest videos to watch. But alas, they’re a necessary evil, meant to give you a quick first look at what you can expect when you open up x device for yourself (and we typically mix in our first impressions to keep things interesting).
Earlier today, we saw what happens when you crack open an actual Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, exposing all the modular internals to the outside world. Now, the folks at Carphone Warehouse are giving us a more unconventional unboxing of the Z3, taking the phone deep underwater in their latest YouTube video. Given that the Xperia Z3 has an IP68 rating for water, it has absolutely no problem being submerged in 1.5 meters of water. You have to admit, that’s one killer feature.
Check out the video below and be sure to let us know what you think.
We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Sony Xperia Z3 and its smaller sibling, the Z3 Compact. Call us sick in the heads, but we take a certain amount of pleasure in watching the disassembly of these tiny pocket computers with the Sony Xperia Z3 being no different.
The phone is the subject of a new teardown by the folks at Ewisetech, giving us an up close look at everything that makes the Z3 tick. For interested parties, take a look at a few of the upcoming smartphone’s exposed parts down below.
Unsurprising, there’s not too much different from the older Z2 model (this ones got more rounded edges). The back plate is removed rather easily, using some kinda of foam insulation to keep a water tight seal. Once cracked open, inside you’ll find the use of Samsung RAM/ROM, and a handful of chips from Broadcom and Qualcomm on the exposed motherboard.
If nothing else, we were surprised at how clean and modular all the internal parts were, leaving us confident that replacing parts on the device shouldn’t be too troublesome. Fore more pictures, check out the source link below.
It's pretty impressive how quickly LEGO has transitioned from a conventional toy (sorry, versatile interlocking brick system) manufacturer into a media powerhouse, with entries touching every part of pop culture. Their latest game for Android is actually a port of an existing browser game, made using the ubiquitous Unity engine. LEGO Creator Islands lets players log into their LEGO ID account to continue play across the web and Android platforms, or just go it alone on mobile.
LEGO Adds Creator Islands To Its Growing Stable Of Kid-Friendly Building Games With No IAP was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Pushbullet has slowly grown into one of those Android applications we simply can’t live without. Recently, we saw updates that brought the ability to reply to our phone’s SMS messages straight from our computers, and even universal copy/paste. Again, we can’t say enough about the application and how it’s helped streamline our workflow.
In a new update rolling out for Pushbullet on the web, the service is now introducing something they’re calling “Channels.” It’s a little hard to describe, but we’d liken it to services like Yo, IFTTT or RSS where you can essentially subscribe to notification feeds via Pushbullet’s new web portal. Once subscribed, you’ll receive notifications when something like a website publishes a new post, or when the channel owner wants to notify subscribers about some important update.
While RSS feeds are naturally the most obvious type of Channel, Pushbullet describes a use case scenario where small businesses, groups, or even teachers need to send something to all their subscribers at once. Sure we have email, instant messaging, SMS, or just about any number of apps that do much of this already, but the fact that it’s so easy to set up and configure on an app we’re already using makes it useful enough to give it a shot.
You can get started making your own Channel here, or subscribe to the Phandroid channel here to get notified of new posts, or even receive notifications when our weekly wallpaper posts go live here. You can find all available Pushbullet Channels by visiting the link down below from your web browser.
Google Drive already supplies more storage space than the average student needs, but that hasn't stopped the company from raising the bar further. Today it announced Drive for Education, which it will provide to all Google Apps for Education customers at no extra charge. The primary perk of this new offering is unlimited storage space. Users will be able to upload individual files up to 5TB in size. Yes, you read that right--that's a single file that takes up more space than a regular Google Drive paid account can handle.
Google Announces Drive For Education, Supplies Schools And Students With Unlimited Cloud Storage was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
We already know that Android L will include new app user interfaces and fresh navigation buttons, but it looks like it’ll offer some refreshed status bar icons as well.
Some new Android L status bar icons and navigation buttons have been discovered by Myce. The site found a bug in the Chromium issue tracker that causes Chromium to crash, and when you look at the top and bottom of the bug in action, you can see the new icons.
Starting up top, we can see a solid Wi-Fi indicator as well as a new, smaller clock. The bottom of the display includes the same basic navigation button shapes, but they’re smaller in this new leak.
These new icons come from a build of Android L — LRW87D — that’s said to be just five days old. And while they’re not exactly huge changes, they do help to make Android L feel a bit more fresh and modern. Here’s to hoping that the whole thing gets pushed out to us soon so that we can continue to dig into its new goodies.
Via: Android Police
Today's Amazon Gold Box deal of the day can help anyone in need of a portable Bluetooth speaker save quite a bit of money. Creative Labs' Airwave speakers are currently reduced down to just $29.99. This is a savings of $70 off the MSRP. That's right, 70%. You don't see discounts like that often (or at least not as often as we'd like).
[Deal Alert] Creative Labs' Airwave Portable Bluetooth Speaker On Sale Today In Amazon Gold Box For Only $29.99 ($70 Savings) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
As part of the new rules that will require developers of paid apps to disclose an address, Google is also adding price ranges for in-app purchases to the Play Store. The change was set to go into effect today, according to Google, and sure enough the Play Store client on phones and tablets is showing the cost of in-app purchases in apps. However, it's literally only the price range.
[Update: Live On Web Too] Google Begins Showing In-App Purchase Price Ranges In The Play Store, But No Details On Individual IAPs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The other half of Google's Play Store policy changes looks to be going into effect alongside the new in-app purchase price ranges. Developers who have added their addresses to the dev console will now see them posted on the public Play Store page for all to see. This bit of info is in the expanded information section with the changelog and IAP prices. It's currently only showing up in the Android client, but the web store probably won't be far behind.
[Update: Live On Web Too] Google Has Started Listing Developer Addresses Publicly In The Play Store As Promised was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
In a followup to previous posts in which we highlighted some controversial new changes making their way to the Google Play Store — namely, developers being required to display their home/business address in app listings, and pricing for in-app purchases finally being a thing — it looks like both are now live on Google Play.
While showing the price ranges for apps and games with in-app purchases is being lauded (still sucks that individual items aren’t shown), it’s the address portion that’s leaving some with a bad taste in their mouths. What’s the big deal? Well, the Google Play Store (once Android Market) was built on the backs of smaller indie developers — the same developers who may or may not have the money to afford an office or workspace away from home.
With their addresses now in plain view on all of their app listings, you can see how this could potentially create a weird situation if fallen into the wrong hands. What kind of weird situation you ask? Android developer Koushik Dutta of Clockwork Mod fame sheds some light on this subject with a brief anecdote on his Google+ page. The post describes a “creepy” situation he encountered after a disgruntled customer showed up to his place of residence.
“A few years ago, some guy bricked his Galaxy SomethingOrOther by flashing the wrong recovery. He started messaging me on Google Talk, and then on IRC asking for help. I told him I was not tech support, and that he shouldn’t have flashed the wrong recovery hoping it would work. I said to use Odin and find a debrick guide.
He knew I lived in Seattle, and said we could meet up for me to fix it. I declined. Twenty minutes later… I receive a call. It’s this guy, begging for help. I tell him that’s totally inappropriate, and that he needs to stop.
After I got off the call, I realized that the call was made from the call box downstairs, outside my building.”
We should note: the above stated situation occurred before Google’s new Play Store policies and wasn’t a result of the new changes. While it’s true, technically anyone could grab a developer’s addresses by making an app or game purchase and viewing their Google Wallet receipt, the fact that it’s now openly made public online is still a legitimate concern for some.
It’s being speculated Google was forced to go this route to stay in accordance with European laws and for the most part we get it. But it’s still unclear if developers can simply use a PO Box, UPS address, or if a physical home or business address is absolutely mandatory. What we do know is developers have 30 days to comply with Google’s request starting today, or run the risk of having their apps/games removed from Google Play.
Previous Best Games of the Month
Another month bites the dust. September is officially ending, and with it has gone the last traces of summer. The good news is there were quite a few excellent new games this month. As the weather gets a little cooler you can stay inside and play games on your phone. Suddenly Fall doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Check out our list of the best games you may have missed from September. Enjoy!Angry Birds Stella
“You know, we could use some more Angry Birds games.” I’m not sure if anyone has actually said that, but the folks at Rovio sure think so. Angry Birds Stella is yet another special edition of the same ol’ Angry Birds game. In this version you can only use the female bird characters. That’s pretty much it.Asphalt Overdrive
Just like Rovio keeps making new Angry Birds games, Gameloft has pumped out yet another Asphalt title. Asphalt Overdrive is a mission-based arcade driving game with a retro style. Unlock and drive 30 high-performance, fully licensed vehicles such as the iconic Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari Testarossa. Challenge yourself in 7 different mission types: Escape the cops, defeat bosses, avoid obstacles, and perform impressive stunts while you race.Beach Buggy Racing
Beach Buggy Racing is the sequel to Beach Buggy Blitz. Drive into an action-packed, surprise-filled world of off-road kart racing mayhem. Race against a field of rival drivers, each with unique personalities and special abilities. Build a collection of crazy powerups, like Dodgeball Frenzy, Fireball, and Oil Slick. With 6 different game modes there is tons of fun to be had.Boogey Boy
Boogey Boy is a 3D side-scrolling runner. It’s time for bed and the boogeyman is out to get you. Can you escape your nightmares? Escape the boogeyman by collecting batteries to activate your flashlight. Play through the boy’s dreamworlds, dodging strange and bizarre enemies. Activate special power-ups to help the boy escape from the terrors of the night.BombSquad
In BombSquad you can blow up your friends in mini-games ranging from capture-the-flag to hockey. With tons of explosions, advanced ragdoll face-plant physics, pirates, ninjas, barbarians, and insane chefs, there is something for everyone. BombSquad supports network-play as well as 8 player local multiplayer so all your friends can get in on the action.Cardinal Quest 2
Cardinal Quest 2 is an approachable, yet challenging, roleplaying game. Dive into dangerous dungeons with unique characters and climb the leaderboards. Explore challenging dungeons, encounter dangerous enemies, and grow in power as you progress. You can choose your characters class and customize with spells and special items.CounterSpy
In CounterSpy your job is to stop a crazed superpower from launching deadly nuclear missiles. As a budding Agent for C.O.U.N.T.E.R, jump into action, stealthily sabotage dastardly plans and deceptively maintain world peace. The game is packed with stylized Cold War-era visuals and smooth side‐scrolling cover‐based shooting gameplay.Dragon Quest
After having launched Dragon Quest 4 for Android last month, Square Enix wants to add more of the series to Google Play’s catalog. The company has released the original Dragon Quest game, giving us a touch-equipped rendition of the game that started it all. The $3 download gives you access to the entirety of the game as it was released with no in-app nonsense to be had.Goat Simulator
The bizarre Goat Simulator has been released to the Play Store this month. What the crap is Goat Simulator, you ask? Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally come true! It’s pretty much just a joke.Interstellar
Usually movie games are not very good, but Paramount actually did a good job with Interstellar. Create and customize your own unique solar system with planets, moons, asteroids and more. Explore a universe of fan-generated solar systems and black holes in the Interstellar experience. See how far you can pilot the Endurance without running out of fuel or losing time relative to Earth. Sling-shot through solar systems using real-world physics and gravitational forces.Just Dance Now
The world’s most popular dance game is now available on your phone. Just Dance Now uses your phone as a controller for the game on your browser. Simply launch the game from the Just Dance website and use your phone to track your dance moves. It’s a neat new way to play Just Dance.Light In The Dark
In this unique game you must help the Totems find their adorable lost children. In order to do this you must solve light bending, color blending puzzle game. The Totems shine brightly as you are tasked with solving each challenging and fun-filled scenario! Move boxes, slide lenses and adjust mirrors so the Totem’s light can awaken the slumbering babies.Phantom Rift
Phantom Rift is an adventure/RPG with a unique battle system, hundreds of spells to collect and use, endless equipment combinations to customize your wizard with, and much more. The Phantom Rift is a dark, ethereal world filled with mystery and powerful magic. You don’t know how or why you are there, only that you must find a way back to the True World at any and all costs.The Nightmare Cooperative
The Nightmare Cooperative is a strategic adventure where you lead a group of unlikely comrades through some rather difficult situations. Your village has fallen on hard times, and it’s up to you to bring back some gold. It’s a puzzle game where all the characters move together, but they have separate skills. Every playthrough will be a different experience.Nimble Squiggles
Nimble Squiggles is a casual puzzle game where you use your finger to get squiggles to a funnel and escape the levels. One of key concepts of the game is matching colors. Each squiggle has a specific color. Squiggle can only pass through the lane of the same color. The same idea of color-matching applies to the funnels, gravity points and other interactive objects. If you like challenging puzzles you will like this game.R.G.B.
R.G.B. is a unique game that combines Temple Run with Guitar Hero. Tap the screen to arrange the buddies in the correct order to match their colors. It’s simple, very addicting, and only requires one finger to play. The music is pretty cool too.Spider-man Unlimited
Swing into a hand-drawn, action-packed arcade adventure game that feels like it came straight from a comic book. Unite every hero in the Spider-man universe against the ultimate threat of the Sinister Six, who have opened a dimensional portal in New York to summon endless versions of themselves. The Sinister Six are moving from dimension to dimension, destroying each one. It’s your job to save ours.Star Wars: Commander
The best game to come from September might be Star Wars: Commander. Charge into battle on distant planets, and lead your troops to victory in this action-packed, combat strategy game. Build a base, recruit an unstoppable force, and challenge players across the Star Wars universe. Where does your allegiance lie? Will you side with the Empire’s strength and relentlessness, or the Rebellion’s heroism and resourcefulness?Unmechanical
Unmechanical is all about the adventure of a little helicopter trapped in a strange, but fascinating world. Help him through to discover the secrets of the world. Unmechanical is a puzzle adventure that combines tricky puzzle solving, alluring exploration, and an engrossing atmosphere. Set in a fantastic world of flesh, rock and steel, your journey to freedom requires you to solve a great variety of puzzling challenges.
When I think about browsing from a mobile device, my main concerns are reliability and speed. Can I access all of the content that I’ll come across given my traditional browsing routines? Trusting that I’ll be able to click links and know that my browser is capable of interpreting the content without having to go to a PC or open an alternate app is a real point of importance. How fast will I be able to access the content? I don’t want to wait around for standard pages and videos to load, forcing me to miss precious moments or bottle-necking my day. If a browser handles speed and reliability with competence, I’m a buyer. I recently tried Baidu Browser and can assure you that it delivers on both fronts.
Installation was relatively simple. There were a few added steps in the process that I felt could have been streamlined, such as installing its T5 engine on top of the initial application installation. It only added another 60 seconds to the process, including the required restart, so nothing to be too turned off by. The user interface is soft, clean, and easy on the eyes. It felt “fresh”, if an app could ever be visually described in such a way. Browsing was easy and intuitive. I was impressed with the integrated security which warned of malicious websites and content. I could really see this hitting home for folks with past experiences of identity theft or fraud.
Thanks to its built-in T5 engine, I did notice a slight speed advantage over my stock Android browser. I wouldn’t say it was anything, on its own, to cause you to convert but, given the other benefits, definitely starts the conversation. The quick links and most visited sections made accessing common pages very simple and could come in handy for users who have a browsing pattern. Privacy mode works much like incognito mode and is equally adept at hiding your history. One thing I loved was the night-mode which makes it easier to read or browse in the dark and conserves battery life. While it may seem trivial, I also really grew to appreciate and rely upon the integrated weather reporting. I found it to be a nice touch to the browsing experience and the devil, as they say, is in the details.
This browser does a lot of things right and very few, if any, things wrong. Over a half-million positive reviews on Google Play certainly back up that claim. If you’ve outgrown your stock browser, want more functionality, or simply want to breathe new life into your browsing experience, Baidu Browser is a safe, reliable, and speedy solution.
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Reports have surfaced about the Note 4 after it has launched in Korea that surround a gap that seems to be between the screen and the metal trim, large enough to be noticeable.
Whilst it seems that the issue is only affecting a few devices at the moment, Samsung actually addresses the issue in the manual for the Galaxy Note 4 under the troubleshooting section.
A small gap appears around the outside of the device case
So whilst it seems only a few devices are reported to be problematic, it seems that it is actually a required manufacturing feature, and is actually a characteristic of the device.
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The Moto 360 has been quite popular, and as a result, it’s been hard to find in stock anywhere. Luckily, Motorola sent a tweet today to inform everyone that the Moto 360 is back in stock on its website! Of course, with demand being high, they might disappear at any time, so get yours as soon as possible. It looks like both black and silver are available.
If you prefer to go the Best Buy route, the smartwatch is available there too, but only in silver. Motorola may be the better way to buy, especially since they also offer free shipping.
If you’re still on the fence about the Moto 360, make sure to check out our first impressions of the device to help make up your mind. And if you’re ready to make the purchase, hit the source link and grab yours!
HTC has updated its Sense TV app more than a few times since dropping the app into the Play Store, really highlighting the benefits of separating app updates from new firmware releases. On the other side of the coin, the changes in each of these updates aren't particularly drastic. They're not going to win you over if you're not a regular Sense TV user, but they're nice to see if you are.
Latest HTC Sense TV App Update Scores A Number Of Sports-Related Enhancements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Humble Bundle for PC and Mobile 11 was already a good deal with 10 total games if you paid $11 or more, but the deal is getting even good-er now that three more games have been added. The new arrivals are Quest of Dungeons, Don't Move, and Space Chem. If you already bought the bundle, check your download link. The new titles should already be there. As for everyone else, we have some codes to give away.
Quest of Dungeons, Don't Move, and Space Chem Added To Humble Bundle For PC And Mobile 11—And We've Got 10 Free Codes To Give Away was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Not everyone is able to get service with the Verizons, AT&Ts, Sprints and T-Mobiles of the world. For those folks, some good news has arrived — US Cellular will be carrying the LG G3 starting in October. The carrier didn’t have any detailed release date information to reveal, though we do learn that it’ll be offered for $0 down for those on US Cellular’s Shared Connect plans.
That particular route will tie you to a commitment of paying the device off in full in 24 monthly installments, though you do get the option of trading the device in for a new one every 12 months. Not too bad if you like to switch smartphones every year. Be sure to check out our LG G3 review to figure out if it’s a good device to commit money and at least a year of your wireless freedom to, and stay tuned as we’ll be fishing for the final release date in the weeks to come.
This week’s Android deals include sweet savings on the Super AMOLED-equipped Galaxy Tab S, your one-stop shop for password management, and classic 90s albums at vintage prices. Act quick. These deals are here today, but they could be gone tomorrow.Hardware & Accessories
Take 30% off the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and unleash the beast that is the tablet’s high resolution Super AMOLED display. Normally priced at $549, the Tab S is available through eBay for $379.99 with free shipping. Also available is the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 for an affordable $339. [eBay]
Snag a Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX for $120 and get a piece of the name that started it all. The Droid Razr Maxx is one in a long line of popular Droid handsets from Verizon, and while it’s a couple years old at this point this refurbished edition is still a perfectly capable Android smartphone. [eBay]
Take flight with the $75 Micro Drone and wrest control of the skies. With a built-in camera, this little remote control flyer is one of the most fun and most affordable quad-rotor drones on the market. Normally close to twice the price, you save 46%. [AndroidArea]
Double your data at AT&T from now through the end of October. Sign up for a new AT&T plan at regular price and see your data allowance multiplied by two for the length of your stay at AT&T. Prices start at $130 for 30GB (normally 15GB) of shareable data. [AT&T]
Save 70% on Creative Airwave Portable Bluetooth Speaker and go wireless while you jam out to your favorite tunes. Normally $100, today only you can grab this mighty little sound machine for only $29.99. [Amazon]Apps & Games
Manage all of your passwords with Dashlane Premium, only $49.99, and keep your passwords secure across multiple platforms. With apps for Android, iOS, and desktop encrypt and manage your login credentials for all your sites and services. [AndroidArea]
Become an elite Android hacker with this discounted bundle featuring 74 lectures and over 10 hours of educational content. Learn about app development, Java, and hacking techniques to test the stability and security of your newly created software. All available for only $39. [AndroidArea]Apps
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Students that use Google Apps for Education are in for a treat. Google is now rolling out a new set of features for Google Apps for Education that includes a new unlimited storage plan for Google Drive. Yes, the only limit you’ll have to deal with is a 5TB size limit per file.
All students that are currently using Google Apps for Education will be getting Drive for Education for free, along with two other features: Google Apps Vault is a search and archive tool that will keep information from your email, chat and storage to easily search through and sort, and Enhanced Auditing offers auditing tools for those who need them.
It’s great to see Google focusing on offering more free services to students. If you’re a student, these features will be rolling out over the coures of the next few months, with unlimited storage coming first in the next few weeks. Are you a student, and are you excited?