If you're a dedicated shooter player, you know that the experience doesn't easily translate to mobile games. Glu's Frontline Commando gets around this by discarding free movement and switching to a completely cover-based system, smartly freeing up the limited controls for aiming and weapon management. The sequel just landed in the Play Store as a free download. Yes, this is a free game with in-app purchases - if that's a problem for you, you can stop reading right here and start drafting your snarky and dismissive comment now.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
[New Game] Glu's Frontline Commando 2 Mixes Cover-Based Shooting With Squad Management And The Usual IAP Grind was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Samsung on Wednesday confirmed the U.S. availability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2. Priced at $649.99 at major retailers, the tablet offers 32GB of storage and includes more than $800 worth of bundled content through Galaxy Perks. Retail outlets expected to carry the tablet include Samsung.com, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry’s, and Newegg.See more details | FindTheBest
Nickelodeon has released no shortage of apps into the Play Store, but the kid-targeted network's latest offering is more of a one-stop shop. Inside the new Nick app, youngsters can find full episodes available for streaming, bite-sized games to occupy their time with, the ability to vote in polls, and other forms of original content. I grew up watching Nickelodeon, and if your kid is doing the same, this might just pique their interest.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
[New App] Nickelodeon Releases Official Android App Complete With Full Episodes, Games, And Original Content was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Android 4.4.2 update is hitting yet another version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, this time on T-Mobile. The update clocks in at 495.74MB and will be the first significant update to T-Mobile's Note 3 since release late last year.
T-Mobile has yet to update its official support docs with a changelog or OTA status, but we've already gotten a few tips that the OTA is rolling out. Check the update menu to see if you can manually pull it down, otherwise it shouldn't be too long.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Now Getting The KitKat Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
If you’re a Nexus 5 owner then you’ll know about the bug which causes the phone’s CPU to be maxed out when using the camera, resulting in high battery drain. According to a post by Google on the company’s issues tracker, it seems Google have isolated the issue and will be issuing a fix shortly.
The bug is caused by something called “mm-qcamera-daemon” which causes high battery consumption, and since this process is related to handling camera data, it means that third-party apps can trigger it, so it’s not constrained to an operating system calling function.
According to Google, one particular offender is Skype, which seems to be accessing the camera regularly from the background and by doing so is triggering that bug. We’ll ignore why Skype is trying to access the camera without you knowing…
As mentioned, Google has found a fix for the bug and is bundling it in the next maintenance version of Android, most likely 4.4.3. Until then, the only fix is to reboot the device, and Google are recommending that removing Skype may relieve the issue.
The more significant point is that this bug may not be constrained to Nexus devices, since third-party apps are able to call the camera, so KitKat devices running a Qualcomm chip for camera processing, like the Galaxy Note 3, are also most likely affected. Unfortunately a fix will have to go via the manufacturer for these devices, so may delay the patch being delivered to your non-Nexus device.
If you think you’ve been hit by this bug, drop us a comment below.
[Via Google Issue Tracker]
Samsung has just officially announced availability details for the Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2. We’ve learned that the device will be available starting March 9th, and you’ll be able to grab it from a few different sources. Amazon.com and Samsung’s own store are good places to start, while those who still prefer brick and mortar can find it at Best Buy and Walmart. Other places to buy are Fry’s, PC Richard and Sons, Tiger Direct and Newegg.
The Tab Pro 12.2 starts at $649.99, though that alarming price tag doesn’t come without the internals to match. You’ll get a 2560 x 1600 12.2-inch display, Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa-Core 5420 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (which can be expanded with a microSD card) and more. Also adding to its price tag is the fact that it comes with up to $800 worth of content, apps and services, though we aren’t yet sure what all of that consists of.
The Tab Pro 12.2 joins devices already available in the 2014 family of “Pro” tablets from Samsung, including the Tab Pro 8.4 and 10.1, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Be sure to find links to buy all of those right here. If you’re interested in the 12.2 Tab Pro then you can swing by on March 9th for all the links you need to buy it.
Last week we noted that Samsung had published the source code for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3′s Android 4.4 update, a move that suggested that the official update may not be far off. It turns out that that was indeed the case, as several users on the T-Mobile and xda-developers forums are reporting that KitKat update is now making its way to the Magenta-flavored Note 3.
The update is a hefty one, weighing in at 495.74MB. Once installed, the Galaxy Note 3 will be on Android 4.4.2 and software version KOT49H.N900TUVUCNB4. Neither Samsung nor T-Mobile have posted an official changelog for the update yet, but Sammy has previously said that its KitKat update includes upgraded Google apps and a “more intuitive user interface,” complete with white status bar icons.
The T-Mobile Note 3′s Android 4.4.2 update comes to us a couple of weeks after the Sprint and U.S. Cellular Note 3 models began receiving their own KitKat bumps. It’s nice to be able to cross another device off of the list of Galaxy phones awaiting their update to 4.4, and hopefully the updates for other U.S. Note 3 variants will be along shortly. Until then, you T-Mo Note 3 folk can check for your helping of KitKat by going into Settings > General > About device > Software update.
Pebble is releasing a new upgrade to the beta firmware for Android users. This brings us up to Beta11, and to hear Pebble tell it, “it fixes the most annoying bugs.” Because, you know, getting those fixed are kind of important. The list isn’t terribly massive, but here’s what they’ve been able to clean up for those who were experiencing some troubling issues in Beta10:
They’ve also said this upgrade significantly improves stability, which is something we always like to hear. The upgrade doesn’t come without minor pitfalls, though, as Pebble has noted that a known issue does still exist.
Namely, some users may experience issues pairing their smart watch with their smartphone while onboarding. The quick fix, at least until they address the issue in a future upgrade, is to exit the Pebble app, remove the pairing settings from your Pebble and Android app, then pair the devices manually.
Pebble is currently gathering feedback from the great community surrounding the device, so be sure to sign up and drop your thoughts if you run into any issues or have any suggestions for improvement (but, of course, not before downloading the latest Beta APK right here).
If you’re one of the many folks who enjoy streaming their browser tabs to Chromecast in Google Chrome for desktop, then you’l want to get your hands on the latest upgrade to Chrome Beta for Android. As of version 34, Google has added a hidden option that allows you to enable Chromecast streaming.
You can use it to stream anything you’re currently doing in any tab, such as watching a YouTube video or a movie on HBO Go. And although it’s hidden, the feature is quite easy to enable. Take heed to these simple and quick instructions:
You should see a screen like the one in the shot to the right. Of course, it’s worth noting that this feature is considered experimental, so you shouldn’t expect things to work 100% right just yet.
We imagine you wouldn’t be on beta if you didn’t expect that, though, so it probably doesn’t even need to be said. If you’re all set then be sure to head to the Google Play Store and grab the latest upgrade as soon as possible.
As an Android-specific site, you might say we're a bit biased when it comes to some of the non-essential services built into apps. Seeing an app that allows a universal Facebook sign-in option, but not a Google alternative, really gets on our thungas. Case in point: popular magazine-style news reader Flipboard. Before the latest update, you could only access the service by signing into a new account the old-fashioned way or using Facebook.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Flipboard Update Finally Adds A Google+ Option For Signup And Login was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Ready for more quality, cheap gaming? The humble folks at Humble Bundle have dropped a new mobile bundle, giving us six new titles that should keep you busy for quite some time. You’ll name your own price for the following six games (though you’ll have to pay more than the average of the $3.62 to receive the last two):
Unfortunately, unlike typical bundles, these don’t come with accompanying DRM-free soundtracks. The games themselves are DRM-free, though, and can be easily accessed through the official Humble Bundle app for Android.
Of course, you’ll have to act soon-ish to make sure you don’t miss out, as this will only be available for the next two weeks. There’s a chance more games can be added, as well, so even if you don’t anticipate playing the last two games on the aforementioned list you’ll still want to pay more than the average to get any additional games they might add. Head here to take advantage.
Pandora hasn't added any dramatic features to the music streaming app since the big interface change and Chromecast support, but they have been putting in small but noticeable changes on a pretty regular basis. Today's update to version 5.2 focuses on expanding some of the latest functionality to tablets and expanding the sleep timer and alarm clock.
Pandora 5.2 Adds Alarm And Sleep Timer To Tablet Interface, Plus New Notification Options was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Recently I got my hands on a new case for the Moto X and like I have said before, I am not a case kinda guy. I despise having a brick in my pocket, because I really do enjoy the sleek size of my Moto X. Not to mention, the wood back I payed extra for so I can “stand out” from the crowd. However, the Seido Dilex with its tough as nails metal kickstand is really growing on me. So lets get to it:
What we got:
Overall, the case is fantastic. It provides me with a medium level of protection, which gives me peace of mind, although I do miss seeing my custom Moto X. This is what I must come to grips with if I want to provide a decent level of protection for my phone.
Seido has done a fantastic job, yet again, by providing a case that is easily removable from your pocket or placed in your belt holster without sacrificing too much in the daily use of your phone. I am currently using the Dilex and would highly recommend anyone looking for a decent case from a reputable manufacturer.
Lets talk money, the Dilex combo will set you back around 40 bucks on Amazon,or if you’re not into holsters you can pick up just the case for 26 bucks. I feel that the case is definitely worth the money and if you are big into belt holsters, you will not be disappointed either.
The post Seido Dilex Combo with Metal Kickstand for Moto X Review appeared first on AndroidGuys.
The Android Beta App for the latest Pebble 2.0 has just been updated to version 11 and it seems a lot of the teething issues that users were originally experiencing have been ironed out.
Pebble are saying there is still one known outstanding issue which is yet to be fixed:
You can download the latest version 11 of the Android Beta App here.
You may remember the controversy that was caused when it was discovered that Samsung had implemented code in the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 which boosted their benchmark scores in an attempt to falsify the performance of the device. It seems that Samsung has chosen to remove this offending code in the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update for the devices.
Scores run on the 4.4 KitKat build of the devices came up short when compared to the same benchmark test conducted on the Jelly Bean variation of the device. The single-core score went from 682 to 674 and the multi-core score dropped from 2114 to 1913.
It seems that Samsung’s KitKat builds have had the ‘com.sec.android.app.twdvfs’ package removed, which was previously present and suggested at being responsible for this performance-boosting result.
Perhaps Samsung learnt their lesson? Despite fudging the benchmark results, the devices are still some of the quickest on the market.
The post Galaxy S4 and Note 3 KitKat update removes benchmark-improving code appeared first on AndroidGuys.
For quite a while, the Chromecast was a very limited device. Not many apps supported it, so it was not as easy of a buy as it is now. Still, for only $35 it was a fantastic buy and not overly limited considering what you were paying. But ever since the Chromecast SDK opened up to the public, we’ve been seeing new apps adding support constantly.
Surprisingly, the latest app to add Chromecast support is a Google app. Chrome Beta for Android has gained support for the little streaming device in the 34th version, though it’s in an experimental state and needs to be enabled using flags. This feature allows HTML5 videos to be streamed to the Chromecast using the browser itself, so sites like Vimeo and more are now technically able to be streamed.
Unfortunately, this feature does seem to be a bit buggy at the moment. This is expected, as it’s not only in Chrome Beta, but hidden in the flags menu. Still, you should give it a shot! Update the app using the widget below, head to chrome://flags in the browser, and search for “Enable experimental Chromecast support.” Enable that and you should see the icon to stream to Chromecast in videos. Tell us how you like this feature!(Playboard) | (Play Store)
If you were to look back about a year, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was just coming out into reviewers hands. Though the device had almost identical specifications to many other flagships of other makes, the Galaxy S4 benchmarked a bit better. This was later found to be code put in by Samsung to force the CPU to maximum speed during benchmark activity, artificially boosting benchmark numbers.
This approach didn’t lie about how powerful the hardware was, it just pushed the hardware harder than it is usually pushed. While not a particularly fair or nice thing to do, it was irrelevant in the end because benchmarks really don’t matter. Soon after, the whole ordeal was forgotten and life went on.
However, the short period of outrage apparently did spark some change. According to benchmark results and a developer examining the code, the new KitKat updates for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 removes that benchmark boosting code, letting the devices be naturally benchmarked.
Again, this is absolutely unimportant and won’t make a difference to those who own the devices. They won’t perform any different. However, this is hopefully an indication of Samsung’s stance for the future. Hopefully the company won’t be pulling anything like this again.
If you're entrenched in Adobe's creative ecosystem, or just want to try a new photo editing and storage solution for your mobile devices, you may be interested to learn that the company has brought an official Revel app to the Play Store.
[New App] Adobe Revel Comes To The Play Store To Provide Adobe-Flavored Photo Sharing (And Editing) On The Go was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
After last week’s soak test tipped us off to the impending update, Android 4.4.2 is now officially available for the Sprint Motorola Moto X. The update isn’t a huge bump from the previous Android 4.4 update, but does manage to squash a few bugs while managing to increase battery life. Here’s what Moto X users on Sprint can look forward to when the 156.5MB update hits their device:
Software build: 161.44.32.ghost_sprint.Sprint.en.US
And now we wait on AT&T, the only US carrier left to update the Moto X to Android 4.4.2
If you haven’t been prompted yet, you can manually pull the update by jumping into your Settings app, scroll down to “About Phone,” then select “System Updates” > “Download” > and finally, “Install.” Just be careful when using Skype or other apps that utilize your phone’s camera, we hear there was a nasty camera bug that managed to find its way into Android 4.4.2. Cheers!
There’s a nasty little bug some users have been experiencing since updating their Nexus 5′s (and other devices) to Android 4.4.2. The big involves the camera application in Android 4.4.2 that when either opened by the user or triggered in the background from another app (Skype for instance), causes the device’s CPU to max out, resulting in abnormally high battery drain.
It’s not a good time for anyone, but try not to worry too much because Google is hot on the case. They’ve officially acknowledged the issue in their bug tracking forum and have promised to address this issues (and others) in a future maintenance update (likely Android 4.4.3).
Keep in mind that Google was only able to verify this issue on the Nexus 5 and recommends that Android users with other devices report the bug to their respective manufacturers. This has to due to with custom Android software (Sense, TouchWiz) that could also be triggering the camera bug, and will need to be addressed separately.
To find out if you have the bug, you’ll need to jump into your Settings > Battery and check to see if “mm-qcamera-daemon” is consuming a good chuck of your battery percentage. If it is, a reboot is said to help but it’s only a temporary fix. Also, uninstalling apps like Skype, Tango, etc. that use the camera may also help. It’s not the best solution, but it might be your only option until Android 4.4.3 is pushed out sometime in the future.
Anyone notice camera hijinks affecting their device after updating to Android 4.4.2?