While it’s not the full version of the game, Angry Birds Lite Beta is now available in the Android Market. This game pits you, a slingshot, and a handful of angry birds against various obstacles. Your goal is to use your trigonometry skills to shoot the birds via the slingshot into the obstacles, and obliterate the other side. It’s morbidly addictive — and a lot cooler than I make it out to be.
When you head to the Market, you’ll want to look for “Angry Birds Lite Beta” by “Rovio Mobile”. It’s free. I mention this because [...]
With Apple CEO Steve Jobs arguing that Flash on a mobile device would not deliver acceptable performance for the user, the ensuing war between the two Silicon Valley tech giants have led to Apple evangelizing HTML 5 as an alternative to interactive content, browser-embedded videos, and games and advertising for mobile. However, the war is far from over as Google, which is a supporter of HTML 5, has stood behind Adobe and the Motorola Droid 2 has become the first device to launch with Google’s Android 2.2 operating system, which brings with it native Flash 10.1 for Mobile support [...]
Popular iPhone game studio OpenFeint is bridging the iPhone-Android gap by bringing cross-platform social gaming compatibility. iPhone and Android friends and connected gamers can now use their respective platforms to play against each other once they receive an SMS or email game invite from a friend in their address book. The studio has offered a number of titles on the iOS platform and the latest move to bring cross-platform social gaming is a result of OpenFeint’s push into bringing some of its popular titles to Android Market, the official Android applications [...]
Microsoft has announced 50 Xbox Live gaming titles for Windows Phone 7,from studios such as Konami, Gameloft, Popcap, THQ, Digital Goldfish, Microsoft Game Studios, Glu Mobile, Carbonated Games and more. Microsoft is saying that this is just the beginning and that additional titles will be added over time.
Engadget Mobile, which had gotten a preview of some of the games, including titles such as Castlevania, Halo: Waypoint, Star Wars, Crackdown, and Guitar Hero, has posted their impressions, which are positive.
You can visit Engadget for the videos. [...]
webOS recently got an update to firmware version 1.4.5, which brings to the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi a 3D gaming experience. According to PreCentral, even the Palm Pixi’s gaming experience is good, despite having a more limited processor than its more capable sibling, the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus. The Pixi is said to have a more limited frame rate in game play, but the over all experience is good.
A great feature with Android is the ability for device manufactures to implement their own “skin” to work in their device(s). We’ve seen this in the form of HTC Sense on HTC phones, and, Dell has also followed suit with the release of the Dell Streak Android Tablet. In Part 1 of our Software Overview on the Dell Streak, we showed you Dell’s custom interface.
Well, now it’s time to run some tests and check out how a few highly used apps perform on the Dell Streak. First, we check out how fast the YouTube app loads. Next, we look at how well the [...]
If you need to pass some time and are into airplanes, dogfights, and accelerometers (and honestly, who isn’t?), Winds of Steel is just the app you’ve been looking for! Be forewarned, this game is addictive!
Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I’d like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day.
As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I’ve owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. [...]
Let’s say you’ve got one of the “higher-end” Android’s on the market today (Nexus One, HTC Desire, or Samsung Galaxy S, EVO, Droid X, etc.). Let’s also say that you like PlayStation games. Would you like to play your PS/1 games on your Android? Luckily, that’s well within the realm of possibilities!
First up, you’re going to need the psx4droid app, available in the Market for US$5.99.
Second, you’ll need to load up the PS/1 bios. We’re assuming, of course, that you’ve backed this up from the PS/1 that you [...]
HTC has become a powerhouse in manufacturing Android powered devices. They have created a device to fit practically every form factor, budget, and cellular network type. HTC has now set their sights on the budget friendly market with the release of the HTC Wildfire. Typically, in order to create a lower-priced device, manufacturers must sacrifice some quality or features. We can’t help but be curious to see as to whether or not HTC puts a mark on its reputation for quality with the Wildfire. Read on to find out in our full review of the HTC Wildfire!
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Our software overview part 1 video gave you a tour into the HTC Sense skin that the HTC Wildfire utilizes for navigation. In this next video, we compare how well the HTC Wildfire performs against one of its big brothers, the HTC EVO 4G. As mentioned in the hardware overview, the Wildfire has a 528mhz processor, whereas the EVO is equipped with a 1Ghz processor. The EVO is also equipped with a better GPU and more available RAM.
Below, we run through a series of comparison tests with these two devices including gaming, loading YouTube videos, and social networking applications. [...]
We’ve reported on FpseCE for Windows Mobile a few times in the past, but now Android users can join the Sony PlayStation Emulator fun with PSX4Droid 1.0. The much anticipated Sony PlayStation Emulator, created by ZodTTD, was released on the Android Market late last night and judging by the videos below, it looks solid for a first release.
PSX4Droid is listed for “high-end Androids” and can be purchased for $5.99 on the Android Market. You’ll need a PS BIOS file and ROMs in order to take advantage of the emulator. Check out the gameplay videos of Need for [...]
Part 1 of our software overview gave you a look at navigating through Sony’s custom user interface on the X10 Mini. Just slapping any old version of Android onto the smallest smartphone would not suffice. Sony’s skinned version of Android 1.6 does the job very well and makes the X10 Mini very usable, even by the most skeptical.
In part 2 of our software overview, we venture further into the software making up the X10 Mini. We take a look at the social networking applications, the browser, and we also look at the video playback capability. Surprisingly, for such a [...]
Gameloft is giving away one of its more popular Android games, Let’s Golf HD, to HTC EVO 4G and Nexus One owners. Let’s Golf HD is a classic arcade style golfing game, which can be quite fun. It features 63 holes in 4 distinct locations, 4 customizable characters, and advanced/casual control modes. The offer is only available for a limited time, so grab it as soon as you can if you’re interested. Visit Gameloft’s EVO 4G or Nexus One page to receive your complimentary copy (US only). Check out the short trailer below to see it in action.
In part 1 of our software comparison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S we scratched the surface of the software performance of each of the two devices. In our hardware comparison video we gave you a look at the differences and the similarities of the hardware specs and size each of these two devices features.
In part 2 of our software comparison, we finish off our coverage by taking a look at the YouTube application, game play performance, virtual keyboard, and general navigation through the home-screen system.
The YouTube application seems to load faster [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S with its Hummingbird CPU combines the power of a PowerVR chip onboard to deliver the best graphics performance on Android so far. The Galaxy S, also known as the Vibrant, Fascinate, Captivate, and Epic 4G in the US, is said to have three times the graphics performance of many smartphones, and that statement seems to be true when Android and Me ran their benchmark, which shows the Galaxy S to be the graphics leader followed by the Motorola Droid X.
Performance on the Galaxy S is obtained with a 45 nm CPU custom designed by Samsung along with a newer PowerVR [...]
The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini is truly a unique smartphone. With a form-factor unlike any other Android device, our final review is sure to be very interesting. So, check it out below!
If you have already seen our video coverage you can skip to the bottom of the page and watch the final video review.
This device was created with the idea of single-handed operation in mind. Due to this, Sony has created a custom user interface for the X10 Mini. Users can easily swipe left and right through the menu system. Navigation is literally a breeze. Despite the [...]
Mattel, the world’s largest toy company, has partnered with chipmaker Qualcomm to use its new augmented reality (AR) software development kit (SDK), to do some really cool things.
At the recent Uplinq keynote, Qualcomm’s Dr. Paul Jacobs and Mattel’s Peter Marx demonstrated what could become a new line of games featuring “iconic Mattel brands”, such as Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. It’s only fitting that “Robots” would be the first game displayed on Android.
Have you ever found yourself waiting for a plane, train, or automobile and wanted something to do to kill some time? Sure, you could catch up on Facebook or Twitter, read a few RSS feeds, maybe even crack open your Kindle app… but for those times when you just need to kill some time, simple, repetitive games can be the cure.
In this video I review two “paper tossing” games for Android: Paper Toss and Tossit. These games are very similar, and both accomplish the goal of killing time with challenges that range from mind-numbing to strategically frustrating. [...]
Yup,.. it seems summer sales are big this week. Following the EA trend, Gameloft is also celebrating the debut of the iPhone 4 with a Worldwide sale of a select list of their games at 99 cents a piece. Sadly not all games are being offered at the moment, but in my opinion, Gameloft offers some of the best and most graphic intense games on the AppStore, so dollar investments on titles like N.O.V.A. will definitely give you a run for your money. Follow any of the links on the list to get your own.
– GT Racing: Motor Academy– UNO– Brothers in Arms 2: Global [...]
If you watched part one of our Software Review video, you were giving an overview of the new Bada OS. We took you through the navigation of the menus, pages, and what widgets users had available to utilize.
Now, in part two of our Software Review, we dive further into the software bundled with Bada. With Facebook and Twitter becoming widely used on mobile devices, Samsung was sure to add these apps natively. In this video, we demonstrate the social networking integration applications. We also test the speed of Bada’s browser and its ability to display flash content. [...]
Piano Concert is easily the best piano app for Windows Phone. Compared to other, more basic virtual pianos, it has impressive features like 88 available keys, overlap recording/playback options, drag & play, and plenty of eye-candy.
Piano Concert is normally priced at $4.99 on Windows Marketplace, but Handango is offering it for free today through their Free App Friday promotion. It’s definitely worth a pick-up if you’re into music or like having apps that help pass the time. Check out the video below of the early beta version.
The impressive PlayStation emulator for Windows Mobile, called FpseCE, has been updated to version 0.10.1. With the release, of course, comes a new, fan-made video to show off Dragon Punches, head shots and explosions. Some classic PS titles such as Tekken 3, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Time Crisis, Wipeout XL, and Grand Theft Auto 2 all get showcased on an HTC HD2. It’s cool how the emulator supports using the touch screen for rail shooting games, like Time Crisis, with your finger acting as the gun. The customizable control schemes look quite user-friendly as well. The emulator has [...]