Posts Tagged nevermind
After infecting 1.3 million users on iOS, Plague Inc is now officially available for Android. No, this isn’t more Android malware, this is a game, sillies. The internet has been abuzz over this title and although I couldn’t quite find myself getting into it, maybe you’ll have a better time unleashing a plague onto the world. I’m not quite sure how to classify Plague Inc. It doesn’t quite fit into your normal gaming genres. For arguments sake, we’ll just go ahead and call it a strategy game, one that allows players to create a plague, make it strong, and eventually kill off every human on the planet. I heard it was found in Bin Laden’s iPhone before he — nevermind.
Success is accomplished a variety of ways, and there are a bunch of variables you need to take into account. All of this is buried in countless menus and sub menus with an eerie soundtrack playing in the background that… will just…. put you… to slee…Zzzzzz. Please, don’t let my opinion sway you. Keep in mind Plague Inc has already been a huge hit on iOS, and that many millions Apple users putting down that much into something couldn’t possibly be wrong, right? Don’t answer that. But, unlike the iOS version, Plague Inc is free right now in the Google Play Store so it wont cost you a cent to give it a download. Be sure to let me know what you think. I’m gonna give it another shot before bed.
Motorola has been undergoing significant "restructuring" for awhile, and Google recently said that even more than expected. Google increased the estimated cost of severance-related charges from $275 million to $300 million for the third quarter, and that another $40 million in facilities costs were possible. Google addressed these changes in a statements.
"Motorola has continued to refine its planned restructuring actions and now expects to broaden those actions to include additional geographic regions outside of the U.S. … Motorola continues to evaluate its plans and further restructuring actions may occur, which may cause Google to incur additional restructuring charges, some of which may be significant."
Between the uphill battle of making Motorola profitable and the patent disputes that it has exposed Google to (nevermind defended them from), it's getting harder to see the $12.5 billion acquisition as a good idea. On the other hand, Motorola wasn't in particularly good shape when Google acquired it; one can only imagine how much longer Moto would have lasted on their own.
What do you guys think: has Motorola still not had a chance to prove itself as a worthwhile investment to the Android ecosystem, or is it becoming too expensive for Google to reasonably keep around? Was the acquisition worth it for the patents alone, or are we likely to see some really excellent devices come out of Motorola with Google behind them?
We're back from the weekend and have quite few things lined up this week for you — nevermind those silly Canucks, being on vacation and all. If you happened to miss out on anything because you were out soaking up some sun, now is your chance to do so both here on the blogs and in the forums.
- Samsung Galaxy S III Forums - S Voice isn't just Vlingo/Siri
- HTC One X Forums - Spinning home screens effect gone in Sense 4.0?
- HTC Amaze 4G Forums - Where's mah' Ice Cream Sammich?
- HTC EVO 4G LTE Forums - If they are shipping this evening, when does Best Buy get them?
- Google Galaxy Nexus Forums – Receiving updates with international based location
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Game developer Nordic has announced that Cheezia: Gears of Fur will be coming to the Google Play Store on March 21st. The game is a platformer where you take Manu the Mouse through unique and challenging levels to chase the ultimate goal. “What’s that goal,” you ask? Cheese recipes. That’s right, ancient and secret cheese recipes which have been stolen by a bird named Evil Kiwinel. Sounds a bit like — well, nevermind. The first six levels will be available free of charge, which also leads us to believe that there will be more levels (albeit for a price) to come over time. Check out some gameplay footage from the iOS version above. [Thanks Jyri!]
[Update] Looks like the rep that GBM spoke to was mistaken. Samsung actually hasn’t announced availability for ANY region at this point. It happens, I suppose. Folks should know that you can’t fully trust the word of a product specialist in this day and age. With that, there is certainly hope that Samsung will end up bringing these devices State-side.
Well this sucks. If you liked what you saw from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 or the Samsung Galaxy Note and you happen to be American, we have some sad news for you – you won’t be able to buy them without importing (at least for the time being).
A Samsung rep at IFA mentioned to GottaBeMobile that they had no plans to bring the tablets to the United States. Unfortunately, she didn’t cite a reason. GBM suggests a lack of carrier interest or impending stiff competition from Amazon as reasons why Samsung chose to go this route.
Perhaps they also want to push their Galaxy Tab 10.1 here in the states more (because everything is “bigger” here, apparently?) as they’ve already rolled that out on Verizon and have WiFi models in retail stores already. Whatever the case is, you’ll need to pay big money to import these things unless Samsung eventually change their mind.
An anonymous tipster just hooked us up with a video that shows the Droid Bionic boot sequence. Folks have been waiting a LONG time for the Bionic and with an early September release looking promising, we’re hoping you won’t have to wait much longer.
Take a look how fast Verizon 4G works and note that it looks like they’ve only got 1 bar of connectivity. We briefly see BLUR which our tipster says is snappier and better looking than previous versions, but you’ll have to stay tuned for a more in depth demo.
If you’re eagerly awaiting the Bionic we highly suggest you head over to our Droid Bionic Forums where a boat load of folks are already talking about the device. Already? I mean… nevermind.
How do you like that red computer chip wallpaper?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s run out of apps space already. We had to have covered nearly 100 apps by no- oh, wait, nevermind. Apps to SD support was added to Android a long time ago. Rejoice! You shouldn’t have any trouble fitting today’s apps of the day on to your device. Unless you have a T-Mobile Comet or some other cheap phone with 256KB of internal storage.
Remote Ringer - Ever lost your phone, tried calling from another number to help you track it down, and realize it is set on silent? Remote Ringer alleviates the problem. Just text your phone a code from an assigned phone number and magically your ringer is set to full blast. Then call away, moving closer to the missing Android with every beat of your Lady GaGa ringtone. [Market]
Minimal Reader Pro – This is probably the most elegant and simple RSS reader you’re going to find. Minimal Reader Pro is a widget that interfaces with Google Reader and feeds you news items in a very simplistic way. It’s a widget and it won’t be very useful if you’re a power use, but if your Google Reader account is light on feeds and you just need something easy and quick to check every now and then, I can’t see any better option. [Market]
What’s My Name – Yea, it’s been about 22 years and I’m still bad with names. I don’t exactly have a photographic memory so if I need to meet a bunch of new people in a short amount of time (read: the countless conventions we have to go to), I’ll want this app at my disposal. It shows you a face and throws five random names out with it. Choose the right one and, well, you’ll know that’s their name. You won’t get a parade, but at least you won’t look foolish the next time you meet that person and have no clue what their names were. [Market]
Nevermind that the Droid X2 won’t even be out til the end of the week, the rumors about the Droid 3 are heating up big time. Although there have been numerous photo leaks of the incoming Droid 3 there hasn’t been much more coverage on the follow up to the original Droid, and the Droid [...]
Ha. Hehe. Heh. Ahem: John Carmack, don’t you think it’s a bit ridiculous to decide how profitable Android is for you or any developer based on a survey you took between meetings at a convention? The id Software veteran, co-founder, technical director, and whatever else you want to call him polled Quakecon attendees.
He asked them if they owned iOS or Android and came up with a “50/50″ split. (I highly doubt this is 100% accurate.) And then proceeded to ask those people if they’d spend $20 on a game – surely more iOS users said yes opposed to Android users.
Don’t get me started on the fact that $20 for a mobile game is bizarre even if it does look as good as Rage, but to discredit Android just because you asked a few people if they’d spend ridiculous amounts of money on mobile games and they said no is just, well, words can’t even explain how stupid it is.
With that I leave you the pointlessness of this story – id doesn’t want to develop for Android although they’re still spending time and resources on bringing Rage to the platform. (Oh, wait, nevermind – their only Android-focused developer was put on the iOS team.) And our good friend irony just took a swan dive off the top of the world’s tallest skyscraper. [NowGamer via Electronista]