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NVIDIA details Tegra 4 platform at CES 2013

72 GPU cores? Four A15 CPUs? Integrated LTE support? That, boys and girls, is what we call the Tegra 4, NVIDIA’s latest update to its line of mobile processors. Pitted head-to-head against the Samsung Nexus 10, a prototype running the new platform loaded 25 web pages in nearly half the time (using a simulated internet connection).

Though the graphics company is known best for its work in perfecting high-quality PC gaming, the Tegra 4 has a few tricks up its sleeve beyond playtime. NVIDIA has placed a special focus on the SoC’s photo processing capabilities, particularly when it pertains to HDR photography. Tegra 4 reorganizes the photo capture stack in order to snap HDR photos instantly. It can even provide a live HDR preview in order to help hone your shot.

NVIDIA is labeling it the hands-down fasted mobile processor on the market, and they didn’t end their demo without showing off a bit of Dead Trigger 2. As you might expect, the new architecture delivered near-console quality graphics on a mobile device. Pretty nifty stuff. We’ll be checking out the Tegra 4 processor in depth as CES marches on, so stay tuned for more throughout the week.

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AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 wireless charger offer ends on January 10th

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Nokia Lumia 920 has to be the best Windows Phone device Nokia has ever manufactured. The Finnish company has started launching this flagship device in various parts of the world and in places such as Middle East and China, the devices got sold out in mere hours. That alone testifies the fact that Windows Phone 8 operating system has managed to attract people towards Windows Phone.
In the US, Lumia 920 is an AT&T exclusive model, meaning you won’t be able to buy the device from any other carrier until the exclusivity deal is over. AT&T is a fine operator and the price at which they are offering the Lumia 920 is just great and makes the whole affair easier on the pocket.

Nokia Lumia 920 is an interesting device. The features such as PureView camera which promises to offer better low light sensitivity, and you can charge the device wirelessly using the inductive charger (which isn’t a new invention by the way and Chinese hair trimmers have been supporting that now for decades). What’s more interesting is that when you buy the Lumia 920 from AT&T store, they throw in a free wireless charger, making it a sweet deal.

Wireless charging plate has got to be the best accessories for the phone and AT&T has been offering it for free with Lumia 920 since its launch. The wireless charging plate is priced at $49 if bought separately. The sad news, however, is that the offer ends on January 10th.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes all ready for wireless charging, so all you need to do is plug in the charging pad and place the phone on the pad in order to start recharging the 2000 mAh battery under the hood. If you’re planning to buy a Nokia Lumia 920 from AT&T, make sure you do it before Thursday in order to avail the free wireless charging plate offer and save some money. The device will cost you $99 and you will have to sign a 2 year pact in order to get that price.

In case you need a refresher on the specs, the specs of Lumia 920 are as follows:

Nokia Lumia 920 Specs
4.5 inches IPS LCD display
768 x 1280 pixels resolution, 332ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 chipset
Dual-core 1.5GHz processor
Adreno 225 graphics processor
1GB RAM
32GB internal memory
8.7MP camera with dual-LED flash
1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) video recording
Bluetooth 3.1
WiFi 802.11 b, g, n
Mobile hotspot support
Near Field Communication (NF)
2000 mAh, up to 10 hours straight talk time

The highlighting feature of this device is the 8 MP camera which has a sensor size that is bigger than what comes with most of the smartphones. Also, the smartphone comes with new stabilization technology which Nokia calls as “floating lens.” According to the manufacturer, it is way better than other stabilization technologies used in many digital cameras and smartphones. Let us know how your experience with Lumia 920 has been if you own one.

source: AT&T

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Belkin introduces WeMo light switch, control your household lighting from your Android device

Android Central

Home automation is the stuff nerdy dreams are made of, and Belkin is today introducing a new device to bring a little part of that to life. The WeMo Light Switch, being displayed at CES in Las Vegas, is a replacement for your standard household light switches with WiFi connectivity. The cool part — it'll be controllable from your Android device. 

Android Central @ CES The WeMo connectivity means you can turn lights on or off from anywhere, schedule an on/off time, and doesn't require your Android device to be connected to the same WiFi network in order to work. So, you leave the office late, it's dark, and as you pull up on the driveway you can turn on the lights so you don't trip over the dog. OK, not the best example perhaps, but you get the idea. 

Android connectivity has been a much asked for feature of WeMo's existing, iOS compatible only, range of home automation devices. With the arrival of the WeMo Light Switch and the app into the Google Play Store, connectivity with their other devices will be opened up to Android users. An open beta will begin in February for users of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and "other leading devices." The Light Switch will become available this Summer. 

Source: Belkin

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HTC One VX review

HTC One VX

The HTC One VX looks to be a great (and cheap) way to get an entry-level LTE smartphone on AT&T

This may be one of those rare instances in which we know too much. For those of us who live and breathe smartphones all day long (and that includes many of you out there), it's tough to look at an HTC One phone without seeing the entire line in context. With regards for pecking order, there's the One V. The One S. The One S. (There's also the new One SV in Europe and Asia, and in the U.S. on Cricket.) And now, on AT&T, we have the HTC One VX.

Where the hell does this phone fit in?

To answer that question, you need to take it out of context a little bit. Instead of looking at where it sits in the HTC family, think about where the One VX sits in the AT&T lineup. Things start to make a little more sense in that respect, especially considering that as of this writing, the One VX is exclusive to the U.S. carrier.

As its name might imply (again, to those of us who live and breathe this stuff), and as the spec sheet spells out, the One VX picks and chooses from some of the best features of the other phones in the HTC One line. You can't help but compare it to its older siblings. But it's also important to remember where it stands for AT&T. This phone serves a purpose for AT&T — filling a hole in its lineup — more than it does for HTC. And that's OK. Because what we end up with is a really good entry-level phone.

So, with all that said, on to our HTC One VX review.

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Play Magazines Now Has a “Free For Print Subscribers” Option In The US

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Google seems to now be offering a “Free for print subscribers” option with certain magazines in the Google Play Store. At the time of this writing, it seems as if this is only for U.S. users though. When browsing through a lot of the magazines in the Play Store you’ll notice that there are two options: an option for a regular monthly subscription or a yearly subscription. Now there is a third option which allows you to get the digital version of the magazine for free if you are already a subscriber to the print service. Granted, you do have to verify your subscription in order to be eligible for free digital magazines, which could be a bit tedious for some people.

It’s more than likely that Google has to sign some sort of deal with publishers, but regardless, this is a outstanding addition to Play Magazines!

source: Google
via: Android Central

 

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HTC’s Chou blames marketing decisions for bad 2012, ready to turn things around

Financially, 2012 wasn’t the best year on record for HTC. While the finger could be pointed in multiple directions, CEO Peter Chou told The Wall Street Journal that he believes misguided marketing was the driving factor behind the downturn in profits. He admitted that HTC did not put enough resources into marketing efforts, an area where competitors easily bested the Taiwan-based smartphone maker.

But it’s arguable that competitors didn’t best HTC when it came to actual devices. While sales slumped, HTC managed to produce a lineup featuring some of their best devices of all time, phones like the HTC One X and Droid DNA. And Chou knows the trend will need to continue. Cash-strapped HTC will focus on “unique products” in order to establish public demand for their products.

A licensing agreement with Apple should help HTC in 2013. President of HTC China Ray Yam recently said the deal would help bolster innovation. But he also mentioned, as Chou did, that HTC plans to revamp their marketing efforts in the new year and hopefully right the ship before it sinks any deeper.

[via Engadget]

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FTC and Google reach settlement on antitrust investigation

As expected today, the FTC has brought their investigation to a close regarding good old Google. The folks from Mountain View reached a settlement and as a result will not face any fines. After a nearly 2-year investigation into the mobile and search giants operations, mainly with search and unfair practices, things are finally reaching a close and Google can move on.

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The biggest part of the entire investigation was around Google Search and how they “prioritize” the search results. Claiming unfair practices were giving Google and their ad partners the benefit in this situation. The second half of the investigation was regarding Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Stating Google had brought injunctions against devices or manufacturers that were believed to infringed upon standards-essential patents owned by Motorola.

Today the FTC announced the settlement, and concluded that Google’s agreed to essentially “change their ways.” And that Google will halt the sales ban on devices infringing on their newly acquired Motorola patents. Don’t worry however, Google’s Motorola patents can still be put to good use. Now they just have to willingly agree and work with those who want to license said patents, rather than hold out and seek injunctions. Here’s a quick quote from the FTC:

“To remedy this concern, Google has agreed to a Consent Order that prohibits it from seeking injunctions against a willing licensee, either in federal court or at the ITC, to block the use of any standard-essential patents that the company has previously committed to license on FRAND terms.”

As far as search results go, Google’s used Yelp review as their own (according to claims) and regulates and moderates search results to their own benefit at times. Mind you these are just allegations. Many competitors have asked the FTC to step in and regulate Google’s popular and very excellent search algorithms. In a win for Google the FTC declined to do so, and in the end based on an unanimous vote they’ve closed the investigation into Google Search.

So in the end they did settle to remove online ad restrictions, as well as license standard-essential Motorola patents to rivals without the threat of injunctions. More details are available from the via below.

[via FTC]

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Nexus 10 Back In Stock On The U.S. Play Store (For Now) In Both 16GB And 32GB Flavors

n10thumbLike riding a roller coaster, it seems like ordering Nexus devices from the Play Store is full of its ups and downs. Today, it’s up! At least, for the 16GB and 32GB Nexus 10 for U.S. customers. The two tablets have just gone back in stock via Google’s storefront. There is even an encouraging “Ships in less than one week” disclaimer. Ordering seems to be working flawlessly at the moment, though, there isn’t a huge rush right now. Still, if you’re looking to get one, this would be a good time.

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As you probably already know, the 16GB costs $399 and 32GB costs $499.

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Ubuntu to announce a new product in 2 hrs

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Linux is considered to be mother of all operating systems. It’s free and used almost everywhere, though not many people notice it. Linux is used in majority of web servers and most of the supercomputers also make use of Linux. For desktop use, there are a lot of free distributions available, but the most popular flavor has got to be the Ubuntu from Canonical.

Canonical is always working on Ubuntu in order to make it a better open source operating system, and seems like it has got something new to offer to the community this time. Canonical has put up a countdown teaser for an “all-new Ubuntu product” on Ubuntu.com. At the time of writing this post, the countdown timer reads 2 hours and 10 minutes. We’re not sure what exactly folks at Canonical will be launching, but the teaser reads “So close, you can almost touch it”, which indicates that it has got to do something with mobile touch screen devices.

Since Ubuntu is all open source, there is little to no room for surprises. Everybody knows everything, and if we take a note of all the products that are in development currently, it would be apt to say that the product that will be launching in few hours is Ubuntu for Android. There’s no doubt that open source is the future, and also mobile devices are also the future of computing, so combining them would be the best thing to do. If we take a look at Android, which is an open source mobile operating system that is Linux based, it has grown exponentially since its launch and much more than companies like Apple predicted it would.

It is also possible that the announcement is about Ubuntu phone or tablet, but again it is unlikely because folks at Ubuntu have just started optimizing Ubuntu for mobile devices, and also Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth had said specifically that the OS wouldn’t be ready for use on phones or tablets until 2014. Since Ubuntu phone is not ready, Ubuntu for Android should be a stop gap measure until a full touch based OS is released.

Talking of Ubuntu for Android, an official Canonical engineer showcased a Google Nexus 7 running Ubuntu recently, and it looks pretty amazing. The basic idea of Ubuntu for Android is that since both are linux based, there can a tight integration with the Android service layer. So basically, the phone or tablet will run Android as usual, but when the device is docked, a full-fledged Ubuntu instance will be shown on an external monitor, and the user will be able to continue performing tasks that he was doing on Android, from continuing the same music, to opening the same browser tabs, so the transition between two environments is seamless.

In every dual-core phone, there’s a PC trying to get out. We’ll soon find out what Ubuntu has to offer us this time, but we hope it is Ubuntu for Android. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comment section below.

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Games for 2012

We already made our picks for best phones and best apps for 2012, and now it’s time for the best game. 2012 finally brought console quality games to Android, but overall, we saw major growth for games that appealed to both casual and hardcore gamers. Although we don’t agree on the best of the best, one thing we can agree on is that we are all looking forward to what 2013 has in store. Hit the break to see the results and let us know your favorites.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

So many cool games were launched in 2012, and although many of them had some pretty cool graphics and intense gameplay, to me it’s also about widespread appeal. Taking that into consideration, I have to go with Jetpack Joyride. It arrived a little late in the year, but with over 10 million downloads in three months, it’s hard not to argue that it’s a game that appeals to the beginner as well as the hardcore. The fact that it’s an absolute blast to play doesn’t hurt either. The runner up for me was Granny Smith. It’s not nearly as popular as Jetpack, but is so much fun and is one of the most clever games I have played in a long time. Other worthy contenders include Dead Trigger, Shadowgun: Deadzone, Modern Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They are all cool games that look sweet and sport great gameplay, but since they appeal to a smaller (barely) audience, I have to tip my hat to Halfbrick Studios.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

A near-unanimous staple on most gamers’ devices, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation brings some serious fast-paced action to gamers. The game features incredible graphics, fluid controls, dynamic levels and some pretty impressive AI running the show. The real appeal of this game (like most other shooters) isn’t the single-player campaign (which is solid in its own right)— it’s the astounding mulitplayer mode that allows for up to 12 of your friends to be able to play in anything from a standard deathmatch to team-based battles, which could ultimately lead to hours and hours of gameplay.The only catch with the game is the fact that it requires up to a few gigs of storage space on your device in order provide the incredible level of detail it offers, so gamers will need to set aside some precious real-estate on their devices in order for the game to run. While that is a minor dealbreaker, the overall experience Fallen Nation provides has been easily been one of the best. Ladies and gents if you want to play one of the more exciting games out there— Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is where it’s at.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Create a pathogen. Infect the world. Kill everyone. Plague, Inc. is not only addictively evil, it’s highly intelligent as well. Ndemic Creations has created a game that makes you think about how to strategically mutate and evolve your pathogen to be highly infectious, while maintaining a low lethality to keep governments from working on a cure too early. Once everyone in the world is infected, it’s time to amp up the symptoms and increase the kill rate. Can you kill everyone in the world before a cure is engineered? Once you succeed, you unlock other pathogens, from bacteria and viruses, to parasites and bio-weapons. Each has its own twist to keep gameplay interesting. This was the most played game on all my Android devices in 2012.

Colton Kaiser – Author

Picking the best game of 2012 is no simple task. We’ve seen thousands of titles from numerous well-established studios, each with its own strengths and caveats. With that said, there was one game that stood out apart from the rest of the pack this year. With its simple and charming approach, Granny Smith takes the cake, or in this case the apple. Mediocre Games has crafted an utterly spectacular gem of a game, offering Sonic-esque gameplay reminiscent of the old days of SEGA. The idea is simple, too. You’re an old lady trying to beat a punk skater in order to collect your precious apples. There are two controls: One to jump over obstacles, and one to stick out your cane and zip down power lines collecting coins in the process. It may sound a little too casual for some, but it’s this game that I found myself coming back to time and time again.

Jared Peters – Author

Despite a little piracy controversy over the price of the game, Dead Trigger is one of the most fun, addictive first person shooters available in Google Play. Madfinger has a long track record of fantastic shooters for Android, and Dead Trigger follows suit. It offers hectic zombie slaying, a huge arsenal of weapons to keep you entertained, and even a few little mini games to take your mind off the end of the world, like an arena and a slot machine. It also supports extended graphics for Tegra 3 devices, which make the game look even more amazing. Couple that with great controls and native controller support, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

My choice for best game of the year probably isn’t the most addictive nor will it spawn tons of merchandising partnerships. Ingress, however, is a lot of fun and has loads of potential. The augmented reality game is still in a private beta with about as many people trying to get in as people currently playing the capture the flag-type MMO. Game play can be repetitive and portal placement has been questionable in the early stages but the scale and possibilities make Ingress pretty damn awe-inspiring.

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

I have to admit: I’m not really a gamer. I literally have ZERO games on my Android devices. However, when I got my first Android phone in 2009 (the HTC Hero for Sprint), I did download a few games: Trapped, Jewels, Paper Toss and Angry Birds…so when Rovio launched Angry Birds Space, I felt nostalgic and thought I’d give it a try. It was smooth, well animated, had fun sounds, and the usual addictive game play. I played it for about thirty minutes (which for me is a long time). I thoroughly enjoyed myself and thought Rovio had done a good job coming up with some new and interesting ideas regarding the game physics and lack of gravity. The game was fun and free, what more do you need?. It stayed on my phone for about a week. So, all that to say, I may not be the most qualified person to vote for the best game of 2012, but if I had to choose, I’d go with Angry Birds Space.

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Games for 2012

We already made our picks for best phones and best apps for 2012, and now it’s time for the best game. 2012 finally brought console quality games to Android, but overall, we saw major growth for games that appealed to both casual and hardcore gamers. Although we don’t agree on the best of the best, one thing we can agree on is that we are all looking forward to what 2013 has in store. Hit the break to see the results and let us know your favorites.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

So many cool games were launched in 2012, and although many of them had some pretty cool graphics and intense gameplay, to me it’s also about widespread appeal. Taking that into consideration, I have to go with Jetpack Joyride. It arrived a little late in the year, but with over 10 million downloads in three months, it’s hard not to argue that it’s a game that appeals to the beginner as well as the hardcore. The fact that it’s an absolute blast to play doesn’t hurt either. The runner up for me was Granny Smith. It’s not nearly as popular as Jetpack, but is so much fun and is one of the most clever games I have played in a long time. Other worthy contenders include Dead Trigger, Shadowgun: Deadzone, Modern Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They are all cool games that look sweet and sport great gameplay, but since they appeal to a smaller (barely) audience, I have to tip my hat to Halfbrick Studios.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

A near-unanimous staple on most gamers’ devices, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation brings some serious fast-paced action to gamers. The game features incredible graphics, fluid controls, dynamic levels and some pretty impressive AI running the show. The real appeal of this game (like most other shooters) isn’t the single-player campaign (which is solid in its own right)— it’s the astounding mulitplayer mode that allows for up to 12 of your friends to be able to play in anything from a standard deathmatch to team-based battles, which could ultimately lead to hours and hours of gameplay.The only catch with the game is the fact that it requires up to a few gigs of storage space on your device in order provide the incredible level of detail it offers, so gamers will need to set aside some precious real-estate on their devices in order for the game to run. While that is a minor dealbreaker, the overall experience Fallen Nation provides has been easily been one of the best. Ladies and gents if you want to play one of the more exciting games out there— Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is where it’s at.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Create a pathogen. Infect the world. Kill everyone. Plague, Inc. is not only addictively evil, it’s highly intelligent as well. Ndemic Creations has created a game that makes you think about how to strategically mutate and evolve your pathogen to be highly infectious, while maintaining a low lethality to keep governments from working on a cure too early. Once everyone in the world is infected, it’s time to amp up the symptoms and increase the kill rate. Can you kill everyone in the world before a cure is engineered? Once you succeed, you unlock other pathogens, from bacteria and viruses, to parasites and bio-weapons. Each has its own twist to keep gameplay interesting. This was the most played game on all my Android devices in 2012.

Colton Kaiser – Author

Picking the best game of 2012 is no simple task. We’ve seen thousands of titles from numerous well-established studios, each with its own strengths and caveats. With that said, there was one game that stood out apart from the rest of the pack this year. With its simple and charming approach, Granny Smith takes the cake, or in this case the apple. Mediocre Games has crafted an utterly spectacular gem of a game, offering Sonic-esque gameplay reminiscent of the old days of SEGA. The idea is simple, too. You’re an old lady trying to beat a punk skater in order to collect your precious apples. There are two controls: One to jump over obstacles, and one to stick out your cane and zip down power lines collecting coins in the process. It may sound a little too casual for some, but it’s this game that I found myself coming back to time and time again.

Jared Peters – Author

Despite a little piracy controversy over the price of the game, Dead Trigger is one of the most fun, addictive first person shooters available in Google Play. Madfinger has a long track record of fantastic shooters for Android, and Dead Trigger follows suit. It offers hectic zombie slaying, a huge arsenal of weapons to keep you entertained, and even a few little mini games to take your mind off the end of the world, like an arena and a slot machine. It also supports extended graphics for Tegra 3 devices, which make the game look even more amazing. Couple that with great controls and native controller support, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

My choice for best game of the year probably isn’t the most addictive nor will it spawn tons of merchandising partnerships. Ingress, however, is a lot of fun and has loads of potential. The augmented reality game is still in a private beta with about as many people trying to get in as people currently playing the capture the flag-type MMO. Game play can be repetitive and portal placement has been questionable in the early stages but the scale and possibilities make Ingress pretty damn awe-inspiring.

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

I have to admit: I’m not really a gamer. I literally have ZERO games on my Android devices. However, when I got my first Android phone in 2009 (the HTC Hero for Sprint), I did download a few games: Trapped, Jewels, Paper Toss and Angry Birds…so when Rovio launched Angry Birds Space, I felt nostalgic and thought I’d give it a try. It was smooth, well animated, had fun sounds, and the usual addictive game play. I played it for about thirty minutes (which for me is a long time). I thoroughly enjoyed myself and thought Rovio had done a good job coming up with some new and interesting ideas regarding the game physics and lack of gravity. The game was fun and free, what more do you need?. It stayed on my phone for about a week. So, all that to say, I may not be the most qualified person to vote for the best game of 2012, but if I had to choose, I’d go with Angry Birds Space.

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BEST DEALS: Nexus 4 "free" on £26 Orange SIM

It seems everyone bar Google has stock of the LG Nexus 4 at the moment, meaning there are finally some less fiscally offensive deals out there for buying the hot new Android 4.2 phone. Carphone Warehouse is, for example, offering the Nexus 4 for “free” and a £26 a month payment, which bundles up the phone with 200 calling minutes, infinite SMS messages and a decent 750MB of mobile data.

Here’s a graphic illustration of the above:

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We’d go for that one, were we not still ENRAGED by Google’s inability to process our order for an unlocked Nexus 4 early in December. Check CPW’s Nexus 4 deals out here.

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Games for 2012

We already made our picks for best phones and best apps for 2012, and now it’s time for the best game. 2012 finally brought console quality games to Android, but overall, we saw major growth for games that appealed to both casual and hardcore gamers. Although we don’t agree on the best of the best, one thing we can agree on is that we are all looking forward to what 2013 has in store. Hit the break to see the results and let us know your favorites.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

So many cool games were launched in 2012, and although many of them had some pretty cool graphics and intense gameplay, to me it’s also about widespread appeal. Taking that into consideration, I have to go with Jetpack Joyride. It arrived a little late in the year, but with over 10 million downloads in three months, it’s hard not to argue that it’s a game that appeals to the beginner as well as the hardcore. The fact that it’s an absolute blast to play doesn’t hurt either. The runner up for me was Granny Smith. It’s not nearly as popular as Jetpack, but is so much fun and is one of the most clever games I have played in a long time. Other worthy contenders include Dead Trigger, Shadowgun: Deadzone, Modern Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They are all cool games that look sweet and sport great gameplay, but since they appeal to a smaller (barely) audience, I have to tip my hat to Halfbrick Studios.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

A near-unanimous staple on most gamers’ devices, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation brings some serious fast-paced action to gamers. The game features incredible graphics, fluid controls, dynamic levels and some pretty impressive AI running the show. The real appeal of this game (like most other shooters) isn’t the single-player campaign (which is solid in its own right)— it’s the astounding mulitplayer mode that allows for up to 12 of your friends to be able to play in anything from a standard deathmatch to team-based battles, which could ultimately lead to hours and hours of gameplay.The only catch with the game is the fact that it requires up to a few gigs of storage space on your device in order provide the incredible level of detail it offers, so gamers will need to set aside some precious real-estate on their devices in order for the game to run. While that is a minor dealbreaker, the overall experience Fallen Nation provides has been easily been one of the best. Ladies and gents if you want to play one of the more exciting games out there— Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is where it’s at.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Create a pathogen. Infect the world. Kill everyone. Plague, Inc. is not only addictively evil, it’s highly intelligent as well. Ndemic Creations has created a game that makes you think about how to strategically mutate and evolve your pathogen to be highly infectious, while maintaining a low lethality to keep governments from working on a cure too early. Once everyone in the world is infected, it’s time to amp up the symptoms and increase the kill rate. Can you kill everyone in the world before a cure is engineered? Once you succeed, you unlock other pathogens, from bacteria and viruses, to parasites and bio-weapons. Each has its own twist to keep gameplay interesting. This was the most played game on all my Android devices in 2012.

Colton Kaiser – Author

Picking the best game of 2012 is no simple task. We’ve seen thousands of titles from numerous well-established studios, each with its own strengths and caveats. With that said, there was one game that stood out apart from the rest of the pack this year. With its simple and charming approach, Granny Smith takes the cake, or in this case the apple. Mediocre Games has crafted an utterly spectacular gem of a game, offering Sonic-esque gameplay reminiscent of the old days of SEGA. The idea is simple, too. You’re an old lady trying to beat a punk skater in order to collect your precious apples. There are two controls: One to jump over obstacles, and one to stick out your cane and zip down power lines collecting coins in the process. It may sound a little too casual for some, but it’s this game that I found myself coming back to time and time again.

Jared Peters – Author

Despite a little piracy controversy over the price of the game, Dead Trigger is one of the most fun, addictive first person shooters available in Google Play. Madfinger has a long track record of fantastic shooters for Android, and Dead Trigger follows suit. It offers hectic zombie slaying, a huge arsenal of weapons to keep you entertained, and even a few little mini games to take your mind off the end of the world, like an arena and a slot machine. It also supports extended graphics for Tegra 3 devices, which make the game look even more amazing. Couple that with great controls and native controller support, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

My choice for best game of the year probably isn’t the most addictive nor will it spawn tons of merchandising partnerships. Ingress, however, is a lot of fun and has loads of potential. The augmented reality game is still in a private beta with about as many people trying to get in as people currently playing the capture the flag-type MMO. Game play can be repetitive and portal placement has been questionable in the early stages but the scale and possibilities make Ingress pretty damn awe-inspiring.

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

I have to admit: I’m not really a gamer. I literally have ZERO games on my Android devices. However, when I got my first Android phone in 2009 (the HTC Hero for Sprint), I did download a few games: Trapped, Jewels, Paper Toss and Angry Birds…so when Rovio launched Angry Birds Space, I felt nostalgic and thought I’d give it a try. It was smooth, well animated, had fun sounds, and the usual addictive game play. I played it for about thirty minutes (which for me is a long time). I thoroughly enjoyed myself and thought Rovio had done a good job coming up with some new and interesting ideas regarding the game physics and lack of gravity. The game was fun and free, what more do you need?. It stayed on my phone for about a week. So, all that to say, I may not be the most qualified person to vote for the best game of 2012, but if I had to choose, I’d go with Angry Birds Space.

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Games for 2012

We already made our picks for best phones and best apps for 2012, and now it’s time for the best game. 2012 finally brought console quality games to Android, but overall, we saw major growth for games that appealed to both casual and hardcore gamers. Although we don’t agree on the best of the best, one thing we can agree on is that we are all looking forward to what 2013 has in store. Hit the break to see the results and let us know your favorites.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

So many cool games were launched in 2012, and although many of them had some pretty cool graphics and intense gameplay, to me it’s also about widespread appeal. Taking that into consideration, I have to go with Jetpack Joyride. It arrived a little late in the year, but with over 10 million downloads in three months, it’s hard not to argue that it’s a game that appeals to the beginner as well as the hardcore. The fact that it’s an absolute blast to play doesn’t hurt either. The runner up for me was Granny Smith. It’s not nearly as popular as Jetpack, but is so much fun and is one of the most clever games I have played in a long time. Other worthy contenders include Dead Trigger, Shadowgun: Deadzone, Modern Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They are all cool games that look sweet and sport great gameplay, but since they appeal to a smaller (barely) audience, I have to tip my hat to Halfbrick Studios.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

A near-unanimous staple on most gamers’ devices, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation brings some serious fast-paced action to gamers. The game features incredible graphics, fluid controls, dynamic levels and some pretty impressive AI running the show. The real appeal of this game (like most other shooters) isn’t the single-player campaign (which is solid in its own right)— it’s the astounding mulitplayer mode that allows for up to 12 of your friends to be able to play in anything from a standard deathmatch to team-based battles, which could ultimately lead to hours and hours of gameplay.The only catch with the game is the fact that it requires up to a few gigs of storage space on your device in order provide the incredible level of detail it offers, so gamers will need to set aside some precious real-estate on their devices in order for the game to run. While that is a minor dealbreaker, the overall experience Fallen Nation provides has been easily been one of the best. Ladies and gents if you want to play one of the more exciting games out there— Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is where it’s at.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Create a pathogen. Infect the world. Kill everyone. Plague, Inc. is not only addictively evil, it’s highly intelligent as well. Ndemic Creations has created a game that makes you think about how to strategically mutate and evolve your pathogen to be highly infectious, while maintaining a low lethality to keep governments from working on a cure too early. Once everyone in the world is infected, it’s time to amp up the symptoms and increase the kill rate. Can you kill everyone in the world before a cure is engineered? Once you succeed, you unlock other pathogens, from bacteria and viruses, to parasites and bio-weapons. Each has its own twist to keep gameplay interesting. This was the most played game on all my Android devices in 2012.

Colton Kaiser – Author

Picking the best game of 2012 is no simple task. We’ve seen thousands of titles from numerous well-established studios, each with its own strengths and caveats. With that said, there was one game that stood out apart from the rest of the pack this year. With its simple and charming approach, Granny Smith takes the cake, or in this case the apple. Mediocre Games has crafted an utterly spectacular gem of a game, offering Sonic-esque gameplay reminiscent of the old days of SEGA. The idea is simple, too. You’re an old lady trying to beat a punk skater in order to collect your precious apples. There are two controls: One to jump over obstacles, and one to stick out your cane and zip down power lines collecting coins in the process. It may sound a little too casual for some, but it’s this game that I found myself coming back to time and time again.

Jared Peters – Author

Despite a little piracy controversy over the price of the game, Dead Trigger is one of the most fun, addictive first person shooters available in Google Play. Madfinger has a long track record of fantastic shooters for Android, and Dead Trigger follows suit. It offers hectic zombie slaying, a huge arsenal of weapons to keep you entertained, and even a few little mini games to take your mind off the end of the world, like an arena and a slot machine. It also supports extended graphics for Tegra 3 devices, which make the game look even more amazing. Couple that with great controls and native controller support, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

My choice for best game of the year probably isn’t the most addictive nor will it spawn tons of merchandising partnerships. Ingress, however, is a lot of fun and has loads of potential. The augmented reality game is still in a private beta with about as many people trying to get in as people currently playing the capture the flag-type MMO. Game play can be repetitive and portal placement has been questionable in the early stages but the scale and possibilities make Ingress pretty damn awe-inspiring.

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

I have to admit: I’m not really a gamer. I literally have ZERO games on my Android devices. However, when I got my first Android phone in 2009 (the HTC Hero for Sprint), I did download a few games: Trapped, Jewels, Paper Toss and Angry Birds…so when Rovio launched Angry Birds Space, I felt nostalgic and thought I’d give it a try. It was smooth, well animated, had fun sounds, and the usual addictive game play. I played it for about thirty minutes (which for me is a long time). I thoroughly enjoyed myself and thought Rovio had done a good job coming up with some new and interesting ideas regarding the game physics and lack of gravity. The game was fun and free, what more do you need?. It stayed on my phone for about a week. So, all that to say, I may not be the most qualified person to vote for the best game of 2012, but if I had to choose, I’d go with Angry Birds Space.

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Bad news for Samsung: Apple patent infringements may cost them 88% of profit from phone sales

The battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on for quite some time now, and we already know that Apple won a significant case against Samsung regarding patent infringements earlier this year. Well, recently a redacted document from the court case made its way to the public, and in it we find Judge Pender’s recommendations for punitive action against Samsung. Let’s just say it’s not looking pretty for the Korean company. According to FOSS Patents, an blog dedicated to software patent suits, Judge Pender made the following recommendations:

  • a U.S. import ban that would enter into effect after the 60-day Presidential review period following a final ITC decision,
  • a simultaneous cease-and-desist order that would prohibit the sale of any commercially significant quantities of the imported infringing accused products in the United States (this remedy was denied against HTC), and finally…
  • the requirement to post a bond of 88% of the value of all mobile phones, 32.5% of the value of all media players, and 37.6% of the value of all tablet computers found to infringe Apple’s patents-in-suit during the Presidential review period.

According to FOSS Patents, it is highly likely that the recommendations will be implimented, as the ITC staff agrees with the recommendations across the board. It’s too bad these two technology companies can’t just leave this all behind them and put their focus on bringing us newer, faster, better, cooler phones!

Via: Foss Patents
Source: ITC



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Review: Asva The Monkey HD is a Brain-Teasing Adventure Game with Over 90 Different Levels

Asva The Monkey HD  
Developer: SLEKRITH FILM Co., Ltd.  
Price: $1.99   Download

Asva the Monkey HD is the first full feature game by the developers at Osja studios, and, boy, is it a home run. The app is a puzzle adventure game that requires logic and problem solving skills and is, not only a brain teasing game, but, a lot of fun as well.

Asva the Monkey HD revolves around a cute little monkey named Asva, who loves to eat watermelon and lie around in the trees. One day, Asva the Monkey sees a magical light, and when he goes to inspect it, is transported into another world. The game then starts with you controlling Asva and helping him solve puzzles to collect crystals in order to return him home.

The game is quite simple once you get the hang of it. The rules of Asva the Monkey HD are that you must retrieve a crystal by walking on many platforms that disappear once you move to the next one. So, you cannot move backwards, and must use every platform in the level before you can retrieve the crystal and move on. The intrigue of the game is figuring out the correct sequence of movements in order to jump on all the platforms that lead to the crystal without repeating yourself. (more…)

Finish reading “Asva The Monkey HD is a Brain-Teasing Adventure Game with Over 90 Different Levels” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Tick-Tock: CyanogenMod 10.1 Introduces The Chronus Clock Widget, Timed For Release In Nightlies Starting Today

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CyanogenMod just announced that CM 10.1 builds starting with nightlies released today will be getting a brand-new clock widget called Chronus (initially known as ‘Lock Clock’). It works both as a homescreen and lockscreen widget, is configurable, and provides extra information in the form of calendar events and weather. 

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It works on both phones and tablets, and in lockscreen widget mode, appears collapsed and must be expanded in order to view additional information (this could later change with a settings toggle). Other than that, there’s not much to know. It’s a clock, it tells you the time, and it looks kind of nice.

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Tick-Tock: CyanogenMod 10.1 Introduces The Chronus Clock Widget, Timed For Release In Nightlies Starting Today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Games for 2012

We already made our picks for best phones and best apps for 2012, and now it’s time for the best game. 2012 finally brought console quality games to Android, but overall, we saw major growth for games that appealed to both casual and hardcore gamers. Although we don’t agree on the best of the best, one thing we can agree on is that we are all looking forward to what 2013 has in store. Hit the break to see the results and let us know your favorites.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

So many cool games were launched in 2012, and although many of them had some pretty cool graphics and intense gameplay, to me it’s also about widespread appeal. Taking that into consideration, I have to go with Jetpack Joyride. It arrived a little late in the year, but with over 10 million downloads in three months, it’s hard not to argue that it’s a game that appeals to the beginner as well as the hardcore. The fact that it’s an absolute blast to play doesn’t hurt either. The runner up for me was Granny Smith. It’s not nearly as popular as Jetpack, but is so much fun and is one of the most clever games I have played in a long time. Other worthy contenders include Dead Trigger, Shadowgun: Deadzone, Modern Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They are all cool games that look sweet and sport great gameplay, but since they appeal to a smaller (barely) audience, I have to tip my hat to Halfbrick Studios.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

A near-unanimous staple on most gamers’ devices, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation brings some serious fast-paced action to gamers. The game features incredible graphics, fluid controls, dynamic levels and some pretty impressive AI running the show. The real appeal of this game (like most other shooters) isn’t the single-player campaign (which is solid in its own right)— it’s the astounding mulitplayer mode that allows for up to 12 of your friends to be able to play in anything from a standard deathmatch to team-based battles, which could ultimately lead to hours and hours of gameplay.The only catch with the game is the fact that it requires up to a few gigs of storage space on your device in order provide the incredible level of detail it offers, so gamers will need to set aside some precious real-estate on their devices in order for the game to run. While that is a minor dealbreaker, the overall experience Fallen Nation provides has been easily been one of the best. Ladies and gents if you want to play one of the more exciting games out there— Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is where it’s at.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Create a pathogen. Infect the world. Kill everyone. Plague, Inc. is not only addictively evil, it’s highly intelligent as well. Ndemic Creations has created a game that makes you think about how to strategically mutate and evolve your pathogen to be highly infectious, while maintaining a low lethality to keep governments from working on a cure too early. Once everyone in the world is infected, it’s time to amp up the symptoms and increase the kill rate. Can you kill everyone in the world before a cure is engineered? Once you succeed, you unlock other pathogens, from bacteria and viruses, to parasites and bio-weapons. Each has its own twist to keep gameplay interesting. This was the most played game on all my Android devices in 2012.

Colton Kaiser – Author

Picking the best game of 2012 is no simple task. We’ve seen thousands of titles from numerous well-established studios, each with its own strengths and caveats. With that said, there was one game that stood out apart from the rest of the pack this year. With its simple and charming approach, Granny Smith takes the cake, or in this case the apple. Mediocre Games has crafted an utterly spectacular gem of a game, offering Sonic-esque gameplay reminiscent of the old days of SEGA. The idea is simple, too. You’re an old lady trying to beat a punk skater in order to collect your precious apples. There are two controls: One to jump over obstacles, and one to stick out your cane and zip down power lines collecting coins in the process. It may sound a little too casual for some, but it’s this game that I found myself coming back to time and time again.

Jared Peters – Author

Despite a little piracy controversy over the price of the game, Dead Trigger is one of the most fun, addictive first person shooters available in Google Play. Madfinger has a long track record of fantastic shooters for Android, and Dead Trigger follows suit. It offers hectic zombie slaying, a huge arsenal of weapons to keep you entertained, and even a few little mini games to take your mind off the end of the world, like an arena and a slot machine. It also supports extended graphics for Tegra 3 devices, which make the game look even more amazing. Couple that with great controls and native controller support, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

My choice for best game of the year probably isn’t the most addictive nor will it spawn tons of merchandising partnerships. Ingress, however, is a lot of fun and has loads of potential. The augmented reality game is still in a private beta with about as many people trying to get in as people currently playing the capture the flag-type MMO. Game play can be repetitive and portal placement has been questionable in the early stages but the scale and possibilities make Ingress pretty damn awe-inspiring.

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

I have to admit: I’m not really a gamer. I literally have ZERO games on my Android devices. However, when I got my first Android phone in 2009 (the HTC Hero for Sprint), I did download a few games: Trapped, Jewels, Paper Toss and Angry Birds…so when Rovio launched Angry Birds Space, I felt nostalgic and thought I’d give it a try. It was smooth, well animated, had fun sounds, and the usual addictive game play. I played it for about thirty minutes (which for me is a long time). I thoroughly enjoyed myself and thought Rovio had done a good job coming up with some new and interesting ideas regarding the game physics and lack of gravity. The game was fun and free, what more do you need?. It stayed on my phone for about a week. So, all that to say, I may not be the most qualified person to vote for the best game of 2012, but if I had to choose, I’d go with Angry Birds Space.

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Bad news for Samsung: Apple patent infringements may cost them 88% of profit from phone sales

The battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on for quite some time now, and we already know that Apple won a significant case against Samsung regarding patent infringements earlier this year. Well, recently a redacted document from the court case made its way to the public, and in it we find Judge Pender’s recommendations for punitive action against Samsung. Let’s just say it’s not looking pretty for the Korean company. According to FOSS Patents, an blog dedicated to software patent suits, Judge Pender made the following recommendations:

  • a U.S. import ban that would enter into effect after the 60-day Presidential review period following a final ITC decision,
  • a simultaneous cease-and-desist order that would prohibit the sale of any commercially significant quantities of the imported infringing accused products in the United States (this remedy was denied against HTC), and finally…
  • the requirement to post a bond of 88% of the value of all mobile phones, 32.5% of the value of all media players, and 37.6% of the value of all tablet computers found to infringe Apple’s patents-in-suit during the Presidential review period.

According to FOSS Patents, it is highly likely that the recommendations will be implimented, as the ITC staff agrees with the recommendations across the board. It’s too bad these two technology companies can’t just leave this all behind them and put their focus on bringing us newer, faster, better, cooler phones!

Via: Foss Patents
Source: ITC



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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Ships With Android 4.1.2 In Asia

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Those who are looking to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S III Mini in Asia or more specifically, Indonesia and Vietnam, will be ecstatic to hear that Samsung has started pre-installing Android 4.1.2 on the smartphone. The device was originally loaded with Android 4.1.1. In general, Android 4.1.2 isn’t a huge update. There is a few bug fixes, some added features, and that is about it. Samsung has been doing something different with Android 4.1.2 for their Galaxy devices though. In most cases, most updates to Android 4.1.2 have included the company’s Premium Suite.

All that said, Galaxy S III Mini users can expect to see a plethora of new features like Multi Window, Paper Artist, Smart Rotation, Page Buddy and a whole slew of other features.

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini released back in October in order to compete with the iPhone 5 and was also another option for those who did not like the size of the larger Galaxy S III. Unfortunately the device will not make its way to the U.S., as Samsung never had plans to do that. Not only that, but Apple recently dropped patent claims against the device since it would not be sold in the U.S. market. Then again, a mere lawsuit never stopped Samsung from releasing anything in the U.S., so it is accurate to assume that Samsung never had plans to release the device in the U.S.

via: Phone Arena

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Games for 2012

We already made our picks for best phones and best apps for 2012, and now it’s time for the best game. 2012 finally brought console quality games to Android, but overall, we saw major growth for games that appealed to both casual and hardcore gamers. Although we don’t agree on the best of the best, one thing we can agree on is that we are all looking forward to what 2013 has in store. Hit the break to see the results and let us know your favorites.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

So many cool games were launched in 2012, and although many of them had some pretty cool graphics and intense gameplay, to me it’s also about widespread appeal. Taking that into consideration, I have to go with Jetpack Joyride. It arrived a little late in the year, but with over 10 million downloads in three months, it’s hard not to argue that it’s a game that appeals to the beginner as well as the hardcore. The fact that it’s an absolute blast to play doesn’t hurt either. The runner up for me was Granny Smith. It’s not nearly as popular as Jetpack, but is so much fun and is one of the most clever games I have played in a long time. Other worthy contenders include Dead Trigger, Shadowgun: Deadzone, Modern Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They are all cool games that look sweet and sport great gameplay, but since they appeal to a smaller (barely) audience, I have to tip my hat to Halfbrick Studios.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

A near-unanimous staple on most gamers’ devices, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation brings some serious fast-paced action to gamers. The game features incredible graphics, fluid controls, dynamic levels and some pretty impressive AI running the show. The real appeal of this game (like most other shooters) isn’t the single-player campaign (which is solid in its own right)— it’s the astounding mulitplayer mode that allows for up to 12 of your friends to be able to play in anything from a standard deathmatch to team-based battles, which could ultimately lead to hours and hours of gameplay.The only catch with the game is the fact that it requires up to a few gigs of storage space on your device in order provide the incredible level of detail it offers, so gamers will need to set aside some precious real-estate on their devices in order for the game to run. While that is a minor dealbreaker, the overall experience Fallen Nation provides has been easily been one of the best. Ladies and gents if you want to play one of the more exciting games out there— Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is where it’s at.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Create a pathogen. Infect the world. Kill everyone. Plague, Inc. is not only addictively evil, it’s highly intelligent as well. Ndemic Creations has created a game that makes you think about how to strategically mutate and evolve your pathogen to be highly infectious, while maintaining a low lethality to keep governments from working on a cure too early. Once everyone in the world is infected, it’s time to amp up the symptoms and increase the kill rate. Can you kill everyone in the world before a cure is engineered? Once you succeed, you unlock other pathogens, from bacteria and viruses, to parasites and bio-weapons. Each has its own twist to keep gameplay interesting. This was the most played game on all my Android devices in 2012.

Colton Kaiser – Author

Picking the best game of 2012 is no simple task. We’ve seen thousands of titles from numerous well-established studios, each with its own strengths and caveats. With that said, there was one game that stood out apart from the rest of the pack this year. With its simple and charming approach, Granny Smith takes the cake, or in this case the apple. Mediocre Games has crafted an utterly spectacular gem of a game, offering Sonic-esque gameplay reminiscent of the old days of SEGA. The idea is simple, too. You’re an old lady trying to beat a punk skater in order to collect your precious apples. There are two controls: One to jump over obstacles, and one to stick out your cane and zip down power lines collecting coins in the process. It may sound a little too casual for some, but it’s this game that I found myself coming back to time and time again.

Jared Peters – Author

Despite a little piracy controversy over the price of the game, Dead Trigger is one of the most fun, addictive first person shooters available in Google Play. Madfinger has a long track record of fantastic shooters for Android, and Dead Trigger follows suit. It offers hectic zombie slaying, a huge arsenal of weapons to keep you entertained, and even a few little mini games to take your mind off the end of the world, like an arena and a slot machine. It also supports extended graphics for Tegra 3 devices, which make the game look even more amazing. Couple that with great controls and native controller support, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

My choice for best game of the year probably isn’t the most addictive nor will it spawn tons of merchandising partnerships. Ingress, however, is a lot of fun and has loads of potential. The augmented reality game is still in a private beta with about as many people trying to get in as people currently playing the capture the flag-type MMO. Game play can be repetitive and portal placement has been questionable in the early stages but the scale and possibilities make Ingress pretty damn awe-inspiring.

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

I have to admit: I’m not really a gamer. I literally have ZERO games on my Android devices. However, when I got my first Android phone in 2009 (the HTC Hero for Sprint), I did download a few games: Trapped, Jewels, Paper Toss and Angry Birds…so when Rovio launched Angry Birds Space, I felt nostalgic and thought I’d give it a try. It was smooth, well animated, had fun sounds, and the usual addictive game play. I played it for about thirty minutes (which for me is a long time). I thoroughly enjoyed myself and thought Rovio had done a good job coming up with some new and interesting ideas regarding the game physics and lack of gravity. The game was fun and free, what more do you need?. It stayed on my phone for about a week. So, all that to say, I may not be the most qualified person to vote for the best game of 2012, but if I had to choose, I’d go with Angry Birds Space.

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Games for 2012

We already made our picks for best phones and best apps for 2012, and now it’s time for the best game. 2012 finally brought console quality games to Android, but overall, we saw major growth for games that appealed to both casual and hardcore gamers. Although we don’t agree on the best of the best, one thing we can agree on is that we are all looking forward to what 2013 has in store. Hit the break to see the results and let us know your favorites.

Robert Nazarian – Editor In Chief

So many cool games were launched in 2012, and although many of them had some pretty cool graphics and intense gameplay, to me it’s also about widespread appeal. Taking that into consideration, I have to go with Jetpack Joyride. It arrived a little late in the year, but with over 10 million downloads in three months, it’s hard not to argue that it’s a game that appeals to the beginner as well as the hardcore. The fact that it’s an absolute blast to play doesn’t hurt either. The runner up for me was Granny Smith. It’s not nearly as popular as Jetpack, but is so much fun and is one of the most clever games I have played in a long time. Other worthy contenders include Dead Trigger, Shadowgun: Deadzone, Modern Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They are all cool games that look sweet and sport great gameplay, but since they appeal to a smaller (barely) audience, I have to tip my hat to Halfbrick Studios.

Roy Alugbue – Editor

A near-unanimous staple on most gamers’ devices, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation brings some serious fast-paced action to gamers. The game features incredible graphics, fluid controls, dynamic levels and some pretty impressive AI running the show. The real appeal of this game (like most other shooters) isn’t the single-player campaign (which is solid in its own right)— it’s the astounding mulitplayer mode that allows for up to 12 of your friends to be able to play in anything from a standard deathmatch to team-based battles, which could ultimately lead to hours and hours of gameplay.The only catch with the game is the fact that it requires up to a few gigs of storage space on your device in order provide the incredible level of detail it offers, so gamers will need to set aside some precious real-estate on their devices in order for the game to run. While that is a minor dealbreaker, the overall experience Fallen Nation provides has been easily been one of the best. Ladies and gents if you want to play one of the more exciting games out there— Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is where it’s at.

Ed Caggiani – Author

Create a pathogen. Infect the world. Kill everyone. Plague, Inc. is not only addictively evil, it’s highly intelligent as well. Ndemic Creations has created a game that makes you think about how to strategically mutate and evolve your pathogen to be highly infectious, while maintaining a low lethality to keep governments from working on a cure too early. Once everyone in the world is infected, it’s time to amp up the symptoms and increase the kill rate. Can you kill everyone in the world before a cure is engineered? Once you succeed, you unlock other pathogens, from bacteria and viruses, to parasites and bio-weapons. Each has its own twist to keep gameplay interesting. This was the most played game on all my Android devices in 2012.

Colton Kaiser – Author

Picking the best game of 2012 is no simple task. We’ve seen thousands of titles from numerous well-established studios, each with its own strengths and caveats. With that said, there was one game that stood out apart from the rest of the pack this year. With its simple and charming approach, Granny Smith takes the cake, or in this case the apple. Mediocre Games has crafted an utterly spectacular gem of a game, offering Sonic-esque gameplay reminiscent of the old days of SEGA. The idea is simple, too. You’re an old lady trying to beat a punk skater in order to collect your precious apples. There are two controls: One to jump over obstacles, and one to stick out your cane and zip down power lines collecting coins in the process. It may sound a little too casual for some, but it’s this game that I found myself coming back to time and time again.

Jared Peters – Author

Despite a little piracy controversy over the price of the game, Dead Trigger is one of the most fun, addictive first person shooters available in Google Play. Madfinger has a long track record of fantastic shooters for Android, and Dead Trigger follows suit. It offers hectic zombie slaying, a huge arsenal of weapons to keep you entertained, and even a few little mini games to take your mind off the end of the world, like an arena and a slot machine. It also supports extended graphics for Tegra 3 devices, which make the game look even more amazing. Couple that with great controls and native controller support, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

My choice for best game of the year probably isn’t the most addictive nor will it spawn tons of merchandising partnerships. Ingress, however, is a lot of fun and has loads of potential. The augmented reality game is still in a private beta with about as many people trying to get in as people currently playing the capture the flag-type MMO. Game play can be repetitive and portal placement has been questionable in the early stages but the scale and possibilities make Ingress pretty damn awe-inspiring.

Alexon Enfiedjian – Author

I have to admit: I’m not really a gamer. I literally have ZERO games on my Android devices. However, when I got my first Android phone in 2009 (the HTC Hero for Sprint), I did download a few games: Trapped, Jewels, Paper Toss and Angry Birds…so when Rovio launched Angry Birds Space, I felt nostalgic and thought I’d give it a try. It was smooth, well animated, had fun sounds, and the usual addictive game play. I played it for about thirty minutes (which for me is a long time). I thoroughly enjoyed myself and thought Rovio had done a good job coming up with some new and interesting ideas regarding the game physics and lack of gravity. The game was fun and free, what more do you need?. It stayed on my phone for about a week. So, all that to say, I may not be the most qualified person to vote for the best game of 2012, but if I had to choose, I’d go with Angry Birds Space.

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Bad news for Samsung: Apple patent infringements may cost them 88% of profit from phone sales

The battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on for quite some time now, and we already know that Apple won a significant case against Samsung regarding patent infringements earlier this year. Well, recently a redacted document from the court case made its way to the public, and in it we find Judge Pender’s recommendations for punitive action against Samsung. Let’s just say it’s not looking pretty for the Korean company. According to FOSS Patents, an blog dedicated to software patent suits, Judge Pender made the following recommendations:

  • a U.S. import ban that would enter into effect after the 60-day Presidential review period following a final ITC decision,
  • a simultaneous cease-and-desist order that would prohibit the sale of any commercially significant quantities of the imported infringing accused products in the United States (this remedy was denied against HTC), and finally…
  • the requirement to post a bond of 88% of the value of all mobile phones, 32.5% of the value of all media players, and 37.6% of the value of all tablet computers found to infringe Apple’s patents-in-suit during the Presidential review period.

According to FOSS Patents, it is highly likely that the recommendations will be implimented, as the ITC staff agrees with the recommendations across the board. It’s too bad these two technology companies can’t just leave this all behind them and put their focus on bringing us newer, faster, better, cooler phones!

Via: Foss Patents
Source: ITC



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Bad news for Samsung: Apple patent infringements may cost them 88% of profit from phone sales

The battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on for quite some time now, and we already know that Apple won a significant case against Samsung regarding patent infringements earlier this year. Well, recently a redacted document from the court case made its way to the public, and in it we find Judge Pender’s recommendations for punitive action against Samsung. Let’s just say it’s not looking pretty for the Korean company. According to FOSS Patents, an blog dedicated to software patent suits, Judge Pender made the following recommendations:

  • a U.S. import ban that would enter into effect after the 60-day Presidential review period following a final ITC decision,
  • a simultaneous cease-and-desist order that would prohibit the sale of any commercially significant quantities of the imported infringing accused products in the United States (this remedy was denied against HTC), and finally…
  • the requirement to post a bond of 88% of the value of all mobile phones, 32.5% of the value of all media players, and 37.6% of the value of all tablet computers found to infringe Apple’s patents-in-suit during the Presidential review period.

According to FOSS Patents, it is highly likely that the recommendations will be implimented, as the ITC staff agrees with the recommendations across the board. It’s too bad these two technology companies can’t just leave this all behind them and put their focus on bringing us newer, faster, better, cooler phones!

Via: Foss Patents
Source: ITC



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Bad news for Samsung: Apple patent infringements may cost them 88% of profit from phone sales

The battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on for quite some time now, and we already know that Apple won a significant case against Samsung regarding patent infringements earlier this year. Well, recently a redacted document from the court case made its way to the public, and in it we find Judge Pender’s recommendations for punitive action against Samsung. Let’s just say it’s not looking pretty for the Korean company. According to FOSS Patents, an blog dedicated to software patent suits, Judge Pender made the following recommendations:

  • a U.S. import ban that would enter into effect after the 60-day Presidential review period following a final ITC decision,
  • a simultaneous cease-and-desist order that would prohibit the sale of any commercially significant quantities of the imported infringing accused products in the United States (this remedy was denied against HTC), and finally…
  • the requirement to post a bond of 88% of the value of all mobile phones, 32.5% of the value of all media players, and 37.6% of the value of all tablet computers found to infringe Apple’s patents-in-suit during the Presidential review period.

According to FOSS Patents, it is highly likely that the recommendations will be implimented, as the ITC staff agrees with the recommendations across the board. It’s too bad these two technology companies can’t just leave this all behind them and put their focus on bringing us newer, faster, better, cooler phones!

Via: Foss Patents
Source: ITC



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Innovative Introductions, Incorporated has released Idea Phrase Creator

Idea Phrase Creator  
Developer: INNOVATIVE INTRODUCTIONS, INCORPORATED  
Price: $0.99   Download

Innovative Introductions, Incorporated, a provider of innovative custom software packages for consumers and small businesses, has released “Idea Phrase Creator” app for the Apple iPad to the Apple App Store. The app creates random short phrases, ideas, or full sentences using 42 fully customizable word lists to help users to be more creative. The user has the flexibility to create their own word lists, word list labels, and to change the order of the words.

“Idea Phrase Creator is terrific for helping creative writers to get over writer’s block! The app is also very useful for inventors, music lyricists, English teachers, students, comedy writers, and people who like to entertain their friends,” said CEO/Developer Rick Harrison. “For example, If you are a writer experiencing “writer’s block” this program can help you to get those ideas flowing again. If you are an inventor, and looking for the next best idea, this program may help you in the creative process by giving you new ideas! If you are a musician looking to create different or catchy lyrics, this app just might make your day much more productive!”

The ideas or phrases created may be funny or serious, and can be easily edited from inside or outside of the app with one’s favorite simple text editor. All created ideas, phrases and word lists can be easily shared via email with friends as well. Users can host contests to see who can generate the funniest or most creative phrases based on their own custom word lists. As an educational side benefit, users will find their vocabulary skills, spelling skills, and understanding of language will all improve just by using the app. Idea Phrase Creator will have the user laughing, thinking profoundly, and having a lot of fun for hours.

Idea Phrase Creator 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II reportedly coming in black, triggers monolithic memories

Samsung Galaxy Note II reportedly coming in black, still won't be stealthy

Samsung gave Galaxy S III buyers a small rainbow of color choices in the summer, and there’s signs that the Galaxy Note II might receive a similarly resplendent treatment. A supposed press image obtained by AndroidSlash shows the giant smartphone draped in a previously unavailable black that’s potentially very striking — and more than a little reminiscent of 2001‘s species-changing monoliths. There’s no official word from Samsung on its authenticity, although we wouldn’t be surprised knowing the company’s history and the Note II’s strong track record. When a theoretically niche device is selling like gangbusters, some added diversity could be in order. Just don’t expect any Starchildren as a result.

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Source: AndroidSlash (translated)

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Win a $10 Google Play Gift Card because it’s Dec. 28!

Android Central Stocking StuffersSo we're kind of starting to wind down this contest a little bit. We say "kind of" because we're actually a week or so behind, and we're going to make up for that before the end of the year.

Anyway, here we are again, with another $10 Google Play Gift Card to give away. It's one of 31 that we're awarding, and remember that all 31 winners — one for each day in December — will be entered to win a new Nexus 4, which is sitting here on our desk, unopened, waiting for a good home.

What hoop shall we have you jump through today? Hows about this: Name, in reverse chronological order, the last three smartphones you owned. If you've owned less than that, it's cool. Hell, we envy you a little bit. Just tell us what you've had. We'll pick a winner at random and bestow upon you $10 worth of free apps, music, movies, magazines or TV shows.

Good luck!

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33 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (12/15/12 – 12/27/12)

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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33 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (12/15/12 – 12/27/12) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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