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Android 4.1.2 update for Samsung Galaxy Camera rolling out

Samsung looks to be issuing a software upgrade for its Samsung Galaxy Camera as folks are reporting Android 4.1.2 is showing up in parts of the United Kingdom. The upgrade doesn’t bring a ton in the way of new features, but users have noticed a new updated Gallery app. The app is said to be the same one that is featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and since that one is quite nice we can’t say there will be many objections to its arrival.

There’s no other indication as to what else has changed, but we assume stability improvements and performance enhancements are just a few of the key differences.

This 16 megapixel Android-powered point and shoot camera might not have been met with the greatest fanfare Samsung’s seen (I believe the latest Galaxy phones had that privilege), but the advanced touch screen features and the ability to share photos with tons of social apps is what the OEM will bank on to get the camera some shine in that point-and-shoot arena. Those interested in the upgrade should be looking for firmware BLL7, so get to it and let us know how things are working out for you in the comments section below.

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More Huawei Ascend D2 Images Leaked

Huawei’s new 5-inch 1080p smartphone called the Ascend D2 has been spotted in a new leak, following the one that appeared earlier this month. The new photos were seen on the Sina Weibo microblogging website.

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The photos show the front, rear, and side view of the a white smartphone as it is being handled by a person. As per the images, it has a clear layer of plastic over the white plastic rear casing, similar to the one found on the Meizu MX2. A layer of clear plastic also protects the on-screen buttons.

When compared to other recent smartphones from China like the ZTE Nubia Z5 and the ZTE Grand S, the Huawei Ascend D2 looks thicker, possibly because of its massive battery which has a capacity of 3000mAh. It had been previously observed by Shine Wong, writing for GizmoChina, that the handset resembles the Apple iPhone 5.

Purportedly, the Huawei Ascend D2 will boast of a 5-inch FHD touch screen display with a resolution of 1920 x1080 pixels. Said kind of display is also found on the ZTE Nubia Z5. Under the hood, it will come with a Hisilicon K3V2 quad-core processor working with 2GB of RAM. Its main camera packs a 13-megapixel image sensor. The smartphone will have Android 4.1 OS that is overlaid with some customizations from Huawei. Some of these customizations are visible on the leaked images. It is still unknown if Huawei is including a microSD card slot for memory expansion. Likewise, the storage capacities that the smartphone will offer are still a mystery. Rumors also suggest that Huawei will sell the device for RMB 3299 or roughly US$530.

The smartphone will be unveiled during CES 2013 in January. It will likely be showcased alongside the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate phablet, another 1080p device from the China-based electronics company.

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Frankie Frost is Dead Zebra’s Android collectible for the Christmas season

Our friends at Dead Zebra have been busy since releasing Werewolf, the sporty Android collectible that was made available for the holiday season. The team endured hurricane Sandy, thankfully, and went to town on releasing its special Android collectible design for Christmas — Frankie Frost.

Designed by Scott Tolleson, Frankie Frost embodies everything the wintry atmosphere of the Christmas season has to offer. Snow flakes, ice and the bluish tone of cold weather all shine through with this design, and it would look great up against any desk ornaments throughout the holiday season. The only thing that could have made Frankie better is a hook to hang him onto a fresh pine tree.

You can own one for just $10, and the buying period will be split into two: 11am PST on December 6th, then exactly 12 hours later for another round on that same day. These tend to go fast so Dead Zebra is limiting these to two per household — sorry, no hording for eBay, folks.

The collectible will begin shipping December 10th, so it should be in folks’ homes in time for Christmas (though those of you outside the US will want to select faster shipping times as delays could push delivery past December). Be sure to bookmark Dead Zebra’s site and return on the aforementioned day at the aforementioned time to secure yours.

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Popular Science picks Google Now as the Innovation of the Year

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Since its launch alongside Android 4.1 Jelly Bean back at Google IO in the summer, Google Now has become an intriguing, and in some cases integral part of every day life. Android nerds aren't the only ones to take a shine to the service either it seems, with Popular Science naming it as the Innovation of the Year. 

Make no mistake, this is an impressive accolade to receive. Google Now finds itself among such distinguished company as the digital camera, the Large Hadron Collider and follows on as the second Google service to receive the honor after Google Maps.  

In naming Google Now as the winner, Popular Science editor-in-chief, Jacob Ward, even took a slight swipe at Apple's Siri in the process:

Voice interfaces like Siri seem outdated by comparison. With Google Now, you don’t pull the phone out when an idea occurs to you. You pull it out when an idea occurs to it.

Google Now is still in the early days, and as promised at Google IO during the unveiling, we're expecting to see much more from it as time goes on. To see more, click on past the break for a video on the award, starring Jacob Ward. 

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BBM 7 beta is open now, adds Voice feature for free calls over WiFi

BBM 7 beta is open now, adds Voice feature for free calls over WiFi

RIM’s BlackBerry 10 launch isn’t scheduled until January 30th, but BBM faithful can try out a new feature on their existing handsets — voice calling. Brand new for BBM 7 it lets users bypass the text chat their thumbs have been used to and directly talk via the service, as long as they’re connected to a WiFi network, no 3G / 4G allowed. That connection restriction takes some of the shine off, but BlackBerry users traveling to / living in far locales with minute-restricted SIM cards or less reliable infrastructure make make the most use of it. Voice allows for direct initiation of calls, switching from text chat to a call, using both in split screen and has an indicator to let users know when their friends are open for a chat. That’s not the only BBM 7 upgrade however, as the service is now deeply integrated with one BlackBerry ID, which backs up their profile, groups and contacts for easy switching to a new device. Currently BBM 7 is available in beta for BlackBerry OS 6 or higher smartphones, with support for BlackBerry 5 planned “at a future date.” If you’re interested, hit the Beta Zone to sign up for access at the link below, or check out the press release after the break for more details.

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Beach Buggy Blitz Gets Updated To Support Not Just Tegra Devices, But “Most Modern Android Devices”

 

If you’re a fan of games from Vector Unit like Shine Runner, then you’ll want to grab Beach Buggy Blitz as soon as possible. What was once a Tegra-exclusive game, the latest Beach Buggy Blitz update now brings compatibility to all—well “most modern Android devices”— meaning most of of you will be able to get in on the sweet action. In addition, the latest update will bring some bug fixes and in the spirit of Halloween, a new “Grim Rod” car and two spooky new characters.

The update is about 44MB in size, so it’s by no means small, but definitely worth it. Hit the Play Store link or scan the QR code to grab the game today.

 

 

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Beach Buggy Blitz updated, sheds Tegra exclusivity in the process

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Vector Unit, developers of such titles as Riptide GP and Shine Runner really outdid themselves with their latest title Beach Buggy Blitz. A completely free, yet completely amazing game, the only downside was that you needed a Tegra device to play it. Well, everyone else now has cause to celebrate. The latest update to Beach Buggy Blitz brings it to non-Tegra devices. 

Compatible with "most modern Android devices," you'll still need to try it for yourselves to be sure. But, since it's free, that's not too much of a hassle. 

For those of you who've been playing Beach Buggy Blitz for a while, there's some additional treats on board. As we approach Halloween, we get 2 new characters and a special, Grim Rod, car available too. There's also a coin doubler added to the in game purchases, along with a smattering of performance and bug fixes. 

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Newest LG Nexus leaked pictures reveal more of its design

It sure has been an exciting, leak filled week for those following all of the newest LG Nexus news. From the first signs of the device in the FCC filings to that strange shot of a bowl of spaghetti, the leaks seem to be coming on a daily basis. This latest set of shots comes courtesy of a generous poster over at the XDA forums. As mentioned before, the LG Nexus looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, save for a little shine around the bezel. As far as the innards, here is what the poster reveals:

  • CPU: quad core ARMv7 1.5GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Memory: 8GB (no SD slot)
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Android version: JellyBeanMR1
  • Kernel 3.4.0
  • Screen: 768×1184 (320 dpi)
  • Camera: 8 MP

 

Although it may look the same as the Galaxy Nexus, it’s obviously packing a much bigger punch, and with that resolution and DPI, we can deduce that it’ll rock close to a 4.7-inch display. All of these specs fall directly in line with the FCC filing that we ran across last week which revealed a GSM device that’ll lack LTE capabilities which eliminates early thoughts of this device possibly being the Optimus G, but it will still hold its own. At this rate we should hopefully see an official announcement soon. Hit the break for an additional shot of the back of the device, and hit the source link for a pretty good read from other posters asking the original poster questions about the device.  

 

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[Video Review] Beach Buggy Blitz From Vector Unit

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Recently, Vector Unit – the team behind Riptide GP and Shine Runnerreleased a new game called Beach Buggy Blitz. This one is slightly different than VU’s previous offerings, as it leaves the boat/hovercraft racing behind and takes to the beach for a fun, whimsical spin in a buggy.

We’ve been playing around with this game since its release and are pretty impressed so far. Here’s a look at what you can expect from BBB.

Editor’s Note: This is the first post from Tim Schofield – better known as QBKing77 – here at AP. Welcome him!

The game is free in the Play Store, but is currently only available on Tegra 2/3 devices.

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Featured Play Store Review: Hands on with Beach Buggy Blitz [Racing]

For those of you that own a Nexus 7 or any other Android device with a Tegra CPU, we have another great game for you. This one just came out today and it’s called Beach Buggy Blitz by Vector Unit. If you’re not familiar with Vector Unit, they are the ones who brought us Riptide GP and Shine Runner. From the name, it’s obvious that it’s about racing and the beach. This racer is what we call an “infinite racer.” This means you won’t find a bunch of different tracks. You simply race and explore until your time is up. The longer you race the more you see and the cooler it gets. There are a number of caves, volcanoes, jumps, and temples. As to obstacles, you won’t find a shortage here. You will have to deal with Tiki statues, grass shacks, giant crabs, lava monsters, and even rolling boulders as a result of erupting volcanoes.

To help you out, you can race through coins (as in collect them) to use for upgrades such as better vehicles, drivers, and power-ups. For those of you that don’t like to spend money, you can eventually unlock everything the game has to offer without spending a dime, but if you want to speed things up (no pun intended) you can spend a few bucks.

If you like racing games, you will love Beach Buggy Blitz. The graphics and gameplay are great and it’s very addicting. They added enough features and made it simple enough to satisfy everyone. For controls, you can use motion, touch, or even a game controller for the full console effect. As to the game, since there aren’t a bunch of tracks to learn, the casual gamer can have a blast. Hardcores will still find it fun because there is still so much to explore, but it won’t be as daunting to casual gamers.

Beach Buggy Blitz is only available for Tegra devices and those of you that have a Tegra 3 device will enjoy extra special effects like motion blur, lens splash, dynamic headlights in caves, and real-time rendered car shadows. Here are are some pictures showing you the differences (click on images to enlarge):

 

If you don’t own a Tegra device, don’t fret because Vector Unit will be releasing a version to satisfy all in the coming weeks.

Check out our hands on video and hit one of the download links below to get started.

 

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Beach Buggy Blitz for Tegra devices is totally tubular, man (and totally free)

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If you're the proud owner of a Tegra device there's a great new game you have to try, Beach Buggy Blitz. The folks at Vector Unit (the same people who brought us Shine Runner and Riptide GP) have really outdone themselves with this one. 

In Beach Buggy Blitz, you're tasked with driving from waypoint to waypoint, in an endless driving game. Along the way you'll find coins, which you can use to buy power ups and new equipment, all sorts of destructible scenery (carnage is fun), and a beautifully rendered environment. The effects, physics, and gameplay take full advantage of Nvidia's Tegra extensions, for one of the funnest driving games to ever hit Android.

It's addictive, and it's harder than it looks. While you're power sliding around corners, and laying waste to crabs and tiki torches, the clock is ticking. If you can't make it to the waypoint before the timer runs out, your game is done and you have to start all over again.

Right now the game is for Tegra devices only, but Vector has plans to bring it to other devices "soon". If you're like me and bought a Tegra device to play great games, you just found one. Grab it from Google Play through the link above, it's free (with in-app purchases for coins if you like). There's also a quick video of the game in action after the break.

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[New Game] Vector Unit’s Beach Buggy Blitz Is Exclusive To Tegra Devices For Now

unnamed (2)If you’re not familiar with Vector Unit, you should be – they’re responsible for such Android racing hits as Riptide GP and Shine Runner. Their latest title, Beach Buggy Blitz, has the player racing through a pristine tropical wonderland. You’ll see white beaches, verdant forests and adorable local wildlife, all of which will be crushed under the tires of your 4-wheel-drive PETA-punisher of choice. Like Shine Runner, there are no opponents – just get the best time. Powerups augment multiple vehicles and racers for a surprisingly complete experience. Those of you who aren’t fans of touchscreen controls will be glad to know that Beach Buggy Blitz supports tilt controls and external gamepads.

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Interactive ABC HD Update Helps Kids and Parents Get Ready for School

Interactive ABC HD – Pre-reading for Kids  
Developer: Kids Academy Company  
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Right in time to help kids and parents get ready for school Kid’s Academy Company has released a new version of Interactive ABC HD (previously known as Cartoon ABC), a top educational application on the App Store. The update features a more user-friendly interface, colored content, and improved performance.

The new features integrated in Interactive ABC HD make the app shine. The original artwork that was complimented a lot by users, became brighter and more appealing to kids. The interface was completely redesigned to provide smooth, user-friendly experience.

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Motorola Droid RAZR HD unveiled: 4.7-inch 720p display, ICS, dual-core S4 for Verizon (video)

Motorola Droid RAZR HD unveiled 47inch 720p display, ICS, dualcore S4 for Verizon

It’s been a day of big smartphone reveals, but Motorola’s not one to let the glory shine too long upon rivals. At its press event today in New York City, the Google-owned manufacturer gave the public its first official look at the Droid RAZR HD. Unless you’ve been living off the grid, it’s hard to find much about this announcement fresh and / or exciting, as specs, photos, tutorials, FCC docs and even sample pics have been leaking since the start of April. Surprise already blown, the handset falls in line with previous reports, running a lightly-skinned version of Android 4.0.4 (upgradeable to Jelly Bean) and bearing a 4.7-inch 720p display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 8-megapixel rear camera, NFC, as well as a massive 2,500mAh battery.

So, what’s changed in this RAZR refresh? Well, the phone’s back may still be Kevlar-coated (in this case, it’s pretty much fully wrapped), but a few cosmetic differences have been made to the Droid RAZR HD’s body. For starters, its front face almost spans from edge to edge, with just a little bit of bezel surrounding that display. Dimensions-wise, it’s 131.9mm tall, 67.9 mm wide and still pretty thin at 8.4mm. It’s definitely a coup for design-focused consumers that prefer to have their devices appear as a sea of seamless black glass. While it’ll be hanging out on Verizon’s 4G network, we’re still waiting on pricing — but we’re promised that it will arrive “before the holidays.”

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Mutant By Alawar Entertainment Review

Yes, the game is simply called Mutant. I wasn’t so sure about this game. A top down survival zombie shooter using touch controls sounded pretty weird to me. I really didn’t know how it all would work out either. I know a lot of companies are bent on taking PC Genre’s and turning them into a Android game with some really nice controls, but since I had heard a smaller company developed this game, I wasn’t very sure how it would all work out in the end. Upon playing the game, the control aren’t that bad, really. They do take a bit of getting used to, but after that they really aren’t that bad.

In fact, the controls are really good (again, after you get used to them). This game actually turned out to not be so bad, I was able to quickly get the hang of it and begin my massive zombie slaying massacre. There are many heroes, weapons, upgrades and equipment to choose from before heading on into the battlefield (no, the interface is nothing like Call of Duty). The amount of choices when it comes to weapons are pretty disappointing, but at the same time I found that the amount of heroes you had option to was crazy awesome. I ended up going with the telepathic warrior because he looked freaking sweet. Upon getting in the game I realized he looked like a clunky puppet (he was still pretty dang cool though). After messing around with my character a bit, I noticed that your very first mission you get a pretty lengthy introduction and tutorial to the game before you finally are able to begin dealing with the mass amount of zombies and mutant beasts in the world. It was a big longer than your standard introduction, but at the same time wasn’t so lengthy that I just wanted to figure everything out on my own.

The guys who created Shake Spears! actually created this game. You’ll notice that the overall quality of Shake Spears! is at the very least 1000x better than what is to offer in Mutant. Still, Mutant has a lot of content and detail in the game, so it should not be overlooked. There are bound to be tons of people that will love this game even though the overall quality could of been a whole lot better than it currently is.

As far as I know, there is no story in Mutant, which I found to be saddening. This game felt like the perfect set up for an epic zombie survival story on an Android device. No matter though, it’s still insanely fun to take flamethrowers, laser beams and crazy machine guns and blow up zombie after zombie, mutant after mutant. I don’t know what the satisfaction is with it, but it’s insanely fun and I rarely get bored and never have really payed any attention to what the clock slowly ticking down until your rescuers come. It’s still very possible to get bored with this game though, it may not be right a way or even a week from now. The game has enough substance to last a little bit, but for how long I don’t really know. Mutant definitely does not have what many other PC games boast of; replayability. In fact, after you get tired of using the OpenFeint social platform to compete with other players and you finally give up on trying to best your own score, this game is outright dull. But, until that point, there are a lot of fun factors to this game that I would love to cover. Not only that, but I’m sure many others would love to see what it’s all about. That said, let’s get right into it.

Basics:

As I said earlier, I wasn’t that confident in the controls for a top down arcade-like shooter. Soon after playing it and getting used to those controls though, I found it to be very easy to pick up. You basically have virtual analog sticks on the screen that work really well and are actually responsive. I did notice that the virtual analog sticks really suck on the smartphone while on a tablet they are literally perfect. Placing could of been a tad better, but other than that, they are completely perfect.

So, what you’ll be doing once you install and enter the game is be put in a menu screen. From that screen you have two options (three, sort of). The first option is to select Missions mode with the second option being Survival mode. There is a third option, which is PvP Duel. That’s coming soon though and as it says, it’s going to be a PvP Duel. Which, if you didn’t know, is essentially online connectivity so you’re able to duel other players. The Missions mode is essentially a campaign. I realize I said that there is no story in this game, but the only story you’ll really be seeing is little background paragraphs to give you an idea of what a map looks like or a little background history on what your chosen character is all about (allow me to warn you that the character history backgrounds are very cheesy too It’s quite funny. Imagine a guy survives a nuclear attack, and is angry because it killed his government and now basically anyone involved in the attack is going to pay for it. Yep, standard cheesy movie story) That’s all you will be seeing though.

Upon selecting Missions mode you’ll be put at another screen, which essentially is just to choose your mention. Once you do that you are sent to another screen to choose your character. As I said earlier, I went with the Telepathist or better put as the “pissed off boyfriend.” There are a total of six heroes to choose from making things a bit more customizable. After that, there are four more heroes, but they are labeled as “coming soon.” When soon is, we don’t exactly know.

I really enjoy having six heroes to choose from though. It’s not your standard press play and start shootin’ up everything with a very generic character. After you select you’re character you’ll have to move over to the equipment tab and equip your hero with four different guns and bonuses. For guns, I chose the top four that were free to use instead of paying money for the bottom four which costs about $1 in USD currency. After choosing guns, I went over to the bonuses tab, selected the top four bonuses because the bottom four require money. Finally, you move over the upgrades tab, this allows you to upgrade your hero after every arena or match. You can choose to upgrade him with health points, running speed and etc.

I think as you have noticed, the customization of this game is fantastic. There are many different things you can use to customize weapons, abilities and just your general stats to either one, make the game go faster, or two get a pretty nice high score. Whichever you choose, the customization is still fantastic and I really hope the developers continue to expand upon the customization. I wouldn’t mind seeing some cosmetic outfits that would better suit a maniac who lost his girlfriend. In all seriousness though, cosmetic outfits would be cool. I wouldn’t mind seeing something like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gunner outfit from The Expandables 2 in there. Who knows if they’d  be able to pull that off due to copyright infringements and all though.

Okay, so after customizing all of that you are finally able to enter the game and begin your adventure in the world of mutant zombies where your task is to destroy everything! After clicking play, you’ll be taken to the game screen where it takes a bit to load before everything starts running smoothly. On the right hand side of the screen you have your guns and analog stick that points at where to fire. On your left hand side of the screen you have your upgrades to use along with the virtual analog stick that allows you to move. It’s all laid out very nicely and makes for some very smooth and overall fun gameplay. Fighting off the Mutants can be exhilarating sometimes as waves get harder and harder. And man, I really mean it when I say they get harder. The developers were definitely not looking to make this a Call of Duty Zombies remake.

As I said earlier, it’s hard at first to get used to the controls, but eventually after you pick them up things get pretty smooth. Thus allowing you to get a better score every time you play a map over again. If you want, you can even publish those scores on the OpenFeint social platform that keeps track of high scores for you. That said, if you’re a competitive player, you may just want to look into that sometime when your playing the game.

Survival Mode:

This mode I can tell you right now is absolutely crazy, insane and is pure madness. I couldn’t survive, I found it near impossible to survive for the five minutes they ask of you. The only thing that will help you is the off chance that you get super powers at just the right time or you can hire a friend to help you throughout the massive mutant invasion. Granted, you can only hire him when your health gets low and he only stays for a little while. That said, he’s not a whole lot of help, but if you’re in a sticky situation, it’s fairly easy to pull him out of your hat.

I have no idea what your survival rating is based off of in this mode. It could be how long you stay alive but it’s also very likely as to how many mutants you end up slaying as it seems to usually increase every time you kill a zombie or mutant. Other than that, I am not really sure as to how that all works out and all, and what your survival rating is really worth. Then again, that could be your score that gets published to OpenFeint. If so, I can only imagine how high people have gotten on OpenFeint (I am almost scared to look).

All that said, there really isn’t a whole lot to Survival mode. At its core it really is the same thing as the Missions but takes longer to finish and is ultimately based on how high of a score you get while the Missions aren’t so much based around that. I guess you could see Survival mode as a type of multiplayer mode until the PvP duels come out some time soon here (you aren’t playing with people, just publishing scores to compete). If you want, you aren’t required to publish your scores onto OpenFeint, it’s more of an optional thing that adds a bit more fun to the game if you’re looking for some serious competition. There are some people that really get into this game and get the highest score possible, publish it on OpenFeint and then compete with others to keep that top score, it’s all very fun if you’re into that type of stuff. If not then, well, OpenFeint probably won’t matter to you then at all.

So yeah, that’s basically the gameplay in a nutshell. It’s pretty fun, and I enjoy playing the game here and there. Like I said earlier, it definitely is not Shake Spears! in terms of its quality development. It’s still pretty fun though and deserves a play every once and a while. I wouldn’t really consider the gameplay and customization parts of Mutant the best part though. The graphics, sounds and upcoming features is what has given it’s shine and what will give it more shine.

I really think that the graphics and music make this game near perfect, which is why I will go into them in detail.

Graphics:

Alawar Entertainment did the most fantastic job with the graphics that I have ever seen in any zombie mutant themed game on Google Play. I can not even begin to explain the extraordinary detail that was put into it. Ok, actually I can, but they really are pretty amazing. Different arenas have different environments and aren’t the same thing over and over again. Each environment is new and either expands upon the other or just brings in a whole new theme into play. This is a nice thing to have to make sure that the game always has some unique areas. So far, I’ve gone through dessert like environments and then a few swamp like environments. It’s actually pretty cool and I am really enjoying the environments. Really looking forward to seeing more here as I continue on with the game.

You’re not going to find much realism in this game, you really aren’t. It’s a top down arcade shooter and that is what you should expect from it. That said, the game does have a lot better graphics than what you would see in an arcade shooter. But, my only issue with it is that they textures are not high resolution. I know, that’s a very low complaint to make compared to how good the rest of the game is. Still, High Res textures make a huge difference in PC games and I’ve noticed that they have made a even larger difference in Android games, which is probably due to the smaller screen along with some features in the Android operating system. That said,I love seeing High Res textures put into Android games like Shakes Spear!, it makes things a lot better visually. I was really disappointed to see that there were no High Res textures in Mutant, it would of made things stunningly gorgeous.

The game is still pretty good visually though. I still found it to be really nice. Sure, I have a few complaints about the lacking of High Res textures, but what it currently has is fine, I guess (I would still love for the developers to consider adding High Res to the game).  Either way though, the graphics are really good, but one thing that you may or may not want to consider is the amount of blood that pours out of the mutants after completely killing them with your arsenal of weapons. It’s definitely not something that kids should really be playing (as a personal opinion), but if you’re okay with that, by all means, let ‘em. Its just a lot of blood that you may or may not want your kids to constantly be watching you play or them even playing.

One thing I also found is that as I was playing and constantly firing the gun, the flash from the gun wasn’t actually on the gun but instead it was flashing on the side of the gun. This was probably one of my weirder experiences in the entire game. At least they didn’t overdo the flash like some games have (that are mainly on the PC). I haven’t seen a whole lot overdo the flash on Android, but I have on the PC. Thankfully, the Android OS hasn’t been a victim of the blinding flash many developers like to do for some odd reason.

All that said, the graphics are nice, could use some work, but they are very nice for this type of game. I’m not sure what I really was expecting from this top down shooter as everything they did killed and predictions I had for it, in a good way though. I really can’t complain a whole lot either because it is a entirely free game too.

Sounds:

The music in this game is amazing. It is honestly probably one of the better tracks anyone will experience in any type of game. While Shake Spears! was also really good, Mutant boasts of another really awesome soundtrack. I’m really beginning to think that Alawar Entertainment really knows what they’re doing when it comes to making music for their games. So far, two of them that I have reviewed have been extraordinary. My only complaint is that the soundtrack isn’t that long, thus it loops around a lot. Aside from that I found it to be pretty good.

As for the sound effects themselves. They were really weird and really cool at sometimes. I actually found the gunfire to be more annoying than anything else in the game (yes, more annoying than the random gun flash being on the side of the gun and not coming from the nozzle of the gun). It conflicted heavily with the awesome background music, thus making things seem really obnoxious in the game. That’s just a personal opinion though, others might find the sound levels fine and not conflicting. It really depends on your taste, I guess.

One thing that I did notice is that the background music in the menus it was different than what the background music in the actual gameplay was. That was an enjoyable thing to hear as they mixed it up a bit and didn’t have the same track playing on and on. Uniqueness really felt like it was key in Mutant, and they did just that with both the sound and gameplay, particularly the sound. They’ve also proven that music has been really important to them in their other games by providing some excellent tracks.

Overall I thought the sound quality was fantastic aside from the minor complaint with the gun noises conflicting with the rocking background music. It was good and I did enjoy it. I do hope that continue to make some excellent tracks for the upcoming update they have for the game, but we’ll just have to see what happens with that. And by no means is the sound and music in this game perfect, it is still really good, especially from what I have seen from a lot of Android games.

That said, keep up the good work Alawar Entertainment!

Upcoming Update:

Alawar Entertainment is supposedly coming out with a pretty huge update for Mutant that will supposedly be introducing a PvP Duel feature. I have a few suspicions as to what this is, but I will get to that in a little bit. I’m not sure what else the update will be offering, but surely we’ll see some bug fixes and performance enhances as we see in most big updates to games. Both Shake Spears!, Where’s my Perry? and Angry Birds, all very popular titles, all got performance updates whenever they introduced new levels or more content. That said, we can only expect that we’ll be seeing the same thing with Mutant when Alawar finishes the update.

I have two suspicions for the upcoming PvP Duel mode. The first is that it’s going to allow us to fight on survival type maps with friends and/or family and they’ll most likely bump up how long it takes to finish the map too. This is most likely as from what I have seen, it’s been a wanted feature by many on some of the Google Play reviews. It’d be a cool feature to see, but at the same time, it’s most likely going to be something else.

What I really think the PvP Duel is going to be about is competing off in our separate arenas trying to get the highest score possible. Then, whoever comes out with the highest score will then win that sort of “duel” match. It could be that or we’re literally going to be facing off against each other. I think this is most likely as opposed to fighting off mutants with friends though. It’s what makes the most logical sense when it comes to how they named the mode.

In the next update, we’ll also probably be seeing those last four characters unlock. If not all of them, I would expect at least two of them to be finished up. It’s been sitting their saying “Coming Soon” for a very long time now, so I only expect that we’ll be seeing at the very least, two new characters to play as in any of the modes. As to why they are just sitting there labeled with “Coming Soon,” I don’t know. It may have been to decrease work for their next major update, but then again, adding a few images and slapping on the Coming Soon text isn’t that hard to do.

I’m kind of excited for the Fanatic to actually become available though. With the amount of bonuses he has along with what his Superpower is, he sounds really freaking cool. I can’t wait to see how he’ll do in some of the arenas. The Telepathist is already really cool and it almost seems like the Fanatic is a better version of the Telepathist. Who knows though, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when the update comes along.

Until then, the Telepathist will have to do.

Final Verdict:

After playing the game for quite a bit, I had a really fun time with it. Overall it was a fantastic top down arcade like shooter. It had just the right amount of exhilarating experiences, while providing a fun environment to play against other players in the OpenFeint social platform. If I were to sum up the game in one simple paragraph, I think the developers themselves did a fantastic job of doing that. Check it out:

Mutants are taking over a post-apocalyptic Earth, and there’s just one solution: Wipe them out! Choose to play as any of up to six characters, each with unique Super Abilities, unleash up to eight weapons on the slavering hordes and make use of up to seven bonuses that give you an advantage in battle. Between skirmishes, outfit your character with 16 implants and 20 equipment upgrades to create the ultimate mutant-killing machine. Be a lone hero in 24 single-player missions, join forces with other users in multiplayer mode and earn 22 achievements as you save mankind from a hideous threat. You have no guarantee of tomorrow unless you pick up your weapon and fight today!

While it’s easy to become critical of this game, the developers did do a fantastic job and really deserve more recognition than the wee amount of people that have reviewed and played their game(s). Alawar Entertainment has a lot of different games out, but among those games I think both Shakes Spear! and Mutant stand out the most. Both are very creative and deserve a whole lot more than what they have been given. That said, I would highly suggest checking out Google Play and giving the game a download. It’s not every day that you get to see a quality arcade shooter, now isn’t it?

 

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TSF Shell 3D Updates With More Gestures, Widgets, Settings, And Enough Shine To Blind Other Launchers

The Android launcher has always been ground zero for device customization, and most launchers make at least some concession to user options. But TSF Shell, which we’ve covered before, surely takes the cake for sheer flexibility. The latest update, to Beta version 1.6.0, adds a dazzling amount of new features. Granted, most of these are eye candy – something that TSF never lacked in the first place – but a few of them are genuinely useful. The ability to select and move multiple apps at a time is something I’ve wished stock and source-based launchers would implement for years.

The mini-docks on the right and left of TSF, as well as the homescreen itself, get plenty of small tweaks and options.

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RIM Promises Loyal Blackberry Customers Getting Sneak Preview of BlackBerry 10

RIM is looking to please their enterprise or “loyal” customers to reassure its “corporate cash-cows” that the BlackBerry 10 OS will be arriving to save the day and restore their devices that has lost their glimmer and shine. Someone sounds like they might just be getting a little jealous of the Android fad. According to RIM CIO Robin Bienfait, while the analysts may just be predicting failure for the Canadian company due to the android and apple fad, “the reality is straightforward: We have over 78 million customers that need our services on a day-to-day basis, and we’re firmly committed to the launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform.”

Many people would disagree with Bienfait’s statement. Sure BlackBerry can be a good platform but many would agree that Android and iOS offers a whole lot more than the BlackBerry OS currently offers. Currently we don’t know what the sneak preview of the BlackBerry 10 OS looks like so it’s not really right for those people to make that claim at this point in time.

“All companies need to go through changes in their evolution” Bienfait says, “and it is our turn right now.” CEO of the Candian Company, Thorsen Heins, said something about the companies financial results earlier this month. Bienfait went on to say that RIM is relying on it’s cash reserves to carry the company through the changes. “I’m confident that we’re well positioned” she insists. “What’s important is that we have a clear direction, are pivoting rapidly, and are absolutely committed to achieving these goals.”

The CIO has also revealed that RIM plans on giving it’s loyal customers a sneak preview of the new BlackBerry 10 OS. This is to convince them that it’s worth getting. Not only that, they are also looking for suggestions for improvements. ”In terms of meeting the needs and expectations,” Bienfait says, “we’ll be partnering with many of our enterprise customers to allow them to take a look in advance of the launch, so they can see for themselves what we’re working on.”

RIM originally planned on releasing BlackBerry 10 in late 2012 but it has now been delayed to a early 2013 release. It is unknown how RIM will be selecting  customers that will get the sneak preview of the BlackBerry 10 OS. Neither is it confirmed when this sneak peak will be released. For all we currently know it could be another couple of months before the sneak peak releases. I’d assume they’d release soon to keep the hype up of their new OS, that’s just speculation though.

As a side note, the BlackBerry 10 picture looks a lot like iOS, I wonder if Apple will start another litigation to once again, claim the world of technology as their own.

If you’ve gotten the Sneak Preview yet or have any idea when it should be releasing, let us know in the comments below!

source: Slash Gear

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News: Night Sky Stars Shine Bright in New App

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Dubbed ‘Sky Survey’, photographer and designer Nick Risinger has released a new iPhone and iPad app that gives users a never before seen view of the heavens. Based on his portrait of the cosmos which gained notoriety in 2011, Sky Survey debuts on the iOS to deliver a highly realistic and window to the night sky.

“I’ve squeezed every possible drop of my photography into this app to give people a new way to experience the stars,” said Risinger, founder of the app’s parent company, UNIVRSE. “To reveal and interact with the night sky in photographic detail is a truly magical experience. For me, it’s a dream come true.”

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Finish reading “Night Sky Stars Shine Bright in New App” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Apps of the Week – Shine Runner, SMod Forever, Camera Launcher and more

Apps of the Week - Shine Runner, SMod Forever!, Camera Launcher and more

Android Central's editors have once again picked their favorite apps for the week. We've got a lot of games this go around, but also a few utilities you might find handy. Anyone who picked up a Google Nexus 7 will definitely want to check out our picks this week. Dig in after the jump!

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Gameloft Announces 4 New Titles At E3, Including Next Iteration Of Asphalt Racing Series

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With E3 well underway, mobile developer Gameloft has let loose a salvo of new titles it’ll be unveiling at the conference today. These include: Asphalt 7: Heat, The Amazing Spider-Man, Kingdoms & Lords, and Cosmic Colony.

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Asphalt 7 is the latest in the iteration in Gameloft’s long-running racing franchise, though it appears the gameplay has remained largely unchanged (read: racing games on phones still aren’t very good), while graphics and the choice of vehicles have been noticeably stepped up. No release date has been announced.

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Commissioned by the studio producing the movie of the same name, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a movie game.

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HTC’s Official One X cases are thin and minimalistic, we go hands-on

HTC has some impressive phones in their new HTC One X and One S, we all know that already. With a beautiful sleek design and awesome materials to make them durable yet slim and strong, why cover them up with an ugly bulky case? HTC’s introduced some brand new One X cases today in Seattle and we were able to get a quick hands-on.

Now the idea and philosophy behind these is to not cover up the beauty and sleek design of the One series — and we’d have to agree with that idea. Why buy an ugly thick case when HTC themselves will be selling these minimalistic cases that lets the phones beauty shine through. The gallery below is just one of a few designs HTC has planned, and they’ll come in Orange, Blue, Black, and White from what we’ve heard.

The term minimalistic comes to mind with these cases, especially after seeing the picture above. It neatly and securely wraps around the phone without being intrusive to the user. While the orange is extremely visible and a pretty drastic change you can still see the beauty peeking out through the holes, which also keep the case extremely lightweight.

We have no names, pricing, or availability at this time but we should be hearing more details soon. Hopefully these will be available in the next few weeks as the X gets ready to land on AT&T May 6th. Check out the blue design from the gallery below too.

Thoughts on these new cases from HTC?

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Rumor: The Upcoming LG D1L Smartphone May Feature Wireless Charging

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III is looking to set the new standard for all Android devices. While it rightfully getting much of the attention and limelight among the Android community, LG is quietly working on a flagship device of its own and will try to steal some of the shine by having innovative features included. As you might recall, the mysterious D1L has impressive features including a 4.7-inch HD display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, an LTE radio and Ice Cream Sandwich. However, there’s one new feature that LG has up its sleeve too– built-in wireless charging. While LG has already introduced wireless charging on the LG Revolution, you’d have to buy an optional backplate which makes your phone much thicker. However, reports are coming in the D1L would support wireless charging by default.

If LG can improve its dismal track record of software updates with the release of the D1L, then it may possibly have a winner on its hands.

source: DDaily
via: Unwired View

 


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MiLi Power Releases The Shine, and External Battery for iOS Devices

MiLi Power recently released the Power Shine, a 4000 mAh external battery that is sleek, portable, and highly compatible. The Shine is an easy to use external battery for iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows phone, or any other device using micro USB. Keeping in line with other MiLi products, The Shine is small and lightweight, with an appealing rounded design.Don’t let the small size fool you; the 4000 mAh external battery will keep a device powered for hours. The Shine offers awesome extended battery life, providing up to: 26 hours of data, 34 talk hours or 90 hours of media.  (more…)

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Huawei Honor passes through the FCC, sporting AT&T bands this TIme

The U.S. already has the Huawei Honor under the alternate name of the Huawei Mercury on Cricket Wireless. The device itself might not be something phenomenal compared to others on the market, but it still has its perks. A 1.4 GHz single-core processor, 8MP camera with 720p recording, front facing camera and 4GB’s of internal memory. None of that is truly outstanding but good non the less. What makes this device shine is the 4-inch FWVGA 854 X 480 display. It looks absolutely stunning.

It appears that AT&T might be looking to snag up the device in the near future. A recent filing through the FCC pegs the device with all the proper bands for AT&T support, at least their 3G side of things. If it does make it AT&T it is most likely going to be launched at a mid-ranged device price. After all, they can’t charge an arm and a leg just because the screen is pretty. To make this a more tempting device, the Honor already has an up and running version of Ice Cream Sandwich on it in China. That should hopefully mean that an ICS update stateside shouldn’t be to far off.

I know a fair  amount of our readers prefer the high-end devices, but would you consider picking one of these up at some point? If I could find one on Craigslist for cheap I might be tempted to snag it just for the heck of it.

Source: Unwiredview 

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First Look: Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX [CES 2012]

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The Motorola Droid RAZR just hit shelves at the end of last year, but to reach its uber-thin design the built in battery was relegated to a 1700mAh rated battery. Given the phone’s large Super AMOLED display, dual-core processor, and LTE connectivity battery life just hasn’t cut it for some power users. No problem, here comes the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. The MAXX retains all of the specs that made the original device shine but bumps it up to a 3300mAh battery, close to double the original. It still manages to earn the RAZR name with a thickness of only 8.9mm.

The extended battery life equates to 8 hours of non-stop movie viewing. Another way to see it has the phone making it from LA to Las Vegas and back using Google Maps Navigation in one charge. Say goodbye to your car charger.

While we wonder how the release of the RAZR MAXX will affect the currently available RAZR — things could get a bit confusing for customers wondering why last year’s model is still a viable option (we smell a price cut in its future) — Motorola is confident that offering a broader range of options will best meet consumer needs. Check out the video above for the rundown.


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[CM7 Theme] Let’s “Freeze” Your Homescreens


In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the worst Batman movie ever made, “EVERYBODY…CHILL!” Got to be one of the cheesiest lines to ever embrace the cinema, but I am not going to go on a rant about it now. Here is a theme to try out to turn your CM7 into frozen eye-catcher.

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This theme is pretty awesome looking. I am a huge fan of the color blue and this theme takes the blue theme and adds a little shine to it. I love the round spherical shaped icons this theme comes with, and just the overall looks of the silver and blue. This theme is free for you to place in your theme chooser to add to your CM7 theme collection. I believe another infamous line Arnold said in that God awful movie was, “CAN YOU BE COLD, BATMAN?”

Application: Freeze CM7 Theme
Developer: c_hale22
Cost: FREE



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[New Game] Multiponk By Fingerlab Hits The Android Market, Brings Unique Pong-Like Action To The Playing Field

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Tired of blowing the dust off that old Atari just to have some classic pong fun? Well box that bad boy up and prepare for a spin on the old classic. Popular iOS game Multiponk has just made the jump to Android, and it provides a fun twist to classic pong gameplay. Optimized for both tablet and phone, this game will provide you with intense multiplayer action throughout 7 different game modes.

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The HD graphics look phenomenal as well, enough to make your grandpa wish he had this kind of…

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Day 10 Of Google’s 10 Billion App Download Celebration, 10 New Apps For 10 Cents Each!

It’s the final day folks. This sale has been awesome. I can’t wait for the 20 Billion App Download Celebration!!! We have a few repeats, but of course some new stuff. If you missed out yesterday, there is still some time left so hit those links as well.


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Google’s final 10p discount apps – Heavy Gunner 3D, Puffle Launch and more

It’s the last day of Google’s 10p discount app promotion and, well, you can hear the bottom of the barrel being scraped. Today we get four duplicates from earlier in the promotion, plus the likes of Talking Ben The Dog. It was a good idea to begin with, at least.

Here they are. There are quite a few repeats in this list, so we’re actually getting 12 10p apps today:

Sentinel 3
Apparatus
Camera Zoom FX
Star Chart
Colour and Draw for Kids
Shine Runner
Puffle Launch
Talking Ben The Dog
Heavy Gunner 3D
TileStorm HD
HyperJump
Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom

Some half-decent games there, if you’re not planning on spending the next month seeing all the ‘Good Future’ levels of Sonic CD.

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And Heavy Gunner 3D’s quite popular, if you have yet more loose change to burn. Or melt.

Link via Reddit.

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10 Billion Apps promo, final day: Camera ZOOM, Shine Runner and Heavy Gunner for 10¢

It’s been a fun ride, but now it’s over: Google’s 10 Billion Apps celebration has reached its final day. For the last nine days the company has been celebrating the Android Market’s pivotal achievement of 10 billion total app downloads by discounting paid apps to a dramatic 10 cents. Some of the best-selling apps available have been put on sale by 90% or more. Today’s new apps include Camera ZOOM FX, Shine Runner and Heavy Gunner 3D.

Here’s the links for the new on-sale apps for day 10: Camera ZOOM FXHeavy Gunner 3D, Hyper Jump, Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom Sim, Puffle Launch, Shine Runner, Talking Ben the Dog, and TileStorm HD. The other apps, Sentinel 3: Homeworld, Star Chart, Apparatus and Color & Draw for kids, were available on previous days as well. The Android Market home page has not been updated yet, so just use the links above to find your apps.

If you hurry, you can still get the apps from day 9 at their discounted price as well. Many users are experienceing issues verifying their purchase on phones and tablets – to avoid this, either use the web version of the Android Market, or just wait for a few hours until the hubbub dies down. If you can’t get the discounted apps to download even then, Google may just give them to you – a nice touch on the customer service front.

So readers, what’s your favorite new app from the 10 Billion Apps promotion? Check out the complete history of discounted apps in the links below, then sound off in the comment section.

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