Between my love for the USA channel’s Psych and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, it could be said that I like pineapples. That being said, our porous friend is starring in a new game released onto the Play Store today that can get
you your kiddos hyped for the upcoming movie set to hit theatres on February 6th.
SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run will let you take Mr. SquarePants on a race with Plankton to find the missing Krabby Patty formula. There are three zones you can race through (Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom, and the human beach) and you can even transform into Super SpongeBob should the waters get too choppy. Oh, and there’s a Mermaid Man costume you can put SpongeBob in, which is awesome!
Have you ever wanted to play a game that puts you in the shoes of an escaped farm goat that moonlights in a rock band? You might have an odd taste in video games, but Sony’s Music division has you covered. They’ve released Rockin’ Goat onto the Google Play Store that stars Elwood the goat as he builds a band and put on rock shows in a 2D platforming experience.
The game looks fairly well done and features music from a few different artists under Sony Music’s arm. Between the music and several mini-games, this one might be worth checking out for a few laughs while killing some time.
Over twenty-five million people played strategic role-playing game Blood Brothers. Today, those players can move on to the game’s sequel for an entirely new experience. Developer DeNA Corp. has released Blood Brothers 2 for Android Android and iOS devices. The game takes players back to Arnashia one hundred years after the events of its predecessor. A new regime has taken over power and players have to restore order in a world of disloyalty and chaos. Players must build custom armies and recruit enemies to build a strong enough force to be successful.
Blood Brothers 2 is free-to-play with in-app purchases to improve the overall experience and provide an advantage while playing.
Hit the break for the trailer, gallery, and download links.
The Chrome for Android application, available in the Play Store, is being updated to version 40. The update is not an overhaul by any means but it does make some appealing changes with even more Material Design sprinkled throughout. Tapping on a URL will cue a box that contains the option to copy it. Before, users had to manual cut/copy the URL like any other text. On tablets, long-pressing the close button on a tab provides a button to close all tabs. The most welcome addition, though, is how fixed headers work when zooming. Things are less likely to get messy and crowded with everything staying in its place.
As expected, Google is rolling out the update slowly. You can download the update for yourself by hitting the download link below.
Source: OMG! Chrome! [APK Download Link]
If you enjoy Spotify and use it regularly, you may be glad to know that the company is planning to roll out a new feature called Touch Preview to help you discover new music. The Touch Preview feature provides a way to listen to a short sample of a song simply by pressing on the album art icon. In a video that Spotify released to show how the new feature works, you can see that the preview clips should play almost instantaneously as a user moves their touch from one album cover to another when viewing the grid for a playlist.
Earlier today, Google tipped its hand at a new app it’s working on called Work Chrome. It appears to be part of the Android Work program, which is promoted as an enterprise solution for companies wanting to use Android for business purposes. The app or apps could appear on personal devices with company profile log-ins or with business provided Android devices.
Just as mysteriously as the app’s arrival to the Play Store, Work Chrome was pulled by Google shortly after.
Yesterday WhatsApp hit the news after it was discovered they were banning the use of third-party apps with their platform, going so far as to temporarily ban users who were using other channels to access WhatsApp. While the WhatsApp team may have annoyed some users with that move, today’s news is much better. WhatsApp has finally launched a web client for their messaging platform that works with the desktop Chrome browser.
When Amazon Wallet launched in July, its purpose was to be a digital wallet that stored gift cards and loyalty cards from various retailers. It could not, however, be used as a mobile payments solution because of the inability to store debit and credit cards. The amount of installs for Amazon Wallet was presumably low even with the Fire Phone having it pre-installed.
Google Cast for Android TV devices can now be updated a lot easier since Google has moved it to the Play Store. This is the case for both the ADT-1 and the Nexus Player, and we presume it will be the case for the upcoming Razer Forge TV as well as all the new TVs from Sony, Sharp, and Philips.
Google Cast is the software used for Chromecasting compatible apps to your Android TV device. To update it, just head into the Play Store from your Android TV device and scroll down to updates.
NBC is giving cord cutters an easy way to watch the Super Bowl thanks to an 11 hour live stream of the entire game, plus pre-game coverage and the halftime show. You’ll be able to watch the big game on NBC’s Sports Live Extra app on your tablet, or on a desktop or laptop or computer, which goes live at noon on February 1st.