Amazon Game Studios releases Air Patriots, their first Android game

Today Amazon released their first company made game into the Play Store. Air Patriots is a game that puts you in control of a squad of planes using drawing controls to direct where and when your fleet attacks their enemies. Since this is a game that is created by Amazon, it also takes advantage of their Whispersync technology for cloud saving. This game, along with the release of the cloud drive photos app, gives Amazon a nice start to the month. I’m a little surprised that these apps aren’t an Amazon appstore exclusive and open to everyone in the Play Store. More images, a trailer video, and download links after the break.

Amazon’s Cloud Drive Photos app now available in the Play Store

It’s pretty clear that Amazon has every intention of staying competitive in the mobile space for the foreseeable future. Between new devices, applications, and cloud services, Amazon is fighting their way to the top of the OEM pile, and doing a pretty good job of it. To add more to their app/cloud repertoire, Amazon has released a Cloud Drive Photos app to access any photos you may have on Amazon Cloud drive.

CyanogenMod 10 to get CM File Manager with next round of nightlies

Those of you that are sporting CyanogenMod 10 will be happy to know that they are incorporating their own file manager, appropriately named CM File Manager. It maintains the Holo UI and of course leverages root capabilities. So far it looks like it won’t have any network capabilities like the ability to access any of your network drives over WiFi. I’m sure this will be added at a later date, but if it’s something you need, you won’t be able to dump ES Explorer or File Expert just yet.

It was already forked into their project last night, and should show up in the next round of nightlies.

source: +CyanogenMod

Netflix Announces Support For The Kindle Fire Tablet In The UK & Ireland

 

As Netflix continues to grow and expand worldwide, so too does its ability to work on major devices. That’s why Netflix recently expressed its enthusiasm in announcing its mobile app is now available on the Kindle Fire tablet in the UK and Ireland. This means starting today, users will be able to grab the app from the Amazon App Store and finally be able to play content of their favorite show, movie or program— right from the comfort of their tablet.

Again— Netflix is inching closer and closer to taking over the world— but it continues to do it little by little and its expansion to additional devices in the UK and Ireland is a start.

source: Netflix

Contest: Win one of two Nexus 7 tablets courtesy of NVIDIA and TalkAndroid [Updated with winners]

Earlier today we posted our review of the latest Tegra game to hit the Google Play Store and TegraZone, called Zombie Driver. In celebration of this release, NVIDIA gave us two 16GB Nexus 7 tablets to give out to our awesome readers. We are going to keep this simple folks. We know it’s Halloween, but we aren’t going to ask you to send us photos of your costumes or any of that. Just follow these simple rules.

  1. One Nexus 7 will be given out here in the main site and one will be given out in our forums
  2. To enter the main site contest, comment below telling us what your favorite candy bar is
  3. To enter the forums contest, go to this post, and reply with what your favorite game is currently
  4. For chances to win both tablets, you need to enter in both places (although very unlikely, you can’t win twice)
  5. You have until tomorrow night, November 1 at 11:59PM EST to enter either contest
  6. We will pick the winners at random and announce them on Friday, November 2
  7. If you are a winner, you will receive an email with instructions to the one associated with your account

That’s it. Remember you need to enter both here and in our forums for a chance to win both tablets.

Good Luck!!

UPDATE

Congratulations to our winners:

Main site –  Paul Mekelburg who likes Cookies and Cream Hershey Bars

Forums – AZNguyen who likes to play World of Tanks

Thank you all for playing and special thanks to NVIDIA for sponsoring this. Look for another contest soon!!

Skitch receives UI overhaul and deeper Evernote integration

It’s been over a year since Evernote released Skitch in the Google Play Store, and they’ve been hard at working keeping the app up to snuff, despite a few complaints from users. The new update brings a refreshed interface, a few new toys and tools to play with, (Pixelate and Highlighter) and a long overdue feature, Evernote syncing capabilities. It requires Evernote to also be installed on your device, but if you’re using Skitch, chances are you’re pretty comfortable with Evernote, anyway.

Could Google’s new Gesture Typing keyboard show up as standalone app in Google Play Store?

Earlier today some folks discovered apk files for Google’s “Gesture Typing” keyboard. As you may recall, Gesture Typing is a new feature included in the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. The new functionality provides an input method similar to Swype, letting users glide their fingers from letter to letter on the keyboard instead of having to tap the letters.

Droid World heads to San Francisco this February 2013

Leading Android developers, Google Android representatives, handset manufacturers and operators will be appearing on Apps World’s Droid World stage early next year at the world famous Moscone Center in San Francisco, California delivering valuable developer advice and ideas around the world’s most popular smartphone OS.

Some of the industry’s most successful developers will there to shed light on their creative, technical and business processes in open, interactive workshops where attendees will be encouraged to suggest discussion topics, debate and collaborate.

My Car Salon gets a Spooky Halloween Makeover

A lot of games are adding Halloween themed updates and My Car Salon is no exception. My Car Salon, created by Animoca, is a time-management game for car lovers. Characters such as Ratchet, Socket, Hammer, and Torque can now dress up like a ghoul, bat, pumpkin, monster, or other silly costumes. This update also includes an eerie new level involving ghosts and goblins that have taken over the repair shop.

Chances are you have already played My Car Salon since it has been downloaded over 2 million times. If not, and you’re looking for something new that includes the spirit of Halloween, then check it out because it’s available now and it’s free. Hit the break for a quick demo video, download links, and the press release.

Shoot The Zombirds gets a Halloween Update

Infinite Dreams recently released a Halloween-esque update to their app, Shoot the Zombirds. It’s an addictive little game that feels a bit like the NES classic, Duck Hunt. You play a crossbow-wielding hero, defending Pumpkids from swarms of undead birds. It’s simple, but it’s extremely polished and plays well.

The newest Halloween based update brings three new spooky characters, two new Halloween backgrounds, and a Halloween-themed game icon. If you’re in a creepy holiday mood and need a new time waster while waiting for the bus, it’s hard to go wrong with this (free) app.

Full press release and download links after the break:

ADW.Launcher Gets Updated To Bring A “New Everything”

Many of you may not have the luxury of enjoying a stock or simplified launcher due to those pesky customized UI skins, but one of the better launchers in the game has just come back with a new update that’s sure to make many users happy. The latest ADW.Launcher update brings the software version to 1.3.3.7 and brings pretty much a new ummm…. “everything”— whatever that means. The hope is that there are new themes and even more customizations to make even the pickiest owner happy. As expected, users will be able to do anything from resizing widgets to developing specialized app folders and all.

 

The app is compatible with Android 1.6+ devices, so that means that all users looking for a solid alternative have no excuse but to give the latest update a try today.

 

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Google Play Store reaches 700,000 applications

 With all the excitement surrounding the impending launch of Google’s new family of Nexus devices, it isn’t surprising to hear that the company has reached yet another promising milestone. The folks from Mountain View announced today that the Google Play Store had surpassed 700,000 total applications. Keep in mind this is the same number of applications Apple said it had in its App Store just last week.

There’s no doubt the portfolio of games and productivity apps will continue to increase, ultimately beating out Apple for the number of total applications available to users. However, with the introduction of the Nexus 10, Google will need to make a push for tablet-specific applications if it intends to successfully compete in the 10-inch tablet space.

Source: Bloomberg 

Latest Angry Birds Star Wars teaser video from Rovio gives some gameplay hints

Fans of the Angry Birds franchise are no doubt aware that we are only a little over a week away from the release of the Angry Birds: Star Wars version on November 8th. Combining the two popular brands, Rovio is hoping it will have another hit on its hands.

In their latest video trailer, we get our first look at some of the gameplay unique to this version. The red bird, aka Luke Skywalker, is shown using a lightsaber to take out the piggies’ obstacles. Meanwhile, the Leia character, a pink bird, is shown shooting lasers on her arc of destruction. As far as locations, we see Tatooine and Hoth, which includes AT-AT walkers in action. Hit the break to view the video.