Hulu released an update today to its popular Hulu Plus app, which reportedly promises increased playback resolution for three 1080p devices, including the Droid DNA, Galaxy S 4, and the HTC One. Unfortunately, there’s only a small amount of content on Hulu that’s actually in 1080p so this news doesn’t come off as big as it could be. There wasn’t really any other information given about the update, so this is all we have for now. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store. » Read the rest
Gmail’s new categorical inbox went live in browsers last week, and the Android app is starting to follow. The new Gmail app is slowly (very slowly) rolling out to users via the Play Store. If you don’t want to wait, however, Android Police has ripped the APK file for all of us to download and enjoy immediately. The update is available in the Play Store, but not everyone can get it. If you’re not one of the lucky few, we provided a download link below of the actual APK.
I’ve gotten a chance to play around with the updated app, and I’m really liking how polished it feels. The sliding navigational drawer, and “slide down to refresh” feature are incredibly smooth. The new contact images with upper case initials with a bright background are also a nice touch. There’s also a little more room to read your emails due to the action bar being moved, which is always helpful. Links after the break.
Today PopCap has announced that the sequel to their popular game Plants Vs Zombies, will come out for iOS on June 18th, with an Android version coming later. The game will be titled Plants Vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time, and will allow users to play in different themed locations, such as Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas, and the Wild West— more locations will soon be revealed. As for the layout of the game, it’s pretty much the same as the original, with plants and zombies on opposite ends of the playing field. However, users will be able to interact with zombies using a new touchscreen power-up feature. The game will be free to play, with in-app purchases of course. PopCap did mention that everyone will be able to access every level and every zombie and plant without paying a cent— the in-app purchases, however, will most likely just speed up the process of upgrading. Check out the new trailer after the break. » Read the rest
Android users have been left out in the cold for the past 6 months while iOS users have been enjoying the Vine app for Twitter. Well it’s time to come inside to the warmth because Twitter just announced it’s now available for Android. As a quick refresher, Vine is a video service for Twitter that allows you to post short, and I mean short, videos. We are talking 6 seconds or less. So far, 13 million people have already used it via iOS.
Don’t expect the same features as the iOS version right away. They will be adding some stuff in the coming weeks such as the ability to use the front-facing camera, search, mentions and hashtags, and sharing to Facebook. They even hinted at features that would only be available on Android such as zooming support.
Download links after the break.
NVIDIA is preparing to release their Project SHIELD gaming device next month. Powered by their new Tegra 4 chip, the devices hold promise of raising the bar in mobile gaming. According to NVIDIA, more than 25 game titles are ready to be released in conjunction with the device that are tuned to take advantage of the Tegra 4′s new capabilities. Three of these titles are already available and run on Tegra 3, so they provide a nice preview. » Read the rest
With June and the summer months right around the corner, the NFL decided to update their Fantasy Football app well in advance of the start of training camps and the 2013 football season. Of course, any app connected to real life sports leagues needs regular updates to keep teams and players up to date and the latest release from the NFL achieves that. More importantly, the NFL spent some time in the design lab and has given the app a new, fresh look. The new UI is influenced by the Android Holo guidelines, but the NFL did not stick as close to them as other recent app updates have done. » Read the rest
After Earth, the latest Will Smith summer sci-fi action movie, has gotten its game tie-in in the form of an endless running-esque game. It’s a visually appealing game filled with 20 missions with unlockable secrets, and even an “infinite mode,” so there’s enough meat on the bone to keep you busy on more than a few lunch breaks. The game also features a bit of customizability and multiplayer, by giving you different suits to collect and leaderboards to challenge your friends. And best of all, there’s achievements!
The game only costs a buck, so if you’re looking for something to hold yourself over until you can get to see After Earth in theaters, hit the links below to grab the game.
Evernote is launching three new security features for its note-taking service today. First up is two-step authentication, which is always a simple but extremely effective method of adding an extra layer of security to your account. Evernote will ask for a six digit pin number that’s text messaged to your phone whenever attempting to log in to your account from a new location or device. It’s an optional feature that’s exclusive to premium and business users, but if you’re eligible, it’s worth setting up.
The second security feature is setting up authorized applications, and it’s available to all users. Basically, you’ll have access to all of your signed-in instances of Evernote from your web account, and you can manually disable them in case you ever lose a device, like your smartphone or tablet. The next time Evernote tries to run on that device, it will re-ask for a password.
The last feature is a full access history you can also access from your web account. This allows you to see when and where your account has been accessed, tracked by IP addresses and estimated locations. This can be helpful for making sure no one is sneaking into your account from somewhere you’ve accidentally left logged on. Like the authorized applications, this feature is available to all Evernote users.
As always, privacy is a huge deal when it comes to personal information. It’s good to see Evernote take some steps towards increasing security for users.
Root Explorer is one of the top file management apps around for Android users, due in large part to its straightforward approach and simplified style. Still, the user interface was a bit dated until today’s update. The app has added tabs for easy navigation, as well as a few extra interface tweaks including a new action bar and fully customizable list icons. Looks aren’t the only thing that has changed, as Root Explorer now syncs with Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.net, or any standard SMB server. In addition, processes can now occur in the background, with notification alerts to let you know what’s happening.
You can find the change log after the break, as well as a download link for the updated app. » Read the rest
Today the much popular mobile gaming company Gameloft has released their new family friendly game UNO and Friends. If you’re familiar with the game UNO then there’s nothing new here and you can expect the same style and rules of game play. You can invite other friends to play and you can even personalize your UNO game with backgrounds and other customizations. The game is free to play with download links below!