Sometimes saving the world isn’t the glorious task newspapers crack it up to be. Sometimes it takes the skills and know how to wrangle up a group of superheroes and have them work together to save the day. Sometimes even heroes need… a Middle Manager. That’s exactly what Middle Manager of Justice tasks you with. You’re mission, should you choose to accept it, is to hire and maintain a group of heroes, upgrade your facilities to facilitate more efficiency in your attempts to maintain the peace.
That’s right. You’re the middle manager. You’re the behind the scenes player. Besides building up your team, leveling them and fighting bad guys you have the ability to build up your base and customize it to your liking. Those of you sporting Tegra devices get an added perk of added costumes. For the rest of you, the game sports the typical freemium model you see nowadays. If you’re interest isn’t peaked yet, we have a game play trailer for you after the break. I’ve just started playing this game but it looks like one I’ll be playing for a while. Enjoy!
ES File Explorer has been on my phone for a long time. I love using it to manipulate and move files to and from various folders and the like. My only complaint was that the UI seemed a bit outdated and didn’t fit with the Holo style that the later versions of Android brought to the table. The devs must have read my mind though because they posted a test build of the newest version of the file manager sporting a new Holo-style theme. While it is marked for testing purposes, the app appears to be pretty solid. I have yet to see a hiccup in the short time that I’ve used it.
For those that are interested in tinkering with the app, you can download it or read up on it from the source link below. I’ve included a gallery past the break so that you can see the new UI in action. It should hit the Play Store sometime soon barring any major bugs. As far as I can tell though, it’s pretty close to a final product.
If you’re like me then you’ve always been a fan of first person shooter games from the World War II era. My favorite has been and always will be Battlefield 1942. I’ve often looked for decent WWII shooters on Android but I haven’t really found many that kept my attention. It appears however, that my search may be over as Glu Mobile just released the trailer for their upcoming game Frontline Commando: D-Day. The game will boast a 5 campaign set with 145 different missions. These missions will be based on actual beach landings. This includes Juno, Sword, Gold, Omaha, and Utah. Along with this we’ll see other features like:
stunning console quality visuals,
full voice overs.
You’ll be doing and experiencing all this with an array of classic WWII weapons. Of course there is the added element of in-app purchases, but you can complete the game without them. There isn’t a release date, but we’re hoping that it’s sooner rather than later. Hit the break to check out the trailer. Enjoy!
Harman showed off enough of its infotainment center at CES to make most of us instantly hate our car stereos. The system runs a virtualized platform where QNX runs the vehicle specific functions and an Android overlay takes care of the user interface. For now, it looks like users will have access to apps via a Harman curated appstore as well as one run by individual automakers. The unit has the usual array of mobile entertainment apps as well as a pretty cool augmented reality heads-up display. As you might expect, it’s controlled via touch screen but also has a set of gesture controls with Google voice (and Siri) functionality to come.
If you’re hoping to add another device to your shared-data plan, Harman is promising LTE connectivity support. Its being offered to OEMs but we haven’t heard of a partnership with any automakers so no telling where this might end up. CES addicts should click here for our complete CES 2013 coverage!
Ever hate having to access multiple apps just to check a document on your Dropbox? Box 2.0 hopes to solve that for you by including a document viewer that supports 75 different types of files. That’s right, you no longer have to first open Dropbox, check to see if its the latest version, then open Quickoffice all to just access your presentation you slaved over for hours.
This update brings a host of other features including automatically updating offline folders and files, a complete transfer manager as well as a completely browser-less experience. Now, the race for best cloud storage system for mobile devices just got a bit tighter. With 5 gigabytes free of space, I would strongly suggest you at least check this out if you’re in need of a more fluid cloud storage system. Hit the break for the download links.
What exactly do you get when you combine grilling with Android? iGrill. Previously limited solely to iOS devices, the food-monitoring Bluetooth accessory is finally compatible with Android. The company broke the news on its website earlier today, announcing that an official application had been made available on the Play Store for Android users to download.
If you’re not familiar with the gadget, iGrill wirelessly pairs to your Android device and will feed you live readings of your food’s temperature. The iGrill component itself retails for $79.99. While that may seem like a steep price to pay for a fancy meat thermometer, keep in mind that what you’re actually getting is the best possible mixture of serving your duty as grillmaster and using your Android smartphone.
Rovio is adding to their Angry Birds franchise with the new spin off called Bad Piggies that will give fans of the series a chance to live life through the eyes of the pigs we are so often trying to hit. We knew the game was coming out on September 27th, but we didn’t know what the game would be about. Would the pigs enact some type of revenge on these birds or cook up some new recipes for the bird eggs? This was cleared up a bit with the newly released teaser.
In the teaser, we see the ever so hated pigs rolling and flying around in user designed contraptions to try and get through different levels stealing bird eggs. All of this clever and riveting gameplay is presented in a colorful, two-dimensional sidescrolling view— just like the original Angry Birds series. Without even playing it yet, this game looks like another hit for Rovio and a lot of wasted time for me. You’ll want to see how this game looks instead of reading about it, so hit the break to see the teaser.
It’s nice when Dropbox always lets us in on what they’re up to. In this case, they’ve revealed several new updated features on their Android app:
Thumbnails for video files
Better video playback for both ICS and Jelly Bean
UI improvements on the Nexus 7
Ability to open Dropbox files directly in other apps
Various bug fixes
While bug fixes are always nice and welcomed, the most interesting part of this updated beta build has to be the UI improvements for the Nexus 7. It’s always great to see a Google Nexus device being supported in a big way. You can get your hands on this beta in the source link!
The popular media player for music, videos and photos has now left its beta stages and is officially on version 1.0 (technically 0.0.1.0). The app supports up to 9 different languages and provides several features such as a great UI, widget functionality, an equalizer, lastFM scrobbling, metadata editing and is graphically optimized for high-resolution devices. Here’s a list of other features that you can expect from the free version and the in-app upgrade version:
RealPlayer Features – available with the free RealPlayer app
Music, videos and photos all in one place
Available in nine languages
Optimized graphics for high-res devices
Voice commands for search
Control playback when phone is locked
Sharing on popular social media sites
Move application to SD card
Set your favorite song as a ringtone
Auto bookmarking of videos
Home screen widgets to control media
Access any file format your device supports
Additional Features – available through an in-app upgrade
Graphic equalizer with ability to save custom settings
Metadata discovery using the Gracenote database
Manual metadata editing
Cross fading for a seamless music experience
RealAudio and RealVideo (rmvb) support
You can check out the video and a link to download the app after the break!
If you’re both an Android lover and an avid gamer, chances are you will been waiting for Microsoft to release it’s new My Xbox Live application on the Google Play Store. With the application hitting Apple’s App Store last month it was only a matter of time before we’d see it arrive on Android and the good news is that today is that day!
I’ve personally been a fan of both Android and Xbox for a few years now and have been searching for the ideal application to suit my needs. For me, one of the biggest attractions that keeps me coming back to the Xbox is the social aspect of online gaming. The majority of my close friends are on Xbox Live and from time to time one of my favourite means of winding down after a long week at work is spending a couple of hours playing capture-the-flag whilst chatting with my friends. I was always interested in the concept of being able to glance at your phone to see who’s online and what they’re playing before deciding whether to fire up the Xbox or watch a film. With a number of popular, third party applications on the Play Store, the biggest challenge was always finding an application that you could rely on.
A throw back to all of you out there that have experienced the frustrations and joys of owning Nintendo’s first console, the NES; Google has come out with a tool for you that will help you find places you need to go on your 8-bit system. They announced today that they will be releasing a Google Maps 8-bit cartridge for the NES. You can plug in your dial-up connection directly into the cartridge and you’ll see the world in 8-bit goodness. If you have problems with it a fix is as easy as blowing the dust out of the cartridge.
Rather than take my word for it you can check out the debut video for this awesome new product. If you can’t wait for the cartridge to be released though you can experience a trial version by pointing your browser to maps.google.com followed by clicking the quest option in the upper right hand corner. Check out the debut video for this awesome product after the break. While it may be a day early… April Fools!
Ice Cream Sandwich‘s launcher is a step up from any other launcher UI out there. There are even some that have taken its greatness even further, like Nova Launcher for instance. However back in December we wrote about a launcher that could make all other launchers feel like child’s play. That launcher, the TSF Shell Pro 3D Launcher. I’ve been drooling over it ever since we first touched upon the launcher. If you haven’t seen our initial article and have no idea why I am drooling over it then go check it out. I’ll wait. Back? Good, continuing on.
For those that have been and are now newly waiting for this to drop on the world we have good news for you. If the developer’s web site has anything to tell us we will see it in eight days. That’s right Leap Day, February 29th, the day we only see every four years, will be the day we see this launcher. If you still haven’t checked out our initial piece please, again, head here to do so. It has some amazing screenshots of TSF Shell PRO 3D in action. Otherwise, hit the break below to check out the original trailer in all its glory. I sure hope that it drops a week from tomorrow. How about you?
Tegra Zone, nVidia’s showcase for Tegra optimized games, will be offering Borderlands 2 and Demolition, Inc. At PDXLAN 19 in Dallas last week, Borderlands developer GearBox Software showed off Borderlands 2 running on a Tegra 3 tablet. Although juicy details for Borderlands 2 are scarce, it is currently scheduled for a release sometime around summer of this year, which could lay the groundwork for the first console-quality game released simultaneously for Android. The original Borderlands was a great game (I’ve only played it on PC) and with the Tegra 3’s PC-class GPU on board, I can only imagine how great BL2 will be once it’s released.
Demolition, Inc. will also be featured on Tegra Zone, an action strategy game where you play the role of a demolition worker. The game is designed to showcase the physics processing capabilities of Tegra devices. The game is scheduled for release sometime in March. Here are some of the features to expect:
Car and building physics are fully simulated. Everything is destructible and nothing is pre-animated
Use the endless possibilities of combining your tools and weapons to make devastating chain reactions
Use your tractor beam to take control of cars, place anti-gravity ramps to maximize damage, use the huge wrecking ball to make way
Three cities and 15 districts are awaiting to be demolished by you and lead to their true destination!
Compare your skills with those of your friends and the world-wide steam community
Sound interesting? Sure does. Hit the break for a couple of short preview videos.
Ever since Apple released Siri for iOS, Android developers have been coming out with their “Siri-killers”. We’ve seen Speaktoit Assistant, Cluzee, Iris, and even Google’s upcoming Project Majel, which promises to improve the current Voice Actions for Android. The latest is called utter! by XDA member brandall, and promises something a little different.
Through a video the developer posted on YouTube, we find out that utter! knows about and can use the apps already installed on your device. For example, when asked “search eBay Galaxy Nexus,” the app responds by displaying the results through the installed eBay app rather than opening a browser. Of course, if the eBay app was not installed, utter! would indeed use eBay’s web site to return the results.