Are you in the mood for some multi-player Pong action on your Android device? Well then the Fingerlab team has something that is right up your alley. They just announced that their game MultiPonk, a word play on multi-pong, is now available for Android. You can have up to four people playing at the same time on either smartphone or tablet alike.
MultiPonk has seven game modes, eleven bonuses and five different ball sizes adding to the games crazy appeal. Think Hungry, Hungry Hippos craziness but with Pong.
This game promises some great multi-player fun and is well worth it for a $1. But get it while you can because that’s only the introductory price and it will jump up to $5 dollars after some time. Hit the break below to find the market links and gameplay video.
One of the biggest events on television is now going to be broadcast on the internet and your mobile devices. The NFL announced Tuesday that the Super Bowl will be streamed online and to mobile devices for the first time. NBC’s broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl are said to be available on the league’s and network’s web sites as well as also being available through Verizon’s NFL Mobile app.
Additional camera angles, in-game highlights and live stats, and replays of the popular Super Bowl commercials will also be available with this service. While NBC has been streaming Sunday Night Football telecasts for four seasons, they found that it’s not just being used by those who can’t wait it on television but also by those using the service to compliment watching the games on TV. That may be the case this year as well.
Given that the Super Bowl is the biggest television attraction annually, last year’s viewing drew a record 111 million U.S. viewers, adding this option to smartphones and the internet seems like a no brainer. Hans Schroeder, the NFL’s senior vice president of media strategy and development, told The Associated Press. “
Listen up GTA’ers. GTA III has finally landed on Android. Rockstar Games has released Grand Theft Auto 3 to the market, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the game. This isn’t a remake, it’s the real deal, just optimized for play on touch screen devices. I wasted no time this morning downloading it and giving it a quick one over on my 10.1 Tab. It looks awesome. Not ground-shaking graphics, but cool nonetheless.
Rockstar did a fantastic job of bringing this to Android. Controls are a little weird, but then again I’m used to having a controller in my hands playing this game. Fret not though, Rockstar did think of that while making it and the game does support a USB controller as long as your device does. Hit up the QR code or the Market link for quick access to the game. Let us know in the comments, if you plan on picking it up. Is this your first time playing it or are you just getting it for the nostalgia of having it?
With an abundance of Android developers creating Siri clones, replicas, replacements, competition, etc. you may have had your fill of personal assistants. Three that we have written about include Cluzee, Iris and Speaktoit. Well Google has been working on a secret project in response to Apple’s Siri. Codenamed Majel, this project looks to bring an evolved version of Google’s Voice Actions, as seen on most Android phones. For those that don’t get the reference, Majel is named after Majel Barrett-Roddenberry aka the Federation Computer voice from Star Trek.
Voice actions required you to use specific commands such as “send text to…” or “navigate to…” where, like Siri, Majel will allow actions to be performed in your natural language. Google search queries will also be included with the initial release, which could come this year. It is suggested that the release is slated for this year because the folks over at Android and Me heard that Google X engineers are working around the clock to finish the first release. The also heard that the folks at the New York Times previously had reported that a product would be released by Google X this year. As you know, December is about half way over so that may not happen but controlling phone actions and applications with natural language commands is expected to come later.
In an interview with Google’s Matias Duarte by Slashgear hints were dropped about the future of Android’s Voice actions. Matias was quoted to say:
“Our approach is more like Star Trek, right, starship Enterprise; every piece of computing surface, everything is voice-aware. It’s not that there’s a personality, it doesn’t have a name, it’s just Computer.”
Even with the “it’s just Computer” approach you can expect greatly enhanced voices that sound more fluid and human. This is thanks in part to Google’s Phonetic Arts acquistion at the end of 2010.
There aren’t any details yet but they will eventually surface. I am pretty excited about this and look forward to using it. What do you guys think? Is this pretty cool or no?
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It ’tis the season to update your avatars and Google knows it. Today they released an update to the popular app Androidify that adds brand new winter gear to the mix. They include candy canes and mittens all the way to 2012 New Years glasses. If you have the app already head over to the Android Market to update otherwise hit the link or QR code below to rock your Android festivity!
Nvidia had themselves a very successful year when it came to Tegra 2 devices. In nearly all tablets and some of the greatest phones of 2011, their Tegra 2 processors brought mobile gaming into the modern age. From a basic viewpoint, Nvidia brought console quality gaming to mobile devices. However, given that competition continously grows, Nvidia needed something cutting edge to stay top dog in the new year. Enter Shadowgun and Tegra 3.
For those of you that live under a rock and don’t know about this fantastic game, it is a Tegra 2 optimized shooter that came out with critical acclaim. One of the best looking games on the market, Shadowgun set the bar high for mobile 3D games everywhere. If you are interested in reading our review on it, I recommend going here. It appears Nvidia looks to set the bar even higher with a Tegra 3 optimized version of the game. As Nvidia puts it:
“The Tegra 3-optimized version of Shadowgun features console-quality water, enhanced rag-doll physics, particle effects, enhanced shaders and dynamic textures. These are only possible using Tegra 3’s multi-core capabilities, and they make for a truly immersive and realistic gaming experience.”
If you aren’t convinced, I recommend checking out the video after the break. Right now the only way to experience the new optimizations is to go out and buy the Transformer Prime when it becomes available. Just so you are also aware, Tegra 3 has support for PS3, Wii, and other controllers and HDMI mirroring so playing on the big screen like you would any other console game more than doable.
Those that are interested should, again, surely hit the break below to check out the video. Given that the Transformer Prime is supposedly 10 days away from being released, there is only a little bit of time before we can experience the gaming goodness that is Tegra 3. What about you guys? Is this something that is worth dropping a few hundred on a new Tegra 3 tablet for?
The first thing I did when I switched from my HTC phone to my Droid X was secour the internet in an attempt to bring the Sense flip clock to it. In my search I stumbled across a forum that boasted Beautiful Widgets as being the closest thing to getting the Sense flip clock on my device. I hurriedly downloaded the app and since my first install I haven’t used anything else; even when I moved on from my Droid X to another HTC phone. Beautiful Widgets gives us handy widgets and shortcuts right on our homescreens and make them look, well, beautiful.
Given that this is one of my essential widgets of use, I was quite excited to read that LevelUp Studios, the creators of Beautiful Widgets, had announced that the app is the first paid-for app to reach the 1 million downloads. In celebration they released an infographic toting some pretty awesome stats. They are:
- 121 updates in the Android Market
- There is a total number of 1109 skins
- These skins have 1.3 million downloads every month.
Beautiful Widgets is also part of Google’s 10 Billion App Download celebration which means you can get these awesome widgets for $0.10. When I checked a moment ago it was still available for that price. So if I were you I would jump on the chance to check out this awesome app for an awesome price. Hit the break below for download links and to check out the infographic.
EA SPORTS and Sony Ericsson announced today that FIFA 12 is avaliable exclusively to the Xperia Play. Even better than that, for a limited time, Xperia Play owners can grab this game for free from the game widget. This game has pulled many of the enhancements from the console versions and come with a wide variety of teams. It also allows you to play in real-world stadiums with “authentic commentaries.”
FIFA 12 is an exclusive to Sony Ericsson devices until February of next year. After this point we should see it in the Android Market, so that other people can experience this game. For the time being, those of you with Xperia Play phones, you can access your free, exclusive game via the games widget. Hit the break below if you are interested in reading the presser.
Here’s a live wallpaper that’s a little bit different than your probably used to, Steampunk Skull. Offered in both paid and free versions, this live wallpaper adds some edge to any tablet or smartphone and can be found in the Android Market.
At first I tried the free version and loved it so much that I decided to get the paid version that costs only $1.49. Both wallpapers feature the same image that you see above, a steampunk style skull with moving gears and lighting effects that all change with touch interaction. While looking at the wallpaper without touching your screen, the gears move at a slow constant pace and the light tube thing on the left produces an evenly glowing wavelength. Upon swiping left or right on the screen you will notice the gears change pace and the old school light bulb starts to flicker with an eerie glow, that’s my favorite kind of LW, the ones that change with touch interaction.
Good news for you folks who use Google Maps to find anything and everything. Google Maps just received a major update and is now at version 6.0. This update brings some pretty awesome features with it. The first one brings Google Maps indoors with you. No longer will Maps just get you to places, but it will now be there for when you get lost inside. Not sure what I mean? Check out this before and after shot of the San Francisco International Airport with the
A new game from developers Red Piston has some interesting gameplay. The story of the game goes King Hikari’s son has gone crazy and captured all of the Blowfish in Lake Fuji. It is now up to one heroic Fish to save his friends and restore order to the land. Though the 5 stages and 48 levels you will be pushing, catapulting, and dropping your hero fish through a stage to free a cadged blowfish. You’ll have to act fast though because as your hero moves through the level you will have to quickly activate bamboo into action to move yourself through the level. Fans push you along and you’ll even have Sonic the Hedgehog type of rolls to move you to the next area. I’ve only given the game a few minutes of playtime so far, but I’m already addicted. It can be a bit frustrating at times to get the perfect fling or push, but it’s still fun and refreshing. The game is also not optimized for widescreen so it may not take up your whole screen, but that didn’t seem to take away from the fun. You can grab the game from the Market for $.99, but be sure to check out all the screenshots and the official trailer after the break. Don’t forget to let us know what you think.
Game developer YoYo Games will be releasing their physics based title Rick O’Shea to the Android market on Nov. 22nd. You’ll be firing Rick out of a circus cannon through Big Top tents bouncing him on his head to get through the levels. As you’ll see in the video to follow, there are obstacles to bounce around, magnets to change the direction of your bounce, and other cannons to re-fire yourself. Looks like an interesting enough game to check out. YoYo games has a number of other titles you can expect to see a review about here soon, so stay tuned to see if they are worth your hard earned cash (though visually they certainly look worth a dollar or two). Hit up the break to check out the teaser video for this new title and let us know what you think.
You may have missed trying this game out from developer Mediocre as it used to only run on TEGRA 2 devices. With some of the most realistic water physics seen on an Android, Sprinkle is a puzzle game that looks absolutely fantastic. Great news today though as it now supports most devices running Android 2.3 and up. What’s even better is Mediocre is offering a demo of the game for free on the market, which if you like it, you can grab the full version for $1.99. Hit up the break for some game features, screenshots, an a video showing the game off. Of course links to download the demo to follow as well. Let us know what you think.
Today’s free app from Amazon is Bejeweled 2 from Electronic Arts. This game may not need an explanation, but for those who have never played it Bejeweled is probably the most popular matching puzzle game. Playing is easy, match up 3 or more alike gems to destroy them and rack up points. You’ll also have multipliers and bonuses for matching 4 gems or 5 gems at once. What you’ll also find here though are slick graphics that are ultra fast along with a cool wormhole looking animation when you clear a level. Instant hints are also available should you get stuck along the way. Why you should check this out besides it being a really fun puzzle game? Well, it’s free today that’s why.
This game will normally cost you $2.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out some screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.
The premise is your planet is dying, you must navigate it through space collecting life essence to sustain life along the way. If you’ve played Rocket Bunnies before, the gameplay here will feel very similar to you. Your planet will be orbiting around a star’s gravitational field and you can “space jump” and slingshot it towards another star’s gravity. Along the way though, there are asteroid belts, weak gravitational fields on other stars, unstable exploding stars, and wormholes to keep you on your toes. The soothing and atmospheric soundtrack also helps get you into a relaxing gaming mode along with its simple but challenging gameplay. Being a Feint enabled game, you’ll also be able to compete with others to complete the levels the quickest. Currently, Space Leap is free and packs 3 zones and 63 levels with more on the way. This game is sure to keep you busy for a while and impress with its good looks and smooth play. Hit up the break to check out the screenshots, video, and of course a link to download from the market. Don’t forget to let us know what you think right down there in the comments as well.