Play 3D Pong with MultiPonk for Android

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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.  » Read the rest

Experience The Super Bowl This Year on the Internet and Your Mobile Device for the First Time

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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. ” » Read the rest

GTA III Comes to Android For Its 10th Anniverssary

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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?

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Google’s Siri Response Codenamed Majel, Could See End of Year Release

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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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Androidify Rocks Some Festivity

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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! » Read the rest

Nvidia Looks to Set Bar High With Tegra 3 Optimized Shadowgun, Also Features Controller Support

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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?

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Beautiful Widgets: First Paid App to Reach 1 Million Downloads

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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. » Read the rest

Xperia Play Exclusive (For Now): FIFA 12 Free For a Limited Time

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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.  » Read the rest

Steampunk Skull Live Wallpaper

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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. » Read the rest

Google Maps Brings It In, Now Has Indoor Maps

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Mall of America - Before/After

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 3D effect from Maps 5.0  below, or check out the image above of the before and after of the Mall of America with Floor selector.

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