Icon packs in the Google Play store are a thing of beauty. A simple download can drastically change the look of your Android home screen. If you’re running a custom launcher such as Nova or APEX, then I’m sure you’ve dabbled a little bit with changing out your icons. There’s hundreds of them in the Google Play Store, but in my opinion only a fraction of them are very good. Kovdev is certainly in that group and has made some brilliant icon packs and today has launched quite possibly their best yet in NOX.
The latest update to the popular 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013 Android game scores a homerun in the Google Play Store! It’s still the only baseball game on Android that’s Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Licensed, Those of you familiar with this “real-life” baseball experience will be happy to know that the 2013 update just made this awesome game even more incredible than ever.
Some of the great additions you will find in the latest download are:
- 140 batters and 110 pitchers have been added or moved to new teams
- Real photos and stats are well over 1,400 players
- Game schedule now shows the real 2013 MLB game schedule
- Acknowledgement of Houston Team League change to the American League West Division
- Addition of Daily Rewards! Log in each day to earn bonus rewards.
Feedly has been the go to RSS reader for many of our readers (especially those of you with Google Reader accounts). A few days ago Feedly updated their Android app and brought in a ton of great new features and a cleaner, faster, more fluid experience. The first thing you’ll notice when you open the app is that the word “beta” has now been dropped from the splash screen (the background of the splash screen has also been changed to black). Instead of swiping from left to right to browse through your available articles, you swipe from top to bottom. When you get to the bottom of a page of articles, the page you’re on swipes away from the top, and the next page appears from underneath it (like a deck of cards). It’s a pretty smooth experience. While within an article, swipe left or right to read the next article, or swipe up from the bottom to close the article. If you’re wanting to find new content, swipe from the right bezel of the screen to pull up the “store” where you can find new content (all free of charge). Swipe from the left bezel to pull out your “subscribed feeds” list. Feedly has also added a new widget and layouts for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. In all, it’s a really fluid and high quality experience with some nice eye candy. Best of all it’s absolutely free! Download Feedly by using the QR code or download link below.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous of my stateside friends and their ability to access a seemingly endless list of film and television on demand. Being late to the party is an affliction that we British Android lovers often have to suffer (where are you Google Music!), and it’s fair to say that it was met with a great deal of excitement when Netflix UK was announced at CES in January. As an early adopter of Spotify Premium, and a long time user of Picasa web albums, I have been enjoying the ability to access my music and photos over the web and had been longing for a worthy solution for movies.
Lovefilm (part of the Amazon group) launched their instant video streaming service late in 2011 and I jumped right on board for the free trial. Unfortunately I found the whole experience underwhelming – The native android app only allows you to order DVD’s by post, there’s no facility to view content on your phone or tablet. The Xbox app was clean and simple with a pleasant UI, but there was no HD content and the SD picture quality was average at best. These 2 points are deal-breakers for me and I decided to cancel the service after the free trial. I should point out that Lovefilm’s DVD/Blu-ray delivery service is excellent, they certainly get pass marks in this area, however the last time I purchased a DVD the iPhone was still waiting for 3G and MMS.
I’m currently 2 weeks into my 1 month free Netflix trial and the early signs are positive. In order to summarize my findings, I’ve broken my review into 4 key points:
Now, as catchy as my title may sound, all of us HTC owners can think of a more and to the point, (vulgar) thing to say about the Sense UI. Believe me I wrote a few different tittles that said exactly what I was thinking, but alas, this is still a publication and I must refrain from being vulgar, no matter how called for, it really is.
I’ve had the HTC Evo Shift 4G for about a year and a half now. I really do like the phone. Excellent hardware for what I need, and I’ve never had any major issues with it, that didn’t involve the Sense UI. I’ve had to replace it twice, once when it was stolen, and the second time I droped it and broke the screen. I would like to say that it still functioned like it was brand new. It had a screen protector over the screen when it broke, so I never lost any of the glass pieces, which allowed it to still work for another 3 months, when I could afford to replace it. My beef is in no way with the phone, or its quality, it is a solid piece of hardware, in my opinion. Sense on the other hand is half-crap, half-decent start.If you want to hear more and find out my solution to the Sense UI, continue reading on past the break.
Today’s Amazon Free App of the Day is Bonzai Blast. Similar to the PopCap game Zuma’s Revenge, or Zuma Deluxe, the game offers the same type of game play. For those that haven’t played those titles, the basic premise of the game is to shoot colored marbles at a string of other similarly colored marbles before they reach the end point, causing you to lose the game. When you get three of the same color marbles in a row, they disappear and you get points.
While you play this game, you can get various power ups that allow you to put the marbles in reverse or even get rid of a single color of marbles entirely. The touch screen aiming takes a little bit to get used to, but once you do the game plays relatively well. I haven’t seen any sluggishness on my Razr at all. The game also played well on my Xoom, but screen was stretched and the graphics were blurry. This is expected as the game description does say that this game is not optimized for all tablets.
This 4-star rated game normally costs $1.99 so I recommend getting it today. You can do so by clicking here, or getting it from the Amazon Appstore for Android. If you don’t have this money saving app already, you can do so by checking out our Quick Tip here. This is a great game to pass the time with if you are looking to kill a few minutes. Hit the break below to check out the screenshots and let us know what your opinion is.
Got a few minutes to spare? Waiting in the car for the wife to complete some quick department store shopping? Bored as heck in the waiting room of your doctor’s office? Well, you get the point. Next time you’re in that situation check out Tap Tap Glider for Android. It’s a cool and quick time killer as you use your finger to launch your paper plane across a 2D screen doing your best to avoid a number of obstacles in your path. Tap the right side of the screen to give your plane a “wind boost” and fly over obstacles while then allowing it to gracefully fall in time avoiding other objects.
There’s three different modes in which you can be challenged. You can play in easy, medium and hard. Do your best not to crash into any of the obstacles or else, it’s back to the drawing board. There are several planes to choose from and each plane has its own respective “ability”. Snatch three bubbles as you’re flying and you’ll be able to activate that ability, such as shrinking your plane to fit into small spots. The developer says there are more planes in the works so definitely stay tuned. If you’re ready to give the game a try you can head on over to the Android Market for the download or hit up the QR code below for more convenience. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below. Good luck and have fun. More screen shots after the break.
The Go Dev Team continues to innovate and this time they’re entering the virtual keyboard arena with their latest iteration, Go Keyboard. At first glance, I almost dismissed it as just another keyboard, however, I believe the application brings quite a few new features to the game and just might be worth taking a look at. The software aims to make you a quick, better and smarter typer using its accurate dictionary, smooth key strokes and multiple languages and layouts. You can import contacts easily and there’s even support for fantasy text output and support for Emoji in any application that you can type in. Switch from a number of themes and skins with ease so as to stay out of the ever too often visited stale department.
Further features like auto-memory and correction when typing, multi-touch support and slide input (Swype like) all assist in accurate and easy input. And to top it all off, the Go Dev Team added gesture support to make things easier. You can swipe left or right to activate a cube like effect to switch keyboard layouts and swiping down closes the keyboard entirely. Hit the break to check out some more screen shots, snatch the QR code and to see all the languages supported in this release. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below. Does it compare to popular keyboards like Swype, Betterkeyboard and Thumb Keyboard? We’ll let you be the judge.
I have come across apps claiming to be exactly what I need. Very few few ever live up to that promise. Thinking Space doesn’t claim that and I couldn’t tell you if it does or not. Why, you ask? Mainly because I only had it loaded for five minutes before I knew Thinking Space Pro was my better option. Don’t get me wrong here, the free version is awesome. However the paid version does do exactly what I need. Did I confuse you a little there? I’m sorry, we will try to avoid that kind of play on words in the future. (Maybe.)
I am in college and I have a lot of .pdf files for school on my Tab 10.1, (It is my soul in school, without it I would be doomed.) and most of them are converted power points. So when I study, I need to have all of them as well as my notes in one place. Instead I have to search for them with Astro File Manager or load them in through Office Suite Pro 5. Neither option is hard at all, but it is time consuming searching through multiple files just to find the one I need. Thinking Space Pro allows you to inbed them all into one “mind map,” now they are all right at your finger tips, for easy studying. Read on past the break for the screen shoots and links to download.
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.