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Robotek HD: A Fantastic Looking RPG With A Great Blend Of Strategy And Action

Roboteck, from developers Hexage, is hands down the most addicting and fun game I’ve played yet on Android. Just like one of Hexage’s other games Evac, you’ll find a perfect chill soundtrack from kubatko as well as their signature neon graphics which are quite stunning to say the least. The game is based on a world campaign where you must win and take over nodes scattered across the world map. The difficulty is marked for each node and the “power” required to enter each. You’ll start off with 50 power points and gain more along with experience points, more is awarded for defeating a more challenging node than you might be ready for. You can go through this whole game without paying a dime, but if you choose to, you can purchase upgrade coins that will unlock a recharge node to gain power back. OK, enough of that let’s get to it after the break.

Run For Your Life Pac-Man Style In The Gorgeous Looking Game: Evac HD

One of my favorite game developers, Hexage, creates not only awesome games, but they are also fantastic looking with great soundtracks. Evac is a throw back to Pac-Mac of sorrts, but there is also a mix of puzzles and stealth game play that will defiantly challenge you later on in the levels. What really makes this game stand out besides its awesome concept is the game’s looks and sound track. With a new but old school retro neon glowing effect it simply just looks fantastic. There is also a laid back technoish signature soundtrack by kubatko that really adds the the casual, but challenging gameplay. You’ll really have to play it for yourself to see what I mean. You’ll have 32 fantastically designed levels to run through with game dialog as you go through. Oh yeah, this one is optimized for the Xperia PLAY as well. This used to be a paid game, but it’s free right now in the market, so grab it while that lasts. Check out the trailer for the game below as well as two QR codes and market links, the second being the non-HD version if you have any performance issues. Have fun and let us know what you think.

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: CircleLauncher

Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a fantastic widget app called CircleLauncher. The widget will let you add and access your contacts, apps, or bookmarks with one touch of a circle, horizontal line, or a vertical line. You’ll do this with some style though as you can roll over the group of quick access icons you’ve setup to get a Mac’ish launcher type of animation. You can also select your widget launcher icon for the stock pack or select your own from images or icon packs. Circle Launcher is ultra easy to setup and very fast. To get started, you’ll select CircleLauncher from your widgets, choose the type (contacts, apps, or bookmarks), choose what you want the widget to list, and select how it’s displayed (circle, horizontal, or vertical). No more searching for your favorite things to launch. Put it all in one place that doesn’t take up a lot of screen space with CircleLauncher.

This app will normally cost you $1.35, 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 all the screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

Be A News Reporter With Meporter

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It seems like everyone is trying to make a name for themselves whether it’s on Facebook or YouTube. Well now you can try and make a name for yourself as a news reporter of sorts with Meporter, the app that turns your phone into your own personal news station. With this app you’ll be able to capture anything that’s of interest, like a local car accident or bad weather, and write it up as news for the world to see. This will be done via your current location and within the app and you’ll be able to create a headline for your news as well as upload a video or pictures and type up the story for the event. There is also an option to feed this news to your Facebook or Twitter accounts as well. You can also earn “street credit” by gaining rewards for your posts. This could be a cool app that could take off and I’ll say that the software itself is very well done. It’s snappy, pleasing to the eye, and so far works as it should. The success of this application will all depend on how many people join up and use it, so jump on and try it out. It looks like it could be fun to give it a chance and see where it goes. Meporter is free and can be grabbed from the market right here or from the QR below. Check out the intro video to get an idea of how this all works. Let us know what your experiences are with this app as well.

[via android market]

Dark Maze – a game reminescent of Labyrinth [Courtesy of XDA]

Dark Maze

A cool thing about phones and tablets are their accelerometers. Those accelerometers make games like Dark Maze a perfect match for these devices. Now granted there are quite a few maze type games in the market, but this one is a bit more special. The maze starts out dark until you explore an area, and those dark areas, well lets just say sometimes you won’t knew what hit you. The mazes are littered with traps; cannons, spikes, holes, and the dreaded buttons which either initiate doom devices are open the exit. The game has really simple control, just tilt, you’ll be a pro in no time. For people like me, it’s also refreshing to hear that this free game works great on both phones and tablets.

Video and download after the break

Deflecticon: A Great Hidden Gem Of A Game

I’ve been addicted to playing Deflecticon for a while now. There was a web based Flash game very similar that I played daily for weeks, but this one is ever better. Based on games like Pong, you’ll be bouncing a ball back and forth with an AI opponent in great retro style glowing graphics with a killer soundtrack. With your finger on the screen, you’ll control a window pane looking paddle to bounce the ball back to your AI opponent down a hall. Adding to the textile feel there are vibrations to assist you when the ball bounces off of anything (as well as a wall meter to show you how close or far away the ball is). Besides a regular mode, there is also a “Push” mode where you’ll see how long you can survive as the game pace quickly increases. There are also power up options in the game to control things like time and a “spin” meter. The spin meter is probably the coolest part as you can swipe the ball with your paddle to put spin on the ball amd make it curve out of control at your opponent. Watch out though, because it will be curving right back to you if the AI manages to hit it back. Coming soon is also an online multiplayer mode which will be a huge added bonus to an already great game.

This is one of my favorite games at the moment and you can grab the QR code from our handy database right here or from the market in the source link. If you like it, be sure to upgrade to the full version for $1.25 to get all the content unlocked. Check out the video for this game after the break and let us know what you think. I’m calling Deflecticon the most addicting game of the year for me.

Talk Android Weekly Recap, What You May Have Missed

Have a you had a busy week?  Allow us to summarize this week’s hottest topics for you.  Check out the buzz below on what’s hot with this crazy insane union we all call Android.  Hit the break to get all caught up and let us know what your favorite topic of the week is.

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Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: PrinterShare

Hey all you bargain hunters! Today Amazon is giving away the paid app, PrinterShare that usually runs for $12.99 and currently has a 4 1/2 star rating. PrinterShare allows for wireless printing from your mobile device or SD card in various ways and supports many forms of documents. With a fairly simple UI and ease of use, I was able to get this to work on my HP photosmart in no time. I highly recommend this app for your wireless printing needs.

Product Description:

Printing right from your smartphone

Print documents (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XSLX, PPT, PPTX, PDF, TXT) from your smartphone’s SD card and from Google Docs. Also print email from Gmail, photos from the SD card, contacts, agendas, SMS or MMS, call logs, and even web pages directly from your device to a printer right next to you or anywhere in the world.

Premium Features

Please note: This is the premium, unlocked version of PrinterShare Mobile Print. All the premium features are available, and no key is required.

Premium Features: nearby direct printing via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without PC; nearby printing to PC or Mac shared printers; unlimited remote printing. You do not have to buy pages or have a subscription on the receiving computer (Mac or PC).

Nearby Printing: you can print to WiFi printers shared on your Local Area Network from your Android phone without having to install PrinterShare computer software. You don’t need to log in or sign up with the system for Nearby Printing. A wide variety of printers are supported.

Remote Printing over the Internet: make sure you’ve installed the PrinterShare software on the computer connected to the printer, just like when you print from computer to computer using PrinterShare, then just log in to your free account with your smartphone and find and select the printer you want to print to. In addition, from your mobile device you may look for printers shared by others, select one, and print on it.

[via amazon]

Make Free WiFi Calls From Android Phone Or Tablet With Groove IP

The quest for making free calls over WiFi with an Android device is not a new topic, but if you’ve gone down this road you’re probably familiar with apps like sipdroid or csipsimple. If those two names are familiar then you also know you had to deal with Google Voice Callback, pbxes, or SIP accounts and possibly some other forwarding trickery to get the app to work. It’s possible that you’ve even tried to set these apps up and failed after not understanding exactly what needed to be done. Enter GrooVe IP, where all you need is a Google Voice account to get started. If you like simple and something that just “works” and works well, hit up the break for more.

Phone Story – The Production of Smartphones, Uncensored

Phone Story has become a hot topic at the moment following its recent removal from the Apple App Store. Apple contacted the developer of the game explaining that they violated four rules for iOS app creation; its depictions of child abuse (code 15.2), objectionable or crude content (16.1) and promises to turn over a portion of the money to charity (21.1 and 21.2). Not to mention the fact that they probably felt the “Story” hit too close to home.

The game depicts a dark look at smartphone production, starting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the mineral coltan is mined by children and prisoners of war. The app then follows the production process to a Chinese factory where workers are subjected to abuse, discrimination, inhumane conditions, and forced overtime, ultimately leading to suicides. Next the story presents us with the hordes of oblivious consumers bombarding what is no doubt meant to portray an Apple store. I’m sure they didn’t appreciate that. Finally the story ends up in Ghana, Japan, & China where obsolete “recycled” phones have ended up to be salvaged using methods harmful to people and our environment, and from there the cycle repeats itself.

TouchPal keyboard for Android, free for a limited time (Video)

If I was a betting man and you had an Android phone, I would say that you have updated your keyboard from the stock version that came pre loaded. There are a few really great options for alternate keyboards in the Android Market to choose from. From simple replacements like SwiftKey X, That aim to reduce keystrokes via prediction, to more exotic ones like 8Pen , that rely on unorthodox sliding movements. Which do you choose?  I am sure by now you are asking yourself why not just use Swype? Well my friend, Swype doesn’t have the ability to predict the words you are slip sliding around. A fairly new app, TouchPal, just released out of Beta, ties both advantages together, making one extremely useful keyboard. With predictive sliding, this fresh idea comes with many features not found on other keyboards.  Hit the break for the full list and to check out some more screen shots and a video of the app in action.  

Adjust your screen brightness with the flick of a wrist

If you’re anything like me, and you have a 4G phone or you’re constantly on your phone,  you know battery life can suck these days. One common way to preserve battery life is to keep your screen brightness at a lower level. I realize that the auto brightness feature found on most Android phones is an answer to many, I find that sometimes the screen can still be unnecessarily bright. XDA member, Marinelli.Tv, has come up with a solution that I love and frequently recommend to those who complain about excessive battery drain. It may even impress your friends!

Brightness Motion Pro allows you to adjust your screen brightness with percentage increments by a simple flick of the wrist. Moving in a right hand motion will take you up a notch, moving to the left will take you down. To add to its effectiveness, the app even displays an icon in your notification panel informing you that it’s active, and includes your current percentage. The paid version, Brightness Motion Pro, is only $.99 for a limited time, and allows for more advanced features like, start up on boot, initiate auto brightness, brightness slider control, and more. There is also an ad-supported free version without all the bells and whistles for those who want to try it in its simplest form. Hit the link or QR code below to give this great idea a try, and be sure to let us know if you think it improves your battery life.  

Wizz Bar for Honeycomb

Wizz Bar

Occassionally we run across an elegantly simple app, that just makes sense and makes things easier. Wizz Bar is one of those apps. Essentially it’s a mini app drawer for your tablet that remains quickly accessible from within any other app. It’s perfect for those apps you need on hand like calculators, note-taking apps, or settings, and it’s a cinch to use!

Just:

  1. Open the Wizz Bar application
  2. Add an item
  3. Apply
  4. Touch on the middle of Android Honeycomb’s navigation bar
  5. Enjoy

To clarify, it doesn’t have to be just apps either. It can be any activity, like activating a playlist or launching a bookmark.

Wizz Bar is free in the Android Market.

Try it out!

Droid Bionic Arena Scavenger Hunt Field Test

The Droid Bionic Arena scavenger hunt game for Android is live today and I made sure to try it out first thing this morning. After some concerned looks explaining to someone what I was about to go and do, I updated the app to the newest version and put on my shoes to head outside. After starting the first game, I noticed the app was really wonky when trying to point my phone in the prize’s direction. Performing a quick calibration on the compass fixed this issue (go to settings -> Location & security -> Calibrate Compass). Once this was fixed, I setup my e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter account in the app and started looking. Hit the break for how this all went down.

Take Note, WritePad Brings Stylus Optimized Handwriting to any Honeycomb Tablet.

When HTC released the Flyer tablet, I’ll admit, I was a bit jealous of its Scribe technology and writing capability; enough so, that I went out and purchased a capacitive stylus to use with my own Xoom tablet. Surely the Xoom’s larger screen would be better for writing anyway, but to my dismay, there weren’t many apps for me to write with. Those that did exist weren’t exactly as useful  or smooth looking as what the Flyer was touting.

Weeks later, however, XDA forum member Transceiver, has made my pen purchase a worthy investment. Transceiver is the creator of an app still in beta called WritePad, though that name will likely change to some degree because an app with that name already exists in the Android Market.

Although originally designed for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer running 3.2, I’ve found the app have a silky smooth writing experience on my Xoom as well.

Currently the app features

  • No lag and no jitter between the stylus movement and the screen response.
  • Smart palm detection – only records the writing from your stylus (right handed only for now).
  • Export page and notebook – share the page as a PNG file, or export the whole thing as a ZIP file to your Dropbox or Gmail account.
  • Paper types – comes with four familiar paper types including White, Legal, Composition, & Engineer (Graph Paper)
  • Stylus calibration – instead of drawing where the stylus touches the screen, it will draw where you ‘think’ the stylus tip is which is good for thicker tip styluses.

If you’re a tablet owner, I highly encourage checking this app out. Transceiver is interested in having different types of tablets beta test the app, so go grab it from the application forum and leave him your feedback.

Application Thread

[via xda]