After releasing a teaser video last week, Glu Mobile has released their newest game, Blood & Glory: Legend, in the Google Play store. The title follows up the original Blood & Glory game. Gameplay features one-on-one battles against computer controlled opponents. Most battles take place in an arena patterned after an ancient Roman stadium, though some other environments are present in the game. As players win battles they can earn money that can be used to buy new gear or they can plunk down some real money through in-app purchases. Combined with perfecting different moves, selection of the proper equipment will be key to success. Outside of the gameplay graphics, Blood & Glory: Legend uses a comic book metaphor to advance the story .
Blood & Glory: Legend is free, but is rather large at 315MB. If you are interested in trying it out just hit one of the download links below.
Google Play Download Link
The folks who brought you Sprinkle just came out with another game, and it’s going to be a hit. Mediocre just released Granny Smith. From the name, it’s safe to assume this one is about apples and you would be right in doing so. It also happens to be about an old lady conveniently named Granny Smith. She loves her apples and a thief is trying to steal them from her garden. It’s your job to get the apples before the thief does.
How do you do that? Well picture an old lady on roller skates plowing through farmland and cityscapes. While she is skating at a pretty good speed, you will need to do some tricks such as jumping and swinging to beat the thief. It just so happens that you will probably crash a few times into old barns and offices, and the crash physics are pretty cool. At first, I didn’t think I would like this game based on the concept, but trust me when I tell you that it will get addicting pretty quickly. Just check out my hands on video below and you will see what I’m talking about.
Spectacular physics – Granny Smith uses some of the most advanced destruction physics in mobile games. Crash through crates and windows and watch the pieces fly all over!
Dazzling visuals – Zoom through dozens of vibrant, whimsical worlds! Each level is like a fanciful, three-dimensional storybook.
Intuitive controls – Help Granny pull off crazy moves with simple two-button controls – perfect for both tablets and phones.
Vintage replays – Watch your best runs in retro movie style with cool camera angles and slow-motion effects!
Power Granny up – Collect coins and equip Granny with a helmet, banana peels and baseballs. If Granny is getting old, you have two alternative characters to play with – Scruffy and Stanley!
If you have Android 2.3 or higher, you can enjoy Granny Smith, but if you have a NVIDIA Tegra 3 device, you get additional breakable objects, grass, flowers and dust particles.
Granny Smith is only .99cents so definitely hit one of the download links below to get started.
Play Store Download Link
Pantech is usually known as a budget-friendly handset manufacturer, but according to a leak from Engadget that may all change with the soon-to-be-released P9090, aka the Magnus. This higher-end GSM based phone is heading to AT&T with an 8MP rear camera (with LED flash), a front-facing camera and will run Ice Cream sandwich or possibly even Jelly Bean. Engadget expects this new handset to be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 720p display and LTE connectivity. No pricing or announcements have been made by Pantech or AT&T, but we’ll keep you posted.
It looks as if that Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 10.1 are going to be a wee bit more appealing thanks to famed paper notebook company Moleskine. Moleskine has partnered with Samsung to unveil the Moleskine app for Android, which our friends at The Verge was able to get some hands-on time and get a feel of the app and its uniqueness to the Note devices. The Moleskine app brings complete sketching, drawing, and note-taking functionality and will feature options like color, size, handwriting-to-text and brushstroke— as well as the ability to delete pages. While they sound pretty standard, the functions operate through each device’s S Pen, so there’s a cool sort of appeal there. The app is exclusive to the Galaxy Note II and 10.1 for 6 months, so for now— you’ll only see the app preinstalled on those two devices and not available anywhere for some time. However you have to admit, it is pretty awesome and it’s cool that Samsung has that type of exclusivity.
source: The Verge
Chinese manufacturer Huawei has a new supertablet on the way. It recently announced it has plans to ship the MediaPad 10 FHD to “select markets” starting in September. The tablet comes with a whole host of goodies inside as it will feature:
- A 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 high definition IPS display screen and 16:10 golden ratio
- 8 megapixel HD rear camera + 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- Full 3G & 4G LTE radios built-in
While the above mentioned features are nothing to sneeze at, the real kicker is it will feature a quad-core processor along with a 16-core GPU. The K3v2 Cortex-A9 will be clocked at 1.4GHz and when complimented by the device’s massive 6,600mAh battery, the combination will give users over 10 hours of continuous battery life. Oh and the best part is all the goodies inside don’t come at a cost of added heft— the device will measure in at 8.8mm thin and will weigh only 580g. Sadly the device will not be making an appearance here in the States (as of now) and will be launched in Germany, Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Korea, Bahrain and Kuwait. The good news is that other markets will follow, so the hope is that Huawei will announce a variation for the States someday (soon).
Enough with the chit-chatter, you can hit the break to see the full presser from Huawei.
It looks as if Samsung hasn’t gotten the last laugh after all. After a recent study pointed out Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone gained in popularity since the landmark verdict last week, another study pointed out Samsung users are actually reselling their smartphones like the Galaxy S II in massive droves. According to online retailer Gazelle, there has been “a 50 percent increase in sold-in Samsung phones“, which caused a subsequent “10 percent drop in prices for these devices“. More importantly– the cost of the device is likely to drop even further, especially with more resells of the various Samsung devices and the impending arrival of Apple’s iPhone 5 in a matter of weeks. A random sample of the cost of the Galaxy S II as an example currently ranges between $80 – $116, depending on the Galaxy S II’s condition. Conversely, an Apple iPhone 4 averages $200, while the iPhone 4S averages $300.
Naturally this could be a classic case of one jumping the gun because after all— the Galaxy S II is still no doubt a good phone, but an aging phone at that. Perhaps the masses sold their Galaxy S II’s in anticipation for a better phone like the Galaxy Note II? Yeah… that sounds like a stronger argument to me.
Amazon broke into the tablet game a little less than a year ago, and although the Kindle Fire is not something I would recommend, Amazon changed the game for the better. By offering a $199 tablet, they forced companies to be more competitive, and I believe it’s one of the biggest reasons as to why Google and ASUS drew up the Nexus 7. Next week Amazon will introduce at least one tablet to succeed the Kindle Fire, and as of right now, if you wanted to buy a Kindle Fire, you can’t as they’re completely sold out. It’s a little surprising that they wouldn’t keep it around and drop the price, which is something that Apple has been very successful with when launching new models. Either way, Amazon is celebrating the fact that they now have 22% of the tablet market, but will they be able to capitalize on that with the Nexus 7 around?
Full press release after the break:
Google’s Play Store just keeps getting better. The latest addition is a “Recommended for You” section for each area of the Play Store. For example, when you tap on the Apps section, you will see a banner that says “Recommended for You.” Just tap on it, and you will get see a list of recommended apps. The same goes for Music, Magazines, Books, and Movies & TV. To keep a steady flow of new recommendations, you can eliminate any you’re not interested in by tapping the small circle with the line though it to the right of each entry. Give it a shot, you just might find something new today.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Samsung after losing one of the biggest tech cases of the year because they just scored a victory in Japan. A Tokyo court ruled that Samsung did not violate an Apple patent that involved syncing mobile devices and computers. It was obviously the Kies software that Apple was going after.
Samsung said, “We welcome the court’s decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property.”
To make matters worse for Apple, Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji ordered Apple to pay the costs of the lawsuit after his verdict.
The Patent Wars of 2012 already claimed one victim to the tune of $1.05 billion, and they don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Now it seems it’s time to get the grown-ups involved. According to reports from Reuters, Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been conducting closed-door meetings about patents, intellectual property issues, and other things CEO’s talk about.
Apparently, the two head-honchos already had a phone talk last week, and talks at lower levels are also occurring between the companies. More talks between Page and Cook are expected in the coming weeks, but a Friday appointment has apparently been postponed to an unknown date, and for unknown reasons, though it could just be scheduling conflicts.
We’re not sure exactly what the talks involve, but one source has speculated that it could be the beginning of a truce about the disputes over basic features and functions in Android. I would tend to think these two would more likely talk at a higher level, discussing a possible broad settlement, rather than getting bogged down in the minute details of every issue. One thing’s for certain, though. The majority of their differences revolve around the rapidly growing mobile space, which is obviously of crucial important to both companies.
I, for one, applaud the intent of these discussions, and hope it can bring an end to all the litigation, which is only good for the lawyers involved. Will it bear fruit? I hope so, but I’m not holding my breath.