Last week we reviewed the insanely popular overnight hit, Draw Something. As soon as the app was released it almost instantly became the top free and paid apps in the Play store and remains there to this day. If you are reading this I imagine you have at least heard of this app and at most are highly addicted to it, playing it all day long with over 15 games going on simultaneously – I know who you are :-) Anyway, all folks who have a Draw Something account recently received an email outlining the future update plans for the game. If you have been experiencing bugs have no fear, not only are OMGPOP and new owners Zynga going to fix all reported bugs, they are going to issue some great new features as well. In case you trashed the email or it landed in your spam box, this is what you can expect in the upcoming update:
Many of us have been waiting a good while for HTC to step it up a notch and release something that felt new yet still encompassed all that we love about Sense UI and Android. For most, that phone is the HTC One X. Slated for AT&T and heavily rumored to land on Sprint, the One X will bring HTC lovers the new Sense 4 with ICS, LTE and for AT&T, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. While we still drool and wait for a release date, one lucky duck in the Android Central forums by the name of Phonegeek has received one for testing on the AT&T network. In the forums, Phonegeek states that the U.S. version of the One X will only have 16 GB of internal storage, versus 32 GB in its international cousin. It is speculated that the reason for this reduction is to make room for the LTE radio. Phonegeek goes on to mention that the One X is about the same thickness as the HTC Inspire 4G, yet the Inspire weighs in at 6 oz and the One X, a mere 4.5 oz. Hopefully the lighter weight won’t take away from the feeling of having a solid, well-built phone. The forum is full of photos and other details so feel free to check out the link and take a peek at the future of HTC.
source: Android Central forums
Let’s face it, we live in a world of internet-based communication. In fact, most of us tend to keep in contact with our friends and loved ones with messaging clients, especially if your friends and loved ones are spread out around the country or world. The most famed and successful international messaging client is no doubt the Blackberry Messenger by RIM, especially because it featured the popular group chat function. My friends and family aren’t particularly fond of the Android platform, so most of them are on either iPhones or Blackberries. That means unless we use some sort of cross platform IM client like AIM or Facebook messenger, we can’t communicate with each other in real time. Enter: GroupMe— one of the most important apps I use daily. This is not only the best group messaging client, it’s one of the best IM clients, period.
Happy Sunday all!!! We can’t get the new week started off without new news from the rumor mill, right? Manufacturing giant Motorola seems to have yet another DROID RAZR-like device in the works, this time making an appearance out in China. This gorgeous device (identified as “Blade” in some forums) features a nice build with all black casing (sans the Motorola logo on the front) and a kevlar backing, an HD camera which may feature around a 13MP count and hardware soft keys. Oh and it looks like it has the same thickness as the DROID RAZR MAXX, so it’s possible there’s a beefy 3300mAh battery inside. All of this points to a device that’s awfully similar to the DROID Fighter we highlighted last week. Perhaps this is a Chinese variant of the upcoming device.
Hit the break to see additonal photos and to let us know what you think about this device in the Comments section.
HTC has been getting a lot of attention recently with their One Series of phones. Looks like the HTC One V, the budget device in the series, has gotten FCC approval and is likely getting an April release. It already got GCF certification, and FCC approval is the last step leading up to a release of a smartphone. The One V will come with a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 touch screen, single core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5MP camera with LED flash, and 4GB of onboard storage.
In other HTC news, Sprint’s Evo Design 4G, released last October, just gained Bluetooth re-certification. Why would it need to get re-certified? Most likely it’s because it will be getting a system update soon, and the rumor mill is churning out three letters: ICS. The Evo Design 4G is a mid-range device that has been fairly popular due to its affordability. When it gets Ice Cream Sandwich, it should help extend the life of this solid device. No news on when the update will come, but with the re-certification complete, it should be relatively soon.
sources: fcc, bluetooth
Instagram for Android has been in the rumor mill for quite a while now and it wasn’t until a recent comment given at SXSW by the founder himself that we finally knew it was actually on its way. For those of you who are just dying to get your hands on the app may I suggest heading over to the sign up page to register to be notified once it’s available. No telling whether this is a beta sign up or if it’s simply a notification that the app is officially available. Either way the sooner you sign up the sooner you will be notified… You still here? Hit that that little link below already. I know you want to!
Instagram sign up
Live wallpapers are a dime a dozen these days and many of them simply just fall flat. I am usually not even a big fan of them, especially not the “particle” ones that all do pretty much the exact same thing. That was until I tried Radiant Particles, the particle live wallpaper that actually kicks ass.
The $1.59 paid version of this live wallpaper allows you to customize up to 50,000 tiny particles, altering their shape, color, movement and touch-response actions. Tap or swipe your screen and watch the particles swirl behind your touch and then slowly dissipate on their own. There is even an auto motion feature that makes the particles move by themselves without requiring your touch interaction. If you are ready to turn the live wallpaper off to save on battery, just double tap the screen and freeze all particle movement.
The free version is definitely a good place to start to see if this is an app that you will like. You won’t get all the cool options but you do get a choice of either blue or orange particles with a black background and either version works on both tablets and smartphones. I am pretty confident that once you check out the free version you will want to unlock all the possibilities of the paid version so you can tweak it to your liking. Jump past the break for a short demo video and download links, you wont want to miss out on this one!
XDA forum user faiyyaz came up with a nifty little app for those of you looking for a new notification method for your incoming calls. Upon installation, whenever you get a call, your camera flash LED will blink. It can also act as a flashlight, or torch as he calls it, by simply opening the app. Upon opening the app it will show you a digital clock as well. The assumption is that you might find this useful in the middle of the night for checking the time and maybe getting up in the dark after you’ve realized that nature is calling. This one isn’t in the Play Store, but you can download the APK here.
The folks at XDA developers were able to extract the Dropbox APK from the HTC One X and modify it to work on any Android device. As we already know, the HTC One X comes with 25 GB of free space for two years, which equates to 23 GB more than everyone else (standard is 2GB for free). By installing this modified APK on your device, you will instantly have access to the same additional 23GB for two years.
Hit the break for the download link and intructions
Motorola is one step closer to bringing yet another toy for those of you who want to make life easier (and automated) for you and your homes. Its Connected Home Gateway box is a home automation box tool which was introduced earlier this year, is intended to make things simpler for users by having the ability to do such things like dim lights and adjust a temperature once you leave your home. The awesome thing is once everything is programmed with its UI, it allows for simple and seamless operation and accessibility from your mobile device. Apparently it has quietly slipped past the FCC doors and looks as if its set for arrival on customers’ doors in the near-future. No word yet on exactly when it will arrive on customers’ doors, but we do know Big Red will be featuring the product as it will be part of its Z-wave based Home Monitoring and Control system. It always seems like Verizon always gets the good stuff doesn’t it?