If you’ve never heard of the popular instant classic Brick Breaker then clearly you’ve been living under a rock. The popular classic comes to Android with a bit of a different, yet extremely welcomed twist. This game seems to be the sum of what Brick Breaker would be if it was on crack. Block Breaker 3 for Android offers a whole lot more than just busting up a few bricks. With 100 different innovative levels, the party never stops. Check out the specs from Gameloft:
Grab power-ups, trigger switches and blast through gateways to reach new areas as you push your way towards the top.
• Innovative new scrolling level design adds depth to all 100 of the game’s stages
• Tons of new power-ups including the ability to deal with multiple balls… and pads!
• Climactic boss battles at the end of each of the 7 locations
• Spend in-game cash to upgrade your pad at the shop and buy new bonuses and powers
• Experience 8 different game modes including Endless mode and Block Master
• Enjoy never-ending fun thanks to the level generator!
Check out the video demo after the break along with the download link and some more screen shots. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. The game will run you 99¢ cents but for the game play you’re receiving, you’ll hardly miss the buck. » Read the rest
Pictures of a strange, alternative Xoom are turning up across the web. As the box shows, this is the Xoom Family Edition. The “Family” aspect is the fact that the device comes pre-installed with $40 worth of software for kids by Zoodles, Asphalt 6 from Gameloft, and “grown-up productivity apps like QuickOffice.” That’s not the only difference though. This Xoom has physically changed from its predecessor. The edges are now beveled all the way around whereas the original was flat on the screen side. The volume buttons look much more pronounced. The front-facing camera has moved from the center to the top left. Flipping over to the back, the first thing you’ll notice is a new camera. It is now in a chrome setting and occupies the space of the former power button, which by the way, appears to have been removed from the back. Gone also, is the two tone design of aluminum and gel coat. This new Xoom seems a solid sheet of dark brushed metal, possibly duraluminum. Also of note is that the device is labeled MZ505. Currently the Xoom WiFi and 3G/4G devices come as models MZ606/606 & MZ600/602 respectively. We don’t have a run down of full specs, but for now we know that it features a 1GHz dual core processor and 10.1″ HD display. It’s interesting that this Xoom has been able to slip through the cracks all the way to what sources are calling a big box electronic store, especially considering the leaks of the Motorola Xoom Media Edition and Xoom 2.
The image above showed up on Tumbler today that’s supposed to be the next Nexus device, front screen and all. Besides the profile shot showing the phone upside down, is sure does look pretty. I’ll have to call shenannagins on this one, but that’s a darn good mock up to think about while we wait for Tuesday. What do you all think? This looks pretty dang good to me.
This isn’t a big surprise, but it’s always nice to get the word from the horse’s mouth. The Android Developer’s channel on YouTube is counting down to next Tuesday with the title “Android ICS launch”. While we continue to hang out in Rumorville over ICS and what the next Nexus will really be, it looks like all ICS questions will be answered Tuesday. Stay tuned as we will be live at the event sharing the news as we see it.
Google TV’s Director of Content, Donagh O’Malley, has announced that we should see version 2.0 for Google TV within the next month or so. It was also mentioned that the the Android Market in version 2.0 will take Google TV from 8 pre-installed apps to 1,000+ over night with 250 of them being TV oriented. You can catch the video after the break and the 2.0 talk starts at about the 57:55 mark. Google TV is one product I’d really love to see take off. Anyone currently have one and what do you think so far?
If you didn’t know already, depending on your version of Android, you can use folders on your home screens to help organize your apps. To do this, all you need to do is long press on one of your home screens and select Folders and then New Folder. Once you’ve added a new folder to your screen you can now drag and drop just about anything you like in here. In the screenshot above I have a folder set up for my Google specific apps which is accessed by simply tapping on the folder. This is a nice built in feature that looks nice and will put some apps all in one place for you. Be sure to share this with anyone considering an iPhone.
Google has just released an update for Google Docs that is optimized especially for tablets. The entirely new design takes advantage of the tablet’s larger screen by adding a new three-panel view allowing you to see filters and collections, a document list, and document details, all at once. The right hand details panel shows a handy little document thumbnail showing details and a preview of your documents. From there you can also see who can view or edit your docs. Google also improved video playback and expanded the sharing experience by adding an auto-complete system.
These features are now available in 46 languages on tablets running Android 3.o+ Honeycomb and above. The new Google Docs can be downloaded or updated through the Android Market. If you try out the new update be sure to let us know what you think.
The Galaxy Nexus is still hanging out in Rumorville until next Tuesday, but the rumors will keep flying in until then. DroidLife seems to have a tipster of their own, and while the specs from earlier seem to have been debunked, we’ll take a look anyway. Their source says that the Galaxy Nexus will have a multi-colored notification light and it will be right smack in the middle of the lip on the bottom of the phone (this is OK since there will be no hard buttons down there). It’s also being reported that, while ICS is close to being unveiled, daily updates are still going out continuing to help ICS to run faster and faster every day which is going to lead to an awesome pure Android experience. I don’t believe the video leaked showing off ICS last week was fake, so if you missed it you can catch it right here. More awesome leaks to chew on until Tuesday are sure to keep coming so stay tuned!
Rumors on the Galaxy Nexus are sure to keep pumping along, and we’ve got some more for you. It seems GSMArena is reporting the specs leaked earlier today are incorrect. According to the tipster from inside Google, the new Nexus will in fact be shipping with Samsung’s own processor clocking in at 1.5GHz, which is probably an Exynos. There will also be a dual-core GPU from Imagination that may be the PowerVR SGX543MP2 which is the same GPU that’s in the iPad 2. Instead of the 5-MP camera that was reported earlier, the new report says it will have an 8-MP, full 1080p video recording with an improved sensor that wasn’t elaborated on. The battery should also be a 2050mAh instead of an 1,750mAh. This continues to keep sounding more and more amazing! Next Tuesday can’t come quick enough and Talk Android will be there live at the event so stay tuned! What do you all think of these rumors so far?
Good news to all you Droid X2 owners! Looks like Verizon wants to give you a nice little update bringing you Android 2.3.4 with promises of fixing that annoying lock-up/restart problem when using the keyboard. The Verizon Moto Droid X2 support page has been updated (screenshot above) and the upcoming Build # is 1.2.380.MB870. The update is a healthy 55MB and no word on when Big Red will actually begin pushing it out but, rest assured, we will let you know as soon as it does. You can expect new features such as:
Keyboard remains visible during text input.
Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.
Applications & Widgets
When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
Desktop cradle application starts correctly.
No longer receive an error message when purchasing the Let’s Golf App.
Keep a look out for an OTA update. If you are less patient than that you could always try and force the update by frequently checking under Menu>Settings>About Phone> System update. If you have any luck, be a pal and let us know, okay?