Google IO 2015 Coverage

Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Jenga [Video]

The Amazon free app for today is Jenga. Whether you played Jenga  in the past or you never played, you will find this entertaining. The graphics are awesome and the game play is simple. There a 3 ways to play: arcade, classic and pass ‘n’ play. For pass ‘n’ play you can play with another 3 friends. It is normally $2.99, but free today only. Check out the video.

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Andy Pad will be under £200, run 3D games, and output HD video

Remember last month when we reported about the Andy Pad? When you go to their site, it hasn’t changed much, it still gives you the countdown and some basic information.

The manufacturers of the Andy Pad have announced a few details.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the price” said Andy Pad Business Development Executive George Eastmead “but we’re willing to confirm at this stage that on release, the Andy Pad will market for less than £200”. That is about $326.

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TalkAndroid at E3: Sneak Peek at Upcoming News

Regular TalkAndroid readers may have noticed that I have been strangely absent the past week.  (What do you mean you haven’t noticed a difference?  That’s not nice!)  Well, there’s a very good reason for this!  You see, this was there was this small event called the Electronic Entertainment Expo (known within the industry as E3) — perhaps some of you have heard of it.  For those unfamiliar with the event, E3 is an opportunity for video game publishers, developers, and hardware manufacturers to get together with the media and show off what they’re working on.  Well, there was a bit of an Android presence there this year, and in order to bring our dear readers every last drop of Android news available, TalkAndroid was there!  That’s right, I sacrificed my time, money, and my feet (and I’m REALLY serious about that last one!) to scour the Los Angeles Convention Center to bring you guys every scrap of Android coverage I could find!  While there will be several in-depth looks upcoming in the next 3-4 days, I thought I’d give you guys a little sneak peek of what we have in store!
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T-Mobile and WildTangent to bring 25-cent game rentals to Android

The Android Market used to have a 24 hour policy for returns and now it is 15 minutes. A lot of people feel it is not enough. T-Mobile is teaming up with WildTangent to bring game rentals. The cost will be 25 cents so you can see what the game is like before you commit. You will have one day to play the game and if you want to purchase it, the rental fee will go towards the purchase price.

Users will need to buy “Wildcoins.” which equate to 25 cents. There will probably be a subscription service as well. We are not sure how many coins you will have to buy for each purchase, but desktop users can currently buy 50 coins for $6.99 per month.

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3D Bowling For Android Now Available In The Market

Want to be a PBA Superstar?  Now you can with 3D Bowling for the Android OS.  The developer touts that there is no experience on Android devices like this one.  We’ll let you be the judge of that.  The game embraces the embedded 3D physics engine found on most devices 2.1 and above.  It renders nicely on my G2X but as you can imagine, it’s even better on a tablet like the original Samsung Galaxy Tab.  Choose from a variety of balls (he he, he said balls) to play with.   Hit the break for more features and to snag the download from the Android Market.  And as always, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY getting 20+ new games at E3

With E3 coming to us next week, we’re all pretty jittery and excited for all the wicked technology and games we’ll see. Sony will be there as well with their Xperia PLAY, and will be launching 20+ games for the Android gaming device that are sure to keep our hands moving for a while afterwards. The first out of the gate for game releases just prior to E3 however, will be Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard. That title will be available starting Friday to Xperia Play owners in Western Europe for free download, and we’re not sure whether North America will be extended the same deal.

Something to keep an eye out for is our own Senior Editor Michael Murphy, who’ll be in attendance at E3. You can keep up to date on all the goods by following us and Mike below.

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Other games to be seen and launched at E3 for the Xperia PLAY are as follows;

Glow Hockey 2 For Android, It’s What Tron Folks Do For Fun

The good folks over at Natenai Ariyatrakool have decided to release a second version of their popular Tron looking hockey game.  Glow Hockey 2 delivers better graphics and game play for single users or multi users (same device).  Single users can be challenged by the computer and multi-users, it’s recommended you play on a tablet if you can otherwise screen play can be a little tight.  We’d imagine the game play would be extremely smooth on a dual-core device.  Check out the cool features the game offers below and don’t forget to let us know what you think.  Hit the break for some cool screenshots and to check out the video demo of the game in action.  There’s also an Android market link for the download as well.   Read more

Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Pac-Man

Amazon has given us a great free app today, Pac-Man. If you don’t know what Pac-Man is you’ve been living under a rock, or you were just born yesterday. Developer NAMCO Bandai Games who has provided us with many great games over the years, is the maker of this great mobile version of Pac-Man. As I played the game it made me think back to all the fun times I had in the past standing behind the controls of the arcade game machine. Now for the price of free we can all carry the game of Pac-Man with us everywhere we go.

The game plays great. I made my way through a couple of the boards, and it was very enjoyable. The controls were smooth. There are 2 different ways to set up the way you control Pac-Man. By default, you are set up with PAC-PAD, which in my opinion is the most natural way to play. So simulating a joystick like the good old fashioned version. Flick is the other method. You control the direction of Pac-Man with a flick of you finger anywhere on the screen. I found this to be difficult for me on my Evo, and I wasn’t as accurate. Just as the the original game you have the familiar sounds and game play. Running from the ghosts, making your way to the power pellets. Doing all you can to kick up that high score. Go grab this game in the Amazon App Store, you won’t regret it. Just know, you probably will regret it if tomorrow comes, and you have to shell out $4.99 for a game that is know the world over, and can give you hours upon hours of quality gameplay.

Angry Birds Gets A Little More Social, Shows Off NFC Benefits

Boy, the guys over at Rovia just continue to innovate on what seems an almost daily basis.  Though most of us wouldn’t really find this all that excitng, I’m sure there are a selected few who might be flabbergasted right about now.  At least week’s MeeGo conference Rovio put on a demo showing their new game, Angry Birds Magic along with its NFC capabilities.  The rep used two C7 devices (Nokia) and simply placed them against each other, unlocking several levels on the opposing device.  I guess that’s not too shabby if you have an Angry Birds fan struggling on a particular level.  Question is, will you be able to just walk up to someone and say “hey dude, any chance we can bump phones?”.  Not my particular style, but that’s just me.  And who knows, by the time Rovio officially releases the game for Android there could be more functionality added than we’ve already seen making it completely worth it to purchase an NFC enabled device.  Yeah right :)  Anyway, hit the break to check out the full demo and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

Make Activision’s Call Of Duty Elite Your Next Social Gaming Network (Video)

Any Call of Duty fans out there?  Yeah, yeah, no need to shout all at once.  We’ve got some good news for you.  Activision is gearing up to release their Call of Duty Elite platform for those accessing any Call of Duty games on consoles and PC’s, and boy have they got a lot of goodies stuffed inside.  This is like Twitter and Facebook for hard core Call of Duty fans.  One of the major features being touted at its start is the ability to connect with friends and family members all over the country to compare scores and stats.  In addition, players will be able to challenge each other for real live prizes such as iPads and Jeeps!  The method in which one will be able to access Call of Duty Elite are plenty.  You can get to the service via the web, your television, a game console and now directly on your Android smartphone via a proprietary app.  You can team up with others and engage in awesome adventures together as well as see how well you stand up to other major players.  You can even enter into leagues with your friends.  Another cool feature is mission playback where you can replay a cool stunt or move you performed in slow motion and then upload it to YouTube or Facebook where others can rate it.  Pretty neat huh?  Check out the hilariously narrated demo video below and definitely don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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