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The Moron Test (Android)

Posted: September 16, 2010 in Android, Android Apps
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The Moron Test Start Screen

Pros & Cons:

Pros

  • Highly addictive, frustrating and fun all at the same time
  • Great time-waster game

Features:

The Moron Test is one of those highly addictive, frustrating yet fun brain and puzzle games that migrated from the iPhone platform first. Don’t take too much offense it the game labels you a “moron”, it’s all in good fun similar to “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” The game takes you through a series of though provoking questions and actions, the key to the game simply is to pay attention. Many times you’re given subtle clues, straight-forward questions, memory teasing questions, or even deceptive questions and techniques to keep the game interesting and challenging! Maybe you do or maybe you don’t want to share your moronic results, but it’s possible to share with friends on Facebook.

Fun Factor & Addictive:

The Moron Test is totally fun, challenging and addictive! A great time-waster, can even be a cool family night game to get the whole gang involved.

Graphics:

The game hosts shiny fun colorful graphics. For Android specifically, it’s cool the app allows saving to SD card as progressing in higher rounds… the space can add up.

Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:

The game features background music and sound which can be toggled. (androidtapp)

You can download at : www.androidtapp.com/the-moron-test/

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.

Pros & Cons:

Pros

  • Awesome 3D graphics with integration of real locations for air combat
  • PSP game quality for Android
  • Local multi-player mode for up to 4 players
  • Gameloft offering free trial for high end Android devices
  • Large game saved to SD Card

Cons

  • Not available in the Android Market, you must purchase from Gameloft directly
  • No multi-touch

Features:

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. on Android is the mobile version of Ubisoft’s full game console versionoffering first-person jet fighter 3D game which uses either on-screen virtual joystick or the phone’s accelerometer to control the aircraft. Your goal is to complete numerous missions albeit air combat, bombing ground enemies, or providing air-to-ground support for troops; this game exhibits great 3D gaming experience for Android devices.

On-Screen Controls

What I like about this game (or many other first-person combat Gameloft games license from major game makers) is the walk-through training sessions you can conquer before completing missions to get you acquainted with game play controls. I personally opted for the on-screen virtual joystick over accelerometer controls however one gripe there is the app is not multi-touch supported 😦 so I quickly went back to accelerometer controls. So if you’re playing with the virtual joystick you would have to let it go for a split second in order to use other things like firing, toggling camera, speed or maneuvering.

Controlling the modern planes are computer assisted so you merely only have to worry about pictch (up/down), roll (spin left/right), turns and weapons auto-lock and are fire guided to targets… so all you have to do is maneuver, lock and fire!

Describing the on-screen controls starting in the top left going clockwise you’ll find: pause button, fuel level, mission oblective notes, pictured targets to destroy, machine gun fire toggle, rocket fire toggle, pan left/right controls, (if applicable) vitrual joystick, and camera toggle.

Local Multi-player Mode

Local multi-player mode is cool when you can a few friends have the game and want to do some dogfighting amongst either other and show off your air combat skills. This feature would be even cooler if you could quick battle online like Skies of Glory.

Fun Factor & Addictive:

If you’re into Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. games, or air combat games, or first person shooter games… you’ll love this popular title on your phone. The action and game play gets intense with choice of fighter planes and 3D renderings of real locations you fly and fight over.

Graphics:

As mentioned the 3D graphics are awesome and brings a PSP level of gaming to Android. You can see attention to detail in scenery, visual effects such as winds and cloud streams, on to explosions.

Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. utilizes the phone’s accelerometer, of course sound effects and even characters within the game instructing your mission plus vibration when taking hits and crashes.(androidtapp)

You can download at : www.androidtapp.com/tom-clancy’s-h-a-w-x/

Finger Race (Android)

Posted: September 13, 2010 in Android, Android Apps
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There isn’t much to say about this Android-based game (of sorts): select from 1-, 2-, and 5-meter lengths via options (actually centimeters once you get on the track), then proceed to “run” your fingers across the screen until the counter hits zero. The goal is fastest time, and longer swipes will get you to the goal faster. It’s about as barebones as you can get — at least the textured track scrolls as you make your dash — but we’re sure there’s enough people out there with a competitive streak that’ll love to challenge friends and family. Besides, it’s free, and if you’re the sort who downloads a ton of apps anyway, it’s good exercise for when you need to scroll through your library. You know what? We think the video explains it best — do check it out after the break. (engadget)

Google just updated Maps for Android to version 4.5, and this one is a doozy. Three fairly substantial features have been added into the app to increase usability and provide a seamless experience no matter what method of travel you choose.
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The most major update is the inclusion of Walking Navigation (beta, of course), what Google deems the “marriage” of Navigation and walking directions. You will get the same trusty navigation you have come to love from Google Maps with some tweaks here and there. Obviously, walking navigation uses walking directions to provide the most efficient route for a pedestrian, and does so with satellite view as the default for easy identification of landmarks. The screen and map orient to the way you hold your phone and the direction you face, and upcoming turns have vibration notifications so you don’t get lost with your phone in your pocket.
The next update comes in the form of Street View smart navigation. With this update using street view now feels a lot more like its desktop counterpart. Simply drag and drop Pegman where you want to view and the app will zip you off like you’re in the real world.

The final addition is a new Google Maps search bar. The new bar is always available at the top of Maps to be accessed quickly to search, open Places, toggle Layers, or pinpoint your current location. Results can be filtered by distance or rating, pricing of local businesses are categorized, and cross streets are listed. (phandroid)

For cable and satellite television providers, mobile DVR programming capability is arguably the new HD. Well, no, 3D is actually the new HD… but regardless, being able to set up recording from afar is a must-have feature that’s being rolled out far and wide. Cablevision is the latest to get into the game this week now that its Optimum app is available both in the App Store for iOS devices and in the Android Market, giving access to channel lineups and listings along with the ability to set up new recordings (either for single episodes or series) and delete stuff you don’t want anymore. It might not be quite as trick as Dish Network’sSling integration… but then again, Cablevision doesn’t own Sling. So it goes! Follow the break for the full press release. (engadget)

nook_android-300x59NOOK is getting another update for Android, this time to version 2.2 of the software that has already seen several new APKs dished out over the past couple of months. The latest version of the app for accessing the Barnes & Noble eBookstore and its over one million titles adds in QuickActions to provide pop-up menus for certain items such as eBook selections in the library with common tasks such as “Details,” “LendMe,” “More By,” and “Buy Now.”

The reader has become more customizable and several options have been added to improve the overall experience, including more line spacing and margin options, the ability to turn text justification on and off, and an improved settings screen. The option is also present to hide the status bar during reading. Typical bug fixes and performance enhancements are also present. (phandroid)

Download the app by snapping the QR code below:

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Angry Birds (Android)

Posted: September 10, 2010 in Android, Android Apps
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Angry Birds Pros & Cons:

Pros

  • Very fun, challenging and addictive game which makes it so popular
  • Really smooth game graphics and game play

Cons

  • Although in “Beta” some HTC Evo & HTC Incredible owners are getting “Forced Closed” errors

Features:

Angry Birds is one of the most popular games for iPhone and has made  it’s way to Android with a “Beta” label. Your objective is to sling up to five angry birds at a loosely made structure with pigs inside and destroy it all giving the birds their vengeance. Get bonus points for destroying it all with birds left over, else if you don’t destroy it all and use all your birds you fail the round.

Fun Factor & Addictive:

What makes this game a hit is how easily it becomes addictive and can have you spending hours figuring out best possible ways to destroy the structures in the least possible slings.

Graphics:

Angry Birds on Android has the same super smooth graphics and game play as on iPhone. The stages can be panned around to get a better idea of where you need to strike, merge that with fluid parallax movement and vibrant vector graphics and you’ve got a lively winner!

Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:

Angry Birds features background sound effect snickers, which sound familiar to Gizmo and Gremlin tauts from the classic Steven Spielberg movies, that can be toggled. (androidtapp)

You can download it at : www.androidtapp.com/angry-birds/

YouMail Visual VoicemailPros & Cons:

Pros

  • Customized greeting for people who leave you voice mails
  • Manage, download and listen to your voice mail on the phone or online
  • Get voice mail transcribed to read on the phone (for added monthly fee)

Cons

  • Bit quirky with phone orientation adjustment as it stops audio if phone changes orientation

Features:

YouMail Visual Voicemail offers voicemails solutions for mobile phones that allow you to receive voicemail via email, download the MP3/WAV, playback voicemail on the device, and display a transcript to read of  your voicemail (the latter for an additional charge).

You must register for the initially free service and forward your normal voicemail to YouMail. What’s cool is your default greeting is changed to what seems to be your own personal secretary stating “[Your Name] is not available right now…” or you can change your greeting yourself and upload. Utilizing other services from YouMail’s website shows the true power in their service.

Gripe Alert: listening to voicemail is played back on speaker versus in-ear or via bluetooth Youcan change how you listen to voicemail via a small icon to the bottom right of the seek bar to toggle speaker, phone in-ear or bluetooth if connected (thanks for the correction Tim). I did not see where you can password protect accessing voicemail.

Usefulness:

Just about every phone/cell phone user has voicemail… or should have it. YouMail Voicemail offers another interactive service with a la cart services that can be purchased separately.

Ease of Use:

Setup is not that bad, afterwards… using it is as simple as checking your email or opening the app to listen to voicemails. Beats calling into voicemail.

Frequently Used:

Frequency of use is user dependent, if used… every time you receive a voicemail message.

Interface:

The user interface is basic, nothing fancy… yet allows you to get your voicemail, and quick links to send an email or text message to the sender. (androidtapp)

CoPilot Live Menu 2

Pros & Cons:

Pros

  • Maps are downloaded directly onto your SD card so navigation features work     even without a wireless connection as long as GPS in enabled
  • Multi-stop trips
  • Lane assist eliminates confusion in unfamiliar multi-lane high traffic areas
  • Additional maps are available for other countries such as Europe, UK, Australia, and more
  • Route recalculation is quick and seamless

Cons

  • HUGE download. The North America region download for this app is almost 2GB stored to your SD card
  • No voice search feature. One of the most used functions on my Evo with the 2.2 upgrade.

    Features:

    CoPilot Live is a great app for anyone who finds themselves using GPS navigation often. This, of course, coming from someone who uses Google Maps often, having the offline capability was a huge plus! CoPilot sets itself apart from other navigation software by simply offering many services you would normally find only on a dedicated GPS device. Even better, you have more than one voice to choose from rather than the standard TTS voice (which on long trips can get annoying and causes use of the mute button) your given using Google Maps. This application is available on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows Mobile. On your desktop, you can customize a variety of features for CoPilot Live using the free Windows software called CoPilot Central, also available from ALK.

    There are several versions you can buy of this app (All available in the Android Market): North America, South Africa, UK + Ireland, Europe, and Australia. Using this app I only tested the North American maps in their most current form.

    Key Features:

    • Accurate navigation to either house number or street level
    • Quick re-routing when needed. I’m no longer nervous about missing a turn!
    • Several different views for navigation to choose from (2D, 3D, and Driver Safety)
    • Enhancements such as speed limit indicator and lane indicator display just makes using this app that much safer
    • Works in either landscape or portrait mode
    • Thousands of POIs available for North America (almost too much to handle!)
    • Share location via SMS. Cool feature to let your loved ones know where you are.
    • Navigation available either by car, motorcycle, bicycle, RV, or walking. (I only tested the car method but feel free to send me a motorcycle or RV!)
    • Download maps for several areas on one SD card
    • Live Services (see below)

    Live Services:

    CoPilot offers a variety of different premium services that requires a data connection. Not all services are available in all areas. These are:

    • Live Weather: Choice of local weather, at destination, or in another city (either Fahrenheit or Celsius). Provided you with current and 5-day outlook including highs & lows with weather conditions for the day. Clicking any of the 5 days will send you externally to AccuWeather’s websites.
    • LiveLink: I was unfortunate enough not to get to try this out but it sounds very interesting. In theory, you would share you location with others either via their CoPilot Live application on-screen or via email to others through the CoPilot LiveLink website. I could see this being very useful amongst a group of travellers, only if everyone had the same application installed.
    • Live Traffic: Shows any traffic-related incident in the area. Throughout my usage, I typically found construction as the items it provided me with. It separates this in two formats: via Map or via list of major highways effected. You can choose to automatically avoid the incident or select it manually.
    • Live Fuel Prices: Shows the prices of nearby gas stations. Great information but no way to change whether the information is sorted by price or distance without going into the settings. Does allow you to be specific on the grade of fuel and the search radius.
    • Live Local Search: Find different items of interest either nearby or in another city. Google Search SPOILS me so I was not impressed with the functionality of this feature. Area of improvement for sure.

    Usefulness:

    CoPilot is great for those who do a lot of traveling. This application feels like it wasn’t designed for just your average trip across town, however, it could easily be used for any destination no matter how far away it may be. Offline usage is a huge advantage and makes traveling in areas with limited cellular signal much easier. The additional services that CoPilot offers makes trips less of a headache and more enjoyable for you and your family.

    Ease of Use:

    Being used to Google Maps, this app takes on a different approach to how to use navigation software. It resembles a dedicated GPS device heavily so if your used to that platform, this should be a breeze.

    Frequently Used:

    If you need directions to an unfamiliar area, want up-to-date information on your common routes, or plan or traveling further than your own internal-brain-navigation can handle, this will be used often. Even though I know the route to work, I used it everyday just to keep updated on traffic.

    Interface:

    All icons and text is large and easily readable on the screen. Menus are a bit excessive at times but that can be viewed from a positive and negative standpoint. Lots of options and settings means lots of way to customize your experience with this app. (androidtapp)

    Download at : www.androidtapp.com/copilot-live/

    Ninja Kaka – Fruit Dojo

    Pros & Cons:

    Pros

    • Fun and challenging game
    • Responsive controls

    Cons

    • The spin-off of popular iPhone game Fruit Ninja, it’s missing a lot of cool features like bombs, various play modes, choice in the sword type, etc.

    Features:

    Ninja Kaka Fruit Dojo is a fun and challenging game of strategically using your Ninja slicing skills to chop random fruit stacking up points to advance to the next level under a timer. The key is slice in higher number combos without misses, a miss or no cuts in the higher rounds result in points taken away, and the speed of the game increases making it more challenging.

    How to Play Ninja Kaka Fuit Dojo

    • Swipe in any direction on the screen to slice the fruit, recommended to slice at least 3 or more pieces with every strike without missing.
    • Each round has a timer and point threshold to beat, hence combo slices are vital
    • Each advance in rounds get even tougher as the game speed increases
    • Missing fruit subtracts score
    • Nothing cut subtracts score
    • Cut target fruit awards high score, miss target fruit and get penalized

    Fun Factor & Addictive:

    Though it’s a simple game it’s really fun, addictive and can get quite challenging as you’re not just slicing fruit but figuring out the best way to slice 3 or more without missing to maximize points.

    Graphics:

    The game features smooth & delicious fruit splattered 3D game graphics and is very responsive on Android devices with higher processor speeds.

    Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:

    Ninja Kaka only uses sound which can be toggled. (androidtapp)

    Download at : www.androidtapp.com/ninja-kaka-fruit-dojo/