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If you grew up in the 1990s, you’ll remember Sonic the Hedgehog as one of the more popular console game characters. If you’ve been longing for games you played in your youth, then here’s yet another reason to be happy you’re using Android. Sega has just released Sonic the Hedgehog on Google Play. We get to play Sonic at 60 FPS with widescreen support and re-mastered audio. Plus, we get to play Sonic’s friends, Tails and Knuckles, too.
Previously available on iOS devices, Sonic spins his way into Android smartphones and tablets, where you can play the re-mastered classic, plus a few new features. First, the game has been optimized for mobile devices, which means you get to enjoy Sonic in full screen and up to 60 FPS smoothness. The soundtrack has likewise been re-mastered, and it’s a big improvement over the 16-bit
Additionally, you can play new characters, Sonic’s friends Tails and Knuckles. These new characters let you explore Sonic’s world in a whole new way by using their unique abilities (flying, gliding and climbing around the levels). You will need to unlock them first with gameplay, though. Experienced players can also increase the challenge level with the new Time Attack Mode.
Sega made sure players will enjoy the title by adding in a few extras, which make Sonic the Hedgehog all the more enjoyable in our connected world. In particular, the mobile app features achievements and a leaderboard to encourage players to become more competitive — a feature that console games of the 20th century did not have.
Miss your Sega Genesis controller? Fret not, as Sonic the Hedgehog offers support for Power A Moga, Nyko, XBOX, and all HID controllers. The game costs .99 on the Google Play Store. An iOS version is also available, although Sega is yet to release the free update with new playable characters to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users.
Check out the promo video from Google Play.
Soon you’ll be able to do a lot more than just control your PC from your BlackBerry 10 device.
Here at BlackBerry Live 2013 we met up with Hisham Hassan Bakr, an Egyptian developer in charge of a PC control app called AIO Remote. For some time, All In One Remote has been offering the ability to seamlessly control your PC, Linux, or Mac computer over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, complete with native BlackBerry 10 keyboard, presenter slide control, media control, mouse movement, and file system access.
One of my favorite features was the ability to custom program your own virtual buttons which would activate set keystrokes on the computer. Hisham then revealed his intentions to expand functionality to be able to remotely control Android from the app, or to control BlackBerry the other way around. This could be very useful for users that regularly plug their secondary devices into the big screen but still need the ability to access it. As Hisham put it, “this is the first of its kind, to control the world.” To be fair, he didn’t have anything show on this front just yet, but considering how well the original app works, I’m eager to see Android remote control once it’s available.
Personally, I’ve always stuck to Luko Remote for these kinds of capabilities, but it’s great to see someone else having their hand at it, and more importantly, trying to do something different. Find a download link below to this award-winning app, and be sure to check out CrackBerry Live on Thursday for more outstanding interviews and demos.
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Have an older mobile device collecting dust around your house? Starting tomorrow, AT&T will introduce a new trade-in promotion that could give you at least an 0 credit for your older gear.
Often enough, trading programs only accept a few limited models of phones for trading, but AT&T’s promotion is much less restrictive. The carrier will take any mobile hardware, as long as it isn’t older than three years. That means you can bring in a slightly older smartphone, netbook, tablet, data card or even a feature phone.
AT&T assures that all accepted devices will receive at least 0, but some newer devices might even fetch more than that. What makes this deal truly unique is that AT&T is giving customers flexibility in how to use the credit. The most obvious use is for those looking to get a newer phone. As long as you sign a two-year contract, the 0+ trade-in credit can be used on any smartphone that AT&T sells. This means that newer phones like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy 4 will only end up setting you back .
Don’t need a new handset? You can also use your credit for picking up mobile accessories, or your trade-in amount can be applied to your monthly bill. If you are feeling charitable, you can also donate the credited amount to the Cell phones for Soldiers charity.
Many times these promotions seem too good to be true, but we admit this is a pretty impressive sounding deal for those that don’t mind committing to a contract.
Have you ever dropped your smartphone or tablet? Not a pleasant experience, I know. As always, the relentless pursuit of innovation is yielding achievements and developments in areas not previously thought possible. Science once confined to the limits of military and security applications has been leaping over to the cutthroat mobile device market for some time now.
When it comes to protecting the displays of our precious devices, Corning’s Gorilla Glass is currently state of the art. Here’s a demo we’ve seen at MWC in February.
Sapphire could be the next wonder material
Sapphire itself is a special material. With a melting point of 2,030C, it remains virtually impervious to pretty much everything that’s thrown at it. As the second hardest material next to diamond, it is significantly more abundant and less expensive, making it perfect for our beloved mobile devices. What’s more is that it has long enjoyed success in a variety of applications – namely bulletproofing the cars of some very special people, and on Rolex watches to ensure that the face stays scratch free throughout years of use. And there’s many more.
The sum of it is that sapphire is ten times more scratch resistant than normal glass, and, while we don’t have real world tests of how it will stack up next to Corning’s famous Gorilla Glass, we’d have to say that it’s likely to yield some drastic improvements for people that tend to drop their devices more than they ought to.
Naturally, it’s still a material that has a crystalline structure, and is therefore still capable of shattering or cracking, but the fact remains, it is significantly harder and stronger than the materials used in our smartphone displays today. While it remains roughly ten times as expensive as its immediate competitor – Gorilla Glass, economies of scale in the furiously competitive mobile device economy will result in it becoming much cheaper in a relatively short period of time. According to the talented nerds at ExtremeTech:
If you’ve taken the time to see our drop tests, you’ll know that most devices don’t hold up very well against concrete. Assuming similar advancements are made in other materials, we one day could all own devices that are incredibly hard to smash, shatter, and break.
Is this a welcome advancement? Have you ever shattered or broken your devices display?
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The moment many mobile gamers have been waiting for is here – Oil Rush 3D for Android is finally available. The bad news is that, if you’re not the proud owner of a Snapdragon S4 device, the game is out of your reach. For now, at least.
The game is already available in the Google Play Store (see Source link below) and it costs .99. It’s just as exciting as it was expected to be, but you need to know one essential thing. The game can only be played, for now, on devices with Snapdragon S4 chips – MSM8960, MSM8260A, MSM8974, APQ8064 and MPQ8064 with an Adreno 225 or 320 GPU and at least 1GB of RAM. Among the most popular models falling into this category are the Google Nexus 4, Sony Xperia T and Xperia Z, or the Asus Padfone 2.
This may sound like very bad news, but there is still hope for those that don’t own one of the devices listed on the game’s official site. According to it, the game will run exclusively on Snapdragon S4 devices ‘for six months following release’. So you’ll just have to wait until September, hoping that your device will be among the lucky ones.
And while you do, you can watch the trailer below.
Have you already tried Oil Rush 3D? What do you think?
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The latest version pushes WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 into v2.9.3997.0
Although WhatsApp has arrived on BlackBerry 10, it’s release wasn’t without a few bugs. We’ve already seen one update roll out and now, if you head on into BlackBerry World you’ll find there is another update available for download. The latest version pushes WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 into v2.9.3997.0 and looks to address issues with contacts, notifications, media sharing along with adding some localization improvements for English, Arabic, Spanish, Indonesian and finally, Turkish users.
If you’re making use of WhatsApp, you’ll surely want to get the latest installed, you can do so by hitting the link below or checking for updates from within BlackBerry World. If you’re not seeing it yet, hold tight it’ll appear. If you’ve already got it downloaded, feel free to drop by the CrackBerry forums and let everyone know how well the update is (or isn’t) working for you or what changes you’re seeing that may not have been documented in the log.
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BlackBerry has launched its Z10 smartphone initially in emerging markets, with some success. But as inexpensive Android devices has proliferated in the market, CEO Thorsten Heins says BlackBerry is not likely to sell BB10 devices anytime soon. Could this break BlackBerry’s attempt to regain its share in the mobile market?
In a question-and-answer session at a conference in BlackBerry’s Waterloo, Ontario home town, Heins says the company is not “getting into the 50-, 60-buck segment,” reports Bloomberg. That is “not BlackBerry,” he says. Heins adds that this does not result in value for the company. “Understand where you are playing and resist being talked into segments that you know will not serve your purpose and will not result in shareholder value.”
Here are a few highlights:
BlackBerry has somehow held its market share in places like Indonesia and India, where the inexpensive BlackBerry Messaging Service has become a mainstay. To illustrate, the basic BBM would usually cost in the vicinity of US.50 per month for unlimited service, which is cheaper than most data plans and SMS charges. Market share is shrinking, though, especially with the rise of cheap data plans and free cross-platform messaging services.
A good idea?
BlackBerry seems to be holding on to its enterprise-oriented roots in focusing on the higher-end of the market. But given BlackBerry’s ailing market share, is this such a good idea? Here are a few thoughts.
Android skyrocketed to popularity in both established and emerging markets because of the wide array of devices offered within the platform. You have flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, middle-of-the-road smartphones like the LG Nexus 4, and even basic entry-level devices like the Samsung Galaxy Pocket. While it is arguable that this wide array of offerings has resulted in fragmentation and a wide disparity in user experience, there is no question that Android is the market leader in smartphones today (and tablets are rising, as well).
But perhaps BlackBerry wants to continue offering its older devices for the lower-end of the market, much like how Apple services this segment with previous years’ devices. For instance, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are still being offered on contract as either the 0 or free smartphone in the U.S. There is one big difference, however. BlackBerry’s latest BB10 platform would only be supported on new devices. Apple, meanwhile, continues to push upgrades to previous models, as long as the devices are still capable. For example, even the four-year old iPhone 3GS supports the latest iOS 6.1.2.
Is BlackBerry willing to alienate this segment of the market that would not necessarily pay for an expensive high-end device?
Still, BlackBerry will be launching more affordable devices after its focus on the high-end. While this will not necessarily mean devices as cheap as US, BlackBerry fans can still expect devices aimed at the mid-range.
It’s a question of keeping the user experience consistent with BlackBerry’s aims. If you’re familiar with how low-end Android devices result in a disappointing user experience, then you will know how that will tend to turn off users.
So it’s a tradeoff between gaining market share and ensuring a consistent user experience. Which will it be for BlackBerry?
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On the fence about switching over to Android from an iPhone? Sony is now making it easier than ever to switch to their latest handsets using their new Xperia Transfer feature for PC Companion and Bridge for Mac.
While Xperia Transfer obviously won’t be able to port your iOS apps, it can bring over your contacts, text messages, calendar appointments, notes, browser bookmarks, photos, videos and music from iTunes.
How does it work? You launch iTunes on your PC or Mac and perform a back-up of your phone’s important content. After that, Mac users open up Bridge and PC users open up PC Companion. From there you click on the Xperia Transfer feature and follow the directions onscreen.
Sony certainly makes the process seem like a piece of cake, but remember things probably can and may go wrong when transferring. Still, a tool like this is a lot less of a headache than having to do everything manually.
Sony phones that are currently compatible with the new feature are the Xperia VC, Xperia V, Xperia T, Xperia TX, Xperia TL, Xperia Z and Xperia ZQ.
This isn’t the first time a vendor has featured software or apps that aim to attract iPhone users by simplifying the switch, as seen with Easy Phone Sync when the Samsung Galaxy S3 first launched. Sony might be one of the best fits for Apple users considering jumping ship, though.
Arguably one of the reasons iPhone users stick with Apple’s smartphone is the quality design and killer aesthetics, something that Sony also takes great pride in. With the Sony Xperia Z attracting tons of attention right now, the release of the Transfer Feature seems like more than just good timing.
Any iPhone users out there considering a Sony device? Did this help make up your mind?
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Just a little over a month after releasing the first milestone 10.1 builds, CyanogenMod has yesterday made a bunch of new M ports available. The M2 releases are up for grabs for over 20 devices (more if you count the different models and configurations), all of which can get a taste of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean early. Huzzah!
Unlike manufacturers and carriers, the brilliant CM team continues to spread its love around regardless of the “social status” of phones and tabs. You can therefore flash a 4.2-based port on aristocrats like the Samsung Galaxy S3, Nexus 10 or HTC One X, on the bourgeois Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and HTC One S, but also on the proletarian Galaxy S and Nexus S.
But here’s the full list of devices receiving CM 10.1 M2 releases:
Several other gadgets, including the Kindle Fire, are having M2 ports worked on, so even if you can’t find your device on the above list you shouldn’t fall into despair… yet.
Also, as a quick reminder, let’s mention that M-Series sit somewhere in between nightly builds and RC (release candidates) in the grand scheme of CM ports. Basically, they’re stable enough to be used on a daily basis, but some small kinks might need ironing out before CyanogenMod can call the firmwares final.
If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, start by rooting your device, then back up your data and head on to CM’s servers where you’ll be able to easily identify the new ports by the “cm-10.1-M2” tag. Also, let us know how everything works out, and, if there any bugs to report, this is where you’ll want to “complain”.
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Coming out of Mobile World Congress, Yota Devices has announced that they have signed a software licensing agreement with Qualcomm. Yota Devices is the company behind the YotaPhone, which some will recognize as being the dual-display smartphone. For those not sure, the YotaPhone has a 4.3-inch LCD display and a 4.3-inch E-ink display.
This licensing agreement with Qualcomm could mean an easier global roll-out for the company. Aside from the dual-display set-up, the YotaPhone will arrive sporting a 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. In terms of this deal, this makes Yota the first Qualcomm software licensee in Russia. While this move could eventually help Yota, this should also have some perks for Qualcomm.
In fact, Qualcomm Europe President and Senior VP of QTI Enrico Salvatori has said that “Russia is strategically important” to them. Salvatori also noted that they expect “strong growth” in the number of 3G smartphones in Russia over the next two years. In addition to the Qualcomm agreement, Yota also recently announced some news in regards to manufacturing.
That news arrived last week and basically stated that the YotaPhone would be manufactured by Hi-P. Or perhaps more interesting for those hoping to eventually get their hands on a YotaPhone — the company said the expect a global release to begin in the second half of 2013. Bottom line here, while we are interested in the device, we are even more curious to see how well received something like this would be with the average smartphone buyer.
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