The Humble Mobile Bundle 4 has now arrived, once again bringing us a way to get our hands on some great games for basically whatever price we feel like paying.
If you are new to the Humble Bundle, the idea is that you can choose to pay any price and get four games. In order to get extra two ‘bonus’ games, you’ll need to pay above the average donation price that others have given — which currently sits at .46. The money can even be split whatever way you like: with some going to charity, some as a tip to the Humble Bundle site and some going to the developers.
So what games are on offer this time around? For any donation price you get the following:
Pay above the average asking price and you’ll also get Badland Premium and Breach & Clear.
At under , the bundle is more than worth the asking price. To put the value into perspective, Riptide GP2 costs through the Play Store and Catan is . Not to mention the value of the other games on the list. To grab the latest Humble Bundle titles for yourself, you’ll want to head over to their website and make a donation now!
What do you think of the latest Humble Bundle, which games are you most interested in?
Winter Park, Florida – What is better than a free iOS game? A free iOS game that gives you the chance to win an iPod touch, Apple TV, or 0 iTunes gift card! In order to spread the word about the recent release of Gravity Snipe, Monkey First Games has decided that they should reward those who give the game a try. Starting today, players of the iOS game Gravity Snipe will have a chance to win some pretty awesome prizes. Players will have the chance to win one of three prize:
* iPod touch
* Apple TV
* 0 iTunes Gift Card
Entry into the contest is completely free and only requires players to perform a few small tasks. To enter into the contest simply do the following:
* Download Gravity Snipe for iOS
* Follow @GravitySnipe on Twitter
* Share a screenshot of your new High Score on “Extreme” mode with the hashtag #GravitySnipe on Twitter
That is all that is needed to enter! Each tweet with screenshots of high scores and the hashtag #GravitySnipe will get you one entry into the contest. The promotion will be running until March 31st, 2014 when the three winners will be selected at random from the pool of entries.
Gravity Snipe is the adventure of a Flappy Bird trying to avoid a ton of pipes that seem to come from nowhere. It is both fun and challenging.
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* This app is optimized for iPhone 5
* 14.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Gravity Snipe 1.2 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. This is a great opportunity to get some free swag simply by playing a game. Download today!
Monkey First Games was founded in 2012 by Brandon Lassiter. Now operating in Winter Park, Florida, Monkey Fist Games creates casual and social games for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Copyright (C) 2014 Monkey First Games. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
When you get a new smartphone, are you loyal to the brand? What about the operating system? According to a new survey, we’re more likely to stick with the operating system we’ve been using. As for brand loyalty, we’re a little more apt to stray.
A healthy 68% of users will stick with their OS when migrating between phones, according to a new survey from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. With so much variety in the market, it seems we’re unable to resist temptation; 59% of us will switch brands when choosing a new device. In the face of all the proprietary OS skins Android OEMs toss at us, it seems we’re unaffected for the most part.
This is almost entirely and Android discussion, too. Apple is great at keeping iOS safely guarded, but Android is open and varied. You may use a Samsung Galaxy S4 now, but the new HTC One-whatever may entice you. If you feel a twinge of guilt about wanting to give it a shot, don’t — you’re in the majority!
Staying put with an OS is no real surprise. Re-purchasing apps is an annoyance, and relearning an interface is something many are just not willing to do. It will be interesting to see how wearables fit into this equation in future surveys. With Tizen being Samsung’s new wearable OS, and Google expected to release an Android-esque smart watch OS soon, these numbers cold become more diverse.
Chinese manufacturer [#protected_0#] has promised to “unlock possibilities” this coming MWC 2014 but, based on this photos, it might not be the possibility that many have in mind. If the speculation behind prove to be correct, we might be staring at what Huawei has envisioned its smartwatch to be.
It should come as no surprise that Huawei is said to have a smarwatch prepared for next week’s big tech event. After all, almost everyone is getting on the smartwatch train as fast as they can. And Chinese device manufacturers aren’t exactly known for letting the latest trends pass them by without adding their own spin. That said, we were perhaps hoping that Huawei would deliver something interesting to the mix.
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Instead, what we have is a device that is already garnering some rather negative feedback over the Internet. The pair of photos come from, once again, the Weibo account of a Huawei official, referring to the new toy. Given how it seemingly tells the time, the immediate conclusion was that this is Huawei’s rumored smartwatch. If it is, then the company might be in a world of hurt with the reception it might receive.
That said, it is perhaps too early to jump to such a conclusion. It could very well simply be a sports or health wristband, not unlike the LG LifeBand Touch, since it more closely resembles that device. We will definitely know what it really is when Huawei completely unlocks its showcase next week.
An updated version of Docs to Go has now landed in the Play Store, bringing a completely redesigned look and several new features to the table. Docs to Go 4.0 is also making the free version of the app significantly more useful than in past versions.
Previously, the free app only allowed you to view existing documents, but now you can edit them as well. This is more than likely due to the increased competition for other Android Office Suites out there, many of which are either cheaper or completely free.
Although the free version is much better in Docs to Go 4.0, the Office Suite still has a paid version for those looking for more features. You can unlock all paid version features for .95 (down from ) or you can unlock only the specific features you need, like enhanced Cloud service support, for even less.
Here’s the full change-log, highlighting what’s different in the latest version of the app:
Editing is now free for new users and existing Docs To Go ‘Viewer Edition’ users.
App redesign – Modernized user interface includes a refined file explorer and easy access to extensive editing & formatting options without sacrificing valuable screen real estate.
Additional Cloud services supported – Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, and Google Drive*
Android Kit Kat (v4.4) OS compatible
Various bug fixes and enhancements
Select features only available via in-app purchase in Docs To Go
While the latest version of Docs to Go still isn’t perfect, it’s certainly a welcome update and includes a look that is much more modern and polished than past versions of the app. If you’re interested in checking out the app, can grab the updated app directly from Google Play.
For those that have already tried it out, what do you think of the changes?
Popular feed reading app gReader has now received a new update to version 3.6, bringing quite a few improvements to the table.
One of the biggest changes is that gReader now has an offline mode, allowing you to save data onto your device directly. There’s also several bug fixes, widget improvements, and much more. KitKat users that were previously plagued by text wrapping issues will be happy to see this was addressed in the last update as well.
Here’s the full list of additions and fixes, as per the change-log:
NEW: Use gReader as a RSS Reader without a service (data are saved locally)
NEW: Article font size, font type, text alignment (Article View: Menu->Fonts)
IMPROVED: Widgets (Pro): Support background color and opacity, text size, new layout (http://greader.co/widgets)
To grab the update for the free version, you’ll want to head over to Google Play. There is also a pro version that is ad-free and has a few extra features like enhanced widgets and more advanced configuration options. For those that use gReader as their preferred RSS reader, what do you think of the latest changes?
It seems that one of the headliners for HTC‘s next flagship will be a pair of UltraPixel rear cameras, once again “confirmed” by this latest leak. This, however, has a slight, almost unnoticeable difference from the last leak, making us remember to take such images with a grain of salt.
Quite early on, the HTC One M8, the currently used codename for the HTC One successor, has been rumored to have two cameras at the back, both bearing HTC’s UltraPixel camera technology. The reason for this rather novel arrangement is supposedly to help resolve one of the most pesky problems of low-light photography. Whether the HTC One M8 will be able to deliver on that remains to be seen with an actual device.
This new photo seemingly confirms the presence of such dual cameras, as did a previous leaked photo. There is a very small difference between the two photos, however. The older leak showed the dual LED flashes set up separately from each other, in two, unconnected circles. This latest photo, however, shows both to be enclosed in a single elongated hole. There could have simply been a change in backplate design, or one of the two was an earlier prototype.
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In addition, another pair of photos seemingly confirm yet another rumor about the M8′s design, particularly that of the navigation buttons. Here we once again see proof of those buttons being integrated into the screen and following more closely the Android standard button order. There is no confirmation, however, of the supposed feature that allows this navigation to be swiped away as desired.
Sony is announcing a new firmware upgrade for its unique QX lens-style cameras, the QX100 and QX10. Introduced in September last year, these lenses that can both be used by themselves or as smartphone accessories will now offer users more control over the cameras’ settings.
Majority of the changes are bestowed on the more powerful, and of course more expensive, QX100. The new firmware will all users to control their shutter speed, which is now being called Shutter Priority mode. The firmware update also makes available a wider ISO range, from 160 to 128000, available in Programmable Auto mode, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority mode. Users can now also shoot Full HD video in MP4 format, at 1920×1080 resolutions and at a frame rate of 30 fps.
The QX10 practically gets the same enhancements, aside from the Shutter Priority mode. It does have a smaller ISO range of 100 to 3200 compared to the QX100. Full HD video recording at 1920×1080 30 fps is also available, also for MP4 formats. But the QX100 and the QX10 will also be able to switch between taking shots and previewing them without breaking the WiFi connection. The firmware updates are now available and can be downloaded from Sony’s website.
Sony is also announcing two new accessories to take advantage of the QX lens-style cameras. The SPA-TA1 is an attachment for the lens that clamps onto tablets, such as the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. This does give tablets with normally lower megapixel counts better photographic abilities, but will probably also attract unwanted attention. The SPA-ACX4, on the other hand, attaches to the recently announced Xperia Z1 Compact, bringing the QX lenses to the Sony’s miniature flagship. Both attachments will be available starting March 2014, though no retail price has been suggested yet.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. This week, we talk about the best Android phone under 0, some battery saving tips, Qualcomm Snapdragon vs MediaTek SoCs, and more. Let’s get started!
I am on 0-400 budget on my next phone. Which one should I get? – MrGarchomp123
The best Android smartphones within the budget you’re looking for are the Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto X. The Nexus 5 offers the best solution for anyone looking for a high-end device at a great price, and what the Moto X lacks in specifications, it more than makes up for with user experience and some very useful features.
If you’re hoping to save some money, you should definitely take a look at the new line of Asus Zenfone smartphones, that won Android Authority’s Best Smartphone(s) of CES 2014, as well as the Moto G. You’ll find a bunch of useful review and first look videos in the playlist below.
Battery saving is always a hot topic for Android users, and many apps like Battery Doctor recommend a full cycle charge at least once a month. How much merit is there to this? I have come across mixed opinions. – sirjargon1
While some pundits and blogs may say that it is a good idea to do a full cycle charge, the cold hard fact is that each lithium-ion battery comes with a limited number of cycles. The best way to prolong the battery life is to keep the charge between 10% and 90%, or even 20% and 80%, depending on what is more convenient to you. Granted, you don’t have to fanatical about this, and it’s okay to charge the battery fully. But try and avoid discharging the battery completely, as well as not keeping the phone plugged in for a long time, once it is fully charged. You can find out more about how to prolong your li-ion battery life here.
Which processor is actually better and faster for phones? Snapdragon or Mediatek? I heard that mostly MediaTek’s processors are slow and often lag, while Snapdragon does its job at its very best. – Andrew Beh Jian Yuan
The simple answer is that the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are the higher performing one compared to (equivalent) MediaTek SoCs, and has been seen consistently not only in benchmarks, but general real world performance as well. That being said, the Snapdragon processors are generally more expensive, and is mostly found in high-end devices like the HTC One, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Xperia Z1, and others. On the other hand, the MediaTek processors may be slower, but are also more cost effective, and allows OEMs to manufacture budget-friendly devices that still have sought-after features like quad-core processors.
And, it has to be said that the current crop of MediaTek processors are a far better option than anything that was available in budget devices over the past few years. If you want to find examples of cheap devices featuring quad-core, and even octa-core, MediaTek processors, all you need to do is look at smartphones that are proving to be quite popular in China and India.
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San Mateo, California – It’s the end of January and you might be wondering, “How am I going to keep my resolutions and make this year better?” In the middle of winter, you might want an extra hour to sleep rather than packing up for the gym and the rest of your day. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. It is reported that up to 88% of people who make resolutions are challenged to keep them. What if an app could help you keep your commitments to yourself?
Timewinder is designed to help you keep your fitness, study and productivity goals. It’s the ultimate interval timer app for Android and iOS. “We wrote Timewinder so I could stay committed to my yoga practice everyday,” says Shannon White, product creator and Widget Revolt co-founder. “I was too busy to make it down to the studio and I wanted to practice at home with the focus I had at the studio. My practice is solid. I can design my own yoga routines. I wanted to run them whenever I had downtime. That’s exactly what I have with Timewinder today. What’s exciting is that we have customers that are finding the same benefits for a wider variety of activities than I could have ever imagined.”
Timewinder has been used for timing yoga, qigong, tai chi, meditation, running, interval training, study, and general productivity routines. Its flexible features allow you to apply it to multiple scenarios, creating timing routines for any of them. Another great benefit is that Timewinder comes with free content that is updated weekly for people who don’t want to create routines. “Some days you may be bored with the same routines you’ve been using. Our service Timeshare, which is built right into the Timewinder app, allows you to download a new routine in-app for free,” Shannon says.
What’s more, you can also share your timing routines directly with friends via email and Facebook. For instance, a yoga instructor could send their class routine immediately to students after class. Shannon continues, “We’re really excited about the social aspects to Timewinder. We will be continuing to expand Timewinder along these lines. We want Timewinder to be truly meaningful in helping people achieve their goals. We’re building a community around it.”
* iOS 6.0 and greater
* 11.7 MB
* Android 4.0.3 and greater
* 8.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Ad-support version of Timewinder is available for Free worldwide on the App Store and Google Play.
Located in San Mateo, California, Widget Revolt writes revolutionary apps for Android, iOS and the web to help people do the things that matter so that they can lead better lives. Copyright (C) 2014 Widget Revolt. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.