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Pokemon Online – Indie app of the day

Pokemon Online review

What is Pokemon Online?

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Pokemon Online is one of the few Pokemon experiences you can get on Android without going through the hassle of downloading an emulator and the games. The idea behind the app is simple. It strips away all the RPG and story elements and lets battle your Pokemon team online against other players. The purpose is to hone your battle strategies, see which teams do the best, and figure out strategies for beating harder opponents.

Despite the lack of story elements and RPG mechanics, the game manages to offer quite a bit of content. You can either have a team selected for you at random or you can carefully craft your own. By craft your own, I mean you get to pick which Pokemon you want, their abilities, and their level. This means you can go with your favorites or experiment with ones you’ve never used before. Given the number of Pokemon available, the number of permutations are quite large.

Once in battle, you play as though it were a typical Pokemon battle by selecting moves and abilities against a live opponent. This means connecting to a server which means you’ll need to have an internet connection in order to play. Aside from choosing your Pokemon team and moves, you can also play by various rule sets. If you want to play by the old school Pokemon Red or Blue rules, you can choose those or if you want to play by a newer rule set, you can. Playing by different rule sets can cause different effects depending on what attacks you use. That adds a fun layer of complexity on top of an already decently fun battle system.

Along with battling people, you can also participate in chat rooms and private messages if you so choose. It’s also worth nothing that there is a desktop version of this for the big three desktop operating systems which allows you to transport teams and face people cross platform. There is also a fairly active community of players complete with forums if you decide you want to get even further into the community.

What is wrong with this app?

The worst that’s been reported are server connection issues. Every now and then people will not be able to connect in order to play against other people. Another bug that has been frequently reported is the in-game menu button not working for some people. It seems to be pretty random so it’s a roll of the dice. If you don’t get those issues, it seems to be a fairly stable and solid application. Of course, like any online community populated by hardcore fans, there may be a little animosity but those are the risks we all take when joining new communities.


Pokemon Online review

Final thoughts

Overall, this is a fun little game. It’s not the classic Pokemon that everyone knows and loves, but if you’ve always been into the battling part of Pokemon then this is an app you can’t miss. There are the occasional server issues and a few bugs, but nothing too bad. It is important to remember that this is the battle part of Pokemon only. If you’re more of a fan of the story and didn’t enjoy the battling part so much, you probably will not enjoy this app. If you want to check it out, use the button below.
Get it on Google Play

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Samsung Galaxy S5 manual now available online [PDF embed]

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 manual is now available online for everyone to peruse. The user manual for Samsung’s latest Galaxy contains instructions and explanations on everything from setting up the device for the first time, to using the fingerprint sensor, to gauging your pulse after a workout with the built-in sensor on the back.

Perhaps the most useful part of the Galaxy S5 user guide is the walkthrough section covering Samsung’s unique software features, such as S Health, Multi Window, and S Voice. While Samsung does a pretty good job at explaining the features on the phone the first time you open an app, the detailed explanation could save you a lot of headaches, especially if you are new to the Korean company’s devices.

Spotted by the folks at GalaxyClub, the 249-page Galaxy S5 manual below is available on Samsung’s download center in several languages including English, French, and Dutch. For your convenience, we’ve embedded the English version below.

Samsung Galaxy s5 Manual (SM-G900F)

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has already gone on sale in its native South Korea, but most countries will only get it on April 11. Until then, get yourself acquainted with it from this manual, as well as from our extensive coverage of the device.


    








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Chinese online store sells complete stock of Nokia X handsets in just 4 minutes

nokiax-5JD.com, one of China’s largest online stores, has sold its complete stock of Nokia X handsets in just 4 minutes. In the run up to the device’s official release it was reported that JD.com had pre-orders for over 1 million devices. The new phone went on sale at 10:00 AM on March 24 (Beijing time) and by 10:04 it was all over.

Impressive as these numbers are, they do need a little explaining. The 1 million pre-orders weren’t exactly pre-orders, they were reservations. Consumers had the chance to sign-up and reserve a handset without actually parting with any money. When the item becomes available those with reservations get priority over other users.

It also isn’t known how many Nokia X handsets JD.com received from Nokia. It is thought that the company initially received 10,000 devices and that this first batch is what has sold out. According to the JD.com website the next shipment is expected on March 31st and that only those with reservations will be able to buy one.

The Nokia X is selling for ¥599.00 which is about 70 Euros or . The prices are a little lower than the 89 Euros (that is around 0) which Nokia mentioned at its launch event.

Whatever the actual numbers turn out to be, one thing is for sure the Nokia X looks like it will be a hit in China. Many users in the west  dismissed the Nokia X as it doesn’t use any Google services and there is no official access to the Google Play Store, however in countries like China that isn’t an issue. China has dozens of popular third party stores and plenty of alternative online services. This is why the Nokia X will never come to the USA or the UK, it wasn’t designed for those markets. The phone’s target markets are places like China and India and it looks like it will be a resounding success!


    








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LG G Flex and LG Optimus F3Q arrive to T-Mobile, in-store and online

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As expected, the LG G Flex has now landed on T-Mobile’s network, both in-stores and online. The LG G Flex can be yours for no down payment at all, though you will have to make 24 monthly payments of , or you can buy the handset outright for 2.

It goes without saying that the LG G Flex much more expensive than many other high-end Android devices, particularly when you consider that it’s 6-inch display has a resolution of 720p, instead of the now-standard 1080p found on most flagship devices.

Of course the saving grace is that the LG G Flex stands out in a crowd thanks to to its unique semi-flexible display. Whether that’s worth the extra cash is up to you. For those that need the refresher on the rest of the hardware, the G Flex is powered by a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM. The device also packs a 13MP camera and a 3500 mAh battery.

For more details on what to expect from the LG G Flex, be sure to check out our full review.

Android users out there that are more interested in the idea of an Android device with a sliding QWERTY keyboard will be happy to know that today T-Mobile is also bringing out the LG Optimus F3Q.

Unfortunately, the LG Optimus F3Q isn’t exactly a powerhouse the handset and features a dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB of RAM. There’s also 4GB storage, a 4-inch 480×800 display, a 2460 mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

While the specs are probably good enough for those with basic needs that absolutely want a sliding keyboard, the price isn’t particularly cheap. The LG Optimus F3Q can be yours for 2 outright, or a month for 24 months.

 


    








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T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z1S arrives for online sales

Originally announced last week during CES, the Sony Xperia Z1S has already arrived with T-Mobile. The carrier has the handset available for online sales beginning today. The handset is also coming to retail stores, however that will not happen until January 22nd. Regardless of whether you move forward and buy online now, or from a retail store on the 22nd — the pricing and specs for the handset remain the same.

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To begin with, T-Mobile has the Sony Xperia Z1S priced at down. The handset will then be per month for 24 months which brings the full retail price to 8. The option doesn’t sound all that bad, however it seems as if there could be some other handsets to consider if you are willing and/or able to shell out the full 8 at the time of purchase.

That being said, the Xperia Z1S is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and sporting a 5-inch display at 1920 x 1080. The handset is then powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a microSD slot that supports cards up to 64GB in size. All in total, that accounts for as much as 96GB of storage space depending on the size of your memory card.

Other highlights in terms of specs include 4G LTE connectivity, a waterproof design, 3000 mAh battery and 20.7 megapixel camera on the back. The camera has a flash and is also capable of capturing video at 1080p. Similar to many of the newer Xperia handsets, the Z1S has a full range of software related camera features. Plus, as this is a T-Mobile branded model, there is support for some of the T-Mobile specifics such as WiFi Calling and T-Mobile TV.

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Free online Android programming course starting next month

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An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.

Spotted by a reddit user, the eight-week long course offered by the University of Maryland is directed to Sophomore- or Junior-level undergraduate students who already have some Java knowledge. However, this is a course for beginners, as the students are “not expected to have studied mobile application development.”

In order to attend it, students will need an Internet connection, a computers and “time to read, write and discuss.” An Android device is not required, as all the graded exercises will be done using the Android Emulator.

Each lesson will be comprised of video presentations and lab exercises that will help students practice what they learn. At the end of the course, students will be given a more complex final project. The students who will complete the course will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor of the course.

In case you’re looking forward to learning how to build your own Android apps, you should at least check out this apparently free resource to get you started.

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Unannounced LG-D830, Samsung SM-N7505 handsets spotted online

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What appear to be unannounced LG and Samsung Android handsets have been spotted online, with product numbers reminding us of Nexus and Galaxy Note devices, respectively.

Well-known leaker @evleaks asked on Twitter in two status updates what the LG D830 and the Samsung SM-N7505 are, adding that the Nexus 5 has two versions (D820 and D821), while the Galaxy Note 3 has model number SM-N900x.

The LG D830 has been spotted on LG’s website, and the model number is awfully similar to the Nexus 5’s model numbers. The LG D830 has a Full HD display (1920 x 1080) according to the user agent profile, and will have LTE support.

LG-D830

The Samsung SM-N7505 device has been spotted on logistics website Zauba, which has been the source of similar leaks in the past concerning the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. According to the information available, we’re indeed looking at a mobile phone which will have a screen size between 5.5 and 5.7 inches, and which has been shipped “for testing and evaluation and not for retail sale.”

However, its model number isn’t similar with the Galaxy Note 3’s model number, rather reminding us of the Galaxy Note 2, whose model number is SM-N7100.

Samsung SM-N7505

Images for either device aren’t available yet. Furthermore, we’ll add that the fact that these LG and Samsung devices have been spotted online doesn’t mean anything just yet, so we’ll just have to wait for more details.

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T-Mobile Nexus 5 launches online for $449.99, only 16GB model available

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T-Mobile has kicked off Nexus 5 sales on its website, at a time the handset is not exactly available any more from Google’s Play Store (or at least the version the carrier is selling).

As previously announced, the T-Mobile Nexus 5 retails for 9.99, a full 0 more than the phone’s starting price in the Play Store – we’re looking at the 16GB model here.

T-Mobile offers Nexus 5 buyers the possibility of paying for the handset in 24 installments of each, after a .99 up front fee.

The carrier insisted a few days ago that it’s not pocketing the extra 0, and that buyers will pay for the full price when purchasing the handset, thus implying that Google is subsidizing the device.

However, the 32GB model of the handset is not available from T-Mobile. We’ll also note that the white Nexus 5 is also unavailable from the carrier. These models can still be purchased from the Play Store, even though you’ll have to wait a few weeks to get some of them.

T-Mobile Nexus 5

In case you don’t want to wait for Google to ship you a Nexus 5, you can always get it from T-Mobile (or from Sprint for that matter, which has it even cheaper, but bundled with new two-year contracts), even though that means paying an extra 0 for the handset.

Have you purchased your Nexus 5 yet? Are you buying it from T-Mobile? Don’t forget to check out our full review of the handset available here!

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iPhone 5s now available through Apple’s online store and carrier sites

 iPhone 5s now available through Apple’s online store and carrier sites

If you’ve not already fired up your web browsers and added an iPhone 5s to your collection, it’s now time to get going. Apple has their online store up and ready to take orders and additonally carriers such as Verizon, Sprint and AT&T sites are currently having their servers being stress tested.

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T-Mobile and AT&T LG G2 now available online

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After announcing the pricing and availability dates earlier this month, the LG G2 is now available online from both T-Mobile and AT&T. While the release is right on time as per AT&T’s schedule, T-Mobile has managed to launch the phone a few days earlier than previously announced.

As a part of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plans, the LG G2, you can pick up the highly-anticipated LG flagship from a down payment, followed by monthly installments for 24 months. Of course, you can also pay for the device outright, which will set you back 3.99. T-Mobile will also be giving away for free a LG QuickWindow case, worth .99, with every purchase. You can find out more and pick up the device from the T-Mobile website here.

The LG G2 can be picked up for 9.99 with a 2-year contract from AT&T. The company also offers one year contracts, with a device cost of 9.99, and an outright purchase cost of 4.99, which is cheaper than T-Mobile, but doesn’t include any free accessories. Customers can also avail of the new AT&T Next offer, which features no down payment, and a monthly installment of for 20 months. You can find out more and pick up the LG G2 from the AT&T website here.

As a reminder, the LG G2 features a 5.2-inch Full HD (1080p) IPS LCD display, 2.26 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13MP rear camera with OIS, 2.4MP front camera, 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board.

If you’re unsure of whether the LG G2 is the smartphone for you, don’t forget to check out our detailed hands-on review, along with comparisons between the LG G2 and a few of the current flagships from other device manufacturers, in the playlist below.

What are your thoughts? Will you be picking up the LG G2 from T-Mobile or AT&T? Let us know in the comments section below.

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