Will Flappy Bird return - Android Game News


Will Flappy Bird Return ? Android Game News

 



Flappy Bird is one of the most downloaded free games on Android, and its creator Dong Nguyen claimed it is earning him fifty thousand dollars a day from people clicking ads on the game. The game existed for months before its sudden rise to popularity and then its sudden removal from both Apple App Store and Google Play.
Flappy Bird

The stated reason for its removal by its creator was its addictive nature. Flappy Bird was so difficult fans reportedly neglected aspects of their lives in order to play this difficult game, moms neglecting their babies and other reports of this kind circulated around the Internet. However, the Dong Nguyen has stated in an interview that he is considering returning the game to the App Store and Google Play, but this time with a built in warning urging people to take a break from the game from time to time.

Reportedly, Dong Nguyen is working on there other games right now. Checknaout, an action chess game, a cowboy shooting game and another game called Jetpack Kitty. At least one of these games is supposed to go online in a month or so.

For all those that need impossibly difficult games, Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block exist on Apple's App Store, and a simple port for Shuriken Block exists for Android.










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Will iTunes be available on Android ? Android App News


Android App News - Will iTunes be available to Android ?

 



Persistent rumors are circulating about Apple making its iTunes music and media streaming services available to Android users. Till now, these services were only available for iPhone, iPad and Mac users but the current rumors suggest Apple is considering making these services available through apps for Android users.


Of course this makes sense since Apple will be able to bill Android users who will consume media through these media streaming services. There are other media and music streaming services already available for Android, from Spotify to Pandora (radio streaming) and Google's own Google Play Music.


However, one of Apple's strong suits is it's being a closed farm, with media, devices, apps and contents all being compatible only with Apple's products. This is one of the things which Apple uses in order to try to preserve its market share of devices such as tablets and iPhones.

No doubt we the users will benefit from iTunes availability on Android but it remains to be seen what Apple will decide. On a side note, we would also benefit from Apple remaining a strong company which keeps making Google and Samsung and all other Android manufacturers strive to provide us with the best apps, operating system updates and devices they are able to produce.


 





WhatsApp Privacy Update - Android App News


Android App News - WhatsApp adds a New Privacy Update

 



WhatsApp adds a new privacy update feature that allows the user to choose who can see information about the user. Options include ability to select who can see when the user was last seen on WhatsApp, who can see the user's profile image and which contacts can see the user's status updates.

Though these changes are certainly welcomed and much needed, it is an open question whether they are connected to the recent 19 billion dollar acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook.

Facebook has faced privacy issues for years and has made repeated changes in order to accommodate increasing demands on privacy from its users. It may be now WhatsApp is started to address privacy issues because of Facebook's influence.

However, Facebook or no Facebook, WhatsApp previously allowed a user to see another's users profile picture, status and when last it used WhatsApp even if that user did not confirm the first user's credentials. Of course, this left open the option for people to find out information about other people they had no business knowing, just because they found out their phone number.

Remember to update your app and check you WhatsApp settings to turn these options off!





לכל צרכי סידור הבית, הארון והחדר - סדר בחדר

Motorola Moto G - Global GSM - Unlocked - Android Smartphone Review




Motorola Moto G - Global GSM - Unlocked - Android Smartphone Review



Motorola Moto G - Global GSM - Unlocked - Android Smartphone Review. The Motorola Moto G is a relatively new comer to the Smartphone market. Featuring a 4.5 Inch 720p resolution screen, a quad core 1.2 GHertz processor, a five mega pixel rear facing camera and a GSM 3G cellular network compatibility (note, 2G on T-Mobile), this is a middle tier smartphone, but a very good one at that.

A smartphone for you mom or old uncle? Maybe. This is a medium tier smartphone intended for those who have more interest in a battery that will last through the day, ability to take medium quality snapshots and are not interested in the heaviest Android apps like the more complex and graphics intensive games.








Battle Towers by GIGL - Android Game Review


  Battle Towers By GIGL- Android Game Review



Battle Towers by GIGL - Android Game Review. This is quite a different take on tower defense android games and is actually somewhere in the middle between tower defense games and real time strategy games. 

Features include a host of single player scenarios to play, two sides - the good humans and the evil orcs and two types of money - gold and diamonds which later can be used to purchase structures, unit types or in game food.

The game itself is quite simple. Each of the two combatants (human in multiplayer mode or computer in single player mode) start with their own base and then use a pre alocated number of sites to expand their base. Then, combat begins.

A short update: Several weeks of playing the game reveals that advancing beyond a certain point becomes increasingly difficult. We are talking about the single player mode. A map would confront you with huge hordes of enemies and the player has to survive against overwhelming odds, when the player's own reinforcements coming in much later. This means you have to wait a day to get the money to start the map with a LOT of food or use real money to buy in game resources to produce the orcs and knights you need in order to survive. You have been warned ....


Battle Towers by GIGL - Android Game Review
Battle Towers by GIGL - Android Game Review


Smelly Tactics on Android Games and Apps - Android Game News

Well, just thought it was about time we write an article about this subject, something that we would probably add to in the future.

Now, just to make things clear, this article refers to tactics developers, especially android game developers, use in order to make us pay for their apps.

We do understand developers should get paid for their efforts. After all, they put in a lot of effort and besides, if we wouldn't support them they won't produce any more apps and games for us ...

But still, there are a few tactics we don't like and we thought we should list them here. We won't list the apps that use them, just the principles.

  1. Putting game notices in the notification bar. You haven't played us for a day, play now and get a bonus ...
  2. Making a game which is easy at first and gets SO difficult you HAVE to buy in game upgrades using real money in order to continue playing.
  3. Placing ads right in the game's play display, and NOT in the main game home screen.
  4. Installing along with a game ad software that displays ads whenever IT wants.
  5. Installing spy software which reports back on your surfing habits to enable better ad targeting for you. This is borderline illegal. 
  6. Making a free game or app suddenly stop working because all the sudden it isn't free and wants you to buy it.
  7. Making levels in the game locked till you buy the app and NOT letting the game description say it in advance.
  8. Measuring how long a break a person takes from a game, making it easier when he comes back to it and then making it harder again. i.e. varying the difficulty level depending on the time the person abstained from playing the games. This is a particularly sneaky tactic ...

Just to make things clear. We DO think android users should pay for apps and games they want, but the payment options and restrictions should be clear from the START and not let you play a game for two weeks before you suddenly find you're blocked till you pay up. Getting you hooked up to an app before you spring up the payment requirement may be effective but surely is STINKING tactic.
Irritating !

Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumors - Android App News

Some first rumors are surfacing about the Samsung Galaxy S5. It will have a 5.25 Inch OLED screen with a WQHD resolution of 2560×1440 and a 560 PPI pixel density. This should insure a really breath taking display.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumors - Android App News
Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumors - Android App News


In addition, the processor is rumored to be a 64 bit Exynos quad core processor and smartphone will have a 16 MB pixel camera, 3 GB processor memory and a 4000MAh battery.

It is interesting to note the way the screens of the big smartphones manufacturers are growing in size, and we're talking the flagship smartphones and not niche phablets such as Samsung Note. Anyway, Samsung Galaxy S1 had a 4 inch display, the Samsung S2 had a 4.3 inch display, the S3 had a 4.7 inch display and the Samsung Galaxy S4 had a 5 inch display. The big manufactures are slowly but surely turning their main smartphones into phablets, which is the only way to go if you users are to enjoy consuming content comfortably on a large screen.

This means that the next technological step MUST be screens that can be folded to fit in pants' pockets or purses. Of course, another option is tiny display projectors that can project the smartphone's display on any given surface, though at the loss of privacy - any one can see what you're seeing on your smartphone ...

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Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review


Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review



Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review. One of the best, the most popular and feature reach music players for Android, Poweramp really turns any smartphone into a quality music player with support for a lot of music formats and great equalizer features.

The thing that makes this music player app for the android really shine is the music quality. Poweramp manages to bring great music quality to the smartphone, playing tunes with better quality than the native music player. Poweramp scans the music files on the smartphone, converts it to its own formats and then plays them, though some of our reviewers complained that on one hand it takes and converts ringtones and on the other hand to manually tell it which folders to convert can be a chore. It does leave you with the task of rescanning new music but for the better quality music - most reviewers thought it was well worth it.

Okay, so Pweramp does have an amazing replay quality and a lot of equalizer features, including the ability to change equalizer settings on each song. What problems, if any does this app have? Does it work on all kinds of smartphones? Does it need specific brands of smartphones to run its quality sound mechanism?





Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review
Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review


Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen - Android App News


Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen - Android App News

 



Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen - Android App News. Samsung has a long history of attempts to work with several operating systems, producing smartphones that work with Android, Symbian, Bada, Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. For us, the consumers, this is both good and bad. It's good because a monopoly is almost never a good thing and it's bad because most apps are made for iOS and Android.

Now, Samsung is moving ahead with Tizen, a new operating system it plans to introduce in some of its smartphones during 2014. Several screen shots of this new operating system has leaked out and we can get a few impressions of this new operating system.




Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen - Android App News
Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen - Android App News




As we can see, there aren't really many marked differences between Tizen's UI and Android. The point is, however, that Samsung wants to free itself from being dependent on one supplier of operating systems, i.e. Google. Like we said earlier, breaking monopolies is good but the question remains, how will Samsung build a strong app store?

Samsung already has its own app store for Android and it remains to be seen how will it create a strong app store for Tizen.

It may be that Samsung will offer incentives for developers to port or develop for the Tizen and it may be that the first developers to offer really good apps will make a good profit. It could also mean cheaper smartphones if Samsung won't have to pay Google for its Android operating system.

It remains to be seen whether Samsung, because of its size, will be able to pull this off.
Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen Home Screen - Android App News
Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen Home Screen - Android App News



Samsung Galaxy S4 Catching Fire During Charging - Android App News


Samsung Galaxy S4 Catching Fire During Charging - Android App News

 



Samsung Galaxy S4 Catching Fire During Charging - Android App News. There are several reports circulating the Internet about Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones catching fire during charging. As far as we can gather, the users did nothing more than put the charging plug into the smartphone and then the damaged happened.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Catching Fire During Charging - Android App News
Samsung Galaxy S4 Catching Fire During Charging - Android App News

 

There really isn't too much info at this time, though we can say for sure this is very rare - all our Galaxy S4 reviewers experienced no such problem after several months of continuous usage.

However, Samsung has not put out any public warning or info yet, so we can't tell if its an isolated occurrence or if its limited to a certain batch of chargers or Galaxy S4 phones.

However, we want to offer some guidelines to make charging safer:
Don't charge it in a flammable place, such as inside a plastic or wooden cupboard.
Don't use the smartphone while it's charging.
Use original and certified chargers. Cheap copies may be putting your smartphone at risk.
Try not to charge the smartphone at night but during the daytime where you can monitor it and see if there are any problems.

Cell phone crashing

Cell phone crashing. The act of gently but surely interrupting another's cellphone conversation. Masterfully done ...



In our day and age, privacy has become an endangered thing, though if you think about it, a few hundreds years ago privacy was virtually unheard of thing, even for monarchs and the nobility.

But the thing close by cellphone conversations create is quite the opposite. You sit there at the airport and people chat all around you on their cellphones. Like it or not, you become a part of business conversations, of appeals to spouses, checking up on youngsters and making up weekend plans.

This Hilarius youtube video takes advantage just of that, and it fights back against those that infringe upon your space and push their conversations and their lives all over you. Like it or not.

And another cellphone crashing vid:

Titanium Backup Pro by Titanium Track - Android App Review


Titanium Backup Pro by Titanium Track - Android App Review



Titanium Backup Pro by Titanium Track - Android App Review. Titanium Backup Pro is really feature rich, spanning every kind of backup and synchronization any user would ever want. Titanium backup can backup specific apps, can synchronize backup times according to any schedule, can help migrate app databases between devices, can backup app and phone databases such as contacts and emails to cloud drives, can encrypt databases and apps, can freeze apps and even manage multi user app backups to enable multiple users to use the same apps or games.

The vast majority of our reviewers were VERY impressed with this app, from the variety of tools to the general stability of Titanium Backup and all the backup features, even some very needed but rarely available features to freeze bloatware apps that come installed with your smartphone and no one every uses but you cannot remove them without rooting your smartphone, which is something not many users do.

So, what problems if any does Titanium Backup have ? What did our reviewers say? Is Titanium Backup only for power user and does it always work ?




Titanium Backup Pro by Titanium Track - Android App Review
Titanium Backup Pro by Titanium Track - Android App Review


SwiftKey Keyboard by SwiftKey - Android App Review


SwiftKey Keyboard by SwiftKey - Android App Review



SwiftKey Keyboard by SwiftKey - Android App Review. A very interesting and useful keyboard app that replaces the built in Android Keyboard and allows (or is supposed to allow) faster and more accurate typing along with a prediction engine that tries to predict the end of the word you're typing and the next one as well.

A lot of features, from different keyboard layouts to prediction engines to cloud syncing to enable seamlessly moving between devices to taping or flowing with the keystrokes, SwiftKey Keyboard is surely one of the more complex and feature rich keyboard apps for Android. But, does Swiftkey Keyboard lives up to its hype ?


SwiftKey Keyboard by SwiftKey - Android App Review
SwiftKey Keyboard by SwiftKey - Android App Review



MomentCam 魔漫相机 - Android App Review


  MomentCam 魔漫相机 - Android App Review



MomentCam 魔漫相机 - Android App Review . A very interesting camera app that transforms pics of people into stylized cartoons. The newest version of MomentCam (in English!) can access images from your SD card, transform them into several types of cartoons with limited editing capabilities and let's you share your newly created cartoon images on Facebook and Twitter.

With a simple interface, a very stable app and a nice collection of templates and designs, MomentCam does exactly what it said it would do - turn pictures into funny and cute cartoons with minimal user input and no fuss. Out of the cartoon making apps on Google Play, MomentCam is one of the easiest to use and give some of the best results we've seen so far.

MomentCam 魔漫相机 - Android App Review
MomentCam 魔漫相机 - Android App Review


Minecraft - Pocket Edition by Mojang - Android Game Review


  Minecraft - Pocket Edition by Mojang - Android Game Review



Minecraft - Pocket Edition by Mojang - Android Game Review. This is a port or rendition of the famous desktop game to Android. In Minecraft, the player gets to play in massive virtual worlds, build and construct in them, mine for resources and interact with other online players in what is probably one of the most interesting and addictive massive multiple player game.

Features including construction, mining and using items like bow and arrows, armor and hand to hand weapons made of several kind of materials. Of course, interaction includes stuff like monsters, domestic animals and much more in this virtual world, though the Android version is poorer than the PC desktop version, and this is where some of the problems this Android game has come from.

Players who did not play the desktop version will be delighted, but what about those who had played the desktop version for years?


Minecraft - Pocket Edition by Mojang - Android Game Review
Minecraft - Pocket Edition by Mojang - Android Game Review