In what is likely one of the first of a lot of forthcoming app updates, the fine folks from Automattic have gone ahead an updated WordPress for Android for the Nexus 7. The update isn’t really of vital importance to a lot of folks right yet, but if you’re awaiting a Nexus 7 which is now shipping you can take satisfaction in knowing WordPress will be supported. In addition to the Nexus 7 support, you’ll also find that the app now has Danish language support included.
Download: Wordpress for Android
My Tracks, the ‘adventure’ tracking application from Google, has received an update today to version 2.0. The app itself has been around single 2009, so an update was well due. It uses the GPS on your device to “visualize your location” over time, and allow you to share the data on Google Maps and Google Earth. With version 2.0, we get a new feature that could make all this location data look oh so much better.
With the update, comes the ability to view your tracked routes right within the Google Earth for Android application. That’ll be the same Google Earth application that just benefitted from a sweet 3D update then. Relive those trips down the Vegas strip in glorious 3D.
Additionally, the whole UI has been given a pretty big spruce up and is now faster and simpler, and beautifully within the Android 4.x design guidelines — but then this is Google, so we’d expect at least that. There’s also the aggregation of statistics over time to show trends in your performance, and improved charts and stats tables that are easier to read. My Tracks 2.0 is live this very second in the Google Play Store, so head on over there to grab it for yourselves.
Adult Swim has kicked off a new run-and-gun game for Android that’s ripe with action. Major Mayhem puts you into the weathered boots of a military superman, who’s on a mission to save the world and his girlfriend. The only sensible solution to this problem is guns, and boy-howdy does Major Mayhem have a few of those. Here’s a quick run-down of the features.
* 45 levels of non-stop action
* 4 game modes
* 100 achievements
* 150 mini mission objectives
* 5 power ups
* Battle your way past hordes of enemies in three picturesque environments: Tropics, Metropolis and Desert
* 20 unique weapons in your arsenal to deal out MAJOR MAYHEM, like:
* Automatic Shotgun
* Quadzooka (like a Bazooka only more massive-er!)
* And more!
* 42 costumes and hats to make your Major’s fashion conscience which dealing massive devastation!
* Save the world, and your girlfriend
Adult Swim has been focusing more and more on mobile games, though their focus tends to be on iOS first (Major Mayhem has been available for iPhone and iPad for awhile now). It would be great to see a lot of other iOS titles make the leap to Android, like Velocirapture, Extinction Squad, and Amateur Surgeon, but I’m sure they’re all coming in good time. So far, Google Play hosts the classic Robot Unicorn Attack, Monsters Ate My Condo, and their video app.
Major Mayhem is totally free, though the wealth of unlockables can be acquired through in-app purchases. I’ve only played a little bit, but so far, the graphics are great, and the action is a ton of fun. Get shootin’ at the download link below.
Download: Major Mayhem
Verizon today announced its GameTanium service — $5.99 a month for all-you-can-eat gaming on Android smartphones and tablets. It’s a pretty simple premise — you pay, and get access to more than 100 games through the GameTanium hub. The advantage is that you pay once, play a lot. The subscription model, which we’re a fan of, is what makes this not just another download hub, a la NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone.
We’ve got video and the full presser after the break.
We’ll believe it when we see it, but Facebook’s latest Android app update promises to actually speed up login and navigation within the app. We know, we know. It’s Facebook, whose mobile app has been pretty crappy considering that, well, it’s friggin’ Facebook. Also of note in version 1.9.7 is that if you’re not running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, you’re SOL on running this bad boy. (Though we imagine the previous version of the app should work fine, and only a mere 6.1 percent of active devices are running an OS older than Froyo.)
Other bullet points in the changelog include front-facing camera support (that wasn’t there before?), a new messaging feature that lets you hop between conversations and share photos, plus other bug fixes and a security improvement.
Of course, this is Facebook we’re talking about, so we’ll have to wait and see what just got broken, too. Download link is below.
Download: Facebook for Android
The Internet Movie Database has updated their Android app with a bunch of new features.
* Sharing – check in on Facebook & Twitter to share what you’re watching
* Recommendations – discover other titles you might be interested in
* Mobile IMDb message boards – join in the discussion on your Android phone or tablet
* Filming locations & soundtracks – learn even more about the movies you love
* Similar titles – discover new movies and TV shows
* Metacritic – now see both the IMDb user rating of a title as well as how the film critics scored it
* Amazon login – log in using your Amazon account
This is all in addition to the usual stuff, like looking up movie information, watching trailers, rating shows, checking the top charts, and perusing through interesting trivia. At the low, low price of free, it’s hard to go wrong.
Are there any great movies coming out this summer that you’re really looking forward to? The last big updates were geared towards tablet layout and HD video, but are there any other features out there that could complete your movie-watching experience? Maybe real-time actor commentary like IntoNow offers?
Good news, everyone! Comedy Central has released an Android version of their Futurama Head-in-a-Jar Creator with a few new additions. As we all know, only the most prestigious individuals have their heads pickled in the future, and with this app, you can be counted among them.
Users can pick a wide variety of human, alien and robot heads (sorry, no Android heads), and decorate them with different eyes, noses, hair, and accessories. Once decorated, the head’s name can be engraved on an elegant plaque mounted below, and the scene can be wrapped up with an appropriate background. Final products can be attached to native contacts for some great caller ID images, shared over Facebook and Twitter, or stored locally for use as a wallpaper. All of your creations are displayed in a handsome head museum complete with categorized sections for future perusal.
Though you may be tempted to tell Comedy Central to shut up and take your money, the app is free - just be warned that there is very limited device compatibility right now. So far we’re only seeing it work on the Nexus 7, but leave a comment and let us know if it works on your Android device!
It’s been known about for sometime, and teased recently, but today sees Rovio Mobile’s latest creation, Amazing Alex, finally hit the Google Play Store. There’s three ‘versions’ to choose from, a free, ad-supported version, a paid version coming in at $0.99/£0.64, and a HD version for $2.99/£1.93.
Despite the teasers we’ve already seen, what we hadn’t seen until this point was some actual gameplay. Amazing Alex is a physics based puzzle game, which sees you creating all kinds of funky chain reactions using various objects. Often, this involves knocking stuff over. Set across four different settings, theres 100 levels to be had initially, and, knowing Rovio, probably as many still to come in future updates.
It starts off really simple, but in a good way, as you’re guided through the opening few levels to help you get a grip on the gameplay, and the controls. The controls are really straight forward, it’s as easy as picking up objects, moving them, rotating them, very simple to get the hang of.
It looks great too. We’ve sprung for the HD version, and it’s so bright and colorful it’d be hard not to love it. It’s literally just dropped, so we’re only just getting into it, but first impressions are good. This is sure to be another hit for Rovio. We’ve dropped you guys some handy download links to all three versions below, and after the break you’ll find the official trailer, as well as a few screenshots we’ve thrown in for good measure. Hit us up in the comments if you give this a try, and let us know your thoughts.
Rubicon Development, creators of the popular Great Little War Game, has today announced a proper sequel to the popular strategy game. Titled Great Big War Game, it will arrive on Android on July 18 for $2.99, accompanied by a free, ‘lite’ version.
The single-player campaign mode brings 50 all new levels, as you take charge of Jenkins as he tries to prevail in battle amid orders from the Generalissimo. Perhaps more exciting though, especially for a game of this nature, is the all-new, cross-platform multiplayer option. Take the fight to your ‘enemies’ on iOS, and prevail for the sake of the Android army. Or, something.
Check out the trailer for Great Big War Game after the break
First today we had coffee and now it is pizza time, yummy. Domino’s dropped us a line today to let us know that their new application for the USA is now available to download from the Amazon App Store. The free app will allow for a whole range of features including the following:
* Order delivery or carryout
* Store locator
* Full menu including build your own pizza
* Use of coupons
* Domino’s Tracker
All this talk of food is making me hungry.
Google Maps for Android was recently updated their indoor location database with over twenty popular museums across the U.S, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cincinnati Museum Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and 17 Smithsonian museums.
Indoor maps originally launched in November, allowing users to set routes within buildings, navigate by floor, and sort through points of interest. It’s an awesome feature, and a sensible extension of Google’s current walking directions. Who knows, maybe indoor maps will expand to include audio guides that are sensitive to where you are within a building.
A full list of indoor Google Maps is available here, and if you’re really into art, be sure to check out the Google Art Project. If you have the latest version of Google Maps for Android, you should be ready to start planning your next museum trip. Do you go often? Which buildings would you like to see with full indoor maps?
Source: Google Lat Long
Attention coffee fans. Great news; the Starbucks app for Android has today received a large update bringing support to the UK and Canada. That means that coffee addicts on both sides of the pond can now enjoy mobile payments, the store locator, My Starbucks Rewards Stars, check balance and reload, pin code protection, a home screen widget and transfer capabilities. Good stuff!
Users of the app in the USA still get a few added features including a widget, PayPal support, pin code protection and the ability to view ‘My Starbucks rewards’ history.
You can find the full press release below or just grab your download of the updated Starbucks app here.
The creator of Angry Birds is about ready to launch their next franchise this week - a physics puzzler called Amazing Alex. Rovio has been teasing this game for awhile, and though it’s being painfully branded towards tweens, I have no doubt the gameplay will be polished.
The game already did well for itself independently as Casey’s Contraptions by developer Mystery Coconut last year, but Rovio had since acquired the company and is now molding it in their image. In all likelihood, that means lots of spin-offs and up-selling as per Angry Birds’ precedent, but the trailer video below promises that there will be many free updates. Rovio also hints that there will be a level creator with sharing options, which should be pretty fun.
The Incredible Machine was always a favorite of mine, so I’m definitely glad to see this kind of Rube Goldberg gaming coming back. Anyone else eager to give Amazing Alex a try?
Twitter for Android, the official Twitter application for Android devices has been updated today and the update brings along some pretty awesome new features. The folks at Twitter have been hard at work listening to users and refining the way things work, and attempting to deliver the best experience possible. In trying to do so they have released an update for the Android application, and the update brings the following new and enhanced features.
* Expanded Tweets: when you view Tweet details containing links to partner sites, you can now see content previews, view images, play videos and more. [this feature is rolling out gradually]
* Push notifications for Tweets: choose to receive notifications from people you follow anytime they tweet or retweet
* Improvements to search autocomplete for users
* Tappable avatars that take you directly to user profiles
* Many other tweaks, polish, and bug and crasher fixes
The update is pushing its way through Google Play currently, so be sure to check for the update shortly, and as always let us know how you like it! [Download from Google Play]
Songza, a free music service that somehow manages to get away not serving up audio ads, has updated their Android app with a feature called Concierge. Concierge has been available on iOS for awhile, and now Android users can get suggested music based on the time of day. For example, this Tuesday afternoon, the app offers expert-curated playlists for the summertime, needing an energy boost, or work/study music without lyrics. After picking your current situation, you can provide additional criteria to further tailor a playlist to your mood.
There are a bunch of different ways to explore playlists, including by mood, activity, genre, decade, or tailored based on your listening habits. Songza has all of the other standard features you’d expect from a streaming music app, like marking songs as favorites, and sharing tracks over Facebook and e-mail.
Songza for Android for is optimized for ICS and available for download at the link below. Just keep in mind that though the web streaming service might be available in your area, the mobile app might not be - that’s the case here in Canada, anyway.