It’s time for a cat party on the Android application tip! What we’ve got for you here today is an app double-down, one for a rather awesome app that’ll have you cranking your fingers around in knots for hours, the other a live wallpaper you’ll grow to love should you drink a whole case of Surge before you start staring in the middle of the night in the dark. It’s a disco party and a steampunk masterpiece, both of them on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for you to enjoy here.
First of all have a look at this live wallpaper. Obviously it’s the greatest wallpaper of all time having a set of three kitties at a dance party, the DJ Club Kitty right in the center on the wheels of steel. This live wallpaper will cost you a grand total of $1 USD on the Android Market and it comes highly recommended by my daughter Annie who is not allowed to look at it anymore, ever, ever again. You’ve got the ability to change the size of the wallpaper and the speed at which it flies through your brain in its options panel.
Next there’s Cranky Cat, an honest-to-goodness awesome game from the developers at March Entertainment Inc. In this game you’ll have balls flying at a structure in the center of the screen, your goal being to turn the structure on a crank in 360 degrees around the center until the falling balls hit the structure in a way that already-landed balls will match up. You could also call them orbs, if you like, this entire game built in the awesome cut-and-paste format that’s very fitting of the classic simplicity of its mechanics. This is a puzzle game for those who love Tetris or other match em up games and want to take their love to the next level.
I remember growing up as a child and not liking Tetris. Not because I wasn’t into puzzle games or because I couldn’t get very far, but because I could never figure out how to clear multiple lines of blocks at the same damn time. It sickens me. I do well enough to survive and conjure up a nice score, but I can’t imagine how awesome it’d be to potentially quadruple that score and get into the Guinness Book of World Records for being good at an old game for no apparent reason. Unfortunately, my nostalgic juice for this game has long run out. Now excuse me while I go back to playing Madden 12. (Oh, and apps of the day is below.)
Tetris – While Tetris is not new to the Android market by ANY stretch of the imagination, we wanted to feature it here today because, well, it’s now free. After EA busted tons of Tetris clones long ago to put the spotlight on their own version, they failed to garner interest with the high price they demanded players pay. Well, it’s free now so no need to worry about opening the pocket book. We only suggest you don’t fall into too deep of a nostalgic trance. [Market]
Epson iPrint – Frustrated that your iOS-owning buddies are able to print from their phone to their wireless-enabled Epson printer? Well they’ve finally brought the application over to Android giving you all of the same functionality you’ll need to print documents and images from your phone. Built-in Dropbox, Box.net and Evernote integration makes the application especially productive and useful for those who are hooked up to “the cloud”. You’ll also be able to scan a photo or document on the scanner and send it to your phone. And if that’s not enough, you can check the printer’s status and ink levels from your phone. I don’t know about you, but I’m wanting an Epson printer all of a sudden. [Market]
Want to get your hands on a cheap Android Tablet? How about a Nook Color for $160? DailySteals.com is currently offering refurbished Nook Colors for $160. Yes, it’s not brand new, but at the same time, it is cheap and can easily be turned into a nice, powerful 7-inch Android tablet running CyanogenMod 7 by following some simple instructions.
If you don’t mind buying refurbished items, and you’re looking for a cheap Android tablet to whet your tablet appetite, you should consider getting this Nook Color for $160.
If you don’t mind spending a little more, you should take a look at X10′s AirPad tablet. The AirPad sells for $199 brand new and offers better specs than the Nook Color. It’s your choice.
While it appears that the HP TouchPad is now sold out completely (or so we’re lead to believe,) the cash flow has just begun – in ad form. It’s not HP who will be profiting in this little situation right here, but they can count on developers of apps making a pretty penny in the last week and a half to be reconsidering their move away from webOS in the wake of HP’s ditching of the hardware. As ad agency Jumptap, a group that works with mobile ads for both Android and webOS, amongst others, reports, in just the past 10 days the ad revenue of the TouchPad has nearly caught up with Android tablets.
Android tablets should by now be in their prime, right? Not especially. While nearly every manufacturer under the sun has indeed released an Android tablet of some sort, you’ve got to consider the fact that Honeycomb, Android’s tablet-specific OS, is less than a year old itself. Of course you don’t see the iPad’s numbers on here, but given the amount of apps currently available for the Android tablet-specific world of Honeycomb at the moment, the TouchPad had a pretty good chance of catching up pretty quick.
But this quick? Ten days and the TouchPad has a HIGHER tablet traffic share than Android did 10 days ago. Android remains on top here in this chart, but look at those gains! As our source James Kendrick of ZDNet notes, this chart shows traffic and not sales, but Jumptap assures us that the sales are certainly reflected in the end.
Want to see what the upcoming HTC Sense 3.5 UI will look like? Today’s your lucky day. The folks over at XDA.CN have gotten their hands on the new Sense 3.5 running on the HTC Bliss, and they were nice enough to share it with the entire world in this 5 minute video.
The new Sense 3.5 UI features some new animations, lock screen enhancements, new dock, interactive widgets, and much more. HTC has worked hard on the Sense UI, and by far, it is one of the most accepted UIs in the market at the moment. Expect Sense 3.5 to run on the upcoming HTC phones such as the HTC Bliss, HTC Vigor, HTC Holiday, HTC EVO Design 4G, and more.
It may seem a bit late, but HTC has kept their word, and the T-Mobile Sensation 4G's bootloader can now be unlocked. HTC first promised the update back in July, after announcing they would no longer be locking bootloaders. We discovered that it would be at least mid-August before HTC devices in the States got the update, which infuriated quite a few Sensation 4G and Evo 3D owners. At long last, Sensation 4G users can get their bootloaders unlocked through HTCDev.com.
Before you jump into unlocking your Sensation, we should mention that the process isn't for the novice Android user. It requires ADB knowledge, which isn't exactly for the faint of heart. But if you're feeling brave, you can head on over to the bootloader unlocking page and give it a shot for yourself.
Has anyone unlocked their bootloader yet? How difficult was it? Leave a comment below!
With no press release in sight (yet) AT&T’s gone and made the LG Thrill 4G’s launch date official. They’ve asked users to tell them how their worlds will come alive on September 4th. We’ve been waiting quite a long time for this thing (since March, if you haven’t been keeping track) and we’re glad to see they’re finally comfortable to release it. It’s not a bad phone as it has 4.3 inch display, a TI OMAP4 dual-core processor, a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and more. And we also can’t forget the very feature it’s famous for – autostereoscopic 3D. Still no price, but Target is rumored to be offering it for just $80 once it does launch. Who’s going to get their hands on this one? [AT&T Twitter]
Earlier today we learned that the Droid Bionic would be dropping on September 8th, as seen in a tweet from @DroidBionic. As it turns out, this Twitter account is not affiliated with either Verizon or Motorola. What exactly does that mean? Basically, the September 8th date may or may not be true, but it didn't come from an official source. We're not exactly sure where that leaves us, but rest assured that the Droid Bionic Twitter page is not official, so anything that comes from that account might not be correct or accurate.
As for the Bionic itself, the Verizon site still lists September as a launch period, but no official date as of yet. We'll just have to keep out eyes open for more information. So, who's excited about the Bionic? Does anyone follow that Droid Bionic Twitter page? Drop a comment below!
For those readers living in the United States this coming weekend is Labor Day. For many of you this means hopping in the car for a weekend getaway, picnic, or barbecue. As such, we couldn't think of a better excuse to throw a travel-related contest. We've teamed up with our friends at TeleNav to bring you guys and gals a chance to win one year's worth of turn-by-turn GPS navigation and a cool $100 in gas. You know, a little something to help get you to and from your next destination!
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