Painkiller comes to Android via Duke Nukem developer

There’s been a lot of classic games getting remade for Android lately, and the latest in the long line is sleeper first-person shooter hit Painkiller. The original game came out in  2004 for the PC, but noted Android developer Machineworks is bringing it back for a go-round on your phone or tablet under the name Painkiller: Purgatory HD. You can pick it up in the Google Play Store for the odd price of $1.11, and any device running Eclair or later can join in the fun. That said, you’ll probably want something with at least a 1ghz processor to get the best experience.

The original Painkiller followed Daniel Garner, an admirable everyman who’s killed along with his wife in a traffic accident. While his wife floats on up to Heaven, Danny Boy is sent somewhere altogether hotter. He’s given a shot at release if he can kill four of Satan’s generals and avert a literal holy war, and with the help of some ridiculously over-the-top weapons he plows through armies of demons to claw his way out of Hell. With modern (for the time) graphics and classic “shoot everything that moves and everything else if you’ve got the ammo” gameplay inspired by The Duke himself, it won quite a lot of fans on the PC.

Machineworks Northwest should give you pause, however. While Duke Nukem 3D was highly anticipated in its Android release, its reception was somewhat chilly, after the developer embedded ads in a paid game and required in-app purchases for the complete original. Machineworks quickly removed the ads and Duke Nukem 3D is now a free download, but poor controls and general bugginess have earned it a less than stellar rating on the Google Play Store. It looks like Painkiller: Purgatory HD is a complete game after the initial purchase, so you shouldn’t have to worry about dipping into your wallet even further. Even so, you might want to wait for a couple of update cycles for the devs to iron out the bugs and add features like Xperia Play support.


Hands-On Video: Shake to Charge and Solar Charger Apps Fix Your Battery Life Problem

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Alright, if you haven’t heard, it’s April Fool’s day. I’m sure by now, there’s already a fair share of “hilarious” April fools pranks being posted around the internet. That’s the main reason I always unplug from the internet on all-hallows-fools-day and of course — trust no one. But just because I wont compromise my journalistic integrity and prank our trusting Phandroid readers doesn’t mean my family, outside of the internet, is safe. Growing up as the middle child, I’ve always been known in my family as the mischievous one and April 1st is my time to shine.

So, what kind of hijinks did I get myself into? Well, a few weeks back I found a couple of spoof apps in the Google Play Store and no, I’m not talking about those “screen crack” apps. Shake to Charge and Solar Charger (also found WiFi Hacker which has since been removed) were some of the most intriguing. Upon checking their comments, I noticed the amount of users who were actually surprised the apps didn’t work as advertised (the apps actually give full disclosure in their description that they are fake, but who reads descriptions anyway?). To the tech savvy like you and I, sure, we know that something like shaking to charge your phone or solar charging would be impossible without implemented hardware, but to the uninitiated, an app that enables these functions seems perfectly plausible.

After a good laugh from the Market comments, I decided to pull one over on my friends and family and see if they would fall for these spoof apps. Sure enough, they bought it. Hook, line, and sinker. Here’s a video I uploaded of them attempting to charge their devices using these new, unconventional methods. Ha! I even went the extra mile and decided to prank my little cousin that my phone has “come alive” by making it talk using AndroidLost. Enjoy.

April Fool’s Day can be a whole lotta fun for people like me. Although, I believe a good April Fools prank should involve actually fooling someone and not just your everyday prank like thumbtacks on a toilet seat or randomly punching someone in the face screaming, “APRIL FOOLS!” Either way, I hope you pranksters will find some fun today using these apps. Oh — and if you can think of any others, feel free to drop some good suggestions in the comments. I’m on my way to church where the congregation can be a little too trusting when it comes to my expertise with Android phones. (Maniacal laugh).

[Google Play Links: Shake To Charge | Solar Charger | AndroidLost]

 

 


Sony Xperia S — Review

Sony Mobile’s first flagship device, and it’s running a previous generation OS

The Sony Xperia S is a phone a lot of people have been looking forward to ever since it was announced by the newly formed Sony Mobile back at CES. It is Sony Mobile’s first flagship Android device so I was expecting they would go all-out on it. In terms of hardware, they have; in terms of software, they haven’t. To launch your flagship device running Android 2.3.7 when the latest version is 4.0.x is dropping the ball hard. Users miss out on the functionality…

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HTC sues French site over early One S unboxing

There’s an unfortunate tendency among hardware manufacturers of all kinds to jealously guard their new products from prying eyes. Such is the case with the HTC One S, which was included in HTC-Hub’s unboxing of the HTC One X. Both devices are due to go on sale in Europe in just a few hours, but that didn’t stop the Taiwanese company from taking some major offense at the French site’s actions. They’ve initiated a civil suit against HTC-Hub, even though both the X and the S were leaked weeks before their Mobile World Congress unveiling. HTC France has appointed a bailiff to recover the One S phone that the site had planned to review.

There’s some confusion over HTC and its PR agency’s reasoning for the suit. HTC-Hub says that it wasn’t scheduled to get review units for another week at least, so the delicate dance of the non-disclosure agreement doesn’t apply. We’re not strangers to NDAs here: the basic gist is that if you obtain news from a source outside the company itself, it’s fair game. HTC-Hub isn’t saying where it got the One X and One S phones, but they didn’t get them from HTC. That being the case, HTC shouldn’t be able to seize the phone unless it can prove that it was obtained illegally.

This sort of behavior is unfortunately common in the tech space. It’s even more disheartening to see swift and unconsidered legal action taken against HTC’s most loyal fans – these are the guys that get the most excited about the HTC brand, and act as unpaid evangelists for HTC’s new hardware. The fact that HTC France is making a stink about this just days before the phones were set to be available to the public puts a bad taste in our mouths. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the case.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : One S
    Manufactuer : HTC
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : February 26, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.3 Inch
  • Resolution : 540x960
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.15 Inch
  • Width : 2.56 Inch
  • Depth : 0.31 Inch
  • Weight : 120 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1650 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : Snapdragon S4
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
    CDMA Band:
  • 1700
  • 2100
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via HTC-Hub]


Quick Thoughts On Soulcraft THD Beta For Tegra Devices

NVIDIA’s Tegra platform is no doubt a great one for showcasing Android gaming. We know there are plenty of Tegra-exclusive games out there, but there’s one game that’s standing out head and shoulders above the rest of the Tegra-based games. You may have heard about a certain Action-RPG called Soulcraft THD, which is pretty much a dark fantasy game on steroids. The beta has currently been in beta for a few months now and while the developer Mobilebits claims there are still some bugs to be worked out, the game runs incredibly fluid while the graphics are smooth like butter.

The game is more or less in the freemium category, but there are still an abundant amount abilities you can achieve and master in the game. This comes in the form of spells, powers and weapons like different swords you can obtain. Moreover, the spells and hits you dish out are easy to perform thanks to responsive controls. As the game comes out of beta and is officially launched, you can expect there will be even more combinations of spells and weapons especially as more and more gamers create their various characters and fight with or against each other.

Now that I’ve played the beta for a solid month, I can solidly recommend it to any and all owners of a Tegra-based device, despite it only being a beta now. If you’re ready to destroy some demon tail, be sure to give Soulcraft THD a shot. Just be prepared to distance yourself from reality for a while.

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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean ROM Leaked For Galaxy Nexus

 

You gotta hand it to the folks at XDA. They always seem to be three steps ahead of everyone. Today thing bring a huge leak for owners of the Galaxy Nexus… Android 5.0 Jelly Bean! Keep in mind, this is an early experimental build, not for daily use. Here’s a list of what’s working and not working:

Working
-Boots

Not Working
-Network
-Data
-Wifi
-Bluetooth
-Camera
-Basically everything

So if you’re brave enough to flash this very early build, visit the source link below. Please let us know how it works!

source: xda



Phone Schedule: Simple app for scheduling Android phone tasks

Following a routine always ensures that you always stay right on track with your busy schedule for the day. An extremely useful application known as Phone Schedule follows the same principle of your daily life, but the only difference is that it you set your Android phone to perform various tasks according to a schedule that you specify.

Phone Schedule is a handy yet very useful application that lets you create scheduled actions that you wish your phone could automatically perform. For instance, wouldn’t it be really handy to be able to tell your phone to automatically turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you leave home and turn them back on again when you reach the office?  With Phone Schedule, you can see that wish granted.

Phone Schedule has a list of predefined actions that you can set on a schedule.  The list includes altering sound profiles, notification alerts, activation of Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi, mounting device volumes, setting off alarms, and more.

If you’re the type who can’t stick to the same old ringtone for a week, then Phone Schedule can do the changing for you. The application works like magic, as it follows the scheduled tasks that you assign it to do. You just need to schedule the application and fine-tune the settings, and select a specific time duration for the task.

The same principle applies when it comes to your device’s default notification tone. All you need to do is create a new task with your own personalized settings together with the relevant actions, and you’re good to go.

The Phone Schedule app runs in the background, taking care of all your scheduled phone actions/tasks for the day.  There is also the option of pausing the application, allowing you to temporarily suspend execution of a specific task. Once the specified period expires, the task is automatically restored together with the default settings.

Phone Schedule can be a lifesaver for a number of reasons. For example, if you’re eager to control how long you want your Wi-Fi to be active, you can easily configure Phone Schedule to automatically turn your Wi-Fi on or off according to your desired schedule. The app can be very useful in situations when you always forget to switch off your Wi-Fi connection or you just want to save some juice for your device.

The app is also a handy tool for those who frequently travel long distances, those who are studying, those who don’t want to be disturbed at certain hours of the day (or days in the week), and those who wish to save battery life.

To add a task to your schedule, all you need to do is tap the Add New Task button and you’ll get various options like preferred time, date and action. Once you’re done configuring, all you need to do is hit the save button at the top and your scheduled task will be active.

You can also choose a specific time and the desired days that you want the scheduled tasks to be executed. To exclude a task from a schedule list, just uncheck the item using the checkbox provided. To pause a task simply tap “Menu > Pause Tasks”.

In a nutshell, Phone Scheduler is a fantastic application that manages and schedules all of your phone’s activities without your having to worry about anything. Grab the Phone Scheduler application free from the Google Play Store and see whether it makes your life more organized.

What app do you use for scheduling phone tasks on your Android phone?


This article, Phone Schedule: Simple app for scheduling Android phone tasks , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com - Your Android News Source.


Humor: Gmail Tap looks to get rid of traditional keyboards to allow you to “tap it” better

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Google continues to be one of the lead innovating companies in the world, and they have been working even harder lately. They have just expanded their Google Maps service to the popular NES console. But today, they are reaching a much higher audience with a new service called Gmail Tap.

This is meant to be a replacement for those pesky and annoying keyboards, with overwhelming amounts of buttons. Forget auto-correction and predictions! Gmail Tap implements Morse Code, allowing users to type via a 2-button interface. It has two large buttons (as well as a space bar); one being a dash, while the other is a dot.

“You can tap it in the morning. You can tap it at night. You can tap it in the bathroom. It’s a dot and a dash to have a conversation with the entire world.” -Todd Smith, Gmail Tap Product Lead

Furthermore, users can even pull out a second Gmail Tap simultaneously, allowing you to type and send messages to multiple recipients at once.

Just what we have been waiting for, Google! You can head over to the Gmail Tap official website and learn Morse Code, as well as download the application by clicking the top-right button. Are you guys going to be tapping it all over the place from now on?

Thanks, Sam!

[Source: Gmail Tap]


How to Update Nexus S 4G with Official ICS 4.0.4 IMM76 Build Firmware

Nexus S 4G LogoIf you are having a Nexus S 4G… Android smartphone and is waiting for updating it to the latest ICS 4.0.4 firmware then we are here with a detailed tutorial on how to apply this update with a simple to follow tutorial. All thanks to the Briefmobile team who has successfully leaked the update.

(This is a preview of the article from Android Advices Click on the Title to read the entire entry.)


Zite, my new (co-)favorite reading app

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I love to read. Books, not that much (though I’m really enjoying Jonah Lerner’s Imagine) but I can spend countless hours just bouncing around the internet, following a ton of blogs plus or just ending up somewhere randomly.

Hence, it’s no real surprise that my favorite app on my tablet is Pulse. As I explained in my introductory post when I first joined Phandroid

I love the UI, and the effort that they’re putting into Pulse Me such as synchronizing sources across devices and the desktop browser extension makes it stand out.

And I’m yet to find a quality competitor for it. Google Currents came the closest, but it just never cut it for me. Pulse does a ton of work on their server-side to speed up the syncing, whereas I find Currents extremely slow (in comparison).

However, the issue with Pulse is that it is, at best, an RSS reader. What I really mean is that there isn’t any content discovery going on, and while their feed suggestions is neat, I don’t want a whole new source to keep track of. I’d just much rather have individual articles that the app believes I’d be interested in.

This is the problem Zite fixes for me. The app gained a great deal of popularity on iOS, where it’s been around for about two years now, before releasing on Android earlier this week. It’s claim to fame is a fabulous recommendation engine, which gained such glowing reviews that CNN spent $20 million to buy the company.

The first thing you do, when you open the app, is connect your Google Reader account and provide your Twitter handler. Scanning your reading habits and your posts, Zite suggests you a few topics to follow, which you can edit. They only suggested 3 to me since I barely use Twitter or Google Reader. I added quite a few more, since I follow a wide range of topics from graphic design and typefaces, to sports to technology and entrepreneurship.

While the news feed Zite compiled for me was exquisite, I do have one issue: the tablet UI is the same as the phone. It’s a relatively minor complaint, and it’s not like the display becomes awful (hello, iOS!) but I really hope they’ve got something special up their sleeves for tablet users.

You can download the app over here. How many of you have been using Zite, and what’s your opinion about it? And if you use some other similar app, how about sharing with the group.