As expected, the folks behind the Humble Bundle 4 added three new titles to their pay-what-you-want package of games that already included Badland, Breach & Clear, Catan, Riptide GP2, Vector, and Zombie Gunship. As long as you pay over the average price, which at the time of this posting sits at $ 3.75, you get all of the previously mentioned games plus OLO, Color Sheep, and Gunslugs.
OLO is a multiplayer game that reminds of a mixture of Pong, shuffleboard, and air hockey, but with colors. Color Sheep is an arcade style game that involves…colored sheep, laser blasts, magical items, and big bad wolves. Gunslugs is a side-scrolling arcade game that will remind you of an early Nintendo shoot ‘em up bossfest.
Again, the deal is at least $ 3.75 and you walk away with 9 games. Do it.
Whether this … thing … you’re seeing above is a phone or a phablet is unknown, but we understand if you wish this patent, recently granted to Samsung, will never materialize. The patent has been granted for “the ornamental design for a mobile phone, as shown and described”, and we’re looking at a mobile device that seems to have a 21:9 aspect ratio for its screen, often referred to as Cinema Display in the TV industry.
There’s also an important note, before you jump to any conclusions based on the looks of the above device: “The broken lines immediately adjacent to the shaded areas, encompassing unshaded regions, represent the bounds of the claimed design while all other broken lines are directed to environment and are for illustrative purposes only; the broken lines form no part of the claimed design.”
However, there’s a bigger question here: will we see companies experiment with cinematic aspect ratios for content consumption in the future? More important, how would you like to have a phone with such a tall/wide aspect ratio? Could it be a multimedia-centric smartphone, and, if yes, would you use one?
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update has been rolling out since February. Over the past two weeks, the pace of its roll out has picked up and it now appears that we’re in the midst of a wide scale Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat push. With that in mind, we want to take a detailed look at how the roll out is progressing and the important things that Galaxy S4 owners need to know.
Back in January, Samsung started to push out the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. The roll out came as a bit of a surprise given Samsung’s history of pushing out Galaxy S Android updates before major Galaxy Note Android updates.
In February, Samsung finally started pushing out the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update. The first device to get the update was not found on the international market but instead, it was found in the United States, a region that has often been slow at getting major Android updates out to its customers.
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While most of our indie app of day selections are for everyone, every now and then we get a request for a root app that’s actually pretty fantastic. One of the earliest and most popular modifications root users could make was overclocking, undervolting, and otherwise controlling their devices’ CPUs for better performance and better battery. With Per-App Modes, you can now create custom CPU profiles for every app that you have. Do note that this app does tinker with your hardware and that means your mileage may vary. Also, Android Authority is not responsible if something goes wrong with your device.
Here’s how this app works. It allows you to create custom profiles for each application on your device. Within each profile you can control things like maximum and minimum CPU frequency, GPU frequency, and a number of other “tunable” variables. So one example the app description gave was the ability to turn your CPU and GPU way down while reading a book to help conserve battery life since reading a book doesn’t require a lot of processing power. Or you can set your profile to max out everything when playing an intense game for maximum performance. Once you get in there and start playing, the possibilities are massive.
The list of variables you can alter is actually quite large and if you’re having problems getting the full list to show up, the video in the app description does a good job of showing you how to add them to the list. It’s a bit complicated if you’re not used to rooting around the file system of an Android device but once you see how it’s done it’s actually quite simple to do.
With last year’s G2, LG managed to turn a few heads. Sure, the phone had its issues, but looking just at its design, there was a lot to be pleased with: we saw that incredibly narrow side bezel, and LG experimented with moving the handset’s power and volume buttons to the middle of its back. We’ve seen that rear-mounted button business return for the G Flex and the G2 Mini, and we’ll no doubt be running into it again in the future. The smartphone industry being what it is, we’re also almost certain to see other OEMs “copy” (or pay homage to; whatever you want to call it) LG’s design for handsets of their own. Archos introduced its 64 Xenon phablet back around MWC, and this week we see the phone getting a lot of attention for some rear-mounted controls of its own. Should they really count as such though, and how might their utility compare to what LG brought to the table?
As you can see above, the 64 Xenon’s volume and power buttons are located within the curve that transitions from the phone’s edges to its rear panel. With that orientation, they seem like a bit of a hybrid between LG’s system and traditional edge-mounted buttons; you certainly have to reach around back to get at them, but at the same time they’re a lot closer to where unfamiliar users are going to expect them to be.
We’re just concerned that something like this lacks a lot of the utility envisioned when dreaming-up LG’s design – there, at least, you could make the argument that the buttons were more naturally positioned for how we actually hold our phones. Is the same true here?
The Motorola Moto X Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update in the U.S. has been rolling out to almost all users across all major carriers over the past month, and today we’re hearing the final carrier is preparing to wrap things up.
Last week Sprint approved and started sending the latest software out to its Moto X users, and now this afternoon multiple reports have surfaced that the last remaining US carrier, AT&T, is set to finally deliver Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the Moto X. Being the last carrier to the latest version of KitKat many owners have been patiently waiting for its arrival.
Today the Motorola Feedback Network issued emails out to multiple members informing them of a software soak test (beta test) of new Android software for the Moto X on AT&T, which is more than likely the update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, considering they’re the only carrier who hasn’t issued the latest and greatest software update.