One of the most popular mobile tower based game for iOS Fieldrunners HD has finally been released for Android devices. The game has been made by an Indie game developer Sub Atomic Studios and was among the most popular games for iOS in 2010.
Like any other tower defense based games, the premise of Fieldrunners is simple. Users need to protect their tower from enemy invasion by using various machines and soldiers. The more enemies you kill, the more money you earn, which lets you buy powerful machines.
The only twist in the game is that it is the player, which decides the route to be taken by the enemies. Whether the player wins the game or not, ultimately depends on the route taken by him. Even though the game has a very simple storyline, it is insanely addictive. I have been playing Fieldrunners HD non-stop on my phone, right from the moment I installed it.
The graphics of the game look exactly like its iOS counter-part, and I had no performance issues on my Android phone Samsung Galaxy S II.
Fieldrunners HD is available for free at the Amazon AppStore and for $1 at the Android Market for the first 24-hours only, though. After that, the game will retail for $2.99.
HTC has started rolling out an OTA update for the recently released Sensation. The OTA update carries the version number 1.35.401.1, and weighs in at around 28MB. The update will not unlock the boot loader on your Sensation, which many owners would have been hoping for.
The update does not bring any noticeable changes or a bump in Android version as well. In all probability, the update is aimed at fixing some bugs.
The update had leaked on the Internet a few days ago, and has already been tested by Sensation owners over at XDA forums. Post the update, Sensation owners found an improvement in GPS performance, along with an improvement in the charging time of the phone.
The update also improves the overall performance of the handset. However, there is still some lag when using the Sense 3.0 lock-screen or the launcher. The free3vo method to root the Sensation is also working, post the update.
At the moment, the OTA update is being released for the European version of the Sensation only. To update your sensational handset, users need to head over to Settings-> About Phone > System Updates, and select the Check for update option.
Apple announced the iPad 2 way back in March this year. The second generation iPad boasts of a dual-core A5 processor, and was slimmer and lighter than its predecessor.
However, the iPad 2 was made insanely secure from jailbreaking by Apple. All the hardware level exploits used by the jailbreakers, were patched by Apple in iPad 2.
Nevertheless, popular hacker comex has finally released a way to jailbreak the iPad 2. The jailbreak works via a PDF exploit found, which was first discovered in 2010.
To jailbreak your iPad 2, owners just need to head over to JailbreakMe.com from their iDevice, and press the Free’ button on the site. Then, users need to select the Install button which comes up on the screen. The site will then load a PDF, which may crash Safari.
Afterwards, users will find the Cydia shortcut on their iOS home screen. Tap on free and install button only once, even if it may look like Safari is not responding.
This jailbreak is also compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G and 4G, running on iOS 4.3.3.
Nokia has released a new firmware update each, for the Nokia 5228, 5230, 5233, 5235, 5236 and the 5238. The new v50.x.xxx firmware for all these handsets brings some major changes.
First and foremost, the update brings a new version of web-browser. This is the same web-browser which is used in Symbian Anna. The new browser should provide users with a much improved browsing experience. The browser also supports multiple tabs, and includes some nifty features like directly searching the web from the URL field, and support for non-Latin characters.
Apart from the web browser, the update will also bring support for emoticons. The phone will also display a new big clock with time and date, when the menu button is pressed, whilst the phone is locked. Swiping on the screen will then unlock the handset. Ovi Contacts will also be removed from the phone, post the update. There are also the usual performance and stability improvements, along with some bug-fixes.
The update is available via OTA as well as via NSU (Nokia Software Updater). Since the 52xx series phone support UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.
Sprint has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for Samsung’s first ever tablet the Galaxy Tab 7.
Even though the Galaxy Tab 7 was not a tablet in the true sense, Sammy still made sure to release the device under every network in the U.S. The Galaxy Tab 7 was dubbed by many as an enlarged version of the Samsung Galaxy S, and is powered by a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, and packs 512MB of RAM.
The new software release from Sprint (EF17) will bump the Android version to 2.3 Gingerbread and will also fix the HID Bluetooth bug. Along with this, Tab owners should also expect some improvement in the performance and battery life of the device.
The update is already available for download, and the Tab can be updated using the OTA (Over-The-Air) method.
To download the update, Tab owners should head over to Settings-> About My Galaxy Tab-> System Updates, and select the Update Firmware option. The update will then be automatically downloaded and installed.
Sprint aims to complete the Gingerbread update roll-out within the next 4 days.
The Samsung Galaxy S II was one of the hotly anticipated phones of this year. The phone is a beast in its own right, with a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen and an 8MP camera, and yet it is one of the slimmest Android phone measuring only 8.49mm.
The popularity of this phone can be seen by its sales figure. More than three million units of the handset were pre-ordered in Korea, and the handset was the fastest selling phone ever in Korea. All this, when the handset was not even available in most regions of the world.
The sales of the handset were expected to soar to a new high when it was available in most regions of the world, and it definitely has. Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy S II is their fastest selling phone, EVER!
Sammy has managed to sell 3 million units of the SGS II in just 55 days. That means, on an average, Samsung sells nearly 55,000 units per day. According to Samsung, it sold most units of the Galaxy S II in Europe.
All this, when the Samsung Galaxy S II is still not available in the United States and Canada. While Canada will be getting the Galaxy S II by this month, there is no confirmation as to when the SGS2 will be available in the United States.
You can read our review of the Samsung Galaxy S II here.
Cut the Rope for Android was recently released by ZeptoLab for free on GetJar, with ads. Today, ZeptoLab has released Cut the Rope on the Android market, for a mere 0.99$. To know more about Cut the Rope, users can check out our previous article on the game. Android handset owners can download the game from here.
For sports freaks using an Android phone, the most popular sports tracking application for Nokia smartphones Sports Tracker, is now available on the Android Market.
I used the app for a short period of time, and I must say that the app has a very polished look and feel to it. When comparing the UI, Sports Tracker is definitely one of the best sports tracking application for Android.
The app also sports a variety of sports activities, and also includes an option to create manual presets. Sports Tracker also uploads all the data relating to the users sporting activity online for analyzing the results and sharing with friends. The app can be downloaded from free from here.
Last but not the least; Merriam-Webster’s official Dictionary app has hit the Android Market, for free. Merriam-Webster is one of the most popular and respected dictionary in the United States.
The app does what it is intended for. Finally, I can uninstall the crappy Dictonary.com official application from my phone. The app can be downloaded for free from here.
It was just yesterday that Skype released an updated version of their app on the Android market. The updated version of the app brought a new UI, smoother performance, and two-way video calling for only 4 handsets, two of which are not even available widely.
Now, pulser_g2, a popular developer over at XDA forums, has released a modded version of the Skype apk. This modded version of Skype allows most of the Android handsets with a front-facing video camera to make two-way video calls.
The modded Skype apk has been tested on the Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy S, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation and the Thunderbolt. Other Android phones with front-facing cameras have not been tested, but the apk should work on them as well. The modded Skype apk can be downloaded from here.
In other Skype related news, Skype’s website now has a banner teasing video-calling on Verizon’s 4G LTE phones. Yes, that includes the Motorola Droid Pro, the Thunderbolt and the Droid X2 as well.
The banner means that Skype is nearly ready to release a video-calling compatible version of Skype for Thunderbolt. However, I am guessing, the company it is still waiting for HTC to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update before that.
Nokia has just announced via their Conversations blog, that they will be rolling out some new features via Software updates to Symbian S60v3.2 and S60v5 based handsets.
The software update will update the age-old and snail-paced internal browser to v7.3. It is the same version of the Nokia web browser, which ships with Symbian Anna phones. The updated browser will bring faster and smoother web browsing performance, support for International Domain Names (IDNs), along with support for non-ASCII letters such as Arabic or Chinese.
Apart from the updated web browser, the update will also include the latest version of Nokia Maps a.k.a Ovi Maps. For non-touch based Symbian handsets, Ovi Maps 3 SR4 will be installed. This new version of Ovi Maps offers indoor positioning via Wi-Fi, and travel and recommendation services like Lonely Planet.
For touch based Symbian handsets (S60v5), Ovi Maps 3 SR6 will be included in the software update. Along with the above said features, this version of Ovi Maps will also add public transport lines and check-in services to popular social networking sites.
Last but not the least; the software update will also add emoticons support. Nokia will roll-out all these new features for a bunch of touch and non-touch based Symbian handsets via a firmware update.
The update will be rolled out for the following devices :
- Nokia E72
- Nokia E52
- Nokia E5
- Nokia C5-00
- Nokia 6700 slide
- Nokia C6-00
- Nokia C5-03
- Nokia 5230
- Nokia 5235
- Nokia 5250
- Nokia X6
- Nokia N97 mini
- Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
- Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
Nokia has already started rolling out the firmware update for the Nokia 5230 and 5235. Updates for other handsets are also expected to follow soon.
A new Galaxy branded handset has been unveiled by Three Sweden, instead of Samsung. The new handset is dubbed as Galaxy Z, and is the downgraded version of the Galaxy S II.
The Galaxy Z is not as slim as the Galaxy S II, but still weighs in a decent 135grammes, and is 9.5mm thick.
The handset sports a 4.2-inch Super Clear LCD Screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The Galaxy Z is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, and packs 768MB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory.
The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera, with an LED flash. Sadly, the phone can only record videos in 720p resolution. There is also a front-facing camera in the front for video calling.
The Z runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWIZ 4.0 running on top of it. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, micro-USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, and FM Radio.
The Galaxy Z can already be pre-ordered on Three Sweden network for 3995SEK, or around $600.