GTA3 and Dropbox for Android Updated

Now that the Galaxy Nexus, the first Android handset running Ice Cream Sandwich is  publicly  available, its time for developers to update their apps according to the magazine style UI. The team behind Dropbox has done exactly that, and have released a major update for the app in the Android Market. The new update brings a new overhauled UI, bulk uploads and more.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

  • Completely redesigned the app and added lots of new features!
  • Favorites: quick offline access to files
  • Bulk upload photos and videos
  • Rename files and folders
  • Single-tap access to all file and folder actions
  • Improved gallery view
  • Upload from and export to local storage
  • Optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
Readers can download the latest version of Dropbox from here.
In other Android apps and games related news, Rockstar has updated its recently released GTA III game on the Android Market to add support for the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2 and a few other handsets. The overall stability and performance of the game has also been improved. The company has also reduced the price of the game by 40% until December 29th. GTA3 can be purchased from the Android Market for $2.99 from here.

Gameloft Releases Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation In The Android Market

Last night, Gameloft released the much awaited Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation on the Android Market.  The iOS counterpart of the game was released quite a few weeks ago, and Gameloft had promised that they will release the Android version of the game before this year ends.

Modern Combat 3 is a first person shooter set during a war, and  consists  of more than 13 mission campaign along with a multiplayer mode. The graphics of the game look very real, and are a level above the previous games released by Gameloft. Sadly, the controls of the game are typical of Gameloft, which makes playing this game a bit tough. Modern Combat 3 supports all the recent Android phones which have a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM.

Just a word of caution though, the game requires a whopping 1.37GB of free space in the storage card of your phone. So make sure you have adequate free space in your handset before buying the game.

Modern Combat 3 Fallen Nation is available for $6.99 in the Android Market and can be purchased from here.

GTA 3 Hits The Android Market; Costs a Mere $4.99!

Folks, its finally here! Rockstar Games has finally released GTA 3 for Android phones! Yes, its the same full blown GTA game that you used to play back in your teens, killing bad guys, doing all sort of crazy stuffs and what not. The company has released GTA 3 so as to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this critically acclaimed game.

Rockstar has done a remarkable job in porting GTA 3 to Android handsets. On my Samsung Galaxy S2, the game was utterly smooth without any lags. Just a word of caution though, the game downloads an extra 300MB+ of data after you purchase it from the Android Market. So please make sure that your phone is supported by the game prior to buying it.

The game only supports a dual-core powered  Android  handsets including the HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2X, Motorola Atrix 4G, Droid X2, Photon 4G, Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2X and the Galaxy S2. The only single core phone which is capable of running GTA 3 is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The game also supports all the Tegra 2 powered Android tablets out there as well, along with support for selected USB gamepads.

The game does not support the Galaxy Nexus, but Rockstar is working hard on adding support for the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

GTA 3 is available in the Android Market for a mere $4.99.

FIFA 12 Now Available As a Xperia Play Exclusive!

Sony Ericsson unveiled the one of its kind Android powered gaming phone, the Xperia Play, back at MWC this year. The phone comes with a   dedicated gamepad, and is aimed at serious gamers. The internals of the phone were seemingly dated, and have played a major hand in the lackluster sale of the handset.

Nevertheless, Sony had promised that with time the Play will get some exclusive games. The company stuck to its word and released some exclusive games for the handset like Minecraft etc. Now, joining the list of exclusive games for the Xperia Play is EA Mobile’s FIFA 12. EA had previously launched some exclusive titles on the Play as well like Battlefield and Need For Speed.

Being an Xperia Play exclusive, the game is optimized to take advantage of the phone’s gamepad. The game is also available for other Xperia handsets like the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Neo and Pro handsets. Xperia Play owners can download FIFA 12 for free until early 2012 as a part of Sony Ericsson’s Get In The Game’ promotion.

World of Goo Lands on Android

After conquering the PC, Mac, Wii and the iOS market, 2D Boy’s World of Goo is ready to rock the Android world. World of Goo burst onto the scene in 2008 and garnered rave reviews thanks to its simple but addictive and smart gameplay, storytelling, and visual design.

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World of Goo for Android is a massive 47 MB download, which will undoubtedly annoy many users. However, once you get the installation out of the way, it’s all smooth sailing. If you have played World of Goo before, it will be a familiar experience. However, the game’s re-playability ensures that everyone will be able to get their money’s worth.

The objective of the game is extremely simple. In each level you are provided with different kinds of balls of goo. You have to use these balls to build a structure for carrying unused goo balls to the destination pipe. Each level involves a different terrain, and you often have to use your wits to surmount hills, cross valleys, and scale walls.

Unlike most other popular games (Angry Birds, Cut the Rope etc.), World of Goo has decided to skimp the ad-supported free version. Instead 2D Boy wants Android users, who typically spend less than iOS users, to shell out $4.99 for the game. However, World of Goo will be available at a special launch price of $2.99 until December 4.

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Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Now Available On The Android Market

Electronic Arts, popularly known as E.A, is one of the biggest gaming publishers for all the  popular  gaming platforms including iOS, PS3, PC and Xbox. However, the company has not really been kind to the Android gamers and Android Market. The company only has a handful of games available on the Android Market, and none of them do justice to E.A’s name.

The company did release a few gaming titles including their popular Fifa series, but they  remain  limited to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play. Today, E.A has finally released one of their popular racing titles – Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit – on the Android Market. The game was already available for Xperia Play owners, and now is available for all other Droid racers to enjoy on their phone as well. While the game might not be as graphically pleasing as its iOS counterpart, it still looks better than most other Android games out there.

Unlike Gameloft’s games, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit supports all the ‘latest’ Android phones with a 1GHz processor and a GPU.  The iOS version of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit has been available for nearly 6 months now. Hopefully, in the future E.A and other gaming publishers will simultaneously release games for both iOS and Android platforms.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is available for $4.99 on the Android Market. Here is the market link of the game.

Duke Nukem 3D Now Available In The Android Market

The original king of action is here! I am pretty sure nearly all of the TB readers must have played Duke Nukem 3D on their computer at least once in their lifetime. The game released in 1991, and has been everyone’s favorite since then.  For the unknown, Duke Nukem is an in-your-face hero, and the game has a B-movie plot.

Now, this all time popular game is finally available for all Android gamers to enjoy on their handset or tablet. The game was already available for iOS, and it was just a matter of time before it was released for Android OS as well.

I installed the game on my phone, and gave it a try. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed. The controls of the game take up more than half the space on the screen of my SGS2. The controls of the game are absolutely crap. Its much better suited for the Xperia Play, which has a dedicated gamepad.

Unlike quite a few games released recently, Duke Nukem 3D is thankfully not a Tegra 2 exclusive title. The game runs on all multi-touch Android devices out there, and also supports Apps2SD.

The game costs $0.99 for Episode 1, with Episodes 2 and 3 available as an in-app purchase. Here is the Android Market link of Duke Nukem 3D.

Shadowngun and Tintin Lands on the Android Market; 360 and Winamp Get Major Updates

Android gamers, here is some good news for you. One of the most anticipated games for the Android platform, Shadowgun finally landed in the Android Market a couple of days ago. The game comes from the developer of Samurai II – Madfinger Games – whose name is associated with quality games.

In Shadowgun, users play the role of John Slade, who is the Galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter. The role of John’s (user’s) is to hunt down and kill Dr. Edgar Simon. The game has amazing graphics, probably among the best you will ever see in an Android phone.

The sad part is that the game only supports Tegra 2 devices for now. Non-Tegra 2 handset owners need to wait for a few more weeks, until Madfinger releases a version that is compatible with all other Android devices.  Here  is the market link of Shadowgun.

In other gaming related news, Gameloft has released Tintin HD on the Android Market as well. As the name suggest, the game is based on the recently released movie, based on Tintin. The game has a typical Gameloft feel to it, and like most other games from the company, the controls of the game are pretty tough. The graphics of the game is also like any other Gameloft game.

The game is not yet available in all regions of the world, so users need to wait until Gameloft releases the game worldwide. Alternatively, they can buy the game from Gameloft’s website as well.

In some Android app news, two popular apps – Winamp and 360 – also got some major updates. The new version of 360 brings a portrait mode, and a higher resolution panorama mode, along with a  high quality and normal quality mode. The upload speeds of Panorama have also been decreased, along with the usual stability improvements. 360 for Android can be downloaded from  here.

The new updated version of Winamp for Android brings quite a lot of new features including syncing with Winamp for Mac, and touch sensitive album art gesturing.

With this app, Winamp also gets an in-app Pro version worth $4.99. The pro version will give users access to a 10-band graphic EQ, customizable home screen, FLAC support, Reply gain, and much more. Winamp for Android can be downloaded from  here.

 

Angry Birds, Google Maps and 360 for Android Get Major Updates

Rovio has once again updated the all-time popular productivity-killer game Angry Birds with 15 brand new levels. All the 15 new levels have a Mine and Dine based background. The game can be downloaded from the Android Market for free.

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Google has also released an update for Google Maps, which bumps up the version number to 5.8. The new version of Maps brings some welcomed features like the ability to add a picture for a place, and adding new places on-the-go for checking in.

Here is the official change-log from Google itself :

o Upload photos for a Place

o My Places as a simple way to manage the Places you’ve starred and recently viewed

o Descriptive terms for Places in search results

o Add a new Place on-the-go when checking in

Another popular Android application 360 has received a major update. 360 is one of the most popular panorama apps for Android. Instead of processing the images on the phone, the app uploads them online to a server, where they are stitched together. The application also shows the panorama images clicked by other 360 users.

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The new version of the application has many behind-the-scenes improvements, which should help users in creating richer quality panoramic images, quickly. 360 can be downloaded for free from here.

Fruit Ninja Goes Free; Falling Fred Hits The Android Market

Fruit Ninja from HalfBrick Studios was among the first iOS games to be available for Android. The game is among the top 5 best sellers in the Android Market, and costs $1.99.

Now, looking at its popularity, HalfBrick Studios has released a free version of Fruit Ninja, with ad-support. This move from HalfBrick, and Rovio’s decision to release Angry Birds for free on the Android Market, clearly shows that free apps with ad-support generate more revenue that their paid counterparts for developers. The free version of Fruit Ninja can be downloaded from here.

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In other gaming related news, another popular game for iOS Falling Fred has hit the Android Market. The game has quiet a high amount of violence and gore, so weak hearted people should stay away. In this game, users need to dodge the falling Fred from obstacles, and try to keep him alive.

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The game has a simple plot, yet it’s highly addictive. The graphics of the game are top-notch as well. The game is available for free on the Android Market. However, there are many more characters in the game, which users need to purchase via the in-app purchase option.

Falling Fred requires Android 2.2+ to work. The game can be downloaded from here.