Shortly after the release of Max Payne 3, Rockstar has released Max Payne Mobile for Android and iOS. On select devices for $2.99, Max Payne Mobile for Android is fully optimized for the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor with full screen antialiasing, additional antistrophic texture filtering and enhanced lighting effects. This makes for what we feel is one of the best mobile gaming experiences to date.
The Android market has its gems, and this week we offer you some more. The true beauty of Android is its ability to be customized and improved through third party developers. iOS 6 took a lot of ideas from developers and locked the OS down even more. Openness, fun, and possibilities are plentiful as shown in this weeks Apps/Games
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SMS Flash is a great messaging add-on for any device. Sometimes when you’re playing a game, watching a video, or simply not at your messaging app, SMS flash will conveniently pop up a small box with the incoming message. Android does this by default in your status bar, but what SMS flash does is run smooth and never hints at any lag. All the while, it shows a box over what you are doing while utilizing your proximity sensor to instantly open your messaging app if you want. Here is the developer’s list of features:
1. Dismiss SMS Flash on first touch of Proximity sensor (SMS Flash is dismissed within next 1 second after touching the sensor)
2. Extend the display time when you need more to finish reading by touching and holding
3. Go to reply box when Proximity sensor is touched twice.(#To Disable uncheck Trigger Reply Panel under Advanced Preferences#)
Reply feature works best (shows chat thread) with Go SMS Pro or Handcent installed as default SMS app.
4. Easy Read feature:
– SMS’s received when screen is turned OFF will be displayed when screen is turned ON, no need to unlock, it’s shown on top of the lock screen unless the Android default lock screen is used.
In our opinion, the app needs another option to quickly reply instead of having to go into the messaging application, but overall it’s a fluid way of receiving your incoming texts.
“Siri,Siri,Siri,” is all you hear about voice assistants in the mobile world. Vlingo and other applications are similar to Siri. The problem with most Android alternatives is their lack of accuracy and overall functionality. However, Dragon Go! has the reviews to prove its worth.
We have great experiences with good accuracy from the spoken word and the app has a very slick and stylish carousel interface for what you are searching for. Say “Alien Babel Tech” and you have the options to flick between YouTube, Wikipedia, Google, photos, places and more in one search.
There is no voice feedback and there are some things it can’t do that Siri can, but its voice recognition is top-notch and quick.
There are some great workout apps available on the Play store. miCoach from Adidas is a great workout companion. When first opening the app, you get to create a four digit passcode, then choose between generic female or male coaches or from Derrick Rose and Reggie Bush.
miCoach has a whole website counterpart that holds training plans, scheduling, coaching feedback, workout history and more. The App allows you to set a workout length and time and choose to be coached or listen to music or both. You decide how hard you want to work and the app gives you “intensity colors” to follow along your workout to motivate you.
The list goes on and on; try the app yourself, it is FREE.
Editing word documents on your phone is something users always look for. Smart Office 2 is fluid, easy to use, and has all the features you want including, picture editing, printing, a fantastic UI, functionality with Dropbox and Google Docs. Simply put, this app just works which is something that is so hard to find in a mobile Microsoft Office editing application.
Smart Office has tons of features. Our favorite is its timeline feature that tracks things you have worked on to easily open and switch between documents. The UI allows you to switch between projects fluidly and fast. Its just beautiful to look at and strikingly easy to use.
“You build your city by matching three or more game-pieces: combine three grasses to make a bush, three bushes to make a tree… until you’ve filled the board with houses, cathedrals and castles. Along the way, you’ll have to outwit giant bears who will try to block your progress.”
Just play the game; its ultra-addicting and hard to put down. From the visual style to the way it plays out it just keeps you coming back for more. Whether it be for an hour that somehow flew by or for a quick minute, TripleTown kept entertaining.
The only downside is having to pay for unlimited turns. In order to keep making turns, you have to either wait for a set amount of time or pay for unlimited turns.
Winamp has been around for a long time. The thing that keeps this on my phone is the lack of an iTunes counterpart for Android. Winamp syncs with all your iTunes music and playlists, has wireless desktop syncing with your phones; incorporates thousands of radio stations for you to stream with Shoutcast, and has a great music player to boot!
The application is extremely practical, easy, and great-looking. The player and widgets work flawlessly with many listening tools and gestures. Winamp is the cure for the music needs that everyone has.
Dragging and dropping music files over to your phone gets old really fast and Winamp is the cure.
Color Splash FX is photo editing application that allows you completely change the color of any part of your photo. Gray out the background and leave certain things colored, or completely change the color of your shirt.
Possibilities are endless and fun. The app is small and simple but it makes for some really cool looking pictures. Other apps have a ton of features but this application wins with simplicity and ease.
Whatever your finger touches will change precisely, but the lack of other editing features left us wanting more. Its a pain to go from this application to open another just to add something simple. This app does what it was intended to and nothing more. Keeping it simple is sometimes best.
App and game development has been great as of late. In the begining of the early Android Market there was this sense of second-hand applications with no real games or major application that were not availble on iOS. Android has finally gained major footing in the developers world and we expect more great things to come.
Stay tuned for more Top iOS apps to come!
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