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|Article first published as Android App Review: Safari! HD on Blogcritics.|
Safari! HD is a pretty fun and addictive way to kill some time. This Android game stacks hexagonal images of safari animals’ faces across the screen, and the player gets points and/or time added to the clock by making a line with his or her finger across three or more connecting animals of the same type.
There are three different game modes in Safari! HD. In “Time Attack” mode, the goal is to get as many points as you can before your time runs out. “Survivor” mode operates with basically the same concept, but you can add additional time to the clock by getting more points. The “Endless” mode lets you play for as long as you like, as the title says, without end. The only way to stop the “Endless” mode is to voluntarily quit or to play until your battery dies.
In and of itself, Safari! HD is fairly entertaining. However, in addition to the game proper is the meta game–that is, the game outside the game, or in other words, the achievement system. Safari! HD participates with the mobile gaming community OpenFeint, which, if you are not familiar with it, has an achievement system similar to Xbox Live Achievements or PlayStation Trophies. As an achievement junkie, I have spent most of my time with Safari! HD hunting those achievements.
In addition to its partnership with OpenFeint, Grasslandgames, the developers of Safari! HD, have been wise to make multiple versions of the game. As you may know, Android runs on many different types of devices, some with a larger screen than others.To accommodate for the possible variations in players’ experience, there are two versions: Safari! HD, for phones with larger screens like the HTC EVO, and regular Safari!, for phones with smaller screens like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini. There is also a free trial version available: Safari! Lite.
For just over a buck, Safari! HD is a good app to pick up if you are in the market for a game.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my participation in the Path for Android app beta testing program, but due to the terms of my participation in the program, I wasn’t allowed to include any screenshots or other information about the progress of the program.
Today that has changed. The beta for the Android Path app is now available to the public via the Android Market.
If you aren’t familiar with Path, let me elaborate. Started by former Facebook exec Dave Morin, Path is an innovative social network closely integrated with mobile technology. Based on anthropological research that humans are only capable of a limited number of close relationships, Path puts a 50-person limit on the people in your Path. You then interact with your Path via photographs taken with your smartphone’s camera. With each photograph, you can also share a caption, which the app helps you develop: choose the people in your picture, the things in the picture, and where the picture was taken. Upload it to your Path (or occasionally to your Facebook wall) to let others know what you are up to.
The iPhone app has been available since 2010, but today is the first time Android users have publicly been able to participate in the program.
To get started on your own Path, head over to the official website to start an account and then download the app with this link or the QR code below. For more information on Path, read the article that introduced me to this social network. For the official beta release notes, check out this post.
Do you have a Path? Are you going to get this app? Leave your comments below.
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|Article first published as “Android App Review: TweetCaster” on Blogcritics.|
I signed up for a Twitter account a few years ago, but I never really got into it until I started blogging. I created a separate Twitter account for my blog and quickly started tweeting, following, and being followed. Having two accounts was the best way for me to keep my personal contacts and my blogging contacts separate and to also start promoting my blog’s brand.
The problem was that my HTC EVO could natively only be registered to sync with one Twitter account. I didn’t want to give up on my personal Twitter account (my friends do tweet useful things sometimes), but I needed to be able to access my blogging account also. This is when I found the powerful Android Twitter app TweetCaster.
Developed by Handmark, the app is available in the Android Market in two versions: the free TweetCaster for Twitter and the $4.99 TweetCaster Pro for Twitter. The only difference between the two is that the paid version doesn’t have ads. I opted for the free version and haven’t had any problems: the ads are very unobtrusively located in a small banner at the bottom of the screen.
Both the paid and ads-included version of TweetCaster are full of useful features, in addition to its multiple account support. Handmark developed what they call the “Zip It” feature, allowing users to ignore tweets from annoying tweeters without un-following them. The app also allows retweeting with or without comments, customizable notification settings, robust search functions (search for topics, users, and by location), as well as a suggested user function, which suggests people to follow.
TweetCaster not only includes a vast array of features, it also incorporates them all into a very user-friendly interface. From the default feed of tweets, it is easy to jump to the top to see the newest tweets, or switch over to other feeds: retweets and replies, direct messages, your favorites, and your lists. It’s also easy to navigate to the main account screen where you can add other accounts or access information about trends, who to follow, and other search options.
All-in-all, TweetCaster is a wonderful app that I am glad to have found. Even though I found it because of its multiple account compatibility, I would use it even if I only had one account. If you are on Android and use Twitter, you should definitely check out this app.
Click or scan the QR code below to find TweetCaster in the Android Market:
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Like Nintendo’s 3DS, the EVO 3D renders three-dimensional video without the use of 3D glasses. (I couldn’t imagine carrying around a pair of 3D glasses just to look at my phone!)
In addition to its ability to play 3D content, with state-of-the-art, dual 5 megapixel cameras, the EVO 3D will also let users produce 3D content.
As the technical specifications show, even despite its 3D capabilities, the HTC EVO 3D is a powerful smartphone. Here is just a taste:
- 4.3-inch 3D QHD (960×540) display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback
- Powered by the Android 2.3 operating system
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
This is no doubt a powerful device. I wonder, though, if the 3D capabilities are more than just a gimmick. Even with the recent release of Netflix streaming capability on the HTC EVO, I still don’t use it as my primary source of video content. I don’t think that the 3D would change that after the initial awe wore off.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried the new HTC EVO 3D? Would you like to? Do you know anyone who has? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Alternatively, hit the link below for the full specs and ad copy on Amazon.
I got started on my Path after reading a wonderful introduction to this innovative photo-based social network on Wired.com. At the time, I was using an iPhone, and the user-friendly Path app made it easy to become familiar with the system; however, when I switched to my EVO, this was one of my apps that didn’t have an Android counterpart. Thankfully, this is soon to change.
In a serendipitous moment of Twitter bravery, I responded to a tweet by Path founder Dave Morin asking him if an Android version was yet in existence. Much to my delight, and surprise, I received a response from the official Path twitter account informing me of the upcoming beta testing program and that I would be welcome to join if interested.
A couple weeks after my affirmative response, I am now up and running with the beta version of Path for Android. Look forward to more updates on this development in the future, and in the meantime get started on your own Path.
Seduced by a great deal, I am now an Amazon Cloud customer. Cloud technology is picking up steam, and recently both Amazon and Google have made a push in marketing their cloud-based music players. I just started using the Amazon Cloud; here are my initial thoughts. [Read more…]
I seriously thought this day would never come. Netflix has released an official app for the Android mobile OS that actually allows users to stream content on their Android mobile device. [Read more…]