Archive for July, 2011

69 Second Review – Airport Mania for Android

July 23, 2011

Airport Mania is a time-management sim from Amazon Digital Services.

For just 69p you get yourself a pretty and highly addictive game.

The premise is simple: land, unload and the reload your planes ready for take-off. Some planes need maintenance and some will need refuelling just to add to the chaos that awaits in the later levels.

As you progress and earn more money you can upgrade your airport. Upgrades include more holding bays, faster load/unload times for each gate and even a paint bay so you can strategically change the colour of the selected plane
to increase your multiplier.

The multiplier increases each time you land the plane of the same colour in the same gate. You can also get multipliers for landing planes on the same runway and also for planes that take off from the same runway.

There are 8 stages, or airports, to progress through each with 6,7 or 8 levels in each. You’ve gotta have your wits about you with this game as it soon gets frantic.

This is a great way to kill some time and you’ll definitely have that “just one more go” feeling each time you’ve finished a level.

Highly recommended.

New Android Market out soon – US gets movies and books; UK gets nothing

July 22, 2011

I’m not here to moan, just to update you on the new Market app that will be rolling out soon to our Desires. Google announced it a few weeks back and we have yet to receive it over here.

Those lucky US folk will be able to rent movies and purchase books from the new Market which is a pretty cool thing. All these movies can be streamed almost instantly through the Videos app which comes pre-installed on nearly all recent Android phones. Rentals start at $1.99 which is a pretty good price if you’re only going to be watching the odd movie here or there.

Books will also now be available to download and buy through the Market but what app they’re opened in wasn’t clear. Google are copying Amazon’s excellent Whisper-Sync idea meaning that your downloaded books will be available on all your Android devices no matter where you are.

Apart from these two changes the only other things different with the app are the general look and layout. It looks suspiciously like the Amazon App Store which I’m not sure is a good thing really.

The other thing to note of course is that for the rest of the world who don’t live in the US (yes there are a few of us) we will not see any of these new services in the near future. This is most likely down to some licensing restrictions which will hopefully be sorted out pronto so I can watch Harry Potter whilst on my morning commute*

Have a look at these screenshots anyway and see what you think.

New Android Market Editors Choice
New Android Market 2011

*I don’t commute and I don’t like Harry Potter

HTC Desire 2.3 Gingerbread Update this month

July 11, 2011

After a bit of a holiday in the US of A I’m back in England and ready to get back to work 🙂

HTC were umming and ahhing about the Gingerbread update for the original Desire due to limits with the internal memory etc but then caved into the pressure of Desire owners and said they would indeed get the Gingerbread update sent out to the handset’s owners.

HTC have now confirmed the update will be rolled out this month. Obviously operator updates will follow shortly after but it’s great news for the public.

The Inquirer have just posted this on the story:

TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has confirmed that the rollout of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to its Desire handset will begin by the end of the month.

It’s been a rocky road but HTC has finally given Desire owners a set forecast for the software upgrade. The news comes as a big relief to customers who are eagerly awaiting the newer version of the operating system.

As usual HTC used its Facebook page to make the announcement and said, “Hi everyone. As some of you have seen already, we have more news about our build of Gingerbread for Desire. Our testing has gone well so we will begin rolling out the update by the end of July. Thank you again for your support.”

HTC first announced the update back in February but then changed its mind because of the memory limitations of the phone. Desire owners were understandably unhappy about the U-turn and a day later HTC caved in to the demand.


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