Posts Tagged ‘download’

Free Gameloft games!

October 14, 2011

Gameloft currently have a sale on each day where you can download one of their Android HR games for free!

Each game is only available for 2 hours however so you’d better be quick!

First up is Let’s Golf 2: Click here on your phone’s browser

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Amazon Appstore UK still not available to download

September 20, 2011

Rumours on the grape vine were that Amazon quietly unleashed the Amazon Appstore for people who don’t happen to live in the US.

I can confirm however that this is just not true. Not for UK users anyway (see below)

Amazon App Store not available in the UK download

You can still access it via other means however but it may still be some time before we see it accept our hard-earned British pounds as Amazon haven’t announced anything yet 😦

PopCap’s Peggle for Android out tomorrow?

June 17, 2011

PopCap tweeted earlier today that Peggle would be out to download for Android “very soon…”

This is likely to mean tomorrow if my calculations are correct – and quite possibly for free too. Sadly it’s going to be another Amazon App Store exlcusive for the time being but you know there’s a way around that for the rest of us who DON’T live in the USA.

To recap on what Peggle is follow my article from last year on some of the best PopCap games.

Plants Vs Zombies Android out tomorrow for US

May 16, 2011

PopCap announced earlier tonight that Plants Vs Zombies and Chuzzle would be exclusively hitting the Amazon App Store for US customers tomorrow (16h May) – for FREE!

This is very sad news for us European customers as the Amazon App Store is STILL not available to us. What have we done to be treated like this? PopCap have not announced if or when the games will be available through the Android Market which obviously has the larger user base. Perhaps like Angry Birday Rio it’ll just be an exclusive for a few weeks or something?

So close yet so far to having Plants Vs Zombies on my HTC Desire.

Plants Vs Zombies Android

It's in sight but not in reach just yet for UK users

BBC iPlayer app for Android now available on the Market

February 10, 2011
bbc iplayer android screenshot

The iPlayer app is quite beautiful

Yes, it’s out! Do a search for iPlayer on the Market and you’ll find the official BBC Android version waiting for you.

Just to let you know there is Live TV, Live Radio and 3 quality settings ranging from 400kbps to 800kbps.

So, what is version 1.0 of the iPlayer app like? Well I’ve been playing around with it quite a bit today and although there is still a lot of work to be done, it’s a good start.

You can tell the app is polished. Open it up and you get the BBC “feel”. The main screen of the app shows the featured shows and a quick swipe to the right shows you the current most popular titles. One more swipe right and you get to see videos that have been recommended to you – presumably from data gathered by other programmes you have watched.

A single click on any programme and you are taken to a screen with the programme information, running time and the ability to Share or add to your favourites. Press play and you’ll be taken to the full-screen horizontal mode. If you press your back button, the video will shrink and the app displays the summary page of the programme once more whilst still playing the video. It is then possible to get back into full-screen by tapping on the video. This isn’t a smooth and fluid process and you will notice the video chop and pause when it rotates but it’s still nice to have it there.

The option to view videos by category and channel is also available from the not-so-obvious “menu” button at the top of the screen. This is also where you get to access Live TV. Live TV seems to work well, although the quality obviously isn’t as good as pre-aired programmes, it’s still good enough to watch on-the-go. I say on-the-go but you can’t actually use your 3G connection to stream programmes – only to browse. This might be added in a later version but from experience on the Symbian version, I doubt it very much.

bbc iplayer android download marketThe main problem I have seen with the streaming of videos is the sync between the audio and the video. If you start a programme and watch it all the way through the sync is normally OK. However, if you skip to different parts of a stream then the sync can go way out – this is obviously something the BBC need to fix in the next app update.

The Radio functions all work well, there is also live streaming available via the sneaky “menu” button at the top of the screen. It’s certainly nice to have digital radio in your pocket even if it is only available via WiFi.

So, a good start for the BBC iPlayer app and it’ll be interesting to see how it improves over the next month or two. Will we see HD streaming to our phones? Will we be able to save TV or radio shows for later viewing/listening? It’s all possible but we’ll have to wait and see what the BBC bring to us.

BBC iPlayer App for Android coming this week

February 9, 2011

iplayer android app bbcAt long long last, the BBC have put some of iur TV License fee to good use. There is an Android iPlayer app being released by the end of the week (possibly tomorrow).

So why will this be better than visiting the mobile version of the site? Well it should allow downloading of content and also higher quality versions of shows depending on the handset you are using.

BBC have said the iPlayer app will require a WiFi connection to stream content. 3G streaming will not be supported but browsing via 3G will.


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