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The 12 Apps of Christmas – The Top 12 Christmas Android Apps/Games 2011

December 2, 2011

Evening fellow humans, I hope you’re enjoying the chocolate from your advent calendars?

Here’s my top 12 Android Christmas apps/games so let me know what you think and if you have any questions then you know where to leave them!

The top 12 are as follows:

1 Angry Birds Seasons
2 Bugs Circle Christmas
3 Penguin Launch
4 Noogra Nuts
5 Zombies Christmas
6 Santa’s Helper
7 iSanta
8 Christmas Presents
9 A Christmas Santa
10 Night of the Living Gingerbread Men
11 Xmas Pinball
12 Santa’s Village


Day 3 without my HTC Desire S and with my Nokia N95

August 10, 2011

It's old, it's chunky but it's damn good

Well, it’s been 3 days since I sent off my HTC Desire S for repair and going back to my N95 hasn’t caused as many problems as I feared it might.

Firstly – wow: what a fantastic little phone. I remember it was good but had forgotten just how good it was.

The thing I’ve missed since getting a Desire is definitely the physical buttons for texting. I send a lot of texts and can  type very quickly with physical buttons andb T9 turned on. I can still type fast on a touch screen but nowhere near as quick as on a keypad. The other benefit of having a keypad is you can type whilst not looking at the phone. I’m not trying to show off honest! This is something I could and still can do with the phone. Because you can tell which button is where you can easily type whilst walking along and not looking at the screen. Granted you may have a few predictive errors but you learn to know which words need correcting after a while.

Secondly, the two speakers on this handset are awesome. I hate saying awesome but there is not other word to describe them. Compared to the Desire’s and Desire S’ single small speaker they win hands down.

The next thing to talk about is apps. Have I missed any apps? Yes, of course I have. Nokia phones and their current Ovi Store just don’t compare to the Android Market at all. That being said however I was surprised to find nearly all I needed was freely available. From Tweets60 for Twitter to Spotify and the BBC iPlayer I found everything I’d need to keep me by for the next few days.

I think, in all honesty, the thing that would stop me from using this phone permanently are as follows:

No wireless syncing – Data such as contacts and bookmarks can’t be synced over the air. I managed to find a great app called GoogaSync which I have on a 14 day trial (long enough for the time I’ll be using it) which syncs with my Google calendar. It brings back memories of the days with Nokia PC Suite and the likes. This was never ideal. Having my Desire sync constantly over the air so all my data is backed up and current really is something I would hate living without.

Speed – the speed of the phone does show its age in comparison to newer handsets. Boot-up time is extremely quick and takes around 15 seconds compare to around 60 for the Desire. It does obviously have a lot less to load. The web browser is incredibly slow and basically unusable on any site that isn’t tailored for a mobile handset.

Apps – although we can all live without apps it’s not as fun is it? The Ovi Store will close soon and then the older Nokia phones will have to rely on websites to get their new (or old?) games and apps. This is a shame because you can already tell developers have pretty much stopped developing for it. Spotify although works very well is not as up to date as the Android version (scrobbling is not supported). The cost of some of the applications are extortionate as well.

At the end of the day there is obviously no way I’d give up my Desire S. Everything is just less clunky and more “up to date”. I’ll probably still keep my N95 just for old times sake (and to put my Orange SIM in for Orange Wednesdays) but I am looking forward to my repaired Desire S being back with me soon.

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

Gameloft’s Valentine’s £1 Android app sale

February 11, 2011

Wow, try and say that quickly 5 times in a row!

Mre to the point, Gameloft have a sale on their Android apps up to and including the 14th February – ahh how romantic!

What better way is there to tell someone you love them than to buy an app for your own pleasure?

One caveat however is that the sale isn’t through the Android Market. Strange I know. You actually have to go through Gameloft’s mobile Android site ( ) to get the deals which is a bit of an annoyance.

The other odd thing is that there are games on their mobile site that aren’t in the Android Market. The full list includes:

Real Football 2011 HD
Tom Clancey’s Splinter Cell Conviction HD
Let’s Golf 2 HD
Asphalt 5 HD
Sherk Kart HD
GT Racing: Motor Academy HD
Fishing Kings HD
Tom Clancey’s H.A.W.X. HD
Let’s Golf HD

Each game costs just £1 and if you’re wondering whether you can re-download the game when you wipe your phone then the answer, according to the FAQs, is yes. You can re-download the games for up to 3 years but you have to do it through their site. I think 3 years is more than long enough – will we even be using our HTC Desires in 3 years time? Probably not, we’ll have our HTC Desire 4s by then 😉

Plants Vs Zombies Android and Peggle Android nearly here!

January 18, 2011

OK so I’m a day late spotting these photos but Jeff Green, PopCap’s Director of Editorial and Social Media, posted some photos yesterday of himself playing Android versions of Plants Vs Zombies and Peggle.

They’re looking pretty good to me so hopefully they’ll be out of Beta soon so we can also get out slowly rotting flesh on them.

Click the images below to enlarge.

Plants Vs Zombies Android

Plants Vs Zombies Android never looked so good!

Peggle Android

Peggle Android looking pretty sweet as well!

If you haven’t seen my previous post about these games then be sure to check it out below. Hopefully PopCap will release some more of their classic games to Android soon.

[Update] Joystiq have reported:

PopCap isn’t sharing details on its upcoming Android titles, saying only that they are “coming along” and that the first titles — not necessarily Plants vs. Zombies or Peggle — should launch in Q2 2011.

So it looks like we may have to wait until June time before we see anything hitting our phones 😦


Plants Vs Zombies and Peggle coming “in 2011” for Android

November 5, 2010

Plants Vs Zombies Android

[Update 18/01/2011 – Plants Vs Zombies Android and Peggle Android nearly here! PopCap confirm a Q2 release for Android users. Click here to read more ]

It’s now got a date. The time we’ve all been waiting for – the time where we’d be able to play Plants Vs Zombies (and Peggle) on our Android phones.

PocketGamer managed to speak to Sameer Baroova yesterday to get the following statement:

I am delighted to confirm that we are working on bringing both Peggle and Plants vs Zombies to Android in early 2011

Apparently, the reason Window 7 phone gets a PopCap game before us Android users is down to our “fragmented device base” (whatever that means).

I suppose it’s better than nothing. If you’re not sure what to expect from these games (and others PopCap have to offer then be sure to check out my Plants Vs Zombies Android post from a few weeks ago. Will let you know more as soon as I hear it.


300 apps a day brings the Android Market to 100,000 apps

October 26, 2010
Android Market PayPal

Android Market accepting PayPal soon? Let's hope so.

Back in March the Android Market had just 30,000 apps. I say “just” but that’s obviously still a huge amount. Since then there has been an average of 300 apps released each day onto the Market which yesterday officially brought the total to over 100,000. I say officially because Google announced it on their official Twitter page. Androlib had reported the 100,000 mark a few months back but it wasn’t official.

So, although we’re ‘still 180,000’ apps behind the iPhone App Store I don’t think this is a bad thing. The main problem the Market has had is the limiting payment methods which hopefully the inclusion of PayPal will clear up. Once PayPal payments are integrated into the Market I think we’ll see more developers come aboard as it’ll allow users from other countries to finally purchase apps.

I have had my fair share of problems with PayPal but I think overall it’ll definitely improve the wages of the developers who spend so much time making apps for us to waste spend our time on.


Plants Vs Zombies, Peggle and Bewjewled are coming to the Android Market!

October 26, 2010

[Update 18/01/2011 – Plants Vs Zombies Android and Peggle Android nearly here! PopCap confirm a Q2 release for Android users. Click here to read more ]

[UPDATE 05/11/2010PopCap have official announced a “2011” release date for Plants Vs Zombies and Peggle for Android. Click here to read more]

Well spotted by EuroDroid last night; PopCap Games tweeted that they definitely are working on some games for Android!

We can certainly expect to see their top three games appearing and for the uninitiated of you I have listed them below:

Plants Vs Zombies

Certainly one of PopCap’s most successful game of the last few years. Plants Vs Zombies sees you and your arsenal of plants fighting off hordes of zombies from entering your house and eating your brain. Sounds odd? Yes. Is it fun? Definitely! So fun in fact that I have actually purchased every incarnation on every platform they have released it on.

Plants Vs Zombies Android


Peggle also has its fair share of followers. The premise of the game is simple, clear all the orange pegs from the board. Although it sounds simple it can get difficult (but never to the point you want to throw your computer out the window and head to the pub). Each character you play with has different special moves and gameplay styles so the re-playability is very high.

Peggle Android


Zuma is a puzzle game where you must clear the coloured balls from the level. You are an ancient frog who shoots balls from his mouth and it is with these balls you can chain up combos and clear more and more balls.

Zuma Android


Bewjewled has been around for a very long time and is one of the original ‘twist and clear’ (I just made that up) jewel games. Twist and turn jewels to match one another and clear them from the game board. Everyone has downloaded one of these style games but PopCap’s is sure to be a hit even still.

Bejeweled Android

Why it has taken so long for PopCap to get their act together for Android is yet to be known but the success of the iPhone and new platforms like Windows Mobile 7 can’t have helped things (PopCap have a good relationship with Microsoft). Whatever the reason however, PopCap can expect to hit the “Top Paid” section with their games in the Market on a handset near you soon (hopefully).

Do you have a favourite PopCap game that I haven’t listed? If so, what is it and why is it your favourite and would you like to see it on Android?


PopCap still developing Plants vs Zombies for Android?

June 27, 2010

[Update 18/01/2011 Plants Vs Zombies Android and Peggle Android nearly here! PopCap confirm a Q2 release for Android users. Click here to read more ]

[UPDATE 05/11/2010 – PopCap have official announced a “2011” release date for Plants Vs Zombies and Peggle for Android. Click here to read more]

[Update 29/10/2010 PopCap have confirmed that they are working on games for Android, check out the newer post here]

Although the development house PopCap announced a long time ago (nearly 2 years now) that they were to develop games for Android, nothing has appeared so far.

I quick sneak around their site will bring you to this: which obviously means something is going on but giving the fact it is empty may lead you to think that they’re concentrating on other things (iPhone).

Will we ever see Plants Vs Zombies dawn our Android

Desires? Will Zuma ever conquer the tiny temples on your handset? My previous attempt to find out when we would see these games just pointed me in the direction of the “Mobile Java” versions of their games – not very hopeful. Let’s hope my second attempt will shed some more light on the matter.

Plants vs Zombies

Plants vs Zombies, probably the most addictive cartoony tower defence available

[UPDATE] 26/10/2010

PopCap confirmed last night on their Twitter account that they definitely are still working on Android games (see below). So hopefully (maybe in time for Christmas) we will see the likes of Plants Vs Zombies, Zuma, Peggle and Bejeweled grace our phones soon!



HTC Desire vs Nexus One – Game Test

May 19, 2010

Just found an interesting video on YouTube comparing the 3D game capabilities of both these phones side-by-side.

At first I was a bit worried about how long this bloke’s fingernails were who is holding the Nexus One. However, when I saw how crap they were at the games I realised it must have been a girl 😉

Which phone do you think performs better?


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