By seaempty. Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:11:04 PM
If you have friends (I don't) and like drawing stuff (I don't), then you'll probably like Chalk 'n Talk. It's Gamevil's take on Pictionary, with a social twist.
Players will race against the clock to sketch and guess a given word, while earning points that can be spent on customizing brushes and canvases or sending them as gifts to friends. Artwork that users are especially fond of can be submitted to the world gallery to be rated for accolades. By connecting to GAMEVIL Live from the game, players can grow their network of friends to enjoy the experience together, and automated matchmaking presents an endless roster of random and new challengers.
Although it looks quite cutesy, I could actually see this being a lot of fun. That's right, I lied. I do have friends, and I do like drawing. As I can prove from my amazing Peppa Pig. I'm downloading it right now.
Chalk 'n Talk is available RIGHT NOW from the Android Market.
By seaempty. Tuesday, January 10, 2012 8:58:39 PM
I'll be honest in saying that I don't know much about Vimeo, except that it's like YouTube and looks "trendy". It also sounds like "Vimto", which makes me happy.
I'm sure that it's much better than YouTube for a number of reasons, and I feel terribly lazy that I haven't looked at it in more detail. Maybe I'm just not "hipster" enough to use it. Or maybe that's really offensive to people who use Vimeo.
Either way, there's now an official Vimeo Android app!
Here are some of the features:
- Free to download from the Android Market, Amazon App Store for Android, and WindowsPhone Marketplace
- Compatible with all Android devices running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and above, Amazon Fire and Windows Phone devices running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and above
- Watch and manage all your Vimeo videos and download them to your camera roll
- Watch videos from your Vimeo inbox, Watch Later queue, and videos you like
- Easily like videos, comment on videos, and add videos to your Watch Later queue
- Discover new and interesting videos curated by Vimeo Staff
- Easily upload your raw footage or previously edited creations in HD or SD
- Pause/resume uploads and get reminded when a video is paused
- Replace existing videos
- Edit titles, descriptions, tags, privacy settings, and credits
Furhter details can be found over on the Vimeo blog.
By seaempty. Tuesday, January 10, 2012 8:41:01 PM
See that? That's the Sony Xperia S
. I know what you're thinking: "What does the S stand for?". SEXY. That's what it stands for. The keener-eyed readers will also note the lack of "Ericsson" in the post title. Sony recently acquire the Ericsson side of their part venture, and the Xperia S is being marketed as "Sony's first smartphone".
It was announced at CES and features:
- 4.3 inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine with HD resolution screen (1280 x 720), as well as front (720p) and back (1080p) cameras for HD recording.
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing and content download, which can be stored on the internal 32GB flash storage.
- 12MP back camera with Sony Exmor R™ for mobile along with Fastest Capture to take shots in just 1.5 seconds directly from standby mode.
- NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia SmartTags.
- With HD sharing through DLNA, HDMI and using BRAVIA Sync for controlling your Xperia S with your TV remote control when connected to the TV, Xperia S delivers a full HD experience on TV.
It's running Gingerbread at the moment, but will get Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future.
I like it, how about you?
By seaempty. Thursday, January 5, 2012 8:21:26 PM
Motorola have announced two new budget phones, the MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI, both set to be released in Greater China, Europe, and Latin America this spring.
Both run on Gingerbread, and whilst the MOTOLUXE is marketed as "slim" and "hip", the DEFY MINI is dustproof and water-resistant a.k.a. "lifeproof"...
The full press release and detailed specs can be read after the break.
By seaempty. Thursday, January 5, 2012 8:10:54 PM
Just before Christmas, My Nexus S received an update to Android 4.0, more affectionately known as Ice Cream Sandwich ("ICS"). Despite a few teething problems with the Google+ app force closing and short battery life (both have been resolved with a factory reset), I have now spent some time with ICS, and thought I'd share my thoughts about the latest version of the Android OS.
Read on to find out what I think of Android's latest OS update.
By seaempty. Thursday, January 5, 2012 8:25:24 AM
Today is a very special day for Overjoid; it’s been one year since the group was created! In that year, the grouped has flourished beyond expectations. We’ve nearly reached 500 members, and have many, many more readers of the blog than I ever anticipated. I’d like to think that this is just the beginning, and Overjoid will continue to grow in the future. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my highlights of the Overjoid’s first year.
Up North Web
It’s hard to start anywhere else. Back in October, Overjoid were asked to attend Opera’s Up North Web press event in Oslo, and it was a fantastic experience. Although we covered most of the event through our Twitter stream, we did blog about some of the big news from the event, namely the release of Opera Mini 6.5 and Opera Mobile 11.5.
Our first “official” review
Although we review a great number of games and apps, Shoot the Birds was the first time that a developer gave us a copy of a game to review. Since then we’ve been actively approached to review titles, and it shows that Overjoid is becoming more widely known. We’ve also been able to run competitions along side reviews, such as Rock the Vegas.
We cover hardware
Android is huge. It’s available on so many devices that we always thought it would be best to concentrate on the software side of things. As the group grew in popularity, however, we thought it’s an area we should start to cover and would be of interest to a lot of the members. We started with Robbie’s review of his HTC Sensation, and went on to write about handset announcements and launches. It’s certainly an area we want to develop, so hopefully there will be more hardware reviews next year!
Reckless Getaway brings in the readers
Our review of Reckless Getaway proved very popular, attracting nearly 330,000 unique pageviews in one month. Although being posted on the MyOpera Community page was a factor in this, it’s the first time I realised the how popular this group was. Before I saw the figures, I wasn’t aware so many people read it, and it was a proud moment. It provided a real incentive to push forward and try and make the group as good as we could.
Just before Up North Web, the brilliant Dustin gave the group a makeover. We got a new logo, layout, and colour scheme, and I think it looks fantastic. It gave the blog a real lift, and I hope that it made the group a nicer place to visit!
Those are just a few of the more memorable moments for me, but there are a great deal more that I could have mentioned. It’s been a great first year, with new writers coming on board, and some great member contribution and input.
I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have, and if you want to let us know your thoughts about the last year (good or bad), let us know in the comments! We hope you continue to read and participate in the next (and future) years!
By seaempty. Wednesday, January 4, 2012 8:17:40 PM
I love the look of Ice Cream Sandwich. Its neon glow, and simple lines are gorgeous, and it looks unique. My concern is that when other manufacturers get a hold of it (HTC, I'm looking at you, with your dated Sense overlay).
It seems that the Android devs are aware of this, and is addressing it. In a recent blog post, they confirmed that an unmodified ICS "Holo" theme must be included on all devices running Android 4.0.
We’ve made the inclusion of the unmodified Holo theme family a compatibility requirement for devices running Android 4.0 and forward. If the device has Android Market it will have the Holo themes as they were originally designed.
This standardization goes for all of the public Holo widget styles as well. The Widget.Holo styles will be stable from device to device, safe for use as parent styles for incremental customizations within your app.
I'm not sure how manufacturers will react to that, but I guess they're all on board, and it remains to be seen how unmodified "unmodified" will actually be. The devs do go on to say that they've made it easier for manufacturers to create and implement their own device themes. I think given the choice, however, I'd always opt for a "pure" ICS experience.
And to be fair to HTC, having received the Honeycomb update on my HTC Flyer yesterday, I'm impressed with how they've integrated Sense and Android 3.0, managing to keep the personalities of both.
By seaempty. Wednesday, January 4, 2012 7:41:39 PM
What is it?
If you like suduko, brain teasers, or maths in general, you'll probably like U+. It's a logic game that has you completing a series of mathematical problems in the quickest time possible.
It's a bit like magic squares - you have a limited set of numbers to place in squares in order to make the rows and columns add up to the correct values. Although some are obvious, as the game progresses, you have to use more logic to figure out which numbers go where.
It sounds ever-so-simple, but it really is a challenging game that makes you put your thinking cap on.
Overjoid – What we like
Annoid – What we don’t like
- It's nice to see a puzzle game on the Market that isn't physics-based.
- The game really makes you think. It certainly gives your brain a workout.
- With four difficulty levels, you're sure to find a level that challenges you, and provides you with scope to improve.
- If you're in to beating your times, the game keeps a very comprehensive record!
- Simply presented, which suits the game perfectly.
- The timing can be distracting at times. It's sometimes nice just to take the puzzle at your own pace, and the constant reminder that you're being timed can be off-putting.
- There's little variety in the gameplay.
- The sound effects are quite annoying (but there is the option to turn these off).
- At £0.69, the game is relatively expensive for what it is (although the developer has informed us that 10p of every purchase will be donated to a children's hospice in the UK).
Price: £0.69 | Size: 6.5mb | Transferable to SD card? No
By seaempty. Tuesday, January 3, 2012 7:04:34 PM
Eurodroid is reporting that Samsung will soon be releasing an updated version of their popular budget phone, the Samsung Galaxy Ace.
The imaginatively titled Samsun Galaxy Ace Plus sports a faster 1GHz processor, larger 3.65″ screen running at 320×480 resolution, and a 5MP camera with LED flash. The original Ace is a great little phone, and is often found for free on cheap tariffs. I can see the Ace Plus following suit, and should be a great introduction to Android for those tempted to give it a go. It will be running Gingerbread, however, and I can't see it getting ICS anytime soon.
The full specs can be found in the Eurodroid post, but there's no info on a release date as yet.
By seaempty. Wednesday, December 28, 2011 8:29:50 PM
Bowling Wizards is a physics-based puzzler with a ten-pin bowling twist. Think Angry Birds meets Kingpin, and you might be on the right track.
Once upon a time in a happy wizard-world, bowling was played and enjoyed by the Bowlons and the Pines. The Bright Lord was the leader and protector of the Bowlons, while the Evil Wiz was the leader and protector of the Pines. They all lived happily together, until the Evil Wiz decided to take over the Wizard world. He cast his spell on the Pines, hypnotized them, captured The Bright Lord and made the Bowlons his slaves!
Alas, a few brave Bowlons along with Bowlaids decide to break free! They declare war! And this is where you, the player and savior of the day, along with the brave Bowlons, take upon the task to restore peace and harmony in wizard-world once more!
Bowling Wizards includes the 5 islands of Airea, Lava, Ruins, Frosty and Magica - and each is divided into levels featuring distinct environments and unique gameplay for each island. In the FREE download, 6 levels of the 1st island, Airea, are available. All the other levels of Airea and Ruins are available through in-app purchases. The islands Lava, Frosty & Magica will be made available for purchase shortly!
In each level on every island, the objective is to knock down all the Pines, and although this sounds like a simple task, it is not! Each of the levels is packed with concealed surprises and magic, and the challenges are daunting! The Pines and the Bowlons have a mind of their own, and every alley is mysterious and misleading, and only by use of intelligent strategy and clever moves will you succeed.
Bowling games are always fun, and Bowling Wizard comes with added twists and tales. Beautiful and mysterious, this game has concealed surprises, magic and daring challenges. Featuring rich visuals, complex and addictive gameplay, it appeals to fans of the sport and casual gamers alike!
If you fancy giving it a go, the game can be found here.