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All posts tagged "Android"

  • Here are your mobile gaming picks of the week

    It's that time of the week once again, where we scour the various app stores for the latest and greatest mobile videogames. We've got some solid picks in this week's edition, from an Advance Wars-style title to a neat take on tower defence games. Warbits Platforms: iOS Price: R60 It costs a fair chunk of change, but fans of turn-based strategy games will enjoy Warbits, from two-man studio Risky Lab. The game is heavily inspired by classic Nintendo franchise Advance Wars, so you'll be taking turns to move your various units across the murky conflict zone. Warbits stands out thanks to its nifty multiplayer suite, though, delivering one...

  • Surprise! Counter-Strike 1.6 has been ported to Android

    We've seen all manner of PC titles come to Android, from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to XCOM: Enemy Within. We can now add another game to the list, in the form of landmark online shooter Counter-Strike 1.6. It's not an official port though, being submitted to GitHub by redditor a1baomarov, but it still makes for an interesting release. It's worth noting that the port requires that you own Counter-Strike 1.6 though. To get the game running, you'll first need to install the requisite APK, then the Xash3D framework (both being found on GitHub). Once these two programs are installed, you'll need to copy...

  • Latest Android N preview brings Vulkan API support, more emojis

    Google engineers are quietly beavering away on Android N, the latest version of its all-conquering mobile platform. Last month, the company introduced the first preview for developers, giving us a peek at a host of upcoming features. Now, Google has released its second developer preview, giving us a look at a few more hitherto unannounced features. First of all, the new preview delivers support for the Vulkan graphics API, which offers a massive boost over the platform's current APIs. Vulkan also harnesses multiple cores for faster performance. The second big addition is the inclusion of "launcher shortcuts", which allows users to post a shortcut of an app's functions/sections to their homescreen. Related: Android N: what...

  • Google sets sights on better accessibility in Android

    Smartphones are amazing tools, but there's no doubting that platform-holders can do a little better when it comes to accessibility. Apple has done a good job of implementing tools in this regard, such as Assistive Touch, zoom support, Braille Display connectivity, VoiceOver screen reading and more. Now, Google is upping the ante with its own technologies. Google beefs up voice commands Most prominently, the company has announced a closed beta for a new app, called Voice Access. The app lets people navigate through their phones without using the touchscreen. Google says that people who might want to use the app include those with paralysis, tremors and...

  • Android N: what you need to know about Google’s ‘nutty’ OS

    Only this week did nearly two-year-old Android Lollipop become Google's most popular mobile OS version, but the company has now released Android N -- it's latest iteration of the OS -- a lot earlier than expected. Traditionally Google announces its new OS iterations at I/O -- its annual developer conference -- but it's dramatically changing tack this year. According to its developer page, it's planning a five stage release roster before the final consumer ready version of the OS is ready in Q3 2016. This week's release is stage one, and sees the alpha version of Android N available to download...

  • Remix Mini Android-based PC launches in South Africa

    The Remix Mini, a micro-computer built by Jide Technology and running Remix OS, is now available in South Africa. Launching today (7 March), the device will be sold on Takealot for R599 for a limited period. Jide Technology strives to "unlock the potential of Android in order to accelerate a new age of computing," according to the company's site. Its chief reflection of this philosophy is Remix OS, which is Android reimagined for the desktop. The OS sports keyboard shortcut support, Windows-like windows management tools and an Android Marshmallow-inspired flat, clean design. The OS, which is a tweaked version of Android Lollipop,...

  • LG G5 joins Samsung Galaxy S7 in shirking microSD card app installs

    There's no such thing as a perfect phone, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 is probably the best recent example. After Samsung righted its wrongs by placing a microSD card slot on the phone, it goes and disables app installs onto the card, effectively crippling the device's capabilities. Now, not to be outdone, LG has done exactly the same thing with the LG G5. Android's Marshmallow OS boasts a feature that allows users to install apps onto the microSD card. It's particularly useful if you happen to install a ton of games (something the Samsung Galaxy S7 was punting profusely at launch)....

  • Hisense Infinity KO hands-on: rough and tumble

    Hisense isn't a brand you'd generally associate with ruggedness, but its new smartphone is looking to change that emphatically. Dubbed the Hisense Infinity KO, the company has gone with the "life is hard on you, but even more so on your phone" approach, so it's built a tank in the confines of a smartphone. Lifeproof is a term you'll hear more of from the company in its marketing material, and it does fit the device fairly well on first inspection. That term insinuates a few bold claims too, a set of claims that waterproof master Sony doesn't dare make. But Hisense...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 won’t let you install apps on the microSD card

    Quick question: how many apps do you have installed on your phone right now? If you're getting by with a measly 16GB of storage, you can sit back and relax. However, if you're finding that 32GB is just not enough and rely on external storage, you should probably sit up and listen, especially if you're planning to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S7. Samsung has decided to strip the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge of Android Marshmallow's inclusive storage feature, which allows apps to be installed on the microSD card as well as the internal storage bank. So in essence,...

  • LG X Cam, X Screen unveiled in time for MWC 2016

    For all MWC 2016 previews, news and analysis, have a look at our MWC 2016 Cheat Sheet and our dedicated MWC 2016 portal. While we expect a titanic battle between the giants of the smartphone world's flagship offerings, the war's rarely ever won by the biggest dude on the battlefield. With that in mind, LG is preparing to launch a new mid-range smartphone series -- LG X -- at MWC 2016. LG notes that the two phones -- the LG X Cam and the LG X Screen -- will offer "key premium features without the premium price" and will be unveiled...