Archive for January 28, 2015

ZTE Blade S6 debuts with Android 5.0 pre-installed

ZTE has announced the latest device to wear its name and the smartphone is called the ZTE Blade S6. The new device is very thin with a profile only 2mm thick. Power for the smartphone comes from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core chipset MSM8939.

Right out of the box the smartphone runs Android 5.0 and has a 5-inch display that uses in-cell technology. One area of focus for the Blade S6 is the camera; the rear unit is a Sony IMX214 13MP autofocus unit. The front camera is a 5MP wide-angle fixed focus offering.

Power for the smartphone comes from a 2400 mAh internal battery. ZTE fits the device with 16GB of storage and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. The smartphone also has Hi-Fi sound, proximity sensor, accelerometer, compass, gyro, and GPS. Bluetooth and WiFi are also featured.

The smartphone has Android 5.0 right out of the box as previously mentioned, but that OS is overlaid with the ZTE MiFavor 3.0 user interface. Dual nano SIM card slots are included and the smartphone has a 3.5mm headphone port and a microSD card slot for expansion. The smartphone will sell for $249.99 in the US and will be available via Amazon.

SOURCE: ZTE

An unlikely couple: Android Community Deals mini giveaway [DEALS]

It’s January already, isn’t it? You might think it were still Christmas time becuase of this mini bundle of free goodies we have from Android Community Deals. If you remain undecided whether to dive into the world of Android app development, we have a free mini course for you. And if you’ve been dreaming of owning your very own pair of Beats branded headphones, without coughing up a single dollar, now might be the perfect time to try your luck.

We’ve had a few deals recently that focused on the art of Android app development, and even some dedicated to games. But let’s face it, not everyone might be willing to take the plunge immediately without testing the waters first. If you’re of that opinion, today is your lucky day. We have here on Android Community Deals, courtesy of bitfountain, a short course that will take you through the basics. It will guide you through the process of installing Android Studio and learning Java, all for free. All you need to do is take some social networking steps and it’s yours to devour.

Our second offer is “free” but won’t be as easy. Aside from registering and doing a few social steps, you also have to take your chance in a sweepstake that will end on February 25. In exchange, however, you will be entitled to win an authentic Beats by Dre headphones, one of the hottest accessories in the market today. And it isn’t just because of the brand, but because of the quality experience that you get.Normally $380, you will get it for absolutely free. That is, if you’re the lucky one.

So what are you waiting for? Get those clicking fingers ready to click through our twin free bundle!

Android Community Deals is brought to you in cooperation with StackSocial. Generated revenue helps fund this site. Deals are curated by StackSocial and are not representative of the opinions of the Android Community staff.

Meet the new Android Mini Collectibles Series 05

I don’t want to call these “toys” because I know a lot of geeks who would react. Hard-core Android fans don’t want you calling these little Androids as toys because really, they’re not. They are more than that. Dead Zebra has always been known to release design series of Android mini collectibles and just recently, the company launched the Series 05 arriving in most comic, toy, specialty, and online retailers all over the world soon.

Meet the new Androids. This new series includes designs from these great artists: Kong Andri, Scott Tolleson, Andrew Bell, Gary Ham, and Dead Zebra’s new friends Jon Paul Kaiser, Devilrobots, Lunabee, and Reactor-88. The team behind these mini-collectibles released the series in trickles.

Let’s take a look at each design:

Android Totem

Android Totem byReactor-88 a.k.a. Ryan Crippen  (Ratio: 1/16)

Android Panda by google

 

 

Android Panda by Google Inc. (Ratio 2:16)

Android SK8 Cop by Gary Ham

 

Android Sk8 Cop by Gary Ham

Android Helloworld Series 05

 

Android Hello World by series curator Andrew Bell (Ratio: 1/16)

Android Ice Belly Lunabee

 

Android Ice in my Belly by UK based custom toy artist Lunabee  (Ratio: 1/16)

Android Sturnbrau 1

 

Android Sturnbrau by Jon Paul Kaiser  (Ratio: 1/16)

Moro photos below:

Android Sturnbrau by Jon Paul Kaiser
Android Panda by Google 2
Android SK8 Cop by Gary Ham 2
Android Totem 2
Android Helloworld Series 05 2
Android Ice Belly Series 05 2

SOURCE: Dead Zebra

Shop for the new Android Mini Collectibles HERE

Amazon offers discounted Prime membership to celebrate Golden Globe win

Amazon has announced some interesting news for fans of free fast shipping of items from Amazon and Amazon original series that stream to Prime members. To celebrate picking up a win at the 72nd Golden Globe awards for its original show called Transparent, Amazon will be offering all ten episodes of the show to anyone via the Amazon Instant Video App.

Transparent is an original show Amazon produces that won a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Series. Its star Jeffrey Tambor also won a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a musical or Comedy Series. If you want to see what the show is about, get ready to binge it on Saturday or buy a discounted Prime subscription and watch the episodes at your leisure.

For Saturday only, Amazon will offer discounted Prime memberships for $72. That is a 25% savings off the normal price of a Prime membership. Amazon says that Transparent has proven so popular that a second season of the series is already in the works.

The Amazon Instant Video app is available for multiple devices including the Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and smart TVs. Android apps are available for mobile devices and tablets.

SOURCE: Amazon

Level Up! Dragon’s Quest V, The Witcher Battle Arena, and more

It’s been a while since our last Level Up! games roundup, so let’s dig right into the past weeks’ highlights. Of course, we have a bunch of new games for you, including some from rather big franchises like Dragon Quest and The Witcher. Naturally, some updates are also waiting for the more comic games of Angry Birds and Goat Sim. We even have some sweet deals for those who want to go beyond simple game playing and dive into the world of game making. Welcome to 2015’s first Level Up! digest.

New Games

Dragon Quest V ($14.99, no IAP)

Square Enix just won’t stop bringing its classic and well-loved titles to mobile, which is, of course a good thing. If not for the price tag, that is. Since the Final Fantasy series is pretty much complete up to Final Fantasy VI, the game publisher has turned its eyes to its Dragon Quest franchise. For this round, it’s the turn of Dragon Quest V. Aside from the epic story line and authentic JRPG experience, what sets the entire DQ series apart, even from the FF Android games, is that the interface is optimized, and customizable, for smartphones, allowing gamers to play it in a portrait orientation.

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Of course, this being Square Enix, we’re talking about a rather hefty price tag, $14.99 all in all. Luckily that doesn’t come with in-app purchases, a concept alien back in the days. For some, that might be an acceptable price to pay for this piece of gaming history in their pockets. Others might want to wait for some seasonal or flash sale instead.

The Witcher Battle Arena (Free, with IAP)

The Witcher is a relatively new RPG franchise that has been acclaimed for its deep, even a wee bit dark, storyline and meaningful world-changing choices. That said, don’t expect any of that in this latest version of the game for mobile devices. As the name itself would suggest, The Witcher Battle Arena is The Witcher set in a MOBA-style world. You get to pick your choice of hero from the list of characters of The Witcher’s world, except for main man Geralt himself. But if that’s your type of game, then TWBA offers high-octane action, be it by yourself or in squads, and gorgeous graphics that fans of the title have come to expect.

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The Witch Battle Arena is free to play but it does come with in-app purchases, so beware. The game may be out of beta now, but it also seems to be region locked for now.

WWE Immortals (Free, with IAP)

Ever wished your favorite wrestling personality was a superhero (or villain) as well? No? Well, someone at WWE definitely thought that a lot of fans did. WWE Immortals coats the likes of John Cena, Triple H, The Undertaker, The Rock, and even Hulk Hogan, in a coat of armor. Or spandex. If you thought wrestlers weren’t violent enough, this will probably change your mind. The game pretty much plays out like any mobile brawler out there, using swipes and taps to attack and initiate combos.

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WWE Immortals comes with no price tag attached but does have in-app purchases for bonuses and perks.

Adventure Time Game Wizard ($4.99, no IAP)

For those with a more peaceful but still a bit twisted bent, the popular Adventure Time might be more to your taste. More than just a simple platformer game, Adventure Time Game Wizard gives you the power to create your own levels. You can do so directly via the game or scan your hand-drawn torture maps. Reunite with your favorite Adventure Time characters and meed new ones, including the game’s primary villain, Doodle Wizard, voiced by none other than Weird Al Yankovic.

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The game does cost $4.99 but at least it doesn’t come with any hidden purchases inside.

Updates

For some light-hearted moments, we have a few updates that will keep you entertained and perhaps even laughing.

Angry Birds Space‘s “Brass Hogs” update is pointed to be its biggest update ever. Aside from introducing a whopping 30 new levels, Brass Hogs also has a new swine to beat by the name of Hektor Porko. Fortunately for you, you won’t be alone with a new The Wingman avian to aid your crusade. If you’re up for even more challenge, there are daily challenges available as well. But for an even bigger challenge, get a three-star rating on a level to unlock its Mirror World counterpart, a harder and mirrored version of that level.

If you’ve fancied yourself more as a goat than a bird, then the Goat Simulator‘s latest update might be more up your alley. The ludicrous game not only gets a new map called, what else, Goat City Bay, there are also a bunch of new goats available. And to top it all off, there’s a new *lickable* helicopter as well.

Bonus Round!

Although not exactly games, Android Community also has something for gamers with a more creative bent. If you’ve ever wondered or wanted to know what it takes to create an Android game, then now is your chance to find out. We have course bundles available specifically for learning game design and development. Our seven-course Android Game Development Bundle is back to teach basic and advanced programming and game making skills. We also have a “pay what you want” set for imparting the intricacies of game design. So what are you waiting for? Get cranking on your dream game! Who knows, it might be the next Angry Birds or Flappy Bird.

That’s it for this week’s edition of Level Up! Be sure to check out our Gaming tag portal for the rest of this month’s news and updates for your Android mobile gaming fix.

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