We review the Xperia Z2, the new flagship Android phone from Sony. Can it compete with the likes of the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8?
Sony has recently started updating its flagship handset every six months, so that the predecessor to the new Xperia Z2, the Xperia Z1 seems hardly to have been around for long enough to warrant a refresh.
Yet that is what we have here – a familiar looking Xperia phone, with some tweaks and changes under the hood that should help it compete with the other notable top range phones of 2014.
Like its predecessors the Xperia X2 is water resistant. You can take photos with it underwater for up to half an hour, and even dive to 1.5 meters with it. Of course, you will need to ensure that the edge covers are firmly in place if you want to do that. The handset reminds you when they are uncovered with an on-screen alert just in case you need to be told.
We review The Walking Dead: Season One for Android, a game based on the popular TV and comic book series
Based on the comic book and TV show of the same name The Walking Dead pits you right into the middle of the zombie apocalypse. You play as Lee Everett, a man with a chequered past who finds himself looking after a small girl, as he seeks to find somewhere safe from the undead.
You don’t get much control over his actions – the occasional quick-time event apart this isn’t a zombie killing game – and though you get to choose how he reacts to every situation you cannot even change the outcome of the story. Unlike a choose your own adventure game there are no multiple outcomes to discover, and every key event will happen no matter which option you choose.
If that makes The Walking Dead seem like a passive experience, it really isn’t. Each interaction you are faced with enables you to shape Lee’s character and his – and by extension, your – relationship with the other characters. It becomes highly involving and is nuanced enough to even feel like a different game on a second play.
Samsung Galaxy for Beginners and The Android Book vol 4 will show users of all levels how to get the most from their phone or tablet
Whether you own a Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet or any other Android device, two new bookazines from Imagine Publishing will help you master it in no time.
Samsung Galaxy for Beginners, now revised and updated to include the Galaxy S5, is packed with east to follow step-by-step tutorials on all the basics from setting up your device, to learning how to use all the built-in features. There’s also a guide to the best apps, giving you the lowdown on which ones you must download first.
Samsung Galaxy for Beginners is perfect for all new Galaxy users, whether you own a Galaxy S4, Galaxy Ace, or a Galaxy Tab.
Android Magazine issue 37 is on sale now, and you can win a five inch Android phone from Prestigio in our fantastic competition
In issue 37 of Android Magazine – on sale now – we put four leading budget multi-core smartphones to the test. Now you can win one of them!
We’ve teamed up with Prestigio to give you the chance of winning a MultiPhone 5500 Duo.
The Prestigio MultiPhone 5500 Duo is a five-inch smartphone with a choice of four brightly coloured rear covers that enable you to be different and change your style whenever you want. It runs Android 4.2, has support for two SIM cards, has a large five inch display and long battery life.
We review 5by, an Android app from StumbleUpon that guides you to the best videos on YouTube.
Ever had trouble finding something good to watch on YouTube? Okay, so you can search for things and ‘surf’, by clicking related videos each time, but – let’s be honest – there’s an awful lot of dross to wade through. Wouldn’t it be great if you could quickly find the good stuff you’re interested in, particularly when you only have a few minutes spare?
This is where 5by comes in. Describing itself as a ‘video concierge’, the service has been compared to Songza: whereas the latter creates music playlists to suit your mood, 5by aims to do the same for videos – with curated content sourced from both YouTube and Vimeo.
To help it find the sort of things you like, the app starts out by asking you about your interests and friends via a few multiple-choice questions. You can then sign in with Facebook or email.
Pitfall! Krave is an endless runner game for Android in the style of Temple Run. Is it worthy of a download? Find out in our review
Endless runners are in abundance on the Google Play store, with Pitfall being the latest franchise to get in on the action.
This time around you need to guide Pitfall Harry around a cavern in search of the Chocovore idol.
To do so you need to swipe in different directions on your screen to avoid, jump and duck under continuous waves of obstacles, with the game getting increasingly faster the further you progress into the depths of the cave.