Are these the first accurate details about the Google X phone?
With Google I/O arriving shortly, the first few details are slowly trickling out on what we can expect Google to announce on May 15th.
The above screenshot was originally shown on Japanese blog Rbmen, and shows the supposed name, OS details and the AnTuTu benchmark of the Google X phone.
Obviously we’re taking the details with a pinch of salt, but if correct, the Google X phone looks set to be one of the very first to get the next Android OS update.
Bringing the battlefield to the smaller screen, is Frontline Commando worth downloading?
Frontline Commando is a 3D third-person shooter that sees you travel back to WW2 to tackle the German army. It isn’t an unfamiliar scenario for most console games, but there’s a distinct lack of this type of game readily available for Android users.
To have a chance of survival, the game starts you off with a rifle and a few grenades, with more weapons, ammo and added extras available to you as you progress through the game. The selection of weapons is surprisingly good, but in the middle of an intense gunfight it can be a bit tricky trying to switch weapons without getting plastered with enemy gunfire at the same time.
As you progress through the game you’ll be given new targets to take out and new objectives to complete. Some objectives can be as simple as taking shelter behind a wall, with some then escalating to taking out an entire enemy stronghold. Between each objective you’ll need to take out a certain number of enemies before you can advance. Controls also work well for the most part, but for the most authentic experience you’ll want to use a Bluetooth controller as the touchscreen controls can get a bit fiddly if you’ve a large collection of equipment at your disposal.
Facebook Home has surpassed half a million downloads in just 19 days, but is it justified?
Facebook Home has been launched to a lukewarm reception, but despite its exclusivity to only a handful of devices, that hasn’t stopped it being downloaded 500,000 times.
For those who have yet to take a look at it yet, Home replaces the default Android launcher, providing you wih quick access to your profile and the posts your friends and family have made. Problem is, it doesn’t work very well and the reviews left for it have been a mixed bag to say the least.
Just over 12,000 people have left reviews for the app, with over half of them giving Home an awful one star rating. The main complaints hint at the clunky user interface, performance on battery life and that certain features just don’t work.
Take a look at the five apps we highly recommend you download this week. Let us know your thoughts on the likes of MeteoEarth and Puk.
This app provides an instant way of pushing your files from your computer to your phone. After downloading the app and connecting your device to a computer, any file you then push across will be instantly available to use from within your notifications bar.
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We review the Motorola RAZR HD, an Android 4.1 smartphone with 720p display.
Motorola doesn’t always hit the headlines with its handsets. They can be disappointing. But the RAZR HD shows that Motorola really does know how to do the right thing. It is a super phone.
The RAZR HD is really nicely made. The distinctive angled corners that Motorola uses widely these days as a signature design feature make an appearance, and the back also has a recognizably Motorola style block pattern finish.
The Kevlar material means the handset is tough, and it has a splash guard coating that helps it resist small amounts of water. What this handset is not, though, is waterproof. Its left side mounted USB and HDMI connectors are not protected by a cover, and nor is the top mounted headset slot.
In our first look review we go hands-on with the Sony Tablet Z, an ultra-thin premium Android 4.1 tablet. Could Android finally have a match for the iPad?
Since is was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, Sony’s Tablet Z has been seen as the most likely candidate to make a dent in an Android tablet market dominated by the budget Nexuses and Kindle Fires, or the ubiquitous Galaxies.
It certainly is one of the most strikingly designed tablets we’ve seen to date. It takes its styling from the Xperia Z smartphone, and while we found its harsh angles uncomfortable to hold in small form, on a tablet it is perfect.