FIFA 14 by EA Sports hits the back of the net every time.
FIFA 14 has undergone a major facelift on Android, with the game looking more impressive than ever and player animations looking more authentic that previous versions. All the core game modes have made a comeback, with the inclusion of the hugely popular Ultimate Team mode, where you need to create the best team possible by purchasing packets of players.
In app purchases are a common trend in EA titles, but you can get away without spending a penny within FIFA 14, although parting with some cash can open up various cups and competitions.
Gameplay is as fluent as ever, with a solid gesture system now in place to make passing and shooting more fluent. Touchscreen controls are still some way behind their console counterparts, but the controls here are decent enough. It’s hard to fault FIFA 14 in many areas and if you can get to grips with the controls, then you’re on to a winner here.
• Platform “lacks focus” according to expert • Concerns over built-in features • New book offers advice for all users
An industry expert has claimed that the Android platform is “beginning to lose focus and becoming too fragmented.” iCreate magazine Editor Jon Gordon states that “while there’s no questioning the huge range of customisable features of Android devices, the out-of-the-box experience often doesn’t live up to expectations, and users have no choice but to look for third-party alternatives.”
As Samsung continues to push its own apps in what could be seen as an effort to distance itself from the Google-owned platform, Android users aren’t always getting everything they might be hoping for.
The open-source nature of the platform means that there are a plethora of third-party apps on offer from Google Play, and while iOS users seem to get the best apps built-in to their devices, Android users can often find better alternatives on the Store.
Head of Android Andy Rubin steps down from his role.
Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android and Google’s vice president of mobile at Google, has stepped down as the head of the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Sundar Pichai will now lead Android, while continuing his role on Chrome and Apps.
In a blog post Google CEO Larry Page said Rubin’s “…insight immediately struck a chord because at the time it was extremely painful developing services for mobile devices. We had a closet full of more than 100 phones and were building our software pretty much device by device. It was nearly impossible for us to make truly great mobile experiences.
“Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android — and with a really strong leadership team in place — Andy’s decided it’s time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google”.
New revised edition of The Samsung Galaxy Book out now
The Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets has grown wildly in popularity over the last few years, with the recent S III Mini, Note II and Tab 2 10.1 models taking the series to a whole new level. With brand new technologies that raise the bar for developers everywhere and one of the most well designed user interfaces ever seen, they’ve become giants in the market.
To help Galaxy users understand their device and learn how to get the most from it, we’ve put together the definitive guide to the series. Kicking off with an exploration of the Galaxy range and an introduction to the essentials, the bookazine is packed full of step-by-step tutorials on everything from using the Galaxy Note’s S Pen and Galaxy S III’s pop-up play to downloading the best apps and widgets from the Samsung App Store. However you use your device, we’ve got you covered.
Andy Betts, Editor in Chief of Android Magazine, said: “The Samsung Galaxy Book Revised is the ultimate guide to using and getting more from the entire range of Galaxy devices. Packed with accessible tutorials for users of all levels and 100% focussed on Samsung’s devices, you won’t find a more comprehensive resource to help you master your S, Note, Ace or Tab.”
Android Tips, Tricks, Apps & Hacks 5 is now on sale
The new fifth volume of Android Tips, Tricks, Apps & Hacks is the most comprehensive yet. Its in-depth masterclasses cover everything you need to know to get started with your Android device, from using the phone’s camera to managing battery life and more. For those looking to expand the functionality of their Android and start using some of the cutting-edge apps and services, the Tricks section is a real treasure trove with an abundance of step-by-step tutorials. And, for the adventurers among you, the definitive guide to hacking is finally here; from flashing a Jelly Bean ROM to your phone to freezing unwanted apps. Plus there’s a comprehensive guide to all the essential apps you simply must download.
Andy Betts, Editor of Android Magazine, said: “Android Tips, Tricks, Apps and Hacks Volume 5 is an indispensable guide for all Android enthusiasts. If you’re new to the system and looking to discover what makes Android so great, or an experienced user who wants to learn how to hack and tweak your device then you will not find a more comprehensive book.”
Too good to miss, Android Tips, Tricks, Apps & Hacks 5 is available now (24/01/13) at www.imaginebookshop.co.uk and all good retailers for £9.99.