Super Mario 64 has been around for nearly 20 years. I can remember playing this one as a kid! Back then the "3D" graphics were amazing, and the fact that I could explore the levels the way I wanted to too was a revolutionary thing. This has to be one of my all time favorite games along with just about any other title from the Nintendo 64. There have been many emulators which allow you to play these games from your Android device, but they take up precious storage space. Erik Roysten Ross has recently created a version of the games first level using Unity which can be played from your browser! Head to the link below to give it a try.
Cyanogen has been working on prepping their own build of Android 5.1 for supported devices. Some devices already have unofficial builds of CM12.1. The nightlies may be ready for release as soon as next week. The builds have already come a long way and are nearly ready. There are just a few issues with a few devices that need to be cleaned up prior to nightly releases. There will be some significant changes to CM in 12.1 including some UI changes to apps, the browser will also be updated with a new icon and vector support, there will be changes to ambient display and live display, and a few other changes will be coming as well.
The biggest change may be that CM has announced they will be doing away with unified builds for handsets. While device variants have similar hardware builds are still prone to failure especially when implementing sensors and NFC. They will now use common projects to help speed along the process of builds.
HandyGames is celebrating their 15 year anniversary by discounting 15 of their most popular games ever! These 15 games will be $.15 each for a short period of time. These games are normally provided in both ad free and ad supported versions. If you have been palying any of these games with the ads, now is the perfect time to upgrade for the ad free version.
The M9 is not necessarily a huge upgrade from the One M8. In fact it comes with a newer processor, more memory, a slightly improved camera, larger battery, and newer version of Android, but other than that it is pretty much an evolution and not a revolution. This is pretty much more of the same people. The M9 is most definitely a worthy upgrade from the M7, but the upgrade is not as much of an obvious choice if coming from the M9. Still you may not have made the decision to make the jump from the M7 to the M9. If your M7 is still working fine and keeping a good charge it may be worth waiting for the E9+ or some other device.
If you are going to be keeping the M7 you will be happy to know that AT&T will be releasing Lollipop in an OTA update. Mo Versi VP Product Management of HTC announced via twitter that they have received technical approval on the Lollipop OS, and they will be releasing the OTA tomorrow 3/31.
Say what you will about Samsung, that they copy Apple, Touchwiz, they spend too much on marketing, but one thing is they are not afraid to take risks. No, they were not the first to create the large phone as Dell took a shot at it and failed a few years prior, but they reimagined the large phone in a way that was useful for the customer. The Note phone has quickly become one of the favorites causing even Apple to rethink their approach about large phones. After looking at the M9 I feel like the device is uninspired. It is as if HTC just mailed this device in. Yes there are some subtle changes and the M9 performs better in the gaming department, but it is hard pressed to imagine a customer feeling the need to choose the M9 over the M8. In fact there are reports that the M8 takes better pictures and capture better videos than the M9 though the M9 takes better selfies. If I was in the market for the M9 I would just buy the M8 and save money, though I would (probably) not buy either on contract. What Samsung has done with the s6 edge is awesome and inspired. This is the Samsung that we have come to love. Despite criticism about the usefulness of the edge (I must admit I unloaded on them when I first saw renders of it) they stuck to their guns of inspiring to bring something different to the market. I can not stop raving about the s6 edge because it not only stands out from the pack but changes how we view phones. The edge is the only Samsung device I can...
There was a time when rooting Android devices was super easy. Phones like the OG Droid, Droid X, and other older Android devices could be rooted by universal root apps. Many of you may remember the Z4 root app. It would root any Android device on froyo and earlier builds of android. All you had to do was install the app and press the "root me" button. The device would begin applying the proper exploit, reboot your phone, and then you would just enjoy your rooted device.
Android is much more secure these days, and it is becoming increasingly harder to root devices. Some carriers simply will not allow it on their phones, and force OEMs to lock down devices bootloader tight making it even harder to root them. The Verizon Galaxy Note 4 for example has still not been rooted even though developers have been working on root for more than 6 months for the device.
A new app called "Root Master" claims to root nearly any Android device. They claim an 80%-90% success rate. The creators of the app scour the web for root methods, updating their app with all the latest root methods as often as possible. I decided to give this app a go today on my Nexus 6 running Android 5.1. Unfortunately the app was not able to root my Nexus 6. I have a feeling that it has not been updated to support 5.1. Then again the 80-90% could be an overstatement. Head to the link...
We were impressed enough with the concept in this video that we just had to share it. A crafty YouTube blogger named AndroidGameE created a speedtest which is designed to showcase real-world performance instead of the typical number crunching benchmarks. It does this by leveraging opening and closing a number of real-world apps during a timed test. While it would be easy to poke holes in the methodology, it is still a remarkably simple way to help gauge what the user experience might be like.
Even better is that we get to see this "real world benchmark" demonstrated with a titanic battle between the ultra-popular iPhone 6 and the hot new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Throughout most of the tests, the Galaxy S6 Edge tends to handle things faster and smoother than the iPhone 6, but in the end, the final "timed difference" wasn't that huge, and the iPhone 6 nearly catches up with the Galaxy S6 Edge. Check out the video and let us know what you think.
While all of us use our Android smartphones and tablets to communicate in some way, most of us all use them as entertainment devices. In fact, some of us actually find our Android devices to be excellent gaming products. Because of that, here at HQ we thought it would be great to share 10 top Android game titles which are currently on sale.
We will quickly list all of the titles on sale, and give you links; however, we aren't going to list out the specifics of each sale, so you will need to investigate that yourself by clicking on the links. There are a wide assortment of games that will appeal to a wide variety of gamers, but there should be something in this list that will be of value to you. Enjoy!
It looks like those Gmail engineers at Google are not asleep at the wheel, (not that we thought they were). A new update will be pushed out to Gmail on Android sometime soon, and it adds several awesome new features. First, Google improved the search functionality within Gmail on Android. It also offers newly improved Drive integration and a better auto-complete. The next biggest add-on is the new “Conversation view” which will be added to your Yahoo, Outlook, and other IMAP/POP accounts.
The final cherry on top is that Google added a unified inbox. This is basically an “All inboxes” option that brings all of your email accounts into a single view. This will let you avoid needing to move between multiple accounts all of the time. Also, just in case you don't like it, you can skip the “All inboxes” option. You will find it in your slideout navigation menu, in case you want to view all of your email merged into one account. From the handiness of these new add-ons, it looks like the folks at Google have been taking some creativity pills!
There's no word on when this will start pushing out, but we will keep you apprised.
A strange new device just popped up on the GFXBench website for a round of benchmarking. It's supposedly the LG G4 (F500x model), but what makes it odd is that it only has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset powering its core. This is obviously a head-scratching decision if it turns out this is the final retail version of the LG G4 flagship.
Perhaps LG wanted to avoid any potential over-heating issues with this device, which is why they opted for the toned-down hexa-core Qualcomm chip instead of the octa-core Snapdragon 810. Based upon LG's assertion that the G4 will not be their top-end device this year, it could also have something to do with that. Maybe LG is planning to surprise the world with an all new tier of flagship beyond their G Line.
At any rate, here are the rest of the specs which showed up in the benchmark:
5.5-inch Display (2560 x 1440) -534 pixels per inch
Snapdragon 808 64-bit, hexa-core (4+2) processor here - four ARM Cortex-A53 and two ARM Cortex-A57 Adreno 418 GPU
3GB of RAM
32GB of internal storage
16-megapixel main camera - 4K UHD video capture
8-megapixel selfie front camera
What do you think of this news if it turns out true? A bit of a backwards step for LG?