Author Archives: John Hoff


Scribbled Arena is multiplayer tank PvP, with good old drawn maps

How many ways can you execute a tank head-to-head combat game? Not a whole lot, we would think. There are a lot of multiplayer tank battle games in the Google Play Store, so the key to winning the “battle” – as it were – to get noticed is in the details. Scribbled Arena, as the name of the game suggests, does this through nostalgia.

IK Multimedia wants you to play the piano on your Android device

If you’re a digital musician, you have probably heard of IK Multimedia’s solutions for guitarists and their Android (or iOS) devices. They made the iRig, which interfaces your guitar with your smartphone or tablet device – either for recording, effects processing, or even performances. Now they’re coming up with solutions for piano and keyboard players as well, with the iGrand Piano and the iLectric Piano apps for your Android devices.

Rockchip develops Light Work OS, mimics Windows OS

Manufacturers of tablet devices are trying to beat the drop and looking for features that can give them an edge in a cutthroat tablet market. One of Rockchip’s solutions could be an effective, if not necessarily an original one – that is, offer an Android version that mimics Windows OS so that it can become more “work friendly”. The result is what the Taiwan-based chipmakers call “Light Work OS”, and it is set to be featured in a tablet device soon.

Tiny Empire is Angry Birds, without the birds and more orcs

Here’s another casual game that might catch your fancy, or tide you over while commuting or waiting for your date to show up. “Tiny Empire” uses the tried and tested cannonball puzzle genre, made famous by those ill-tempered birds and not-so-nice piggies. And why would you play this? Because it makes wasting minutes fun, as killing orcs are fun.

AMIDuOS Android emulator brings Lollipop in version update

Android emulators for PC bring you the comfort and convenience of being able to run all your Android apps with keyboard, mouse, and big screen support. That is why software like Bluestacks, or even the new Nox App Player, are getting the time of day. If you want to move into the premium market, AMIDuOS from American Megatrends should be the way to go, especially as they have just updated the software and are bringing Lollipop into the picture.

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV console now available at the Play Store

Starting today, graphics and device manufacturer NVIDIA have announced that North American customers can now purchase their NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV directly from the Google Play Store. It took a while for what is currently the world’s most powerful Android device in the market to get to Google’s online portal, but it’s there now.

YouTube Gaming is a meta-channel for gamers, and an app too

YouTube is now launching a dedicated meta channel – that is, a collection of channels – that is all about gaming and gamers. It’s called “YouTube Gaming” and it features over 25,000 game-related pages which include device manufacturers, gaming accessory makers, and game developers. It will also include the even more numerous gaming-related channels in YouTube.
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