GAME: Fruit Ninja Out For Android!

It’s not very often I post about individual apps or games, but this is a rare occurance on account of one of my favourite iOS games finally being released for Android.  It’s called Fruit Ninja it’s just massive a frenzy of fruit slicing action.  There’s no demo on the Market. but it’s worth trying at only $0.99 (60-70p?) – don’t hold it against me if you don’t like it!

Download (click the code if you’re reading on your phone)

 

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Application Recommendations: August 2010

This is the first of a new series I’ll be writing which aims to introduce apps to MyHTCDesire readers. The apps will vary including new apps, useful apps and other apps that I feel deserve a mention. If you do discover any apps that you want me to include in the next article just get in touch using the contact details on the right!

If you’re using ChromeToPhone or FoxToPhone you can click any of the QR Codes to send the link to your phone, which opens up in the Market.

 

1. Springpad

Springpad makes it easy to save notes, products and places you want to remember

Author: Spring Partners, Inc.
Price: Free

My Review

Springpad let’s you keep track of pretty much everything! Whether it’s a movie you want to watch, a task you need to complete or even a shopping list, SpringPad manages everything with a great looking interface too. It keeps everything sync-ed with the springpad website, although you might want to make sure that any personal items are marked as private in the settings section of their website.

Market Description:
v. 1.0.12
* Adds support for Android 1.6 devices

Springpad saves the things you want to remember. Notes, tasks, lists, wines, recipes and more. Scan barcodes, take photos, search nearby places. Automatically organizes and enhances what you save with useful links. Syncs with springpadit.com for universal access.
Screenshots (click to enlarge)

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2. psx4droid (PSX Emulator)

psx4droid is the famous PSX emulator for Android 2.x devices! Fast and featured!

Author: ZodTTD
Price: $5.99

My Review

This emulator lets you play SonyPlaystation games on your Android phone. When I orignally tried it with Crash Bandicoot 3 it was very slow, but I’ve since upgraded to the latest version and changed the framerate to 30fps and it seems to run a lot better – though it can lag at times. If you find your favourite games aren’t working then you might want to get a refund for now, but keep track of this app as I can only see it getting better!

Market Description:
psx4droid, the Sony Playstation (PSX/PS1) emulator for high-end Androids.

Fast and feature packed including:
– Uses formats BIN,ISO,IMG,PBP,Z,ZNX, and Eboot (compressed too)
– WiiMote controller works
– Trackball dpad
– Memory card & save states.
– Virtual control overlays
– Scaling modes
– more!

Thanks,
ZodTTD and yongzh
Screenshots (click to enlarge)
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3. Kindle for Android

Kindle books on your phone including thousands of free books. No Kindle required

Author: Amazon Mobile
Price: Free

My Review

This is an app that I couldn’t live without. I use it everyday during the commute to Manchester and it has a massive collection including most of my favourite books. I’ve not yet found the Riddle Master of Hed on it, but I hope it’s only a matter of time until it arrives. I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant to switch to ebooks instead of physical books, but after reading through the first two I’ve gotten used to it and not looked back. I could go on about the advantages of ebooks, but this review’s about the app so I’ll stop here.

Market Description:
Read more than 630,000* Kindle books on your Android phone including thousands of free books. No Kindle required. Auto synchronizes your last page read between devices with Amazon Whispersync. Adjust the text size, color mode, and brightness.

1.0.3:Enables UK store

*If you are a non-US customer, book availability may vary
Screenshots (click to enlarge)

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4. K-9 Mail

K-9 is the best email client for Android. It’s incredibly powerful and 100% free

Author: K-9 Dog Walkers
Price: Free

My Review

While the HTC Mail application is fantastic and I’m sure that a lot of people are happy with it, I needed an alternate mail so I could switch between custom ROMs (Sense-based and Sense-less) without the worry of having to setup all my mail accounts again (which there’s over 10 of). I can easily backup everything in K9 Mail and restore it in any ROM regardless of whether it has HTC Mail or not.
If you’re not happy with HTC Mail then this is definitely the next best thing.

Market Description:
New in 3.0: Copy & Paste, PGP support w/APG, Launcher shortcuts, Display of Emoji, Archive & Spam Buttons – More at: http://bit.ly/new_k9

K-9 Mail is an open-source e-mail client with search, push mail, multi-folder sync, flagging and refiling, signatures, bcc-self, configurable alerts and more! # K9 Mail
Screenshots (click to enlarge)

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5. StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a discovery engine that finds the best of the web, just for you

Author: StumbleUpon.
Price: Free

My Review

If you’re ever looking for websites containing content you’re interested in, or if you’re just looking to browse the Internet aimlessly then StumbleUpon is for you. It presents you with recommended content based on your preferences, and it learns from your habits to make sure it’s only giving you relevant results.

Description:
StumbleUpon is a discovery engine that finds the best of the web, recommended just for you. Every time you click Stumble!, we’ll show you sites that have been selected based on your preferences and recommendations from millions of users who share your interests. So you see more of what you want and less of what you don’t.
Screenshots (click to enlarge)

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6. Tumblr

Tumblr for Android. The easiest way to blog.


Author: Tumblr
Price: Free

My Review

If you’re on Tumblr then this app is perfect for you. I don’t use it myself (don’t have a Tumblr blog) but I’ve seen a friend using it to post up photos and videos taken with her phone to her blog. It has a really clean and simple interface and you can very easily create new posts for your blog.

Market Description:
Tumblr for Android. The easiest way to blog.

Features:

• Post to Tumblr. Support for Text, Photo, Link, Chat, Quote, Audio and Video. Set advanced post options and edit, too.
• Built-in Dashboard. View, like and reblog posts.
• View your blogs. See your posts, drafts and queue.
• Landscape support.
• Share menu support.
Screenshots (click to enlarge)

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Tumblr

Laputa Book Reader

7. Laputa Book Reader

****
New Version: v3.0.3
Restart your device if the icon cannot be linked to your Laputa!
Bug Fixed!


Author: Laputa Team
Price: Free

My Review

If you’re looking for a free alternative to Kindle, then this is the closest thing. Although the catalog isn’t as big as Kindles, Laputa still has a huge collection of books where are all free to download. I actually started off with this before Kindle, and only switched after a few months when I’d read all the books I wanted to.

Market Description:
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New Version: v3.0.3
Restart your device if the icon cannot be linked to your Laputa!
Bug Fixed!
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Just the ibooks on Android

Improved points:
+ User Reading Experience
+ Flip Effect
+ More stable

New features:
+ Font Face
+ Gutenberg Project Supported
+ Manybook Supported
+ Full screen setting

Q? Mail us!
Screenshots (click to enlarge)

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8. Searchify

Perform translation, calculation, unit conversion and more from the search box.

Author: Oliver Lan
Price: Free

My Review

Though it’s not one I use on a daily basis, this app definitely has some novelty value. It uses voice input for you to tell it what you want to convert, then it quickly interpretates and converts your input into the relevant output, be that unit conversion, calculation or language translation.

Market Description:
Searchify lets you perform translation, calculation, unit conversion, wikipedia search, calendar entry, calendar search and more just by typing into the quick search box or search widget.

Make sure you enable the app in your phone settings!

1.1.4: for Froyo, made keywords case-insensitive

Try my new app: Touch Calendar!
Screenshots (click to enlarge)

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Introducing Google Voice Actions (the new Voice Search)

Yesterday Google announced a new and improved version of the Voice Search application which is known being referred to as Google Voice Actions.  As the new name suggests, it doesn’t only allow voice searching, but lets you perform lots of other actions with your phone too including:

  • listen to music title/artist/album
  • note to self note
  • send text to recipient
  • send email to recipient
  • call recipient
  • navigate to location
  • directions to location
  • map of location
  • go to website URL

You can start using this straight away as the application should now be on the Android Market when you search for “Voice Search”.  Here’s a QR code to help you out.

Direct link for mobile readers

Search Widget

To accompany this new app, Google have also launched a new Search Widget which you can also download right now from the Android Market:

Direct link for mobile readers

Bear in mind that you will need Froyo to be able to run this new app.  Enjoy!

According to Google this is the start of small updates to the Android OS coming via the Market.

SHARE: Submit Your Favourite Games and Applications of July 2010

It’s time to submit your favourite games and application to determine the entries for this months poll!  It’s been a while since the polls were up and there’s been some great new additions to the Market – now’s the time you can share your discoveries with all the MyHTCDesire readers :-)

Just get a list of your top 10 games and apps and send them to me using the form below.  Submissions will be accepted until the end of Sunday 18 July.

Voted has now ended and poll will be online shortly.

HOW TO: Play Games With ScummVM On Your HTC Desire

What We’re Going to Achieve


Sorry about blurriness, will have a try during the day to see if I can get it clearer.  Actual graphics are much better – see screenshot at the end of this article!

What Is ScummVM?

ScummVM is an application that let’s you play certain PC games on alternate hardware (such as an Android phone).  Examples of ScummVM compatible games include:

  • Monkey Island Series
  • Sam and Max Hit the Road
  • Full Throttle
  • Broken Sword 1 & 2
  • and plenty more which you can see here

For this tutorial I’m using Broken Sword because I have the full trilogy to hand.

Prerequisites

  1. Firstly, make sure the game you want to play is supported by ScummVM by checking this page
  2. A copy of the game you want to play on your Desire (as mentioned, I’m using Broken Sword).
  3. A MicroSD card with at least 1GB free space.  This depends on the game you want to use – Broken Sword takes 1.13GB and that’s 2 CDs
  4. At least 30MB free space on your phone

Downloads

  1. The latest ScummVM .apk file.  I used this version but there are alternatives on the ScummVM for Android progress page

Instructions (click any of the images to enlarge)

  1. Install the ScummVM.apk file to your Desire.  If you don’t know how to just use these simple instructions
  2. Connect your Desire to your computer in Disk Drive mode
  3. Insert the game CD into your computer’s DVD-drive
  4. On your SD card create a folder somewhere to store the game files.  I just made a folder in the root called Broken Sword
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  5. Go on the ScummVM datafiles page and find the section relating to the game you’re installing.  It’ll show you the files to copy.  For Broken Sword it has the following:
    • *.clu
    • swordres.rif
    • MUSIC folder (Except 2M29.WAV in CD2)
    • SMACKSHI folder
    • SPEECH folder
    • Rename speech.clu on CD1 to speech1.clu
    • Rename speech.clu on CD2 to speech2.clu
  6. Copy the files it mentions from your game CD to the SD card.  The CD contents are shown below:
  7. The contents of the Broken Sword folder on my SD card now look like this:

    I copied the video folder over too, just to check if it would work – and it did!
    Because it didn’t say “clusters folder” but did mention the *.clu files, I put the contents of the clusters folder in the main directory instead of a subfolder.  Same with swordres.rif
    I didn’t have a SMACKSHI folder so I ignored that

  8. Once copied Safely Eject your SD card from computer, Unmount it by changing it to Charge Only mode
  9. Open ScummVM from your apps menu, and you’ll see the following:
  10. Press Add Game and scroll down, double-click sdcard (using trackpad or touchscreen), then find the folder where your game is stored
  11. Press Choose and a box showing details of your game will appear
  12. The main things to check here are:
    • the name of your game is correct
    • Under paths change the Save path to somewhere on your sdcard.  I just saved in in my game folder.

     

  13. Press OK
  14. Press Start and if all’s gone well your game should load up!

 

Extra Info

The release I’ve used is 1.1.1-vorbis.  This isn’t the final version and has a few bugs.  Before attempting this tutorial check the downloads page if a newer version is available.
One of the main bugs in this version is that each time you start the app you have to add the game again (steps 10-13).  As long as you save your game you can still carry on where you left off.

FAQs

  1. The ScummVM menu screen keeps flickering in the background
    A.  Press the Home button to go to your homescreen.  Hold down the Home button and switch back to ScummVM.  The flickering should have stopped
  2. How Do I Change the Volume?
    A.  The volume keys don’t seem to respond within ScummVM.  Just press Home to go to homescreen.  Use the volume rocker (it should change the Media Volume) then switch back to ScummVM.  Additionally, there’s also some volume settings within ScummVM if you press the Menu button during the game and go on Options.
  3. I’ve noticed that there are some ScummVM game plugins in the Market for various games.  Do I need them?
    A.  As far as I’m aware, no.  I’ve tried running Broken Sword without the plugin and it still appears to work.  If your game doesn’t seem to be working properly then try download the plugin and see if it helps.

GAMES: Top 10 Desire Games (June 2010)

Introduction
Thanks to everyone who voted in the games poll last week. Here’s a summary of the results:

Results

#1 – Robo Defense

Price: FREE/$2.99
Size: 1.9MB
Market Link: free or full
AndroLib Link: free version / full version
Description:
Robo Defense is the ultimate portable tower defense experience. Featuring open maps, upgrades, achievements and nice graphics.
Screenshot and QR Code:

#2 – Asphalt 5

Price: £5.00
Size: 13.6MB
Market Link: Coming soon (Gameloft link)
AndroLib Link: Link
Description:
Asphalt is rocketing onto Android! Get behind the wheel of the best vehicles from prestigious manufacturers (Lamborghini, Kawasaki, Ford, etc) and make a name for yourself in amazing 3D surroundings.
Screenshot and QR Code:

#3 – Snesoid (SNES Emulator)

Price: FREE/$3.98
Size: 846kb
Market Link: Free version or Full version
AndroLib Link: Free / Full
Description:
SNesoid is the famous Super Nintendo emulator for Android.

  • On-screen translucent keypad with all controls! You can customize almost everything (size, transparency, layout)
  • Very fast
  • Run nearly all games (eg. Mario RPG, StarFox)
  • Save states
  • Cheats
  • Super scope
  • Flip screen to put d-pad at left hand

Screenshot and QR Code:

#4 – Let’s Golf

Price: £5.00
Size: –
Market Link: unavailable
Official Link: Link
Description:
Discover a fun atmosphere making golf accessible to anyone with 63 holes in 4 environments in 3D and 4 characters to customize.

  • 63 holes in 4 distinct locations remodelled in 3D: Fiji Beach, the American Mountains, the English Countryside, and Scottish Lochs.
  • 4 cool and animated characters customizable with your own style. Each player has unique strengths and weaknesses.
  • Controls adaptable to anyone: Advanced mode plays like a sports simulation game, and you can even add spin to the ball. Casual mode for easy fun and fewer bogies (but no, it won’t let you cheat).

Screenshot (via Gameloft) and QR Code:

#5 – Toss It

Price: FREE/£2.99
Size: 3.0MB/5.8MB
Market Link: Free or Full
AndroLib Link: Free version / Full version
Description:
Simple but surprisingly addictive time-waster. Toss a ball of crumpled paper into a waste bin.

Have got an old phone you no longer need? You can toss it too! But watch out for grumpy passersby.

Real physics engine is employed. Enjoy!
Screenshot and QR Code:

#6 – ShootU!

Price: FREE/$2.99
Size: 3.1MB
Market Link: Free or Full
AndroLib Link: Free version / Full version
Description:

Hand-drawing style physics game. All you need to do is shooting the little guy to hit the star, simple? We’ll see who is on the global ranking board.
New feature! Put your friends (or your enemies) face on a ragdoll by importing images from your SD card.
Screenshot and QR Code:

#7 – SpeedX 3D

Price: £0.99
Size: 3.0MB
Market Link: Click here
AndroLib Link: Link
Description:
Speedx delivers a stunning 3D accelerometer controlled tunnel experience. Test your reflex in an ultimate speed challenge with smooth 3D graphics. Compete with others through a global online highscore board, share your score on fb or twitter
Screenshot and QR Code:
Note: This game was too fast to get an in-game screenshot!

#8 – Homerun Battle 3D

Price: FREE/$4.99
Size: 18.4MB/17.6MB
Market Link: Free or Full
Description:
HOMERUN BATTLE 3D DOES! Play ONLINE match up & go head-to-head against the world’s best BASEBALL SLUGGERS.

Winner of Best Sports Game of 2009 from Best App Ever, IGN.com and Touch Arcade.
Screenshot and QR Code:

#9 – Replica Island

Price: FREE
Size: 4.9MB
Market Link: Click here
AndroLib Link: Link
Description:
Professor Kabochanomizu needs your help! He has created you–a small green robot with rockets for feet–to locate a mysterious artifact on a bizarre island. Fly, stomp, and roll your way through 40 challenging levels to 3 unique endings!
Screenshot and QR Code:

#10 – What the Doodle!?

Price: FREE/£2.99
Size: 887kb/4.6MB
Market Link: Free or Full
AndroLib Link: Free version / full version
Description:
Winner of Android Developer Challenge 2!

‘WTD!?’ is a real-time online multiplayer draw-guess game that features a variety of game modes, social features + more!
Screenshot and QR Code:

The Runners Up

  1. Speed Forge 3D – free / full
  2. Raging Thunder – link (2 versions available)
  3. Farm Frenzy – free/ full
  4. Gensoid (Genesis/Megadrive Emulator) – free / full
  5. Fish Food – free
  6. Caligo Chaser – free / full
  7. Totemo – free / full
  8. WordWrench – free / full
  9. PuzzleBlox – free / full
  10. ToonWarz – free / full

Credits

A special thank you to every single reader who voted, and who took the time out to email me their favourite games and applications

VOTE: Top 10 Desire Games (June 2010)

First of all, thanks to everyone who submitted their game lists to me.  I managed to work out which were the most popular games, and now it’s time for all you readers to vote for your favourites.  Voting ends next Friday evening (11 June 2010) and the results will be published over the weekend.

Just use the poll below, and remember you can choose upto 10 games:

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HTC Desire T-Mobile PAYG Only £348.99 + £3.99 pp @ mobilephonesdirect

HTC Desire delivers intense brilliance, sharp contrast, and true colors on the expansive 3.7-inch AMOLED display. The 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor makes the phone incredibly responsive as you multitask from app to app without skipping a beat, while the instinctive HTC Sense experience lets you wield the power of the HTC Desire with the greatest of ease.

Pay As You Go – £353

This is probably the cheapest deal for the HTC Desire right now – it’s the one I’ve ordered and expecting it to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday.  If you’re on another network then expect to pay £15 more to have it unlocked.

Buy it here – just switch to the T-Mobile tab and select Pay As You Go.  The HUKD deal topic for this deal can be found here. Credit to chromosome17 for this deal.

Contract – £404

You can also get this phone on a T-Mobile contract.  For £10/month and £164 for the phone you get 100 minutes/unlimited text/unlimited internet for a total of £400 over the course of 24 months i.e 24*10 = 240 + 160 = 404.   There’s the possibility of T-Mobile knocking £40 off the handset, or £20 cashback if you order via Quidco or TopCashBack.  You can view the HUKD topic for this deal here.  Credit to the porter for this deal.

O2 To Stock HTC Desire From 10th May

Just rang O2 to find out if they’ll be getting the Desire in anytime soon, and the sales person told me they’re expecting it from 10 May.  I’m hoping the stock levels in the UK have stabilised, or at least will be stable by then (no doubt the Ash Cloud didn’t make the situation better).

I also asked for what kind of deal they could offer me, but she said that she didn’t know herself what plans they would be offering until closer to the date.  Considering that T-Mobile removed all their £10 deals, and the total cost for a Desire contract whether 18 months or 24 months is around £450, I wouldn’t expect O2′s pricing to be much different.

If you’re nearing the end of your contract you should be able to get a decent deal via retentions.  Remember, that retentions is NOT the same as upgrades.  If you ring the upgrade line you won’t be offered a good-a-deal as you’d get from retentions.  To get to retentions call O2 and ask for a PAC, within a  couple of days you should get a call from retentions asking why you’re leaving, if you’ve found a better elsewhere and so on – just state the kind of thing you’re looking for and they’ll offer you the best they can.

If you’re desperate for a Desire and considering leaving O2, well it might just be worth waiting a couple of weeks and seeing what O2 can do for you!

Update:  Turns out the salesperson didn’t have the up-to-date information.  O2 posted their Desire deals on their blog later on today which you can see below.  Very expensive compared to other networks, with the cheapest 18 month deal totalling £640 and 24 months at £700!!!

 

Avoid T-Mobile Deals For Now!!!

I know a lot of people got their HTC Desire when it was first announced on T-Mobile on the excellent plan that they were offering.  The original deal was: 100 minutes/unlimited text/unlimited internet for £10/month on a 24 month contract plus £164 for the phone (or -£124 if you rang up and asked them to discount the handset for you).

Considering that T-Mobile did exceptionally well with that, and other offerings of the Desire.  They sold far more than 10,000 Desires in just the first week of it’s launch.  It seems that they are now looking to take advantage of this superb phone (and it’s buyers) and recoup the potential profit they missed out on at launch by altering their deals significantly and ripping off newer customers.  They’ve removed all the £10 offers, with rumour saying that their lowest plan on the Desire will now be £30/month, although I suspect it’s actually £25/month based on the deal image below.

I’d seriously recommend staying clear of their deals, the cheapest of which totals to £980!!!! Compared to the original £400 – fair enough the £10 deal only had 100 minutes, but it’s not worth £25 extra a month for 500 more minutes is it?

Either look at deals on other networks, try out third party retailers or even consider buying it on PAYG/Sim Free and then buying a Sim-Only deal.  Quidco regularly offer up to £150 cashback on O2/Vodafone sim only offers so that might actually work out better for you.

Thanks to ScRiVs for the heads-up!