In Brief: 8 Android-related things you should know (April 12, 2013)
In Brief is a compilation of notifications, rumors, photos, videos, infographics, and Android-related news tidbits which, for whatever reason, did not end up with a post of its own on AndroidGuys. These are things that we still feel are worth knowing, even if in a passing manner. Consider it a grab-bag of Android goodies. If you have something that you think is worth a mention on AndroidGuys, be sure to reach out to us via our contact page.
This week features a few new kickstarters, the Satechi travel speaker, a TrustGo Mobile Security app, The Humble Bundle deal, and much more!
Let’s start this week off with an interesting Kickstarter campaign about a wearable stylus. FLAXUS, the world’s first fashion bracelet and mobile device stylus in one, is a slap bracelet that allows wearers to keep their stylus within arms reach, and gives users easy access to it anytime and anywhere. It looks like they have reached their goal, but are still looking for support. Visit their site for more details: http://bit.ly/FLAXUSKS.
While we are on the topic of Kickstarters, here’s another one to look at. Rob Honeycutt, founder of Timbuk2, has decided to bring his manufacturing experience to the consumer electronics market with Elroy, a Bluetooth device that conveniently clips to a user’s clothing allowing the earbud cord to be just ⅓ the length of normal headphone cords. Not only does Elroy eliminate tangled cords, but it also provides a magnetic docking station for earbuds when they’re not in use. You can check out his campaign here: http://bit.ly/ElroyK
In the market for a speaker that travels well and allows hands-free calling? Satechi may have just the right one for you. The BT Touch Speaker is a compact and portable Bluetooth speaker. This small box is able to fill a room with crystal clear audio via its 2.5 X 2 watt dual-channel speaker system. The integrated built-in mic also allows it to double as a hands-free calling device that is compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Interested? The Satechi BT Touch Speaker is available for just $49.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.
Here is a great way to check off your good deed for the week. Humble Bundle HQ has released the Humble Mobile Bundle, a weekly, pay-what-you-want promotion where fans can directly support developers, give to charity, and purchase games for Android devices. With this deal buyers have the option to contribute to The Electronic Frontier Foundation (Internet freedom non-profit) or The Child’s Play Charity (providing technology & games for kids in hospitals). To check them out or make a purchase, visit The Humble Bundle.
Fieldrunners 2 (from SubAtomic Studios) is finally coming to Android in April! Android fans have been drooling for the game since its release on iOS last July, and finally development is almost complete. Price, marketplace and specific launch date are TBD while the beta testing is still in progress. Click the link here to keep up to date with breaking news.
Looking for a security option to protect you while downloading apps on your phone or tablet? What looks like a harmless app could be full of viruses and in turn track your location, upload contacts, and more. If malware and data leaks have you worried, take a look at the TrustGo Antivirus and Mobile Security App. They were recently ranked #1 in a test of 22 security companies and have come up with an app that is simple and easy to use, as well as completely free. Check it out on Google Play.
Kik Messenger, the messaging service that does more than chat, announced this week that they have surpassed 50 million registered accounts! Kik users can exchanging videos, sketches, smileys and more, with apps that have been built using their very own Kik API. And they just recently introduced Kik Cards, a built in HTML5 feature that lets users search for and send YouTube videos, find and share images, Reddit pics and GIFs, and create sketches and memes – all without leaving Kik and without downloading anything new! To see what it is all about, go to www.kik.com
To round off the week, if you are looking for a new RPG to play (during lunch breaks, your bosses lengthy monthly meeting, etc) I highly recommend you check out Ravensword: Shadowlands. Cresent Moon Games, the award-winning studio that created Ravensword: The Fallen King, has created a 3D world that allows you to gather powerful weapons, collect hundreds of items, increase your skills, and follow a deep story-line to solve the mysteries of the Kingdom of Tyreas. Priced well at just $6.99 on Google Play and featured in TegraZone, this is one that will keep your interests peaked for quite a while. (Rated at Medium Maturity.)