Gadget News: AndroidOne by Cherry Mobile and MyPhone

Yup, an official phone line from Google Philippines, AndroidOne will come out from Cherry Mobile (Cherry One) and MyPhone (MyPhone Uno).

Cherry Mobile One specs

  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor MTK6582m
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display, Asahi Glass
  • 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB
  • 5-megapixel rear camera with BSI
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM / Dual Standby
  • 3G, HSPA+, GSM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 1780mAh battery
  • Price: sub- Php 5,000

MyPhone Uno specs:

  • 4.5-inch FWVGA display
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 1.3GHz Cortex A7 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • Expandable up to 32GB
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 1700mAh battery
  • Price: sub- Php 4,599

Both phones look great. Although Cherry One seems like a better phone. Hopefully I could be able to test one when it is available. This is a great move by Google Philippines. This is looking good.

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Currently Playing: Super Awesome Quest

I just downloaded this game called Super Awesome Quest by Boomzap Entertainment. It’s an interesting mix of RPG, Fighting Game, Card Game. I reminded me a lot of Puzzle Quest, but that is a Match-Three Game with an RPG element. I’ve been familiar with Boomzap for quite a while now, I’ve known some of the developers too that came from the original Anino Entertainment team who worked on Anito: Defend A Land Enraged (I still have a signed box by the team). I’ve been very familiar with their work on Boomzap since they have been very popular with Hidden Object games published by BigFish Games. So it’s a good refreshing to see them make a new game that’s completely different from what they are used to make.

I installed the game on my Flare 2X, and it seems that it’s working quite nicely too. The interface seems that it was designed to be played on a mobile phone, since I was able to play the game just using one hand.

The game starts you off as a Paladin. So it starts with a basic RPG character, but what’s interesting is that you don’t fight like most RPGs where you have to choose a selection of moves. Here, you start with a random selection of moves which is represented as blocks and are displayed on a grid. Select one, and it opens up another set of random moves. Moves can vary like a normal attack, a critical, defensive moves and such. It can vary depending on your character. The grid can reset if a reset block is offered as a move, or it automatically resets when you run out of moves. So, there is always a move. You always see the action on the top section of the screen. Every block you select, makes an immediate action that is shown by your avatar. After a fight, you automatically receive items, but most of the time, you don’t just pick up items you can immediately use. It’s more encouraged that you combine items you pick up to make equipment that you can use.

I do have a problem with the inventory and crafting system though. It’s not pretty straight forward based on my experience. It definitely feels that it could have been better. I’m not sure if the game is inspired from Minecraft in terms of crafting, since you need certain elements to make new elements before you can make certain items. And if you needed an item you already processed to a new element, you have to hope to get those items along the way since you have no way to reverse the process.

It does seem that that it’s encouraged that you do upgrade/craft your items or you level up to progress. Either way, there is always a way to progress. The easiest way is just to level up, but it can feel like a big grind if you don’t take time to understand the crafting system. You can keep gaining experience points, even if you loose a fight, so there is no reason why you can’t improve your game over time.

The map system is something that bother’s me though, but I suppose there is no way around it. The map system is very similar to Puzzle Quest 2, or even Candy Crush. there are points in the map and you can only progress if you finish an area. But I do suppose I just miss the freedom of most console games have in terms of the map system, but this is mostly a card fighting game, not a full fledged RPG. You get around that part, and I think you’ll really enjoy the game.

The game is quite interesting and it got me engaged quite early on. The reason for me actually enjoying the game is that it’s an offline game, and it’s something I can do really quick if I wanted to. Most games these days do require you some internet connection or some period of your time. You think a Match-Three game like Candy Crush is a quick game? I’ve seen my wife play that game for long periods of time, especially when she found some levels works almost endlessly.

I do suggest you guys try it out, especially it’s a free game with in-game purchasing for money or XP. Don’t worry, it doesn’t feel that buying anything with real money is forced upon you. You can just keep on playing the game without anything to worry about.

The latest update has a few new features:

  • Adds a new map, The Citadel
  • New Super Selfie Booth
  • Difficulty and gameplay tweaks.
  • Improvements to the pets. Several new pets added
  • Lots of little bug fixes and updates to make the game play better

About Boomzap Entertainment:
Boomzap Entertainment is a casual game development studio headquartered in Singapore. Since its formation in 2005, Boomzap has developed and released over 35 titles on various platforms such as PC, Mac, Wii, iPad, iPhone and Android. These include #1 top selling, critically acclaimed franchises such as the Awakening, Dana Knightstone, Otherworld, Antique Road Trip and Jewels of Cleopatra games.

About Super Awesome Quest:
Follow the adventures of Greg the Paladin and his friends on their quest for honor, riches, and super awesomeness by fighting the hordes of the Undead Army, crafty kobolds, nefarious bounty hunters, dangerous dragons – and more – through an innovative token-flipping combat system.

Gameplay/Features:
Unlock new playable characters as you go through the story.
Personalize your heroes with over 200 items and customization options.
Fight and loot over 100 unique enemies in an ever expanding world.
Make your own epic gear through an in-depth crafting system.
Battle your way through the Awesome Arena – a non-stop survival mode for awesome rewards and bragging rights.
Connect to Facebook and compare your progress against your friends’.
Earn awesome rewards by playing daily.

Website: superawesome.boomzap.com
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjlSPermHrY
Google Play Download Page: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.boomzap.quest
App Store Download Page: https://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/super-awesome-quest/id901866838

Swiftkey for Android is now Free

Swiftkey is something I got when I first used the Android OS. I looked for the best keyboard systems out there and Swiftkey stood out. It has one of the best prediction systems that I have seen and used. Once you get used to it, it adjusts to your personal style and it just gets better the longer you use it. It’s great to know that it’s now officially free PERMANENTLY. Now to everyone who already bought the keyboard, you are not left out, you’ll get a $5 theme pack.

Currently Playing: Galaxy on Fire 2 HD (iPad Mini)

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You are in space, you have mysteriously time traveled a few years into the future and the galaxy you know is almost unrecognizable. Welcome to Galaxy on Fire 2. It’s been years since I’ve played a space sim, and since I’m enjoying a lot playing iPad games recently, this game is a welcome sight. Considering the game is completely free, let’s see if it’s worth your time to download.

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Currently Tinkering: Waze (with Smart Telecom)

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Smart and Sun just added a new feature specifically for Waze.

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Currently Playing:Dungeon Village

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One of the first games I tried on the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 is Dungeon Village from Kairosoft. They were the ones who made a game I also liked called GameDev Story which I enjoyed a lot. I got the game from Google Play for around less than P11 from the Google sale a few weeks back. Dungeon Village is a town building strategy game, but with role playing game elements.

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Currently Tinkering: Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Gaming

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Yup, I’m not done talking about the Samsung Galaxy 4.2, but we won’t delve into the gadget but more of the games this time around. I’ve been installing a ton of games recently to see how it fares, although I have mentioned that the player is not really designed for pure gaming since the 1Ghz processor is not up to par these days. Here I’ll be listing the games I have already installed and my initial thoughts about them regarding performance (not game reviews… those come later).

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Currently Tinkering: FREE Calls for Magic Jack Beta (Android)

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Using MagicJack at home has been very essential to me for the past year. I can call anyone in the US for an annual fee of $20, which is cheaper than using the local phone. Now I try using MagicJack for Android. Yup, you heard me, it’s for your mobile device.

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Currently Tinkering: Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2

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I just purchased a Samsung Android media player. Really, it’s just a media player, not a phone. Based on the looks, you can really mistake it for a Samsung Galaxy S, just like you can mistake an iPod Touch for an iPhone. And based on the price, it is the obvious competition too.

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PhP10 Apps on Google Play’s 25 Billion App Download Celebration

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Google Play is now celebrating 25 Billion downloads. That alone is not surprising, the best part is that some of their games are sold really cheap, like Php11 each. The offer is for a limited time only, so if you are interested in getting a few games, this is the best time to try them out.

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