One of the largest and most popular games in the history of all gamekind is now on Android, with publisher Rockstar sticking Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas up for download today. For a £4.99 investment you get a game that’s been “remastered” and contains “improved character models” compared with the PS2 original, plus there’s cloud-based game save support for playing across multiple devices.
Meanwhile, the developer of this Android GTA has included adjustable graphics settings, for hopefully making it work or look as good as possible on whatever old lump of a device you’re playing it on. Here it is:
Scarcely believable. All we need now is an Xperia PLAY II so we can play it properly with buttons (Bluetooth controller support is in for touch-control haters). Check out Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas over on Google Play here.
That HTC One with the gold paint job is now available in the UK through Carphone Warehouse, which will sell you the conspicuous mobile right now. Deals for a “free” phone start at £29 a month, which would get you the golden HTC One plus a Vodafone SIM delivering 1GB of mobile data and unlimited calls and texts. Not bad if this is your ideal fantasy phone.
Other contracts are available. Hundreds of them. Here are but two:
We’ve had enough of buying phones this year so will be passing on this one. Check it out over at CPW if you’re in.
The bending mobile sensation that is the LG G Flex is about to pop up on the UK high street, with 4G specialist network EE preparing to launch it on its usual range of data contracts. The phone will arrive on EE next year, but prior to that it’ll appear in a number of demo pods around the UK, for phone fans to have a play with.
Here are the details about when and where you’ll be able to stress-test the G Flex for yourself:
EE is offering technology fans the opportunity to get hands-on with the innovative handset over the Christmas period in 10 stores across the UK. Consumers will be able to experience the smooth curvature of the device, as well as the innovative user experience (UX) features that make the LG G Flex one of the most ground-breaking devices of 2013. The smartphone will be displayed from the 20th December in the following EE stores:
· London – Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford E20 1EH
· London – Westfield Shopping Centre, White City W12 7GG
· London – 155/157 Oxford Street, W1D 2JH
· Kent – Bluewater Shopping Centre, DA9 9ST
· Nottingham – 16 Clumber Street, NG1 3GA
· Manchester – The Trafford Centre, M17 8AP
· Brighton – 209-210 Western Road, BN1 2BA
· Cambridge – 40-41 Lions Yard, CB2 3NA
· Merry Hill – The Merryhill Centre, DY5 1QX
· Sheffield – Meadowhall Centre, S9 1EN
It’s rare that we get a chance to physically assault something with the express permission of the maker, so go wild.
The still really quite new update of the Advent Vega tablet line has been discounted by the Dixons group, with the Nvidia Tegra 4 powered Android device now available through the likes of Currys for just £99. For that, you get the powerful Tegra 4 chipset sitting alongside 1GB of RAM, with the only negative point being a slightly low-ish 1280 x 800 resolution display.
Still, for £99 that’s a great deal, AND…
…using the code ACC10 gets you an extra 10 percent off at checkout, perhaps taking the price down to just £89 if you order online. Check it out here.
Link via HUKD.
Samsung is bringing a large 4.7-inch display to the budget phone world, with its 2014 Galaxy Core Advance set to offer a large WVGA display in an oddly retro, button-using chassis. The phone’s powered by a dual-core processor running at 1.2GHz, which is paired with 1GB of RAM. That puts it down near the budget end of Android performance, plus the 5MP main and VGA front cameras aren’t particularly cutting-edge either.
And for some reason, Android 4.2 is the launch OS. It’s a bit of a mess. Speaking of which:
Not the prettiest thing. The only saving grace could be a super-cheap RRP, but that’s unlikely. Samsung will probably shove this out on the networks and hope a few suckers end up paying £29 a month for it after being told it’s the “newest Samsung Galaxy” by a man in a call centre.
Here’s the thing from Samsung, which came via Samsung UK — so we image a UK launch will happen:
SAMSUNG ANNOUNCES THE GALAXY CORE ADVANCE
Intuitive features and premium design showcase Samsung’s commitment to innovation
London, UK – December 16, 2013 – Samsung Electronics today introduced the Galaxy Core Advance, combining the powerful Galaxy user experience with enhanced features. The Galaxy Core Advance has a premium design, sporting a large 4.7” display as well as a soft coated back cover that makes it more durable, and giving it a soft touch, making it easier and more comfortable to grip in your hand. The Galaxy Core Advance also incorporates physical keys for frequently used features and dedicated keys for voice recorder, camera, volume, menu, home and power functions.
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We thought the Moto G was the best Android deal EVER when it launched last month at around £130, now it can be bought for just £99 from Tesco Direct. It’s in stock at the time of writing, but unless Tesco has five million of them in its warehouse, it surely won’t stay in stock for long.
We didn’t get around to reviewing the Moto G, but have been using it as our “main” phone since launch. It’s awesome in all areas apart from one — the camera. If you can live with its fairly blotchy 5megapixel output, everything else is fantastic. The battery life is a particular highlight, as we’re getting two days normal use out of most charges. A game-changer on many levels.
As well as smashing the 8GB Moto G model down to £99, Tesco has also reduced the price of the 16GB G-Unit, which can be bought direct for £129. Amazing. Best emergency/spare/replacement/child/wife/dad/dog phone EVER.
It’s a PAYG model that will be locked to Tesco Mobile (AKA O2), so will require unlocking if you plan on using it with another network.
Possibly the most IMPORTANT Sega game of them all has just arrived on Google Play, with the Android version of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 now yours in return for £2.18. It ought to be a cracker too, as it uses the same engine that powered the stunning version of Sonic CD, plus this “remastered” release also includes the long-lost Hidden Palace Zone, a level removed from the original Mega Drive game late in development and subsequently pulled out of the code by hackers.
Here it is. We get some sort of funny sick/excited/aroused feeling from looking at the bonus round:
“Don’t let Tails ge-et any of the rings” are the words to the bonus round song, we believe. Looks great. Was great. Probably still is great even allowing for touch controls. Get it here.
It’s here. The apocalypse. The Angry Birds franchise has turned itself into a driving games, offering what the mobile developer calls “downhill racing” in Angry Birds Go! It sees Rovio use its mega-franchise to shift physical merchandise Skylanders style, thanks to selling a range of Telepods alongside it that can be used to switch characters in the game.
Angry Birds Go! is free to download, although we suspect there just might be one or two adverts and in-app purchases in the thing to make it worth their while. Get it here and see if you can stand it.
We’re planning on giving it at least two minutes of play before leaping to a snap judgement.
Rumours that LG were planning to “pull a Nexus” and launch its G Pad 8.3 as the Nexus 8 were a little wide of the mark, BUT… LG is about to sell an unskinned “vanilla” Android Google Play Edition version of its 8.3-inch tablet direct through Google’s store. And considering that LG’s software customisations were one of the big minus points of the G Pad 8.3, that’s a very good thing.
Specs are pretty impressive, with the device containing a 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, the 8.3-inch display running and 1920 x 1200 resolution, 2GB of RAM and dual cameras (5MP and 1.3MP).
Rather sadly, as with the Google Play Edition devices from Samsung and HTC, this one’s only been confirmed for a US launch at this moment in time. But here’s the thing from LG all the same as we’re hopeful and keen on securing an extra inch at some point in the future:
LG ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER GOOGLE PLAY EDITION TABLET
LG G Pad 8.3 First Android Open Source Project Tablet Running Android 4.4 KitKat
SEOUL, Dec. 11, 2013 — The LG G Pad 8.3 from LG Electronics (LG) will be the first device ever to be designated a Google Play Edition tablet. Google’s first Android Open Source Project (AOSP) tablet will feature the latest Android operating system, Android™ 4.4, KitKat. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition reference device will be available for purchase starting today in the United States on Google Play™.
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Get your sleeping bag out and start queuing outside your nearest Aldi, as it’s about to launch a super-cheap tablet in the form of the Lifetab. Just £79 gets you one from its heaped aisles, with the Medion-made device offering 8GB of storage capacity, a 7-inch display and a claimed four-hour battery life.
It may be a big winner too, with the Lifetab E7316 powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, putting it roughly on a par with the more expensive Hudl — although the 1024 x 600 resolution display is a key weakness here.
Still, bloody good value for £80. Check out the full specs over at Aldi. It goes on sale at this price over the weekend.