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Nexus 7 review for gamers

Posted by Dan Mousavi On August - 31 - 2012

Google finally released the Nexus 7 here in Germany and now a lot of people ask me if I can recommend it as an android gaming device. So let’s take a look under the hood of the newest device from Google. I ordered the 8GB version, because I thought that would suffice since it’s enough on my phone. Boy was I wrong, since I always used big SD cards I never realized how much space the additional data that is outsourced there takes up. In reality the 8GB version gives you 5.5 GB to install stuff and if you hit 500MB you get a warning that some services won’t sync anymore. So you have 5GB and the limit for games on the Android market is 2GB, go figure. You can’t install more than 2 or 3 big games on the device and since you will probably want to play high end Tegra games on it, you will uninstall and reinstall the games a lot. I doubt that even the 16GB Version would be big enough for daily usage for me, but at least you could install a handful of different games on it. I’ll also do this review before I root the device, because that is how most users will use their device. Root would bring additional features like the ability to use Joypads per Bluetooth or screen recording, but it can’t fix some hardware problems on the device.

The Hardware

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The Evo 3D has become pretty popular in Germany over the last couple of months, mostly because some shops like Saturn sold it in some regions for as low as 199€ without a contract, which makes it the cheapest handset with the most power available. I bought one for 269€ and still think it’s a steal.
When it comes to 3D content, you are pretty limited with the Evo 3D. There are barely any games available, because they have to implement a plugin from HTC to support it. LG had the same problem in the beginning, but they updated the Optimus 3D and included a tool that can convert most 3D games into stereo 3D. HTC hasn’t done that and so you are limited to the three included games (Spiderman, Need for Speed Shift and The Sims, don’t update the Sims over the market or you loose the 3D slider) and the very few games that have implemented the plugin.
But when it comes to 3D movies, the Evo 3D is a hidden monster. With a little extra software we are going to build the ultimate mobile movie machine. In the end we will stream 720p 3d movies, that run in 2D when connected to a normal TV.
These settings will not work on a LG Optimus 3D without some tweaking, because it doesn’t accept any resolution, but even if you have a normal handset, you could build a similar streaming server just for 2D content with the resolution of your handset, so hopefully you get something out of it too.

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10 Top Paid Games from February, that not enough people played

Posted by Dan Mousavi On March - 15 - 2012

Welcome to another Toplist. This month I’m focussing on games, that I thought didn’t get enough attention from the android gaming crowd.
I hate it when I see stats like the newest one from Androlib, the android market completely shifted to free or freemium games, because Google still hasn’t introduced a viable payment option for Android devices. Based on the Androlib stats there are roughly 2000 apps (not even games) that sold more than 5000 copies and only 40 sold more than 250k. That is a very bad joke if you compare it to the available devices, no other plattform ever had so much quality and so little revenue to show for it. So please check out these quality games and start to buy some stuff if you can, it is a shame that none of these games have sold more than 5k copies and I’m sick and tired of ad-supported games or freemium schemes, because the quality suffers from it.

A puzzle game with a lot of variation

Cardboard castle
A very good adventure puzzle that will challenge your brain

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Over 120 Free Games for September & October 2011 (part 5)

Posted by Dan Mousavi On November - 14 - 2011

Finally our free games list for September & October is complete. Since it is already the middle of November and I will be gone next week, we’ll bring our next lists in December. Next week I will be in Berlin at the Google Developer Day and I will capture every session that I visit with a HD Hero 2, so stay tuned for lots of video content from the event. Also the Android 4.0 launch is happening next week with the release of the Galaxy Nexus in Germany, so we’ll see a lot of new Android users and a lot of upgrades.

Oh yeah, we now have a Google+ page and will keep it active, please circle us there if you use Google+.

Sandwich Dash HD
feed your hungry customers before they lose patience

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Over 120 Free Games for September & October 2011 (part 4)

Posted by Dan Mousavi On November - 2 - 2011

Here is part 4 of our free games list for September & October 2011. This part will cover the letter M-R. The fifth and final part will follow this week.

Magic Cube
a Rubiks Cube clone for Android

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