Motorola Teases Moto X Wood Backs, Tells You to Put Your DIY Wood Project on Hold

Did our holiday wish come true? Is Motorola on the verge of releasing wood backs as a MotoMaker option for the Moto X? According to a Tweet that was published today by the official Motorola account, we have been told to officially put our DIY wood projects “on hold.”

The last status update we had heard on the wood backs for the Moto X suggested that we wouldn’t see them until after Thanksgiving, but that they would arrive in time for the holidays. With X-mas less than two weeks away, the time could be here. Motorola is certainly cutting it close, but you know what, we won’t complain for a second.

Wood options should be available to all carriers, with Verizon all-but-confirmed thanks to @evleaks. The wood options that have been in the pipeline since launch are Teak, Ebony, Rosewood, and Bamboo, potentially at an additional $50 charge.

Should we look for tomorrow to be the day? Who wants wood?



Source: Droid Life

[New App]

There are a lot of ways to get text from your computer to your Android device, but perhaps none of them are quite so simple as the new app and service. Simply install the app on your phone and you can send text and links from the web service after signing up. Naturally also offers browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox, so you don’t even have to go to the website to use the service.

The browser extensions also tie in with the Android app, sending any selected link or text directly to your Android phone and giving it an optional notification as well. In an excellent example of a developer using the UI tools available, the app uses Android’s expanded notifications to allow users to open a link directly, copy text immediately to the clipboard, or share it via the standard share menu. The website includes a basic invite function that lets you share with friends, but it’s only using email addresses at the time being – a tie-in with Google+ and Facebook would make it a lot more useful.
Text clipped to your account is visible across all devices and browsers, and there’s an app available on iOS as well. (We have analytics, folks – we know that a considerable number of you are reading this on an iPad.) One final note: I don’t see any mention of security or encryption on the site or app description, so your password might be the only thing protecting the text you send. It’s probably a good idea not to send sensitive information on, at least for the time being.




[New Game] Lightbringers: Saviors of Raia

From the company that brought us Nun Attack and the action-packed followed-up Nun Attack: Run & Gun comes Lightbringer: Saviors of Raia, an entirely different property that bears zero resemblance to the aforementioned titles. This new IP is decidedly less casual, and its 4-player multiplayer hack and slash gameplay might just be enough to keep Diablo fans satisfied when they’re away from their computers.

The game’s name is rather literal. Darkness has consumed the land of Raia, infecting the innocent and turning them into monsters. So it’s up to you and a trusty band of light-bearing heroes to gather your weapons, build your skills, and steady those thumbs in order to purge the world of evil. The action is fierce, and before the battle is won, you and your friends will face hundreds of foes on-screen at once.

The game is available for free, but it’s only supported on tablets. Keep that in mind as you check out the Play Store link below.



[New Game] Ninja Hero Cats

Game developer HandyGames has released a collection of titles ranging from topics as diverse as fending off Nazis in World War 2 to solving puzzles as a happy Viking to protecting your farm from aliens. If there’s one thing each of these games has in common, it’s wackiness. So when I say that the company’s next game centers around cats, know that this won’t be a Nintendogs-style experience. No, these are ninja cats. Ninja Hero Cats, to be precise.

People love cats. And do you know what else they love? Ninjas. Just make all the characters heroic, and viola – we have the premise for a game. It’s filled with top-down action, unlockable weapons, various worlds, and virtual analog stick controls, but most of what you need to know is in the name itself. Ninjas. Cats. Saving the day.

Ninja Hero Cats is free, but as you would expect, some items are tucked away behind in-app purchases. If this isn’t a deal breaker, you can get the game from the Play Store below.



[New Game] Small World 2

The Small World is a physical board game that debuted in 2009, allowing 2 – 5 players to select one of multiple races and pit them against each other to conquer the most territory and accrue the highest score. A virtual version of the game was released for the iPad on the day of that tablet’s launch. Now a sequel is coming after having completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, thanks to which we’re seeing an Android release.

Small World 2: The Return comes to us from Days of Wonder, the company that brought us Ticket to Ride. While the first game that launched for the iPad only allowed for two players, the sequel can handle up to five, just like the original board game. In addition to face-to-face gameplay on a single device, Small World 2 supports competing with others online. On the other end of the social spectrum, new or bashful players can brush up their skills by challenging up to four computer-controlled opponents.

The game will set you back $9.99, but that’s far less than you would spend on most physical board games. And after you’ve mastered the mechanics, you might just walk away with another engaging way to share your tablet with friends.




[New Game] Ski Safari: Adventure Time

Cartoon Network has been cranking out games lately based on its widely successor series of properties, with Regular Show getting a shot in October and Ben 10 taking a swing in November. Less than a month later, the network is back with a zany mobile game starring the cast of Adventure Time. Ski Safari: Adventure Time may not have the most original premise in the world, but if you’re going to shoehorn characters into something that will occupy players’ time between bus stops, why not go with a formula that has been proven successful.

Anyone who has played Ski Safari should know what to expect here. You’re still racing downhill, seeking the aid of various adorable creatures and collecting coins as you escape from a relentless wall of snow. Despite the name, you won’t particularly need a pair of skis, nor will you even slide across snow for much of the adventure. But hey, the gang’s all here, so if you’re a fan of the show, you can hit the slopes for only 99 cents below.



[New Game] Sonic The Hedgehog 2

December 25th, 1993. A fresh-faced and (mostly) innocent little boy wakes up and rushes through his breakfast to make sure he beats his little sister to the Christmas tree. Underneath he finds four gifts: a Sega Genesis game console, RBI Baseball, Disney’s Aladdin, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Twenty years later, that boy, no longer little and considerably less innocent, can relive countless wasted hours on a 5-inch phone screen. Sonic 2 is now in the Play Store.

Sonic 2 was a big deal when it launched back in the early nineties – aside from being the first sequel to the smash hit original, it introduced bigger platforming levels with more unique elements, the now-ubiquitous Spin Dash attack, and a playable second character. Miles “Tails” Prower (it took me more than a decade to see the pun) could be played separately, but if the player chose to play as Sonic he would follow along as a limited AI character, trailing Sonic and usually dying in hilarious ways. The basic structure of the original game is preserved, including challenging bosses, fantastic music, and of course, levels tuned for speed.

The Android version of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 comes from Christian Whitehead, whose excellent work on the Sonic CD and original Sonic Android ports did not go unnoticed. This remastered version of the game includes improved graphics and audio for modern hardware, a new Boss Attack mode, two-player versus mode, achievements, and leaderboards via Google Play Games, and a playable Knuckles (from Sonic 3 and onward). Players will also have access to the Hidden Palace Zone stage, a new level that was shelved during Sonic 2’s original development. Best of all, you can now find a save option in the spanking new menu, which should alleviate lingering fears of a power outage erasing your paused game.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is $2.99 in the Play Store, and it’s compatible with devices running Android 2.3 and up.