Friday, 28 September 2012

28/09/2012

Tim Cook does the unthinkable! Suggests using other maps!

   
   The last few weeks since the release of iOS6 have been interesting to say the least. There's been various issues reported by iOS users especially with regard to dropping wifi signal. The other huge complaint has been about Apple's new Maps. The company chose to drop Google maps after Google refused to offer turn-by-turn navigation for Apple's products.

    The new solution has been nowhere near on par with the rest of Apple's historically excellent offerings. Today Tim Cook posted a message on Apple's website apologising to users for the poor performance of the new maps and he even suggested using alternative solutions until the team has had a chance to get them up to scratch! The full comment is just below:
"To our customers,
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.
We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.
There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.
While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.
Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard."
Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO

 In other news:

  • Microsoft has been complaining that there are not enough highly-skilled workers coming into the technology world. The company publicly announced that they have had a lack of suitably qualified  applicants and the situation is reaching the point of being a “genuine crisis.” Microsoft has announced they are going to lobby the US government in an attempt to boost applicant numbers in a bit to fill some of the thousands of vacant technology and engineering jobs within the company.

    The company also wants to boost the number of visas available for foreign workers with technology skills to fill its vacant positions. On top of this the company is happy to pledge millions of dollars to help get school children into the field! 
  • HP has reiterated to their investors that they are going to 'aggressively tackle' the smartphone and tablet market in the near future!
  • Sony have invested $640m in Olympus. The deal involves buying 11% of Olympus with the primary aim to acquire new 4K medical camera technology.
And finally, is this picture below the upcoming HTC One X+ for O2? It may very well be and it might be coming without a charger to save on costs too!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

27/09/2012

Qualcomm introduces some cheap quad-core processors for 2013's mid-range!


   Today Qualcomm has announced they have three new reference designs for future mobile phones. Each of them includes new processors which we can expect to see in consumer products next year.

   The new processors have the memorable names MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q! Each of these will have four CPU cores each and will support LPDDR2 memory. The chips will also have dual-SIM support, enough bus bandwidth for 720p video encoding and decoding and they'll play nice with 720p displays.

   The processors have slightly different radio compatibilities; the MSM8225Q has an integrated UMTS modem, while the MSM8625Q works with Qualcomm’s own integrated multimode UMTS/CDMA modem. Both of them will work with FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0, wi-fi connectivity, and Qualcomm Atheros AR6005 and WCN2243 chips.

   The final processor that's being worked on is going to be called the Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930. It's made specifically to support all China operators with UMTS, CDMA and TD-SCDMA. This processor was first announced way back in February 2011 and should be with us by the end of the year, but it won't turn up inside your next device until the first quarter of 2013. This processor is dual-core and has support for 4G LTE. So it'll work with LTE-TDD and TD-SCDMA in China!



In other news:

  • Happy birthday Google!!! The company is celebrating their 14th birthday today!
  • Rovio's new Bad Piggies is officially available in your app store of choice!!!... Assuming it's Google's Play store or Apple's App store.
  • Google's Eric Schmidt came out today and all but called Apple a patent troll. This is what he had to say;
“Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad. We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues. So ultimately Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars …I think one of the worst things that happened in the last few years has been the belief that somehow there are so many patents in the mobile phone world, an estimated 200,000 patent that are overlapping and complicated and so forth, that one vendor can stop the sale of another vendor’s phones or devices.”

  • LG has filed a patent suit against Samsung in Korea, with the former accusing the latter of stealing some of the OLED technology. The most that's at stake here is $6million, so it hardly seems worth it to us!
  • It turns out that the real reason Apple decided to ditch Google maps was because Google was unwilling to offer iOS users turn-by-turn navigation. Google instead wanted to reserve that particular right for their Android users! 

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

16/09/2012

Texas Instruments is cutting back on mobile chip productions.


   Most of you will probably have heard of TI's OMAP smartphone processors. They may even be powering your smartphone or tablet at this very moment. Unfortunately, the company has announced that they will be scaling back their mobile chip productions.

   The news comes as the market has become increasingly competitive, with NVIDIA, Samsung, Qualcomm and many others offering alternative chips. The company has said they plan to focus on embedded systems instead. 

   This news comes after the recent announcement of Motorola that they will be using Intel’s Medfield processor for the RAZR i. Motorola was and still is one of TI's biggest customers, but for the moment TI says it will continue to support its existing clients, Reuters reports.


In other news:

  • It's come to light today that Apple's new Lightning connector is in fact different on each side but, as Slashgear said it must have 'must be using some sort of process to dynamically identify which pin order the cord is currently using – depending on which side is up and which is down, that is.' What this will mean for you is that it is a lot harder for 3rd parties to make connectors, so you might be paying Apple prices for your accessories for a while!
  • It's been widely reported today that Google's Eric Schmidt will meet with Samsung execs in South Korea this week, just before the launch of the Nexus 7 in the country. Samsung's mobile chief confirmed the meeting today but refused to comment on the agenda. Most people are expecting it to be an attempt to boost Google's involvement in Android litigation.
  • LittleBigPlanet is now available for your PS Vita!
  • Google has launched a little sale to mark the 25 billionth download from the Play store. The sale items will cost you either $.25 for those of you in the US or 25p if you live in the UK.   Included in the sale are games such as Angry Birds Space Premium, Granny Smith, Draw Something, NFL Kicker 13, OfficeSuite Pro 13 and a couple more!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

25/09/2012

The news in brief:

  • RIM has announced that carrier testing for their BB10 devices will begin in approximately A months time. So the company is on for a 2013 release! The company has also announced that they will have native support for Twitter, Facebook, Four square and many more social platforms from launch!
  • Google has announced that any work on a version of iOS6 maps until they get a special invite from Apple to do the work. Eric Schmidt said it was up to Apple whether the iPhone 5 and other devices would get Google maps. Schmidt said that Google would "welcome" Apple's cooperation but said that "we have not done anything yet" to prepare a new version, so looks like you'll have to make do with iOS maps guys.
  • Apple A6 teardown reveals the chip has a dual-core CPU and a tri-core GPU configuration.
  • Apple have also announced today that scratches on their aluminium backed iPhone 5 are 'normal' and should be expected. Are you going to let Apple sell this excuse to you as a sign of uniqueness?
  • Today some of Samsung's Galaxy series of phones, particularly ones which had been 'Touchwiz-ed' were found to be vulnerable to a simply html code which would automatically reset the phone. The issue currently affects the Galaxy Beam, S Advance, Galaxy Ace, and Galaxy S II. However, the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus, which runs stock Android, is not susceptible. Neither is Samsung's latest beast, the Galaxy S3. “The USSD code issue in the SGS3 is patched, and has been for some time” TeamAndIRC said. “Current i747 [AT&T Galaxy S III] and i9300 [European Galaxy S III] firmware are not vulnerable.”

    Samsung has yet to comment on 'dialer-gate' but good things come to those who wait! We'll keep you updated.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note II is launching in the UK on October 1st.
And finally, here's a lovely little video from RIM explaining why they love their devs! It's kinda catchy!

Monday, 24 September 2012

24/09/2012

Intel announces it's working on dual-core and LTE!

   Intel’s is hard at work making their Medfield chips the mobile world's finest. They have LTE-capabilities and multicore versions in the pipeline. The first fruits of this labour are due before the end of this year!

   The company said Intel will be “shipping some LTE products later this year and ramping into 2013″ according to director of product marketing, Sumeet Syal. The director was speaking with TechCrunch, and he also confirmed the company is hard at work making more Android apps play nice with the x86 architecture.

   The company said for the moment we're looking only dual-core Medfield chips but in the future they are looking to create more potent quad-core Atom chipsets! Although, the company explains why they are hard at work on single-core processors at the moment:
   “You have to take a look at how many instructions per clock can the architecture handle — our belief is that others are throwing cores at the issue in terms of getting more performance.  We make that determination based on our architecture so we felt very comfortable coming out with a single core dual-threaded for our first product, and as we’re able to get more and more performance in the right implementation of the architecture we believe putting in dual-core would be the right thing for our next generation product” Sumeet Syal, Intel

A bit of Apple news:

  • Apple announced this morning that they sold 5million iPhone's in the first week of the phones availability. That definitely makes Samsung's 20million Galaxy S3 sales in 100 days look a bit average!
  • Apple has announced that they've updated 100million devices to iOS6 since it's launch last Thursday!
  • iOS6 was jailbroken on launch day!
  • If you're a disgruntled iOS6 user and you simply must have Google Maps back there's a nice little hack to bring it back! But, it's still being worked on because it has a tendency to crash! In the meantime why not just use a browser alternative such as Nokia Maps or even the on-line version of Google Maps?



In other news:

  • Netflix for Android has had a nice little overhaul which makes it look like a more tablet optimised app! It's a nice little update and well worth a download if you use the service!
  • Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console will be region locked! So wait until it's available in your region instead of trying to get one early because otherwise you'll be importing games too!

Samsung Galaxy S3 update rolling out and Samsung announces all devices getting Jelly Bean




   The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the hottest phones of the year selling over 20 million units in the first couple of months since it's release. That means there's a lot of people patiently waiting for their phone to be bumped to Google's latest and greatest version of Android, Jelly Bean. 

   Samsung, to their credit, has a good history of updating their flagship Galaxy S line and the Galaxy S3 has continued this trend. Today Samsung has started rolling out Jelly Bean to Polish Galaxy S3's!!! Now this is only the start and the company has refused to comment on when it will reach either the UK or USA, but it does mean that it hopefully won't be too long before it arrives in the UK at least. Obviously with American carriers in between every software update it may well take a lot longer to arrive on your shores!

   Well done Samsung! You're the first one out the block with a big Jelly Bean update! Now hopefully we will be seeing updates to tablets, Galaxy Note's and S2's!!!

[update]

Samsung has released a full list of devices which will be getting Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. There's 11 phones and 4 tablets on the list and unfortunately there's some absences too!


The full list is just below:
  • Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
  • Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
  • Galaxy S Advance
  • Galaxy S II LTE
  • Galaxy Music
  • Galaxy Chat
  • Galaxy Ace 2
  • Galaxy Beam
  • Galaxy Ace Plus
  • Galaxy Mini II
  • Galaxy S DUOS



Friday, 21 September 2012

21/09/2012

iPhone 5 'teething problems'?


   The latest iPhone has again been greeted with huge queues in London and Tokyo today, as well as having over 2 million people pre-order and have the device shipped to their homes today, but is all as rosey as it seems? Now the title might be slightly misleading here, but those of you who have got an iPhone 5 and or iOS6 on your device will have noticed a couple of issues.

   The first of which will impact anyone with a device that will be running iOS6! You may have noticed that since the update you've lost Google Maps and it's been replace with Apple's own solution, aptly named, iOS Maps. Now, we know this is a new solution, but some of the things we've been hearing throughout the day have been nothing short of ridiculous. Lets start with Stratford-Upon-Avon, the town where Shakespeare was born, well that's not even in the maps at the moment. 

   To the right you can see for yourself how Apple's Maps see Colchester, in Essex. 

   But, there's an almost endless list of bloopers; for example Luton is apparently soon to become a popular tourist destination, having been relocated to the coast!

   Someone on the London Underground is obviously a tech fan and put this little announcement up at Hackney Wick station. (Right).

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 Apple, in recent times have also been huge proponents of uniqueness and creating your own designs. But, it seems they are dismissing their own advise today after iOS6 featured one of the world's most famous clock faces, which appears to have been lifted almost straight from Switzerland. The clock itself is so important because it was originally designed by Hans Hilfiker and is described as an icon for the Swiss railway and Switzerland. The clock design is trademarked and copyrighted so Apple may well find themselves in some hot water for this slightly hippocritical blunder. The two designs are just below, in a nice side by side comparison and to quote Apple it does seem like this is a 'slavish copy' of the frequently licensed design?

 The final issue only affects the iPhone 5 and it's not so much of an issue as a feature. Basically your new 8mp camera can only take 4mp stills in low-light conditions. The reason for this is because Apple has boosted low light performance, they've had to implement 'quad-pixel oversampling' to make the pictures clearer and just better. So it's a fair trade and many of you will be a lot happier with the new pictures than the old ones.





ZTE announce the Blade III!

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   Today ZTE have released details of another successor in their budget line of Blade smartphones. This time around everything gets slightly updated, but there's nothing mind blowing! We'll have to wait and see what price this phone comes in at before we jump to any conclusions though!

   The full specs include:
   
  • 4 inch WVGA (800×480) 262K TFT Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Weight: 130 gram
  • Size: 123 mm x 63.5 mm x 10mm
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 A processor
  • Android 4.0
  • Memory: ROM 4 GB, ca 2.5GB accessible to the user, RAM 512 MB
  • Supports Micro SD memory card up to 32 GB
  • 5.0 MP AF camera
  • HD-ljud, Dual Mic
  • Mobile standards: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) /UMTS/ GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Audio standards: MP3, AAC, AAC+, midi, wav, AMR-NB
  • Dolby, DLNA
  • Video standards: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
  • Wireless communications standards: Bluetooth™ 2.1, A2DP, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Battery capacity: Li-ion1600 mAh
  • FOTA (Firmware Over-the-Air) – funktion som används för att på ett smidigt sätt uppgradera smartphones
  • FM radio

In other news:

  • Jelly Bean has arrived for Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus!!!
  • Both Samsung and HTC have confirmed that their flagships, the Galaxy S3 and the One X respectively, will be getting Jelly Bean updates in October!
  • Nokia, has been rather scathing of Apple's new Maps today. It's not surprising given that Nokia has a very capable mapping platform which they've built up themselves!
  • The US Senate today accused Microsoft of skipping out about $6.5billion worth of taxes. We'll let you know how this story progresses!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

20/09/2012

We've got a PadFone 2 on the way!!!!!


   Asus' original PadFone was one of the stand out devices from last year. Literally no one bought one but everyone thought it was a great idea! So excuse us for being quite excited about a souped-up successor!

   While we don't have any details about the device yet we've seen a lot of reported benchmark details about the phone. If these benchmarks turn out to be accurate then we'll be seeing a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, just like LG's upcoming Optimus G, topped with 2GB of RAM and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

   Mark the date, October 16th, in your diaries because we're about to see another take on the future of phones!

In other news:

  • HTC have under cut Apple and Samsung with their Windows Phone 8 flagships. Clove has the 8X up for preorder at £399.99 including tax ($648), while the 8S is listed at £224.99 including tax ($364). In contrast, UK sales of the iPhone 5 kick off at £529 ($856), again including tax, while you can pick up a Galaxy S III unlocked and SIM-free for £462 ($748).
  • ZTE will be announcing a phone running Firefox OS in early 2013.
  • iPhone 5 16GB costs $207 to produce according to IHS iSuppli.
  • T-Mobile USA names John Legere as new CEO, says hello on YouTube.
  • Raspberry Pi squeezes 50% performance boost with turbo mode.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

19/09/2012

HTC announces the 8X and the 8S, fresh new Windows Phones!
 Today HTC has released to the world two new phone, both powered by Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8 operating system. Both of which will be branded as Microsoft 'Signature devices',

 
The HTC 8X
   The HTC 8X (as it’s likely to be known) has a 4.3-inch Super LCD II 720p display, which equates to 341ppi! A 1.5GHz dualcore Snapdragon S4 chipset, 8-megapixel f2/0 BSI camera and twin amps for its Beats Audio integration.

   On top of this there's Gorilla Glass and an optical lamination touchscreen, 16GB of internal storage (though no microSD card slot), WiFi a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and the usual sensors; digital compass, GPS, accelerometer and so on . Yes there's LTE on board, but only if you're a North American resident, those of us in Europe will be getting a HSPA+/DC-HSDPA variant.


The HTC 8S
   There's a more affordable alternative too, which comes in the shape of the HTC 8S. A solid little phone which offers a 4-inch WVGA display (480x800pixels), a 1GHz dualcore S4 chipset, a 5-megapixel f/2.8 camera, and a microSD slot to give the 4gb of internal storage a boost.

   The 5MP shooter will only be capable of 720p, but if you're in the market for this sort of phone you can't expect to have all the goodies!

   Both of these stunning phones go on sale in November, with the HTC 8X being up for sale on 126 operators in 50 countries, and the HTC 8S on more than 146 operators in 52 countries. 

   Us UK residents can get them both on; Three, Orange, T- Mobile, Vodafone, O2, and Virgin Media, unlocked versions will obviously be available too!

   In the US, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon will be offering the phones1 The rest of Europe meanwhile will be able to buy them from Vodafone, Orange, and T-Mobile.

  And even further afield you can get them on Telstra, Vodafone Australia, Singaport Telecoms, Chunghwa Telecom, Smartone, Optus, and Telecom NZ in Asia-Pacific region!


In other news:

  • Apple has release iOS6 to the world today! Go get updating guys!
  • Nokia has blasted HTC over their announcement of the new 8X and 8S today saying "Instead of changing a product name, we’re changing the game with benefits like PureView, nav & wireless charging” Nokia executive vice president of sales and marketing Chris Weber tweeted. “It takes more than matching color to match the innovation of the Lumia 920.” Slightly harsh but we can see his point.

    Perhaps some of his upset stems from the fact HTC's new phones are “signature Windows Phones” and Microsoft has agreed to use HTC’s handsets for its promotional material and advertising for Windows Phone 8. Steve Ballmer did rave on about how the new smartphones embodied WP8 today.

    To be fair to Nokia they do offer a suite of exclusive apps, such as Nokia Music and Nokia Transport, they have their own maps and HTC has chosen to just use the bare bones of Microsoft's new OS with their attempts, so we can understand their criticism.
  • Are you interested in Samsung's new Galaxy Note 2? Well if you live in the United States then you will be able to get it from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular!
  • There's been rumours today that LG's Optimus G, which is set for a November release, will become Google's new Nexus device by the time it's release date rolls around. It's very possible indeed, but remember we might be getting multiple Nexus devices this time!

And finally, Acer has unleashed a new Iconia Tab on Europe, it's the A110. The device is a seven-inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and rocking an Nvidia Tegra 3 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. The tablet has a solid screen resolution of 1024 x 600 and 1 GB of RAM. There's 8GB of internal storage and a SD card slot. If you live in the UK it'll set you back £180!


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

18/09/2012

Motorola announces the Razr i, with Intel inside!


    Sometimes companies tend to release run of the mill phones; they catch themselves up with the competition and then they pump the phone out. Motorola has been very quiet on the European front lately, they've only recently released the Razr and Razr Maxx. But today we finally get a phone that differentiates itself and is a worthy addition to the companies European line up. 

   The phone in question is called the Motorola Razr i and we can only assume the i is from the companies partnership with Intel! The main features this phone brings to the fore are; an edge to edge display (aka no bezel), the ability to take ten pictures in less than a second, a 2.0Ghz processor(!!!) and Motorola's life proofing enhancements, which hopefully protect your phone a bit!

Here's what Motorola and Intel had to say about the new phones!
"Introducing the powerful new Motorola RAZR i with Intel Inside®. With power, speed, and an edge-to-edge display, in an impossibly compact design, it’s everything you want in the palm of your hand. 
Intel Inside® boosts the performance of your browser, Google Apps™ and camera while delivering great battery life. Motorola RAZR i’s instant-launch 8-megapixel camera can capture 10 pictures in less than a second – making sure you never miss a moment. Stay mobile for longer with its impressive up to 20 hours of mixed usage time1 and maximize every last ounce of power with Motorola’s unique SMARTACTIONS™ app.  And because RAZR i is part of the Motorola RAZR family, it’s built with premium protective materials like Corning® Gorilla® Glass, DuPont™ KEVLAR® fibre2 and a splash-guard coating, which protects even the electrical boards inside."

The full specs are presented in this lovely table below!

Motorola RAZR i Specifications
Form FactorTouch Screen
Software PlatformAndroid™ 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Jelly Bean)
Size/Dimensions60.9mm (x) 122.5mm (y) 8.3mm (z)
Display4.3” qHD 540×960 Super AMOLED Advanced
Weight126g
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ Processor up to 2.0 GHz
Battery2000 mAh
Mixed Use Time1Up to 20 hours of mixed usage time
Bands/ModesWCDMA 850/900/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 900/2100 B1, B8 Rx Diversity
Connectivity3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, DLNA, NFC
BluetoothClass 1, Version 2.1+EDR
Camera8MP, VGA P2P Video, Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, LED
AudioAAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, AMR NB, AMR WB, MIDI, MP3, PCM, WAV, WMA (v2, v7, v8, v9, v10), FLAC, OGG/Vorbis
Video CaptureH.264 Baseline 1080p @ 30fps with AAC 44.1kHz audio
Video Playback1080p @ 30fps for H.264/VC-1, 720p @ 30fps for MPEG-4, D1 @ 50/60fps for H.263
Storage & Memory1GB RAM x 8GB ROM , 5.0GB user available internal memory, expandable with optional microSD card
WLAN802.11a/g/b/n (2.4GHz/5GHz), with Mobile Hotspot (up to 8 connections)
Location ServicesaGPS (assisted), Standalone GPS, eCompass
Pre-loaded ApplicationsYouTube, Voice Actions for Android, Gmail, Google Maps, Google+, Google Talk, SMARTACTIONS and more

In other news!

  • Amazon has launched their MP3 cloud player in the UK.
  • Samsung has categorically dismissed yesterdays rumours that there would be a Galaxy S4 coming at MWC early next year. So we now expect the company to follow the yearly release cycle so we can expect a phone around half way through May.
  • Twitter has overhauled their iPad app. The new version, V5, will bring a lot of changes so make sure you get the update! There's also an update for Android owners, but it's not quite as major!
  • Steve Ballmer from Microsoft thinks that the launch of Windows 8 is comparable to the launch of Windows 95. We'll see if his prediction comes true, but this is an important release for the company as they start to head in a new touch centric direction!
  • HP CEO, Meg Whitman, has said Apple has helped her company focus the design for their new laptops and HP's focus is now on beautiful aesthetics as well as powerful specifications.


And finally, the picture below is Samsung's latest attempt to escape the Apple lawsuits. What do you think, there certainly is a resemblance but only from the back!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Rovio teases Bad Piggies! Available Sept. 27!


   Rovio has had it's Pig-centric successor to Angry Birds in the cooker for quite a while now and it seems the game is nearly ready for release! The trailer above will give you a pretty good idea of the sort of game play we can expect to see, but Rovio has promised that Angry Birds and Bad Piggies gameplay will be 'complete opposites".

   It's a lot more of a puzzle-based game this time and in the same way Amazing Alex is. You will have to build things to complete the objectives. But, it does seem that Bad Piggies takes it to the next level! Again this will have all the animated 2D charm of the previous games, but with the added fun of creating your own unique contraptions to guide the pigs through levels, collecting as many stars and eggs as possible!

   If you need a new time killing game then put Thursday, September 27 in your diary! The app will be available on Android and iOS on that date and Windows Phone and PC are currently being worked on, but we don't have a release date for those at the moment!

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