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XBOX Live Statistics (BETA) – Xbox Live Comes To Android (kinda)

XBOX Live Statistics (BETA)

Yeah so I play a little Peggle, what of it? I'm not hooked or anything, I CAN QUIT ANYTIME I LIKE!!

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try out a new Windows Phone 7 handset, to give credit where it’s due, it’s a pretty good interface. It looks good, it’s intuitive and considering M$’s previous failures (hello Windows Vista) it’s something of a success. Being an Xbox user I was particularly keen on how WP7 interacted with Microsoft’s gaming platform although not anywhere near enough for me to make the switch from Android.
Well thankfully I’ll never need to make that switch (as if) thanks to the recently updated ‘XBOX Live Statistics’ app (currently in BETA). Using your log-in details this app can access your Xbox Live account and allow you to manage your account on your Android handset. Using this you can check who’s online, read and reply to messages or compare achievements with your friends. There’s also a link to the Microsoft Events Calendar so you can get in on the organised Xbox Live fun (although I’ve yet to meet anyone who actually uses the Events Calendar).

Now I can see how crap I am at games wherever I go. Great!

The UI appearance is clean and up to date with the latest xbox branding, the different screens can be navigated via the buttons on the main display or by swipe gestures. There’s also widgets you can add to your home screen that can track the number of friends online or provide quick access to the messages in your account. According to the developer’s website this is the final release of the free version, there won’t be anymore updates however you can pick up the paid version (which will be updated) for only $0.99 until the end of the year. Considering the performance and usefulness of this app, it’s an offer I may well take up. Don’t feel left out PS3 owners, the creator has also made a Trophy app, check the ‘Official Site’ link below.

Links : Install via AppBrain, Official Site

Bottom Line : Simple and tidy and yet it features some great functionality for xbox gamers who want to manage their XBL accounts via their Android handsets. Worth a look.

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PhotoFunia – With ‘Special Guest’ Kanye West

PhotoFunia

PhotoFunia is the Android version of the online photo editing tool www.photofunia.com, in their words “You upload any photo and just wait to see the magic. Our proprietary technology automatically identifies the face in the photo and let’s you add cool photo effects and create funny face photo montages”. PR bumph aside it’s true that with a few simple steps you can add an image to a large selection of templates and have your pictures transformed with great results.

 

So many choices, so little time.

 

Opening the app takes you directly into a list of photo effects to use, straight away you’ll notice the large number of effects on offer, I counted roughly 150. The menu is simply laid out and clearly displays how your finished photo will look. Unfortunately the effects don’t seem to be listed in any order and there’s no way to sort them or filter out a particular effect style.

Once you pick an effect you are give the option to take a picture or process an already existing photo, you’re then given some simple crop / rotation options and once you press ‘OK’ your picture is uploaded to be modified. Here’s where the catch comes into play, in order to use the app you must have a data connection as all the photo processing is done online. If you have no wi-fi access or no network signal you won’t be able to use the app. Considering the small install size this seems to be a fair trade off and things seem to upload / download quick enough, even on 3G. Once your photo is done you can save it or share it directly to Twitter, Facebook or whatever sharing platforms you have installed on your handset.

In general the results are very good, on a phone they look great, on your computer they can sometimes look pixelated. On occasion the face sensitive effects don’t quite work as you’d expect but for a simple ‘does it all’ app such as this it’s to be expected.

Of course to demonstrate the effectiveness of all this photo-trickery we need a solid test subject. So let’s bring in our special guest, Kanye West.

 

What up homies. It is I, The Kanye West

 

 

Hooray! Yeezy just saved a goal. Kanye wins the world cup!

 

 

Mirror mirror, in my hand, who's the best rapper in all the land?

 

 

Check it y'all! My favourite mug for when I have tea & biscuits.

 

Thanks Kanye. As you can see, the effects are very much spot on and are good fun to mess about with.

Bottom Line : A nicely presented free app that offers all kinds of easy-to-do photoshop style fun. Recommended.

Links : Official Page, Install via AppBrain

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