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TubeMate – My mate, your mate, our mate, TubeMate

TubeMate

A while ago on Android Apt we reviewed the Youtube download app JetVD. It proved to be one of the more popular reviews on the blog, clearly people prefer the convenience of downloaded videos over ones that you have to stream. Sadly JetVD has refused to work in recent weeks, this wasn’t totally unexpected as Youtube have a habit of making background changes in order to disable programs that can download videos. A replacement was needed and I found Tubemate, dubbed as ‘The Fastest Youtube Downloader’.

Now you can download 'How Indy 4 Should Have Ended' and watch it on your phone.

Tubemate takes the standard Youtube front-end (you can switch between the standard web or mobile version) and adds a couple of handy buttons that allow you to download content as well as share and search for videos. Pressing the download button gives you a selection of video sizes (plus an MP3 download option) that caters for all flavours of Android right up to the latest tablet resolutions (depending on the source material obviously).
Downloading content is a devilishly quick process when TubeMate is used over wi-fi. You get a handy kbps counter as the video downloads and unlike JetVD the handset doesn’t slow down to a crawl when downloading HD videos. Tubemate also supports multiple downloads so you can build up your local Youtube library in next to no time.
TubeMate is a tidy, functional and easy to navigate app that only clocks in at a tiny 500k install size. It’s definately worth a download, lets just hope it doesn’t go the same way as JetVD any time soon.

About This App – Version Reviewed : 1,04.04
Category : Multimedia , Price : Free

Links : At the time of posting TubeMate has been taken off the Android Marketplace but it is available here.

Bottom Line : Hooray! Downloading Youtube videos is back on the menu. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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Radiant HD / Lite – No school like the old school.

Radiant HD / Lite

Action games can be a tricky proposition on the HTC Desire as getting the touch screen controls wrong can seriously hinder any enjoyment to be had. This has always been a downer for the numerous emulation apps that are on the Marketplace. Being able to play a perfect version of Super MarioKart on my phone is excellent, only being able to control my kart like a drunk, hamfisted badger is less so. As a result when it comes to playing games on a touch screen handset the simpler the controls, the better.

Space Invader backchat hasn't improved much over the years.

Hexage Ltd seem to have grasped this concept whilst creating the deliciously retro styled shooter ‘Radiant HD’, a vertical scrolling shooter that riffs off the arcade shooters of the golden age. The only controls you have to worry about are left and right with the odd occasion of tapping your ship to change weapons. Radiant HD is a game that initially looks very simple and it positively drowns itself in it’s retro stylings but that doesn’t stop Hexage from adding lovely little graphical touches to elevate the graphics above your initial expectations. Every in game character emits a warm fuzzy glow and the movements of the aliens are perfectly animated in a way that goes beyond the retro look to create a strange old skool/new skool kind of vibe.

Shooty Blasty Fun Fun Times

The game itself is also slightly deeper than it first seems (only slightly, it’s not exactly re-writing the genre here) the simple shoot em up gameplay is bolstered by collectable power ups and a credits system that allows you to upgrade the weapons on your ship. These are essential when the waves of colourful aliens become more complex and the bigger boss aliens enter the fray. The main game comes in three flavours of difficulty, casual, survival and hardcore and there is also an online leaderboard for you to upload your best scores.
Radiant HD (and it’s limited free version ‘Radiant Lite’) won’t set the world alight with it’s originality but it is a slick game that has clearly been made with an infectious amount of care and attention and for a measly 50p (until November 16th) it’s not a bad deal at all.

Links : Install FULL Version via AppBrain, Install FREE version via AppBrain, Hexage Ltd.

Bottom Line : For shoot-em-up fans or anyone looking for an occasional 5 minute colourful diversion this is worth a look. Try the free version (Radiant Lite) or grab the full version while it’s on limited offer at the low price of 50p.

JetVD – Less YouTube, More Your Tube

JetVD

Put words in, videos come out. Simple.

It’s all well and groovy having a new YouTube app to enjoy on your Froyo Android handset but what do you when you’ve got no wi-fi connection? You can try 3G but results are choppy at best. One way around it is to grab your favourite YouTube videos ahead of time and JetVD lets you achieve that. Simply enter a phrase in the search screen, find what you want and download it.
Personally I much prefer having my own collection of favourite YouTube clips already stored on my phone rather than waiting for an online stream to get started but this can be difficult to do thanks to Google’s disapproving stance of downloading content from Youtube. As a result YouTube download apps tend to come and go on the Android Marketplace, they work for a while but then become disabled due to a change at the source or they get taken down completely; thankfully I’ve been using JetVD for months now and it just keeps on working.
Opening the app takes you straight to the search screen, search results are presented with information on clip length and number of views as well as a thumbnail image. Slightly annoyingly results only arrive in groups of ten, so for every ten videos you scroll through you have to wait a few seconds while more results are retrieved. Selecting a video takes you to the download menu, from here you can stream the video, read some info on the selected clip or choose which format you wish to download it in. JetVD does a good job at finding out the various video formats even offering up 720p HD quality videos for you to download.

Shall I download a crappy 3GP or a lush 720p video? Choices choices.

If you’re on wi-fi, downloads come down the line as fast as you’d expect, just make sure you first set up a folder in the settings telling the app where you want your videos to go. One thing I have noticed is that whilst downloading 720p HD videos your phone can become unresponsive or slow, it’s something of a trade-off considering how good the videos look during playback. The free version of JetVD only allows you to download one video at a time which suggests there is a paid version of the program. Unfortunately there is no sign of this on the Marketplace (it’s also possible that there never will be as that could generate a very tricky legal issue).
From the menu button you can also directly access your downloads, this screen comes across as a bit of an afterthought. The videos are listed in order of date downloaded, there’s no option to change this nor are there any thumbnails to go with each entry. If anything you don’t really need this screen anyway, if you have a good video player installed (such as mVideoPlayer) you’ll be browsing the videos from there instead.
It’s pretty much a ‘Nuts & Gum’* application, it doesn’t blow you away with a flashy UI but it does let you get in, grab a video and get out again; that’s all you need to do really.

Link : Install via AppBrain,

Bottom line : Not perfect but being able to download 720p HD YouTube videos with minimum hassle? Count me in. Worth a download.

* I have no idea what I mean by ‘Nuts & Gum’ application, I just wanted to work in a Simpsons reference.

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