Microsoft Acts Cowardly: Android 4.0 Beats A Windows Phone In Challenge At Santa Clara (update!)

In a rather interesting report by Sahas Katta from SkatterTech, he heads to a Santa Clara Microsoft Store to participate in the “Smoked By Windows Phone Challenge” created by Microsoft. It is simple: perform a task faster than a Windows Phone device, and you get the bragging rights. Keep in mind that all the tests are in Microsoft’s favor, but when the brave Sahas stepped in and beat a Windows Phone device by fetching weather from two different cities faster on his Android 4.0-powered Galaxy Nexus (by turning the lock screen off), it infuriated the staff members, and they denied his victory. Personally, I find this rather distasteful, as they had Sahas pose in a photo stating “My Android was smoked by a Windows Phone”, before he left the store.

Really, Microsoft? Are you so desperate for one victory that you need to do this? Tell you what, release the Lumia 900 and then you can go around bullying society into thinking your mobile OS is superior. Via: SkatterTech

Update: Now they’ve offered the true victor a free laptop and phone. Classic PR move.

Galaxy Nexus Review: Everything Is In Sync

This is Android 4.0. The first time I ever laid eyes on it in person, I was intrigued by how Android changed so much, so quickly. Only then did I realize that the Galaxy Nexus was built perfectly around it, for instance, having no touch capacitive buttons to perform functions; everything is done using the 720p HD, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen. Then it was soon realized that the 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM was more than adequate to keep the system running at full speed and smoothly transitioning with all the animations and effects seen in Ice Cream Sandwich. Then came the 10MBps+ 4G LTE speeds on Verizon. And then lastly, I soon found out that the cameras (both the front 1.3MP and 5 megapixel back-facing) were both built perfectly around the software, to the point where recording 1080p HD footage can be taken with speed, all the while taking photos while recording, thanks to Android 4.0.

If only all Android manufacturers could perfectly sync the software to the hardware, per the way Apple has for so many years. This is why I will say right off the bat, that the Galaxy Nexus is one of the best Android phones ever produced, and it deserves the 9.5/10 I’m bestowing upon it Read the full review after the break!

Gaming Memo: New Assassin’s Creed III Screenshots

Great news, fellow assassin’s! Some new screenshots have been released for our Assassin Creed III hero, Connor. In this case, he’s killing redcoats during the American Revolutionary period, hiding in plain sight, and other stuff assassin’s are good at. Check out the source link for all the (beautiful) shots. An interesting note to make is that in this time period, camouflage was for cowards, which probably explains why Connor is still wearing the white assassin’s attire seen on Altair and Ezio, the previous stars of the Assassin’s Creed series.

Via: PC Gamer

Instagram for Android sign-up page now live…

Oh my. It’s Instagram for Android!

A sign-up page of all things! It’s not incredibly important, but if you sign-up with your email address on the popular photo-sharing service with 27 million users using the iOS app, then you will be granted a “first in line” privilege, either for a beta or for just as a alert for when the app is available. Check it out for yourself at the source link.

Via: Instagram, TNW

U.S. Army Software Marketplace debuts for iOS approved apps, Android coming

Since the United States Army has been trying to create their own smartphone for soldiers on the field, it is only mandatory that there be an app store with Army approved applications inside. Introducing, the U.S. Army Software Marketplace, a mobile website with links to approved iOS apps on the App Store. An Android version is in the works. The approved apps so far are 12 apps, including the Soldiers Blue Book (the initial training guide for all members of the Army), a benefits guide, and a social media handbook. On the flipside the army is looking into third-party submissions, and the marketplace is available to the public, as well.

Via: U.S. Army, The Software Marketplace

Now Available: Shogun 2 – Fall Of The Samurai

In the past few months (and then some), the Total War team has created multiple worthwhile DLCs for their best game yet, Shogun 2: Total War. It has become a history lesson for gamers and nearly a means of teaching for history professors on the Feudal Periods of Japan. Nearly all times of “feudal Japan” has been covered using the base game, or DLCs: the Gempei war, which allowed for the rise of the samurai class, the Sengoku Jidai (which is where the Tokugawa Shogunate claimed victory), and now lastly the fall of the samurai: enter the Americans and the Gatling gun. It is highly explosive and the most modern Total War game, to date. It’s available starting today on Steam, at $29.99. Best of all, due to its size, you do not need the base Shogun 2 game to play it, so Fall of The Samurai is a game all its own.