Notable App releases
Melbourne-based Iron Monkey studios, developers of the mobile editions of Dead Space, Need for Speed and Mirror's Edge, has just released the one-time iOS exclusive, Mass Effect Infiltrator, to the Android Platform.
The graphically impressive and fully-featured Third-Person Shooter, which originally debuted alongside Mass Effect 3, boasts an original side-story set in the same universe as the home console games but features its own plot and characters.
Fans of the series will be glad to know that Iron Monkey studios has also recently released a substantial update to the game which adds a new bonus mission and allows gamers to play the role of a captured Turian experiment victim.
Not to be outdone, Epic Games has just released substantial DLC of their own for their headline iOS franchise, Infinity Blade II. The "Vault of Tears" DLC adds new areas, items, enemies and social features to the popular hack and slash experience. The DLC, which is available as a free update, promises a deeper look into the mysterious past of protagonist Siris and adds a number of new achievements, as well as a Treasure Map feature for obtaining even more items and rewards.
The hotly anticipated third instalment in the N.O.V.A (Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance) series made its debut earlier this month on iOS (Android release to arrive shortly) and has since rocketed to the top 10 on the App store in 69 countries. According to critics, the game currently owns the crown for the best looking First Person Shooter ever to appear on a mobile device with expansive maps, weather effects and detailed character models. Now, if only Apple will ever get around to releasing a proper game controller for their idevices…
LG showcases world’s first full HD LCD Smartphone panel, packs in a retina display killing 440ppi
In an announcement made yesterday that is sure to make pixel junkies rejoice and ARM processors tremble at the same time, LG have debuted a 5” Full HD LCD panel for smartphones – the highest resolution mobile panel to date. The eye-melting 1080p display features a razor sharp 440ppi; leapfrogging the 326 pixels per inch on the iPhone 4S.
The AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plan Switching) display promises wider viewing angles and improved brightness efficiency. Now, before you put your 720p smartphone on eBay, keep in mind that this particular five-inch display won’t be finding its way onto a smartphone until the second half of the year. It will, however, be on exhibit for the first time at the Society for Information Display (SID) conference next week in Boston so expect to hear plenty more about this one in the coming weeks.
Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 now available - marks the first ever jailbreak for the new iPad
If you’re looking to run unofficial third-party apps on your new idevice or just want to customise your device beyond Apple's stock offering, you’re in luck as the Chronic Dev team have just released a new untethered jailbreak for the latest iOS 5.1.1 software. The jailbreak, dubbed Absinthe 2.0, is compatible with virtually all current iOS devices including the new iPad. The jailbreak, however, will not run on a handful of 16GB iPad2s that use the new 32nm A5 chipset and the AppleTV 3.
Previously, only tethered jailbreaks were available for Apple's latest iOS 5.1.1 software which meant that the jailbreak would be removed after rebooting the device. Jail-breaking your device using the Absinthe 2.0 software, however, enables the jailbreak to remain even after rebooting.