Google Updated Some iPhone X Apps, But Not the Ones You Wanted

Google has released updates for its Sheets, Docs, and Slides applications on Monday, all of which now include optimisation for the iPhone X screen.

They look wonderful on the smartphone’s edge-to-edge display, using all of the available screen space that the device offers, including the notch area, the TrueDepth camera system, and the bottom area of the display as well.

Meanwhile, We’re Still Waiting for the Rest

In the meantime, we are longing for Google applications like Maps, Calendar, Gmail, and Hangouts to get optimized for the iPhone X. At this point, these apps make your $1000 bezel-less iPhone X look like the $700 iPhone 8 with bezels!

Google has updated a number of other applications for the new iPhone so far:

  • Chrome
  • YouTube
  • Google Photos
  • Assistant
  • Earth
  • Duo
  • Google+
  • Translate

This is a good list of applications, but the continuing lack of optimization for the hugely popular Maps, Calendar, and Gmail apps is strange. Luckily Google is not in charge of the online pokies NZ has to offer -who knows where we would be then?

Hopefully They Will be Optimised Sooner Rather than Later

It is not the worst thing, we know, and updates for these popular applications will likely be released soon. When optimisation for the iPhone X screen does become available, it is probably that we will get more space to use like we did for the Docs application too. For the moment, however, those of us who wish to use these unoptimised applications will be reminded what an iPhone with bezels is like, unfortunately.

Google Has Not Responded

When Google was asked about how the prioritisation of updates for its various iOS applications worked, they did not immediately respond. I guess we will have to wait and see!

In Any Case, the Pixel 2 May be Better than the iPhone X

Users who have been experimenting with the Google Pixel 2 XL are finding it difficult to convince themselves that the new iPhone X is better. While the latter gadget makes a serious case for itself when it comes to design, it really is a beautiful gadget, the price is rather off-putting.

The new Pixel 2 from Google starts at just $650, which is a whopping $350 less than the price for the iPhone X. The larger Pixel 2 XL is still only $850, which remains a better deal. They also come with a fast charger included, and iPhone X does not, even though Apple has finally added support for this feature to both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. This lets you get hours of extra battery life with just a few minutes of charging, which is incredibly useful in a pinch, and may see users stray from their loyalty to the iOS yet…

Google needs to get its act together in terms of app optimization for the iOS, and Apple needs to calm down with their pricing, in summary. The world of smartphones is changing, and fast, and these two brand-leaders need to get their acts together!

iPhone Game Review “Sea Wolf”

Format: iPhone
Version: 1.2
Price: $1.99
Coastal Amusements, Inc.

Our Score: 2 out of 5 stars

“Sea Wolf” is a remake/reboot of the classic Midway 1976 arcade game. The news isn’t all good though, this update has quite a few problems on the iPhone. The game play is decent but I had a big problem with the controls and the stability of the game itself. The controls are mostly motion-based but I found that it was too restricted and didn’t allow total control. Also when you have to shoot the planes coming at you, you need to use your finger on the screen and end up blocking your shooting view.

In the game you take control of a World War II submarine and your goal is to sink enemy ships with torpedoes and also shoot down enemy planes with your turret guns. Overall the game is definitely easy to just pick and jump right in. It does have a lot of action and levels to play. But the weak color design makes the game feel very repetitive after a short time.

Version 1.2 was recently updated to address bug fixes and stability but I feel that there is still some major bugs hiding away. During game play, I have experienced the game constantly crashing and when you resume playing the graphics are all scrambled. This forces you to have to start a new game and entirely lose your saved state.

iPhone Game Review “Tetris”

Developer: Electronic Arts
Platform: iPhone
Genre: Puzzle

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

“Tetris” has always been one of my favorite games. Incredibly challenging but very intriguing. When there was an iPhone version it would have a big shoes to fill definitely with limited controls. I feel that the iPhone delivers with its “One-Touch” controls.  I also have been really enjoying the “Marathon” mode, which plays like a classic version of Tetris”. The new feature called “Galaxy” in which you must place Tetriminos into the planet surface below and clear it out. As you progress in the process you receive power-ups and the ability to earn coins.

If this game looks familiar on the iPhone it should because it has been there before. It was originally released on July 9th, 2008 but on November 30, 2011 it was replaced with this new version. It included the new mode called “Galaxy” but removed the mode “Magic”. The biggest new feature of the game is the addition of the “T-Club,” which is either $2.99 a month or $29.99 for a year membership. The memberships will earn you more coins and lines in your games. I personally would never pay for something like this but who knows maybe people will.

Despite the addition of “T-Club”, I really enjoyed this new update and for those do not own this game it is recommended to pick it up and give it a chance. The new feature “Galaxy” is a lot of fun and challenging as well.  I wish they included “Magic” mode from the previous release but maybe it will be put back in future updates.  In conclusion for $.99 cents, how can you go wrong!

You can purchase the game here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id479943969