App Week: Angry Birds Space launch, iPlayer comes to Xbox
In this week's round-up Angry Birds seeks to reclaim its throne, while iPhoto for iOS is a runaway success. BBC iPlayer finally lands on Xbox, while WoW could go mobile
Angry Birds boldy go where no bird has gone before
Rovio's latest attempt to prolong our obsession with Angry Birds, sees the winged menaces cross the final frontier. Angry Birds Space for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC and Mac is now available to download. This time Rovio has teamed up with NASA to provide a physics-based educational experience with over 60 interplanetary levels to get your teeth into from the get-go.
iPhoto downloaded a million times in ten days
Apple's decision to launch its iPhoto application for iOS devices has already paid-off handsomely with the £2.99 add-on downloaded a million times in the first ten days on sale. The app brings a host of photo editing and tweaking tools, as well as the ability to auto-correct photos and add Instagram-like filters to your snaps.
Instagram and Hipstamatic join forces: It's a hipster love-in!
With iPhoto breathing down both of their necks, rival iPhone apps Instagram and Hipstamatic announced a partnership this week which will allow a third-party to upload photos to the massively-popular Instagram service for the first time. The partnership could lead to Instagram becoming the portal to upload photos on the go.
BBC iPlayer arrives on Xbox LIVE...at last
It's been a long time coming, but the iPlayer has finally joined the likes of Sky Go, iTV Player, 4oD, LOVEFiLM and Netflix on Microsoft's Xbox portal, complete with Kinect voice and gesture control compatibility. Better still, unlike those aforementioned apps, you won't need an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription in order to catch-up with Eastenders on your console.
World of Warcraft set for full launch on smartphones?
Blizzard is contending with rapidly falling World of Warcraft subscriber numbers and may be looking to the iPhone as a saviour. Producer John Lagrave said: "Yes we have [looked into mobile] and we always are. “Maybe we'll stumble on the great way to put WOW on the phone - maybe we won't, but we're certainly looking into it."
APP REVIEWS FROM THE T3 APP CHART
Android App Review: Whale Trail
Whale Trail was a huge breath of fresh air when it arrived on iOS last summer, with its beautiful visuals, familiar-but-enticing gameplay and wicked soundtrack. It's great to see that fish out of water (well, mammal to be precise) land on the Android platform in all its psychadelic glory. Check out our Whale Trail for Android review.
iPad App Review: Inside the World of Dinosaurs
Anything that's narrated by the precise, lyrical pronunciation of Mr Steven Fry is definitely worth a look for us and, if you add Dinosaurs into the mix, we're saddling-up and along for the ride. This encyclopedic and gorgeous app brings masses of detail (perhaps almost too much) covering over 60 species, while bringing 360 degree imagery into the mix.
iPhone App Review: Ice Rage
Based on the arcade game Hit Hockey, Ice Rage is a fine exponent of smashmouth one-on-one Ice Hockey. The 69p app adds a host of fun characters and gorgeous design. It's definitely worth a download, but beware, Dancing on ice, it is not. Check out our Ice Rage review for iPhone.