Dear readers: I have a confession to make. I completely forgot about our monthly best-of games series, because when the event came up on the calendar I was busy drooling over the new SHIELD set-top box and other Game Developers Conference-related stuff in San Francisco. Here, belated but hopefully still appreciated, are my picks for the top seven Android games of last month and a few honorable mentions.
Android Police coverage: Creepy Platformer And Steam Favorite LIMBO Crawls Into The Play Store For $5
LIMBO is a platformer and puzzler favorite among the Steam and console download crowd. Read More
Hey, HTC One M7 (2013) owners on T-Mobile, are you jealous of your counterparts in Europe, or on Sprint, or those who use the Developer Edition? You know, because they all have the Lollipop update (or at least access to a ROM file) before you do? Well fret no more: HTC's most excellent vice president of product management Mo Versi is back with another one of his One update announcement proclamations:
In the book of Judges, the Hebrew champion Samson claims to have killed a thousand men with a donkey's jawbone. We wouldn't recommend killing anyone with the Jawbone BIG Jambox, but if you just happen to be surrounded by a hoard of enemies, it's probably a better blunt instrument than the standard model. Consumers in the market for high-fidelity Bluetooth speakers and/or weapons of biblical destruction can pick one up from Woot today for just $187.99.
That's a hefty $112 off of the $300 retail price, a 37% discount made all the sweeter because these speakers are brand new, not refurbished like many of Woot's sales. Read More
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a unique sound-based puzzle game, a nostalgic sliding block puzzler, and Kairosoft's latest business manager. Without further ado:
In Dark Echo, you move through a world that's only visible when sounds are made. Read More
Google still doesn't have a Play Music API for third-party apps, so I'm essentially forced to use the official app for streaming my music. If I had the option of using any music app and still getting my cloud tunes, I'd use Shuttle—we've even recommended it a few times. This app is feature-rich and has a slick design, but it's getting even better today with a big update to v1.5. This is the second phase of the developer's material redesign, and it's looking great.
Designer brand Phiaton makes some sweet-looking headphones that don't skimp on the sound quality (cough, Beats, cough). They're also pretty expensive, with retail prices putting them out of reach for most casual listeners and enthusiasts on a budget. But online boutique store Touch of Modern is offering two models at a steep discount starting today: the Fusion MS 430 and Bridge MS 500. You'll need a free membership to Touch of Modern to have access to the deals.
The Fusion headphones have a retail price of $150, but Touch of Modern is selling them for $89.99. These feature an eye-catching carbon fiber and aluminum design with a thick red headphone cord, complete with in-line controls. Read More
Hangouts video chats are pretty good in terms of handling multiple up and down streams, but the invitation and verification system leaves a lot to be desired - there's something of a traffic jam when we start the Android Police podcast video, for example. Today Google is making that a little easier by allowing mobile users to join a Hangouts video session with a simple invitation link, instead of needing an explicit, personal invitation via the Hangouts/Google+ system.
This has been possible on a standard desktop or Chrome OS device for a few months, but now it's enabled for Android connections as well. Read More
Lenovo has crammed just about everything it can think of into the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro to make it interesting, with the exception of a stylus and a can opener. And it is interesting, from a purely technical point of view - it has a huge 13" screen, 2.1 JLB speakers, integrated kickstand, and oh yeah, a built-in pico projector. This machine epitomizes one of the best things about Android hardware: a diversity of manufacturers can yield an amazing variety of features.
Unfortunately, Lenovo's design is more ambitious than its execution. With a build quality that's only average, some questionable hardware decisions, and a software experience that's poor at best, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro simply won't be worth a look for most people. Read More
Cerberus is a solid little app that makes it easy (or at least easier) to find/lock your phone or tablet if it's lost or stolen. The app has accumulated over a million downloads on the Play Store, so clearly it has earned some loyal users. The update to version 3.1 adds a couple of crucial features: full support for both Android Wear and Android 5.0. If you have either one, you'll appreciate the added functionality.
For Android Wear, Cerberus can send an alert to your watch to let you know when it's lost a connection with the phone or tablet. Wear has this functionality built-in, but it's more of a notification than a "your phone is being stolen" alert. Read More