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[Bonus Round] Tetrobot and Co, World Wars, And Random Heroes 3

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 puzzle game, a casual take on Risk, and another Noodlecake shooter-platformer.

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Hodor Tries His Hand At Making A Calculator And Programming Language, Should Probably Stick To His Day Job

In the highly anticipated 5th season of Game of Thrones, Hodor will be noticeably absent. Now we know why. According to the appendices of George R.R. Martin's masterpiece, Hodor has been busy learning Android development.

Because a keyboard is no longer enough, Hodor has been hard at work on a calculator app (presumably because Lannisters are still counting their debts on abaci). Unfortunately, the gentle giant is about as good at math as he is quoting Shakespeare.

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XFINITY TV (Comcast) Remote App Gets A Graphical Redesign In Version 2.0

It wouldn't be controversial to say that the interfaces for cable boxes suck. With the possible exception of TiVo, I don't think I've ever seen one that was made for the purpose of being easy and/or efficient to use, especially since the newer ones are more interested in selling Pay-Per-View and on demand content than actually letting you watch TV. That has largely carried over to the remote apps for the fancy new cable boxes, which might help explain why the XFINITY remote app has a 3.2-star rating in the Play Store.

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[Weekend Discussion] What Do You Want To See In LG's Upcoming G4?

Every weekend at Android Police, we try to post a weekend poll where you vote about something we come up with. This weekend, we're changing the formula: let's turn this into a discussion.

Last week, we learned LG was planning a major launch event for a new smartphone later this month. It's the G4 launch - mostly because it couldn't really be anything else (well, it might not be called G4, but we'll see - name changes are always possible).

The G3 was something of an underdog fan-favorite last year, and much the same could be said of the G2.

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Sling International Android App Hits The Play Store, DishWorld Gets Update Telling You To Download Sling

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Weekend App And Game Sales: SuperBeam PRO, Kiwanuka, Castle Of Illusion, And More

There's a holiday this weekend, and even if you don't celebrate this particular one, there are plenty of sales to take advantage of in the Play Store. Get your Google Wallet ready and proceed to the sales just below.

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Koushik Dutta Teases A Material Redesign Of AllCast's UI

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Getting To Know Android: Lollipop Edition

Android 5.0 Lollipop (known previously as just L) was the biggest change to Android since Ice Cream Sandwich. Frankly, I’d rank it as the biggest change to Android ever, for a variety of reasons.

Google has ostensibly searched every corner of Android for opportunities to tweak, improve, or completely reimagine the platform, and Lollipop is the result.

The most noticeable change was undoubtedly the addition of material design, the very first time Google has openly, publicly taken on a cohesive and thoughtful design philosophy, making it - in theory - accessible to everyone, and defining its rules clearly. Material design, which I've written about before, is a huge design shift, which can trace its roots all the way back to Matias Duarte's work on Palm's WebOS.

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Consumers Give Up Before Their Last Gasp In Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

 

The plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against Google have dropped their case after losing in an initial ruling. Just over a month ago, we reported on Google's win. The federal judge overseeing the case ruled in Google's favor, but the plaintiffs had one last chance to change their arguments before the case was closed. Instead, they have decided to withdraw.

A group of consumers accused Google of anticompetitive practices in the distribution of Android due to the stipulation that their search engine must be default in order for the OEM to load the Play Store on devices. The problem here, the plaintiffs allege, is that this precludes competing search providers from being default.

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CBS Updates Its Sports App With Android TV Support, Forgets To Make It Compatible With Any Android TV Hardware

The official CBS Sports app has been updated to work with Android TV devices. What, you want more? That's all there is to this story. OK, it's also been updated with non-specific improvements for the upcoming Masters golf tournament, plus a few bug fixes. Um... it's now on version 8.2.2. And here's a screenshot from my phone, because I don't have an Android TV box yet and CBS didn't include a shot of the TV interface anywhere.

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Just imagine this, but 50 inches bigger.

On second thought, there might be a reason for that. The app is incompatible with the original ADT-1 Android TV developer device.

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