Google's new tablet, the Nexus 7 is already a pretty sweet deal. Only $200 for a Tegra 3 tablet with a quality screen and solid construction is almost more than we could ask for. The fact that Google is nice enough to throw in a $25 credit to Google Play is just the icing on the cake. It turns out that it might be even better, though. By logging into a different account, the Nexus 7 keeps handing out $25 credits like a sleek little cash machine.
Typically, when we think about gadgets like this designed for children, Leapfrog comes to mind. Then there are the junk devices that use two-year old tech marketed as "for kids." The Nabi 2 shatters that mold, however, by using the quad-core Tegra 3 processor to power the device. That, combined with an array of fantastic and educational software, puts this tiny powerhouse in a league of its own. Best of all: it does all that for only $199.
If you've purchased a Nexus 7, you might already be well-aware of the fact that it is literally the perfect size for a touch gaming system. What you may not know is what games are actually worth your time and, more importantly, your money. That $25 Play Store credit is probably burning a hole in your pocket, and you're just itching to figure out how to spend it. I'm going to give you the rundown on which games you should definitely be looking at - old and new.
It seems like most books on developing for Android are geared towards beginners and those who are accustomed to developing for other platforms or using other languages, while fewer help you put that extra layer of polish and shine on your app. With hundreds of thousands of apps already on the market for you to compete with, that's exactly what you need: something to kick your app up a notch or two.
Solid Explorer Beta was released a few months ago, and was instantly a fabulous file management app. It's clever use of swipable columns and fragments makes it easy to move things around. If you've noticed a distinct lack of updates as of late, there's a reason for that. The developer is unable to update the original app anymore, so it's been unpublished.
The old beta version of the app is now expired, and directs users to update in order to continue using Solid Explorer.
Most of you will know Adult Swim from the "no kids allowed" programming shown late night on Cartoon Network, but the quirky pseudo-station has been tossing its hat into the game development ring for some time. The latest entry in their Android stable is Major Mayhem, a 2D gallery shooter (with 3D graphics) that's a blend of gameplay mechanics from the likes of Metal Slug and Time Crisis. And all the sense and subtlety of a thrown brick - in a good way.
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After taking a closer look at our top five favorite apps from June, it only seemed right to follow up with another roundup of our top favorites in the game category. Unable to settle on just five games for this roundup, we decided to include six of June's best entries into the Play Store. Of course, there were a ton of worthy competitors for the top six spots, so choosing wasn't easy, but here are our favorites:
First up is Project 83113, a cute sidescrolling platformer from NCsoft.
This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon, and you can find the tablet app roundup here.
Holy crap, there were a lot of quality games released in the last few weeks.
This edition focuses only on new tablet apps or ones that added tablet support. Regular apps and games are coming soon.