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35 New And Notable (And 1 WTF) Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (6/23/15 - 7/6/15)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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King of Dragon Pass

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Highly-Regarded Interactive Storytelling Game 'King Of Dragon Pass' Hits Android Priced At $9.99

Today's app roundup is sponsored by the King of Dragon Pass from Herocraft.

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[APK Download] Maps v9.11 Finally Allows You To Tap To Hide UI Elements In Map View, Adds Sharing For My Maps

Good news this morning for anyone who finds Maps' use of UI space in map view wasteful on Android: you can now tap to dismiss most of the UI elements in the Maps app in version 9.11, an APK for which you can grab right here. Here's what that new feature looks like.

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Left: UI showing, right: UI hidden. Simply tap on an empty part of the map UI to switch it on or off.

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OnePlus 2 Will Be "Under $450," CEO Says It Has "Never Been About The Price," Which Is Right Apart From Being Completely Wrong

OnePlus is, if nothing else, impressive for the disproportional amount of attention it receives relative to the number of phones it sells. And that's probably in part because OnePlus does ridiculous things like tease out a new phone for literally months on end to build up hype, and also offers things it sometimes cannot deliver on.

However, the primary reason OnePlus has received consistent attention in the last year? The price of its product. At $300, the One offered $600+ flagship-level specifications at a jaw-dropper of a price, and that phone is now down to just $250 if you want to order it today.

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Sony Folding@Home v2.0 Adds Google Play Games, Clearer Interface, And More

There are millions of smartphones out there with the processing power to get real work done, but they spend most of their time idle. That's what you want for battery life, of course, but Folding@Home offers a way to contribute some of those unused cycles for the greater good while your phone is on the charger. [insert Snapdragon 810 overheating joke here]

Folding@Home has existed on computers for years, but Sony brought it to Android a while back. The new 2.0 version makes the following changes.

  • New, easy-to-use interface - with on/off switch on main screen and notification area.
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Opinion Gathering App 'Tossup' Is The Latest Release From Microsoft Garage

Microsoft is striving to be more experimental and branch out to other platforms with the Microsoft Garage project, which means we get some interesting stuff on Android. Not all of it is probably going to last, but hey, some good short-term fun. The latest app from the garage is Tossup, which can be used to gather opinions from your friends so you can make plans quickly and easily.

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Google Expands Android One Into Pakistan With The QMobile A1 For 11,500 Rupees

Google continues its Android One expansion, marching over Kashmir from the original Indian launch market and into Pakistan. The new rollout was announced on Google's Asia-Pacific blog, along with the country's first Android One device, the QMobile A1. This phone is more or less identical to the Android One devices already launched in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Turkey, and the Philippines. It's available today from cell phone retailers all over the country for 11,500 Pakistani Rupees (about $113), but it doesn't look like QMobile has an online shop.

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QMobile's version of the Android One hardware has a 4.5-inch 854x480 display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor from an unmentioned manufacturer (but probably the same MediaTek chip we've seen in all the Android One phones so far), 8GB of space plus a MicroSD card slot, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 1700mAh battery.

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Multi-Emulator RetroArch Adds A New Menu UI, Directory Scanning, Input Remapping, And More In Version 1.2

The classic game emulation scene for Android is really blowing up. Not only do we have more single-use emulators than ever, more powerful hardware is opening up the sixth generation of home consoles like the Dreamcast and Gamecube. Today one of the more notable all-in-one emulators is getting a huge update on the Play Store: RetroArch. The multi-platform, multi-console emulator has updated its entire user interface system and added a few under-the-hood changes as well.

This video is from the Linux version of RetroArch, but it shows the new menu system in action.

The most striking addition is the user interface, with a cross-style main menu reminiscent of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

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[Android Wear Manual Flashing Tutorials] How To Flash OTAs To An Asus ZenWatch

In part two of our series on manually flashing OTAs to Android Wear devices, we're going to take a look at the Asus ZenWatch.

Prerequisites

Before beginning, make sure you have the following:

  • The latest Google USB driver and platform tools, both of which can be installed via the Android SDK.
  • The OTA ZIP file that you want to flash.

How To Flash

  1. Go into the Settings app on your watch, then scroll down to "About," and tap on it.
  2. Scroll down to the build number and repeatedly tap on it until you see a toast notification telling you that you are now a developer.
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[Bonus Round] 12 Grapes, Escape, Spin Commander, And Tiny Warriors

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 spaceship game about eating humans, a spaceship game about rescuing humans, a spaceship game about spinning around like drunk with an inner ear infection, and a match three puzzler.. Without further ado:

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12 Grapes

In 12 Grapes, you play as an alien who wants to eat a buncha muncha cruncha humans.

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The HTC One M9 Developer Edition Is Being Updated To Android 5.1

Owners of Developer Edition phones are the most dedicated of Android enthusiasts, they who eschew the traditional carrier model and put their money where their mouths are for the sake of total control and the principles of open-source operating systems. (Also, I suppose a few of them might be actual software developers. You never know.) For those who've purchased the Developer Edition of HTC's 2015 flagship, the update to Android 5.1 is going out right now.

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The Developer Edition is the second version of the M9 to get Lollipop 5.1, assuming that Sprint started sending out the promised OTA earlier this week.

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