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46 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (3/7/13 - 3/20/13)

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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.

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.

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

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

Protoxide: Death Race

Android Police coverage: [New Game] HeroCraft Releases Protoxide: Death Race Only 18 Months After Teasing It

Today's roundup is presented by Protoxide: Death Race from Herocraft.

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Hands-On With The Google Play Store 4.0 Leak - A Google Now-Inspired Design With A Horrible Looking Action Bar

The Google Play redesign is very real.

We've managed to secure a copy and we're going to extract every possible ounce of info out of it.

Sadly, we aren't allowed to distribute it - we have to honor the request of the person who scored us a copy. Sorry! We will tell you everything we can about it, though.

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The main screen is, well, broken. That makes navigating the app a little difficult. However with liberal use of the search button and a few tricks it's possible to find your way around. (And yes, the search still blows.)

Browsing For Apps

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Ugh.

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Chameleon Launcher v2 Now In The Play Store For Everyone, Also A New Cheaper Phone-Only Version

If you've been chomping at the bit to get your hands on the Chameleon update that Kickstarter backers saw earlier this month, the wait is finally over. Released just a little while ago, v2 is now available to the public.

This updated version of the radical take on Android's launcher brings support for folders and linked folders, app launcher widgets, updates to most of the stock Chameleon widgets, and a bunch of overall performance improvements. This is also the first version to support phones, a feature that has been long-requested by lovers of the launcher.

For those who only want the phone version of Chameleon, the team decided to release a more affordable version ($2.91) which provides just that.

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Some Sony Xperia Z Handsets Dying Randomly, Sony Says Fix Is Incoming

There isn't a phone on the planet that doesn't have at least a few bugs upon its release, but one such bug being reported by some Xperia Z owners is a doozie. The story goes that users are happily using their shiny new phone when it dies and refuses to wake up. Sony has finally chimed in online, saying the issue has been identified and a bug fix will roll out as part of the next software update.

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Some folks say a hard restart fixes the issue, having resurrected their handsets multiple times. Other phones seem to be completely inoperable after just a single occurrence.

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Google Play Store Version 4.0 Spotted In The Wild With New Holo User Interface [Update]

It's been a while since we've seen a significant update to the look of the Google Play Store - in fact, it's been in its current form since before the "Google Play" brand superseded the Android Market. But it looks like there is a new version in the works, and it's quite a change to the Store we've become used to. Droid Life got a hold of an APK that purports to be build version 4.0.16 of the vending app.

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The interface on display is much lighter than what we're used to seeing, more like the web version of the Play Store.

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NVIDIA's Tegra Team Shows Off Car Dashboards Of The Future, Running And Controlled By Android [Video]

Yesterday, Android Police was in San Jose checking out some nifty things at NVIDIA's 2013 GPU Technology Conference. At one of the events, the Tegra team showed off a few prototypes of automotive dashboards they're hoping to put into cars of the future.

The HMI (Human Machine Interaction) toolkit NVIDIA is developing, called UI Composer, is universal in the sense that it can run on top of Android, Linux, Windows RT, and probably other operating systems. User interfaces made using UI Composer can then be controlled remotely using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. A Google Nexus 7 running Android Jelly Bean is used in one of the examples - it's basically an Android controller talking to a system running Android.

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[New Game] From The Makers Of Galcon, Dynamite Jack Blasts Into The Play Store

When you're a space marine, getting captured by aliens is a real drag. You don't get to shoot stuff and you have to slave away in the anathema mines! In Dynamite Jack, you get to bust out of the mines with just a flashlight and an ample supply of bombs. This is a top-down 2D action game, but there's a prominent stealth component that looks very cool.

There are 28 official levels to complete in Dynamite Jack filled with guards, robots, and other hazards. You have to avoid detection while taking out threats with carefully-placed bombs. Once you finish the included levels, there is almost unlimited gameplay potential thanks to the level editor.

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Hands-On With Google Keep For Android: Notes, Checklists, Voice Notes, Pictures, Widgets, And Voice Actions Integration

The Google Keep Android app is out, and it is way more functional than the sparse web site. Allow me to show you around.

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There are two different views to Keep, a multi-column view and a single-column view. Multi-column is "pretty typography mode" and single column is all business. You can switch views with the menu button.

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There's about a million different ways to take notes: plain text, a checklist, a voice note (which transcribes and saves the audio), or you can take a picture with the camera. Check list items have little draggable handles on them.

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Just like Gmail, archiving a note is as easy swiping it away, and, just like Gmail, there's a handy "undo" popup.

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[Updated] Google Play Books Now Live In Mexico (Google Play Books Ya Está Disponible En México)

If you're in Mexico and love to read books, your potential book collection just got a lot bigger thanks to Google. Naturally, I'm talking about Google Play Books, which is now live in Mexico.

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See? Just look at all those Spanish words. There are plenty more where those came from as soon as you enable the feature on your device and start digging around for your favorite titles. There should even be a slew of books for free.

So there you go, Mexican bookworms, even more content to choose from. Go check it out.

Update: Here's the official post about it from Google Mexico.

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Google Keep, Google's Note-Taking App, Is Live! Again [Update: Android App Too]

Google Keep has once again popped back into existence. It had previously gone live for about a half hour on St. Patrick's Day before Google took it down. We managed to snag a full set of screenshots before it went down.

Update: Hands-On With Google Keep For Android: Notes, Checklists, Voice Notes, Pictures, Widgets, And Voice Actions Integration

So if you'd like to check out Google's new note-taking app, I suggest you hurry and head on over to https://drive.google.com/keep/. Until we see some kind of official launch post from a Google blog, I don't expect it to be there for long.

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