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[Non-US Only] Age Of Empires: World Domination Soft Launches In The Play Store For Certain Countries

Talk of Age of Empires coming to Android has existed around the water cooler for over two years now, since Microsoft gave developer KLad license to make games with the property. We expected something to arrive long before now, but we understand. Sometimes resources take a while to gather, and you don't want to move with an army that's unprepared. But the time has come, and Age of Empires: World Dominance has now invaded the Play Store.

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[Update: Fixed In Android 6.0.1] Google Says The Nexus 9 LTE Works On Verizon—A Year Later, It Still Doesn't

If you go to the Google Store's Nexus 9 page, you'll see that it clearly shows Verizon compatibility for the tablet's LTE variant. The problem is that this claim simply isn't true. Last December, a thread was started on XDA regarding the issue, in which a few people showed that putting a Verizon SIM into the tablet made it exhibit some rather odd behavior. Specifically: it didn't work. Over a year after launch, there is still no fix. After some extensive testing, it appears this probably isn't Verizon's fault, but more likely a software or hardware issue that needs to be resolved by Google, HTC, or Qualcomm.

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32 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (11/24/15 - 12/7/15)

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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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The Executive

Android Police coverage: The Executive Is A New Game About Managing A Business And Doing Tedious Paperwork—Just Kidding, It's About An Executive Who Fights Werewolves

This game has you playing as the titular "Executive," but you don't spend much time in gilt board rooms or leather-lined sports cars.

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[Update: APK Download] Google Adds Reminder Creation And Swipe-To-Delete To Google Calendar

Something new is going to be showing up in your Google Calendar very soon. No, you aren't being invited to a party (sorry). Google is adding support for reminders to its calendar apps, so you'll be able to stay on top of your to-dos and upcoming events all in one place. I'm actually surprised this wasn't already part of Calendar.

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Mad Aces From Bulkypix Is A Surprisingly Fun Hybrid Of Crossy Road And Flappy Bird

Surely you remember the Flappy Bird hysteria from a year or two ago. That event is still influencing developers as they try to find the next casual gaming hit. Crossy Road might be the closest, and now comes a game that combines the best parts of Flappy Bird and Crossy Road into one unholy hellstew of compelling endless gameplay. This is Mad Aces from Bulkypix.

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[Update: And Kelly Clarkson] Deal Alert: Celebrate Christmas With Two Free Albums By Mariah Carey And Blake Shelton From Google Play

Christmas is coming. You can sit around next to a paper calendar, crossing out the days, or you can put on a seasonal album and start moving.

Don't have any Christmas albums? I know, it's not exactly what comes to mind for many of us during the rest of the year (hey, not everyone has the urge to play Jingle Bells in July). Fortunately Google is looking out for you. You can currently download two merry albums for free on Google Play.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Review: A Sony Z3 Owner's Take On Sony's Latest Handset

Writing an unbiased review is a lot easier said than done. Every reviewer, myself included, has their own preferences, opinions, and experiences that will in some way affect his or her attitudes and conclusions. So rather than pretend that I am an unbiased reviewer, I will begin by telling you a little about the phones I have owned for the last few years. My hope is that this information will lend you greater insight into my thoughts and feelings regarding the Sony Z5.

I like Sony phones. I've owned every generation of the Sony Z series that T-Mobile has sold in the US, including the Z, Z1, and Z3.

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Snowboard Party 2 Now Dropping Sick Tricks In The Play Store

Ready to hit the slopes and fall down a lot? Then I have good news—Snowboard Party 2 from Ratrod Studios is now available on Android. The first Snowboard Party was hugely popular, and this one looks like an upgraded version that kept all the good parts of the original. Although, it also kept the in-app purchases.

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[Why Go Anywhere] Machu Picchu Gets The Street View Treatment In Google Maps, Llamas Not Included

As a former student of archaeology, Machu Picchu is a place that has always fascinated me. As someone direly afraid of heights, Machu Picchu is a place I will almost certainly never go, barring the invention of personal air transport. As such, today I was quite pleased to learn that Google's globetrotting street view team has mapped the ancient city-temple-palace-agrarian-center with a backpack of many, many cameras.

Machu Picchu sits nearly 8000 feet above sea level, and its real purpose still largely eludes archaeologists and ancient historians to this day. While it's clear it housed royalty and peasants alike, was used for religious purposes, commerce, and extensive agriculture, exactly why it made sense to the Inca to build what essentially amounted to a mountaintop city remains unclear.

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Nearly Three Years Later, Crescent Moon Games Releases Sequel To Epic Aralon RPG - $5, No In-App Purchases

Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD, is one of the most ambitious 3D mobile RPGs in memory. It also had nary an in-app purchase, something that has become sadly uncommon in this day and age of freemium. After two-and-a-half years, Crescent Moon Games has released the sequel. Meet Aralon: Forge and Flame.

Visuals look very substantially improved from the original, which is probably to be expected given how far mobile graphics have come since early 2013. The game promises a "massive" world to explore, three races and four classes to choose from, real-time shadows, first and third-person views, and dynamic day and night cycles.

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