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 new puzzle game from the makers of Slydris, a game that puts other "old school" titles to shame, and yet another licensed endless runner.
In case you hadn't heard, Google Reader will be mercilessly and permanently shut down in just over two weeks. It's kind of a big deal. Not just because of the millions of readers who actively use it, but because of the services that rely on Reader as a backend for their own platforms. Press, a popular reader launched on Android with some fanfare back in December, is now preparing for the Readerpocalypse.
Foursquare is a neat way to keep your friends appraised of your location and activities, as is the custom in this day and age. With the help of Samsung, you can now see all your Foursquare check-ins through a living timeline called Time Machine. Even if you don't have a Foursquare account, check out the demo. It's really cool.
Time Machine is an aerial view of your check-ins laid out chronologically.
As I was digging through the latest build of Google Play Music, I noticed something strange: lots and lots of YouTube stuff. "That's odd," I thought, "What does YouTube have to do with Play Music?"
Oh, right, music videos!
Sure enough, there's some fairly revealing text included, too:
<string name="finding_videos_for_track">Finding related videos for the track...</string>
<string name="no_videos_for_track">No videos found for the track.</string>
<string name="youtube_video_details_hd">%1$s | %2$,d views | HD</string>
<string name="youtube_video_details_nonhd">%1$s | %2$,d views</string>
While listening to music, you'll be able to tell Play Music to hunt down the YouTube video for that song.
The Humble Bundle debuts a new bundle of games every Thursday on sale for whatever-you-want-to-pay. Most sales are multi-platform, but Android gamers don't always make the list. Today, take notice. Four of this week's games are just begging to find a home on your mobile device. Altogether, this collection is bound to please strategy gurus, platforming masters, and arcade action addicts alike.
If you're familiar with the Humble Bundle, then you know the deal.
Google has been adding a lot of new features and design tweaks to the G+ app as of late, and today an update will be rolling out that puts focus on the way it handles notifications service-wide. Post-update, when you dismiss a notification – which also happens to have a new bell icon – on one platform, it will dismiss said notification globally, regardless of whether the action is performed on mobile or the web.
Fans of Gru and his yellow henchmen have had to wait three years for a sequel to the 2010 animated blockbuster, and while Despicable Me 2 is expected to hit theaters early next month, we all know the last month of anticipation is the hardest. Lucky for fans, Gameloft has dropped Despicable Me: Minion Rush into the Play Store to help that last month go by just a tad easier. While this licensed title may not feature the most original gameplay out there, it does give players a chance to see those adorable minions in all their charming glory.
Rage of the Gladiator was a big hit on that other platform, and it arrived on Android back in March. However, it was only available to European residents at the time, with a global release "coming soon." The game is now universally available, so prepare for battle.
You can probably figure out what this game is like from the trailer. You play as a gladiator, and various things try to kill you.