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Gmail For Android Reaches 1 Billion Downloads, This Event Has Been Archived

Next month will be the two-year anniversary of Gmail becoming the most widely used email service on the planet. While it remains the uncontested champion, the Gmail app for Android struck its own accomplishment last week as it became the first conventional app in the Play Store to reach 1 billion downloads. Technically, the Google Play services package crossed the same mark back in January, but it is automatically installed on any device equipped with the Play Store and running Android 2.2 or higher.

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[New Games] NVIDIA Releases The SHIELD Versions Of Portal And Half-Life 2 At The Same Time

It's a good day to be an NVIDIA SHIELD owner. Valve's Android ports of PC shooter classics Portal and Half-Life 2 just dropped in the Play Store for $10 a pop. They're only for the SHIELD (even other devices with the Tegra 4 chipset aren't invited to the party), which is a bit of a mixed blessing - these games really require a full controller to play.

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Valve teased an Android release for the 2007 classic Portal way back in March, but we only heard about the Half-Life 2 port last week (via crowbar).

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15 Hauntingly Beautiful Dark And Atmospheric Android Games

While there is no shortage of puzzle and arcade games on the Android platform, it can be easy to get drawn into the mainstream hits like Angry Birds and Cut The Rope. The first time I stumbled onto a "darker" game, I had downloaded World Of Goo as part of a Humble Bundle, and was instantly mesmerized by its graphics and sounds. There was something hauntingly beautiful about it, and I ended up on the Play Store looking at the "Similar Apps" and "Users also installed" sections.

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Friday App And Game Sales: C.H.A.O.S Multiplayer Air War, Morena Flat Icon Pack, Reactable Mobile, And More

We wouldn't want you to overspend on apps and games, even really cool ones. That's why we keep an eye on the sales in the Play Store. Here's another batch of discounted apps just in time for your weekend.

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PSA: Offline Google Maps Now Expire After 30 Days, But It Will Prompt When Cached Maps Are Out-Of-Date

For those who may not know, Google Maps has an offline feature. It's not all that useful (it doesn't allow saved locations to be searched nor does it provide directions/navigation - it's essentially a paper map on a small screen), but it's still a thing that may be useful to someone at some point. Assuming you think ahead and actually save a map of the location in which you may need for it to be offline, of course.

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Microsoft Releases QuizToWin For Android, Wants To Be The Life Of Your Next Company Party

Which tech company is the first to come to mind when it's time to have a good time? That's right, Microsoft. Now the company is ready to bank on this reputation by releasing QuizToWin for Android, a "real-time quiz application," according to its Play Store page. Okay, I was joking before, but this sounds like exactly the kind of entertainment Microsoft would bring to your next company party right after it helps with catering (Panda Express, again?

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[Bonus Round] 1849, Toy Defense 4: Sci-Fi, Mega Dead Pixel, And Meme Duel

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 frontier version of Sim City, another toy-flavored defense game from Chillingo, an 8-bit falling game, and a Breakout clone that spends too much time on the Internet.

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[App Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Apps Of April 2014

April was a big month for Android apps, especially if you like yours to come directly from Google. We've also got admirable entries from big web names like Dropbox and IFTTT, as well as surprising applications from smaller developers. This is the cream of the crop of Android apps for last month, plus a few honorable mentions, in no particular order.

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Good grief, Google, you guys took your sweet time with this one.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: Machinarium, More Quickly Panel, Strategy & Tactics: WW II, And More

Time to clear some storage on your Android device of choice and download some fresh new apps and games. Don't be stingy – they're on sale, and can you really afford to miss a good deal? Of course not.

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Instapaper Updated To Version 3.0 With Text Highlighting, New Logo, Enhanced Design, And More

Instapaper is a popular service for saving web pages to read later, one that competes with the likes of Pocket and Readability. Today the app hit the big 3.0, so I'm going to take a moment to highlight what's new. The headlining feature is text highlighting, the ability to save a section of an article to read or share with others later. The app groups all of these snippets together in an accessible location.

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