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Game Developers: Here's How To Make Your Game Stand Out With A Great Google Play Store Listing

Hi. I'm Michael. I look at a lot of Google Play Store listings, and Artem and I usually pick out more than a hundred apps and games every month to be featured in our weekly roundups here at Android Police. After doing this week in and week out for a couple of years, there are some observations I'd like to share with developers on how to make your game stand out of the crowd. With us, as with consumers in general, you might only get a few seconds to grab the attention of potential players before they move on - it's important to make the most of them.

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Mad Genius Coaxes Android Wear Into Running Nintendo 64 And PlayStation Portable Game Emulators

Before we start, let's get one thing out of the way: there's no practical application for the apps demonstrated below, at least not in the way they're being used. You can't seriously play a game meant for a 20-button controller on a screen smaller than two inches across, even if your fingers are tiny enough to hit the virtual buttons. This is the work of an enthusiast gamer and Android fan. It doesn't have to make sense.

Alright, now that that's out of the way: YouTube user Hacking Jules would like you to see his collection of game emulators running on Android Wear.

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[Hands On] Custom Quick Settings Adds New Tiles To The Android 6.0 Quick Settings Via UI Tuner

Android 6.0 has a lot of cool features, most of which are enabled out of the box. You don't have to go turn on doze mode or app backups, but the system UI tuner is another story. You might not even know it's there without being told. Once it's enabled, you can make tweaks to the system UI elements that weren't possible in earlier versions of Android.

Now, an app called Custom Quick Settings is on the scene to take advantage of the UI tuner. Using this app, you can create your own quick settings tiles that open apps, toggle settings, and launch websites.

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AOL Releases Alto Mail, A Multi-Service Inbox That Manages Your Mail With Automatic Tags Plus Image And Attachment Views

When you think of the intersection between America Online and email, you probably think of the phrase "you've got mail," septuagenarians forwarding politically-charged but factually lacking messages, and/or Meg Ryan. But AOL Mail is still going strong, and it looks like the company is actually trying to branch out into mobile software. Take Alto Mail, for example: it's a new stand-alone mail client just published in the Play Store alongside more antiquated options like AIM and AOL On.

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Gravity-Defying Puzzle Game 'In Between' Has Fantastic Hand-Drawn Art And Animation

At the moment pixelated faux-retro graphics are all the rage, partly because they're trendy, partly because they don't require lots of hardware resources to implement, and (let's be honest) partly because they're easier for developers to create than high-resolution 2D sprites. So occasionally it's nice to see a game like In Between, which bucks the trend with both characters and backgrounds that are completely unique and drawn by hand. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean:

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The Amazon Appstore Offers 33 Free Apps And Games Worth $70+ For Halloween

Amazon really likes to package a bunch of regularly paid apps and give them away for free, seemingly at every opportunity. The latest batch is ostensibly in honor of Halloween, though a lot of the paid apps being offered don't really have any connection with the holiday. We don't mind - anyone who's been keeping up with these promotions has built up quite a little library of freebies by now. You can see the full collection here.

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Apple's Second Ever Android App Is All About The Music (As Long As You Play It On The Beats Pill+ Speaker)

Nope, Apple Music still isn't available on Android (though it's being actively tested). Instead, the second Android app that Cupertino has officially published is in support of the hardware half of its Beats acquisition. It's a companion and pairing app for the Beats Pill+, the latest revision of Beats' portable Bluetooth speaker. That's it. That's all. There isn't any more.

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DotEmu's Android Port Of Point-And-Click Horror Classic Sanitarium Arrives Just In Time For Halloween

Are you looking for something creepy to set the mood while you wait for the sun to go down on Halloween? Alternately, are you looking for something to do while you wait for your hangover to go away on Sunday morning? Sanitarium, a game originally released for the PC way back in 1998 and now revived by the mobile port experts at DotEmu, should fit the bill. It's been published to the Play Store with impeccable timing, and you can pick it up now for $3.99 with no ads or in-app purchases.

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Paid Google Play Newsstand Content Goes Live In Argentina, Chile, Colombia, And Peru

This many decades into the Internet's existence, the publishing industry is still in a state of flux. Do we upload everything to free websites and pump out stories in an endless stream? Do we continue printing articles on paper? Some may scoff at the idea, but this Android Police writer, despite writing for a blog, still enjoys reading things in print.

Google Play Newsstand offers something of a middle ground. You get the layout and style of the print magazine, but you get the instant availability and portability of electronic content. And now you can buy those subscriptions in the South American countries of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Peru.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies, Darker Pro, Greedy Spiders 2, And Much More

You could just buy apps and games wherever you want, or you could be more strategic about it and save a few bucks. That might not be a lot of money, but over time it adds up. Maybe one day you'll be able to retire on the savings from all those app purchases. I mean, probably not, but why give up on your dreams? Dreams are what keep us going! Wait, what were we talking about? Oh right, here are some app and game sales.

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