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The Google Play Store Will Add Expanded Game Categories In February 2014

You don't have to spend much time on the Play Store to see that games are a big part of the service and the platform. Google has already done a lot to highlight gaming with Play Store categories and landing page promotions, but starting in February, developers and end users will have roughly three times as many categories to browse through. The new game categories are as follows:

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Arcade
  • Music
  • Role Playing
  • Simulation
  • Strategy
  • Puzzle
  • Card
  • Casino
  • Casual
  • Board
  • Family
  • Trivia
  • Word
  • Racing
  • Sports

That's seventeen categories, up from the previous six (Arcade & Action, Brain & Puzzle, Cards & Casino, Casual, Racing, and Sports Games).

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31 Best New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (11/26/13 - 12/9/13)

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.

Featured Game

Race Illegal: High Speed 3D

Today's roundup is presented by Race Illegal: High Speed 3D from HeroCraft.

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PushBullet 12.2 Update Brings Mirrored Notification Duration Setting, Shows Upload Progress, Makes Downloads Easy To Cancel, And More

PushBullet version 12.2 has just hit the Play Store, and it brings with it a healthy selection of incremental updates that round out an already pleasant user experience. One new such feature is the ability to set how long mirrored notifications stick around on your computer before fading away.

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The app also now shows upload progress when pushing a file and gives users the ability to tap a download to cancel it.

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CyanogenMod's Screencast App Now Available Through The Play Store Beta Channel

If you've been dying to get your hands on CyanogenMod's [kind of] recently-announced screencasting tool, the wait is over. The app has been released to the Play Store via beta channel. There are, of course, a few requisites before the app will work:

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Once all of those qualifications have been met, you're free to give this new beta a shot.

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[New App] Microsoft Releases Socl App In The Play Store, Provides Easy Access To A Social Network You've Never Heard Of

Well, this is certainly the nail in Twitter's coffin – Microsoft's Socl has it's own Android app now. What? You've never heard of Socl? It's a social network based around sharing statuses, picture collages, and videos. There's also a strong Bing social search element. But seriously, it's not very popular.

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Hangouts Updated To Version 2.0.2 With Group Messaging Toggle, Import SMS Option, And MMS Bugfixes [APK Download]

Google is rolling out an updated version of Hangouts, and while version 2.0.2 doesn't introduce much in the way of exciting new features, it squashes a handful of annoying bugs introduced when the app took on the ability to handle SMS and MMS messages.

What's New?

The newer, SMS-tackling version of Hangouts came with a few quirks that have been rubbing more than a handful of users the wrong way. For starters, the app converted any text message sent to multiple receivers to an MMS, which is chargeable for many people.

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Monday App And Game Sales: FIST OF AWESOME, Maple Unlocker, Hyperlight, And More

Another week has dawned, and with that comes a selection of apps and games on sale. This is the season for sales, and we've got some good ones today. Grab your phone/tablet/whatever and proceed to the apps.

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[New App] Motorola Active Display Latest Stock App To Enter The Play Store, Moto X-Exclusive For Now

One of the Moto X's defining features is Active Display, which lights up the phones screen to display notifications such as messages, missed calls, and the like. That functionality is now the latest Motorola feature to enter the Play Store, where it's easier for the Google-owned company to distribute timely updates and fixes. Speaking of which, the version to land in the Play Store should remove the 1 - 2 second delay some users started encountering when swiping to unlock following the KitKat update.

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[New App] Motorola Boot Services App Brings A Festive Wintry Boot Animation To The Moto G

There are a lot of things to like about about Motorola's bargain wonder the Moto G, but the animated boot logo probably isn't at the top of the list. The boot animation which it shares with the Moto X is admittedly cool, and at least someone at Motorola is paying attention to it, even after launching both phones. The Motorola Boot Services app was published in the Google Play Store today, downloadable only on the Moto G.

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Prey Anti-Theft Now Lets Pro Users Remotely Wipe Their Stolen Android Devices

Prey Anti-Theft is far from a newcomer to the mobile security scene, and the service offers a few advantages over competing offerings, as it can track and monitor laptops in addition to mobile devices. But it's definitely late to the game when it comes to its latest feature - the option to finally wipe stolen Android devices remotely.

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Prey can now remotely erase both your device's internal storage and its SD card.

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