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[Bonus Round] Crowntakers, Tiltagon, Electro Rush, Dragon Hills, And Driver Speedboat Paradise

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 an old school tactical RPG, a tough-as-nails marble game, a new take on Pong, a dragon riding game, and Ubisoft's latest freemium cash-in.

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Developer Chainfire Publishes Preview Release Of FlashFire, A 'Spiritual Successor' To Mobile ODIN


Chainfire, the developer behind SuperSU as well as many other popular apps and mods, has published FlashFire, which he dubs the "spiritual successor" of Mobile ODIN. FlashFire is, as the name might suggest, a tool for flashing ROMs, kernels, and mods without the need for a custom recovery. It could (upon stable release) make these tasks, which generally involve a lot of button pressing and a little elbow grease, drastically simpler.

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For owners of Mobile ODIN Pro, you will get pro features of FlashFire for free if it is installed on your device.

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Firefox For Android Passes 100 Million Downloads In The Google Play Store

Google's mobile version of Chrome has become the de facto standard browser for Android, but never let it be said that it's the only option. Mozilla Firefox, which predates Chrome on both desktop platforms and Android, has been downloaded from the Play Store 100 million times. Mozilla decided to toast the occasion on its official blog.

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Aside from the obvious user interface differences, the Android version of Firefox has gradually added compelling features like integration with synced Mozilla services (which are a godsend if you use the desktop browser as your primary web interface), extra user-accessible tools like a fullscreen switch, customized search engines, and add-ons that expand the base app's functionality.

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Google Allegedly Close To Releasing Android Wear iOS Compatibility

According to a source who spoke to The Verge, Google is almost ready to add iOS support to Android Wear. If the timing is a coincidence, it's a very happy one for Google. Apple is getting ready to start selling the Apple Watch to compete against Android Wear. Of course, Apple could always try to block the Wear app.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition Beta Adds A Metric Brick-Ton Of New Features Including Skins, Fishing, And Baby Zombies

Are you still playing the mobile version of Minecraft? Good, because just like the original PC version, developer Mojang is still adding new features. The beta version of the .11 release is now available via the Play Store/Google+ community method. (Previously it wasn't available to the public.) It has more additions and improvements than you can shake a pickaxe at, including some features that have been hotly anticipated by the large player community.

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Snapseed Hits Version 2.0 With New Tools, Non-destructive Editing, Design Refresh

Google's Snapseed photo editor is receiving a big bump to version 2.0, aiming to give users "the precision and control of professional photo editing software."

With the new version number comes a new product icon and a refreshed design that cuts out the gradients, textures, and holo action bar of Snapseed's past.

The new design puts a simple histogram under your photo, and conceals the app's tools and filters under an unassuming floating action button.

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Aviary Photo Editor Gets A Material Design Visual Refresh In Version 4.0.2

Editing photos on a touchscreen is hard. Not because modern mobile devices lack the power to do complex image processing - my N6 is more powerful than the old "desktop publishing" PCs I used in high school - but because constrained dimensions and touchscreen interfaces force touch design decisions on developers. Aviary is one of the best options for competent photo editing on the go, but its latest edition has turned the editing on its own interface.

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Football Manager Classic 2015 Treats High-End Android Tablets To A 3D Version Of The Coaching Simulator

Don't let the name fool you. Football Manager Classic 2015 isn't an old version of the somehow-popular series of soccer/football coaching titles. You're not in for a nostalgic dose of pixelated graphics (in this case, that's what the regular entries are for). Football Manager Classic 2015 hits Google Play with 3D visuals, more players, and more languages. In short, it's closer to the PC version of the game.

Football Manager Classic 2015 supports less hardware than the most recent Football Manager Handheld.

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Rovio Stars Publishes Runner-Racer Sky Punks, A Mix Of Cutesy Hoverboards And In-App Purchases

What do you get when you combine Back to the Future-style hoverboards with a quasi-anime art style and runner mechanics? The answer is Sky Punks, the latest game from Rovio's publishing arm. No, it's not created by the Angry Birds folks (as the Play Store app description suggests) - the developer is Fathom Interactive, whose previous Android entries have been largely unremarkable. But with a big name in the mobile gaming world backing them up, they're hoping for a hit with this stylish and surprisingly varied runner.

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Sling TV Adds HBO Streaming For $15 Per Month, Just In Time For Game Of Thrones

Dish's new Sling TV streaming service has been adding content at a rapid pace since it debuted a few months ago, and today it's trying to get in on the Game of Thrones hype. The new season of the mega-popular series is premiering this weekend, and you'll be able to watch it on Sling TV with a $15 per month subscription.

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