04
Apr
battleorbtiny

There are a few things that will make me love a game. Good graphics, robots, explosions and an easy-to-use interface. Battle Orb delivers on at least three of these fronts with one of the coolest ideas for a game I've seen. Remember the droidekas from the Star Wars prequels? What's that? You've blocked them from your memory? Well, they were robots that could fold up into balls and roll around a ship's hallways.

03
Apr
tsfshell

When it comes to insane, flashy, over-the-top launchers, two immediately come to mind: GO Launcher's Next and TSF Shell. They're both about as "cutting edge" as it gets, and have a price tag to match – Next is roughly $16, while TSF is closer to $17. Still, if you're a fan of the latter (or have been on the fence about picking it up), it just got a pretty sizable update that brings a new dock, "desktop menu buttons," and some other "amazing" new features:

What's in this version:

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1.Innovative Smart Dock (free size/position/direction/capacity).

03
Apr
deadzone

Everyone's favorite mobile multiplayer FPS – Shadowgun: DeadZone – just got itself a pretty major update that brings several new features to the table. And by "several features" we actually mean "new guns, new maps, better friend support, and all sorts of other stuff." Here's a closer look at said stuff:

What's in this version:

➤ New 8 languages (Spanish,French,German,Italian,Russian,Chinese,Korean,Japanese)
➤ A brand new cool feature: BOOSTERS (Speed,Armor,Damage,Accuracy,Invisibility) and new Sentry Guns (Plasma,Rocket)
➤ Gold rewards for anyone who eliminates opponents with active Boosters
➤ New maps: Assembly, Warzone, Vortex, Train yard
➤ New deadly weapons
➤ Daily challenges and rewards
➤ Monitor the game stats of your friends
➤ Invite your friends to Zone Control mode
➤ Special Tutorial mode for rookies

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All sorts of new hotness up in that apk, y'all.

03
Apr
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You know what we just can't get enough of? Google Now cards. Today, the data giant updated its search app with a new real-time package tracking card (as opposed to the static "Your order has shipped" option before). In addition, regular old search results should be faster, which users on older devices are likely to love.

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As a bonus, the app now provides quicker access to feedback and settings on the cards themselves.

03
Apr
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Password and autofill sync - features that have been in testing in Chrome beta for Android since last month - have finally come to the stable release channel of Chrome for Android. The password sync option isn't appearing for me yet, though the Chrome Blog post on the update suggests it may take a few days for the new features to roll out to everyone.

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The official Chrome Releases blog details the changes (well, as detailed as they usually are), below:

  • Password Sync
  • Autofill Sync
  • Fixed issue where blank page would be loaded rather than URL
  • Performance and stability improvements

The update also brings Chrome for Android up to Chrome release 26, basically bringing it to parity with the desktop version.

03
Apr
avast

Thanks to its amazing anti-theft features – which are powered by what used to be Theft Aware – avast! has long been one of our favorite mobile security apps. That's not to say its malware prevention abilities aren't also a highlight of the application, because they are – in fact, it's an all around good package. And thanks to a new update that hit the Play Store just a bit ago, it's just got better.

03
Apr
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You read it right - one of the most popular apps on Android, and long-time holo holdout Twitter, has finally updated its look. And it's nice.

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The new 4.0 release has an all-new feel, and improved hashtag and mention support in the search and compose windows. You also now tap and hold on tweets to bring up the action menu (reply, retweet, favorite, share). Here's the full changelog from the Play Store:

New in this release of Twitter for Android:
- We’ve got a brand new look and feel crafted for Android 4.0+.

03
Apr
servomotor

Mozilla announced on its official blog this morning that it's teaming up with Samsung to create a brand-new mobile browser engine, dubbed Servo. Its aim is to power browsers for "tomorrow's faster, multi-core, heterogeneous computing architectures" - so the sell is that Servo will be built from the ground up to take advantage of increasingly capable mobile hardware.

Servo will be written in Rust, Mozilla's own programming language, which - surprise of surprises - has been designed to more readily take advantage of parallel computing.

03
Apr
mapstiny

Back in December, we noticed that a bunch of countries had been added to the list of supported areas for Google Maps Navigation. That list was promptly updated to remove most of them, but now it looks like they're (almost) all back and available for use right now, including Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovakia and more.

Here are all the new countries that have been re-added to supported list:

  • Bulgaria
  • Estonia
  • Ghana
  • Iceland
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Senegal
  • Slovakia

Of those, we have independent confirmation from users in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, and Slovakia that turn-by-turn navigation is available as of right now, which leads us to believe that the entire list is legit.

03
Apr
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Net analytics firm Net Applications has released its latest mobile browser market share data, and the results on the Android side were a bit of a surprise to me: apps based on the stock Android browser are still handily trouncing Chrome for usage. That includes 3rd party solutions like the stock Samsung, HTC, and LG browsers, all of which are based on the stock Android browser.

To be precise, the figures are 21.86% of all mobile visits for the "Android Browser," but a mere 2.43% for Chrome (Safari is out in front, at 61.79%).

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