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SwiftKey 4.3 Public Beta Now Available, Finally Marries Phone And Tablet Versions, Brings A Slew Of New Features

The minds behind SwiftKey are machines. They're constantly striving to make an already-great keyboard even better, and adding new innovative features. Today, SwiftKey hits version 4.3 in the form of a public beta, and it's a zinger – it's packed full of new, useful stuff.

The most notable difference with this new build is the marriage of the phone and tablet versions of the app. Finally – one apk to rule them all.

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[New Game] Massteroid Plummets Towards Earth, Lands Inside The Play Store For $1.99

You knew this day would come. An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth, but before you ready those nukes, your job isn't to deflect it - it's to guarantee that it doesn't miss. In Massteroid, players take control of said asteroid and try to grow it as big as possible to inflict maximum destruction. But if you've learned anything from late 90s disaster films, Earth isn't going down without a fight. You must dodge unguided missiles, satellites, targeted ordinances, mines, and - wait for it - black holes.

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[New Game] ARC Squadron: Redux Docks In The Play Store To Revive Your Star Fox Memories

Remember the first time you played Star Fox on your Super Nintendo? Remember how your mind was blown by 3D graphics and intuitive gameplay, so much so that you ignored the fact that woodland creatures were engaged in mortal space combat? I wish that I could say that ARC Squadron will rekindle that feeling. It won't. Nintendo made five more Star Fox games. This is the age of Facebook and in-app purchases.

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[Bonus Round] Mr Ludo, Dream of Pixels, And Sunny Hillride

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 flashy take on a classic board game, a certain puzzle game turned on its head, and an endless runner that's truly free.

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Wednesday App And Game Sales: Breach & Clear, Doom & Destiny, Calls Blacklist PRO, And More

You probably shouldn't have wasted your work day poking around in Google Play for deals on apps and games. We can do that part for you and it's actually considered work. That way you can waste your work day actually enjoying the apps. Sound good?

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[Hands-On Preview] Anomaly 2 Introduces Transforming Robots To An Already Awesome Game Franchise

The original Anomaly Warzone and follow-up Anomaly Korea were undeniably two of the best titles to come out on Android in the last few years. These games take the tower defense genre and turn it on its head by putting you in the control of the creeps. Under constant attack by defense towers, you have to repair, upgrade, and manage your units to reach the goal. It's much the same idea in the upcoming Anomaly 2, but you've got new units and some new gameplay mechanics to figure out.

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[New App] Google Releases Cantonese Keyboard App With English And Cantonese Dual Input

It can be a pain to type on a virtual keyboard in a language that doesn't use Latin characters, but for the many speakers of Cantonese, Google is here to help. A new Cantonese input app has appeared in Google play to make typing in Cantonese a breeze. Well, maybe not a breeze, but that rhymes better than 'faster and more accurate.'

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The app supports multiple keyboards including Pinyin, Cangjie, handwriting, and voice input.

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Google Releases Google Places For Business App, Manage Your Places Listing Right From Your Android Device

Google released a brand-new Places manager app on the Play Store today, allowing owners of Google Places pages to control and update their Places listings from any Android device quickly and easily. You can adjust things like hours, contact information, add photos, and even post updates that will show up on your business listing's Google+ page.

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You can manage as many businesses as are linked to your Google account, though some businesses may not yet be compatible with the new manager, as the app's description notes.

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Google Offers App Updated With Hamburger Navigation And Card UI, Now Supports Offline Offer Redemption

The Google Offers app received its first significant refresh since June today with a modernized UI. Yep, you guessed it: sidebar nav and cards. At least Google really is sticking to that hamburger navigation / card layout paradigm, and Offers has finally been checked off the design to-do list.

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The new version also brings supports for offline redemption of your offers, which is nice, but otherwise this update appears to be entirely visual in nature.

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Star Command Review: A Solid (But Short) Tribute To Star Trek And Kairosoft

Star Command is one of my most-anticipated games for Android. Or at least it was, two years ago when it was scheduled to be released, and then again when it was released for iOS five months ago. An unreasonably long development cycle and some dodgy developer antics have made waiting for this game an exercise in frustration, and it's impossible to give it a full review without at least some bitterness hanging on in the back of my mind.

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