I've been in this situation multiple times: a friend or family member gets their Android phone so bogged down with apps and extraneous files that I recommend a full device wipe. The first question they ask is not "Will I lose all my contact data?", nor is it "What about all the photos I've taken?" No, invariably it's some variation on this theme: "Will I lose all my three-star ratings in Angry Birds?" After years on the market, developer Rovio is finally presenting players with an easy solution in the form of an official Rovio Account.
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 hilarious take on Fruit Ninja, a combination rhythm game/endless runner, an online Bomberman clone, and a game that's saved by its trailer.
There are three parts to any good Pac-Man game: a maze, some ghosts, and a little yellow dude eating dots and going "wakka wakka." That's it. Despite this seemingly simple formula, Namco has tried to make Pac-Man a mascot for the ages a la Mario, putting him in everything from platformers to kart racers to freaking Tekken. The latest indignity is Pac-Man Dash, in which the little yellow guy jumps on the endless runner bandwagon.
You've got to respect the American Red Cross: they're just a bunch of people who love to help people. As a recipient of their assistance through multiple emergencies (hey forest fires, you suck) I've been delighted to see their variousdisasterapps pop up on the Play Store. But their latest tops them all: Team Read Cross gives you a ton of information on volunteer opportunities in your area, then "gamifies" the act of completing them, sort of like a Foursquare that actually encourages you to do meaningful stuff.
Phones are always begging for attention – emails, text messages, app updates, and so on. Ideally, you might like to see what's going on in your devices without picking it up while hard at work. Krome for Android does just that with the aid of a desktop Chrome extension.
In an impromptu Reddit AmA earlier today, Vector Unit – the development team behind Riptide GP, Beach Buggy Blitz, and Shine Runner – announced that Riptide GP 2 will be hitting the Google Play Store on July 23rd for just $3.
You may remember Riptide GP 2 from its debut on NVIDIA's SHIELD back in March, which showed off the game's updated effects, physics, and overall improved gameplay. Naturally, GP 2 is optimized for NVIDIA's Tegra 4 chip, which means that it will be one of the many games pushing SHIELD to the max once it's released to the masses.
The Google Analytics app for Android doesn't get a lot of love, despite the fact that the service itself is incredibly popular. Yesterday version 2.0 began rolling out, and it's improved in just about every way. It's another staged rollout - you might not be able to see the new version on the Play Store just yet - but a goodie bag of new and improved features should make nearly all users happy once they get it.
The Google Play Store got its big overhaul this week, and it looks pretty nice. The lost features are a bit of a problem, but maybe a bunch of app sales will cheer you up. There are a ton of them today, including some stuff from Amazon.
Reddit is Fun is the workhorse of Android Reddit clients. It's minimalist and snappy – no time for fancy animations and effects, there is Redditing to be done. The app has a ton of features, and it just got some more with a big update to version 3.0.
Get this, Microsoft has drastically redesigned MSN for Android, introducing a new app to replace the outdated MSN World. I know, that's trippy. Apparently MSN is still a thing. This new release leaves the interface looking somewhat spiffy, as it now shows off tiles that would look at home on a Windows Phone device, yet still looks good mixed with Android's versatile Holo interface. That said, the bottom black toolbar might look crowded on devices with a virtual toolbar, and it gives me the impression that Microsoft figured it could update its Android app with the interface it threw together for the upcoming iOS 7.