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[New Game] From The Maker Of Wind-Up Knight, Rise Of The Blobs Is A Clever Puzzler With Cool Visuals

Wind-Up Knight was one of the first truly great platformers on Android, and now developer Robot Invader is taking on puzzles with a new game called Rise of the Blobs. It's a little bit like a fusion of Tetris and Collapse, but with food. It is up to you to hold off the ever expanding army of blobs as they seek to (presumably) consume your marshmallow hero. I mean, you almost can't blame them – he looks so tasty.

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So your little marshmallow avatar is stuck at the top of a tower with the blobs slowly climbing up the sides, and you have to do something about that.

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[New Game] OrangePixel Delivers 8-Bit Shoot 'Em Up Fun In 'Gunslugs'

If you're a fan of action games and nostalgic 8-bit throwbacks, then OrangePixel's new title Gunslugs should be right up your alley. Featuring the NES-style graphics that OP is known for, alongside non-stop bullet-blazing action, Gunslugs in an adrenaline-fueled homage to the 80s action heroes of old.

Gunslugs also throws a unique spin on the traditional platformer: it generates the levels randomly. Basically, that means levels will appear in a different order every time you play. Neat, right? Aside from that, it features unlockable characters, a badass chiptune soundtrack, tons of weapons, tanks, and jetpacks; secret levels, all sorts of other fun chaos.

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Google Updates YouTube For Google TV, Play Movies, Finance, And Currents Apps

Google unleashed a handful of updates to various apps this afternoon on the Play Store, though don't get too excited - none are particularly groundbreaking.

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Most significant was an update to Google TV, which brings the app to version 1.6, adding a 'simplified player screen,' and the ability to send YouTube videos from your phone or tablet directly to your TV.

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Next up was the Play Movies & TV app, but we're not even sure what's changed, because there's no changelog yet (the current one about availability in 11 countries is old).

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AirDroid 2 Beta APK Is Now Available To All, Remote Camera Access And 'Find Phone' In Tow

Do you use AirDroid? You should. It's a fantastic piece of software. While Google tends to prefer using cloud services to manage your data, there is no central app that can access and change anything on your device. This app fills that need and does so amazingly. It's so great that we gave away 20 invites to the v2 beta recently. Now, the invite-only requirement is gone and it's available to anyone who can download it. Plus, it has some sweet new features you'll want to see.

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One of the new features of Airdroid 2 is the ability to remotely access your phone's camera via the web browser.

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[New Game] Gene Effect Is The Protoss Probe Simulator You Never Knew You Wanted To Play

You may have gathered from one or two of our previous posts that there are some Starcraft fanatics lurking around the offices of Android Police (and shouting things like "power overwhelming!" from the editor's desk). So when we saw what's basically a Metroid-style side-scroller apparently starring everyone's favorite autonomous crystal harvester, we had to jump on it. Gene Effect doesn't star an actual Probe, but there's plenty of potential in the game even so, especially if you're a fan of exploration and eye candy.

The game looks like it's got a bit less hustle than the standard "guns out" action platformer, so those who are looking for a relaxing time might be interested.

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Synology Releases DS Cloud, Lets You Sync Files From Your NAS For Offline Viewing On Your Android Device

Last week, Synology released a couple of new beta apps – DS Download and DS Video – for owners of its NAS boxes. Now it's added a third app, called DS Cloud, that allows Synology NAS owners to sync files to their Android device for offline viewing.

DS Cloud seems quite useful, as it lets you select certain files and folders you want to sync, as well as per-folder behavior, which basically ensures you always have the most recent version on your device (I wish Dropbox could do this!). You can also only allow it to sync over Wi-Fi, and quickly access files that have been recently updated.

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MediaFire Releases Android App, Provides Easy Access To Your 50GB Of Free Storage

MediaFire is definitely one of the more popular cloud-based file sharing services out there, and until now, there wasn't exactly a clean way to access it via Android. Today MediaFire put an end to that problem, and released its official Android app for all of your gee-bee-devouring needs.

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The app is fairly simple (and not exactly pretty), but works just like you'd expect - you can browse your MediaFire files in the cloud, upload new ones, and view docs, spreadsheets, presentations, video, and listen to audio. The app supports direct photo uploading from the camera and sharing via any number of methods.

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[New Game] Tupsu Is A Sticky, Furry, Free Physics Puzzler That's More Fun Than This Title Makes It Sound

Whatever you have planned this evening, I suggest you clear some time in your busy schedule to play a little Tupsu. What is Tupsu? It's a physics-based puzzler that you can play on your Android device, and you can leave the (Google) wallet in your (virtual) pocket – Tupsu is totally free.

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Tupsu (the thing, not the game) is a furry little ball with sticky eyes on long flexible stalks. This title has a World of Goo style of gameplay. You have to drag the sticky eyes over to platforms, where the elastic action will pull the creature along.

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40 Best New Android Games From The Last 3 Weeks (12/25/12 - 1/15/13)

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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.

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

Ant Raid

Today's roundup is sponsored by Ant Raid by Herocraft. This brand-spankin' new game has you controlling a literal army of ants as they defend their colony from evil snails, bees, worms, and other nefarious backyard baddies.

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Green Dot Announces 'GoBank', An Online-Only, Smartphone-Centric Take On The Traditional Banking System

Did you know it's national "new mobile banking day?" Because I surely didn't. First, Simple brought its online-only banking setup to Android, and now Green Dot has announced its own bank, which was designed from the ground up specifically for smartphones. Intriguing, no?

GoBank is pretty similar to Simple in a few new ways: it's online only, designed for mobile use, and turns the traditional banking system on its head. From there, though, GoBank branches off and does its own thing. For example, you can choose how much your monthly fees are – from nothing at all to $9 a month.

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