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[New Game] Activision Brings Skylanders Cloud Patrol To Android, Complete With NFC Figure Integration

If you've never heard of Skylanders, you either don't have children aged 6-10 or you haven't walked down the video game aisle of a supermarket in the last two years. Today Activision has released the first Android entry in the series, Skylanders Cloud Patrol, which integrates with the eponymous toy line. It's available 18 months after the iOS version - try not to act surprised.

The game is a pretty basic tap-and-drag shooter, tasking the player with shooting down trolls from a mounted turret on an airship.

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Shazam Gets Huge Update To v4.0 With A Killer New UI, Leaves Paid Version In The Dust [Update: Shazam Encore, Too]

Shazam is no longer the only app that can listen to music and tell you what song is playing, but it's still a pretty popular app. That's why it was so upsetting that Shazam was obscenely ugly. Thankfully, in the just released update Shazam has gotten a complete UI overhaul, and it's kind of #HOLOYOLO.

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Digg Reader Released For Android And It's Beautiful

Digg Reader is a news service that wrangles the best stories from all over the web and delivers them to you in an attractive and sensible way. Using some social networking magic in addition to actual living humans, Digg decides what the most relevant and talked about stories of the day are. Today, they've released the Digg Reader app onto the play store and, my oh my, is it pretty.

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All the makings of a great news app are there.

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[New Game] Bravoman: Binja Bash Arrives In Google Play With Stretchy Arms Flailing Wildly

Bravoman is a side-scrolling action platformer based on the original Japanese arcade game from the late 80's. The thing about this game you need to know is that you can totally tell it is based on an 80's Japanese arcade game, but not in a bad way. It's just really weird.

The only real power you have as Bravoman is to stretch your arms out and punch things, which is pretty cool, I guess.

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The Room Updated With New 'Epilogue' Chapter, Teases The Upcoming Sequel Due Out 'Later This Year'

If you haven't yet picked up the stunning puzzle game The Room, then you're missing out on one of the best games to hit Android in the last year or so. It's still on sale right now, and for a single, solitary dollar, it simply cannot be beaten. I grabbed it a couple of days ago and was almost immediately absorbed into its captivating world of puzzle and mystery. Yep, it's great.

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Sidescroller Badland Coming To Blow Your Mind On Android 'Soon'

I, like most people, am a great fan of beautiful games. When a game is outstandingly gorgeous and offers great gameplay, I feel that it is my civic duty to spread the word as far as I can. It seems that the time has come once again for me to don my bullhorn and tell you about Badland.

Badland is the type of game you don't see very often. The visuals are off-the-charts gorgeous, the audio meshes perfectly with the imagery, and the gameplay is so simple it's ridiculous.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: Jack Lumber, GPP Remote Viewer, Zombies Run!, And More

Sorry, did you have plans for your money? Well, it looks like you're going to spend it on some apps and games. At these prices, you'd be crazy not to.

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Audio Glow Music Visualizer And Live Wallpaper Updated To 2.0 With Swipe Controls And A New Visualization Style

We featured Audio Glow when it launched in November of last year. This ultra-stylish music visualizer takes the basic visual component of classic hi-fi systems and gives it a fresh coat of paint. It's gained quite a following thanks to eye-popping visuals and a huge degree of customization. Today's version 2.0 update adds some interesting options, most notably the new "Glowing Strings" visualization, below.

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This nifty option is available as a $1 in-app purchase for the main Music Visualizer app, but the developer has kindly included a 5-minute preview that you can check out before buying.

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[FAIL] San Francisco Muni Doesn't Know An iPhone From A Galaxy Note II (Or How To Hold One)

There's a new app available from the San Francisco Metro Transit Authority: an official Muni bus guide called Muni+. It's available right now for Android and iOS. And this dual release seems to have given the promotional department a bit of a problem. See if you can tell what it is by looking at this freeze frame of the new TV commercial now airing in the Bay area.

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Photo via Artem Russakovskii

If you said "that Galaxy Note II is upside down for some reason," you're absolutely right.

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[APK Teardown] Google Keyboard v1.1: Space-Aware Gestures, External Dictionaries, Hidden Settings, And More

Earlier today, Google released a relatively minor update to its keyboard application with only one really useful change: numbers in the top row on tablets. While the update itself is indeed not too significant, it did manage to bring several interesting half-baked under-the-hood bits which aren't quite ready for consumption. These are exactly the kinds of bits we like here in the AndroidPolice teardown kitchen.

Armed with some of Ron's initial findings, my teardown partner Santiago Rosales and I dug into the innards of the v1.1 APK.

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