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.
There have been a lot of unfounded rumors and speculation about KitKat and the Nexus 5 (and even the good old Nexus 4) floating around the web in the last few days, so why don't we take a break from those and switch things up for a change? Here is the work-in-progress UI from the next major update to the Play Store app for Android, version 4.4 (just to be clear: the Play Store's version is 4.4 - I'm not talking about Android 4.4).
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.
With the slew of private label ODM / contracted OEM Android tablets on the market around the world, there are bound to be winners and losers. Coby, perhaps best-known for its cheap LCD TVs, made a big bet on the popularity of budget Android tablets over the last couple of years. The company had been pushing its budget slates on consumers since the end of 2010, reliably introducing more and more (...
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.'
The app supports multiple keyboards including Pinyin, Cangjie, handwriting, and voice input.
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.
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.
You don't need to have one of those super hefty extended battery phones to burn through juice with wanton disregard for the future. All you need is a big honking external battery, and we found just the thing on sale today. The Anker Astro E4 is a 13,000mAh rechargeable cell that is usually only $44. That's a good deal, but for the next few days, it's down to $36.99.
The Anker Astro E4 weighs under 11oz and can charge most smartphones 5-6 times without needing to juice up itself.
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.
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.
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.