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35 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (8/18/15 - 8/31/15)

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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.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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FRAMED

Android Police coverage: Framed From Noodlecake Studios Is A Gritty Comic-Style Puzzler Where You Control The Story

In Framed, you play a silhouetted detective in the vein of Sam Spade, tasked with solving some rudimentary puzzles.

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AT&T Announces The LG G Pad X 10.1, Coming September 4th For $17.50 Monthly Or $249.99 On-Contract

There's a new LTE tablet headed to AT&T, and it looks pretty familiar. The LG G Pad X 10.1 will launch via the carrier's online shop on September 4th and will appear in stores on September 11th. AT&T has been stingy with the specs, but this device looks like a tweaked version of the recently announced G Pad II 10.1.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Leaks On Video Ahead of Expected Announcement, Could Offer A 4K Screen Option

Sony kind of announced the Z4 a few months ago, but now it's moving quickly toward a do-over with the Z5. There will actually be three phones called Z5, which could be announced in a few days at IFA. You don't have to wait, though. A video from the French site Clubic was leaked showing off the Z5 in moderate detail.

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Google Play Services v8.1 Begins Rolling Out To Prepare For Android Pay, Changes Variant Naming Scheme For Lollipop Devices, And More [APK Teardown + Download]

Android Pay has been a hot topic after the last week after a series of memos and promotional materials turned up with the supposed August 26th launch date. As it turns out, Google hadn't yet distributed the necessary software to enable Android Pay for use on phones. That changes with version 8.1 of the Play services apk, which began rolling out Friday afternoon. A look around inside of the app also suggest there has been a bit more progress on the long-anticipated Kid Accounts. As of this release, there is also an important change to the convention Google uses for identifying Play services apk variants for different devices.

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Chromium Team Shows Improved Input Responsiveness On Some Sites That Rely Heavily On Javascript Timers

A dedicated app typically provides a better experience than a mobile site, but there are still plenty of instances where we end up inside the Android version of Chrome. Heck, that's one of the major benefits of owning a smartphone—the entire web is accessible to you throughout most of the day.

But some websites are slow and unresponsive. In particular, Chrome's frame rate can drop when browsing sites that have Javascript timers executing at less than ideal times. The latest Chrome browser reschedules them to provide a smoother experience. You don't need a strong understanding of what's going on in the backend to appreciate the progress on display in this recently uploaded video (though you can hit up the Chromium blog for more details if you're so inclined).

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[Video] Apparent OnePlus 2 Grounding Issue Makes The Home Button Extremely Unresponsive

The touchscreen issues that plagued the OnePlus One are well known at this point, but what about the OnePlus 2? This device is still trickling out to the illustrious recipients of invites, and it appears to have a different grounding issue. Rather than affecting the screen, this one affects the capacitive home button. Maybe I'm holding it wrong?

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Hand-Drawn Adventure Game 'Whispering Willows' Comes To Android With A 50% Off Launch Price Until September 9th

Whispering Willows is the kind of game we'd like to see more of on any platform. The art style alone shows how much care and attention the designers approached the game with. That it happens to be fun is almost a perk.

The hand-drawn experience centers on Elena, a girl who can project her spirit outside of her body. Controlling her astral projection to solve puzzles forms the crux of the gameplay.

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Framed From Noodlecake Studios Is A Gritty Comic-Style Puzzler Where You Control The Story

There was a heist (presumably) and you're on the run. Will you be caught or get away scot-free? That's entirely dependent on how you arrange events in Framed. This game looks incredibly polished and I can't say I've ever seen anything like it.

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Lara Croft GO Infiltrates The Play Store, Makes Off With Your Loot

As promised, Square Enix has released Lara Croft GO on Android today. It's a followup to the fantastic Hitman GO, but it's a distinctly Tomb Raider take on the turn-based genre. Lara Croft GO is less about precision, and more about exploration.

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LG Announces The Rolly Keyboard, A Smart Foldable And Almost Full-Sized Bluetooth Keyboard

I'm always looking for that perfect Bluetooth keyboard — one that is small and easy to carry, but large enough to comfortably type on, compatible with Android and iOS, and can connect to multiple devices at the same time. See, I always envision myself as the free-spirited type of person who goes to a cafe, orders a cappuccino, and pulls out a tablet with a keyboard to get work done as if I'm too hip to work at an office but too busy to wait until later. Suffice it to say, I'm never that cool, but I think LG may have gotten the closest to my fantasy with its Rolly Keyboard (model KBB-700).

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