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 super-fast platformer, a unique 2D exploration game, two tunnel runners, a minimal twitch game, yet another soccer manager, and (sigh) a game from a bunch of Let's Play "stars." Without further ado:
HoPiKo is a platformer that abandons such things as precision or exploration for pure speed.
The rollout for Google Play services v8.1 is complete and now it's time to open the floodgates for developers to begin working with some of the changes. When new versions come out, it's fairly common for Google to hold back a few extra details to be announced after the rollout has completed. This time around, there are improvements for the Maps API, Nearby API, and App Invites. The previously announced Play Games Play Stats API has been added, and Google has advice on properly handling Android 6.0 permissions. There are also a couple of minor breaking changes that have to be dealt with too.
Most Android smartphones mix and match the same basic feature set. They might be better at one thing or another, but there's a lot of overlap. The Turing Phone is trying something different. This device is designed from the ground up around security, and pre-orders are going live today at 3PM Eastern, but only if you've got an invitation.
Look, I'm not what you would call a stylish person. I think I can say with some confidence that most work-from-home tech bloggers fall into the same category (though Liam is one dapper dude). But I know a dumb-looking haircut when I see one, and the poor woman in LG's latest teaser video would be entirely justified in assaulting her high-priced stylist with a designer curling iron.
Microsoft sees competition coming in from the likes of HipChat and Slack—newer online services that want in on the company's action. Business communications? That's Microsoft's thing. That's what Outlook is for!
Boom! The Woot app is finally, officially, available on Android. How 'bout that? Boom! It's all about the website's exclusive offers and daily deals, in a sweet material design. Boom! There's even a cool navigation drawer and scrolling. Scrolling, you guys. Boom! If you're wondering about the explosion sound effects, you should watch the app's promo video below. Boom!
For a first legit try at an Android app, Woot really nailed most of the design and interactions.
It's time to take up your sword (and wallet) to do battle with demons, sorcerers, and other generic fantasy foes with the fourth installment of the Eternity Warriors series. There are three different heroes to master, tons of loot to find, and yes, some things to buy. Such is the world we live in.
Remember that time Verizon announced it will carry a version of the Xperia Z4 called the Xperia Z4v three months ago? And said it would be out "this summer?" Well, summer ends in exactly... tomorrow, and the phone still isn't out. It was actually allegedly supposed to be released over a month ago, but now any kind of launch before October seems highly unlikely. Some guy got one anyway (somehow) and reviewed it in this video on YouTube. Verizon's site, by the way, says the phone is still "coming soon."
As I hope we can all agree, this is tremendously, mind-bendingly dumb for several reasons.
A new version of Chris Lacy's Action Launcher is rolling out today, and it brings an all-new feature that makes it a snap to search your apps. Well, I guess it technically makes it a swipe. Quickfind is a built-in search box in the app list that's accessible with a simple gesture. That's not all that's new—there are a number of other thoughtful tweaks and changes in v3.6.
Update: OK, it's finally happening! Here are our winners for the official Marshmallow figurine contest, in no particular order.
Jason Scofi - for his outstandingly awesome, one-of-a-kind upcycled Android statue. It's fantastic.
Keith Myers - for Artem's Luck... the game. You can download it here. Yes, really: Keith made an Android game about Artem's technological misadventures. It's hilarious. Keith, your figurine is well-earned.
Jeff Kosmicki - for this short animated video of a bugdroid getting hit by a flying marshmallow.
Evan Liao - for his outstanding Android Marshmallow wallpaper everyone should download immediately.
Here's a mobile wallpaper version with just the little marshmallow guy.