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Choosing the most influential Android devices of the last decade

Choosing the most influential Android devices of the last decade

We've clearly got a little bias on the subject, but Android has a long and storied history filled with its own triumphs and pitfalls. It's been well over a decade now since that first HTC G1 landed, the inaugural Android smartphone, and things have changed drastically since then. Being "first" might make you think the G1 was the most influential Android phone — but was it, really?

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12 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (3/22/21 - 3/28/21)

12 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (3/22/21 - 3/28/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the long-awaited arrival of Final Fantasy VIII, a solid arcade racing game that's currently in open beta, and a Crash bandicoot auto-runner. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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Google can't seem to fix (or doesn't care about) broken app update notifications

Google can't seem to fix (or doesn't care about) broken app update notifications

When Google removed the ability for the Play Store to notify users of app updates, people were understandably miffed. This even led to a third-party solution being developed, before Google eventually saw sense and brought it back as an optional setting (albeit off by default). This functionality appears to be broken now on various Android phones.

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17 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (3/15/21 - 3/21/21)

17 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (3/15/21 - 3/21/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week, I have a popular PC dungeon crawler port, a card-based fighter themed around the Cobra Kai TV show, a visually impressive platformer inspired by Journey to the West, plus a new WTF listing. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Deplike, OnePlus Store, and Otter (3/6/21 - 3/20/21)

13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Deplike, OnePlus Store, and Otter (3/6/21 - 3/20/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today's roundup is sponsored by Deplike, a fantastic amp and effects tool for guitarists. This week I have the official arrival of the OnePlus Store app for the US and Canada, a dietary diary that offers an adorable mascot, and an interesting tool for testing wifi range. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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10 great MIUI 12 features you should know about

10 great MIUI 12 features you should know about

Today, Xiaomi is known as one of the most recognized smartphone manufacturers and its value-for-money offerings have made huge inroads in several markets around the world. But a lesser-known fact about the Chinese company is that its first-ever product was not a smartphone, but MIUI: the software that runs on most of their phones today.

Between then and now, a lot has changed and MIUI is no longer a custom ROM developed for the Google Nexus One. It’s a full-fledged skin that’s on millions of devices out there and it also happens to be amongst the most feature-rich —  I can attest to this with my experience of using MIUI 12 on several phones.

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18 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (3/8/21 - 3/14/21)

18 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (3/8/21 - 3/14/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have a unique driving game where you'll drive blind, an enjoyable card game from one of the more dedicated indies on the platform, and a fun little pinball game that you play in landscape.

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16 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (3/1/21 - 3/7/21)

16 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (3/1/21 - 3/7/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have an odd game about a pigeon's long-lost love, an enjoyable mini-golf game, and the arrival of the long-awaited sequel for Jetpack Joyride. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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10 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Win-X Launcher, Dive Case Connector for Google Camera, and SwirlWalls (2/20/21 - 3/6/21)

10 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Win-X Launcher, Dive Case Connector for Google Camera, and SwirlWalls (2/20/21 - 3/6/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. This week we have a new launcher that offers a slick Windows theme, a release from Google that ties into its push for underwater photography, and a fantastic live wallpaper app from Action Launcher's creator. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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The life and death of Hangouts: A Google tragedy

The life and death of Hangouts: A Google tragedy

The transition from Hangouts to Google Chat is now happening in earnest, with many even reporting that their group conversations have moved between the two platforms. It's just a matter of time until Hangouts itself is retired, so let's take a moment to look back at Google's most successful — and, perhaps, most ignored — messaging platform.

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