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11 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (6/7/21 - 6/13/21)

11 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (6/7/21 - 6/13/21)

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 official arrival of Albion Online on the Play Store, a new deck builder that offers roguelike mechanics, and a recently translated adventure game that offers many branching paths. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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Why are Android phones plastic-metal-glass boringburgers when there's a world of premium materials to play with?

Why are Android phones plastic-metal-glass boringburgers when there's a world of premium materials to play with?

I've been envious of the iPhone over the last few years for one, not-so-obvious reason: Apple makes its recent flagships out of stainless steel. Here in the land of Android, the best we can really hope for is aluminum and glass, but there's a whole wide variety of premium, super-durable, and exotic materials out there phones could use. So, why are almost all Android smartphones boring glass and plastic or aluminum slabs? I was able to speak with Kinder Liu, COO and Head of R&D at OnePlus, to find out.

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How to fix your OnePlus phone that's started bootlooping after installing its latest update

How to fix your OnePlus phone that's started bootlooping after installing its latest update

OnePlus has become notorious for shipping either half-baked updates or ones that cause devices to bootloop or worse. The Android 12 developer preview for the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro was pulled back after it bricked devices. While the unstable nature of developer software dilutes the culpability to an extent, it's surely not acceptable when a stable OTA causes the same problem. Unfortunately, the stable OxygenOS 11.2.6.6 update for the OnePlus 9 Pro has lead to similar issues for some people.

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14 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (5/31/21 - 6/6/21)

14 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (5/31/21 - 6/6/21)

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 enjoyable and stylish memory game that revolves around stamps, a slick arcade game where you'll make your way around obstacle course stages, and a puzzle platformer that plays a bit like the classic Lemmings.

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12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including RainViewer, WellPaper, and Jetpack (5/22/21 - 6/5/21)

12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including RainViewer, WellPaper, and Jetpack (5/22/21 - 6/5/21)

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 RainViewer, a perfect app to plan your summer outings around seasonal summer storms. This week I have a unique live wallpaper app from OnePlus and the arrival of Jetpack, an app that can help bloggers backup their WordPress sites on the go. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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15 new (and 2 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (5/24/21 - 5/30/21)

15 new (and 2 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (5/24/21 - 5/30/21)

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 fantastic run and gun game, an intriguing narrative-based puzzler, and a delightful exploration puzzle game that pops off the screen. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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Google Messages could soon get two new features WhatsApp and Telegram have had for years

Google Messages could soon get two new features WhatsApp and Telegram have had for years

Google Messages is getting more intelligent and intuitive by the day, and Google seems to have a lot more in the pipeline. Shortly after the app started getting a redesigned emoji picker and nifty conversation categories, evidence of a couple of new handy features has cropped up.

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It's been 6 years and Backdrops is still my favorite wallpaper app on Android

It's been 6 years and Backdrops is still my favorite wallpaper app on Android

There was a time, a decade ago, when I was obsessed with customizing my phone's homescreen down to the tiniest details. Wallpaper, icons, widgets, everything had to match to perfection, and each few days I'd spend several hours putting together a new style from scratch. I don't have that much free time or patience now, and my homescreen setup is as simple as it gets: two rows of folders and the Google search bar on the bottom, plus the Pixel widget on top. I just slap a new wallpaper every now and then and feel like I've achieved something. The truth, though, is that barely any effort goes into it because I've been using the same wallpaper app for six years: Backdrops.

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10 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (5/17/21 - 5/23/21)

10 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (5/17/21 - 5/23/21)

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 two fantastic point and click adventure games, plus a unique 3D adventure that stars an adorable elephant. 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 from the last two weeks including Mopria Print Service, Clubhouse, and Tuned (5/8/21 - 5/22/21)

10 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Mopria Print Service, Clubhouse, and Tuned (5/8/21 - 5/22/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications 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 Mopria Print Service, which provides an easy way to print documents from your Android device. This week I have the arrival of a new social media app called Clubhouse, a relationship-focused app from Facebook, and a digital transit card that's the first to easily connect to Google Pay. 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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