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Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Don't Dry is a return to form for the series, and it's finally available on Android

Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Don't Dry is a point and click adventure game that's the newest title in the franchise. The game has been available on PC and consoles for some time now, but as of today, it has been officially released on Android. Much like the previous titles in the series, this is an adventure game for adults, and since I grew up playing these classics, I'm happy to report that you can still expect the same potty humor as the originals. This means Wet Dreams Don't Dry isn't a game for children, though if you have a penchant for sexually-themed puns, it would appear today's release is a return to form.

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Weekend poll: Will you tune in for Google's upcoming Pixel 4 launch event?

We don't have many questions left when it comes to the Google Pixel 4 — chief among the few unknowns being final pricing and retail availability. But even those last lingering concerns should be addressed in just a few days at the upcoming Made by Google hardware event in New York City. On October 15th, your Android Police editors will be among those in attendance to cover the anticipated Pixel 4 unveiling. Do you plan on watching live?

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18 new Android games from the week of October 7, 2019: DIGIMON ReArise, Lovecraft's Untold Stories, and Xenowerk Tactics

Welcome to the roundup of the latest Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a new Digimon game that offers single-player and PvP battles, a fantastic action game themed around Lovecraft's horrors, and the continuation of the Xenowerk series with a competent offshoot strategy title. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released the week of October 7th, 2019.

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This video plots the rise and fall of smartphone OSes over the last 20 years


The advent of the smartphone as the personal computing device of choice is still relatively recent — only in the last half-decade or so have people begun to consider smartphones to be their primary computer. That being said, smartphones actually have a long and illustrious history — if they were human beings, some would be old enough to vote and nearly old enough to legally drink. To remind us of this, popular data-visualization YouTube channel 'Data is Beautiful' charted the rise and fall of popular smartphone OSes in the last two decades into a nail-biting video.

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[Update: Listing removed] Pixel 4 pre-orders go live early at Best Buy Canada

When Best Buy is your retail partner, it becomes immensely hard to keep your unannounced devices under wraps — this is particularly true for Google’s hardware. In separate instances, the retailer stocked Pixel 3a XL and Chromecast 3 units long before their respective announcements. This time, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, due for launch this Tuesday, fell victim of a similar practice at the hands of Best Buy Canada, who posted and then took down a pre-order page for the two Google phones.

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15 of the best tower defense games available on Android in 2019

It was recently brought to my attention that it's often difficult to find quality tower defense games on the Google Play Store, and since this is a subject I've yet to cover in a roundup in my three years at AP, I figured it's about time I rounded up the best TD games currently available, so that's what I've done. Below you'll find 15 of the best tower defense titles on Android. I've primarily ordered the list by the number of downloads on the Play Store, though I did place a personal favorite at the top since it's a recent release most people may not be familiar with.

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[Update: Early access release] Sky: Children of the Light is coming to Android, and you can pre-register right now

Sky: Children of the Light comes from Thatgamecompany, the same developer behind the critically-acclaimed titles Journey, Flower, and Flow. Sky offers an experience closest to that of Journey, where the player gets to explore a beautiful world in an effort to discover an evolving story that's told through meditative puzzle-based gameplay. Unlike Journey, Sky is a title that was built to focus more on a multiplayer aesthetic where players can easily team up with friends and strangers to journey through the world together while solving the game's many puzzles. Sky: Children landed on iOS at the tail end of last week, but it is also coming to Android sometime in the future, and you can pre-register on the Play Store right now.

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Google Lens races to 50 million installs in just 16 months

Mere days after Google Fit crossed a major download milestone (and took its sweet time doing it), another more popular Google app has accomplished the same feat in less than half the time. Google Lens, the visual search engine that lets users summon information about the world around them by taking photos or screenshots, has officially joined the 50-million downloads club.

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Mara X and Z are the first phones fully produced in Africa

For a long time, Africa has been exploited for its rare earths and other indispensable resources that help build the technology products we all use. Thus, it's great to see that a company in Rwanda, a country once plagued by civil war and genocide, managed to become the first to develop and build a smartphone on the continent. The Mara X and Mara Z are two budget Android devices running Android One, fully engineered and manufactured in Rwanda.

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Google Maps rolling out detailed voice guidance for walking directions

For the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, today is World Sight Day — a time to think about how we can prevent avoidable vision diseases and reducing external impacts for people living with visual impairment or blindness. Navigation in unfamiliar places remains one of the biggest challenges for those people, so the Google Maps team has decided to take the opportunity to roll out detailed voice guidance for walking directions.

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