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16 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (9/12/21 - 9/19/21)

16 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (9/12/21 - 9/19/21)

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 deck-building game themed around rats protecting their enclave, a trippy point and click adventure game that offers interesting art, and a quirky adventure game that's perfect for Halloween. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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8 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Media Bar, Stationhead, and Barquode (9/11/21 - 9/18/21)

8 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Media Bar, Stationhead, and Barquode (9/11/21 - 9/18/21)

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 week or so. Today I have a slick media bar app, a radio app where you can roll your own station, and a barcode app for creating, scanning, and storing barcodes. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last week.

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All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

Movie theaters are slowly reopening, but most of the new releases are headed to streaming services rather than the big screen. Whether you're staying at home to ​limit potential risks, or just saving a few bucks by watching from the couch, we've organized a huge list with many of the newly added films and some upcoming titles.

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The Pixel 6 is Android's best chance to stop the iPhone 13 Pro from dominating video

The Pixel 6 is Android's best chance to stop the iPhone 13 Pro from dominating video

Tuesday's iPhone 13 announcement brought out plenty of opinions, but the phrase I've seen repeated the most often is, "it's boring." While I admit that most of the presentation fell flat for me, largely because I'm not really interested in switching to an iPhone, there were two segments that highlighted exactly what it is I wish I could get from the phones I do buy: better video creation.

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The Wipeout series finally lives up to its name with this embarrassment of a card game

The Wipeout series finally lives up to its name with this embarrassment of a card game

IGN has just revealed that Rogue Games plans to publish a new Wipeout racing game for mobile called Wipeout Rush, but it's not a typical futuristic racer. Nope, it's a card game disguised as a racer, and early screens have already revealed that there are multiple currencies as well as a stamina system, and so fans are rightfully upset. Wipeout Rush should is slated for release sometime in 2022, and there's a trailer available if you'd like to take an early look.

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Google Nest Cam Battery review: When a third-gen product feels like first-gen

Google Nest Cam Battery review: When a third-gen product feels like first-gen

Google's line of Nest cameras have always offered impressive hardware, but they're expensive and the current lineup is getting a bit long in the tooth. Enter, the new Nest Cam, which features a battery so you can mount it anyplace, even if that location is far away from power. If you're looking for long battery life, this camera has it. The rest of it, not so much.

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Nest Doorbell (battery) review: Ding dong ditch

Nest Doorbell (battery) review: Ding dong ditch

Most of us have a doorbell, but most of us probably don't have a smart doorbell, even if our house is otherwise loaded with ostensibly "smart" gadgets. It's actually a pretty useful thing, too, letting you keep an eye on packages, speak to folks that drop by while you're away, or just see who is at the door. Along with the release of Google's new security cameras, it's trying to make them a little more accessible for customers, reducing the cost of the optional subscription and opening up which features are available without one. The new battery-powered $180 Nest Doorbell joins the existing wired option, and it is probably worth a look if you're heavy into the Assistant ecosystem but can't plug in, though there are some notable issues.

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Google's new chip design goes great with a club sandwich

Google's new chip design goes great with a club sandwich

The Google Pixel 6 is the first time Google will be using an in-house chip for its phones. Instead of opting for a Snapdragon processor again, Google will instead use its own Tensor chip. We still don't know many of the finer details of this silicon, but we do know that it's likely to cause some degree of shake-up in the Android industry. If you're in Japan, though, Google also has some other chips to help tide Pixel fans over until you can get your hands on the chip you actually want. We're talking about the edible kind, of course.

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One thing keeps me from switching to the iPhone

One thing keeps me from switching to the iPhone

I've been an Android user since the Nexus One, but I have to admit: the recent generations of iPhone have tempted me. Apple's industrial design is amazing as ever, the Magsafe accessory system is innovative and flexible, and the Apple Watch continues to absolutely stomp any wearable alternative. Don't get me wrong — I still love my Pixel 5, and I know I'd miss the hell out of all the sweet customization that Android enables and even encourages. But as a technology journalist, it wouldn't kill me to give the other side of the aisle a try for a while.

Except.

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The new Star Wars: Hunters trailer pits Mandalorian against Sith

The new Star Wars: Hunters trailer pits Mandalorian against Sith

During a recent Nintendo Direct, Zynga has revealed that it's working on a free-to-play Star Wars game for the Nintendo Switch as well as mobile platforms like Android and iOS. The game is called Star Wars: Hunters, and it's coming to mobile this year. It's described as a competitive arena combat game that should offer real-time cross-play squad battles, though Zynga hasn't actually shown off any gameplay despite releasing a teaser trailer. Still, it seems clear Zynga is creating a Fortnite clone with a Star Wars skin, which is difficult to get excited about.

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