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19 new Android games from the week of March 2, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the surprise release of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, a puzzle-based Harvest Moon title, and an enjoyable take on the British game show Countdown from the developer behind Chessplode. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of March 2nd, 2020.

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Quibi is a new streaming service with short films that can be viewed in portrait or landscape (Update: Partial launch lineup)

Most of the professionally produced video you watch is filmed for a TV or movie screen—it's landscape. That makes sense, of course, because most screens don't rotate to portrait mode, that new Samsung spinning TV notwithstanding. However, your phone does rotate, and a new streaming service called Quibi wants to take advantage of that. Quibi will offer premium video content that you can watch in either portrait or landscape, and you can switch back and forth whenever you want.

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B&O's new Beosound Balance speaker has Google Assistant and a $2,250 price tag

Audiophiles have long been happy to spend what most of us would consider obscene amounts of money on speakers, and these ultra-premium products are slowly adopting "smart" features like Google Assistant. Bang & Olufsen has a new Assistant-powered speaker called the Beosound Balance. It'll cost you $2,250, but it probably sounds pretty good.

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Pokémon GO will expand online PvP battles with a new ranked league in 2020 (Update: First season March 13)

Pokémon GO got a little closer to its established universe when Pokémon trading was added to the game, which was soon followed by player versus player (PvP) Trainer Battles. Players are required to be within close physical proximity — or have a certain friendship level for battle — to use either feature. Niantic plans to get rid of this limit, at least for trainer fights, with the upcoming GO Battle League that will pair you with an opponent, regardless of their location

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Harvest Moon: Mad Dash turns the farming sim into a casual puzzler, now available on the Play Store

Out of nowhere, Natsume just released Harvest Moon: Mad Dash on the Google Play Store. Unlike the titles in the core Harvest Moon series, this release is not a farming simulator, at least not in the traditional sense. Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is actually a casual puzzle game that was released on consoles and PC at the tail end of 2019. While I had no doubt the title would eventually make its way to mobile, the fact that it was unceremoniously published on the Play Store this morning still came as a surprise.

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Oppo reveals Find X2 and Find X2 Pro with 120Hz QHD+ displays and periscope telephoto cameras

Oppo has announced the long-awaited follow up to the Find X at an event in London that was originally planned to have taken place at MWC. Two new models have been unveiled, with the Find X2 and Pro variant sharing mostly the same spec sheet but for a few key differentiators. They both include the Snapdragon 865 SoC, 12GB of RAM, and a stunning QHD+ 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED display with a punch-hole selfie camera cutout. At a separate event in China, the first Oppo Watch was also introduced with a somewhat familiar design.

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Stadia announces two first-person puzzle games, Relicta and The Turing Test

Google's Stadia cloud gaming platform has been picking up steam recently, launching its second first-party studio, giving players a way to download their screenshots/videos, and rolling out 4K support for gaming on the web. Keeping that momentum rolling, the Stadia team has announced that two first-person puzzle games —Relicta and The Turing Test — will be coming to the platform soon.

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Metroidvania Dandara gets Trials of Fear update, brings significant enhancements

Raw Fury has announced that its Metroidvania title Dandara has received a large content update today, and it's live on the Play Store. This update comes to the game free of charge, so if you already own the title, all you have to do is update it through the Play Store to see what's new. We already know that today's update brings with it new content to explore that's part of The Hidden Realms (which consists of three new areas), as well as a new boss fight, new powers, mechanics, and a new secret ending. New in-game descriptions, dialogues, and cutscenes have also been added to flesh out the game's story.

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TCL doesn't have a folding phone to sell you, but it does have more ideas for one

The folding phone market is heating up, and while smartphone manufacturer TCL has shown off concepts for some of its potential foldables, the company has yet to announce a concrete product. That isn't changing, but TCL today unveiled two new form factors it's exploring: a phone with a pull-out display, and one with a tri-fold design.

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Android comes to the iPhone with Project Sandcastle

You might have seen the news earlier today that you can jailbreak an iPhone with an Android phone, but that's just the start. "Project Sandcastle" builds on years of development to promise even more: running Android itself on an iPhone. For now, the project is in "beta" (more like pre-pre-alpha, given the current limitations), and just a single Apple device is compatible, but it's a start.

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