2020 has been a standout year in more ways than one. On personal, national, and global levels, many of us have faced hardships and had to adapt to new realities and life-altering changes. On this day, though, I'd like to put the negative thoughts aside and focus on what has kept us rolling here at Android Police despite it all.
We love gadgets (duh), we love Android, and we love digging, finding, and reporting on the smallest and biggest features that come to those metal and glass sheets that we carry with us everywhere. Some of them are bad, bad, evil changes; others are much more welcome.
Google particularly enjoys sneaking Easter eggs in its products— we recently spotted a Hot Air Balloon game in the Google Play Store, for example. While some of them are easy to discover, others need specific circumstances to be triggered. One such Easter egg is hidden within Android's Smart Reply feature t saves you from being rick-rolled.
We've got one serious love-hate relationship with front-facing cameras on our phones. Sure, everyone likes to take selfies, and their popularity has helped drive multiple social media sites into the stratosphere. But the cameras themselves are just so darn inconvenient, taking up precious phone real estate, and increasingly stealing space from the screen itself. One novel solution involves tucking the front-facer under the display, like we see on the brand-new ZTE Axon 20 5G. Now Zack from JerryRigEverything is putting this model to the test, seeing how it holds up to abuse and also giving us a better look at how this weird camera works.
Google Cloud Print is an excellent tool for people who still own older printers that don't have a network connection of their own. It allows you to hook up your printer to your computer via USB and then use that computer as your printing server — no need to throw out a perfectly fine device. However, it looks like all good things must end when it comes to Google products, and the Cloud Print shutdown is already looming — the service is turning off its servers on January 1, 2021. Google has a list of recommended replacements, but almost all of these are aimed exclusively at businesses, except for one: PaperCut and its Mobility Print service.
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'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 arcade flight sim from Atypical Games, a quirky zombie game, and a title from BuzzFeed. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of December 21st, 2020.
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 CallApp, an excellent caller identifier and blocking tool that also offers call recording. Of course, we also have a few more titles to share with everyone today, such as Proton Calendar, a new calendar app from the creators of ProtonMail. We also have an app that allows you to run ADB shell commands locally without root. 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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Amazon's Fire tablets are incredibly popular, mostly because they're incredibly cheap. However, none of them come with access to the Google Play Store, which is how most Android devices download and install applications. Instead, Fire tablets come bundled with the Amazon Appstore, which has a much smaller library and lacks any Google-made apps and services. No YouTube, no Chrome, and so on.
The good news is that it's not incredibly difficult to install the Play Store on a Fire tablet, and the whole process can take as little time as 10 minutes. This complete guide for installing the Play Store on Fire tablets has detailed instructions for every model produced since 2014, with added troubleshooting steps if you run into issues.
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Christmas is here, so it's time to check out all of the fantastic mobile games released on the Play Store this year. Unlike similar lists across the web, you won't find two-year-old titles like Among Us in today's roundup. This is strictly a list of 2020 releases, and everything has been hand-picked by yours truly. The selection includes 29 games, a WTF listing, and a handful of honorable mentions, because there were simply too many incredible games released this year. While I know mobile often gets the short end of the stick when it comes to quality releases, I've gone out of my way to uncover the best ports as well as many engaging mobile-specific titles for a solid mix of options that should hopefully please everyone.
Earlier in the year, noted feature-finder Jane Wong and Alessandro Paluzzi both dug up a hot air balloon Easter egg mini-game in-development for the Google Play Store app. Like the ubiquitous Chrome dino minigame, this was set to appear when you have internet connection difficulties while using the Play Store. And based on recent reports, it's starting to roll out a little more widely.