Twitch for Android sees 3.0 update, bringing new interface and more features

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Even though Twitch might still be considering selling to Google, that’s not stopping them from keeping their Android application updated. The new update brings the app to version 3.0, and with it comes a greatly enhanced user interface, an easier way to search and subscribe to broadcasters and channels right from the home screen, and the ability to chat with other users and streamers.

If you regularly use Twitch on your device, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on this update. Hit the link below for the download. » Read the rest

Gameloft announces 9 titles have been optimized specifically for Android TV

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Android TV was one of the bigger announcements at I/O this year, especially if you’re into Android gaming. Not long after the keynote, Gameloft has announced that they have 9 of their best titles optimized specifically for Android TV.

These titles will see enhanced graphics for larger screens, adjusted gameplay controls that will likely work well with gamepads, and some extra features that will take advantage of Android TV’s capabilities.

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Italian Antitrust Authority investigating Google, Apple, Gameloft, and Amazon over in-app purchases

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Everybody deals with those pesky in-app purchases from time to time, especially in mobile games. The in-app purchases help developers make money by luring potential customers in with a free (and often very limited) game, then hitting them with a paywall a few hours in. Sometimes levels are locked if you don’t pay for them, and sometimes leveling up your character is incredibly tedious if you don’t spend real money on in-game currency. » Read the rest

Best Android educational apps and games for kids [May 2014]

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We all know how hard it is to hand over your brand new tablet to your wide-eyed kid or younger sibling, but when we do, why not make sure there are age-appropriate applications on the device? Instead of  having them stare mindlessly into a game of Angry Birds, why not have them play something educational?

Fortunately there are plenty of great apps for kids available on the Play Store, and many are even free. Whether you’re looking for an enjoyable experience learning to read or an exciting game to teach your kids math, these apps open up a new world of learning through technology.

To help you weed out the apps that won’t entertain and enrich kids, we’ve created a list of my top five educational apps and games that kids are sure to enjoy. Be sure to let us know about what apps your kids enjoy in the comments!

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Google hosting Spring Google Play sale on several premium games

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Google is hosting a big sale on some popular games on the Play Store right now, offering top titles at a pretty big discount. Games like Gameloft’s The Dark Knight Rises, Need for Speed, and 10000000 are on sale for a buck, and others like NBA 2k14 have dipped to around 3 dollars.

If you’ve been itching for a new game to play on your commute in the mornings, hit the link below to take advantage of the deals.

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Apple and Google provide promotional offers to developers to get exclusive games first

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According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google have been offering promotional packages to developers in order to be the first to feature various games on their respective platforms. This promotional perk includes placing apps on hot spots on the app store page and features list.

The same report indicates that Apple previously offered Electronic Arts to promote its highly anticipated Plants vs. Zombies 2 on its App Store and in return, EA launched the popular title on the iOS platform 2 months before releasing it for Android. However, Gameloft, developer of Asphalt, refused to accept the deal offered by Apple, instead, it chose to launch the game on both Android and iOS at the same time. » Read the rest

Honest Android Games helps you find games with fair pricing

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android-gamesAndroid games are great, but required in-app purchases can put a damper on the fun. Honest Android Games, a new website, attempts to combat that. Every game that is featured on the site is either completely free without any advertising, has a one-time cost when first installing, or a one-time in-app purchase cost to unlock all features, ad-free.

The games, all available in the Play Store, can be sorted by genre, availability, features like immersive mode and multiplayer, and price. The site is accepting submissions, but only the highest quality games will be accepted.

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Marvel Run Jump Smash! bursts into the Play Store

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If Jetpack Joyride is your kind of mobile game, then here is another that may be appealing. Marvel Run Jump Smash! is an endless running game that puts Marvel’s heroes in your hands. Included are the usual bunch — Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man and Black Widow. Each has their own special abilities and special attack to utilize as you climb through levels. Unlike Jetpack Joyride, Marvel Run Jump Smash! costs some money ($0.99).

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Square Enix drops Final Fantasy VI on the Play Store for $15.99

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Square Enix has released their classic RPG, Final Fantasy VI, onto the Play Store. It’ll cost you $15.99 which is definitely more than the latest version of Angry Birds, but it’s packed with a lot more content, too.

Square has reworked the graphics to give them a more modern feel, and the controls have been altered to work on touchscreen devices. Overall, if you’re a fan of Final Fantasy games, this one’s definitely worth the price of admission. Hit the link below for the download. » Read the rest

Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed races onto the Play Store for $4.99

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Sega is continuing their tradition of releasing Sonic the Hedgehog games on mobile devices, with the latest being Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed. It’s a little pricey at $4.99, but there’s a laundry list of features to make it a compelling purchase.

There are 10 available characters to choose from, each with their own unique transforming vehicle, with more scheduled to be released at some point in the future. The tracks are dynamically generated and there are multiple routes, power ups, and road hazards to deal with, which adds some replayability to the same courses. The control scheme has also been tailored for mobile devices, and Sega has built in full controller support if you use a mobile gamepad. » Read the rest