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10 best endless runner games for Android

Posted by wicked May - 3 - 2016 - Tuesday Comments Off

best endless runner games
Endless runner games have become quite popular in recent years. For those who don’t know, endless runner games don’t end. You continuously “run” through the game until an obstacle stops you with the point being to achieve the highest possible score. Their quick play, addicting nature, and simple controls make them an accessible genre that virtually anyone can pick up and play. Everyone knows about the big infinite runner hits like Temple Run, so let’s take a look at the other best endless runner games for Android!


Alto's Adventure best endless runner gamesAlto’s Adventure

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Alto’s Adventure is a newer infinite runner game that has become very popular very quickly and it’s easy to see why. It’s a side-scrolling runner where you must ski down a mountain side, collecting runaway llamas, grabbing coins, and doing tricks on huge jumps. It’s muted colors and geometric style graphics give it a modern look while the simple, one-finger controls make it simple to play. It could’ve been more challenging, but otherwise it’s a great play. It also comes with Google Play Games services.

Get it now on Google Play!


crossy road best endless runner gamesCrossy Road

[Price: Free with in-app purchases/]
Crossy Road delighted casual gamers when it was released. In this game, you must hop across roads, avoid obstacles, and keep yourself alive for as long as possible. Unlike most endless runner games, you control when you start and stop but the game does continue onward forever. The game also features online co-op multiplayer mode with up to four total players, the ability to unlock new characters to play with, and Android TV support. Disney also created their own version of the game with even more characters to unlock.

Get it now on Google Play!


despicable me minion rush best endless runner gamesDespicable Me: Minion Rush

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Despicable Me: Minion Rush is about as typical of an infinite runner as you can get. You play as one of the iconic minions and you must run through various tracks, collecting items and power ups, and fight bosses. It has a few odes to the various movies and it includes the ability to customize your runner to make him/her your own. It has the basic controls where you must swipe to avoid various obstacles. It’s colorful, fun, and family friendly.

Get it now on Google Play!


jetpack joyride best endless runner gamesJetpack Joyride

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Jetpack Joyride has been around for a while and is developed by the same people who did Fruit Ninja. This is a 2D, side-scrolling endless runner where you play as a guy with a jetpack. You’ll be tasked with avoiding obstacles, collecting coins, grabbing power items, unlocking new gear, and all kinds of other stuff. It’s a solid overall effort that hits all of the right buttons. It also comes with achievements, leaderboards, and there is even some character customization.

Get it now on Google Play!


pac-man 256 best endless runner gamesPac-Man 256

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Pac-Man 256 is one of those games that also combines elements of other genres. As the name suggests, you’ll be playing as Pac-Man and you’ll be doing your usual Pac-Man stuff like eating pellets and avoiding ghosts. However, the maze is endless and you must continue moving forward or the glitch will catch you. It’s a nice mixture that adds a layer of depth and challenge that we don’t normally see in other endless runner games.

Get it now on Google Play!


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shooty skies best endless runner gamesShooty Skies

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Shooty Skies is an overhead shooter game where you fly a plane, shoot down bad guys, battle bosses, and engage with some quirky humor. Like most endless runner games, you’ll be continuously battling to try to get the highest score possible and you’ll have various tools and items to help you along the way. It has similar graphics as games as Crossy Road which gives it an element of familiarity. It’s free to play, comes with pilots that you can unlock, and the developers have been regularly adding new content.

Get it now on Google Play!


Smash Hit best endless runner gamesSmash Hit

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Smash Hit is one of the most unique endless runner games for a number of reasons. It’s one of the few that works on a free-paid paradigm with no in-app purchases like power ups or lives. It also works from a first person perspective. The game gives you a number of balls which you then launch at glass obstacles. As you go, you get more balls to throw and you lose when you run out of balls. They also double as your life total so getting hit means you lose balls as well. The game does technically end but continues on passed there forever. It has good graphics, great mechanics, and it’s the one you want if you don’t want to be bothered by in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


sonic dash 2 best endless runner games for androidSonic Dash 1 and 2

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
When you think of iconic runners in gaming, Sonic the Hedgehog comes to mind. Thankfully, Sonic Dash is a competently done infinite runner that plays pretty well. Sonic Dash 2 is the more recent game and it comes with a team play model where you can swap out who is running to try to get an even better score. It also features boss fights and interactions with other characters in the series. In terms of pure mechanics, it’s a pretty standard runner, but the extra stuff makes it a little more fun.

Get it now on Google Play!


subway surfers best endless runner gamesSubway Surfers

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Subway Surfers is one of the better classic endless runner games. In traditional fashion, you’re being chased down and you must dodge obstacles, use power ups, and avoid being hit so you can stay ahead and keep from being caught. This one features leaderboards so you can challenge the scores of your friends along with more acrobatic mechanics than normal. You’ll be jumping on and off of trains, subways, and even power lines. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard offering with a rock solid foundation.

Get it now on Google Play!


zombie highway 2 best endless runner games for AndroidZombie Highway 2

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Zombie Highway 2 is a unique infinite runner. In this title, you’ll be driving a car down an endless road and shooting zombies. They’ll be leaping out of nowhere onto your car and you must use a variety of weapons and the obstacles around you to shoot or scrape them off of your vehicle. The game comes with a variety of unlockable guns and vehicles that you can choose from. It also has pretty decent graphics and simple mechanics. It also has one of the more relaxed in-app purchase strategies that we’ve seen in this genre.

Get it now on Google Play!


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India to get Google Play Store carrier billing

Posted by wicked May - 3 - 2016 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google-Play-Store-11In the west, paying per purchase for Google Play Store transactions feels very fluid and natural. However, it’s a different fiscal landscape in India. There are over 1 billion mobile phone users in the nation, but when you stack that up against the 25 million active credit cards and 645 million debit cards, suddenly the digital transaction dilemma becomes clear. Google has previously tried to breathe life into the Play Store by distributing gift cards, but this has seen limited success. This week Idea Cellular, India’s third largest carrier, is partnering with Google to make carrier-billed Google Play Store transactions a reality.

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This setup will make app and in-app purchases instantly available to millions of users. The arrangement works for both prepaid and postpaid accounts. On prepaid accounts, transactions will be checked against the user’s available balance and deducted. Postpayers will see their Google Play Store transactions appear on their bill at the end of each cycle. Idea is already rolling out this functionality to its users, and subscribers should expect to have this option at their fingertips sometime this week.

This isn’t the first instance of Idea using carrier billing for digital transactions. The company previously partnered with Microsoft in 2014 to make this functionality accessible in the Windows Phone Store. It’s expected that Google will be interested in expanding carrier-billed transactions to other Indian carriers in the future.

What are your thoughts regarding carrier-billed transactions? Would you like to simply pony up for your digital purchases at the end of the month, or do you prefer paying for each item as you buy them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly

Posted by wicked May - 1 - 2016 - Sunday Comments Off

weatherback wallpaper Android Apps WeeklySponsored by: Weatherback Wallpaper

[Price: Free / $2.49]
This week’s episode of the Android Apps Weekly is sponsored by Weatherback Wallpaper. Most weather apps give you a live weather wallpaper that changes based on the conditions outside. Weatherback Wallpaper lets you choose your own wallpaper and simply applies the weather effects over it instead. The result is a far more customized experienced that fits your specific tastes and yes, the effects can be customized by you as well.
There are a variety of effects available and you can change them if you want something static instead of based on the weather outside. The free version comes with some stuff so you can check it out and the premium version comes with everything. For this week only, you can get the pro version for $1.75 which is a 30% discount. Give it a shot and show your support for the Android Apps Weekly show!

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Welcome back to the Android Apps Weekly show! This is episode number 138, let’s take a look at the headlines from the last week:

  • Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell has decided that enough is enough. He announced this week during an interview with The Guardian that he intends on stepping back into game development but with a focus on mobile gaming. He says mobile games piss him off and that they suck. Since a lot of them make us feel the same way, we can’t wait to see what he’s got coming.
  • Some new leaked footage of Pokemon GO surfaced early this week which seems to have only added to the major hype surrounding the game. The leak is about nine minutes long and shows you far more about the mechanics and game play than any prior video leak so far. As you can imagine, people are super excited about it but there is still no release date.
  • Nintendo has announced that Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem games will be making their way to smartphones sometime this fall. This comes on the heels of Miitomo’s release which has been very profitable for the company so far. We don’t know if they’ll be full-fledged games or freemium variants, but we’ll know more later this year.
  • The Amazon App Store is having some growing pains this week. They haven’t been properly labeling whether or not apps have in-app purchases which is a big no-no. The FTC is now going after them and have won similar cases against Google Play and Apple’s App Store. Expect a huge fine to be levied and changes to be made before the end of the year.
  • Google let it slip this week that it plans on unleashing Android apps on ChromeOS. Some people on Reddit have found an opt-in that allows the Google Play Store on Chrome which would mean all of the apps and games will be available to a degree. This seems to fall in line with the reports that ChromeOS and Android would be folded together. We’ll likely learn more at Google I/O here in a couple of weeks.

For even more Android apps and games news, releases, and updates, don’t forget to check out this week’s ridiculously packed newsletter by clicking here! There, you’ll find an abundance of news and info that we didn’t have space for here. If you’d like, you can sign up using the form below and get this newsletter sent to you every Sunday!

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super phantom cat Android Apps WeeklySuper Phantom Cat

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Super Phantom Cat is a platformer that pays homage to the 8-bit and 16-bit platformers of old. It has a goofy storyline to help moves things along and you’ll be treated to a bunch of levels, unlockable characters, and some retro style graphics that are bright and colorful. The game does manage to invoke the same feelings that old platformers did, although it could be argued that it borrowed a little much from the mechanics. In any case, it’s free to play and it’s pretty fun.

Get it now on Google Play!


radon Android Apps WeeklyRadon

[Price: Free]
Radon is a unique application that allows you to share links with just about anyone that’s close enough to you. The app takes advantage of the newer Nearby APIs and doesn’t require other people to be on the same WiFi network, Bluetooth connection, or even have NFC on for it to work. The idea is that you shoot a link out and anyone with the Radon app open can accept the link and open it. There are some early release bugs, but the app does work and it’s pretty nifty.

Get it now on Google Play!

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orbit's odyssey Android Apps WeeklyOrbit’s Odyssey

[Price: $2.99]
Orbit’s Odyssey is a unique little puzzle game where you must defeat replicating monsters, collect stars, and take advantage of the game mechanics to not be defeated. It uses mechanics that allow you to kind of orbit around planets to avoid being captured which was actually rather enjoyable. It also comes with five characters, 90 levels, 100 stars in each level, and some fun looking animation and graphics. It’s $2.99 with no in-app purchases if you’re interested.

Get it now on Google Play!


random flix Android Apps WeeklyRandom Flix

[Price: Free]
Random Flix is a fun little application if you have Netflix and you’re really lazy. The basic premise is that you hit a button and the app will give you a TV show to watch on Netflix. This solves the old question of what to watch on TV. The app has access to every show on Netflix which also makes it a nice reference guide if you just want to look around. Think of it like the TV guide of Netflix. It’s also completely free which is nice

Get it now on Google Play!

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angry birds action Android Apps WeeklyAngry Birds Action

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Angry Birds Action is the latest out of Rovio and this game isn’t like the standard Angry Birds games. It’s essentially a pinball game where you launch birds around a board to rack up points, collect valuable items, and save the eggs. It features characters from the Angry Birds movie and it’s likely that this was made as a promotional game since the movie comes out next month. It has an energy system, which sucks a lot, but otherwise it’s family friendly and free to download.

Get it now on Google Play!


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That about does it for this video folks. If you want to check out more videos, we have our picks for the best new apps and games from april 2016 there on the screen and in the video description below. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and keep it tuned to Android Authority because we are your source for all things Android. Thanks again for watching everybody and have a wonderful day.

10 best new Android games of April 2016!

Posted by wicked April - 29 - 2016 - Friday Comments Off

Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a beat more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month!


Aurora Quarantine best new android gamesAurora: Quarantine

[Price: $1.47]
Aurora: Quarantine is a uniquely done puzzle game where you play as a robot ball and your job is to solve puzzles, explore, and find something that will neutralize toxic substances that are destroying life all over the world. On top of having an actual story line, which is rare for a puzzle game, you’re also treated to above average graphics, various control options, and plenty of game play. There are no in-app purchases and you could definitely do worse in the puzzle genre.

Get it now on Google Play!


disney crossy road best new android gamesDisney Crossy Road

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Disney Crossy Road is an offshoot of the original Crossy Road game released last year. This rehash features over 100 Disney characters that you can progressively unlock as you play. On top of that, the game contains music and settings from a variety of Disney properties to give you a full Disney experience. Much like the game that preceded it, Disney Crossy Road makes for an excellent, family-friendly time killer that’s easy to play, hard to master, and free to download.

Get it now on Google Play!


exploding kittens best new android gamesExploding Kittens

[Price: $1.99]
Exploding Kittens is a new card game that was also one of the highest funded games in Kickstarter history. In this game, you get dealt some cards and you continuously draw cards until you get an Exploding Kitten card. You and your opponents then play your hands accordingly. This repeats until someone wins. It’s a fun little card game that is both ridiculous and family friendly. You can also play local multiplayer or against up to four other people online. It’s also relatively inexpensive.

Get it now on Google Play!


harvest moon best new android gamesHarvest Moon: Seeds of Memories

[Price: $9.99]
Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories was announced last year and finally released in April. The game carries with it tons of game play features that make it like other Harvest Moon games, including the ability to build and maintain a farm, raise livestock, take care of pets, and you can even do life stuff like get married, cook, forage, and mine. It’s not the best Harvest Moon game ever released, but it’s definitely better than what many could have hoped for when it was first announced.

Get it now on Google Play!


kingdom hearts unchained x best new android gamesKingdom Hearts Unchained X

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Kingdom Hearts Unchained X is a port of the popular free-to-play browser game of the same name. In it, you play as a character and your job is to go to various places to take out the Heartless and save people’s lives. The mechanics are pretty standard point-and-click and it shouldn’t take much to learn how to play the game. That said, it is quite a bit of fun and a great time waster for fans of the Kingdom Hearts universe. You can also make groups, ask for their help in raids, unlock various costumes, and more.

Get it now on Google Play!


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lego jurassic world best new Android gamesLEGO Jurassic World

[Price: $4.99]
LEGO Jurassic World is an adventure game by LEGO that follows the story lines and recreates classic moments from all the various Jurassic Park movies. You’ll also get the opportunity to play as, collect, and customize your own dinosaurs which is a nice touch. The game has received positive reviews so far and the mechanics are fairly simple to understand. It also comes with external controller support, and some decent graphics for a LEGO game. It also has no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


Machines at War 3 best new Android gamesMachines at War 3 RTS

[Price: $6.99]
Machines at War 3 is a real time strategy game with a lot to love. The campaign mode comes with 21 missions and there are an unlimited number of random skirmishes you can play. It also comes with online multiplayer support so you can play with or against friends. It also comes with a story line which is always a plus and there are over 130 things that you can build and upgrade which gives the game at on of depth. It has had almost flawless reviews so far and it also has no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


Star Knight best new Android gamesStar Knight

[Price: $0.99 with in-app purchases]
Star Knight is a platformer game with hack-and-slash elements. You’ll be hopping around various maps, avoiding obstacles and killing bad guys in a game that is actually trying to kill you also. Each level has its own set of objectives aside from completion which adds some depth to the game and you’ll also be taking on bosses. Your character can be leveled up and there is even a competitive arena mode you can play in. It’s inexpensive, tons of fun, and it’s definitely something a little different.

Get it now on Google Play!


warhammer 40k freeblade best new android gamesWarhammer 40000: Freeblade

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Warhammer 40k: Freeblade is the latest in the highly touted Warhammer series and this game is no slouch. It comes with a ridiculous 170 single player missions, fantastic graphics, and an upgrade system that’ll let you create and upgrade new items and gear. The developers also include daily events to keep things fresh and the controls are easy enough to use to make the game fun. It’s a free download with in-app purchases, but there is a lot of game here and the developers state that more is coming.

Get it now on Google Play!


Zenge best new Android gamesZenge

[Price: $0.99]
Zenge is a unique puzzle game where you’re actually being asked to assemble a puzzle. The idea is that you complete these little puzzles and it uncovers the next piece of storyline. The puzzles themselves aren’t overly difficult and the developers claim that this game is meant for relaxing rather than challenging play. They back this up by not having any points, timers, game shops, or other distractions. Just you, some puzzles, and a story for you to check out. It’s inexpensive and has no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


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10 best new Android apps of April 2016

Posted by wicked April - 29 - 2016 - Friday Comments Off

App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month!


dictionary linguee best new android appsDictionary Linguee

[Price: Free]
Dictionary Linquee is a translation dictionary that allows you to look up words, find their definition, and translate them to a variety of other languages complete with example sentences. It also comes with a quick search, offline mode, and pronunciation which rounds out an already impressive set of features. This is a great tool for travelers, people learning second languages, and anyone looking to expand their vocabulary. It’s free to download with no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


encode best new Android appsEncode: Learn to Code

[Price: Free]
Encode is a beginner’s programming application that teaches you the basics of programming. It uses JavaScript to teach the basics, but all of the concepts are fairly universal which makes it a great starter app for those who have never programmed before but want to. It has sections on numbers, strings, booleans, variables, if-then statements, and other basics. It’s free to download and use with it’s only weakness being that there’s nothing here for intermediate or advanced programmers.

Get it now on Google Play!

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giphy best new android appsGiphy

[Price: Free]
Giphy technically existed as an extension to Facebook Messenger but April saw a time of great change for the app. It has been re-released as a standalone app, capable of searching for GIFs and sharing them just about anywhere that you want. You can search by keyword or category if you prefer or just check out what’s trending. There are a ton of categories, including moods, reactions, and there are even gif emoji that you can download and use. It’s all entirely free which is just a cherry on top.

Get it now on Google Play!

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mailtime best new android appsMailTime

[Price: Free]
MailTime is a newer email client that allows you to organize your emails in a chat-like order so you can communicate with people more easily. It allows you to connect to a variety of services, including Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Mail.ru, and many others. Once connected, your emails will be organized by sender with the interface looking a whole lot like your standard messaging application. It’s free to use and a great app to pick up if you communicate through email a whole bunch.

Get it now on Google Play!


quote best new Android appsQuote

[Price: Free / $2.49]
Quote is an RSS reader in an age where RSS readers don’t really get made anymore. It focuses on simplicity where there the experience revolves around just you and your RSS feeds. There are no recommendation engines getting in the way or anything ridiculous. It has support for Feedly and Inoreader which is great if you use one or both of those. The free version gives you the basics including dark and light themes, gesture navigation, and offline reading options. Going pro removes advertising, adds themes, and support for multiple accounts.

Get it now on Google Play!

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recolor best new android appsRecolor

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Recolor is a coloring book application that’s meant for adults. This is part of that wave of adult coloring books that promotes relaxation and creativity. The app features over 700 coloring pictures with new ones being added on a daily basis. They are categorized into difficulty levels ranging from beginner to expert depending on how complex you want your coloring experience to be. Many images are free but you will have to fork out for some using in-app purchases. The app itself is free to download.

Get it now on Google Play!

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reddit best new android appsReddit

[Price: Free]
Reddit released their nascent application in April to unfairly negative reviews. You see, most people use powerful third party Reddit apps and were disappointed that the official app wasn’t a clone of BaconReader or reddit is fun. It is, however, a perfectly decent and usable Reddit app for casual users which is all it was ever meant to be. It embraces Material Design and allows for basic navigation. It is still working through some early release bugs but it’s a good app nevertheless.

Get it now on Google Play!

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slidebox best new android appsSlidebox

[Price: Free]
Slidebox is a photo organizer application which is just a really fancy way of calling it a gallery app. With this one, you can delete photos, sort photos into albums, group photos that look similar and compare them, and more. It also organizes your images where they are so it doesn’t mess with the functionality of any other apps. It’s missing a few features like SD card support, but it’s an otherwise good effort that’s completely free to download and use.

Get it now on Google Play!

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ustwo face maker best new Android appsustwo Face Maker

[Price: Free]
Face Maker is developed by ustwo, the same developers who brought the hit game Monument Valley. This app is for Android Wear users and it gives you two template watch faces that you can customize and control. It has a variety of customization options and you really can create some unique watch faces with this app. It’s not as in-depth as something like Facer, but it’s entirely free and it’s much easier to use.

Get it now on Google Play!


yahoo esports best new android appsYahoo Esports

[Price: Free]
Yahoo Esports is, as you may have guessed, an application that covers the world of eSports. It covers a variety of games, including MOBAs, fighters, shooters, and the big ones such as League of Legends. It’s a good looking application that’s easy to navigate and you’ll have access to news, live video, recorded video, highlights, events, and tons of other content. It’s one of only a few good eSports apps out there and worth a shot if you’re into those kinds of things.

Get it now on Google Play!

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Google Play Store now lets you know if an app has ads before you download

Posted by wicked April - 28 - 2016 - Thursday Comments Off

Google Play Store Ads Notification

So back in 2015, Google started emailing devs to encourage them to log in to the developer console and flag whether or not their apps contained ads. They were told that sometime early this year, the Play Store would start displaying a notification signifying if an app was garnished with ads. This week, a sharp-eyed redditor noticed that Google had made good on its word. Regardless of whether it’s a paid app or has in-app purchases, the Play Store now has a “Contains ads” line that appears directly under the Install/Open button.

It looks like a server-side change, so you might not see it on your device yet. Nevertheless, you can expect it to rollout to you soon. The addition of the ads notifier is a good thing for both users and Google. For users, it’s naturally beneficial to understand what they’re getting into when they download an app. Ads are something of a necessary evil if you want free content, but if you fork over cash for an app, you generally expect an ad-free experience.

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On Google’s side of things, extending this common courtesy to users is just part of developing a good relationship with the people who download apps from the Play Store on a daily basis. An informed user is definitely a happier one.

What are your thoughts on the new “this app has ads” notification? Let us know in the comments below, and stick around Android Authority to see all the tweaks and perks coming to the apps you use on the regular.

Next: Google Play Store Accounts page gets a facelift

Netflix will soon let you pay for your subscription through Google Play

Posted by wicked April - 26 - 2016 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you’re a current Netflix subscriber, you’ll soon have another way to pay for your monthly subscription. According to the latest Netflix for Android update in the Play Store, the video streaming service will soon allow you to pay for your subscription via Google Play Billing.

This feature is listed as “coming soon” in the changelog. When Google decides it’s ready for primetime, you’ll be able to pay for Netflix through the Google Play Store rather than setting up a direct monthly payment to Netflix. Why would one want to do this, you ask? Perhaps users would like to cut down on the amount of services that are accessing their bank accounts every month. For new users especially, it will be easy to set up a monthly payment with the Play Store as an in-app purchase since Google already has your card information on file.

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For those interested, the full changelog is listed below.

  • Bug fixes
  • Coming soon: Subscribe for Netflix via Google Play Billing (new permission required).

Like I mentioned before, this feature isn’t live yet. You’ll need to grab the update from the Play Store and wait for Google to flip the switch.

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A million Android apps are apparently coming to Chrome OS

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2016 - Monday Comments Off

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Google is preparing to unleash over a million Android apps and games to Chrome OS.

Chrome OS users over on Reddit have spotted a new option in the operating system’s settings screen that appears to enable access to a large section of the Google Play store catalog of apps and games.

The option appears briefly when the user opens up the settings screen, but it appears to be inactive at this point. First spotted by user TheWiseYoda in Chrome OS v51 dev, the feature is accompanied by a description in the page source code that reads “Choose from over a million apps and games on Google Play to install and use on your Chromebook.”

Redditor InauspiciousPagan managed to unearth the opt-in screen that will presumably show up when users choose to enable the Android apps option.

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Given that the front-end of the feature is already in Chrome OS, Google may introduce it officially very soon.

Google I/O is less than a month away, and there’s a good chance one of the highlights of the show will be an announcement related to the rumored convergence of Chrome OS and Android.

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Last autumn, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google would “fold” Chrome OS into Android by 2017, in order to offer one operating system that works across all platforms, including PCs. We can speculate that the release of the vast Android apps collection to Chrome OS is a step towards this eventual unification.

Google first announced plans to bring Android apps to Chrome OS at I/O 2014, as part of their “App Runtime for Chrome” project. However, just a handful of apps made the jump in September 2014, including Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine. Google has been silent ever since, but it looks like that’s about to change.

Chrome OS, which recently received a Material Design makeover, has made good progress in the educational market in particular, where administrators have found Chromebooks to be more powerful and easier to manage than tablets and conventional laptops. And, thanks to their low price, Chromebooks are consistently among the best selling laptops on Amazon. Giving Chromebooks the power of Android apps could help it make further inroads into the mainstream market, at a time when PC sales are flagging.

Thoughts on this development?

Could Chrome OS soon get Full Google Play Store Support?

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2016 - Monday Comments Off

Chrome OS merged with Android. It’s every Pixel C owner’s dream. But for so long, the dream has not had much in the way of solid evidence for its existence.

Sure, you could sideload some Android apps using a hacky method to install apks as Chrome extensions but even with some nifty automation tools it was still quite inconvenient to use.

Can you image? Credits: JC Torres//Slashgear

Can you imagine?
Credits: JC Torres//Slashgear

Thus users looking for a great tablet experience were left out in the cold thanks to Android’s admittedly subpar multi-tasking/multi-window interface. Android N is looking to fix that by finally implementing multi-window into stock Android, though judging by the Android N developer previews they still have some work cut out for them.

On the other hand, the lack of a fully stocked app store on Chrome OS has left Google’s laptop users pining for more. While the situation has been improving as time went on, the overall situation for Chrome OS adoption is looking rather grim. Compare that to the market juggernaut that is Android and you can understand why many people want Google to go ahead and merge the two operating systems already.

But then a report came out of The Wall Street Journal that stated that with the Google –> Alphabet transition, Google would phase out Chrome OS and merge it into Android. However, Google quickly squashed those hopes by issuing a statement that they had no plans to phase out Chrome OS. We ended that piece by asking you your thoughts on the independence of Chrome OS and Android, however, what if Chrome OS and Android were not set to merge, but rather become inter-compatible?

Well, one user accidentally stumbled upon some evidence indicating that Chrome OS may soon implement the Google Play Store.

Credits: /u/TheWiseYoda

Credits: /u/TheWiseYoda

The user claimed that this option showed up one second while he opened up the settings app on his Chromebook, but then it quickly disappeared. Of course, screenshots can be easily faked, so it’s imperative that we look for some stronger evidence pointing to this being the case. Other users in that thread began digging around in Chrome OS’s source code and found some rather interesting changes.

In this block of code, we can see the there’s a string that enables a checkbox for turning on the ability to run Android apps on your Chromebook. The mention of ARC is most likely referring to Google’s App Runtime for Chrome which is the method that is previously how users were able to sideload apps on their Chromebook. Further evidence can be found in this github page that lists strings for UI localizations.

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Now, it looks like Google will be using this runtime to enable the installation of any app that you can find from the Google Play Store. As you can see,  after you check the box you are prompted with a dialog that sets up Google Play Store on your Chromebook. You are told that you can choose from “over a million apps and games” on Google Play to install on your Chromebook. We’re fairly certain this is just the boilerplate text and that there isn’t any actual restriction, but we can’t be sure until the feature is actually available.

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Source: /u/InauspiciousPagan

Google I/O 2016 is less than a month away. That’s typically when they announce any major feature changes. And I would say this is feature change certainly could be categorized as such. This is a game-changer for Chrome OS. Unlike BlackBerry’s failed Android app implementation, this is Google’s in-house version. They have Google engineers working on this and have access to the expertise of their own Android software developers. Google I/O 2016 can’t come fast enough.

Will your Chromebook actually be supported, however? This feature might require an update, which would mean certain Chromebooks might miss out if they reach end-of-life before Google I/O this year. Hopefully, users of certain older Chromebook models won’t be left out (I can’t imagine that you would really need newer hardware to run an Android app) but that’s completely up to Google.


What do you think of this rumor? Will Google follow through and bring Android apps to Chrome OS? Do you think this can save Chrome OS? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2016 - Sunday Comments Off

AA App Android Apps WeeklyAndroid Authority App

[Price: Free]
We wanted to take some time on this week’s Android Apps Weekly and talk briefly about our official app. We’ve been working diligently to create an awesome application for all of you to use to get the latest Android news, reviews, opinions, and whatever else we happen to be doing. It comes with Material Design, plenty of options to customize your reading experience, and you can even sign into Disqus and comment straight from the app.
Aside from that, you’ll be able to check out our forums, view news by category, and get up to the minute notifications when the latest news hits. In some cases, you can even watch our YouTube videos before they hit YouTube. The best part is that if you find a bug or an issue, our team is listening 24/7 so we can fix it as soon as possible. It’s a free download, there no in-app purchases, and it’s a great way to show your support for Android Authority!

Get it now on Google Play!

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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:

  • Google has unveiled its plans to give official Google Play Store awards starting at Google I/O this year. It’ll be called the Play Awards and the categories are Standout Startup, Standout Indie, Best Families App, Best Use of Material Design, Best Use of Google Play Games Services, Early Adopter, Go Global, Most Innovative, and, of course, the Best App and Best Game. It’ll be interesting to see who wins, but I really hope it’s not freaking Buzzfeed News.
  • In one of the more awesome things we’ve seen this year, developer Alibek Omarov has ported Counter Strike 1.6 to Android. It’s a free download but you will need Counter Strike 1.6 installed from Steam in order to play it. It seems to work pretty well and it’s even compatible with game controllers. If you’ve been looking for a good shooter on Android and don’t mind tinkering a bit, this is a fun little project.
  • Coachella has teamed up with YouTube to offer 360-degree video live streaming for the entirety of the event. Of course, it’s Sunday now so you’ve missed most of it by now but there is still time to check it out before the festival ends Sunday evening. All you need to do is get the YouTube app and head to Coachella’s YouTube channel to get started. This, of course, comes on the heels of YouTube announcing 360-degree live streaming video with spatial audio.
  • App Annie came out with it’s Q1 numbers for Google Play and the Apple App Store. As per the norm, Google Play had far more downloads while Apple had far more revenue. The same things are true as they were before, including China being a huge source of revenue for Apple, Android users spending less money per download, and all of that jazz.
  • The US government suggested this week that Google and Apple should censor encrypted applications on the various app stores so that we can’t download them. Unfortunately for the police, this situations is easily worked around by, you know, side loading an app, and continues to show just how little government officials understand technology.

For even more Android apps and games news, releases, and updates, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter by clicking here! There you’ll find all of the stuff we didn’t have space for here. If you’d like, you can sign up for the newsletter using the form below and you can get it sent straight to your email every Sunday!

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exploding kittens Android Apps WeeklyExploding Kittens

[Price: $1.99]
You may remember Exploding Kittens as the one of the most funded projects in Kickstarter history. This game is essentially a spin-off of the popular Cards Against Humanity where you’re given a bunch of scenarios and then you use noun cards to try to make it as ridiculous and funny as possible. Like other games in this genre, the humor can be dirty and dark at times but those with a healthy sense of humor should enjoy it quite a bit. It’s $1.99 with no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


giphy Android Apps WeeklyGiphy

[Price: Free]
Giphy released their official application on Android here recently to moderate success so far. Much like the acclaimed website, you can browse for various gifs based on category, keywords, and a variety of other factors or you can just see what’s trending on any given day. The app functions and even looks pretty much like the website so it should be easy enough to figure out your way around. There are some release day bugs here and there, but nothing too serious.

Get it now on Google Play!

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warhammer 40k freeblade Android Apps WeeklyWarhammer 40,000: Freeblade

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The latest Warhammer 40k was released this week with a fairly positive reception so far. To put it simply, this is a big game. There are 170 campaign missions with a full blown story line which is steeped in action and chaos. You’ll also be able to customize your character, create new gear, and upgrade just about everything. To keep things fresh, the developers also include daily challenges so you can get even more gear. It may be one of the best freemium games released this year.

Get it now on Google Play!


chrooma keyboard Android Apps WeeklyChrooma Keyboard

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
It’s true that we’ve talked about Chrooma Keyboard before, but it underwent such a huge change this week that we felt like talking about it again. To keep up with the competition, Chrooma Keyboard is now free with in-app purchases so if you’ve been balking because of the price, you have no excuse anymore. Along with that came an update that added a new settings app, new color styles, a new prediction algorithm, and preference syncing. Everyone that bought the app will get upgraded to premium for free. Check it out!

Get it now on Google Play!

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harvest moon Android Apps WeeklyHarvest Moon: Seeds of Memories

[Price: $9.99]
Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories was announced last year and fans of the series were really hoping that this wasn’t going to be a freemium rip-off of the series they loved. Unexpectedly, this is a full Harvest Moon game. It fancies itself a farm and life simulator where you must grow crops, make friends, perform tasks, and take care of your little digital life. There are no in-app purchases, so you get the full game when you buy it. It’s a pleasant little surprise and Harvest Moon fans should definitely grab this.

Get it now on Google Play!


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