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Google’s been slowly working towards launching its new Allo chat app and allowing you to pre-register for it for several months already, but small changes in the way the app is being promoted on the Play Store mean you probably want to go ahead and pre-register now if want to know as soon as it’s available for you.

Previously, the Play Store would only show you Allo if you searched for it specifically but it’s now being promoted in the ‘New and Updated’ section too, suggesting it could well be prepping for launch.

It’s already being privately tested with a small group of users, and won’t necessarily require Google’s upcoming Nougat Android OS to work, but Google could still hold it back until the wider rollout of Nougat later this year.

Either way, clicking ‘pre-register’ probably isn’t going to do you any harm if you want to check it out whenever it does arrive.

All from Google Play Store:
The Google assistant
Get answers, find information, and get things done without having to leave your conversation.

Smart Reply
Respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and suggests responses in your style. It responds to text and photos to help you keep the conversation going.

Ink
Get creative with the photos you send by doodling on them.

Whisper Shout
No more TYPING IN ALL CAPS to get your point across. Say it louder or quieter by changing the size of your text with a quick swipe.

Stickers
Say what you really mean with exclusive stickers designed by independent artists and studios from around the world.

Incognito mode
Chat privately with end-to-end encryption. Control how long your messages stick around with expiring chats. Use private notifications to hide your chats from shoulder surfers.”

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Finding new games on the Google Play store is a never-ending challenge, so we’ve put the effort in for you to find some of the best new and currently unreleased Early Access games available.

Naturally, as they’re unreleased, you might still find some issues and errors. There shouldn’t be anything too major, but you’ve been warned. This list will be updated over time, so feel free to bookmark it for future.

SUP Multiplayer Racing

Up to 4-person, live multi-player racing with a bright graphical style you’re either going to love or hate. To race your way to the top, you’ll need to upgrade your cars – and once you’ve had enough of everything the game has to offer, you can start creating your own tracks too.

Super Sticky Bros

If platformer games are too frustrating for you generally, try Super Sticky Bros – it’s not easy, but there’s no limit on the number of times you can die and you’ll never have to go back too far when you do.

The controls are ridiculously simple too, with just left, right and jump buttons on-screen. Your goal, ultimately, is to reach the top of the screen, which continually extends upwards. It’s a pretty addictive, free, little time-killer.

Tronsmart G02 Bluetooth Gamepad, Android Game Controller, Wireless Gaming Controller Joystick for Android Smartphone, PS3, Windows PC, TV Box, Smart TV - Black

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Tronsmart G02 Wireless Game Controller Tronsmart G02 Bluetooth Gamepad, a ergonomically designed game Controller that can be a great Christmas gift or a perfect companion for game fans. Specification Model No.: Mars G02 Connectivity: 2.4GHz & Bluetooth Plug & Play: Yes Battery Capacity: 700mAh Battery Life: 50 Hours Vibration: Dual motors Compatibility: Android 4.0 & above, Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista & PlayStation 3 Range: Up to 10m Input: 5V/1A LED Lights Indicators 4 LED Lights, from left to right: 1. Bluetooth Mode Indicator 2. D-input (On 2.4GHz mode, for Android TV Box) 3. X-input (On 2.4GHz mode, for Steam games) 4. Charging Indicator Battery Indicator The battery indicator will light-up when the controller is sufficiently charged. The LED indicator flashes while the controller is charging. When the battery is lower than 25%, the LED indicator will flash rapidly. CONNECTIVITY Any device running Android 4.0 or above (Smartphone/Tablet/PC.) Bluetooth connectivity to control your...

Android Game Programming For Dummies

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Paperback. Pub Date :2012-12-26 Pages: 384 Language: English Publisher: For Dummies Learn how to create great games for Android phones Android phones are rapidly gaining market share. nudging the iPhone out of the top spot Games are the most. frequently downloaded apps in the Android market. and users are willing to pay for them. Game programming can be challenging. but this step-by-step guide explains the process in easily understood terms. A companion Web site offers all the programming examples for download . Presents tricky game programming topics - animation. battery conservation. touch screen input. and adaptive interface issues - in the straightforward. easy-to-follow For Dummies fashion Explains how to avoid pitfalls and create fun games based on best programming practices for mobile devices A companion web site includes all programming examples If you have some prog...

Android Game Controller,Wireless Bluetooth Gamepad Gaming Controller Joystick with Adjustable Bracket Holder for Android Smartphone Tablets/ PC Smart TVs/ TV boxes (Black)

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Features: Android Compatibility, support Android 3.2 or above system devices Bluetooth 3.0, wireless transmission can be operated within 10 meters Download supportive games (Andoid system without root), mobile phone connects directly without root, without having to install drivers or set up the key mapping Comfortable keys feel, dual analog joystick, precise cross key and 14 action buttons Smart power-saving sleep mode, effectively enhance the efficiency of the battery Up to hundreds of games, not only can support Android platform games, but also the classic arcade game emulator Note: Also compatible with iOS system, but your phone need to make a jailbreaking. Functions: Bluetooth Bluetooth Version: V3.0 Compatible with: Tablet PC, Smartphone, MIMU TV Box, MIMU TVpackage content: 1 x T3 Bluetooth Gamepad 1 x USB Cable

Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad - Gloss White (Android)

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  • Perfect Complement to Fire TV, Android Devices and Micro-Consoles + Built-in Xinput Support
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Android Bluetooth Game Controller, BEBONCOOL Bluetooth Gamepad, Wireless Phone Controller For Android Phone / Tablet / TV Box / Gear VR Controller / Emulator

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Connection Modes 1) Support Bluetooth connection for Android Bluetooth device2) Support Wired USB Cable connection for Windows PC3) Support OTG connection, use OTG cable to directly connect to android cell phones & tabletsGames1) Android HID gamesUtilizing the standard gamepad protocol supported by Google, it's compatible with Android HID games.2) Samsung Gear VR GamesSupport the gear vr games that are marked as "Controller Required" in Oculus.Such as erobound Gladiators, Omega Agent, Heroes of the Seven Seas, Protocol Zero, VR Kart: Sprint, Dreadhalls, End Space, Minecraft Gear VR, Anshar Wars 2, BombSquad, ,Adventure Time: Magic Man's Head Games3) EmulatorsSupport most Emulater, such as iNES-NES Emulator, John NES-NES Emulator, MAME4droid(0.139u1), MAME4droid(0.37b5), PPSSPP Gold-PSP Emulator, gGens(MD), Speccy-ZX SpectrumPackage Includes:1 x gamepad 1 x charging cable 1 x user manualNoteBluetooth controller function is only for Android Bluetooth Device. When for Windows PC, it...

Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad - Gloss Red (Android)

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  • Perfect Complement to Fire TV, Android Devices and Micro-Consoles + Built-in Xinput Support
  • Integrated Media Control: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus and Pandora

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Required Battery:2 x AAA type, Included Accessories:Adjustable smartphone clip, OS Required:Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) or later, Apple MacOS X 10.8 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1

XFUNY Universal 2.4G Wireless Game Controller Gamepad Joystick for Android TV Box Tablets PC Windows 8/7/XP with Stents

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Description: Support Android 2.3 or above system and Windows 8/7/XP(does NOT work with Windows 10), like smartphone(require a OTG cable), pad, TV, TV box, and etc. The controller is not a Bluetooth device. It comes with a RF receiver that connects via USB. Specifications: Compatible System: Android 2.3 and Windows system and Windows 8/7, does NOT work with Windows 10. Frequency Range: 2.4GHz. Support 2 controllers simultaneously. Built-in Back, Menu, Home button. Battery-powered: 2 PCS AA batteries (Not included).

Android Bluetooth Game Controller, BEBONCOOL Bluetooth Gamepad, Wireless Phone Controller For Android Phone / Tablet / Gear VR Controller / Game Boy Emulator (Clip Not Included)

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  • Free companion APP: APP "BEBONCOOL GAMEPAD" is a guide to hundreds HID protocol games in the Play Store that compatible with this controller
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Games1) Android HID gamesUtilizing the standard gamepad protocol supported by Google, it's compatible with Android HID games.2) Samsung Gear VR GamesSupport the gear vr games that are marked as "Controller Required" in Oculus.Such as erobound Gladiators, Omega Agent, Heroes of the Seven Seas, Protocol Zero, VR Kart: Sprint, Dreadhalls, End Space, Minecraft Gear VR, Anshar Wars 2, BombSquad, ,Adventure Time: Magic Man's Head Games3) EmulatorsSupport most Emulater, such as GameBoy Emulator, iNES-NES Emulator, John NES-NES Emulator, MAME4droid(0.139u1), MAME4droid(0.37b5), PPSSPP Gold-PSP Emulator, gGens(MD), Speccy-ZX SpectrumPackage Includes:1 x gamepad 1 x charging cable 1 x user manualNoteBluetooth controller function is only for Android Bluetooth Device. We don't recommend this controller to LG G2/G3/Optimus F7, Sony Xperia T phone. BEBONCOOL is a registered trademark, which has been filed at Amazon. Any unauthorized sales activity will be considered as a violation of...

VR Headset Smartphone 3D Virtual Reality Glasses by VRIT V2 - Built in headphones. Enjoy VR Games, Apps And Movies. Works with Android, Iphone and All Phones 4-6.25 Inches (Black)

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  • • The VRIT V2 headset with an [OK] button, allows you to control the screen to shoot, confirm, next page and other functions without using Bluetooth devices. You won't need to remove the phone to achieve pause/play function when you are immersed in your 3D VR world. This button can also answer a call to your phone with a single press.
  • • VRIT has total immersion with a 120° large field of view, which is closer to the human visual angle, to ensure immersive reality. The Diopter Adjuster provides a 0°- 800° myopia and 0°- 400° hyperopia, which means no need to wear glasses, and can easily adjust the focal distance while wearing the headset. The unique VRIT V2 design has 6 airflow pores to insure proper air flow and heat reduction throughout your experience.
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  • • VRIT V2 VR headset new 2017 updated version, integrates the best in visual and audio, provides amazing 3D sound when you enjoy IMAX 3D movies. Just download an APP which can provide 3D video into the VRIT VR, put it in your smartphone. This will stimulate a private cinema for you anytime and anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back

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VRIT Virtual Reality Headset Kit VRIT includes an email link for a PDF to virtual reality which does not promote our product but rather gives you an overview of VR and what it is capable of. Features Include: ● Built-in adjustable headphones. Adjustable head strap of the VR glasses keeps the headset from moving down nose even with the weight of the phone ● 120 degrees large field of view, Suitable for people within 0 - 800 degrees myopia, and 0 - 400 degree hyperopia ● One-key for answering & pausing phone with single press ● Volume roller allows you to control the volume without removing the headset. ● Material: High-strength ABS Plastics and PU Leather, which is a material made with a split leather backing covered with a layer of polyurethane. How to use the VR headset 1. Download an App: Launch App client-side. 2. Insert phone correctly: use the card slot to locate the phone, no need to locate on second use. 3. Earphone location adjustment: Please adjust earphone to most...

Android Game Programming by Example

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Harness the power of the Android SDK by building three immersive and captivating games About This BookImplement the critical main game loop and structure your games to enable an array of advanced featuresAnimate your characters with sprite sheets, add multiple scrolling parallax backgrounds, and implement genuinely tough, playable levels in your gamesBuild super-smooth 60 frames per second with the help of this easy-to-follow, projects-based guideWho This Book Is For The book is best suited for existing Android or Java programmers who want to adapt their skills to make exciting Android games.The book is also for determined readers who might have no Android, game programming or even Java experience, but a reasonable understanding of object oriented programming knowledge is assumed.What You Will Learn Build simple to advanced game engines for different types of game, with cool features such as sprite sheet character animation and scrolling parallax backgrounds Design and implement...

 

 

 

Forward Assault

Forward Assault is more of one to watch for future potental than it is one to play right now if you like your games polished. Or finished.

The game is the follow up to the hugely popular (between 5 and 10 million downloads) Bullet Force, and keeps to the first-person shooter genre. With realistic graphics for both locations and weapons, what Forward Assault offers is worth checking out.

Antidote

If facing wave after wave of foes in a tower defense game is more your speed, Antidote is one of the better new pre-launches to hit Google Play.

In essence, you need to defend the body from attacking infections, bacteria and other bodily ne’erdowells by tactically deploying your defenses. With 17 levels and 14 different abilities to check out already, it’s not far from release.

Bonus game!

Battle of Polytopia

This one is no longer an unreleased game, but it’s been taking so much of my gaming time lately that it’d be remiss not to mention it.

Battle of Polytopia is a turn-based strategy game that pits your tribe, with unique starting talents, against other tribes on a square map. When you start, only your own small patch of the map is visible, but as you explore and research new abilities you’ll come up against rival tribes.

How you deal with them is up to you.

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Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is now available to download

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is now available to download

February 8, 2018 - Android Central

You can explore the game's familiar, vibrant world, battle all sorts of enemies, and experience 10 chapters in which you follow the Chosen King as he tries to reclaim his throne. Chapter 1 of the game is free to download, but if you want to experience...

The game-changing side effect a Chrome OS tablet could create

February 8, 2018 - Computerworld

Google's Chrome OS platform is on the brink of yet another potentially massive expansion. That much we've established. What we didn't discuss in Tuesday's "Chrome OS takeover" column, though, was a significant secondary effect that could result from...

Mario Kart Tour for Mobile Will be a 'Free-to-Start' Game on iOS & Android

Mario Kart Tour for Mobile Will be a 'Free-to-Start' Game on iOS & Android

February 8, 2018 - Wccftech

According to DeNA CEO Isao Mariyasu (via TouchArcade), the game will reportedly be a 'Free-to-Start' title, just like how Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is, as labeled on its website. Now, quite frankly, that could mean anything at this point. But if...

Pokémon GO to get in-game quests, hints at possible future mythical Pokémon release

Pokémon GO to get in-game quests, hints at possible future mythical Pokémon release

February 6, 2018 - Android Police

In an APK teardown on the Silph Road Pokémon GO subreddit, user and moderator dronpes has published a wealth of new findings in version 0.91.1 of the popular AR game. While Niantic's official changelog is just a simple three-pointer on in-game news...

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How to share your real-time location with Google Maps

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Real-time location features were once a part of Latitude, which Google put out to pasture some years back, but have since been absent from its mapping platform, allowing for apps like Glympse to fill the void. Now Google’s bringing the feature back to maps.

Rather than having to go into Google+, add a contact and offer to share your location, now all you need to do is open Google Maps (on Android or iOS), open the navigation menu and click ‘Share Location’.

Then you can choose to either share with a specific Google contact or get a link to send via a third-party service like WhatsApp; you also get to choose the duration of how long they can see your location, or whether it should be permanent.

There’s a new ‘Share Trip’ option coming too, to give people a more accurate picture of your time of arrival than currently.

The option hasn’t appeared for us yet, but Google says it’s rolling out worldwide “soon”.

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Google Pixel Launcher

Google’s Pixel Launcher first leaked onto the scene back in August last year, and then got an official introduction alongside the Pixel and Pixel XL, but if you have any other device and navigate your way to the Play Store, you won’t be able to download it.

This isn’t a problem, however. Just follow the steps below to get it running on your phone (you need Androi 5.0 or newer for it to work).

How to install Pixel Launcher

Navigate your way to APK Mirror’s Pixel Launcher page and select the version number you want. Generally, the newest is the one to go for unless you have a specific reason for needing an older version.

Then ensure you have the setting to allow installation of apps from unknown sources checked. You can find this in Settings > Security (sometimes called ‘Lockscreen and security‘) and then toggle to allow installation. Usually, it will ask you if you just want to allow a single installation. This is all you’ll need to do, and is the safer option.

Once installed, tapping the home screen button should be enough to enable a prompt asking which launcher you want to use.

Uninstalling Pixel Launcher

Oddly, in our testing, after installing Pixel Launcher, it didn’t appear in the list of installed apps, so if you ever change your mind and want to uninstall it, you can always head to Settings > Apps and find it there. You’ll need to Force Stop it before you can uninstall it though.

 

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