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! You can watch the videos from passed months by clicking here!

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GlassWire

GlassWire

Price: Free
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GlassWire helps you keep track of your data. It shows you a real-time graph that shows how much data you’ve used, the apps that use it, and more. It’s most useful for those who have limited data caps and want to keep track of how much they’ve used. However, it’s also an excellent way to see the apps that access your network the most and how often they do it. You can even have GlassWire alert you whenever a specific app accesses data. It’s free to download with no in-app purchases.
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GlassWire

Libby

Libby

Price: Free
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Libby is an ebook and audiobook platform by Overdrive Labs. It works by using your library card to let you borrow content for free. You simply sign up with your library card and the entire platform is open to you. It features thousands of ebooks and audiobooks to choose from. You can download books for offline reading, rate books, and more. Overdrive Labs has an official app that does a lot of these things. However, Libby aims to be more of a simplified experience. It’s also free and has no in-app purchases.
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Libby

Microsoft To Do

Microsoft To Do

Price: Free
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To Do is Microsoft’s latest app. It’s a to-do list app with a simple design and simple function. It allows you to create lists of things that you need to do. It then syncs them between your PC and your Android device. You can create tasks, add reminders, make the tasks recur (like taking out the garbage every week), and create new lists to help keep yourself organized. It looks and works a lot like Wunderlist except that it’s more simplified. It’s currently completely free to download and use. The only caveat is that you have to sign into your Microsoft account to use it.
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Microsoft To Do

Movie Pal

Movie Pal

Price: Free
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Movie Pal is a social app for movie watchers. The basic idea is that it helps you keep track of what movies you’ve seen and the ones you want to watch. You can create groups and invite friends to share in the movie watching fun. You can also add movies to a watch list. When you’ve seen it, you mark the movie as seen and it’ll no longer show up in search results. That way you can always get a fresh list of movies that you haven’t seen yet. It’s free to download and use. There is some advertising, but it’s not really that bad.
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Movie Pal

Outdoor Family Fun with Plum

Outdoor Family Fun with Plum

Price: Free
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Outdoor Family Fun with Plum is a new app from PBS Kids. The idea is to give kids something to do that gets them out of the house. Some of the stuff we found was taking selfies with trees, counting dogs in passing cars, and observing the weather. It boasts 150 total activities, tips to help kids learn about science, and even a progress tracker to see how you’re doing. The design is fun and it should be easy to use for kids. Best of all, it’s totally free with no in-app purchases.
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Outdoor Family Fun with Plum

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Podcast Go

Podcast Go

Price: Free
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Podcast Go is a good, simple podcast app. It features a colorful, modern design and it’s easy to use. It boasts a collection of over 300,000 podcasts across a variety of genres. You can subscribe to them, download episodes, and listen offline. It is missing the occasional feature that podcast fans are likely used to. However, those people are likely using more powerful podcast apps anyway. It’s a good, simple app for the casual podcast fan. It’s also free with no in-app purchases. There are some ads, though.
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Podcast Go

Runtasty

Runtasty

Price: Free
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Runtasty is a new cooking app from Runtastic. It aims to provide healthy meal ideas without being too restrictive. It features over 40 recipes that include options for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free, and other dietary restrictions. Each recipe is accompanied by a step-by-step video. The recipes can be organized based on how long they take to cook, how many calories they have, and other filters. It’s currently free to use but we expect Runtastic to improve the selection and probably add some paid options over time.
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Runtasty

Today Weather

Today Weather

Price: Free / $3.99
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Today Weather is a relatively newer weather app. It boasts a minimal design, most of the basic weather app features, and even tons of weather photos to explore. The features include access to the current weather, future forecasts, air quality and UV graphs, severe weather alerts, and other useful info. You can even take your own photos to add to the app’s UI if you want to. You can get most of the features for free or unlock everything with the $3.99 price tag. There are cheaper subscription options available, but the full price tag is the best deal.
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WalletHub

WalletHub

Price: Free
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WalletHub is a financial app. It allows people to check their credit scores. It’s very simple in scope to an app like Credit Karma. Along with your daily updated credit score, you’ll get credit improving tips, credit monitoring, and more. It’ll also show you savings alerts for financial products. That’s likely also its advertising strategy. It’s not really bothersome so it’s nothing to worry about. The design is decent enough and it’s useful for virtually anybody. It’s free to use with no in-app purchases.
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YouTube TV

YouTube TV

Price: $35 per month
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YouTube TV is the latest online TV service to hit the world. At its launch, it was only available in five areas although more coverage has been promised soon. It has a decent design, an unlimited cloud-based DVR, and each account can be shared with up to six people. Of course, it also has Chromecast support and integration with YouTube Red Originals. It’s not bad for the price, although its lack of availability has slowed the hype train considerably. Keep an eye on this one in the long term.
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Thank you for reading! Here are some final app lists if you want to keep reading!
 

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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! You can watch the videos on YouTube from passed months by clicking here!

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Age of Empires: Castle Siege

Age of Empires: Castle Siege

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Age of Empires: Castle Siege is the latest Age of Empires game. It plays a lot like any kingdom builder. You build a base and then create an army. You then use that army to destroy other bases while trying to defend your own. It also features heroes, decent graphics, and more game play features. It is a freemium game and that means it has the usual freemium pitfalls. However, aside from that and a few bugs, most people seem to be enjoying it.
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Anycrate

Anycrate

Price: Free
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Anycrate is a local multiplayer game. Each player is on a different side of the screen. You then face off to see who can complete the challenges first. There is also a co-op mode where you can complete challenges together. Characters also upgrade during game play. There are also different characters with different mechanics. It also features many different levels. It’s completely free to play with no in-app purchases. Thankfully, the advertising isn’t too bad either.
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Chicken Scream

Chicken Scream

Price: Free
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Chicken Scream is a platform game that went viral. The basic idea is that you talk and yell to get a chicken to walk and jump. The softer your voice, the slower the chicken goes. The louder and longer you yell, the higher and further it jumps. There are also other chickens that you can unlock. There are a bunch of ads. However, the game is otherwise pretty fun. It’s not much more than a time killer, but we kind of didn’t expect it to be. It’s currently free to download and play.
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Guardians of the Galaxy TTG

Guardians of the Galaxy TTG

Price: $4.99 / $14.99
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Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest game from Telltale Games. It is an episodic adventure game like most of their other titles. It’ll also have puzzle elements as well as combat mechanics. It features a story about a powerful artifact. Your job is to keep it away from the bad guys. It also features decent voice acting as well as decent graphics. You can get the first episode for $4.99 with a $15 in-app purchase to get the other four episodes.
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Lumino City

Lumino City

Price: $4.99
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Lumino City is one of the most unique games we’ve seen. The graphics are actually photos of a real set that the developers built. That gives it a very different look and feel compared to most games. Your job will be to go on an adventure, solve puzzles, and save your kidnapped grandfather. The developers boast an eight to ten hour story, no in-app purchases, no advertising, and some fun mechanics. It’s currently going for $4.99.
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Meganoid 2017

Meganoid 2017

Price: $3.99
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Meganoid 2017 is an fun little retro shooter. Your goal is to make it to the end of each level without dying. The levels randomly generate. That means each play is a little different. Additionally, there are power ups that let you change the mechanics and layout of any given level. That means you make rocket launchers misfire or unlock an alternate route to the end. There are also bonus areas to find and a database to look at enemy info. It’s unique and it goes for $3.99 with no in-app purchases.
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Nonstop Chuck Norris

Nonstop Chuck Norris

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Nonstop Chuck Norris is an action game. You control Chuck Norris as you mow down wave after wave of bad guys. It’s a bit of a weird game. Chuck Norris will go wherever he wants to go. Your only job is making him do fighting moves. You’ll be gifted with weapons and armor as you play. They increase your toughness so that you can keep going. Other than that, there isn’t too much to this one. It’s a time waster through and through. It’s a free to play game with in-app purchases.
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NOVA Legacy

NOVA Legacy

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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NOVA Legacy is the newest FPS in the NOVA franchise. For those who don’t know, it’s a sci-fi shooter with aliens, explosions, and all kinds of other mayhem. The graphics and controls are both above average. The game also includes crafting, a story mode, special events, online multiplayer, and a special ops mode. Frankly, there is just a ton of stuff to do. It’s a freemium game and that’s a little bogus considering previous NOVA games weren’t. However, it’s not too bad once you get passed that.
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Office Space: Idle Profits

Office Space: Idle Profits

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Office Space: Idle Profits is a simulation game. It’s also based off of the movie of the same name. You’ll play as the various characters from the movie as you skim profits out of Initech. It features some odd and goofy game play mechanics. You can also re-enact scenes from the actual movie. It’s fair to say that the game is meant to get a little money out of the movie’s fanbase. It is a freemium game, after all. However, it’s one that can be enjoyable.
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Planescape: Torment EE

Planescape: Torment EE

Price: $9.99
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Planescape: Torment EE is the latest epic RPG out of Beamdog. It’s a port of the old PC game that has been remastered for Android. The game boasts a 50+ hour story line, complex mechanics and controls, tons of stuff to do, and deep lore about the world you play in. Due to the complexity of the controls, we recommend larger screens while playing this game. It’s also not for the feint of heart. It runs for $9.99, but it’s also a gigantic game.
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Thank you for reading! Here are some final game lists for you to check out!
 

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July 11, 2016

If we missed any great new Android games, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

The BLU R1 Plus was only just launched yesterday but it’s already on sale. Over at Amazon, for the next fifteen hours or so, you can pick up a BLU R1 Plus for $109.99 (that’s $50 off its normal price). Best Buy also has the R1 Plus at the same price but doesn’t have a scary countdown clock like Amazon.

If a new phone shipping with Marshmallow doesn’t put you off, this is a pretty good price, especially when you consider this is the 32 GB version with 3 GB of RAM. Other BLU R1 Plus specs include a 5.5-inch HD display, quad-core MediaTek 6737 chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz, 13 MP/8 MP camera combo (both of which have a LED flash), 4,000 mAh battery, dual-SIM, microSD and 4G LTE Plus (only for AT&T and T-Mobile).

If you pick one up, be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments. If you’re after other options for affordable phones, check out our list of the best cheap Android phones.

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Zack Nelson from YouTube durability testing channel JerryRigEverything has responded to requests on social media to see if the same approach to creating a Galaxy S8 with a see-through back panel would also work on the LG G6. Turns out it does. Zack now has the world’s first clear LG G6 to go with his see-through Galaxy S8.

The process starts out much the same as with the Galaxy S8, just apply a heat gun to the back to soften the glue and carefully pop the Gorilla Glass 5 panel off. But where the Galaxy S8 required a solvent bath to remove the paint layer from the inside, the LG G6 simply has a plastic-like layer that can be peeled off by hand.

A few minor nips and tucks follow to fully show off the internals and the naked LG G6 is born. If you’re at all interested in trying this on your G6, just be aware that besides voiding your warranty you’ll also lose your water-resistant rating and wireless charging if you choose to remove the coils, but it’s still an easier-looking project than the clear S8. Zack’s taking requests for the next phone to receive the naked treatment, so hit the comments on the video to make your suggestions.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s 2016 salary was 325,000 times more than Sergey Brin and Larry Page’s salaries combined. Earning more than the co-founders of Google isn’t a hard thing to do though, with even the lowest paid Googlers far outstripping the salaries of Google’s CEO and President.

As in previous years, Brin and Page took home a salary of $1 for their roles heading the parent company of the world’s largest search engine, while their protege Pichai raked in almost $200 million in total compensation for steering the good ship Google.

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Pichai’s annual salary remained stable at $650,000 (actually $2,500 lower than in 2015) but his stock award almost doubled from $99.8 million in 2015 to $198.7 million in his first full year at the helm of Google. That saw his total compensation rise from $100.6 million to $199.35 million – not bad for your second year on the job.

But Pichai has surely earned the raise, charting a course for Google that saw significant increases in several areas. Google’s net income rose almost 20 percent in 2016 and sales saw a 22.5 percent increase under Pichai’s leadership. At the rate Pichai is going, he’ll be earning $1 in salary before he knows it.

With more and more smartphone companies doing away with the faithful 3.5mm headphone jack, now is probably the time to start keeping an eye out for some decent Bluetooth headphones. The Samsung Level U Pro wireless headphones are currently on sale at Amazon for an impressive 65 percent off the normal purchase price of $99. That makes these a steal at just $34.99.

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To get them at this price you’ll be stuck with the black color option, but if you want to spend a little more to add some additional flair to your ‘phones, you can get the purple version for $54.72 and the bronze version for $58.99. The snazzy blue pair are the most expensive at $70.99 but fashion never comes cheap now does it?

Ultra High-Quality (UHQ) Audio means the Samsung Level U Pro headphones deliver 24-bit digital audio, with double the frequency range of standard CD-quality wireless audio (when paired with supported Galaxy phones). The neckband-style in-ear buds have 13mm drivers and dual microphones, with small magnets to stop the buds from flapping around when they’re not in your ears. They sport a nine hour battery life and are comfortable enough to wear all day.

After putting out a software fix for the red tint issue on the Galaxy S8 in Korea earlier this week, Samsung is now rolling it out in Europe. Germany, Turkey and the UK are the first countries to get the patch, which adds a slider for making the entire display warmer or cooler. Somehow I doubt there’ll be too many folks wanting a warmer display on their Galaxy S8, but it’s there if you want it.

The individual RGB sliders can still be accessed, but they are now found under an Advanced section. That section also includes a Screen edge color balance setting, that allows you to to change the white balance at the edges of the screen, where multiple Galaxy S8 owners noticed the red tint at its worst. According to Samsung, changes may take up to ten minutes to appear.

If you’re in one of those countries and you don’t see a notification icon in your status bar already, just head to Settings > Software update > Download updates manually to check. The update is a rather hefty 426 MB, indicating there might be a little more included than just a fix for the screen tint but we’ll have to get back to you on that.

Samsung has vowed to replace devices for unsatisfied owners and it may need to, as the calibrated display settings are only available in Adaptive display mode. Switch that to AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo or Basic and you’ll lose your color balance changes. Also, changes won’t take effect if you have the blue light filter on.

Hit the comments and let us know when you get the update and if it was sufficient to fix the problem on your device (if you were suffering from it in the first place). With two fixes going out for some of the Galaxy S8’s launch problems in the last week, Samsung seems keen to address user issues quickly, which is just the way it should be. Now, if only we could get fixes issued within a couple weeks all year round…

In less than three weeks, thousands of software and hardware developers will be coming to Mountain View, California, and its Shoreline Amphitheater, to attend Google I/O 2017. The company’s annual developer conference, from May 17-19, is one of the biggest highlights of the year for Android fans, and now Google has posted some more details of the event’s schedule so that attendees can plan which ones they want to check out ahead of time.

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Google points out that while it has posted more information on the sessions it will run during I/O 2017, not all of them have been revealed yet. That’s because the company is keeping a few of them secret until after the opening keynote for the conference, which will happen on May 17 starting at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern time). In addition, some sessions will allow for attendees to reserve their seat ahead of time, to help cut down on lines. However, there will be a few seats that will be open for each session in case some folks want to attend at the last minute. The size of each tent has also been increased, to accommodate more people.

In response to feedback from last year’s Google I/O, this year’s conference will also have double the number of Office Hours. This should help app developers get more time to chat with Google team members. Also, the sandbox demo areas will be inside climate-controlled structures this year, which should help keep people cool and dry for those events.

We expect there will be a bunch of major announcements, and maybe one or two surprises, made at Google I/O 2017. Stay tuned as we will be attending the conference to get all of the big news first-hand.

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Global smartphone shipments saw higher growth than expected during Q1, and it was essentially led by manufacturers like Huawei and OPPO.

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According to the latest data released by the International Data Corporation, worldwide smartphone shipments for Q1 of 2017 saw 4.3 percent growth, beating IDC’s previous forecast of 3.6 percent. With devices like the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus and the Galaxy S8 duo, that number is expected to be even higher for Q2.

Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo all saw a double-digit increase, with OPPO seeing almost 30 percent.

Now, the list of top five vendors isn’t surprising: Samsung leads the smartphone market with almost 80 million devices shipped during Q1, and Apple is a distant second with 51 million devices. Just like previous few quarters, these two electronics giants are followed by Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo. However, what is rather surprising is that the growth seems to have been led by Chinese OEMs. As you can see below, Samsung saw a fat zero in terms of year-over-year change in shipment volume, and Apple finished with a mere 0.8 percent year-over-year change. However, Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo all saw a double-digit increase, with OPPO seeing almost 30 percent.

IDC

Though the overall shipment volume numbers are far greater for Samsung and Apple, IDC’s latest data indicate that the market may be seeing a shift. Unlike these two companies, Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo do not have a big presence in the US; instead, their focus remains within countries like China and India – which happen to the two largest smartphone markets in the world. Their affordable yet premium smartphones as well as their approach to online sales have been highly effective in those countries, and should they enter the US market with proper preparation, you can imagine what the impact might be.

Samsung will undoubtedly unveil the Galaxy Note 8 this fall; Apple apparently has a new set of iPhones coming out later this year; however, with their struggle to penetrate high potential markets like China and India, it’s entirely possible that the other three Chinese OEMs will continue to lead smartphone shipment growth for a while to come.

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