The Yahoo Aviate launcher for Android got updated today in the Google Play Store with a number of new features, chief among theme some new search functions that should make it easy to search for things directly on a smartphone homescreen.
It's not unusual to see price cuts on apps and games in the Google Play Store, but it looks like a bunch of popular games have some deeper than normal reductions from now until the end of the current holiday season:
Sunday is app day here at AC. We look back at the apps we found ourselves using this week, and each of us pick out one that we want to recommend. Sometimes, the apps are boring utilities that work really well, sometimes they are games that keep you occupied and on the edge of your seat, but they are always applications that we think are done well and worth a look.
Have a gander at what we're recommending, then be sure to holler in the comments to tell everyone about any great apps you've found.
The Dictionary.com free and premium apps for Android have both been updated to version 5.0 in the Google Play Store. Both versions include a visual redesign and a new Word of the Day quiz widget, but the ad-free premium version includes a bunch of other new additions.
Both the free and the ad-free versions of gReader have been updated recently. The apps, both in version 4.0, brings a lot of visual changes to give your news a fresh look. With the update, gReader gains support for Lollipop, brings Material Design to its look, and adds a new card view for item lists.
Google just brought over its Auto Enhance feature that debuted with photos to videos. The feature isn't enabled automatically for all videos, but with a single click, you can allow Google to use its algorithms to fine-tune your videos. The feature will work on the Google+ Photos app on Android as well as on Google+ for Mac, Windows and Chrome OS.
If you've not had enough of stickers inside Facebook Messenger, get ready for stickers on your photos. Facebook's Stickered for Messenger does just that — it lets you place stickers on photos and send them via Messenger. Not only can you slap on whatever sticker you like, you also will get to use your fingers to relocate, reorient, and resize the stickers as you see fit.
Google Opinion Rewards, the app that lets your rack up Play Store credit by participating in surveys, has just jumped on the Material Design bandwagon. It's still a pretty simple app so there wasn't much to change, but things have flattened out, and the green color of the app's icon has carried over into the top bar when you're in the app.
Do you have difficulties parking your vehicle while out and about? If so, Top Gear: Extreme Parking is now available to help out by taking the task of parking and throwing in some ridiculous vehicles, precision skill development and some strange obstacle courses. Co-developed by the team behind popular parking simulator games, Play With Friends, this title is worth the download for those who enjoy wacky experiences.
Secret's anonymous confession app has had a significant overhaul in both style and function. In addition to being able to spill the beans about anything without fear of reprisal, now you can enter private conversations with other anonymous users.
Turn-based fantasy strategy game Angry Birds Epic has a new player-versus-player system, complete with different leagues and leaderboards. Players gather in the arena on Terence's ship and have to defend their banner while attacking those of their opponent. Participating in league play unlocks new gear for your banner, which provide unique bonuses to the owning team.
Hold onto your Butt Stallion, Tales from the Borderlands is now available on Android. It offers the familiar dialog-heavy adventure style as Telltale's other games, while lathering on the distinctive cel-shaded art and over-the-top antics of the Borderlands series of shooter games.
In a major surprise, Telltale Games announced today it was teaming up with developer Mojang to create Minecraft: Story Mode, an episodic game series that will be released sometime in 2015 that's based on Mojang's hugely popular sandbox game.
The fine folks behind fantasy role-playing game Ravensword: Shadowlands have released a sci-fi counterpart called Exiles today. It features the same large-scale open world and stellar 3D graphics, but swaps out broadswords for laser rifles and full plate for mech suits. You'll find vehicles, a rich back-story, plenty of quests, different classes to try out, giant, ugly aliens to blow up, and not a single in-app purchase.
Lords of the Fallen, the acclaimed fantasy role playing game that was released for current generation consoles and the PC earlier this fall, will be making its way to mobile devices, including Android, sometime in 2015
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