We somehow survived Black Friday, and the weekend of savings finishes off with Cyber Monday sales. We're here to point you to the best deals on Android apps, and we'll be updating this list all day long, so feel free to let us know in the comments about any sales you find. Be sure to act fast - these price cuts aren't sticking around for long. Updates will be made at the bottom of each list, so refresh often and keep scrolling. If you're looking for hardware, be sure to check out our massive round-up over here!
Read award winning titles in Google Play Books on your HD Android tablet or phone
Publisher Image Comics has brought their library single edition and series comics to Google Play Books. Titles you know and love, like Saga and The Walking Dead (yes, it started as a comic) are now found right in Google Play and available to read today from your Android phone or tablet.
Over 500 titles, including numerous Eisner Award winners and New York Times best sellers are available for purchase, and to kick things off with a bang Image is making the first issues of The Walking Dead, Saga, Chew, Invincible and Super Dinosaur series for free to Google Play customers.
The comics are still available through other venues, such as Comixology and the Amazon Kindle. Publisher Eric Stephenson says:
It’s exciting to bring digital versions of Image Comics titles to the Google Play Store. Our philosophy toward digital content is expanding as the market evolves and grows, and this is just one of many steps we're taking as we continue to move into the future.
Check out the full list of titles from your browser or your Android at Google Play.
For all intents and purposes, this is the same application we're running on Android — with all the stories, videos and podcasts you've come to expect — but optimized and improved for the Android runtime on BlackBerry. So we recommend that anyone who has sideloaded the actual Android apk use this one for a better experience.
A quick caveat, though. The app is for OS 10.2 and higher. And much like in the Android space, updates don't always come as soon as we'd like. We'd suggest taking this opportunity to remind your operator that you need to be able to run the official Android Central app on your BlackBerry, and perhaps they should consider updating post haste.
A small update to the YouTube app is being pushed out tonight to improve search and channel functionality. The changelog is brief here, but these are some important small tweaks. First up you'll now see channel results when you search for keywords along with video results — channels will show up at the top of the search results when a match is found.
Additionally, when you tap into those channels you'll now make use of the standardized "tab" layout on the page, which you can easily swipe left and right between Activity, Videos and Playlists. Google says that the app update has various bugfixes as well, including a bizarre issue where the Cast button would be on top of the current video when Bluetooth was connected.
You can snag the latest updated version (5.3.23 on our devices) at the Play Store link above.
Android players receive special score multiplier this weekend only
SEGA is launching another Sonic game on Android today, an endless runner called Sonic Dash. This new title is an "endless runner" kind of game (think Temple Run) set in the wonderful old-school 3D Sonic world, with all of the fun associated. You'll jump, slide and roll your way through enemies, collect rings and see how long you can go without dying.
The game runs on both phones and tablets in portrait mode, and is a blast to play — even more so if you're a Sonic fan. The big downside here is the intense focus on upselling you to buying more rings, unlocks and power-ups. You'll watch video ads between runs and generally be nagged to make purchases, so if you plan on playing for long you'll want to make at least one in-app purchase with a minimum price of $3.99 to remove the ads.
Beyond the weird freemium model, SEGA seems to have another great title on its hands here, and we're glad it's made its way to Android. You can grab a download at the Play Store link above.
Nine games now on offer for a donation of just over $5
The Humble Mobile Bundle 3 is expanding its game offerings with three new games today. As it regularly does, at the midway point of the sale the Humble Bundle is expanding to now offer four games for donations at any amount, and another five games if you donate above the average thus far. The three new titles are as follows:
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
That builds on the other set of great games, some of which are making their debut on the Android platform. If you're looking to pick up nine games at a great price and help out charity in the process, hit the source link below. Currently, the average donation is sitting at $5.26 — a killer deal for nine DRM-free games.
BlackBerry this morning announced that BBM will be preloaded on some Android smartphones starting in December. The specific models weren't named — BlackBerry said "from leading [original equipment manufacturers]" — but you'll be able to find them in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the MIddle East.
Parties involved include Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCORSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and ZEN.
Samsung's IM app can take over SMS and MMS duties, but only in a couple of countries for the moment
Hot on the heels of Google Hangouts growing SMS and MMS support, Samsung's ChatON messaging app has also been updated with the ability to serve as your sole SMS and MMS app. The new feature, which at present is only live in Germany and Brazil, combines text conversations with ChatON messages, and also merges your phone contacts into your ChatON buddy list. The app has also been updated with a new badge added under the ChatON icon, allowing users to see the number of unread messages.
While ChatON is bundled on Samsung smartphones, the app supports a wide variety of Android phones from other manufacturers, meaning that like Hangouts it can presumably take over SMS duties on non-Samsung phones too. We haven't been able to get any one-on-one time with ChatON's SMS integration just yet, but it's unlikely this feature will stay exclusive to a couple of countries forever. In the meantime, if you're in Brazil or Germany and want to take this new functionality for a spin, hit the Google Play link above.
BlinkFeed-style app delivers news, photos and play-by-play info for Champions League and Europa League
As part of its ongoing three-year partnership with UEFA, HTC has launched a new Android app to allow fans to follow the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. HTC FootballFeed, as it's called, has news highlights arranged similarly to HTC's home screen reader, along with stats, match fixtures and the ability to star your favorite teams in both leagues. There's also push notification functionality, and 15-minute countdown feature to let you know when a match is about to start.
The app is available for all Android devices running Jelly Bean (4.1) and above, even if you're not an HTC user. Football (or soccer, we're not here to judge) fans can download it from Google Play at the link above.
Improved tablet layout makes better use of the extra screen real estate
One of the most popular music player apps on Android over the years, DoubleTwist, is receiving an update today to be compatible with Android 4.4 and improve its overall design. The newest design improvement focuses on having a consistent look and feel across the entire app, which also fits better with Android's design guidelines to look great on devices up to and including the latest KitKat release.
The new app looks great on tablets as well, taking advantage of the extra screen real estate to reveal hidden menus and show more information in landscape mode. This all comes together to offer a great experience whether you're listening to local files, managing playlists that were synced from your computer or listening to the new Magic Radio service.
The latest update is available now in the Play Store, and because DoubleTwist makes its money with add-ons to its core app, it can be had for free.