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6 days ago

The best Android RPGs without in-app purchases

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best Android RPGs without in-app purchases

There are tons of role-playing games available on Android, but plenty of them adopt freemium models which will nickel-and-dime you in order to fast track progression. Hardened, old-school RPG players want none of that, and for them we've assembled our favorite Android RPGs without in-app purchases. If your tolerance for IAPs is a little higher, check out our top 10 Android role-playing games overall, which includes some of those below and some freemium titles.

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6 days ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for September 9

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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6 days ago

Amazon finally lets loose a Prime Video app!

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Amazon's app received an update today, bringing Prime Instant Video streaming to Android devices. To enable streaming, you have to download the Prime Instant Video player, which is available exclusively in Amazon's appstore.

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1 week ago

Sega drops Super Monkey Ball Bounce on Android

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Super Monkey Ball Bounce is now available to play on Android. This is the latest mobile game in the popular Super Monkey Ball franchise from Sega. Today's new game brings 119 levels and six unique worlds to your Android handset. Like games like Peggle? Then you might want to check out Super Monkey Ball Bounce.

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1 week ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for September 8

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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1 week ago

Twitter's testing 'buy' buttons so you can buy stuff through Twitter's app

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In case Twitter wasn't putting enough stuff in your face, you might soon see a "buy" button in the official Twitter app. Yep, the same Twitter that's pulling in to your stream the favorites of people you follow (and sometimes even people you don't follow) now wants to urge you to tap on that buy button. Twitter is partnering initially with shopping platform Fancy, direct creatives seller Gumroad, Musictoday, and mobile payments company Stripe.

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1 week ago

Free Spotify streamers will have new video ads to endure on desktop and mobile

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Spotify is a popular music streaming service, available for free and as a subscription. Those who have enjoyed the free, ad-supported experience will have some new advertisements to enjoy in the form of videos. The service has announced these new video ads, which will task streamers to endure both audible and two types of video-based advertisements.

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1 week ago

Top 10 Metal Slug Defense Tips and Tricks

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Top 10 Metal Slug Defense Tips and Tricks Android EVGA Tegra Note 7

Free to play games are often little more than cynical unending grabs at players' wallets. But every now and then a free to play game comes along that is actually fun for free and paying players alike.

Metal Slug Defense from SNK Playmore is one of those games. Just as Rhythm of Fighters adapted the KOF series into a mobile-friendly music game, this one turns the venerable Metal Slug series of run-and-gun shooters into a unique and addictive tower-defense game. Want to know which upgrades and units will help you beat the game? Then read our latest tips and tricks guide.

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1 week ago

The Best Android apps and games of the week: Angry Birds Stella, Reddit AMA, and more!

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We've got some great new Android games and Android apps to kick off September. There's a stealth game from Sony to check out, a smattering of productivity apps, and plenty more in between.

If you're ready to go, take a gander at our top ten Android apps released this week.

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1 week ago

New BBM Android app update fixes 'Temporary Server Error' bug

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BlackBerry has released a quick update to its BBM messaging app for Android in order to fix a bug that was found after the company released the 4.2 update on Thursday.

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1 week ago

Driving mode and Home mode added to Moto Assist for Moto G and Moto E

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Motorola has updated the Moto Assist and Contextual Services applications today. The changes, which mean an update for all 2013 Moto phones, allow Home mode and Driving mode to be pushed to the budget-friendly Moto G and Moto E devices.

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1 week ago

TELUS in Canada latest to confirm new Moto X and Moto 360 sales plans

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TELUS has just informed Android Central via email that the Canadian wireless provider will offer the new Moto X smartphone for sale soon, along with the Moto 360 smartwatch.

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1 week ago

The ultimate guide to Google Now cards

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Google Now cards can offer a lot of information at a glance. This is how to make them work for you.

Google Now is much more than a Siri- or Cortana-like virtual assistant. It has cards that can let you receive a lot of information and process it quickly. They show up when they're needed, and they have very practical uses.

For example, I'm a very forgetful person. With that being the case, there are some cards that are very useful. I can receive reminders to call Mom back in a couple hours after studying for exams or finishing papers that are due soon (sorry, Mom). I also like the fact that I can set reminders to give my roommate cash for my portion of the Internet bill when I get back to my apartment. It can give me a rough estimate of where I parked my car, which is useful because I can spend a good chunk of time searching for it if left to my own devices.

Anyway, Google Now cards are neat and nifty. A lot of what information shows up depends on what information you give Google, which will admittedly cause some people to hesitate using the services, but please read on before deciding whether or not to use the service. Displayed information will also depend on settings enabled on your phone and even your location.

You can also see some cards when you're using the Chrome browser, but we'll be talking mostly about cards on Android devices here. Here we go!

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1 week ago

HomeTube gives you a kid-friendly launcher/app for YouTube videos

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HomeTube

From the mind of Chris Lacy, one of our favorite Aussie developers and the brains behind ActionLauncher, LinkBubble and others, comes HomeTube, a devilishly simple app that gives you a quick and easy way to babysit your kids with your Android devices.

HomeTube's sole purpose is to serve up kid-friendly YouTube videos in one place. It's technically a launcher, so you can fire it up, set it as the default on a secondary profile on a tablet and not worry too much about little Timmy getting into too much trouble. (Getting into the settings isn't all that difficult or hidden, though, so you'll want to keep a little supervision, probably.) Or you can just use it as a traditional app if you don't want to muck about with app defaults and what not.

Pony up a 99-cent in-app purchase and you can pick and choose from a bunch of categories — Curious George, Dora, cars, Peppa Pig, Spider-Man, to name a few. For parents of kids who live with their faces buried in YouTube, this is a no-brainer.

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1 week ago

Motorola Touchless Control app gets updated with a new name, Moto Voice

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Motorola hasn't launched the new version of the Moto X yet, but the company has already made some changes to the Touchless Control app that it will use, renaming it the Moto Voice and adding in some features.

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