Get an even better deal by donating above-average early for all six games
The latest Humble Mobile Bundle — now the fourth iteration — is available, brining you four or six amazing Android games for an equally-amazing price. The Humble Bundle model is unique in that it lets you pay anything you'd like to buy the games, with the only qualification being that you pay over the average donation thus far in order to unlock all of the games. You can even choose how your donation is split between the developers and charities if you'd like. This time around you can pick up four games for any donation:
And two more games with an above-average donation:
Breach & Clear
The current average purchase price is just $3.24 for all six games, which is a killer deal (Riptide GP2 alone is $2.99 in Google Play). You can donate and get your games from the source link below now.
The "video" — for lack of a better term — offers an interactive 360-degree view, and you control the action by moving your phone. Not just any phone, though. You'll need a Moto X to use the Spotlight Player app and its associated clips.
As we saw with the first video Windy Day, Buggy Night is built by award-winning storytellers and animators — directed by Mark Oftedal and featuring many of the folks who worked on Windy Day, including Caldecott medal-winning illustrator and writer Jon Klassen and Academy award-winning producer Karen Dufilho-Rosen. It really is a nice treat for the senses, and shows off some great ideas from the folks making our Android phones.
If it hasn't already, the Buggy Night clip will be pushed to your Moto X soon, and you can access it via the Spotlight Player app. If you need to install or update Spotlight Player, you can do that right here.
Facebook-connected 'News' section helps you discover music from friends within Shazam
After first announcing the new look with its iOS app several days ago, Shazam is bringing a fully redesigned mobile experience to Android users as well. The new design focuses on discovery of music and TV along with social sharing, while keeping the same well-known sound searching functionality of previous versions.
When you do search for music by listening to something playing, you'll have quicker access to lyrics, artist biographies, music videos and more. The whole interface makes the experience feel a bit more immersive rather than a simple app that you launch, find a song, then close right away. Shazam is hoping you'll have a reason or two to stay in the app longer now.
Google's long had an excellent option for shortening URLs — goo.gl. Now it has a slick Android app to go along with it. Thomas Devaux rolled out the aptly named "Google URL Shortener" this morning that's as easy to use as it is functional.
The app syncs into your Google account, so you have access to any short URLs you've previously created (and you can get analytics on other goo.gl URLs as well). Short URLs can be starred for easy access — and creating new short URLs is as simple as pasting the full resource into the app.
Once you've created a new short URL, you can quickly and easily share into any app from your notifications. (Or if you prefer, change the settings to immediately copy the short URL to the clipboard, show a dialog or just do nothing.)
It's pretty feature-rich, free, and designed for smartphones, and 7- and 10-inch tablets. Definitely give this app a look-see.
Simple, relaxing and endlessly expandable, Lyne is one of the best Android puzzlers around
After a long week at Mobile World Congress, here's a relaxing, atmospheric puzzler for the weekend. Lyne by Thomas Bowker is a simple yet addictive dot-connecting puzzle title that comes with a soothing ambient soundtrack. Like all the best puzzle titles, Lyne is simple to grasp, but challenging to master. The basic premise involves drawing a line between start and end points on a grid, making sure to tag similar-colored shapes as you go. But things soon get more complex when you start dealing with multiple colors and different paths between shapes. Yet throughout all this, Lyne manages to avoid frustration through its calming tones and minimalist design. It's challenging without being overbearing or stress-inducing.
The game comes with fifteen sets of designed levels, with new procedurally-generated ones added on a daily basis. And for the asking price, that gives you a ridiculous level of replayability. Lyne costs $2.50 in the U.S., or £1.60 in the UK, and there are no ads or in-app purchases to detract from the experience. Even if you're not a huge puzzle game fan, chances are you'll end up killing a few minutes at a time in Lyne if you give it a try; get hooked and you could find yourself engrossed in Lyne's world of shapes, lines and soothing sound effects for hours at a time.
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See what we've been using on our phones and tablets the last two weeks
You may have noticed that we took a one week hiatus from our Apps of the Week post due to all of the shennanigans surrounding our extensive coverage of MWC. We're right back on track this Saturday though, ready to bring you a list of apps to check out straight from the folks here at Android Central.
This week we have a great new game to check out and a few tools — read along and see what they're all about.
Amazon today is offering up some nine free Android apps. As in gratis. Pay nothing, spend nothing. Free. Android. Apps. A couple are for Kindle tablets, but the other seven should work on smartphones as well. All you need is the Amazon Appstore app, and you're on your way.
With the new Samsung Gear Fit comes the Gear Fit Manager for the Galaxy device it's attached to. While we weren't actually able to give it a full and thorough hands-on at Mobile World Congress – this demo unit didn't have a connected Gear Fit close at hand – we did at least get chance to take a quick look at it.
The Interface is very much in keeping with the new look Touchwiz on the Galaxy S5 with a very flat, very brown look about it. It basically does for the Gear Fit what the Gear Manager app does for the Galaxy Gear and Gear 2. Manage clock faces, wallpapers, connected apps and notifications all from within this one application.
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