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Samsung Gear Live smartwatch announced; available to order alongside LG G Watch later today

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Google has just quickly revealed the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch during their Android Wear demo at Google IO, and while they didn’t go too in-depth regarding its features and looks (it looks like a typical square smartwatch, really), they did drop one bit of nice info: it’ll be available to order in the Google Play Store later today. Google also announced that the LG G Watch would be available to order right alongside it.

What we won’t get right away is the Moto 360, unfortunately — Google announced that it would be available later this summer (to which the crowd let out a series of disappointing laughs and grunts). We’re still digging for pricing and shipping information so stay tuned!

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Lookout reports new malware sneaking into Google Play Store

When it comes to banking and financial information, you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your details, especially when doing online transactions. But what if the threat is coming from a trusted source, who also is not aware that they are posing a threat? Lookout, an antivirus app and service, informed Google that a malware has sneaked its way into the Google Play Store, intent on stealing the usernames of customers.

But before you panic and delete all your Google Play Store information, the malware has affected only customers of an Israeli bank, Mizrahi Bank. The malware is called BankMirage and it was able to put a wrap on the bank’s original app and then reuploaded it into the Google Play Store. Once users use and log on to it, an in-app html page then grabs the user’s credentials, but surprisingly, it does not get the password, just the username. When they’ve already gotten the user ID, it will then send a message to the user that they need to reinstall the legitimate app.

This isn’t the first time that a banking malware has made its way to the Google Play Store. In fact, one of the Korean-based malwares not just masqueraded as a the bank’s app but as the Google Play Store app itself. PlayBanker and BankUn are just two of those that have tried to hack into the users’ of Korean banking apps. The issue of these banking malware is much more common in Asian and European-based markets than in the United States.

Lookout has suggested some tips in order to prevent being duped by these malware. One is to check if the app you’re trying to download has a duplicate on the Google Play Store. Chances are, one of them is a malware in disguise. Lookout is also offering its service as an app-scanning solution for your mobile devices. With regards to BankMirage, Google removed the Mizrahi Bank app immediately when they were informed about the malware.

Download Lookout on the Google Play Store.

SOURCE: Lookout

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Facebook’s new Slingshot app now available for all

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Facebook’s long expected Snapchat competitor known as Slingshot has finally made its way to the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store around the world. Fortunately, the app doesn’t ask for Facebook authentication, so it’s almost like an independent app. The concept behind Slingshot is pretty much like Snapchat but with a few noticeable differences.

To view an image that a contact has sent, the user will have to send an image back. Images can be sent to multiple contacts as well, which is a neat feature for those in groups. Also, users here will not be notified when a screenshot is taken, while Snapchat tells the users on the other end when a screenshot is taken before the image self destructs. Images on Slingshot are deleted soon after the user has viewed them and are erased from Facebook’s servers within a month, so there are no major privacy issues here.

The app has been available in the U.S. for a while now, but starting today the app can be accessed by users all over the world. The app is free and will only ask for your phone number to confirm your identity and you can start sending “Slings” to your contacts thereafter. Download the app from the link below and let us know what you think.

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Android Central

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Netflix brings major UI overall to Android app

Netflix has just pushed an update to the Google Play store with a new version of its app and a fresh new design layout. In addition to the fresh UI, Netflix says that its app also benefits from bug fixes. The change log on the Google Play store is pretty sparse but the UI is definitely new for this update.



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EverythingMe now officially available in global markets

After a rather successful period of limited availability and a partnership with Mozilla to be the primary interface of Firefox OS, EverythingMe is now expanding its availability to practically anywhere in the world. This means that fans of the search-centric contextual homescreen can now enjoy get the app from its official Google Play Store source instead of having to dig around for unofficial APKs.

With Android, it is sometimes too easy to take an app that is restricted to certain devices or regions and make it available to a wider audience. That is something that the developers of EverythingMe realized after it went gold in February. They said they were met with many requests to install EverythingMe outside of the US, UK, Germany and Spain and they willingly gave some a copy of the app. One thing led to another and the APK eventually leaked out to the general public. It came to a point that 26 percent of EverythingMe’s users came from territories not officially supported by the app. But rather than enforce stricter preventive measures, the developers did the opposite. They worked quickly to improve the launcher and make it available globally sooner rather than later.

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The EverythingMe that we reviewed last April is substantially the same as this latest version but there have been some noticeable changes in certain areas. Search is EverythingMe’s bread and butter and that has been improved. It is faster and reaches deeper into apps. It’s also a bit smarter in presenting results, pushing your more used apps higher in the results than those you use less. The Smart Folders selection list has also been revamped considerably and now matches the overall design of EverythingMe. Unfortunately, the ability to create your own Smart Folder has been removed. But with the plethora of folders to choose from, you will probably never feel the need to make one. Much of the app remains the same, and that is a good thing since everything you might have loved in the older version are all still here.

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EverythingMe’s decision to harness the power of pervasive and all encompassing search is something that many launchers, like the new Nokia Z Launcher and Samsung Terrain Home, are now trying imitate. Its integration of web results is what endeared it to Mozilla. And its own flavor of contextual presentation is definitely an interesting feature of the homescreen. But not everyone might be enamored by EverythingMe, especially when it comes to the homescreen’s lack of customization knobs and controls. But for those who have long fallen in love with launcher or are curious to put its ideas to the test, EverythingMe is now available on Google Play Store for free and for all.

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NVIDIA jump starts your Shield gaming with $25 Play credit

After slashing the price of the Shield handheld Android gaming console down to $199 from the recent $249 price cut, NVIDIA is back at it again to kick start your gaming with a $25 credit from the Google Play store. If you’re not into spending all that credit in one place on games, you can buy other digital content from the Play store as well, including music, TV shows, movies, magazines, apps, and books.



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Google Glass UK hits the UK, priced £1000

For the first time since its announcement Google Glass is officially available to purchase outside the United States. Today Google has announced that Glass is now available to purchase from the UK Google Play Store, priced £1,000 ($1,700). Like U.S. buyers, Brits get their choice of free frame or shade when buying Glass.

The arrival of Google’s head-mounted computer on British shores comes ahead of its annual developer conference, Google I/O, which kicks off June 25.

More: Through Glass: Our experiences with Google’s experimental wearable



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Nexus 7 bought from Google Play gets 3-month All Access

Do you want a nifty new gadget and an all access pass to thousands of music online? Google believes you want that exact deal, so they’re offering all customers who will buy a 16 GB Nexus 7 through Google Play Store a 3-month free subscription to All Access, the music streaming subscription of Google Play Music.

The newest among the Google tablets, the Nexus 7 was released in 2013 and is considered the best value-for-money tablet of the 7-inch variety. At $229, coupled with the all access music for three months, this is already a good deal for those looking for a gadget that is both handy and powerful enough for your basic device needs. To avail of the promo, you need to buy the Nexus 7 from the Google Play Store starting now until September 30. Once you’ve made the purchase, a code for the three-month subscription will be sent to you. All you need to do is sign up for a Google Play unlimited music account and then redeem the code only until September 30 as well. But if you’ve already subscribed to All Access previously, even for a trial period only, you still need to create a new account to be able to use the code for the three-month free subscription.

If you’re happy with the music streaming service after three months, then you can continue with the subscription and pay their normal fee of $9.99 every month. If you forget to cancel the subscription after the three months are over, then you will automatically be billed as well. However, if you live outside of the United States, then there’s bad news for you. This deal is available for US residents only.

The Nexus 7 has been a hit in the market, but Google Play Music is still trying to find its place amidst tough competition from other music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Beats Music, Rhapsody and iTunes Radio among others.

Get the deal from Google Play Store here

SOURCE: Google

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Sony Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3, And HTC One M7 Google Play Editions Out Of Stock On The Play Store (Update: Galaxy S4 GPE As Well)

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If you’re still on the fence about picking up a Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra, or HTC One M7, you may have run out of time. All three devices are presently showing as out of stock on the Google Play Store. History tells us that once devices go out of stock on the Play Store, they often tend to remain in that state indefinitely.

Sony Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3, And HTC One M7 Google Play Editions Out Of Stock On The Play Store (Update: Galaxy S4 GPE As Well) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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5 great Sonic games are on sale for $.99 in the Google Play Store

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We thought SEGA and Google’s relationship yesterday would just bring us the goods in the form of limited time content inside Sonic Dash, but it seems a more lucrative result of said relationship has arrived. A huge sale puts five great Sonic games on sale for just $.99 in the Google Play Store. Here’s what you have to choose from:

Two great classics, two great modern reimaginations of great classics, and a pretty decent racing game as a cherry on top. That’s a recipe for draining $5 straight from my wallet. Head to Google Play using the links above if you feel like taking advantage.

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect Update Brings New Features

The Dell Wyse Cloud Connect is a small piece of device that runs on Android and custom software by Dell which is used to turn any monitor or TV into a working computer. You basically just plug it into the HDMI port on your large screen display and you will be able to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. While this isn’t the first Android TV stick to hit the market it is one of the first to have enterprise features.

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Dell is now rolling out an update for this device that brings in new features. In addition, an Android app called the Cloud Connect Controller app is now available for download for free at the Google Play Store. When this app is installed in a smartphone it can connect via Bluetooth with the Wyse Cloud Connect and can act as a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Here are the new features of the update

  • Cloud Connect Controller App: You will be able to transform any Android device into a controller for use with Wyse Cloud Connect. Once p aired via Bluetooth you can use your tablet or smartphone as an input device.
  • Advanced Capabilities for Digital Signage: This feature allows users to install and update digital signage through a secure digital (SD) card inserted into Cloud Connect. Users will also be able to enable digital signage persistence and integrity by configuring lock screen and stay-awake settings and disabling notifications.
  • Improved User Experience: Administrators will now be able to bypass the Cloud Client Manager (CCM) log-in and boot directly into the main login screen. The interface has been given a cosmetic change to give it a more desktop look.
  • Google Dynamic Touch: The device can now detect touch compatibility for any app downloaded over at the Google Play Store.
  • Dell Wyse vWorkspace client inclusion: This feature now comes preinstalled in the device along with Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon View.

Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Display: Additional power and control offered by MHL, HDMI/MHL equipped video interface, 1080p Full-HD resolution support
  • Processor: Dual-core Cortex-A9 ARM System-on-Chip (SoC)
  • Netwroking: 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band wireless (data), Bluetooth v4 (Peripherals)
  • Ports: MHL/HDMI video interface, DisplayPort video interface, 1x USB mini for peripherals (keyboard/Mouse), 1x Micro USB host port / External power input, 1x Micro SD card slot (expandable up to 72GB flash storage
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth pairing button, Citrix Receiver, VMware Horizon View client, MSFT RDP
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM, 1x Micro SD card slot (expandable up to 72GB flash storage),Flash Memory 8 GB (up to 40GB with addition of a 32GB SD card)

via dell

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Dattch, a dating app for lesbian and bisexual women, makes its way to Android

Dattch (www.dattch.com), a popular dating app for lesbian, bisexual and bicurious women, is now available on the Google Play Store. Dattch been out on iOS for nearly a year, and single ladies can now find other single ladies from their Android device today.



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Sony Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3, And HTC One M7 Google Play Editions Out Of Stock On The Play Store

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If you’re still on the fence about picking up a Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra, or HTC One M7, you may have run out of time. All three devices are presently showing as out of stock on the Google Play Store. History tells us that once devices go out of stock on the Play Store, they often tend to remain in that state indefinitely.

Sony Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3, And HTC One M7 Google Play Editions Out Of Stock On The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Email app lands on Play Store, Google apps updated

It’s Update Wednesday again and this time, Google is adding something new to the usual pack. Aside from pushing out updates to Chrome Beta, Hangouts, Drive, and My Tracks, the Android maker has also published its e-mail app on Google Play Store.

Before you react, this is not Gmail, but it definitely looks like it. The icon would resemble the one used in AOSP, and hence custom ROMs, but the interface design resembles Gmail more closely than the AOSP email app. This is the email app that Google ships with its Nexus devices as well as certain Google Play Edition smartphone. One huge difference between this and Gmail is that this email app supports other email accounts and services, as long as they use IMAP, POP3 or even Exchange. So if you’ve wanted to use something like Gmail’s interface for your non-Gmail accounts, now you have an option.

However, that option is actually quite limited. To be specific, it will be compatible only with the devices above, except for the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One (M7) GPE versions, for some strange reason. That said, we have an APK mirrored for you so that you can try out your luck. The app seems to be working fine at least on an LG G Pro and a Galaxy Note 3. The Google Play Store version has also been updated to version 6.3, bringing along better security for Gmail accounts and easier account setup.

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As for the other Google apps, the updates this week have been rather minimal, focusing more on fine tuning and bug fixing, like in Hangouts and Chrome Beta. Drive has gotten some new animations and a floating circle for creating new documents. My Tracks now exports its data to Google Maps Engine but removes the ability to export to Google Maps directly and to Google Fusion Tables. These updates should be hitting users shortly, though, as always, market and region differences will apply.

Download: Email (Google Play Store), (APK)

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Google’s stock Android ‘Email’ app arrives in Play Store for Nexus and GPe devices

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Because not everyone is a fan of Gmail (we know, preposterous), Google has just dropped the stock Android Email app onto the Google Play Store for the downloading. The app looks to have been updated since we last seen it, featuring a design that falls in line with other Google apps, including a fancy slide out menu.

If you’ve got a Nexus or Google Play edition device, you can download/update right now via the link below. Really, it seems this is yet another way for Google to continue modularizing their platform so that small app updates can be done individually, with users no longer having to wait around for a major firmware release.

Download on Google Play: Email

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Nike+ Fuelband app finally available for Android

nike-fuelband-650x464 Nike has finally given tons of FuelBand owners what they’ve been waiting more than two years for: a companion app for Android. The app was exclusive to iOS up to this point, something which we thought was thanks to Nike and Apple’s tight relationship. But it seems Nike has finally stopped making excuses as the official FuelBand app is sitting in the Google Play Store. Unfortunately you will need the latest FuelBand SE fitness band in order to use it, and it does appear you’ll need at least Android 4.3 or higher. The app is also only “optimized” for the following devices:

Short roster, that. So while it’s what we’ve been waiting for, it’s not quite in the capacity that we expected. Let’s hope Nike eventually loosens these restrictions and requirements in the weeks or months to come. Should you be lucky enough to satiate all those needs then you can find the app for download at the link ahead.

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New info on LG G Watch shown on Google Play

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With Google I/O only a week away, many are excited about Android Wear related announcements. Recent rumors suggest that the LG G Watch will be given away at the event, hinting at an imminent retail availability for the device. Another sign of a retail release has popped up, this time in the form of some G Watch related text popping up on the German version of the Google Play Store.

It seems that there was a slight mixup in the database of the Play Store, and where there’s normally text describing the categories in the Play Store, instead there was briefly text from what appears to be the G Watch’s listing.

The text shows the device as having a 400mAh battery, which confirms recent leaks. While it doesn’t show any pictures of the device, this does suggest that the upcoming device will go on sale soon.

Source: AndroidPit.de
Via: PocketNow

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Garmin finally enters the 21st century with affordable maps

It took Garmin quite a long time to get with the times. After their failed attempt at creating GPS phones that could help you find your way around town without an internet connection, the navigation company released several overpriced apps in the Google Play Store. For $30 you were promised offline maps of whichever region you chose, and some features unique to Garmin that Google Maps couldn’t provide.

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And then Google Maps got good. It got great. And now, thinking about paying $30 for something Google offers for free is downright ludicrous. Thankfully Garmin is making an attempt to adapt to the times with a new app.

For $2, Viago breaks things down to the bare essentials, including basic road navigation of the entirety of the world. You then help yourself to additional features that you want a-la-carte using in-app purchases, such as Active Lane Guidance, offline maps and landmarks-based directions (“turn right at the clock tower,” for instance.)

The problem is that Garmin still isn’t providing much more than what Google Maps can give you for absolutely nothing. There are a few cool things, but nothing that seems worth paying for when other solutions already get the job done just fine. Take public transit? Forget about it — Viago only offers driving and walking directions.

But if for some reason you’re attached to Garmin and absolutely can’t go without their maps, Viago doesn’t seem like a terrible place to start. You can grab the download from Google Play just ahead.

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LG G Watch makes an appearance in the German Play Store

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The LG G Watch is not too far away from an official unveiling with the company expected to provide more details during the Google I/O event next week. The Korean manufacturer is also expected to give away a unit of the smartwatch to the attendees of the event. And today, the G Watch has just made an appearance on the Google Play Store in Germany, before eventually being taken down. This hints that the Android Wear smartwatch could be sold directly through the Play Store along with other GPE and Nexus devices.

As you can see from the screenshot accessed from the German Play Store below, the page clearly makes a mention of the G Watch and the 400 mAh battery it is expected to pack. From the translation, we can decipher that the smartwatch will have active display or a display that never sleeps, which is something that was previously rumored.

Google and LG are expected to make the smartwatch available for purchase later this month. We’re hoping the Moto 360 smartwatch will be sold through the Play Store as well, although that’s yet to be confirmed.

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Source: AndroidNext.de – Translated

Via: Droid-Life

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Lumosity brain training app now available for Android

Lumosity, the brain training app is now available from the Google Play Store. The Lumosity app had previously been available on the iOS side, and citing how “nearly half of all new Lumosity user registrations and game plays come from mobile” — it looks like the company has opted to launch for Android.

Along with how “nearly half” of all new users are coming from the mobile side — the folks at Lumosity have said they are now being used by more than 60 million people around the world. Lumosity is a name that many will be familiar with (likely from the television commercials), but for those who aren’t sure — Lumosity is said to be a “personal training program that challenges your brain.”

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That being said, the Lumosity app is free to download, though there are some in-app purchases. We’ll have to wait and see how successful the game will be on Android, but it looks like things had been good on the iOS side. The company mentioned how they “consistently held” top spots for Education in the iOS App Store.

iOS users have given Lumosity an average 5-star rating and that comes from more than 82,000 iPhone reviews and 37,000 iPad reviews. For now the reviews in the Google Play Store are much less (in terms of numbers) and currently sit at just under 600. But on the positive side — the reviews do seem positive and the app currently holds a rating of 4.6.

The Lumosity app can be found using this Google Play Store link.

SOURCE: Lumosity

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Cyanogen Theme Showcase app now available from Google Play

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As promised, CyanogenMod has released their Cyanogen Theme Showcase in the Google Play Store. The app serves to highlight themes made for the CyanogenMod theme engine, which will be featured on the OnePlus One and all the latest versions of CyanogenMod.

The app itself is quite clean, simple and neat, and does a great job highlighting some awesome themes. And there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach here: you can mix and match icon packs, wallpapers, widgets and more as you see fit.

The problem? Not enough themes. There aren’t quite that many to start, though we know CyanogenMod has been working hard to court theme designers to submit their wares. We’re sure the list will increase quite a bit in the weeks and months to come. Doesn’t hurt to have the app right now, though, so find it at the link ahead if you are interested.

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Pressy is now shipping, and the Android app is sitting in the Google Play Store as promised

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A couple of weeks ago we were saddened to hear that Pressy’s app might not be entering the Google Play Store, but Pressy cleared that up as an unfortunate misunderstanding. They’ve made good on their word — you can now download the app from Google Play.

Of course, you won’t be able to use the app without your Pressy as the app requires a unique activation code that ships with each unit. Fortunately those activation codes and the Pressy units themselves aren’t far off, as the company has started shipping units as early as yesterday morning.

Nimrod Back expects all Pressy orders to be fully shipped by the end of Business Wednesday. We’re told to allow 5-14 business days for delivery, though folks in certain regions could wait up to 21 business days to begin seeing it. We suppose that isn’t terrible, though, considering you’ve been patient enough to wait through some unfortunate delays. Anyone excited to receive their Pressys within the next few weeks?

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Best Android Apps for Kids, Toddlers, and Babies

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For many people the most important thing in their life is not the next big phone release. It’s not how many cores power their phone, or how many megapixels are in the camera. The most important thing in their life is their children. However, that doesn’t mean gadgets and kids never mix. Anyone that has kids, or is around kids a lot, will know how interested they are in whatever phone or tablet you have.

Kids of all ages are surprisingly quick to learn how to use a smartphone or tablet. Even better than some adults. The advent of the touchscreen has made these devices very easy for young kids to use. It’s no surprise that the Google Play Store has been filling up with apps designed specifically for young minds and small fingers. We’re taking a look at some of these apps for kids, toddlers, and babies. When you’re done washing the crayon off that wall, take a look!

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Moose Math – $1.99 – Ages 3-8

Moose Math engages kids in a mathematical adventure and teaches counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, geometry and more. While playing 5 multi-level activities in the Moose Juice Store, Puck’s Pet Shop and Lost & Found, kids can earn rewards to help build their own city and decorate buildings.

Slice Fractions – $2.99 – All ages

Make your child hungry for his or her next math discovery with Slice Fractions. Knowing that slicing games are incredibly fun, the developers behind this game teamed up with university education experts to craft a creative and new way to learn fractions.

Squeebles Times Tables 2 – $2.99 – All ages

Let your kids practice their times tables in the most fun and interactive way possible, whilst helping Whizz rescue the Squeebles from the clutches of the nasty Math Monster. Earn a multitude of rewards and turns on a great mini-game by doing well in your times tables.

Toddler Counting 123 – Free – All ages

Teaching your toddler to count is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Watch your toddler discover the simple joy of learning as they tap and count along. Designed for young minds and tiny fingers, the gameplay is simple and without fuss. It’s filled with heaps of lighthearted fun and even more room to grow.

Monkey Math School Sunshine – $1.99 – Ages 3-6

Join your child’s favorite monkey in math games and activities in a playfully designed beach-themed world. Monkey Math School Sunshine allows your child to build fundamental math skills while they are endlessly entertained. Your child will count, add and sort their way through engaging games with uninterrupted play.

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Endless Alphabet – Free- All ages

Set the stage for reading success with this delightfully interactive educational app. Kids will have a blast learning their ABC’s and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition.

DK Readers – Free – All ages

The new DK Readers app makes learning to read fun and exciting. You can browse through a whole library of fantastic books on topics like farm animals, fishy tales, emperor penguins, and Ewoks. eBooks are labeled with reading levels so you can pick the right one for your child. This app is perfect for each stage of your child’s development.

Sight Words Games & Flash card - $1.99 – All ages

“Sight words” are words that do not have a simple one-to-one correspondence between sounds and written letters, and therefore have to be learned “by sight.” Sight Words offers children an easy-to-use interface and a choice of six fun games through which children can master these tricky “sight words.”

Super Why ABC – $3.99 – Ages 3-6

Is your child ready to go around the world on a learning adventure with Super Why? Your child can do just that while playing a comprehensive collection of five interactive literacy games that help build strategies and skills to master the alphabet. This app is especially great for preschool and kindergarten prep and practice.

Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters – $3.99 – All ages

In this app, which is the first of a series from Nickelodeon, your child will learn the Alphabetic Principle: to recognize letters, write letters and associate letters with sounds. Dora and Boots teach sounds that letters make so kids can associate those sounds with the appropriate letters.

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Toca Lab – $2.99 – All ages

Toca Lab allows kids to explore the colorful and electrifying world of science and meet all 118 of the elements from the periodic table. Each element has its own personality in Toca Lab. What does Neon sound like? Is Gold heavy or light? Kids can explore, inspect, and study each one until they find all 118 elements.

SkyMap – Free – All ages

Show your children the amazing world of astronomy with Sky Map. This app simply allows you to show your children a “map” of the stars. Teach them about constellations, planets, and more with a virtual reality overlay of the nighttime sky. At the very least your children will have a new respect for the sky.

Wild Kratts Creature Power – $2.99 – Ages 6-8

There is no better way to learn about animals than to become those animals. Explore special creature powers in these engaging educational games, as you pollinate flowers as a bee, bathe elephants, and feed a family of raccoons with the help of the Kratt brothers.

Crazy Formula – $0.99 – All ages

Does your kid want to be a scientist? This game is the perfect starting point. The science here is for your kid to find a way to make the formula pass through all the lab tubes, until it gets to its final destination. To do that they must align all lab tubes in the correct position, and much more.

Amazing Alex – Free – All ages

This game is not billed as educational, but it teaches kids logic and critical thinking, which are important in science. Their job is to help Alex finish his chores by building simple Rube Goldberg machines. Along the way they will learn trial and error, physics, and more.

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Fraggle Friends Forever – $2.99 – All ages

The Fraggles are back! Fraggle Friends Forever is a great experience for parents and kids alike to jump into the one-of-a-kind world of Fraggle Rock. This new enhanced story app includes tap-and-play animations on every page, hilarious special effects and entertaining games.

Grimm’s Bookshelf – Free – All ages

Grimm’s Bookshelf is a convenient one-stop destination for 3D interactive fairy tale pop-up books. StoryToys specialises in bringing fairy tales into the digital world while retaining the substance and tactility of real books. Grimm’s Bookshelf enables you to read classic stories to your kids with fun visuals.

Cars 2 Read and Race – $4.99 – All ages

Start your engines! Read along as Lightning McQueen and the world’s top racers power through the streets of Tokyo, Japan; Porto Corsa, Italy; London, England, and Radiator Springs in this original story. Your child can even customize the race cars and teams that will appear in the story.

Red in Bed – $0.99 – All ages

Red In Bed is an original story about the colors of the rainbow who cover for Red while he is sick. It is written, illustrated and developed by an interaction designer who wanted to keep the simplicity of a classic children’s book while adding a layer of gentle interactivity to help involve the child in the narrative directly.

The Butter Battle Book - $4.99 – All ages

The Butter Battle Book tells the tale of the Yooks and the Zooks who are in a long-running feud. The Yooks eat their bread with the butter side up, while the Zooks eat their bread with the butter side down. This classic Dr. Suess story will teach your child about equality.

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Kids Place - Free

If you let your kids use your phone or tablet a lot you may want to think about using this launcher. It allows you to customize what apps your kids can use, and restricts access to certain apps and personal information. It also puts parental controls on certain things, such as purchasing apps.

Toddler Lock - Free

This “game” is just a simple drawing board that locks your child out from doing anything else on your phone. You can hand your phone to any kid with this app enabled and not worry about them messing with anything. Just hand it off and watch them draw.

Nabi Tab

If you don’t want to constantly give up your own phone or tablet there are devices made especially for kids. The Nabi Tab is one of the most affordable and best on the market. It has a special design that is easy for small hands to hold, and an interface that is easy for kids to use. It can also be used by adults if you set up a “Mommy Mode.” The Nabi Tab is available on Amazon for just over $150.

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That is our massive list! There are many, many great apps for kids in the Google Play Store. Devices like phones and tablets are great ways to trick your kids into learning with fun apps. For more ideas on apps for your kids check out our list of suggestions from readers. You can also share your favorites in the comments below. Thanks!

 

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Whatcha Playing? Minecraft PE by Mojang



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Plenty of times it has been proven that a game does not need to have fancy graphics; sometimes it just needs a good story, or fun mechanics i.e. how the game plays. One great example of this is Minecraft. With very simple graphics, no story, and a choose-your-own way of playing, this game rose to the number 1 sold app in the Google Play Store. This one game proved that even indie games can be on the same level as major labels like EA or Activision. This video game inspired even the greatest of video game creatures to branch off and make indie games.
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What The Game Is About:
Nothing really. No joke you play as a character you can name and one day soon with an update change the way it looks, and just do what you desire in this game. This game has two modes of play styles. One for the creative type and the other for those who like to survive. In creative mode you are given every block in the game to create what you can imagine and with each update, it is like adding extra colors on your pallette. The other mode of play is survival. This is not for the faint hearted. Your are randomly placed with nothing and have to live however you want. Want to build a house, you have to gather the materials needed. Need to fight off monsters you need to create a sword to kill monsters faster. Want to play survival without the monsters? You can, there is an option for peaceful mode so no monsters will spawn.
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Who Is This Game For?
Anyone who loves Lego toys. I can not explain it any clearer. I a full grown adult that still to this day plays with Lego toys. It is a good thing I have kids because it gives me an excuse to buy them. However they are expensive and create a big mess. Minecraft PE however is a digital version of this so the only thing that you have to worry about is battery life.
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Final Thoughts:
I bought this game when it first released on the Android Market, now called Google Play Store. There is no other game that I have ever played in my life that would come close to the hours spent playing this game. The best part is once I get bored with the game it would get an update that adds more fun features to the game. One of the things I also enjoy about this is the local multiplayer. I can play with my kids and be amazed each time of what they build.
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In conclusion, this is a great game that every once and a while gets better. Even though it is a mobile version it inches closer to the original PC version. Right now would be a good time to get into the game with the newest update coming soon, bringing plenty of goodies along with it. Even though it is an expensive game, it is one that is hard to put down once you start.



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Best Android apps for your World Cup experience

The World Cup is probably one of the world’s biggest sporting event and anticipation is at an all-time high as it is hours away from kicking off. Happening only once every four years, the 2014 edition promises to be the most social media crazy one so far. We want to share with you what are the most popular and useful ones based on Google Play Store downloads.

Of course the official app from FIFA would rank high above the list, boasting of exclusive coverage and content so you can keep up-to-date with the latest scores, developments and news about your favourite teams. It also has in-depth profiles of each of the 32 countries competing in the finals, as well as the players from each team. You can also build your own fantasy football team and compete with other users’ own picks. There are also contests you can join, like the chance to win the kick-off ball from each of the matches.

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Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly, the top is not the official one, but Jalvasco World Cup 2014, which is the first search result when you’re looking for a World Cup app. It contains not just the scores but the match details as well, like line-ups, substitutions, cards, etc. It also has previous World Cup history and even news about the next ones, to be held in Russia in 2018 and the controversial Qatar edition in 2022. The app also lets you look at the results even when you’re offline.

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Another important app if your local TV or cable subscriber doesn’t carry the World Cup or if you’re mobile during the matches is WatchESPN. They will stream all the 4 matches of the tournament so if you have fast mobile data or WiFi, you’re set. However, it is only available in the US and for those who are subscribed to their participating providers. So you’d have to rely on their other app, ESPN Sports Center, for news and score updates if you’re not near a TV. The app will also have post-match videos that are easily shareable on your social networks and also boasts of deep Twitter integration.

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Here are the other members of the Top 10 World Cup apps in the Google Play Store as per App Annie.

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SwiftKey keyboard goes free, adds Store for premium theme purchases

The latest update for SwiftKey has arrived in the Play Store. And while SwiftKey seems to get updates on a fairly regular basis — this is one that will likely attract a bit more attention than usual. Simply put, SwiftKey is now available for free.

The folks at SwiftKey have dropped the price, but they are also not forgetting those who had been a paid user. Details from the SwiftKey blog mention how they wanted to thank the paid users and for that, they are offering a “Premier Pack” of themes. This pack includes 10 new themes, and will otherwise be selling for $4.99.

This brings the next major feature with this update — the SwiftKey Store. Users will be able to purchase keyboard customizations from the store. At present the store is said to have more than 30 new themes — some of which are free and some of which are paid (premium). There was also a promise of how the store will be regularly refreshed.

Keeping with the topic of themes and we come to the next change. SwiftKey has a new default theme. This one is called Nickel, and is based on the original Cobalt theme. Of course, you can easily change the theme should Nickel be something you don’t want to look at.

Otherwise, this update has emoji (more than 800 available) as well as emoji prediction, an optional number row, improved prediction engine, new languages and improved flow trails.

SwiftKey is available for download from the Google Play Store.

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SwiftKey’s Android keyboard is now available for free

Of the third-party keyboards available on the Google Play Store, SwiftKey is among the oldest and most well-known. And although it’s getting its iOS8 app ready for the fall, it certainly isn’t forgetting the platform that helped the $4 app get its big break. With today’s update, SwiftKey’s premium Android keyboard is now permanently free of charge. This is great news for fresh users, and the loyal folks who’ve previously purchased the app won’t be left out of the update: Legacy customers will get a $5 theme ten-pack for free. Additionally, the refresh also comes with a SwiftKey store (with 30 themes available at launch), a number row and over 800 emoji. Many of the features in this update were offered as part of a beta, so it’s refreshing to see them added into the final product.

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AT&T gives Google Play credits for new Android purchases

What good is a brand new phone without all the amazing apps that you can purchase to make your mobile experience more exciting? The folks over at AT&T are thinking the same thing and to entice their subscribers to get a new Android phone, they’re offering $50 worth of Google Play store credits to those who want to get a new phone or upgrade their current ones.

But in order to get this deal, you need to buy the phone through an installment plan on AT&T Next or sign a two-year contract with the carrier by June 17, 2014. If you’re gunning for a new Android tablet, you also need to get a two-year subscription with them. Once you’ve purchased your new device or activated your new line, they will send you the redemption code for the Google Play credits through your email within seven days.

While the code needs to be redeemed before July 31, 2014 the credits will last until May 15, 2015 so no need to go app crazy all at once. Once you’ve already activated the credits, you can buy whatever app,book, movie, or song that you want to download on your spanking new mobile device.

However, you cannot use your credits to buy other physical equipment from the Google Play store. So if you were planning to get another device using the $50 coupon, come up with another option. Some of the Android phones that you can buy to get the deal are the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8 or the newly-launched ASUS Padfone X. If you’re looking for a tablet, some of your options are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

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theScore update brings redesign and new features ahead of 2014 FIFA World Cup

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Everyone’s getting geared up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup set to kick-off in Brazil next month. That includes theScore, whose app has gotten a very nice upgrade over at the Google Play Store.

Alongside a newly-redesigned user interface (it looks a lot more at home than it did before), you’re getting a full section specifically made for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including brackets for the initial knockout phases. You’ll be treated to your typical mill of scores, stats and schedules, as well as information about all your favorite teams and players heading into the big tournament.

And that’s not even the end of the list. Take a look:

  •  Added ability to sign up for mass notifications on scores pages (i.e.: subscribe to alerts for all MLB games on any given day)
  • Added ability to filter by leagues within Top News
  • Addition of player alerts for all soccer leagues
  • Fixed “connection error” issue on scores and standings pages
  • Crash fixes

Not a bad way to rope more folks in (especially for those like me who are getting quite tired of the dated ESPN Scorecenter app). Be sure to give it a shot in the Google Play Store ahead of the big opening ceremony next week!

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CyanogenMod Theme Showcase app heads to Google Play June 16th

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CyanogenMod has announced that their Theme Showcase app will be finding a home in Google Play starting June 16th. In case you’re not in the know, Theme Showcase was first revealed on the OnePlus One and will be used to highlight the many different themes made for CyanogenMod ROMs using the CyanogenMod Theme Engine.

The app itself doesn’t deliver said themes — it only showcases them. It will have a handy link to the Google Play Store to grab the theme for yourself if you decide you like its looks, though.

Quick note if you yourself are a theme maker and haven’t yet converted your theme to the new theme engine: GitHub has all the goods to get you started. Once you’ve taken care of that you can submit your theme for consideration to be included in the initial crop of spotlighted themes right here.

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