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Source: Square Enix Nier Reincarnation is a mobile game set, if not in the Nier universe, then at least within the Nier atmosphere. It follows a mysterious, black-clad, silver-haired waif as she explores a world that looks as if it ...

Kitty collecting has never been so adorable in Cats are Cute for Android

Source: Rachel Mogan / Android Central Sometimes games don’t have to be super involved to still be fun. Sometimes you barely need to do anything at all to have a good time. And sometimes you have just have no brain ...

Marvel Future Revolution for Android review: A fun, flawed, F2P game

Source: Netmarble Marvel Future Revolution is a mobile RPG set in the Marvel world after several Earths have merged together during an event called The Convergence. Now, Primary Earth is trying to hold together thanks to the people of multiple ...

OnePlus 9 review: Android's next value flagship champ

Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central With Ultra, Pro, and foldable phones pushing up the high-end of the Android spectrum and sub-$400 budget phones getting better and better, an interesting category has emerged over the past year or so — ...

Android 10 is the most popular version of Google's OS, but Android 11 isn't far behind

In a nutshell: Google has revealed distribution figures for its various versions of Android, and it turns out that the most popular release in use today is Android 10, which launched in 2019, though Android 11 isn’t far behind. Google ...

The complete list of alternatives to all Google products

With growing concerns over online privacy and securing personal data, more people are considering alternatives to Google products. After all, Google’s business model essentially revolves around data collection and advertising. More data means better targeted ads and consequently, more revenue ...

YouTube reveals the most-viewed videos and top creators of 2021

In brief: With the end of the year approaching, YouTube has revealed the most-viewed videos that were uploaded in 2021. The platform also announced the top-trending creators, and it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn who ...

Check out this $3.5 million non-lethal recreation of Squid Game on YouTube

What just happened? Ever wondered how somebody would fare in a real-life version of Squid Game, only without the constant deaths? YouTube star MrBeast spent $3.5 million recreating the hit Korean show, which includes most of the games, 456 contenders, ...

Two men accused of stealing $20 million in music royalties from YouTube by claiming to own the rights

TL;DR: Two men face decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines for allegedly stealing $20 million in royalties from a company that is almost certainly YouTube. How did they pull it off? Simply by claiming they owned ...

The mobile version of Rocket League is now available globally on Android and iOS

What just happened? Despite being released back in 2015, Rocket League’s enduring appeal means it still attracts over 50,000 concurrent Steam players every day. For those who love the soccer-meets-rocket-powered-cars title, a free-to-play mobile version is rolling out globally ...

Marvel at the glory of explosions in Bomb Club for Android

Source: Google Play I’m always shocked to see what small teams, and sometimes even just a singular person, can accomplish in the world of game development. To think that the mind behind Stardew Valley is a one-man show is legitimately ...

Kick off spooky season with Very Little Nightmares for Android

Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment Did you know there are currently NO category or search options specifically for horror games in the Play Store right now? This is a crime, especially in this, the most unholy of months of the year. ...

Google Pixel 5 review: Still a great buy — if you can find it

Source: Hayato Huseman / Android Central Since 2016, when the original Pixel debuted, it has felt like Google just needed one more year, and then another, to make the brand a household name — to be broadly considered a success. ...

Android 12 is available now to Pixel owners

Highly anticipated: The latest version of Google’s Android mobile OS is available right now, launching hot on the heels of the company’s latest Pixel event. However, it isn’t available to everyone. For now, only Pixel owners can access Android 12; ...

Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure revenues drive strong growth to tech giants' earnings

Bottom line: Growing adoption rates for cloud computing services has resulted in the bottom line for two of the largest technology giants increasing by billions. Microsoft and Google have revealed robust quarterly earnings results, with Azure and Google Cloud leading ...

Google's first smartwatch may be coming in 2022

Something to look forward to: Google’s hardware team has been expanding its reach steadily over the past several years. It’s already jumped feet-first into the realms of earbuds, smart homes, phones, and even zippy notebooks, but its ambitions continue to ...

Google Maps gets 'Area Busyness' feature to help users navigate during the holidays

In a nutshell: With the holiday season approaching, Google has updated Maps with a couple of new features that build upon the app’s vast wealth of existing information to show which areas are busier than usual and help travelers and ...

Google's upcoming Android 12L release optimizes the UI for large screen devices

Why it matters: Android 12 is a significant visual overhaul over previous iterations, showcased by Google on its latest Pixel 6 phones. It’s so different, in fact, that the company is planning to release a special Android 12L variant that’s ...

AT&T lets you play Batman: Arkham Knight for free through white-labeled Stadia partnership

What just happened? Google’s Stadia service didn’t get off to the best start, but it has since found a niche in the gaming market. Its users appreciate the ability to play high-fidelity, high-framerate games at the press of a button, ...

Google is allowing third-party payments on Android in South Korea

What just happened? Google announced this week that it’s complying with the new South Korean law that says it must allow alternate payment systems for Android apps. The company will also reduce service fees for transactions that use third-party payment, ...

UK Supreme Court sides with Google in lawsuit alleging it tracked iPhone users without their consent

In brief: The UK’s Supreme Court has sided with Google in a class action lawsuit where the search giant was accused of tracking iPhone users without their consent. The ruling will likely have a chilling effect on class action-style lawsuits ...

Google says the Pixel 6 Pro's flickering display will be fixed next month

Flickering pixels: The Pixel 6 Pro has arrived to glowing reviews; however, some users have reported experiencing display flickering with the device when it’s turned off. Raising suspicions of what could be yet another quality control issue with Google’s ...

Google throws shade at LG and Samsung in '113 reasons to switch to the Pixel 6' video

What just happened? Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have been receiving plenty of positive reviews, but that hasn’t stopped the company from releasing a video giving 113 reasons why it thinks you should switch to one of its ...

Google is now offering free limited-time trials for Stadia games

In brief: Google isn’t giving up on Stadia, despite the game streaming service proving a lot less popular than the company hoped. It’s latest attempt to attract new users involves free limited-time trials of games. YouTube channel Gem (via 9to5Google) ...

Google reportedly puts Pixel Fold on ice, and that may be a good thing

Editor’s take: Google tossed its name into the foldables hat early on, researching the technology alongside all the other major smartphone makers. But as Samsung, Motorola and others have come to market with early offerings, Google’s has yet to materialize. ...

Google says its enhanced security algorithms can slow down the fingerprint scanner on the Pixel 6 (Updated)

Bottom line: Google made the jump to in-display fingerprint scanners with the Pixel 6/6 Pro, but it seems the decision is not sitting all that well with fans. In what is otherwise a fluid Android experience, the slow, unreliable ...

Google makes career certificates free for US community colleges

In brief: Last week Google announced that it’s expanding its Career Certificate program. The program is now free for community colleges and career and technical education high schools across the US. The company is also partnering with four-year universities ...

Google Drive's new 'Search Chips' help you refine your search results

In brief: Anyone with access to Google Drive knows the service is good but not great. It does what it is meant to — store your excess files — but the UI and the search function are both far from ...

YouTube is removing 'dislike' counter from all videos

Why it matters: YouTube announced this week that dislike counts on all videos across all platforms would be private. The change starts rolling out right away. YouTube says it’s an attempt to discourage dislike mobs, which it has been ...

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Reviewers Liked Comes running Android 12 Face unblur and Magic Eraser camera features Good price for a flagship Excellent 120Hz screen Wireless and reverse charging Reviewers Didn’t Like Contentious design No microSD slot Confusing 5G coverage Glass design is ...

Google wants in on the Pentagon's new cloud contract, receives criticism from the Alphabet Workers Union

In context: The JWCC program is the Pentagon’s replacement for its $10 billion JEDI project, which had to be canceled earlier this year following a lengthy legal row between Amazon and Microsoft. Google was notably missing from the action, ...

Consumer Protection Agency orders US tech giants to hand over data on payment systems

What just happened? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered several of the largest tech companies in the US to hand over information about how they use personal payments data and manage access to consumers’ payment information so the ...

Epic avoiding the Play Store prompted Google to create a 'Fortnite task force'

In context: With so much news coverage of Epic Games’ battle with Apple, it’s easy to forget that Google is also involved in the legal spat. The search giant was so concerned about Fortnite initially skipping its app store in ...

Google bans 151 Android apps linked to an SMS scam campaign from the Play Store

In context: Avast has been making a thorough investigation into a premium scam campaign named UltimaSMS. This campaign consisted of apps that were available to download from Google Play Store. Once installed, these apps would ask for your information to ...

Beatstar is THE new mobile rhythm game for Android that you need to try

Source: Google Play Beatstar is the hot new mobile rhythm game in town — not to be confused with popular anime Beastar. With easy to grasp gameplay that smoothly scales up in difficulty, combined with playlists that are tailored to ...

The haunted house action never ends in Candies n' Curses for Android

Source: Google Play The spook train does not stop this month, and I’m determined to keep digging up as many spooky, scary games as I can get my hands on. The thing is, after a head-scratching puzzler like last week’s ...

Chromecast with Google TV review: A love-hate relationship

Source: Joe Maring / Android Central Long before the Pixel smartphones and Google’s big push for self-branded hardware, the Chromecast was a well-known entity in the streaming landscape as one of the best and most affordable ways to get video ...

Samsung's One UI 4 brings Android 12 to Galaxy S21 phones today

In brief: Samsung announced that it is rolling out its Android 12-based “One UI 4” starting Monday. The staggered release will hit Galaxy S21 series phones first. The user interface boasts expanded customization and privacy features as its main selling ...

OPPO ColorOS 12 (Android 12) hands-on: Everything you need, nothing you don't

Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central OPPO’s ColorOS used to be underwhelming; it lacked cohesion, there were too many unnecessary features, a lot of bloatware, and software updates were always delayed. But that changed with the introduction of ColorOS 7 ...

Huawei hardware with Google services: Honor Magic 3 flagship marks a return to the global market

Recap: When Huawei was sanctioned by the US government, Honor was caught in the crossfire because it was a subsidiary of a Chinese company, prohibiting the use of Google services in its phones. However, that changed when Huawei sold Honor, ...

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