Huawei has immediately lost access to Android and Google (Update: Current phones are safe)

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Update, May 19, 2019 (11:50 pm ET): Google has released a new statement regarding the Huawei situation, this time via the Android Twitter account. As seen below, the company states that current Huawei (and likely Honor) phones will continue having access to services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect.

Google plans to comply with the U.S. government’s order to place Huawei on its Entity List. It’s still unclear what effect this decision will have on the future of Huawei.

Original post, May 19, 2019 (3:14 pm ET): Google has suspended business operations with Huawei effectively immediately, a forced move that will have a dramatic impact on Huawei devices across the globe.

According to Reuters, citing a source close to the matter, Google was forced into suspending business with Huawei that “requires the transfer of hardware and software products.”

“Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will immediately lose access to updates to the Android operating system, and the next version of its smartphones outside of China will also lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app,” Reuters noted.

This effectively means no further Android security updates for devices new and old, including the recent P30 and P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and many more.

Google’s actions come after the U.S. Commerce Department’s announcement on Wednesday, which placed Huawei and some 68 affiliates on a so-called Entity List, a trade blacklist, following an executive order signed by U.S. President Trump.

This is the same list that ZTE was added to and subsequently removed from, over the course of 2018, which caused it massive disruption. Huawei is now effectively forbidden from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval – which includes Android.

This is, of course, a massive blow if the story is accurate. One of Huawei’s arms, its HiSilicon chip division, had stated it has “long been ready” for any ban, while Huawei has previously mentioned it has been preparing for six years or more for any ban of Android. Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei, had been set to launch the Honor 20 on Tuesday May 21, in London — it’s unclear what will now happen.

The Chinese giant said in a statement earlier this week that it was “against the decision made by the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce.”

Android Authority has contacted Huawei and Google for comment.

This is a developing story.

NEXT: Report: Samsung and Huawei agree to settle their smartphone patent disputes

Google and Apple removed three dating apps that let minors sign up

Google has removed three dating apps from the Play Store.

Google and Apple have removed three dating apps from their respective app stores after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned that children were allowed to use them.

In a warning letter to the app developers, the FTC alleged that dating apps Meet24, FastMeet, and Meet4U allowed children as young as 12 years old to sign up for their services. The apps are from Ukraine-based Wildec LLC and allegedly collected users’ birthdates, email addresses, photographs, and real-time location data.

Even though the three apps’ privacy policies supposedly prohibited sign-ups for those under the age of 13, the apps didn’t actively block those who indicated they were under 13. Meet24, FastMeet, and Meet4U also allegedly didn’t block others from contacting those who indicated they were under 13 during the sign-up process.

Compounding matters, several individuals reportedly faced criminal charges for using the apps to contact or attempt to contact minors.

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According to the FTC, Meet24, FastMeet, and Meet4U might violate the FTC’s COPPA Rule. The rule requires companies that collect personal information from those under 13 to notify parents of the data gathering and to clearly post privacy policies.

The FTC also believes the three apps violate the agency’s FTC Act, which prohibits unfair practices that could cause consumer injury.

Wildec’s three dating apps are no longer available on the Google Play Store and App Store, according to an FTC press release. The commission raised the possibility that updated versions of the three apps could show up in the future, but “only for adults.”

Android Authority reached out to Google and Apple regarding the app removals, but didn’t hear back from either company by press time.

NEXT: Google brings down the banhammer on app developer for producing fake clicks (Updated)

Google brings down the banhammer on app developer for producing fake clicks

This is a photo of the Google Play Store in 2019

Popular Chinese developer DO Global is in hot water today after Google banned many of its apps from the Google Play Store over ad fraud and user permission abuses, reported BuzzFeed News.

According to the report, 46 apps out of DO Global’s roughly 100 apps have been taken down. An unnamed source told BuzzFeed News that more app removals will follow, with Google moving to ban DO Global from the Play Store altogether.

It also appears that DO Global’s apps no longer include purchasable advertisement inventory through Google’s AdMob network. That suggests that Google even banned DO Global’s ad products.

Android Authority reached out to Google for comment, with a spokesperson issuing the following statement:

We take our responsibility to protect users and advertisers seriously, and invest in tools and resources to fight fraud and abuse globally. We actively investigate malicious behavior, and when we find violations, we take action, including the removal of a developer’s ability to monetize their app with AdMob or publish on Play.

The ban follows an investigation conducted by BuzzFeed News and security researchers at Check Point Research. According to the investigation’s findings, at least six of DO Global’s apps included code for fraudulent ad-clicking. The fake clicks then produced ad revenue for DO Global and even worked if you kept the app closed.

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Compounding matters, DO Global supposedly published apps under generic developer names “Pic Tools Group” and “Photo Artist Studio,” hosted the apps’ privacy policies on Tumblr, and didn’t disclose to users that the apps under the aforementioned developer names were from DO Global.

Prior to today’s ban, DO Global’s apps garnered over 600 million installs. DO Global told BuzzFeed News that the company has over 250 million monthly active app users and reaches 800 million users through its ad platform.

NEXT: 15 best Android apps of 2019!

2019 Google Play Awards nominees announced ahead of Google I/O

Screenshot of the 2019 Google Play Awards. Android Developers Blog

Google announced today on its Android Developers Blog that the 2019 Google Play Awards will take place Monday, May 6, one day before Google I/O 2019 starts. There are a total of 45 nominees for nine categories, with Google announcing winners at 8:15PM PST (11:15PM PST).

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The categories range from accessibility and innovation to design and social impact. According to Google, the nominees were picked by various internal teams. Criteria includes a high star rating on the Play Store, Android vitals, and either had a launch or major update since April 2018.

You can check out the categories and nominees below. We will update this article once Google announces the winners.

Standout Well-Being App

Best Accessibility Experience

Best Social Impact

Most Beautiful Game

Best Living Room Experience

Most Inventive

Standout Build for Billions Experience

Best Breakthrough App

Best Breakthrough Game

10 best strategy RPGs and tactical RPGs on Android! (Updated 2019)

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Strategy RPGs and Tactical RPGs are an admittedly niche market. The game play tends to be slower because it focuses more on strategy than it does on sheer action. They operate with a turn-based style of combat and feature a chessboard style map where you move units into tactically advantageous positions to gain the upper hand. There aren’t many available on Android, but some of them are truly excellent. Here are the best strategy RPGs and tactical RPGs on Android!


Banner Saga 1 and 2

Price: $9.99 each
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The Banner Saga 1 and 2 are two strategy RPGs. They each feature a variety of playable characters, interesting story lines, and solid combat mechanics. Each title has branching story lines and permanent character death. Thus, your decisions matter in both combat and in the story. The second game adds a little bit from the first game, including a new character race. It’s one of the few mobile games that employs a deep narrative and strategy without freemium elements. They are a bit older and may not display 100% correctly on newer devices with notches and such, but they should otherwise play fine.
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Brown Dust

Price: Freemium
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Brown Dust is a newer strategy RPG. It also Japanese RPG elements, animations, gacha elements, and story style. The game boasts over 300 mercenaries to collect, upgrade, and fight with. In addition, the grid-based fighting system is traditional strategy RPG. We liked this game for its massive story, the 1,200 stages to complete along with all of the weekly and monthly stuff to do. You will have something to do in this game for a very long time. However, it is a freemium game and it has a lot of those freemium elements, especially with the gacha stuff. Beware of that, but otherwise it’s a good RPG.
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Dotomchi Games Collection

Price: Free / $0.99 with in-app purchases
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Dotomchi Games has several strategy RPGs worth playing. They include Rebirth of Fortune, Sorceress of Fortune, Mystery of Fortune, Defense of Fortune 2, and Mystery of Fortune 2. They are the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth games in the series. We’re not sure where the first three games are. They all play more or less the same way except Defense of Fortune 2. That one plays a bit more like a tower defense game. They’re inexpensive tactical RPGs. They do have in-app purchases, though. Just a heads up.
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Final Fantasy Tactics: WOTL

Price: $11.99
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Final Fantasy Tactics is definitely among the best strategy RPGs. It first came out in 1997. It features a long, story-driven campaign complete with video cut scenes. Square Enix added characters along with additional cut scenes for more options and enjoyment. There are also additional jobs and missions to play. The only caveat is that players on budget devices seem to be having some crashing issues on certain missions, so make sure to read through the customer reviews before dropping $11.99 on the game.
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Fire Emblem Heroes

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Fire Emblem Heroes is one of the newer strategy RPGs. It’s a freemium version of Nintendo’s popular series. It features a bunch of characters and music from the series. There’s a new story line for you to play through. There are also a few play modes to keep things fresh. The main game maintains the classic tactical RPG mechanics of the original franchise. The game is also very clean compared to other mobile RPGs. There is also a lot more content now than on release day. It does have a character collecting mechanic. That’s popular in current freemium RPGs. Otherwise, everything in the game is surprisingly good. This is Nintendo’s most profitable game for a reason.
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Heroes of Steel

Price: $3.99 / Up to $1.99
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Heroes of Steel is a four episode tactical RPG. All four stories add up to about 120 hours of game play. That’s fairly impressive. The game also includes character customization, retro style graphics, tons of loot to find, and a lot more. The combat mechanics are classic tactical RPG, but still pretty simple. It definitely focuses a little more on the narrative. The base game is $3.99. The in-app purchases are for the other four episodes. It is definitely one of the better strategy RPGs.
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Kingturn series and Tactics Maiden

Price: Free / Up to $4.99
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Kingturn is a series of strategy RPGs that have made a good name for themselves. They feature retro graphics that aren’t the best, but the developers more than make up for it with lengthy, story-driven campaigns. The two main games in the series have more than 130 missions combined. They also include a ton of character classes, abilities, items, gear, and more. It’s not the most complex series of games out there. They do maintain a faster pace than typical tactical RPGs. There is also a newer game in the series. Tactics Maiden is a lot like its predecessors and costs about the same.
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Shining Force Classics

Price: Free / Up to $4.99
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Shining Force Classics is a remake of the popular strategy RPGs from the SEGA Genesis days. This title includes all three Shining Force games. I played the first two quite a bit when I was younger, but I never gave the third one a real shot. In any case, these are really traditional strategy RPG style games. You recruit characters, save the world, and engage in grid-based combat. Characters can upgrade their class after so many level gains and SEGA left the games relatively untouched from their previous releases. The controls are a bit clunky, but the games play well enough. Each title runs for $1.99 as an in-app purchase or you can buy all three in a single $4.99 bundle.
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Terra Battle

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Terra Battle is a unique tactical RPG that does things a little bit differently. The core mechanics are the same as other strategy RPGs, but with scaled back graphics and faster battle mechanics. There are also things like bonus items on the map to give you an advantage over your opponent. Like most, you’ll still have various characters and classes that you can collect, upgrade, and customize. Terra Battle boasts hundreds of game maps and hundreds of characters to collect. The composure is Nobuo Uematsu, popular for his work on the Final Fantasy franchise. It’s a freemium game with frustrating freemium elements, but everything else about it is good.
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Ticket to Earth

Price: $4.99
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Ticket to Earth is a bit of a wild card in this space. It has all of the core mechanics of a tactical or strategy RPG. However, the game also includes board game elements, match-three elements, and more. For instance, your character walks along a path of the same symbols and colors. The longer the path, the more damage the character does. It’s quite neat, actually. This may even end up on our best match three games list one day. In any case, the game runs for $4.99 with no in-app purchases or advertisements.
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If we missed any of the best tactical RPGs or Strategy RPGs for Android, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists.

10 best new Android games from March 2019!

Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a bit more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Some months are better than others, but there is usually at least one great new game on mobile every month. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can watch the videos on YouTube from previous months by clicking here! You can also check out our picks for the best new Android games for 2018 in the video above!


AxE: Alliance vs Empire

Price: Freemium
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AxE: Alliance vs Empie is an MMORPG with some decent graphics and a fun premise. You choose between two factions. Those two factions battle it out for domination. The game features various types of online PvP, co-op raid battles, a bunch of missions and quests, a large world to explore, and six total character classes. The game plays like a typical MMORPG. You learn a bunch of skills and go on a bunch of quests. The competitive nature and the freemium price tag leads to some mismatches in the PvP and that’s not cool. However, those who enjoy MMORPG mechanics may enjoy this one for a while. There is a lot of stuff to do.
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Brown Dust

Price: Freemium
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Brown Dust is a strategy RPG with anime styling. The game features over 300 characters, each with their own skills. In addition, the game features the usual assortment of PvP and co-op game play opportunities. The co-op stuff is mostly social, though. The game has a staggering 1,200 levels so you won’t finish this one over a long weekend. In addition, there are various ways to upgrade all of your various mercenaries. It’s not the best SRPG on the Play Store. However, those who like long games will certainly get a kick out of this one. It’s a freemium game with gacha elements. Those who don’t like those types of mobile RPGs should steer clear.
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Era of Legends

Price: Freemium
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Era of Legends is another newer MMORPG. It has the usual fantasy setting with dragons and such. The game also features an absolute ton of missions and quests along with online PvP, an open world to explore, tons of loot to collect, and a variety of social elements like clans. You can explore various dungeons or participate with other players in raid bosses. There is an auto battle and auto movement (auto path) system that sucks a bit of the joy out of the game early on. However, players praise the game’s story line and that’s a rarity for an MMORPG. It has freemium elements but you probably already guessed that.
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LifeAfter

Price: Freemium
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LifeAfter is the latest game from Netease. It’s a post-apocalyptic style game with survival, simulation, and adventure elements. A virus wiped out most of humankind. You have to survive on whatever you can find. Players can encounter other survivors, build homes, and fend off the hordes of infected zombies. Some players criticize the controls and the game’s difficulty. However, a survival game should be pretty hard. Regardless, this is a surprisingly engaging game and it played well during our testing. The freemium elements also don’t get too much in the way of having a good time.
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RBI Baseball 19

Price: $6.99
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RBI Baseball 19 is the MLB’s official baseball game of 2019. It launches almost every year in March these days. The game features updated rosters, weekly roster updates, a franchise mode with simulation elements, and all 30 baseball parks. The graphics are decent and the controls are better than previous years, although they still take some time to get used to. In addition, players can collect over 165 MLB legends. The price is fairly reasonable at $6.99. However, those who enjoy a simpler, more arcade experience may balk at the more difficult, more granular controls and mechanics. The game has no additional in-app purchases or ads.
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RuneScape

Price: Free
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RuneScape is a mobile port of the actual RuneScape game. It features cross-platform play with the PC version along with basically all of the game play elements of the actual game. The graphics are definitely on par with the PC version and there exists no major differences aside from the touch screen controls. The game is in beta and it’s only available to current RuneScape players. Thus, we didn’t get to test the game ourselves. However, the developers keep a list of known bugs in the Google Play description and players have been posting about how good the port is for a beta release. You probably can’t get this right now, but keep it on your radar for when it officially launches. It’ll be one of the best MMORPGs on Android when it does along with OSRS.
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Shieldwall Chronicles: Swords of the North

Price: $5.99
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Shieldwall Chronicles is a tactical RPG similar in scope to games like The Banner Saga, although we think The Banner Saga has better storytelling. Anyway, this game has you leading a group of heroes against a bunch of enemies. Your party is customizable with up to 16 different character classes. The combat is your standard turn-by-turn strategy RPG combat, but this one includes a morale system for a bit of extra complexity. The developers boast over 40 hours of total game play. It’s not bad for a $5.99 game with no freemium elements to get in the way.
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Skylanders Ring of Heroes

Price: Freemium
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Skylanders Ring of Heroes is the latest game from Com2uS, developers of the popular Summoners War. We mention that because this is a very similar game. You can collect over 80 different characters across ten different elements. The elements all have weaknesses and strengths to help out in certain battles. The game has a story mode, a PvP arena, and a fairly complex character development system. We’re not big fans of the energy. You can run through it very quickly and it takes forever to fill up again. It’s good for quick plays over a long period of time, but those who like to spend time with their games will be annoyed at how little you can actually play this game per session.
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Stardew Valley

Price: $7.99
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Stardew Valley is a farming simulator. It had a very successful launch on PC some time ago and the mobile version hopes to continue that trend. There is a metric ton of things to do. That includes grow crops, go fishing, engage in social events with the NPCs, and there are even some exploration and adventure elements. This feels like a full gaming experience. Plus, the developers added multiple control schemes for some customization there along with auto-saving. There is even external controller support. It’s easily one of the best games of 2019 so far and it’s not a freemium game. We like that. Of course, those who don’t like sims or farming probably won’t like this one either.
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World of Legends

Price: Freemium
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March 2019 had a lot of MMORPG releases and we finish off our list with one more. World of Legends is an open world MMORPG with a non-linear story line. That means you can do basically whatever you want whenever you want. The game lets you recruit various sidekicks to help with various missions. You can also play with friends and join guilds. Of course, you get mainstays in the genre like PvP combat as well. It’s definitely something a little bit different. The graphics and controls give it a more arcade feel and that’s not a bad thing. The developers even have a dedicated Discord server for players to chat, deliver feedback, and play the game together. We like that kind of forward thinking in a video game.
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If we missed any great new Android games, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android apps and games lists!

Google is going all-in on the squircle icon for the Play Store

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In the image above you’ll see quite a few app icons on the Google Play Store. The Starbucks one is a circle, PUBG Mobile is a square, and the Lyft icon is a squircle — albeit a different squircle shape as compared to the Loffee app.

Google wants to do away with this disparity between icon shapes on the Google Play Store. In a new post on the Android Developers Blog, Google lays out the new rules for developers when it comes to their app and game icons — and it’s going to be all squircle all the time.

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Starting in April 2019, developers will have the ability to upload new icons for their apps that will conform to the new squircle shape. As of May 1, new apps submitted to the Google Play Store will not be accepted if they don’t follow the new icon guidelines. By June 24, 2019, all icons that haven’t been updated to the new format will be converted to legacy icons — eliminating the ability for developers to update them.

Legacy icons will be embedded as designed into a white squircle, to keep things more uniform. Check out how it all looks below (the original icon is on the left, the correctly redesigned icon is in the middle, and the legacy icon is all the way to the right):

In addition to this new squircle shape, Google will no longer allow icons to involve transparencies.

Google points out that this new policy only applies to the Play Store when viewed on Android, your desktop browser, or on Chrome OS. The Play Stores on Wear OS, Android TV, and Android Auto will not be beholden to the new design policy.

NEXT: How to download the Google Play Store

Google’s new Lookout app uses AI to assist the blind and visually-impaired

Announced during 2018’s Google I/O developer conference, Google’s Lookout app is finally available on the Google Play Store.

Anyone can use the app as they see fit, but Google is primarily targeting the blind and visually-impaired with Lookout. After selecting a mode in Lookout, the app then senses where and which objects objects are in the real world. Lookout uses spoken words to alert you about the location of, for example, a chair in the living room or a bathroom in a store. The app can even detect text in a book or on a sign and speaks those words.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because Google Lens features similar underlying technology. It sounds like Google made some tweaks to that technology to make it work differently for Lookout.

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Keep in mind, Lookout works best when your Android phone is either worn around your neck or placed inside a shirt pocket and the camera positioned outward toward the world.

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When Google announced Lookout, the company said it’ll use machine learning to improve the app’s detection accuracy. In the meantime, users are encouraged to submit feedback to Google’s Disability Support team and let them know about the app’s strengths and shortcomings.

Lookout is available as a free download at the link below. The app is available only for Pixel smartphones in the U.S. running Android 8.0 Oreo and newer, though Google said Lookout might “soon” work on more devices, countries, and platforms.

Metal Slug Infinity now available for pre-registration on Android

Announced back in October 2018, Metal Slug Infinity is now up for pre-registration on the Google Play Store. Metal Slug Infinity is the latest entry in the long-running Metal Slug series and might be familiar to eagle-eyed mobile gamers.

If you’ve played previous Metal Slug games, you know what to expect from Metal Slug Infinity: a side-scrolling, 2D shooter that includes plenty of explosions. Where the game set itself apart is its hands-off approach to gameplay.

South Korean developer Ekkorr Games, which also developed Endless Frontier Saga 2 and other mobile titles, implemented its “idle” gameplay mechanic into Metal Slug Infinity. That means you don’t fully control characters and vehicles — you only carry out simple actions like applying buffs and other simple tap controls.


Most of your attention is toward micro-managing your troops and equipment, which is where Metal Slug Infinity’s other gameplay mechanic comes in. Based on the trailer, it looks like the game features an ally battle system and lets you collect helicopters, tanks, fighter jets, troops, and more. Once you assemble your army, you go out and battle other armies.

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You even see a difference in Metal Slug Infinity’s art style, which looks hand-drawn. That compares to previous Metal Slug games, which feature sprites. According to Siliconera, that’s because Ekkorr Games wants to attract people who aren’t Metal Slug fans.

Even with the gameplay and visual differences, Metal Slug Infinity sounds like a re-skinned version of Metal Slug Attack, which itself was similar to Metal Slug Defense. We’ll have to wait and see until Metal Slug Infinity’s release to see whether those similarities are apparent in gameplay.

Until then, you can pre-register for the game at the link below.

10 best to do list apps for Android

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Staying organized is one of the toughest things to do. It’s okay if you can’t keep track of it all because most of us can’t either. That’s kind of why to do list apps exist. They can add some organization to a hectic lifestyle and keep you from forgetting important stuff. They also usually work great for stuff like grocery lists and recurring tasks like taking the garbage out every week. Those with good memory probably don’t need something like this. However, in a world where multi-tasking is an increasingly important life skill, a good to-do list app can help you keep everything in order. This is one of those apps we recommend to everyone. There are a bunch to choose from, so here are the best to do list apps for Android!


Any.do

Price: Free / $2.99 per month / Up to $2.24 per month (billed annually)
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Any.do is a popular to do list app that gets the basics right. You have the usual array of tasks, sub tasks, and notes that you can add to help remind yourself of what you’re supposed to do. There is also cloud syncing so you can access your tasks on a variety of devices, including desktop, web, and tablet. It has a sleek interface and built-in support for Cal Calendar if you want to kill two birds with one stone. It’s powerful, it’s simple, and most of its features are free. Any.do is also one of the few to do list apps with support for both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
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Asana

Price: Free / $9.99 per month (per person)
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Asana is a business-oriented to-do list app. Those looking for individual solutions should probably steer clear of this one. This one works best for groups of people. It features task categories, various sorting and tagging options, and tons of ways to add info to a task. Additionally, each task has its own comment thread for communication purposes. The app also has a decent free option for those who want to try it first. This is one of the better business solutions and works best in a work environment rather than for personal use.
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GTasks

Price: Free
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GTasks is a popular and highly rated to do list app and one of the few that adhere to a simple free-paid system. The free version has a ton of features, including the basics along with widgets, quick adding for tasks using voice, and syncing with Google Tasks. If you go pro, you’ll also get batch task adds, a pattern lock for security, and theming. You can even add tasks using Google Now if that’s a thing you like to do. The app even has integration with TickTick (if you use TickTick). It looks good and it works well, especially if you’re in the market for something simple and effective.
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Memorigi

Price: Free / $3.99 / $1.99 per month / $15.99 per year
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Memorigi is one of the newer to-do list apps. It features a beautiful Material Design UI along with a bunch of other stuff. The basic features include tasks and lists, cloud syncing, recurring tasks, notifications (reminders), and more. The more unique stuff includes floating actions (like Facebook Messenger’s chat heads), integrated weather, and theming. It gets the job done and looks good doing it. The organizational structure takes a bit of time to get used to, especially if you’re used to things like Todoist, TickTick, or GTasks. The free version includes some features. There is a single $3.99 for the plus version that adds most of the basic features, and a monthly subscription for the rest of it. Most should get by fine with the free or plus versions.
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Microsoft To-Do

Price: Free
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Microsoft is eventually going to kill off Wunderlist. That’s bad news because Wunderlist is easily the best to-do list app ever. However, the team working on Microsoft’s new To-Do app are the same people that did Wunderlist. Thus, we expect for Microsoft’s To-Do app to be as good as Wunderlist someday. The app can already do a bunch of stuff. That includes recurring tasks, notes, smart suggestions, and cross-platform support with Windows 10. Recent updates added task sharing with other people and some other, smaller features. It’s not as good as Wunderlist yet, but it’s certainly getting there. Plus, it’s one of the few decent options that is also totally free.
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Tasks

Price: Free / $1.49
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Tasks is one of the newer to do list apps. It features a gorgeous UI, plenty of customization options, and a decent set of features. Functionally, it works like most other to do list apps. You simply put in the tasks, add due dates and reminders, and complete the tasks when necessary. Some of the other features include multiple lists, a dark theme, and a simple layout. It doesn’t have more popular features like list sharing or cloud syncing. However, not everyone needs those features. It’s still very much in active development, so check the Play Store to see what’s changed between now and when we update this list again.
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TickTick

Price: Free / $2.79 per month / $27.99 per year
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TickTick is another simple, but powerful to do list application. This one has the basic features along with cloud syncing so you can keep track of your tasks between devices. It also includes a tag system so you can easily sort your tasks, widgets, priority levels to differentiate more important tasks, and location reminders. The free version also comes with up to two reminders per task. If you go pro, you’ll also get improved task management, improved collaboration support, and more reminders per task. It’s another solid, simple option that can work very well. In fact, we routinely recommend this app to people who left Wunderlist and don’t want Microsoft’s To-Do list option yet. The premium version adds more features, but the free version should be more than good enough for most.
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Todoist

Price: Free / $28.99 per year
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Todoist is a powerful to do list app that can do pretty much whatever you need it to do. On top of its mobile apps, you can get native apps on Google Chrome (as an extension), desktop, and other places for full cross-platform support. It covers the basics and also includes offline mode, tags and inboxes for easy task sorting, Android Wear support, integration with a ton of other apps (including Google Assistant), and a unique karma system that helps you visualize how productive you’ve been. We aren’t a fan of reminders being a premium-only feature when most other to do list apps don’t do that. Otherwise, this is easily among the best in its category and one of the most flashy.
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To Do List

Price: Free / $2.99
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To Do List is perhaps the least inventive name of any app on the list. However, it’s actually pretty good. It covers the basic to do features, including the ability to get reminders to make sure you get your stuff done. The interface is reminiscent of Wunderlist but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s very clean and easy to use. It has plenty of tertiary features like adding tasks through voice commands, widgets, and more. This is a simple to do list app for simple needs. Those looking for something more complicated may need to try another option. You can download it for free to try it out. The full version costs $2.99.
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Trello

Price: Free
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Trello is a big name in the to do list game and it’s one of the few options that’s entirely free. At least for right now. It comes with all of the basic features as well as a unique, card-based interface where you create your tasks on “boards”. It also comes with Google Drive and Dropbox support, Android Wear support, collaboration features, and scaling so you can do something as simple as a grocery list or as big as a multi-person group project. The app is powerful, it looks cool, and the price tag is great for a lot of folks. It was purchased in early 2017 by Altassian. We don’t know how that’ll affect it in the long term, but right now it works the same.
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