24 new and notable Android games from the last week (3/7/18 – 3/13/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Games

The Sims™ Mobile

Android Police coverage: After almost a year in testing, EA has officially released ‘The Sims Mobile’ on Android

The Sims Mobile takes the gameplay from EA’s mobile life simulation game The Sims FreePlay and adds on top some of the mechanics from The Sims 4.

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24 new and notable Android games from the last week (3/7/18 – 3/13/18) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (3/6/18 – 3/12/18)

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Apps

Experience app for Galaxy S9/S9+

Android Police coverage: Samsung releases Experience demo app for Galaxy S9/S9+ [APK Download]

If you are in the market for a Galaxy S9 or S9+, then you may want to check out the Experience app for Galaxy S9/S9+.

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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (3/6/18 – 3/12/18) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Galaxy S9 comes out impressively well after going through JerryRigEverything’s durability test

Zack from JerryRigEverything has become famous for his (somewhat extreme) durability tests, and now he’s finally gotten his hands on a new Galaxy S9 to put through its paces.

Starting off with the scratch test, the S9’s screen only begins scratching with a level 6 pick, and displays deeper groves at level 7. This is absolutely on par with essentially every other smartphone around (with the exception of sapphire screens that only begin to scratch at a level 8), and means the Galaxy S9’s display should hold up fine against razor blades, coins, and keys.

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Galaxy S9 comes out impressively well after going through JerryRigEverything’s durability test was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Every new Android P feature we have found so far [Continuously updated]

Android P hero

It’s that time of the year again. The days are getting longer, new hardware is being released, and Google has revealed the next version of Android. As of the March 7th release of the developer preview, we’ve worked our way down Alphabet’s alphabet all the way to “P.” We still don’t know what P is going to end up standing for (Pineapple upside-down cake?), but by now we’ve got some idea for the changes present in this latest/upcoming version of Android. 

To paraphrase David, “I turned around, and it was Christmas.” Thanks to all our tipsters— we ❤ you— our collective Android Police inboxes overfloweth in a deluge of developer discovery.

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Every new Android P feature we have found so far [Continuously updated] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Bonus Round] Encompassed, Heroes Inc. 2, Will Hero, Space War, Pocket Knights 2, Heir of Light, and Talking Tom Camp

bonusroundWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn’t get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can’t wait for our weekly roundups, and don’t want to wade through a whole day’s worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we’ve got a thought-provoking VR puzzle game, a superhero management game, a roguelike platformer, a top-down space shooter, a 3D action RPG, a hero collection game, and a strategic fighting battle builder.

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[Bonus Round] Encompassed, Heroes Inc. 2, Will Hero, Space War, Pocket Knights 2, Heir of Light, and Talking Tom Camp was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Bonus Round] Encompassed, Heroes Inc. 2, Will Hero, Space War, Pocket Knights 2, Heir of Light, and Talking Tom Camp

bonusroundWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn’t get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can’t wait for our weekly roundups, and don’t want to wade through a whole day’s worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we’ve got a thought-provoking VR puzzle game, a superhero management game, a roguelike platformer, a top-down space shooter, a 3D action RPG, a hero collection game, and a strategic fighting battle builder.

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[Bonus Round] Encompassed, Heroes Inc. 2, Will Hero, Space War, Pocket Knights 2, Heir of Light, and Talking Tom Camp was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Bonus Round] Encompassed, Heroes Inc. 2, Will Hero, Space War, Pocket Knights 2, Heir of Light, and Talking Tom Camp

bonusroundWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn’t get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can’t wait for our weekly roundups, and don’t want to wade through a whole day’s worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we’ve got a thought-provoking VR puzzle game, a superhero management game, a roguelike platformer, a top-down space shooter, a 3D action RPG, a hero collection game, and a strategic fighting battle builder.

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[Bonus Round] Encompassed, Heroes Inc. 2, Will Hero, Space War, Pocket Knights 2, Heir of Light, and Talking Tom Camp was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home Max and Apple HomePod duke it out in a blind test

In case you haven’t heard, the Apple HomePod recently launched to much excitement, but does it deserve the overwhelming amount of hype it’s getting? We can’t answer that question ourselves just yet, but Yahoo conducted a blind test survey to see which smart home speakers sounded the best to common ears.

The results may surprise you. The Apple HomePod, Google Home Max, Amazon Echo, and Sonos One were pit against each other. Panelists were asked to rank each one on the merit of sheer sound quality. The Sonos One walked away with three of the panelists’ best votes. Google’s Home Max took 2 votes. The HomePod and Amazon Echo were left in the dust.

It’s a fair knock on the Amazon Echo, which isn’t priced quite the same ($150) as the others ($350-$400 for both the HomePod and Google Home Max).


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Most surprising of all, though, is that the $200 Sonos One might actually trounce them all, and considering you can get 2 of those for the price of one of the other beasts, it may well be the best value in home speakers. Of course, no one has Google or Amazon beat in the smarts department just yet, so you’ll have to decide what’s more important to you in the long run.

Samsung releases three new teasers ahead of Galaxy S9 launch

By now, we all know that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will be unveiled at MWC 2018. However, the company is beginning to ramp up anticipation as Samsung has released three new teaser videos through the Samsung Mobile Korea YouTube channel.

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These are teasers in the true sense of the word, as each trailer is just 15 seconds long. The first of these videos, gives us a taste of how fast the devices will actually be, with fast cars, skydiving, and more in the video. However, if you watch the end of the video, there’s a slight hint of slow motion, suggesting that the devices could have slo-mo video capture in-tow.

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The second of these videos suggest that low-light camera performance will be vastly improved. The entire video is dark until the very end, when you see the deer look at the couple walking through the woods, and the deer’s face is automatically enhanced. This falls in line with rumors that the Galaxy S9 lineup will see new low-light camera technology, including a possible sensor with a variable aperture.

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The last teaser shared is more upbeat, and shows a gentleman going through his day, leading up to his birthday dinner. At the end when the man smiles, a brief overlay is placed on his face. This may suggest that Samsung will, in fact, introduce some type of 3D emoji competitor to take on Apple’s Animoji from the iPhone X.

Samsung will be unveiling its latest devices on February 25th, and reminds everyone of that at the end of each video where it states “Galaxy 2018.02.25”. The company will be live-streaming its launch event, making it possible for everyone around the world to watch the unveiling, even if you aren’t able to make it out to the event in Barcelona.

Let us know in the comments what your favorite rumored feature of the Galaxy S9 lineup is. Could it be the redesigned camera module with the new fingerprint scanner? Maybe it’s the variable aperture that we have been seeing teased and rumored over the last few months.