Matthew is the Games and Apps Editor at Android Police. He's been gaming his entire life since his first taste of a TI-99 at four years old. Matthew has been an Android user since the HTC Hero and has been covering roundups, reviews, and daily mobile game news coverage for over a decade. He's a person that holds a peculiar yet deep interest in all things to do with handheld gaming and constantly pushes to advance the state of the mobile industry beyond the bounds of its predatory monetization obsession.
Matthew is a furious nitpicker and something of an (albeit amusing) curmudgeon, a writer that can instantly find fault in just about anything, yet he chooses to wield this power for good from the comfort of his armchair to ensure the best Android games and apps aren't lost to obscurity.
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Thanks to Google's lack of discovery on the Play Store, it can be challenging to find the best apps on the OS. This is why we here at AP have taken the time to round up our favorites. The heaviest of heavy hitters, the must-haves every Android device should have installed. So if you're sick of Google's complacency and are looking to dig up a few handy apps to load up on your favorite Android phone, you've come to the right place
Over the last two years, I've had the opportunity to test most game streaming services on an assortment of awesome Chromebooks. While many of these streaming services are still growing, I've had the chance to watch as they grow with incremental improvements. This means I'm familiar with the likes of Luna, GeForce, and even Stadia, along with Xbox Cloud Gaming. But Xbox Cloud Gaming has been in beta the entire time it's been available, which never looked great on higher-res screens since it was locked to 720p.
Amazon is back again with the latest base Kindle, and it's called the All-new Kindle (taking a page out of Nintendo's misguided book.) This 11th-generation model is finally bringing plenty of long-requested features at a $99 price point. The most significant addition is the new 300ppi high-res screen, alleviating the blurry text the base Kindle was known for.
Digging up games for children can be a lesson in aggravation when many mobile games are built to empty wallets instead of offering fun, especially when youngsters are involved. This is why we compiled a list of the best games on Android for kids that won't break the bank while offering tons of enjoyment for any age.
It's been two weeks since everyone learned Google will pull the plug on Stadia in early 2023, and while this news isn't surprising, seeing how poorly Google managed the service over the last three years, plenty of fallout is still expected. From the question of whether or not Google will do the right thing and update its controllers for regular bluetooth support to exclusives possibly going the way of the dodo. While we've yet to hear if every Stadia exclusive will officially find its way to new platforms, it has been confirmed by the developer Splash Damage that it has no current plans to bring Outcasters to new platforms.
If you live a lot of your life online, it's a good idea to ensure your passwords are secure, and there's no better way to do this than by using a password management app. This is precisely why we here at Android police have rounded up the best Android apps that fit this category. Whether you require a free app or something robust that requires a subscription, or even if you wish to spin up your own NAS for storing your passwords on a personal server, we've broken today's roundup by free and paid to ensure everyone's needs are covered. Dig in and enjoy!
Amazon is holding yet another Prime Day event, and we're inching closer and closer to Black Friday. But this hasn't stopped quality sales from appearing, and if you're into gaming, especially gaming on Android as well as through streaming services, we have a few sales worth highlighting. First up is a discount on a Fire TV Gaming Bundle that comes with a Fire TV Stick 4K Max and Luna Controller, currently 40% off at $75. But that's not all.
Hot off the heels of Stadia's death, Google is still somehow interested in gaming, and so there's a fresh initiative for Chromebooks centered around, you guessed it, gaming. Specifically, cloud gaming, with Nvidia at the forefront as the closest partner in the endeavor. Basically, Chromebooks are great for working in the cloud, and now that cloud gaming is so popular this year with multiple streaming-centric devices coming from the likes of Logitech and Razer, it's no surprise to see laptop manufacturers such as , , and also jumping on the bandwagon with fresh Chromebooks made specifically for cloud gaming, including the telltale sign of a proper gaming laptop, RGB keyboards.
Google's finally interested in tablets again. Android 12L and its tablet-specific features have had rippling effects, with more developers jumping on the tablet bandwagon with apps that actually use the extra screen space. We compiled a roundup of our favorite Android apps that support tablets, offering a solid mix, whether you're interested in navigating on a large screen with Google Maps or need a trusty media player like VLC to watch a video large and in charge. And if you haven't picked up one of Android's best tablets, check out the current selection.
The Google Play Store is absolutely filled with excellent ports, including many of the best retro titles out there, like Chrono Trigger or Sonic 2. But it isn't always easy uncovering all these gems, so we've built a handy roundup that offers a hand-picked selection of our favorites. This way, everyone can take a nostalgia-filled trip down memory lane as they peruse AP's classic game roundup in search of the best Android games. Dig in and enjoy!
Google's history with tablets is outright embarrassing at this point, having given up on them several times, only to come crawling back time and again. Well, despite this very public history that has turned many fans off when it comes to Google and tablets, the company announced at Google I/O this past May that it has a Tensor-based tablet in the works, supposedly coming in 2023. Well, thanks to today's Pixel Event for the Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro, Google has , this time revealing a magnetic dock that can keep the device charged 24/7, ideally operating as a smart home display as well as a portable tablet.
When it comes to free-to-play games on mobile, many get a bad rap, thanks to the absolute gauntlet of horribly monetized games landing on the Play Store every day. This is why we here at AP continually build roundups that cover the best Android games, and in this instance, F2P titles are the target. This way, you won't have to break the bank to enjoy a game or two. So if you've been on the hunt to uncover enjoyable free-to-play games on the Play Store, you've come to the right place.
What with game streaming being in the news a whole heck of a lotrecently, with Stadia shutting down, all the while, Logitech has a new handheld hitting the market soon. There has also been a rash ofAndroid controllers released in the last few months that all offer Xbox branding (not to mention a free month of Cloud Gaming), signifying Xbox support, and one of the latest controllers hitting the market soon is the Gamevice Flex. The thing is, the Flex looks a heck of a lot like the Razer Kishi V1, and that's because Gamevice was partnered with Razer at the time the Kishi was released. Well, that partnership is over, with Razer now with the launch of the Kishi V2, which freed up Gamevice to take the design of the Kishi V1 and tweak it. So let's dig in and see precisely if these tweaks are worth it.
Arcade games are surely at the forefront when one thinks of classic gaming. Not only did we have wicked arcades back in the 80s, but thanks to years and years of entries in the genre, there's a boatload of amazing titles to choose from. Better yet, many of these titles are some of the best games on Android. Still, it can be challenging to pick out the heavy hitters, so we went ahead and did the hard work for you by compiling a roundup of the best arcade games on the platform.
Sports games have a bad rap thanks to years of abusive monetization from the likes of 2K and EA. Many operate more like a casino than a proper game built around sports. That's why we here at AP have compiled a roundup of theAndroid games centered around sports. We've skipped the typical junk the Play Store promotes and focused on titles built for fun. So if you've been on the hunt for quality sports games but have been coming up short, you've come to the right place.
In no way am I shy about the fact I love handhelds. I've been gaming since I was three, and I've always had a handheld at my side since the Game Boy was released in 1989. Over the years, I've owned many handhelds, and what with the resurgence of handheld gaming with the Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, Analogue Pocket, not to mention a bevy of Android and PC handhelds, along with a gigantic Game Boy modding scene, handheld gaming is very much in vogue in 2022. So it comes as no surprise to see Logitech (a well-known gaming peripheral manufacturer) entering the fray with the recently announced G Cloud, but what is surprising is that this particular handheld is built around streaming games, which is clearly a growth area; what with Amazon, Nvidia, Microsoft, and Sony all offering their own streaming services.
As we all know, the Play Store is useless for discovery, especially when hunting for quality games. That's precisely why we here at AP have taken it upon ourselves to round up the best game currently available on Android. Below you'll find a hand-picked selection of outstanding games that span several genres. So, whether you're interested in competitive shooters or casual puzzlers, you're covered. If you're sick of constantly digging for interesting games to play, you've come to the right place. Don't forget to pick up an awesome gaming phone to really let these titles shine. Enjoy the selection!
Welp, it would appear Logitech isn't the only one chasing after the game streaming market with dedicated handheld hardware, and so Razer and Verizon have just announced that the two companies have partnered to bring the Razer Edge 5G to market. This is a device built for high-performance gaming, sporting a Snapdragon G3X Gen 1, . So it would appear that not only are Razer and Verizon looking to eat Logitech's lunch with a much more powerful device than the yet-to-be-launched G Cloud, but since Verizon is involved, you can expect access to 5G Ultra Wideband to ensure the handheld is truly portable.
One of Android's strengths is that you can easily load up emulators, ranging from console emulators to OS emulators; there's no shortage out there. Well, seeing that emulators are so popular on Android, it's no surprise to see that an enterprising developer has created a Windows Phone emulator (with this news . The emulator is in the early stages of development, so it is very much a work in progress, but the developer has , and they are supposedly working with Vulkan, which certainly sounds promising.
Android is an excellent platform with some of the best games around, thanks to years of ports and quality mobile releases filling the Play Store. Many ports are best played with controllers, though it can be challenging to figure out which controllers are worth your time and money.