With a bit of imagination, pretty much any sport can be translated more or less deftly to the world of videogaming. That’s exactly what the studio From the Bench has done with its latest game: Top Stars Football is a trading card game with online faceoffs against other players that, surprising as it seems, meshes perfectly with the development of a soccer game.

To think about shoot ’em up games is to think about pain. About hundreds of projectiles zooming toward your ship and taking you inexorably nearer the Game Over screen. Fans of the genre end up developing some truly stunning reflexes – particularly for games built on a vertical screen. But people less adept in the art of the dodge are in luck with SkyChampa frenetic but much lighter shmup inspired by an unconventional source for games of this style: Pokémon.

These days whenever a new update from Instagram comes out it’s more than likely that the additions were pinched straight from Snapchat. This time is no different. The popular social network announced yesterday that it’s added masks (“face filters”) to bring new life to your selfies. Try it out and – surprise! – you’ll find it’s extremely similar to Snapchat lenses.

The global cyberattack of this past weekend has infected thousands of users’ machines with so-called ransomware. It involves a process by which the attacker infects data stored on the device and encrypts it, blocking access until a monetary ransom is paid to recover it. Though this kind of malware has so far only appeared on desktop computers, the Android platform is still susceptible to infection by ever more common attacks.

Finding a minute to relax isn’t always easy with the frenetic pace of daily life. Not everyone has time to physically go to a yoga or meditation class – which is why Android is an ideal host for apps designed to help clear the chakras. With meditation and the search for inner peace in mind, we’ve put together this list of the best free relaxation apps you can find on Android.

Amateur online espionage and keeping tabs of your contacts’ every move on social networks has become many people’s obsession. WhatsApp statuses and everything related to double-checks, connection times, and the visibility of the disappearing posts are all recurring issues in this respect, though – exaggerated as it may sound – these may not even cover all bases for some people. For them, there’s the Whatscope app, which can spy on any phone number of your choice and create a log of that person’s connection times. It can even send notifications when a person opens WhatsApp.

No concerns here about being wrong when we call Nova Launcher the best in its class. This launcher helps you customize your device and bring it closer to stock Android in both visual and operational terms. The latest versions of the tool already include features integrated into Pixel Launcher and Android Nougat – the search “pill” instead of the top search bar or a special screen gesture to open the App Drawer, for instance. Recently it’s even gambled on experimental features from the upcoming Android O like dynamic notifications atop app icons. Here we explain how to activate them.

Phishing remains one of the easiest points on entry for malware. In this latest case, a Reddit user has raised the alarm about a fraudulent website called http://шһатѕарр.com/ – note the suspicious characters – that tries to trick WhatsAppers into installing some supposed themes for the chat app, but actually all it does is install scam apps and spams your contacts.

Developers seem to be clueing in on the fact that users like using their smartphones with one hand. Tricky as this seems on hardware with giant 5.5-inch screens, software can provide solutions so you’re not obliged to break out both thumbs. Radial menus are a popular option for this, and in the case of Swiftly Switch you can kill several birds with one stone as its pullout side menu includes your virtual buttons plus your app shortcuts in one place.

An increasing number of apps can’t be downloaded or will simply stop working if they detect root permissions on your system. The latest version of the official Netflix app for Android, for example, can no longer be installed from Google Play on rooted devices. Luckily there are tools and system resources that let you trick apps that scan for root privileges.