The best way to analyze and evaluate a product is by comparing it with other similiar ones. Thus, we place special emphasis on software comparisons. Thanks to Uptodown’s enormous catalogue we can recommend many alternatives for the same task, meaning there is always a better option than that application you thought was the only one of its kind.

February might be the shortest month of the year but that doesn’t mean it can’t serve up a good helping of awesome apps. This week we wanted to highlight a huge update to one of the biggest games on Android, plus other apps deserving of a spot on your home screen.

The daily grind has driven tons of stressed-out fully-grown people back to one of their favorite childhood pastimes: coloring. Coloring books have been getting trendier and trendier for a while now, and there are ever more people spending hours of their free time scribbling into one. If you want to try it but still haven’t dished out for one of the hundreds of books out there plus the pack of colored pencils or crayons, no worries. We think of everything here at Uptodown, and we’ve put together a list of five free Android coloring apps for you to enjoy instantly.

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A small change to a much-played genre can totally shake up the gaming experience. Standard dungeon crawler games involve exploring maps full of narrow halls that you patiently traverse till you find what you’re looking for – usually dodging traps and bad guys along the way. But what if your character moves automatically like in smartphone endless runnersThe answer to this question is a proper noun: Hammer Bomb. This free Android game is one that we absolutely insist you check out.

There’s life beyond Google Play, my friends. In fact, it was precisely in that bubbling cauldron that Uptodown was brewed, betting in recent years for a distribution model that might sound far-fetched given how monopolized the Android app market is. Just in 2016, 1.2 billion Uptodown users have downloaded 2 billion apps for Android alone. The numbers below illustrate some of the trends and hits on Android over the last year.

Though most Android apps are free, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re open source or freely distributed. There are tons of quality alternatives to the most popular commercial apps out there. Open source apps are by their very nature more secure and customizable than others of vaguer origins. The website Droid-Break has compiled the best free open source apps for Android. These are some of our faves from among its recommendations.

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If there’s one genre that’s managed to eclipse eSports games from the position they’ve boasted, without question it’s MOBAs (sorry, strategy and FPS, we still love you). With League of Legends and DOTA 2 at the forefront, this sub-genre has endured since our PC gaming days and shows no signs of running out of steam. Developers have even tried to take it to other platforms, with variable success. In the case of Android, few games have managed to create even a remotely decent experience for touch devices. There are a few good ones, though. This is our selection of the most successful MOBAs for Android.

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GIFs have never been more popular than they are today. It feels like we’ve been seeing them for centuries already: since the old days of Geocities and the different “under construction” GIFs to meme classics like the legendary ytmnd. Their recent arrival to WhatsApp has consecrated the GIF as the current mass communication trope par excellence. So much so that even Google has added a GIF key to the latest update to its popular keyboard. We’ve talked before about how to create GIFs with YouTube and now we present the best Android apps for creating animated GIFs.

Christmas is probably one of my favorite times of year. The season of family reunions, reconnecting with friends, good laughs, and giving and getting gifts. All that’s great – except when you have to buy a whole bunch of stuff for a whole bunch of people. That’s when the Christmas stress kicks in, as it’s easy to lose track of what you should be buying and for whom. Or get lots of ideas for someone and then never end up buying them what you’ve thought. Total chaos. Chaos with jingle bells and Mariah Carey, but still chaos. Luckily there’s a bunch of free Android apps that will save your skin when it comes to planning your Christmas shopping.

Recently we celebrated the arrival of a new version of AirDroid, which is probably the best app out there for controlling your Android from a PC. It was a welcome change given that its new interface conforms to Material Design standards. Everything was going fine until Zimperium, a firm focused on business mobile security, detected problems that put users’ data at risk. Panic spread like wildfire, although the ensuing days have shown that it might not be quite so big of a deal. [Editor’s Update: The security issues have been resolved as of December 15.] We get, though, that you might still have worries about AirDroid – heck, I do myself – so here are four alternatives (plus an extra) to this popular app.

The advent of services like Netflix and HBO here in Spain has meant that we the people are no longer so reluctant to reach into our pockets to consume video media online – which was basically unthinkable until relatively recently. Still, digital media piracy remains rampant. That’s why the fact that there are places where you can watch movies for free – and legally – is sure to be a lifesaver for lots of people. Today we’ve got a list for you with a bunch of sites where you can enjoy video media without worrying about a thing.