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.

If there’s one meme that’s endured the test of time it’s the universally hated Troll Face. It tends to show up whenever anybody’s getting trolled and its origins extend back to the end of the Noughties when tons of webcomics used Troll Face in endless posts. Today it’s become the insignia of sites like 4chan, Reddit, and 9GAG. Its success has been pretty stunning, extending to all sorts of merchandise, videos, and games. And games are exactly what we’re blogging about today – in particular the Android saga Troll Face Quest, a series of themed puzzles where the art of trolling is law.

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When it comes to personalization, the Android OS is terrific thanks to the growing popularity of launchers – not to mention the multiple layers of manufacturer customization on each different device. Still, though, there are tons of free apps out there that add both visual and functional upgrades to your phone or tablet without requiring complicated setup processes – and all free, to boot. Today’s list brings together eight apps to make changes that run the gamut from which items appear in your notifications bar, to how buttons behave on your device.

The growth of arcade games in our Android catalogue seems unstoppable. Games of this sort appear endlessly and we’ve gotta say their originality isn’t always that outstanding, what with all the clones and ripoffs. That’s why when we come across a title that really shines, we fall over ourselves to introduce our readers to it. Which is exactly the case with Paper Wings: you can’t miss this title for its interesting gameplay and refined graphic style.

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.