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.
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.
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.
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.
The digital music revolution has meant that collectively we buy fewer and fewer physical albums every year. While everything has its advantages and disadvantages, one of the things I most enjoy when I’ve got a CD in my hands is reading the lyrics while I listen to a song. Whether I end up singing along out loud or just in my own head, squeezing every drop out of CD inserts is something I’ve done all my life.
Between Black Friday and the coming holidays it’s very likely that lots of you will get a new smartphone, leaving your former device orphaned and quite possibly abandoned at the bottom of your junk drawer. But at this point basically any Android is powerful and versatile enough to have a second life without even needing a SIM card. Here are 10 possible uses for your old Android.
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn! Ahem. Sorry. No, I wasn’t choking on my tongue there. Bad jokes aside, talking about the Cthulhu Mythos game is talking about one of the most important collections of horror literature in history. Stories where monstrous gods older than time itself spy on our reality and attack our sanity. This isn’t your traditional horror – more like fear of the illogical, of that which surpasses human thought. The popularity of the Cthulhu Mythos has grown inexorably with the passage of time and, like anything these days, it now boasts its own transmedia empire of related products. And obviously some of them are video games.