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[New Game] Warhammer 40,000: Carnage Drops Into Google Play Armed With Chainswords And In-App Purchases

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 10:07 AM PDT

w Attention marine, there's a war to be fought, and those orcs aren't going to just kill themselves. Oh... but, did you bring any money? Because we're going to need that. What? Chainsword fuel is expensive. But in seriousness, we were in need of a more traditional Warhammer game after the tower defense-style Storm of Vengeance came out, and Carnage might be it.




This is a side-scrolling action game set on the planet Mithra.





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[New App] Garmin Launches Víago, A GPS App With Offline Navigation, Live Traffic Info, 'Real' Directions, And Other IAPs Currently 50% Off

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 10:07 AM PDT

Viago-Thumb Dedicated GPS units have taken a hit since people started cramming turn-by-turn navigation into their smartphones, but if you do happen to stumble across one in stores somewhere, there's a decent chance Garmin's name is on it. As one of the more ubiquitous brands in the field, the company carries some weight. So when it releases a new navigation app, it's worth taking notice. Víago is far from the first app Garmin has dropped into the Play Store, nor is it even the company's first navigation app, but upon first impressions, it looks like quite the improvement over its previous efforts.





[New App] Garmin Launches Víago, A GPS App With Offline Navigation, Live Traffic Info, 'Real' Directions, And Other IAPs Currently 50% Off was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Samsung files trademark application for Samsung Gear VR

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 10:05 AM PDT

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Samsung was reported to be working on a new virtual reality headset with the help of Oculus VR and while we know they want to get the device to market as quickly as possibly, there has been no information about a possible timeframe. A new application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggests Samsung is moving quickly as they have filed for trademark protection on the term "SAMSUNG GEAR VR". Considered in light of their Gear 2 and Gear Fit devices, it seems Samsung is ready to slap the "Gear" moniker on any wearable device they produce.


Some sources have speculated Samsung may have the device ready to launch in conjunction with the Galaxy Note 4 later this year. Thanks to the partnership between Samsung and Oculus VR, with Samsung handling hardware while Oculus VR takes care of the software, such a timeline may be feasible.


source: USPTO

via: SamMobile




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Sunrise calendar adds dates from Evernote, Tripit, and more

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 09:47 AM PDT






The highly polished calendar app Sunrise has been updated to include plug-ins from a bunch of outside web services. At launch, Foursquare was a nice addition, but now Evernote reminders can show up in Sunrise, as well as Tripit information for your next flight, and more niche services like Songkick to see when and where local concerts are happening, and deadline syncing for GitHub and Asana.





















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The 9 best radio Android apps

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 09:44 AM PDT

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Even though we have things like music-on-demand with apps like Spotify and we can buy any song any time from places like iTunes and the Google Play Store, a lot of us still like to listen to the radio. It's low maintenance so you just turn it on and it goes by itself. It's great background noise for when you're working and it's still among the best ways to discover new music. Are there great ways to listen to the radio on Android? The answer is yes and here are our best radio Android app selections.




Pandora Internet Radio Android appsPandora internet radio


[Price: Free]

First up is the venerable Pandora internet radio. This was one of the originals to offer this kind of service. You can create your own stations or listen to ones that have already been made. It features just short of a million songs and you can get all of that for free if you don't mind ads. There is also a daily skip limit so make sure you only skip the songs you really dislike.



C'mon, everyone else is using it!




PROS


  • A decent track library.

  • Pretty much all features come on the free version.

  • Creating, deleting, and listening to stations is very easy.

  • Its very popular. You likely know someone who uses Pandora.




CONS


  • Ads are fine but the daily skip limit is annoying.

  • Smaller track library than most competitors.

  • No FM stations and no talk radio.






7.5

This is a great free option and it's very easy to use.






Pandora internet radio Android


iheartradio radio android appsiHeartRadio – Internet Radio


[Price: Free]

iHeartRadio is another very popular option but this one more closely emulates real radio. Not only does it offer over 18 million songs to listen to but it also has talk radio selections for news, sports, finance, comedy, and entertainment. It even includes some FM and AM radio stations if you need those.



It may even be better than real radio.




PROS


  • Contains a boat load of music stations and talk radio stations.

  • Totally free to use with ads just like real radio.

  • Radio selections for your tastes, including seasonal and holiday channels.

  • Actual FM and AM radio stations can be found here.

  • App keeps up on the latest in Android design elements.

  • Custom stations supported




CONS


  • Has a history of using the same commercials over and over again.

  • Has the occasional bug here and there.






9.0

iHeartRadio is the essential radio Android app for all radio fans, not just music fans.






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Internet Radio Android appInternet Radio


[Price: Free with in app purchases]

Internet Radio is the most aptly named app we've ever seen. It also happens to be fairly good at playing radio stations over the internet. This is one of the few selections on this list that supports radio stations from other countries so if you wanna listen to Russia's top 40 hits of 2014 you can certainly do that. It also includes some features as in app purchases such as radio recording and a sleep timer to turn it off after a while.



Less diverse in some ways, more diverse in others.




PROS


  • Includes real AM and FM radio stations from multiple countries.

  • One of the few selections that offers radio recording.

  • Categorically sorted.




CONS


  • The design is a little antiquated.

  • No custom radio stations.






6.5

It's not as diverse in some areas but much more diverse in others and it's free to use!






Internet Radio Android app


Live365 Internet Radio Android appLive365 Radio


[Price: Free]

Live365 Radio is unique because it's not automated stations like you'd get with Pandora or even iHeartRadio to a degree. Every station is managed by a person who picks the playlists and runs their own thing. It features over 250 genres of music although you don't have access to all of them unless you participate in their subscription service. If you do, though, the ads are also removed and that's always a good thing.



Something a little different.




PROS


  • Individually managed radio stations is a cool idea.

  • Over 200 genres of music to choose from.

  • Free to use with ads.




CONS


  • Developers go long periods without updates.

  • Some app issues have been reported like difficulty turning the app off.

  • You don't have access to every station until you buy the subscription service.






6.0

If this looks like your cup of tea, click the button!









Radio FM Android appRadio FM


[Price: Free]

Radio FM is another more classic radio option. It contains 10,000 radio stations across multiple countries and gives you a selection of music or talk radio. It is very much like a radio directory rather than something like Pandora so that means if you need to search by genre or something like that you won't be able to. It's free to use so that's a big plus.



A directory of radio stations.




PROS


  • Over 10,000 FM and AM stations available.

  • Stations for multiple countries.

  • Music and talk radio available.

  • It's free!




CONS


  • The interface is easy to use but not much of a looker.

  • No customized radio. Stations only.

  • Some stations are unavailable for various reasons such as country restrictions. They're still listed but you can't use them.






7.0

Overall if you need something simple then Radio FM may be for you.






Radio FM internet radio android app


Rdio radio Android apps - Google Play WeeklyRdio


[Price: Free]

Rdio is another option that is much like Pandora. It has 20 million songs available and you can either listen to pre-made stations or create your own using your favorite artist or genre. It also includes features like offline syncing, social integration, and giving you access to your listening history so you don't have to remember what songs you just listening to.





PROS


  • 20 million songs is about 20 times more than Pandora.

  • Create your own stations or listen to pre-made ones.

  • Listening history makes it easy to remember the songs you liked.

  • Offline syncing is useful if you're about to lose connection.




CONS


  • The app has a history with bugs so be on the look out.

  • No FM or AM radio stations.

  • No talk radio.






7.0

It's free to try with a $9.99 subscription if you choose to use it. Use the button below to get started.






Rdio radio Android apps


SKY.FM Radio Android appsSKY.FM Internet Radio


[Price: Free]

SKY.FM is another interesting case because it only has 60 radio stations. However, each station is individually managed by a person who is reportedly an expert in the genre itself. That means that each station is not only manually maintained by someone but it is maintained by someone who actually likes the music they're putting on the radio waves. That means no talk radio and the channel selection is very slim so don't go into it thinking you have another Pandora here.



What it does, it does well. It just doesn't do all that much.




PROS


  • Each station is manually managed which is way better than randomly picked by computer algorithms.

  • Despite having only 60 channels, there is a fairly diverse set of genres to enjoy including music from other countries.

  • It's a very simple, no-nonsense application.




CONS


  • It only has 60 channels.

  • No talk radio.

  • No AM or FM stations.






6.0

It's not the most diverse music radio application but what it does have is pretty awesome.






SKY.FM Internet Radio Android apps


TuneIn Radio Android appsTuneIn Radio


[Price: Free]

TuneIn Radio is one of the most popular apps on this list. It focuses more on talk radio, podcasts, and things like that rather than music so if you're looking for a substitute for pretty much all of AM radio then this is it. It does contain real radio stations as well which is a bonus for those of you who want your FM radio.



It can do music but it's way better at talk radio.




PROS


  • Over 100,000 channels, stations, and podcasts.

  • Simple, clean interface.

  • Free to use!

  • New content pops up rather frequently.

  • FM and AM radio stations.




CONS


  • It has a lot of music stations but it doesn't feel like it's made for that.

  • If you don't like talk radio, you probably won't like this.

  • Developers like to do this thing where the app is great, then they update it and it's terrible, then they update it and it's great again.






7.5

If you like music, it can do that but it's real talent is talk radio.






TuneIn Radio Android apps


Xiialive Internet Radio Android appXiiaLive – Internet Radio


[Price: Free]

Last on our list is a lesser known option called XiiaLive Internet Radio. It sports a 4.5 rating in the Google Play Store and despite having a lot of downloads, it's an application that few people actually talk about. It features 50,000 stations that range from music to talk. It's powered by SHOUTcast and those of you who are new to the internet may not remember what that is. XiiaLive also includes some music player style features like an equalizer.



A diamond in the rough.




PROS


  • Over 50,000 radio stations.

  • Music and talk radio available.

  • A lot of external features like an equalizer, adding your own URL for podcasts, and more.

  • Can double as a standalone music player for your music. Two birds one stone!




CONS


  • No AM or FM radio stations.

  • Some features (like rewind) only work for some stations.

  • Developed by Nullsoft who developed Winamp. We all know what happened to Winamp.






7.0

Not a lot of people talk about this and we don't know why.









Wrap up


There are a bunch of awesome radio selections out there so if we missed a great radio Android app then let us know in the comments below!




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Pressy finally begins shipping to Kickstarter backers

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 08:40 AM PDT

5b9c95a89a0d73f127b922a98503d512_large Pressy, the innovative Android add-on that adds a physical button to your headphone jack, has finally begun shipping to Kickstarter backers. The news comes more than 8 months after Pressy secured almost $700,000 — ten times its original $40,000 goal — in funding from supporters. If you're unfamiliar with Pressy, it's a wonderful little device



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Samsung-backed Terrain Home launcher pulls in personalized cards with a swipe

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 08:40 AM PDT





Terrain Home is a new Android launcher coming out of startup house Samsung Accelerator. Users set up a sidebar with personalized content in tailor-made cards, such as news feeds from a variety of high-profile publications, weather, calendar appointments, and favorite contacts. A single swipe brings up a search bar which can quickly find local and online content, and another Google Now-style swipe brings up the sidebar. An upcoming SDK based on web languages will allow developers to plug their own apps into Terrain Home as well.





















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Cyanogen Theme Showcase app now available from Google Play

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 08:19 AM PDT

cm theme showcase app


As promised, CyanogenMod has released their Cyanogen Theme Showcase in the Google Play Store. The app serves to highlight themes made for the CyanogenMod theme engine, which will be featured on the OnePlus One and all the latest versions of CyanogenMod.


The app itself is quite clean, simple and neat, and does a great job highlighting some awesome themes. And there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach here: you can mix and match icon packs, wallpapers, widgets and more as you see fit.


The problem? Not enough themes. There aren't quite that many to start, though we know CyanogenMod has been working hard to court theme designers to submit their wares. We're sure the list will increase quite a bit in the weeks and months to come. Doesn't hurt to have the app right now, though, so find it at the link ahead if you are interested.






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The best in PC gaming finally arrives for your tablet

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 08:18 AM PDT

Now you can play huge PC games right on this mobile device, and soon on your iPad mini. If you're ready to play big-name triple-A PC games on a mobile tablet, gaming companies WikiPad and OnLive have you covered. Using game-streaming technologies from OnLive's CloudLift service, the Wikipad 7 will allow you to play full high-end PC games, both single and multiplayer from any digital download service like Steam. The service will extend



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The top app, device and accessory sales for June 17, 2014

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 07:53 AM PDT






Those Monday blues are now behind us but with another day comes another chance to snag some great deals on apps, devices and accessories. So, let's not waste any time and get right into it, shall we?





















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[New App] Terrain Launcher Promises To Make Your Smartphone Even Smarter

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 07:51 AM PDT

t Your phone probably has a lot of stuff on it, right? Terrain Launcher claims it helps you stay organized like no other launcher. A dubious claim perhaps, but early reviews are positive. Terrain focuses on three features: a sidebar, universal search, and an enhanced app drawer.




Terrain is based around a single home screen panel with links to your most used apps. You can place widgets, but the main way of getting at data outside of apps is the HTML5-based sidebar.





[New App] Terrain Launcher Promises To Make Your Smartphone Even Smarter was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Oyster Launches Its 'Netflix For Books' Service On Android, Brings Over 500,000 Titles Along For The Ride

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 07:51 AM PDT

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The all-you-can-eat subscription service is available for basically everything these days: movies, music, games...and thanks to Oyster, books. For those unfamiliar with Oyster, the gist is very simple – pay $10 a month, read as much as you like. While Oyster has been around since late last year, today marks the launch of the company's Android app.


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The service offers a fairly massive 500,000+ book catalog right out of the gate, and subscribers have access to as many of those as they can consume for $10 a month.





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[New App] Parallels Access Brings A Finger-Friendly Mobile Interface To Remote Desktop Software

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 07:51 AM PDT

unnamed (5) There's really no easy way to remotely access a full desktop machine from a smartphone or tablet, but bless their hearts, the people at Parallels are trying. Their latest product, Parallels Access, attempts to translate remote access into an interface that's more familiar. It crams the basic functions of remote access into a more manageable form, attempting to make the applications on your computer act like Android apps on your phone or tablet.





[New App] Parallels Access Brings A Finger-Friendly Mobile Interface To Remote Desktop Software was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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[New Game] Qvadriga Is An Excellent Tactical Chariot Racing Management Sim Going For $10

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 07:51 AM PDT

Qvadriga-Thumb Forget modern day racing. As dangerous as getting behind the wheel of a car going over 200mph in an oval may be, it doesn't compare to hopping on the back of a chariot being dragged by speeding horses and attacked by spiked wheels. When stepping up to the challenge, planning is every bit as important as fortitude, which is why Qvadriga is as much a strategy game as it is a racing one.





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Pressy is now shipping, and the Android app is sitting in the Google Play Store as promised

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 07:20 AM PDT

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A couple of weeks ago we were saddened to hear that Pressy's app might not be entering the Google Play Store, but Pressy cleared that up as an unfortunate misunderstanding. They've made good on their word — you can now download the app from Google Play.


Of course, you won't be able to use the app without your Pressy as the app requires a unique activation code that ships with each unit. Fortunately those activation codes and the Pressy units themselves aren't far off, as the company has started shipping units as early as yesterday morning.


Nimrod Back expects all Pressy orders to be fully shipped by the end of Business Wednesday. We're told to allow 5-14 business days for delivery, though folks in certain regions could wait up to 21 business days to begin seeing it. We suppose that isn't terrible, though, considering you've been patient enough to wait through some unfortunate delays. Anyone excited to receive their Pressys within the next few weeks?




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Deal of the Day: Mobi Soft Shell Case for Samsung Galaxy S4

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 07:12 AM PDT





Made of a highly durable TPU material that feels great when gripped, the Mobi Soft Shell Case features anti-slip properties that gives your Galaxy S4 more grip on all types of surfaces. Plus, it has a special anti-dust coating and cut-outs for all device features.


The Mobi Soft Shell Case is available for just $3.95, 74% off today only. Colors include blue, purple, pink, smoke and green!


Check out other great deals on Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories at ShopAndroid.com





















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Pressy Units Are Finally Beginning To Ship To Kickstarter Backers, Official Pressy App Now Available In The Play Store

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 07:04 AM PDT

pressythumb OK, Pressy faithful. Your patient waiting, or just possibly your impatient waiting and incessant grumbling (guilty), has finally paid off. According to an email sent to Pressy Kickstarter backers early this morning, the first of the final production devices have left the factory in China and been sorted and shipped out. The rest should be shipped by tomorrow, and depending upon location, Pressy creator Nimrod Black says that it will take 1-3 weeks for the units to arrive to backers.





Pressy Units Are Finally Beginning To Ship To Kickstarter Backers, Official Pressy App Now Available In The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Garmin launches Viago, a new navigation experience at an affordable price

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 06:24 AM PDT






Garmin is a household favorite when it comes to turn-by-turn navigation and has enjoyed continued success with its StreetPilot software, which goes for $30 (or more). Since we're in a more advanced world regarding smartphone technology and components, the company has unveiled Viago, a new app for both Android and iPhones that attempts to bridge the price gap between the premium tag and what consumers usually spend on app stores.





















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Report: Nuance exploring possibility of sale to Samsung

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 06:03 AM PDT

Swype for Android


Some very interesting news broke out of the Wall Street Journal this morning, with the publication reporting that Nuance has been eyeing a possibility of a sale of the company. Even more interesting is that the biggest sales talks with potential buyers has been with Samsung, the company who first popularized Nuance's Swype keyboard.


It'll be a pretty interesting ordeal if true, especially considering Nuance also has strong ties with Apple. The company is largely responsible for Siri's backbone. We're not sure how a sale to Samsung would change things in that regard, but you have to imagine the guys in Cupertino won't be happy if their biggest competitor ends up snatching the rug from the beneath them.


It's worth noting that Samsung isn't the only potential buyer in all this. Wall Street Journal reports that Nuance has also been in talks with private investors, as well as unnamed companies in a number of other industries.


It's important to remember that Nuance isn't responsible for just Swype and Siri — they have the entirety of the impressive Dragon NaturallySpeaking technology under their belts. That makes them a prime target for many big business players.


We're not sure if there will be anything more than money that will influence Nuance's decision, but Samsung should be able to win a moderate bidding war should it come down to that. All that's left to do is wait and see how all of this develops.




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Samsung’s Oculus Rift rival could be named Gear VR

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 05:51 AM PDT

The-Oculus-Rift-headset-i-012 Samsung's scattershot business plan of trying to come out with its own version of whatever tech other companies are working on meant that it was only ever going to be so long before Samsung announced its entry into the virtual reality headset market. Sure enough, last month we reported that the South Korean company is



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O2 adds carrier billing option for UK Play Store

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 04:58 AM PDT






After rolling out a carrier billing service for all purchases made on Samsung's app store earlier this month, UK carrier O2 has announced that it is bringing the service to the Play Store.





















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How to get rid of the LG G3's extra 'G' home screen

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 04:58 AM PDT






Want to disable the LG G3's Smart Bulletin feature? It's just a settings menu away!


Among the LG G3's many new features is Smart Bulletin, an extra home screen page located to the left of all your other home screens. You'll see it represented by a "G" in the scrolling bar of home screens.


By default it's split between the LG Health application and Smart Tips, which gives you hints about features of the phone you might not be using. If's a useful option to have, but fortunately if you find Smart Bulletin isn't for you, it's easy enough to turn off.





















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Cyanogen Theme Showcase launches on Google Play

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 04:58 AM PDT






If you're a Cyanogenmod aficionado and also a fan of getting your theme on, then take note. The new Cyanogen Theme Showcase app has launched on Google Play to help make your customizing even easier. The new app acts as a portal to link CyanogenMod themes on Google Play with the CM's own Theme switcher.





















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Paranoid Android 4.4 RC2 brings improvements across the board

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 04:45 AM PDT

Paranoid Android Header


Paranoid Android's big RC1 release from last week brought a slew of cool features to the public, including Hover, Peek, and Theme Engine. Unfortunately, the release also contained a couple of nasty bugs, including one that caused the Chrome browser to repeatedly force close.


Now Release Candidate 2 of Paranoid Android (based on Android 4.4.3) is out, bringing fixes to the aforementioned bugs, as well as general improvements and tweaks to the ROM's star features.


PA 4.4 RC2 is largely a fix and tweak release, as a proper release candidate should be, but you do get support for Themes extended to more AOSP apps, as well as fixes for components of the systems that were not properly themed in RC1. Hover, Pie, Peek, Quick Settings, and the Theme Engine all received various fixes and improvements that should bring a more consistent and solid user experience. As promised, the PA team is keeping the Theme Engine up to date with the upstream release, which is CyanogenMod's implementation.


For more details on PA 4.4 RC2 check out this Google Plus post. As for downloads, you can get RC2 for all modern Nexus devices here, while legacy devices should catch up in the near future.




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Lumosity brain training app comes to Android

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 04:17 AM PDT

lumosity


Depending on where you live, there's a fairly good chance you've heard about Lumosity, simply because the product is often advertised quite heavily on TV, Hulu and just about anywhere else you look that involves video/TV viewing.


If you've ever considered trying out Lumosity, you may have quickly noticed a roadblock in your way: the app is only for iOS. The good news is that the Android version has finally rolled out to Google Play.


For those that haven't heard of Lumosity, it is billed as a "brain training" program that is in use by over 60 million people across the globe and is reportedly "designed by neuroscientists to train memory, attention and more". Whether the brain training is really all that effective remains a topic of debate, though obviously a number of people swear by the idea.




So how much does it cost to give Lumosity a try? While the app itself is free, getting the full experience requires a subscription (via in-app purchase). The cost of the subscription is $11.95 a month, a $59.95 a year. That's certainly a lot to pay for unproven brain training, but if you're sold on the idea, Lumosity is one of the most well-known brain training brands out there.


What do you think, is Lumosity worth the cost or are you better off spending that money on books and other activities to keep that brain of yours engaged?




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