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Nemamark 3 is an oddly fascinating but also hilariously terrible benchmark app

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 04:21 PM PDT

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Benchmarking applications like 3DMark and PassMark are great for scoring the graphics or computational power of a given device. Nenamark 2 was a popular choice for benchmarking graphics back in the day, and five years after Nemamark 2 launched, Nenamark 3 has arrived. It's not clear why.

I hesitate to even call Nenamark 3 a benchmarking app. It's designed like a game - the benchmark proceeds through levels, each level having up to four tests.

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Nemamark 3 is an oddly fascinating but also hilariously terrible benchmark app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Twitter rolls out Quality Filter to keep your feed clean

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 03:54 PM PDT

Twitter is rolling out a new feature to everyone called the Quality Filter. This feature was previously tested out last year, but now it's coming to everyone who wants to use it.

Its purpose is to filter out low-quality tweets like duplicates and automated content. It won't affect the tweets of those you follow or have interacted with, and will get better over time.

The feature is optional, so you can turn it on or off as you please. But it may be worth giving it a shot if you find yourself scrolling through a lot of low-quality tweets every day. Try it out and let us know how you like it!


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Nextbit Robin down to $199 on Amazon

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 03:54 PM PDT

Amazon has a pretty great deal on the Nextbit Robin today. Instead of paying the normal $399 for the device or the $299 price that's currently on the Nextbit site, it's only $199 on Amazon in either Mint or Midnight.

The device is unique in that it comes with 100GB of cloud storage and it automatically backs stuff up to the cloud so your 32GB built in storage never runs out. The Robin also features a 5.2-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, a fingerprint sensor, and NFC.

If you're interested in the device, hit the source link. The package with a charger included will cost you an extra $20.79 and isn't available with Prime, so you'll have to get your own charger. If you really want the limited edition red model, you'll have to drop an extra $100 on Nextbit's site.


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FordVR brings behind-the-scenes VR racing videos to your phone

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 03:41 PM PDT

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Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee, I really wish I could watch Ford™ virtual reality experiences on my phone"? Me neither, but someone out there must be at least mildly interested, even if they are an executive at Ford.

All joking aside, FordVR is a new application that provides "an extraordinary new virtual reality experience that's the closest thing to the real thing," according to the app's description. Upon downloading the app, you are greeted with the one video currently available in FordVR - "The Return to Le Mans." Even if you're not at all into sport car racing, it should still be interesting.

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FordVR brings behind-the-scenes VR racing videos to your phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Game Review] Deus Ex GO: An engaging mobile take on a fantastic franchise

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 03:41 PM PDT

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Following a surprisingly fun couple of mobile titles, Deus Ex GO takes Square Enix's formula for adapting its popular AAA series to handheld devices and brings it to the delightful Deus Ex Universe. This turn-based "point-and-click" style board game shares precious little with its cyberpunk dystopian source material (which happens to be one of my favorite franchises). However, that is not to say it is a bad thing, as the fanboy in me screams to claim.

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[Game Review] Deus Ex GO: An engaging mobile take on a fantastic franchise was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 10 new Android games this week: Dues Ex GO, Infinity Duels

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 01:04 PM PDT

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Secret of the Cores

DescriptionShoot and manoeuvre your way through the challenging perils of space. Upgrade your ship and venture further into the unknown as you explore a gripping story with twists and turns and characters that definitely aren't all voiced by one guy!

 

Thief Princess

DescriptionYou are a damsel in distress, but there is no hero coming for you. It is up to you to save yourself . Steal enough treasure for your hag master and she will set you free, or will she go back on her word? In this cutthroat stealth rogue-like.

 

Infinity Duels

DescriptionDesperate fight of a family that has been led generation after generation. As usual, a warrior continues to walk on the endless road of revenge for his father. Since the day some warrior got killed by gigantic monster, the story of a cursed family begins..

 

The Giant Drop

DescriptionThe Giant Drop is a new endless jumper game. You don't have to switch or match colors, but don't be fooled this game is no less colorful. Great graphic attention has gone into the design of this at times impossible game. How far can you get through the endless labyrinth of geometric shapes.

 

Satellina Zero

DescriptionIn this fast-paced, addictive follow-up to the indie hit Satellina, swipe and tap to collect a stream of colorful descending particles, generating original soundscapes as you go. Get into a flow to beat your score, unlock new colors and music, and reach ever more dangerous speeds.

 

Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.apk

Description: Taking place during the first season of USA Network's Golden Globe Award-winning drama, you find a smart phone on the ground outside the Fun Society Arcade at Coney Island. Little do you know that the phone belongs to Darlene, a black hat hacker who's about to commit the biggest cybercrime the world has ever seen… and she needs her phone back to do it.

 

Steppy Pants

Description: Steppy Pants, the most realistic walking simulator you'll play this year! Keep your cool when faced with insurmountable odds, like reckless drivers and an inexplicable inability to step on sidewalk cracks.

 

Rivals Masters

Description: The breakaway hit Rivals Masters returns with more dynamic arcade racing road trip. Hop in the sports elite car of your dreams and race down the legendary high speed highways in Rivals Masters! Rivals Masters is a milestone in the genre of endless arcade racing.

 

Deus Ex GO

Description: FROM THE MAKERS OF AWARD-WINNING HITMAN GO AND LARA CROFT GO COMES A NEW STEALTH CYBERPUNK ADVENTURE. Deus Ex GO is a turn-based puzzle infiltration stealth game set in a stylized interpretation of the Deus Ex Universe.

 

It's a Space Thing

DescriptionIn Just Bones, you play the role of a skeleton who wants to become human again. The goal is to collect bones and useful tools in order to make your way back home and restore your body back to its original appearance – but beware of dangers and puzzles that lie in your way!

 


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Android 7.0 Nougat could arrive on August 22

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 12:19 PM PDT

Up to this point, the official release date for Android 7.0 Nougat has been a mystery, but the wait for the next version of Android could be coming to an end very soon, at least as far as Nexus owners are concerned.

Two very distinct clues have surfaced that suggest Nougat will launch next Monday, August 22. Upgrade information posted by Canadian carrier Telus suggests that the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will start receiving Android 7.0 updates on August 22.

Telus was spot-on last year with its software update schedule with Android Marshmallow, so it's likely the carrier is correct this year, too.

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On top of that, the recently announced Android 7.0 preview program in South Korea for LG G5 owners starts on Monday, August 22.

Nexus devices will be the first to get Android 7.0 Nougat, including the aforementioned Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. As for non-Nexus devices, we know the LG V20 will debut on September 6 with Android 7.0 on board. Google will likely unveil new Nexus smartphones sometime after that, which will launch with Android Nougat preinstalled.

Are you eagerly anticipating the release of Android 7.0?


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Twitter is getting more granular notification settings including a 'quality filter'

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 12:11 PM PDT

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Twitter has announced a pair of new features that will be live in the official app and web interface soon. Both are aimed at improving the notification experience and making Twitter a little less annoying to use. You'll be able to control which notifications you see, and there's a filter that allegedly removes low-quality tweets. I have to wonder how well that works.

The general notification options will now have an setting to limit your alerts to just the people you follow.

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Twitter is getting more granular notification settings including a 'quality filter' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google prepares the way for WebAPKs and Progressive Web Apps in latest Chromium for Android build

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 10:56 AM PDT

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Google's very hot on the whole web apps topic, with it promoting things like Chrome Apps on both Chrome OS and Android, as well as things like Instant Apps, introduced earlier this year at I/O. Well, it seems like Google is preparing another web app assault, this time with 'Progressive Web Apps,' a way to make web apps more powerful and useful to end users, plus make it easier for developers to put together a web-based app.

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Google prepares the way for WebAPKs and Progressive Web Apps in latest Chromium for Android build was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sprint unveils Unlimited Freedom plan starting at $60 per month

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 09:14 AM PDT

Sprint is hot on T-Mobile's heels, as the Now Network is officially announcing its own brand new unlimited plan. This one's called "Unlimited Freedom," and it shares several similarities to T-Mobile's new plan.

Unlimited Freedom will be available beginning Friday, August 19. With it, customers will get access to unlimited data, messaging, and minutes. But there are caveats. Sprint will be "streamlining" data used for video, music, and gaming, so that some content is capped. Specifically, video content will be capped at 480p while streaming over the LTE network, music will be capped at 500Kbps, and games will be capped at 2Mbps. Sprint says it will offer "unlimited LTE data for most everything else." Sprint will also offer 5GB of high-speed mobile hotspot data usage for good measure.

As far as pricing goes, Sprint's fist line with Unlimited Freedom will cost $60 per month. The second line costs $40 per month. After that, lines 3 through 10 will cost $30 per month. Sprint says a family of four can get Unlimited Freedom access for $160 per month, but notes this price does not include taxes, fees, or device payments.

Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand is also getting a shakeup called "Unlimited Unhook'd." The plan will start at $50 per month, and Boost customers will get unlimited talk, text, and unlimited data for most things, while video and music will be optimized. Any additional lines cost $30 per month, up to five lines. The prepaid option will also offer a starter line which costs $30 per month and includes unlimited talk, text, and 1 GB of LTE.

T-Mobile and Sprint are buckling down on unlimited data, but the caveats are hard to ignore. What do you think?


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T-Mobile One offers unlimited data, messaging, and minutes, plus other Un-carrier perks

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 09:14 AM PDT

T-Mobile this morning announced its Un-carrier 12 details, but it did so without much fanfare this time around, even though it's potentially one of the biggest announcements Magenta has made to date.

T-Mobile has been striving to be the "Un-carrier" for quite some time now, and with its 12th major announcement, it's certainly revealed one of its bigger plan changes. The new plan is called T-Mobile One, and with it, you get all-you-can-eat high-speed data on top of unlimited data and messaging. T-Mobile One also includes other Un-carrier perks, including T-Mobile Tuesdays, Stock Up, Global Freedom, Mobile Without Borders, Wi-Fi Unleashed, and Carrier Freedom.

T-Mobile One offers unlimited standard definition video streaming and unlimited hotspot usage, but that hotspot usage is only at 2G speeds.

T-Mobile One's cost breaks down like this: $70 for the first line, and then another $50 to add a second line. After that, it's $20 per line, up to a total of eight lines. A family of four can subscribe to T-Mobile One for $160 per month.

There are add-ons to be aware of. First, if a T-Mobile One subscriber wants to stream high definition video on the LTE network, that's an extra $25 per line per month. Customers can get unlimited LTE data for their tablet for only $20 per month if they pair it with a plan that has a phone as well, or it's $70 per month if the tablet is by itself. Customers that want LTE mobile hotspot can get that with 5GB of high-speed usage per month for $15 per month. Adding a wearable to the T-Mobile One plan is $5 per month.

Finally, T-Mobile does have a ceiling for data access. The network says anyone that goes over 26GB of data in a monthly billing cycle could be throttled back to 2G speeds when the network is congested.

T-Mobile One will be available beginning September 6. T-Mobile says current customers can stay on their current plans if they don't want to switch to the new T-Mobile One plan.


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Automatic Pro brings 3G car tracking and IFTTT support for $129.95

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 09:06 AM PDT

automaticThe original Automatic was a $100 adapter that connected to your car's ODB II port and synced with the Automatic companion app. The original model wasn't incredibly useful for the price, it tried to help users with tracking road trips and speeding warnings, but it received mixed reviews.

Automatic is back at it again with the Automatic Pro, yours for the taking at $129.95. It's more expensive than the first model, but at least in my opinion, a much better deal.

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Automatic Pro brings 3G car tracking and IFTTT support for $129.95 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Duo review: When video calls are this simple, I will surely use them more

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 06:16 AM PDT

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Of the two communication apps that Google announced at I/O, Duo surely seemed like the less interesting one. Video calls have been done again and again, and by now, if you have someone you want to talk to and see at the same time, odds are you already have your preferred way of doing that. But my last few days with Duo have shown me another side to the story. Duo isn't trying to revolutionize video calls, it just wants to approach them from a more modern perspective, one that builds on our smartphone-carrying habits, our needs for immediacy, and our disdain for complexity.

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Google Duo review: When video calls are this simple, I will surely use them more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Huawei Nexus 6P Now Sold Out On The Google Store

Posted: 17 Aug 2016 11:26 PM PDT

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The Nexus 6P was released only 11 months ago to the public, touting a premium aluminum build with top of the line specs running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Now it's time to say farewell.

The Nexus 6P, regardless of colour and storage option, is officially sold out on the Google Store. Its sister device, the Nexus 5X is still in stock but even that is quite limited in selection. MobileSyrup confirms that Google has no plans to restock the phone in Canada, so I'm sure everyone knows what that means, right? The new Nexus phones must be just around the corner.

Android 7.0 Nougat is expected to release by the end of this month with Sailfish and Marlin appearing shortly after.

[Google Store / MobileSyrup]

The post Huawei Nexus 6P Now Sold Out On The Google Store appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Android Pay expands to 42 more banks and credit unions in the US and Australia

Posted: 17 Aug 2016 06:31 PM PDT

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Android Pay has been gaining support for a ton of banks and credit unions lately, and 42 more have just been added. Most of these banks and credit unions are local ones most of us haven't ever heard of, but hey, maybe your local bank is included. No, Chase isn't on here; I double-checked. There are a few Australian banks and credit unions on here as well.

Newly Supported Banks and Credit Unions:

US

  1. Alma Bank
  2. Altura Credit Union
  3. Bank of Winnefield and Trust Company
  4. Campus USA Credit Union
  5. CASE Credit Union
  6. Centra Credit Union
  7. Chartway Federal Credit Union
  8. DuPont Community Credit Union
  9. East Wisconsin Savings Bank
  10. Evansville Teachers FCU
  11. Farmers & Merchants Bank
  12. First National Bank of Granbury
  13. Indiana Members Credit Union
  14. Johnson Bank
  15. Kennebec Savings Bank
  16. Lake City Bank
  17. Maine Savings Federal Credit Union
  18. MERCO Credit Union
  19. MidFirst Bank
  20. Nebo Credit Union
  21. Newaygo County Service Employees Credit Union
  22. Northern Bank & Trust
  23. OUR Credit Union
  24. ProFed Federal Credit Union
  25. Raleigh County Federal Credit Union
  26. Salem Five Cents Savings Bank
  27. Technology Credit Union (Tech CU)
  28. The Bank of Greene County
  29. The Tennessee Credit Union
  30. Tinker Federal Credit Union
  31. Titonka Savings Bank
  32. UBS
  33. Wildfire CU
  34. Winnsboro State Bank
  35. Winthrop Area Federal Credit Union
  36. Wright-Patt Credit Union

Australia

  1. Big Sky Building Society Limited
  2. Catalyst Money
  3. Defence Bank Limited
  4. Illawarra Credit Union
  5. Northern Beaches Credit Union
  6. Police Bank Limited
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Android Pay expands to 42 more banks and credit unions in the US and Australia was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Now-powered New Tab Page is coming to Chrome

Posted: 17 Aug 2016 04:21 PM PDT

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Google makes frequent changes to the New Tab Page in Chrome, and they show up first in Chrome Dev. It's looks now like Google is toying with a New Tab Page powered by Google Now, and you can take a look at it right now in Chrome Dev. You might need to toggle a flag, but it seems to be live for everyone. It also works a little bit in Chrome Beta, but not at all in stable.

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Google Now-powered New Tab Page is coming to Chrome was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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FreedomPop offering free mobile plan with unlimited WhatsApp usage

Posted: 17 Aug 2016 04:14 PM PDT

FreedomPop is known for offering extremely limited but free cell service for those who don't use their phones much. You can't argue with free! Today the company unveiled a new plan, and it's far more useful than the previous ones.

The new plan offers 200MB of data and 100 minutes of calls for free. This is less than the regular plan, which offers 500MB/200 minutes/200 texts, but has the big benefit of unlimited WhatsApp use.

WhatsApp can do both calls and texts, and if all your friends and family use WhatsApp, this can save you a huge amount of money. And of course, you can pay extra for more minutes and data if you need them, but a free plan like this could be great.

There is the concern of net neutrality. This is something to think about. Just because it's beneficial to the customer doesn't mean it isn't against net neutrality. But many will ignore this, as the deal might be too good to pass up.

If you're interested, hit the source link to get yourself a FreedomPop WhatsApp SIM card and let us know what you think in the comments!


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How to get more for your money with Amazon Coins and the Amazon Appstore

Posted: 17 Aug 2016 04:14 PM PDT

We all want to make the most of our money — and the same definitely applies when playing the mobile games that we love. Amazon Coins are a great way of ensuring that our hard earned dollars are used most efficiently for apps, games and in-app purchases from the Amazon Appstore.

Let's explore how…

What are Amazon Coins?

Simply put, Amazon Coins are a form of digital currency that allows you to buy select Android apps, games and in-game items — 100 coins = $1. Amazon Coins are spent, like money, on many apps and games from the Amazon Appstore for Android and Fire tablets.

The major benefit to using Amazon Coins over your credit/debit card is the saving potential. While 100 coins is equivalent to a $1 value, Amazon Coins can be purchased for up to 25% off the real world value — the more Coins you buy, the greater the discount.

What_are_coinsFor example, 5,000 Amazon Coins has a value of $50 but can currently be purchased for $41. This means you have $50 to spend on games and in-app purchases but this has only cost you $41 dollars of hard earned cash — a $9 (18%) saving. If you are a regular purchaser of in-game items or like purchasing new apps and games, you can use your Amazon Coins and benefit from the savings you made when buying the Coins.

Amazon Coins can be purchased on the web, through the Amazon app or directly within eligible title downloaded through the Amazon Appstore meaning you are always ready to make the most of those dollar to Coin exchange rates.

How to install the Amazon Appstore for Android

If you haven't already got the Amazon Appstore installed on your Android device, you will first need to follow the below:

  1. Go to your device's Settings > Security menu and ensure Unknown Sources is enabled.
  2. Follow this link to download the Amazon Appstore file.
  3. Head to your device's Downloads and tap the "Amazon_App.apk" file.
  4. Follow the prompts to install, shown below.
  5. You'll now see the Amazon Underground app installed — Amazon's combined Shopping app and Appstore app.

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Within the Amazon Underground app, you can search for and install apps within the Amazon Appstore. You will also be prompted to add a shortcut to the Amazon Appstore on your device homescreen so you are then just one tap away from the latest deals.
Purchases of many apps and games — as well as the eligible in-app purchases within — can then be made using Amazon Coins.

You can also follow the above instructions in order to get the Amazon Appstore on your PC by running an Android emulator like Bluestacks, Andy or Leapdroid — and then continue to use your Amazon Coins there.

Syncing your game progress

Understandably, you may be apprehensive about installing the Amazon Appstore version of your favorite games for fear of losing your game progress. While you may be drawn to the Amazon Coins' savings, it's not worth sacrificing your Game of War career for.
Fortunately, you don't have to choose between the two if you follow the below:

  1. Back up your game progress. This will vary based on the game you are playing, but most use either Facebook or another third-party system for saving game data. For Candy Crush Saga, as an example, your data can be saved via Facebook. If you're a Game of War player, you're going to want to create an MZ Account in order to save and sync your progress.
  2. Uninstall the Google Play version of the game.
  3. Search for the desired title in the Amazon Appstore and install the game.
  4. Sign back in with your account and pick up where you left off.

Once you have the Amazon Appstore version installed, you can begin using Amazon Coins for purchases and benefit from savings.

Even more from the Amazon Appstore and Amazon Coins

Where_do_I_use_coinsAs well as allowing you to get more for your money with up to 25% savings on Amazon Coin purchases, there are special offers available through the Amazon Appstore and its apps.

Often, you can earn Amazon Coins back when playing, downloading or making purchases within particular apps and games. Amazon Coins back offers may be available for in-app purchases, meaning you spend even less on your favorite games. Amazon keeps an updated list of all the games currently offering Coins back deals which updates weekly to show the apps with offers. To claim these Coins back, simply make the appropriate in-app purchase using Amazon Coins or your credit/debit card and the Coins you would receive back from that offer will be credited to your account — when combined with the original purchase price discount of your Coins, you can easily see some serious savings over regular in-app purchases made within the Google Play app using your credit card.

The Amazon Underground app also features a number of "Actually Free" apps and games that can be downloaded at no cost and with all in-app purchases available for free too. There are some popular apps on the list; so it's worth checking that out.

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