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- Telltale Games has announced that their Game of Thrones game will be free to download. The various episodes will still cost money but the up-front cost is now zero. They also announced that the final episode is coming next month!
- After a successful iOS launch, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land will be coming to Android here in the next few days. It’s slated for official launch on October 29th and if it’s anything like its iOS counterpart, it’ll be free with in-app purchases.
- Apple Music has been spotted in the wild and we have a potential idea of what the app may look like. Surprisingly, it looks like it’ll adhere to Android’s design guidelines, at least to an extent. There’s still no timeline for an official launch right now and do keep in mind this may not be what the final product looks like.
- YouTube Red was officially announced late last week. The subscription service is $9.99 per month and will include features like an ad-free YouTube experience, screen-off video playback, offline video download, and a complete subscription to Google Play Music All Access. Frankly, that’s an awesome deal. It’ll be launched on October 28th and hopefully no one gets it confused with RedTube.
- On top of YouTube Red, Google also announced a new app called YouTube Music. This will essentially be like YouTube Kids and YouTube Gaming except that it’ll block out all content aside from music-related stuff. Of course, there will be additional features for the app if you subscribe to YouTube Red.
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Xcerpt for Twitter is a new app that lets you quickly and easily create images using webpages. Here’s how it works. You go to a webpage, news article, or whatever you want, then you use the app to capture a snippet of the content you want to share. Then you can have, say, a quote from an article while also still having 140 characters to input your opinion on it. It’s totally free with no in-app purchases and aside from a few early bugs, it seems to work rather well.
Parchi is a Microsoft app that came out of their Garage Project. This one is a lightweight and colorful note taking application that works pretty much like any other note taking application. The unique feature of this app is the ability to add hashtags to your various notes. You can then search the hashtags to find the notes. This is a fun little idea that many of us can pick up and use without thinking too much about how to make it work. It’s also free with no in-app purchases.
Trick Shot is a minimal, physics-based puzzle game developed by Jonathan Topf who is most notably a member of the ustwo team that brought us Monument Valley. In this simple game, you must get the ball into the box. The game uses various tools and obstacles to both help and hinder your progress but most levels have an air of elegance about them, despite the game’s simplicity. There are over 90 levels available and you get an unlimited number of chances to try again. It’s $1.99 and there are no in-app purchases.
Boomerang from Instagram is a new app that is, as the name implies, from Instagram. With this app, you can create fun little one-second videos that run on a loop. Here’s how it works. The app takes ten photos and then stitches them together to create a little loop-able gif-type of animation which you can then share on Facebook, Instagram, and other places. It’s totally free with no in-app purchases and, of course, do be cautious of those early release bugs!
Prune is an interesting atmospheric puzzle game. Here’s how this game works. There is a tree that continuously grows and there is a light source. Your job is to prune the tree so that it grows into the light source and blooms pretty flowers. Prune doesn’t bill itself as being overly difficult but it can be challenging at times. The overall experience is one of relaxation and that permeates through all parts of the game, including the graphics, soundtrack, and even the game play controls. It’s fun and there are also no in-app purchases.
If we missed any great Android apps or games news this week, tell us all about it in the comments! Thanks for watching and reading, we’ll see you next Wednesday!