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This week we reviewed the HTC U Ultra, Huawei Watch 2, and Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, and we talked a lot about Android O. Here’s the news of the week!

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Everything new in Android O: features and changes The first Android O developer preview is here. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to what’s new in Android O and what’s coming up in Android 8.0.


HTC U Ultra review With a unique design and a secondary display, does the latest HTC flagship have what it takes? Find out, in our HTC U Ultra review!


Huawei Watch 2 review Is Huawei able to capture the magic once again with their second smartwatch and foray into Android Wear 2.0? We find out, in our Huawei Watch 2 review!


Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review Does Samsung’s latest high-end tablet have what it takes to warrant the steep price tag? Find out in our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review!


Check out our Diving into Android O series Looking for even more Android O goodies? Be sure to check out our Diving into Android O series for all the details!


Super Mario Run is now live on Google Play Super Mario Run just launched on the Google Play Store, a full day earlier than originally anticipated. Go download it now and let us know what you think!


Samsung announces Bixby, promises to revolutionize phone interaction Smartphones are becoming too complicated for their own good, so Samsung wants to change them fundamentally with the launch of Bixby, its long-rumored digital assistant.


The not-so-secret weapon in Samsung flagships There’s one not-so-secret weapon that the Galaxy S8 will surely have that no other phones can come close to offering. And that’s none other than Samsung Pay.


Why Google Hangouts is irreplaceable to me Google is introducing Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, plus shutting down the Hangouts API. Do I need to be worried that Hangouts is on the chopping block?


Huawei P10 Lite hands-on The Huawei P10 Lite follows the same design of preview Lite series phones but delivers the same software experience of the flagship P10 – for €300 less.


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Spotify is testing a new contextual menu style

Some Spotify users have started seeing a new style for the contextual menu that shows up when you tap the overflow button next to a song or album or playlist. The menu used to appear in the middle of the screen and offer the album art plus a list of different options along with their icons. Now, it’s a black overlay on the entire screen, with a much larger album art and text font, but no icons.

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Google Pixel XL International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday!

A big congratulations to last week’s winners of the LG G6 International Giveaway: Narinder C. (USA).

This week we are giving away a brand new Pixel XL Smartphone!

The Pixel XL features a vibrant 5.5-inch QuadHD AMOLED display alongside a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 3,450 mAh battery and an all-new 12MP Pixel XL camera with phase detection and laser autofocus. The standout feature is Google Assistant, a new incredibly-clever AI assistant that also powers Google Home.



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[Deal Alert] Pick up an AUKEY car charger with a QC 3.0 port and a USB Type-C 5V 3A port for $9.20 (Normally $19.99)

I really wish that phone manufacturers would make up their minds and choose just one fast charging technology. Some phones use Qualcomm Quick charge, others use a 5V 3A power supply via Type-C (I won’t even get started on those who do something else completely different). It’s annoying that each group of devices requires a different charger to charge at its peak potential. That is, unless you have one charger that can do both.

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15 best racing games for Android

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Racing games are among the most popular in all of mobile gaming. It was the first genre to overcome the lack of physical buttons on smartphones well enough that it made the games worth playing. Most popular racing games have tens of millions of fans. That doesn’t mean they’re the best, though. Which ones should you try? Here are the best racing games for Android.


Asphalt Xtreme

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Asphalt Xtreme is an offroad racer from Gameloft. You’ll be racing on a variety of offroad tracks with a variety of vehicles. Currently, there are 35 vehicles that you can drive that cover seven different categories. Gameloft will likely add more to the game later. The game also features online multiplayer racing, over 400 career events, 500 mastery challenges, and limited time events to keep things interesting. It’s a freemium game so adjust your expectations accordingly. Asphalt 8: Airborne is another of the great racing games from this series as well.
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CSR Racing 2

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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The CSR Racing series is one of the most popular racing games out there. CSR Racing 2 is a drag racing game. You’ll be buying cars, adding upgrades, and then racing. It features a campaign mode with plenty of races. You’ll also be able to do online racing against people if you want. There are plenty of cars to collect and the graphics are actually pretty good. It’s a good time killer in the racing genre. CSR Racing 2 is a freemium game. That doesn’t make it bad, but it’s something to be aware of.
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Dirt Trackin

Price: $2.99 / $2.99
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Dirt Trackin is a retro racing game. The graphics, controls, and other elements are strongly influenced by the racing games of past titles. Aside from that, it features real racers in the offroading circuit, 24 cars to choose from, ten tracks, and more. You can even have the controls on-screen if you don’t like tilting your device to steer. You can even run races up to 100 laps if you want to spend some real time in this game. Unlike most, it’s a pay-once title with some optional DLC as in-app purchases. That’s great for those who want to get out of the freemium grind.
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Dirt Trackin

Drag Racing

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Drag Racing is another drag racing game much like CSR and, admittedly, it doesn’t look nearly as good as its competitor. However, what it lacks in graphics, it more than makes up for in mechanics. You’ll be able to tune your car pretty much how you want. It’s easy to spend a long time tuning your car so that it runs perfectly. There is a competitive multiplayer mode along with a ton of cars to unlock. It’s an old game, but it’s been update frequently and it’s still one of the best racing games out there.
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Grand Prix Story

Price: $4.99
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Grand Prix Story is a racing sim from Kairosoft. The devs are known for making simple, quirky simulation games. You’ll be the boss of your own team. That puts you in charge of training drivers, acquiring sponsors, and winning as many races as possible. It’s a good approach for those who like racing, but prefer a more hands off approach. Those looking for a realistic experience may be disappointed. However, it’s still not a bad game. It’s also a pay-once game with no in-app purchases.
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Grand Prix Story


GT Racing 2

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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GT Racing 2 is another Gameloft title. It hasn’t received as much love or attention as the Asphalt series, but that’s okay. It features 71 cars from over 30 manufacturers. You’ll be able to race on 13 tracks, engage with over 1,400 events, and there are weekly challenges to play with. You can also race online against other players. It’s not as aggressive as many freemium games and we were thankful for that. The updates come slower on this one, but it’s still one of the better racing games.
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Hill Climb Racing 2

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Hill Climb Racing 2 is one of the newer racing games on Android. It features a simple premise, colorful graphics, and simple controls. You’ll be racing up and down hills against opponents. It sounds easier than it actually is. Players can also customize their vehicles, tune them to behave a certain way, and more. The game includes a campaign, an online multiplayer mode, achievements, daily tasks, and challenges. It also works pretty well on older devices. It’s a freemium game. That’s not a big deal, but we just wanted to let you know.
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Horizon Chase

Price: Free / $2.99
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Horizon Chase was one of the best racing games of 2015. It features retro-inspired graphics, There is also a lot to do. It features dozens of tracks, a variety of cars to unlock, and more. What makes this game unique is that it has complete Android TV support, NVIDIA Shield TV support, and you can use most game controllers with it. There is also an online multiplayer mode and leaderboards to round out the experience. The free version is a demo that lets you try out a few of the tracks for free. The paid version is a scant $2.99.
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Moto X3M Bike Race

Price: Free / $9.99
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Moto X3M is one of only a few good bike racing games. It features simple mechanics, 2D graphics, and plenty of stuff to do. You’ll get 75 levels, various unlockable bikes, timed events, and more. You can even pop a few tricks if you want to along with various customizations. It’s not the most complicated game out there. Then again, it did start life as a web-based flash game so don’t expect too much. Still, it’s a ton of fun if you want to kill some time. It’s free to pick up and try.
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Moto X3M Bike Race

Nitro Nation Online

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Nitro Nation Racing is a newer drag racing game (comparatively speaking) that’s been tearing up the racing games charts. Despite being free with in-app purchases, the developer boast no energy limits, no delivery time for car upgrades, and fewer of those freemium pitfalls we all don’t like. There are a ton of cars to unlock, online multiplayer modes, tons of upgrades, visual customizations, and even car tuning. It’s like CSR Racing and Drag Racing had a baby. It does have a few bugs though, so beware of that.
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Racing Fever

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Racing Fever is a racing game that’s about as middle of the road as you can get. The graphics are okay and it features various controls schemes based on how you drive. You’ll also get four environments to race through, four racing modes (including free ride which is just you driving around), leaderboards, various upgrades, and a slow motion mode that lets you take tricky corners more easily. It’s a solid overall experience and worth a shot if you’re looking for something that isn’t overly heavy. There are also bonuses and an online multiplayer mode. It’s not bad as far as racing games go.
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Racing Fever

Real Drift Car Racing

Price: Free / $0.99 with in-app purchases
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Real Drift Car Racing is a game that focuses mostly on drifting. You’ll be racing around corners trying to get an edge against your opponents. It comes with different difficulties based on your skill level. There are also the usual features, including cars to unlock, a campaign mode, various tracks, and tuning options. Unlike most, this one has a free and paid version. The paid version still has in-app purchases, but it’ll get rid of advertising and unlock some additional content. It’s not bad overall.
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Real Racing 3

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Real Racing 3 is among the more realistic racing games on our list which gives some credence to the name of the game. It’s also a favorite among our readership. The game is full of content, including over 100 cars from various manufacturers, various game modes including real time multiplayer, and even the game’s race tracks are digital versions of real race tracks. There are over 2000 total events with varying rules and types of races. There is a virtual ton of content here and it’s worth trying it out.
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Riptide GP Renegade

Price: $2.99
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The Riptide GP series is one of the most woefully under-the-radar racing games series out there. It’s a waverunner game where you don a jet ski and race against opponents. Renegade has a campaign mode, online multiplayer mode, and various other little things to make it fun. It even includes local multiplayer mode with up to four players on a single machine (if you have enough controllers). The other two games in the series, Riptide GP and Riptide GP 2 are also really good. Renegade is the best among them, though, and runs for $2.99 with no in-app purchases.
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Traffic Rider

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Traffic Rider probably isn’t actually a racing game. It’s an infinite runner with missions that give it enough of a racing game feel that we felt the game could be on the list. It features a first person view as your ride motorcycles up the freeway collecting points, completing missions, and earning in-game cash. The graphics are pretty good and the controls work well. The first person perspective adds some genuine thrill as you dodge traffic. The thrill won’t last forever, but it’s a free game so it’s worth a shot.
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