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Stormblades slashes into Android, almost like Infinity Blade

When the "hack 'n' slash" game Infinity Blade landed on the iPhone, it became the standard for action RPGs on mobile, especially on the iPhone, because of the lethal combination of gorgeous graphics and gesture-based controls. Two Infinity Blade games later, the title still hasn't made its way into Android. That's not to say there has been no attempt to create something similar on our beloved. Stormblades, which was just launched by Subway Surfers developer Kiloo, is just one of the latest to try to do so. And it almost gets it. Almost.

Xiaomi and Microsoft: acquaintances, not partners

Among the Windobws 10 related announcements that Microsoft made this week, perhaps the one that caused some flurry the most is its bombshell in China. Redmond announced, almost in passing, that it will be hooking up with some Xiaomi Mi 4 powers users to let them test Windows 10 on their devices, leading to some amount of rumor around Microsoft's and Xiaomi's seemingly new friendship. In response, ex-Googler and now Xiaomi exec Hugo Barra is clarifying some points, partly to appease some concerns from the Android community.

Modern Combat 5 Spring update gives the gift of Free

Gameloft has a pretty big update for Modern Combat 5 fans and calling it a game changer would be quite the understatement. This massive update doesn't just bring new content that you may eventually forget about, it actually adds a new Soldier class, one that is actually less oriented towards combat. It also adds support for common controllers. But more than that, you're probably more interested to hear that the Gameloft is making Modern Combat 5 absolutely free to play. Of course, it's not getting rid of the IAPs.

Nexus 5 gets Android 5.1 OTA, might devour your RAM

Google has finally let out the OTA update that will bring the Nexus 5 to Android 5.1 land. This follows the release of factory images and binaries for several of the supported Nexus devices. However, if you are quite excited to get the latest and supposedly greatest Android version, you might want to exercise caution, as some users are reporting a rather dreadful bug in this release that causes Android to eat up RAM like crazy, even if you have more than 1 GB of it.

Last Chance to enter the Next-Gen Android Giveaway [DEALS]

Spring is in the air. The birds are singing, flowers are in bloom, and the newest Android flagship devices are set to hit store shelves. You could be one of the first to own a yet-to-be-released next generation Android handset if you win The Choose Your Own Next-Gen Android Giveaway at Android Community Deals. But you’ll need to enter now, because this giveaway closes at 11:59pm Friday night. The winner of this amazing contest will walk away with their choice of a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6, an LG G Flex 2, or an HTC One M9. Each device features next-level (and next-gen) specs that will instantly make them leaders in Android smartphone landscape.

Microsoft is cooking up a Windows 10 ROM for Xiaomi Mi 4

Microsoft just announced its stronger initiative to push its business further in China, by pushing Windows 10 harder, with a little help from Chinese companies. Among those namedropped was Xiaomi, where Microsoft explicitly mentioned that select Xiaomi Mi 4 power users will be able to test Windows 10 on their devices. This effectively meant that Microsoft is developing a ROM for the smartphone that will practically overwrite Android. Given how Xiaomi has been a strong Android player so far, it is unsurprising to see a few feathers ruffled and a few eyebrows raised.

Unburden your ears with these Wireless Feather BT earbuds [DEALS]

Listening to music while you work or work out can sometimes be a matter of sanity or zen for some people. Most of the time, however, we are left to choose between quality but heavy equipment that weigh upon our heads and sub par but light earphones that tangle and strangle us instead. With this new earbuds, however, you no longer have to make a choice. The Wireless Feather Bluetooth Earbuds deliver crystal-clear audio in a tangle-free design. And it won't burn a whole in your wallet, too!

HTC UH OH Protection makes sure you’ll have a One always

Exactly a year and a month ago, HTC launched its "HTC Advantage" program that aimed to reassure buyers of the HTC One that the OEM, despite not being as big as its rivals, always has their back. Despite its fancy name, it was practically a six-month warranty that would replace the smartphone in case of cracked screens or water damage. Now HTC is taking one step further by rebranding the offer as "HTC UH OH". Now the coverage extends to a whole year and it benefits even those that meticulously take care of their devices.

Ready, Set, Google! I/O registration opens 17 March

This is your friendly Android Community public service announcement. If you're in any way interested in attending Google I/O in person, better get your fingers ready, both for typing and for crossing them. Google has updated its I/O 2015 page to include details of the registration process. Those who want to be physically present can try their luck and fill in the registration form within the period starting March 17 at 9:00 AM PDT all the way up to March 19 at 5:00 PM PDT.
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