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WearFaces makes Apple watch face for Android smartwatches

The more I looked at it, the more I was convinced I knew it from somewhere – it took a friend to look at my browser and say “Hey, that’s the Apple Watch, isn’t it?” For the record, I wasn’t looking at the newfangled smartwatch from Cupertino – I was looking at a smartwatch face designed by UhrArt and uploaded to an Android smartwatch via the same dev’s WearFaces app. The app allows for different watch face designs, and one of them mimicked that “colorful” design from Apple.

Foursaken’s Phantom Rift is another turn-based RPG for Android

Foursaken Media, an all-sibling outfit which brought you the mildly addictive Block Fortress on iOS, now tries its hand at Android RPG gaming with Phantom Rift, a turn-based grid-driven RPG that would be as at home on your Gameboy Advance as on your Android device. The game is loosely based on the Mega Man Battle Net, a grid-based action game on the aforementioned legacy console.

City Rush is Crazy Taxi’s newest installment on Android

Not a lot of us will have memories of Sega’s Dreamcast, because it was never as big as Sony’s Playstation. That said, most of us might remember Sega’s cool titles from its arcade incarnations – and we remember one such arcade gaming classic in Crazy Taxi (also ported magnificently to Android). Sega is now releasing the newest incarnation of the classic with Crazy Taxi: City Rush, a free-to-download game for your Android devices.

ASUS Nexus Player makes GFX Bench appearance, first Android TV?

Google has announced at this year’s IO Developer’s Conference that it was working on an Android OS for smart TVs and set-top boxes which will be called Android TV. This will launch presumably side-by-side Android L, the company’s newest operating system. Recently, a device called the ASUS Nexus Player showed up at GFX Bench, giving fuel to rumors that this could be the first Android TV device.

‘Pure Edition’ is Motorola’s unlocked, direct-sale Moto X

Straight from its launch at IFA 2014, we already have the notion that the new Moto X will be one of the darlings of people looking to upgrade their Android devices this holiday season. Most people will get it under contract, with the USD$99.99 price tag looking very nice indeed. But there are those who will want the unbranded, unlocked, direct-sale version straight from Motorola – that one will be called the Moto X Pure Edition.

Red Bull Air Race app now on Android

What do you get when you pump a person full with Red Bull (it’s an energy drink, if you’ve lived out in the boonies until today) and then let them race airplanes that fly ridiculously close to the ground? Nothing good in real life, but these are the images that flood the head when you understand that Red Bull has been sponsoring an air race since the early 2000s. In the interest of safety (we kid, of course), it has transferred that experience on to your Android devices.

Multiboot capabilities spread to Xperia Z and OnePlus One

Probably one of the coolest things you can do on an Android device is to give it the capability to boot into different operating systems at your bidding. As most of you will know, this is not a standard feature that goes into the list of things manufacturers allow for, given the business implications. Still it was great that XDA developer “Tassadar” developed MultiROM to give people who want this feature a shot.

Sony declares ‘end-of-life’ for a number of Xperia devices

With all the new devices coming out of the recently concluded IFA 2014, it seems an inevitable counterpoint that some old devices that are part of these manufacturer’s catalogs will get the proverbial axe. In Sony’s case, it recently declared “end-of-life” status to four devices – the Xperia L, M, SP and C. What this technically means is that there will no longer be firmware updates for these devices.
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