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Raccoon is a desktop downloader for Google Play Store apps

There are quite a few ways to run an Android app. We run it normally via our Android devices, but we can also sideload apps via a number of environments friendly to Android apps, such as the Chrome environment or a Bluestacks Android emulator. But the only way to download an app is through the Google Play Store, which is of course installed on an Android device. Not anymore – the Raccoon Google Play Desktop Client will allow you to do just that.

Google names Best Android Apps of 2014

We still have a few more weeks before Year 2014 draws to a close but Google has already named the Best Android Apps for the past 12 months. Among the more than one million apps available for download from the Google Play Store, the Internet giant highlighted more than 70 apps from different categories: Productivity, Education, Entertainment, Travel, Social, Personalization, Shopping, Sports & Fitness, Photography, Music & Audio, and News.

Tribal Wars 2 arrives on Android, multi-platform strategy game

After being announced in January 2014, Tribal Wars 2 finally arrives on Android as a multi-device, cross platform strategy gaming app. With the landslide success of “Clash of Clans” a lot more developers are willing to develop cross-platform games, and InnoGames is betting on Tribal Wars 2 to be an exciting Android gaming prospect.

RPG standout The Witcher arrives on Android as board game

The app is called “The Witcher Adventure Game” and it is a digitized version of the board game based on the standout RPG game made by CD Projekt Red. It’s a multiplayer game that allows you play as one of four heroes who wander around the game territory, battling monsters, and gaining experience and glory. Sounds fun right?

Peter Molyneux’s Godus now on Android, all you mortals despair

Peter Molyneux, one of the preeminent British game designers of our day, has received a lot of deserved recognition for another one of his “play god” games – this most recent called “Godus”. The game has spent a lot of time on Steam and iOS, but now it’s finally out on Android.

Xiaomi’s App Store marks 10B downloads, set to go international

China-based manufacturer Xiaomi is on a real high these days after the announcement that they have surpassed Samsung as the manufacturer with the third largest shipping volume in Q3 of 2014. To cap that off, Xiaomi’s app market – the Mi App Store – is celebrating its 10 billionth download and the outfit is planning to go international with the store.

Google search app for Android TV arrives at Play Store

Because Google would really like you to use their search app – or maybe because of a totally unrelated and unspecified reason which we will probably never know – the mothership has chosen not to bundle a search function with Android TV’s interface. That function belongs to a separate Google app that is now up for downloading via the Google Play Store – even if most of us don’t have an Android TV device yet.

Cisco comes up with Project Squared, a productivity collaboration app

Cisco announced an ambitious new app today which they call “Project Squared”, a tool used over the cloud for communication, productivity and collaboration. The tool is robust enough to not care what sort of mobile device or platform you’re using – it works smoothly on all of those, giving users the ability to have meetings (video and audio) and share content on a single app.

Google Keep now allows you to share “to do” lists with family

Always happens to me – both my wife and I know that we need to buy something, and we both buy that thing, and when we get home we find ourselves with either two boxes of milk, or two packages of the same bath soap. Well, I think Google Keep's new feature is a godsend in that regard – in that it allows you to create lists and then share them with other people so that you can see which ones on the list have been ticked off.
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