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Minuum Keyboard updated with advanced character options, new numbers layout

Virtual keyboard Minuum has just received the latest update since January and after more languages, new themes, and better spacing were included. The newest version boasts of a new numbers layout, some advanced character options, and easier adding of hashtags among others. Numbers and symbols are now organized into two layers and app switching back to the letters layer once you hit enter or type a space.

Google to allow Android app developers do A/B testing

We might soon see some changes on the Play Store as Google is believed to be working on improvements on the app listings. This one is expected to allow and help Android app developers to determine the likelihood of people downloading a particular app based on the price, colors, wording, or presentation. However, this particular change would only matter to the developers and not the consumers.

Tiny Realms now available on Android, only in New Zealand for now

Tiny Realms, the currently popular strategy game in iOS, has finally arrived on Android. There's one tiny problem though: game is only available in New Zealand. This doesn't mean app won't be available anywhere else, New Zealand is just getting it first as part of a soft launch. Developers TinyMob Games has recently finished beta testing so it should be available for all anytime soon.

Drive through the zombie horde to survive in Earn To Die 2

Car-racing games are already fun (if you're into that sort of thing) but what if you added other elements to make it even more intense and give you higher stakes? And what if those elements are hordes of zombies who are just absolutely craving for your brains? Then what you have is the sequel to the game Earn To Die, which is appropriately titled Earn To Die 2. Are you ready to try and survive the zombie apocalypse with just your vehicle as a weapon?

Xfinity Share app lets you livestream on to your TV

There may be livestreaming apps like Periscope (still not on Android) and Meerkat (now on Android beta) now available to showcase live events, but what if you just wanted a select group of people to be able to view this live video? If you're a Comcast subscriber, there is now an app that will let you do so, for your loved ones to be able to see what's going on at a birthday party, a family dinner, even a wedding, even when they're far away.

Zynga plots reinvention, launches Empires and Allies strategy game

We’ll understand if you say it has been a while since you’ve heard of Zynga. They were once big when Facebook games were the “in thing”, but a rapid decline also saw Zynga take the full brunt of Facebook being an unstable platform for casual gaming. So here we are, with Zynga pressured to catch up with the mobile gaming industry – their first substantial offering is a mobile strategy game in “Empires and Allies”.

Updated Google Maps now allows quick access to flights, hotel bookings

The Google Maps app got a recent minor update to v9.8. Version was released earlier this week on the Play Store and included adding batch photo uploads plus restricting bookings from being shown in location screens. In this app update, doing a search will also yield results related to your personal bookings already made and saved. When you search for your hotels, flights, events, or reservations, Google Maps will also show a short list of related results.

Fish Pond Park will make you the top nature spot manager

After the Ramen Sensei [ kindly insert link :) ] , here's another Kairosoft original mobile game that will make you fall in love with pixel art graphics. I told you, this retro graphics style is trending right now. Take a break from the super HD and complicated games that can make you dizzy because they look too real, games such as the Fish Pond Park will make you playing and cheering out of excitement. That is, if you're into easy and simple games kids will find so enjoyable.

Some apps quietly connect to outside URLs, ad-related and tracking sites

Admit it or not, Android is not exactly the most secure platform in the world. It's easily hackable as it is customizable. Google has been working hard to make it more secure than ever but genius hackers always outsmart some Android developers. While other mobile platforms are also not safe from attacks, Android is more prone to being compromised simply because there are more Android devices ready to be exploited anywhere on this planet.

WeMo app update adds IFTTT support for LED bulbs

Your dream of a smart home is slowly becoming a reality. It may still be far in the future but at least we can have an initial experience with smartphone-controlled light bulbs. A couple of years ago, we saw the Belkin WeMo light switch with proper Android device support. Since then, more WeMo app updates have been released to better improve smart lightbulb management--the latest of which is IFTTT compatibility to the WeMo LED bulbs.