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Snake ’97 emulates your old Nokia brick, buttons and all

ShadowGun. Temple Run. Sonic 4. Do all of these dazzling 3D masterpieces leave you longing for a simpler era in mobile gaming? Do you get a warm, fuzzy feeling every time you see a movie where the hero's "top of the line" cell phone uses a black and white screen? Then you're the perfect audience for Snake '97. Forget all these fancy sprites and polygons, toss the touchscreen controls, and bask in the timeless story of dots and a line that loves to eat them. It's a free download in the Android Market.

Darth Maul Me app prepares you to disembowel Jedis

Star Wars is coming to the theaters! Again! In 3D! And it's starting from the beginning, the classic 1976 adventure that millions fell in love with... wait, what? It's starting with Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, the lackluster beginning of the downfall of America's greatest sci-fi series? Oh, well - at least we get to see the pod racing and lightsaber duel (you know, the 11 minutes of Episode 1 that are admittedly pretty awesome). To celebrate, Lucasfilm has released the Darth Maul Me app on the Android Market, allowing you to mimic everyone's favorite double-lightsaber murder master.

Dolphin Browser adds Evernote, Skitch functionality

Dolphin Browser HD remains one of the most popular third-party browser alternatives for Android with over ten million downloads, and at least part of that is because of the strength of its add-on system. In that respect it's often thought of as "Firefox for Android" (even though we now have, well, Firefox for Android). Today developer MoboTap is partnering with Evernote to add both the primary Evernote functionality and notation engine Skitch to its widening array of integrated services via Dolphin's add-on system.

TurboTax app updated in time to pay Uncle Sam

There's only three sure things in life: death, taxes, and the fact that your trusted politician of choice will eventually turn out to be just as slimy as the next one. TurboTax aims to help with one of the three, and you don't get any points for guessing which. The mobile version of TurboTax SnapTax has been updated for 2012 United States tax returns, and you can download the app for free in the Android Market.

TiVo update brings Android app for remote control and scheduling

Set-top-box control is nothing new to Android, but today the original timeshifting TV add-on gets comfy with Google's favorite son. A recent update to later TiVo boxes adds functionality via a new Android app, which you can download in the Android Market. The standard remote scheduling and guide views that we've seen from DirecTV and others are available, as well as a virtual remote for hardware that supports it. Social features integrate Twitter and Facebook into your couch potato habits.

Expand Ice Cream Sandwich’s web capabilities with Browser+

The web browser built in to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rocks. It's so fast and stable that it easily beats out any of the third-party alternatives, and new features like a Chrome bookmark sync, built-in full screen and a Desktop mode mean you won't need the extra features in apps like Dolphin Browser HD. But even the best can be improved upon, and thanks to Android's open-source nature, it has. Browser+ is now available for free in the Android Market, building a few handy extra features into Ice Cream Sandwich's built-in browser.

ClockworkMod Tether gives root-free tethering access for all

A lot of you are probably quite familiar with ClockworkMod Recovery, hands-down the most popular custom recovery out there for ROM junkies. Developer Koush has just released another ambitious community-minded project, ClockworkMod Tether, and it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. The non-market app connects to a Windows, Linux or OS X PC over a USB connection (not WiFi or Bluetooth), and doesn't require any special root permissions or other mods. A separate PC app is required, much like other, similar programs that have been in use for years. Naturally, the app is free. Koush (Koushik Dutta) claims that the program is undetectable by carriers, almost all of which charge for the privilege of sharing your paid smartphone data. The app is in its alpha release, but according to early comments, it's already commendably stable. The developer notes that while most of the software nuts and bolts are in place, the user interface is unfinished, and will be seeing a lot more polish in the future. The current version will expire on Saturday, January 7th, but a newer version should be out by then. Future releases may include a Bluetooth version, as well as better client apps for all supported operating systems. Trying it out on my Galaxy Nexus with a Windows 7 PC seems to work like a charm, though it's not quite as fast as official tethering. Koush is one of the most highly regarded modder/developers out there, and with good reason - expect to see fast and comprehensive updates for ClockworkMod Tether over the next few months. Don't expect this one in the Android Market any time soon. [via Androinica]

Unofficial Steam for Android lets you pick up PC games on the cheap

If you're a frequent PC gamer like me, odds are excellent that you use the Valve's Steam service constantly. It's become one of the most popular methods for buying games and connecting with friends over them, to say nothing of the awesome sales on downloadable games that happen most weekends. If you're tired of checking up on the Steam web store via your Android phone's browser, there's a new alternative out there: Steam for Android, from developer IBF Programs.

The 10 highest-rated Android apps of 2011

As the end of the year draws nigh, just about everyone is putting together their wrap-up stories that are, let's be honest, pretty predictable if you've been following tech news for 2011. But at least one story caught our eye this morning: Mobilewalla's app scores. Mobilewalla is one of many app aggregation services, though unlike a lot of Android specific sites, it doesn't distribute its own apps. Instead it keeps a close eye on the various app platforms and offers up an updated database of apps that anyone can use. This year, the top ten list is dominated by games.
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