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Final Fantasy Tactics now available from Google Play

Final Fantasy Tactics now available from Google Play

The game Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is now available for download from the Google Play Store. The game was launched by Square Enix on Thursday, and it is rated “E” for Everyone. Says the maker, this was the series’ first tactical RPG, and it was released back in 1997. The game then made another appearance after being released — again — in 2007 for the PSP, garnering itself a larger fan base. Now mobile users can enjoy it, too.

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Google wants to make app discovery better: Here’s how

Google wants to make app discovery better: Here’s how

You can't argue that the Google Play store isn't heavily-trafficked, with 50 billion installs over the past twelve months, but now Google is adding tools to help developers get discovered. Revealed during the Google I/O 2015 keynote, the extras include developer profile pages which can be used as a landing page to set out a virtual stall for both code and company ethos. On Google's side, meanwhile, there'll be better search so that finding apps is more straightforward and accurate, and a Family Zone for age-appropriate software.

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Google’s new ‘Literata’ font makes ebooks beautiful

Google’s new ‘Literata’ font makes ebooks beautiful

You expect different fonts in the books you read than on the Web pages you read, and so it is common for some fonts to only be found in books -- they're tailored for the long-form reading experience, and altogether visually pleasant. Apple will reportedly be switching up its system fonts for better readability, and Google is doing something similar with its Google Play Books specifically. The Internet giant has unveiled a new font specifically for ebooks, and it's called "Literata".

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Layout from Instagram arrives on Android

Layout from Instagram arrives on Android

Instagram introduced its “Layout” collage photo app for iOS back in late March, and now Android users are finally able to enjoy it. As of today, Android users can download Layout from the Google Play Store and remix their photos into collages of various sizes and arrangements (up to 9 photos). In order to use it, though, you’ll need to be running Android 4.1 or higher. It’s not required to sign up or have an account to use the app, however.

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Samsung Flow beta lands in the US for supported devices

Samsung Flow beta lands in the US for supported devices

Lots of people use multiple devices for surfing the web and other activities. While at home or in the office, you might watch videos on your tablet or read a specific website for your industry news. When you need to go on the road, you might use your smartphone for the same tasks. Most of us would agree that being able to seamlessly transition the app or other activity from one of those devices to the other would be a great thing.

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Being an indie Dev is romantic, but may not be lucrative

Being an indie Dev is romantic, but may not be lucrative

I have a question for you: how much do you think an independent Developer makes? Depends on their app, right? It also depends on how well word spreads about the app, pricing, and if it finds its way to media outlets or other curated sites. There are a lot of moving parts when considering the success of an indie Dev, but it’s a romantic notion. Some dedicated soul churning away in their home office, sweating over every last pixel and animation. Still, how much do you think they make?

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Free Android apps found tracking personal data

Free Android apps found tracking personal data

The Google Play store is a veritable frontier for apps of varying degrees of quality, while Apple tends to rule its App Store with an iron fist, only allowing thoroughly vetted apps to make an appearance. Only apps that are visibly malicious are barred entry to the Google Play store, leaving room for apps that aren't completely honest with their intentions. Perhaps it's time that Google follow Apple's lead and tighten up on the reins a bit, especially considering that a security team found thousands of free Android apps that are sharing user data by connecting with advertising and tracking sites--all unbeknownst to users.

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Livescribe+ ‘Preview Edition’ now available for Android

Livescribe+ ‘Preview Edition’ now available for Android

At CES this year, Livescribe was ready for us with their Livescribe 3. The company also had a (very beta) working model of their Android app, which will take full advantage of everything their new pen had to offer. Starting today, anyone can check that app out for themselves, as Livescribe is making their Livescribe+ app available via Google Play. Available for download, Livescribe is saddling the app with a ‘Preview Edition’ name, meaning it’s still technically in beta form.

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Samsung unveils ‘Backup Memory’ app to help Alzheimer’s patients

Samsung unveils ‘Backup Memory’ app to help Alzheimer’s patients

Samsung has introduced a new app called “Backup Memory” designed specifically to help those afflicted with Alzheimers. The app is the result of an effort by Samsung Electronics Tunisia (SETN) workers, among them being Azer Jaafoura who said, “We wanted to make life easier for Alzheimer’s patients as well as their caretakers.” Ultimately they produced the Backup Memory app, which aims to stimulate the user’s memory (if they’re suffering from early Alzheimer’s, that is). Among other things, the app shows how the user is related to someone.

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Google makes the most of touch with “Games You Can Feel”

Google makes the most of touch with “Games You Can Feel”

This afternoon Google has revealed a new category for special haptic feedback-friendly games on Google Play. Inside the app store you'll find a small set of games with touch feedback, this creating the first-ever collection of this sort of games in the history of games. This section is called "Games you can feel," and it's live now. It's a tiny launch, as it were, but it's here - and it has Google working in direct collaboration with the folks at haptic technology group Immersion.

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