About Matthew Sholtz
Matthew is the Games and Apps Editor at Android Police. He's been gaming since his first taste of a TI-99 at four years old. Matthew has been an Android user since the HTC Hero and has covered roundups, reviews, and daily mobile game news for over a decade. He's a person who holds a peculiar yet deep interest in all things to do with handheld gaming and constantly pushes to advance the state of the mobile industry beyond the bounds of its predatory monetization obsession.
Matthew is a furious nitpicker and something of an (albeit amusing) curmudgeon, a writer who can instantly find fault in just about anything, yet he chooses to wield this power for good from the comfort of his armchair to ensure the best Android games and apps aren't lost to obscurity.
Tired of competitive games? Here are more than a few quality cooperative titles
Who remembers when mobile gaming was an isolated practice, enjoying great mobile apps with nothing but a leaderboard to indicate anyone else was playing? This seems almost ancient these days, with mobile games linking thousands of players online for awesome MOBA experiences and apps that show the PC platform how it's done.
A running list of the best Android games available today
Have you asked yourself what makes an Android game the best? Ultimately, it's pretty complicated. But there are plenty of defining qualities that allow mobile titles to shine on your favorite Android gaming phone. Sure, you'll have to dodge the many mobile games designed to separate you from your money, which is why it can be so challenging to find the very best Android apps and games on the Play Store. Thankfully, AP is here to help by offering an alternative to what the Play Store loves to highlight, and so today's roundup is built with hand-picked selections of the best Android games out there, broken up into genres so you can quickly jump to your favorite style of gameplay.
The Android Police team dive into YouTube Premium and whether the benefit of YouTube Music is worth the cost to remove ads
It's no secret that YouTube is currently cracking down on ad blockers, which are likely on the rise thanks to the amount of ads stuffed into YouTube videos. Of course, YouTube offers a subscription plan known as YouTube Premium, which conveniently removes ads from the service for $14 a month. You also get access to YouTube Music, but if you already pay for Spotify or any other music streaming service, access to YouTube Music is moot.
Classic arcade style can be right at your fingertips with these great arcade games on Android
Arcade apps get us back to basics in terms of gameplay loops, graphics, and design philosophy. The arcade games of yore focused on refining simple gameplay concepts with cost-effective art styles and music, something that drove some great ideas into prominence in interesting ways. Developers of the best modern apps have more advanced assets these days, meaning that those great ideas have more wiggle room to be what they want to be. AP loves how well the best arcade games play on our favorite Android gaming phones, so here is a roundup of our favorites.
Making a brand-new Google account is pretty simple
Outlook (formerly Hotmail) and Yahoo Mail are some of the numerous free email services available. However, Google's Gmail is the most popular. It's easy to use, boasts a ton of powerful features, and offers 15 GB of free cloud storage. Creating a Gmail account is straightforward, and you can create and manage multiple accounts simultaneously. Plus, your account gives you access to an extensive library of free apps and services like Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Maps, Chrome, Google Meet, and dozens more. It isn't a surprise the tech giant's email software is the go-to service for so many people.
Checking and updating your number on WhatsApp is a breeze
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps and aims to become a social media platform. The service is convenient. It allows users to text friends and relatives across the world at no cost, share images and videos, and voice and video call them, making WhatsApp chats more practical than SMS. WhatsApp is designed to work without creating an account, as it's linked to the user's phone number. The process is as simple as receiving a verification code on the number provided during the sign-up process to confirm it without further verification.
Puzzle apps are unique in how they scratch that intellectual itch we all have from time to time, stimulating your deductive reasoning and mental focus skills, while simultaneously keeping things light and entertaining. The apps that get it right rarely require lightning-fast reaction times or insane production value; mostly getting by with refined controls that evoke thought and charming art styles. Whether you like sereen puzzle platformers like Mekorama or meditative experiences like I love hue too, this genre will cater to your thing.
Let's take a trip down memory lane
While there are plenty of games on Android that offer groundbreaking visuals, sometimes you want to dive into the past with a retro port. Over the years, many of the biggest hits from the 90s and early 2000s have been ported to Android, allowing younger players to experience these games for the first time and older players to relive them.
Not only will your kids have fun with these games, but you'll also get some quiet time
If you're like us, you've been playing games for decades. But as time marches on, and we have kids of our own, we must pass the torch on to them and keep the passion for gaming alive. But just as we've matured, so too has the mobile game market, and developers have become more savvy at using psychological tricks to exploit us (and our kids!) into playing one more game or spending one more dollar. We get it: everyone needs to make a living, but when it comes to games for children, a higher standard must be set. To that end, we've put together a list of some of the best kid-friendly games on the Play Store. Whether you're looking for Android games appropriate for four-year-olds or want to dig up a few tablet games worthy of your Fire Tab, Android Police has you covered.
A Google Play Pass subscription is the best way to avoid advertisements and in-app purchases
Google Play Pass looks to be a steal at $4.99, but the hundreds of games and apps included in the service are mostly poor-quality games and apps. However, there are a few gems to be found, including some of the top-rated games on Android. We've scoured through the junk to bring you the best games and apps included in your Play Pass subscription.
Chromebooks come in all shapes and sizes — 10-inch to 17-inch, budget to premium, laptop or tablet — and we'll help pick your next one!
The best Chromebooks available today have come a long way since their inception, and they can be used for a wide range of tasks for a wide range of users. Chrome OS is more than "just a browser" these days. This cloud-focused operating system now runs on everything from tablets and laptops to All-in-One Chromebases and desktops. As basically the only mainstream alternatives to inconsistent Windows laptops and ungodly expensive MacBooks, Chromebooks have turned into the "it just works" laptops for millions of consumers as well as tens of millions of students, educators, and business users.
Why use a touchscreen when there's a keyboard at your fingertips
Multi-platform releases are enjoyed by many of the Play Stores best apps these days, giving users the ability to play their favorite games in new and exciting ways. This also gives developers the chance to adapt their most popular games to different control schemes and input types; Googles latest Chromebooks being a great example.
The content isn't good enough to pay more on top of an existing subscription to Prime
I've subscribed to Amazon Prime for a few consecutive years now, primarily for the convenience of two-day shipping and the joy of watching old movies and TV shows without ads. But lately, I've been feeling like this money is wasted. Sure, I place enough orders through Amazon for the subscription to supposedly pay for itself with free two-day shipping, but I've noticed Prime Video's selection has left me wanting for some time. Now, Amazon has announced it will start injecting limited advertisements into Prime Video content in 2024. Of course, users will have the option to pay an extra $2.99 per month on top of their existing Prime subscription to remove those ads. This is where I decided to cancel my subscription with Amazon Prime, and it's unlikely I'll be returning.
Find the best Onyx Boox e-reader to fill your needs
Boox might not be as big of a name in the e-reader game as Kindle or Kobo, but it's quickly catching up. Thanks to its swift development of competitive e-reading hardware, Boox has positioned itself as one of the top e-reader manufacturers in the market, with devices that range across a plethora of use cases, whether you're looking for a pocketable color e-reader for your favorite magazines, or need something with a large paper-like screen to annotate PDFs.
In the market for a new e-reader but don't know where to start? Here's a helping hand
The first thing most of us think of when we think of e-readers is the Kindle, but they're far from the only player in the game. Rakuten's line-up of Kobo devices is competing head-to-head with Amazon's Kindle, and Onyx's Boox readers are some of the best high-end and tablet-sized devices available. But with all this diversity in the market, knowing which e-reader is for you can be a daunting task. It may even be the case that you'd be best served with a nice tablet instead.
A curated selection of free mobile games that are actually worth your time
Despite their unsavory reputation, there are plenty of great free-to-play games on Android. From brand-new card battlers like Marvel Snap to ports of classic games like Old School Runescape, the best free-to-play games come from every genre imaginable. We scoured the Play Store for games that offer satisfying gameplay and reasonable monetization, perfect for putting the latest Android gaming phone through its paces.
If everyone stops using the engine over poor pricing, we may see fewer asset flips on the Play Store
You might have noticed in the last week that Unity Technologies is in hot water thanks to announcing plans to change how it charges developers that use the Unity Engine. To nobody's surprise, the big-brain idea to charge developers a runtime fee on a per-install basis for games that can easily be installed by millions, where the fee could easily add up and harm a small publisher that goes viral, hasn't gone over so well. The internet proceeded to drag Unity through the mud, with game devs popping up left and right to announce plans to move away from the engine. The whole thing is a mess, with Unity currently working on changes to the policy as it tries to walk back the anger it brought on itself, having walked things back even further in the last 24 hours. Ultimately, Unity has outed itself as a risky partner for developing video games, which may very well be a good thing when it comes to mobile gaming.
Available for purchase today, this small e-reader is almost good enough to replace my smartphone
Boox is almost always at the forefront of e-reading tech, whether that's support for color screens or a competent OS that brings so much more to the table than the barebones firmware you'll find across Amazon, B&N, and Rakuten devices. Today, Boox is launching one of its most exciting devices to date, the phone-sized Boox Palma, and after using it for the last few days in preparation for an upcoming review, I can say there's a lot to love here.
The latest entry in the Monster Hunter franchise is out on Android
We've known Niantic would bring its familiar mobile flair to the Monster Hunter franchise since April, with the launch date revealed for September 14th. Well, it would appear someone opened the floodgates early, as the game is now available across Android and iOS. There's no mistake; this isn't a preload, I'm playing the full game right now, and you can too if you jump on over to the Play Store to snag the install.
Looking to pick up a new smartphone that's great for gaming? These are the best gaming phones on the market
Picking the best Android gaming phones is a difficult task. While dedicated gaming devices from Asus and RedMagic regularly top the charts, flagship Android phones can also be excellent gaming phones. Fortunately, we here at AP have reviewed countless phones and have identified which are best for keeping up with the best Android games.