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Google Play trialing individual game ratings for gameplay, controls and graphics

Some users of Google Play have begun seeing ‘feature ratings’ for games in Google’s marketplace, according to Android Police, who have received screenshots of the changes. The shift takes the familiar “one rating fits all” approach and breaks it down into more detailed aspects including gameplay, controls and graphics.

The idea makes a lot of sense, as a game might have brilliant gameplay and graphics but be let down by sub-standard controls. In cases like this the game might still be worth installing, assuming you have an Android controller. Or, a game might have beautiful and enticing graphics but simply awful gameplay that makes it not even worth a trial run.

Google Play trialing individual game ratings for gameplay, controls and graphics Android Police

If you want to see if you have the feature enabled on your device, head to the games section of Google Play, pick an app and scroll down to the normal overall rating. Below that you’ll either see the usual review highlights, or you’ll see circular feature ratings before the review highlights start.

If you can see the new feature ratings you’ll also be able to submit game reviews that take advantage of these new granular ratings. After first assigning an overall rating for the game you’ll see an additional three screens for rating each individual aspect of the game mentioned above.

Let us know if you like this new option and if you’ve got the feature on your phone.

10 best personal assistant apps for Android


Personal Assistant apps have been around for a while. However, it wasn’t until Siri that they became a really big deal. We now have tons of options in the space, including offerings from Google, Microsoft, and SoundHound, among others. It’s an interesting space to be in right now. You can take advantage as well with the best personal assistant apps for Android! Let’s get started. Also, if you’re into hardware, check out Google Home and Amazon Alexa as they combine the concept of a personal assistant app with a hardware device to control.


AIVC (Alice)

Price: Free
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AIVC (Alice) is a pretty standard virtual assistant with an above average track record. It includes the ability to ask for simple things such as starting various apps, the weather, time, calendar, reminders, and even simple math problems. You can also ask it about fun facts about stats, stocks, and more. Of course, it also includes the basics like calling, sending SMS, navigation, alarms, and translation. It’s not as complex or smooth as something like Google Now but it’s not a bad option if you just need something simple.
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10 best personal assistant apps for Android

Cortana

Price: Free
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It is true that Cortana still needs some work but it has too much potential to leave off of a list like this. Microsoft’s answer to Siri has a ton of things that it can do and it’s integrated into Windows 10 for near-seamless cross-platform support. Among its many features include the ability to call people, send SMS and email, track packages, tell jokes, take notes, add stuff to your calendar, and more. Again, it is a little rough around the edges right now, but Cortana is still better than most and it’ll only get better over time.
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Cyman Mark 2

Price: Free / $4.59
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Cyman Mark 2 is one of the lesser known personal assistant apps. It does the basic stuff, such as automating tasks, sending messages, finding information, and more. The developers also boast future IoT support when that proliferates a little more. Some additional features include language translation, task list management, alarm setting, unit conversion, and scheduled commands. You can download a free version to try it out or go pro for $4.59.
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Dragon Mobile Assistant

Price: Free
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Dragon Mobile Assistant was released by Nuance Communications, the same company that brought us the once iconic Swype keyboard. It comes with the basic features so you can expect pretty standard functionality. This one includes something called Attentive Mode which allows it to be activated even when the screen is off and locked. That makes Dragon Mobile one of the few that offer this functionality. You can also choose between several voices and even name your assistant what you want. It's one of the more underrated personal assistant apps.
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Google Allo

Price: Free
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Google Allo is kind of a wild card in the personal assistant apps space. It's a messenger application that is still fairly new. However, it also houses Google Assistant. Google Assistant can do a variety of things like deliver information at requested times, tell jokes, answer questions, search for things, add stuff to a calendar, and a lot more. It can be invoked during any non-incognito chat and be used by everyone in the chat. It's a nifty little thing that you can actually talk to that's also combined with a messenger service. It still needs work, but this could get really good in a short period of time.
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Google Now

Price: Free
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Google Now is pretty much the undisputed champion of personal assistant apps on Android. It comes with a metric ton of features which includes the basics, more advanced stuff like anticipating your needs, activation from anywhere, Google Now on Tap, and a lot more. It’s not enough that this app is solid as a brick wall but it’s also updated on an almost constant basis by Google which seems to only add to its stability and range of features. If your device has Google Play Services, you probably already have this installed which means you just have to turn it on. You can also get Google Now Launcher which puts Google Now at the forefront of your device interactions.
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Hound

Price: Free
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Hound is another one of the upcoming personal assistant apps alongside Cortana. This one is done by SoundHound and it’s actually pretty decent. The basics are all covered here and includes some advanced stuff like a mortgage calculator, integrated Expedia support for hotel booking, and the SoundHound Now which opens a sing/hum music search. You can even play interactive games like Hangman. It’s only for United States residents right now, but it is out of beta and ready for public consumption. It is still a bit buggy though, so do beware of that.
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Indigo Virtual Assistant

Price: Free
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Indigo Virtual Assistant is a personal assistant app that tries to focus a little more on personality and the developers encourage you to talk to it like you would a normal person. You can do the basics including sending SMS and emails, phone calls, navigation, and the usual stuff. You can also save favorites so you can repeat them later, translate stuff very quickly and for various things, and a lot more The Indigo developers admit that their speech recognition is a beta and, thus, errors may occur but otherwise it feels like an enjoyable experience that works rather well.
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Jarvis

Price: Free / Up to $1.25
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Jarvis hit it big with the Android community thanks to its obvious reference to Iron Man. Along with the basics, Jarvis comes with widget support, the ability to set wallpapers, device controls (turn off WiFi, for instance), reminders, and it’s one of the few personal assistant apps that can be used on wearables such as Android Wear. One caveat is that it only supports English for right now so be prepared for that. At the very least, the app is free to download and use to see if you like it.
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Robin

Price: Free
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Robin was one of the original “Siri challengers” and, as such, as been around for quite some time. Despite that, the developer still proclaim Robin as a beta application which means they definitely want everything to be just right before release. It supports the basic commands such as calling and sending SMS and it can also respond to gestures, find out about parking and traffic alerts, gas prices, and more. It still needs some work but it’s a pretty decent option and should become a lot better over the long term if the developers keep working on it.
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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 166th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • The developers of Critical Ops announced this week that their game has over ten million downloads and 300,000 active players. For those who don’t know, Critical Ops is a first person shooter that’s been in a perpetual beta since its release. Even so, it’s a solid game with decent graphics and mechanics. It’s a free download in the Play Store if you want to try it out. It’s a worthy competitor to more popular shooters like Modern Combat 5.
  • A new study done this week shows that Android users are more than twice as likely to uninstall apps and games than iOS users. The study indicates that 43% of games and 21% of app downloads eventually get uninstalled on Android. On iOS, those numbers are 13% and 9%, respectively. Whether Android users simply try more things or are more particular about their apps is up for discussion. Either way, it’s interesting.
  • Word around the digital grapevine is that Telltale’s upcoming 2017 Marvel game will be based around Guardians of the Galaxy. The information comes from a supposed leak originally covered by ComicBookMovie.com. Along with that, the leak also allegedly lists The Walking Dead Season 3 as a game that’s happening. We hope all of these leaks are true because that would be awesome.
  • Taiwan is currently trying to have Uber banned from every app store in its country. Here’s what happened. In Taiwan, transportation services pay a different set of taxes from technology platforms. Uber classified itself as a technology platform while the Taiwanese government is well aware that it’s essentially a transportation service. We’ll have to see how this turns out in the long run, but it’s not the first time Uber has been in hot water.
  • Facebook and Google are making some moves to help prevent the circulation of fake news. Facebook will simply stop allowing those stories to trend on its site while Google removes their AdSense money. We don’t know what this will mean for the satire community, but it’s actually kind of sad that we have the culmination of human knowledge at our fingertips via the Internet and this is still somehow a problem.

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SnipBack

[Price: Free]
SnipBack is a voice recorder app that lets you record yourself. It does the standard recording stuff pretty well. You’ll be able to record yourself doing whatever and then export those files to your internal storage, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Another feature is the ability to let SnipBack run as a service that can temporarily record audio all the time and then let you recover it if you want to. We don’t recommend leaving it on all the time, but it’s a nifty little thing to have.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps WeeklyHaunted Rooms

[Price: Free]
Haunted Rooms is a VR puzzle game that was released this week. It’s an escape game which means you’ll spent most of your time solving puzzles to get out of wherever you are. It boasts decent graphics, a short story line, and a spooky ambiance. The developers have also stated that they’d like to add more episodes to the adventure over time. It was made for Google Cardboard so it should work with almost any similar VR headset. It’s also a free download.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps WeeklyFingerprint Gestures

[Price: Free / Varies]
Fingerprint Gestures is an app that allows you to use your fingerprint scanner as a gesture pad. The way it works is you assign actions to an activity. For instance, you can set “Recent Apps” to a single tap of your fingerprint scanner. When you perform the activity, it performs the action. It’s a little rough around the edges and it doesn’t work with every device. You’ll also need a device that’s running Android Marshmallow in order to use it.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps WeeklyJade Empire: Special Edition

[Price: $9.99]
Jade Empire began life as an action RPG on the original Xbox back in the mid 2000s. It was eventually ported to PC and now, Android. The game takes place in a land inspired by ancient China and the characters were as well. It’s a Bioware title so fans of their games know what kind of experience they’ll get with this one. It’s a tad expensive at $9.99, but it comes with full controller support, on-screen controls, and additional content that wasn’t in the original release.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps WeeklyPhotoScan by Google

[Price: Free]
PhotoScan by Google is an app that helps you digitize your photographs. You use it to kind of scan your real life photos which are then added to your gallery. It also has a few tools to help things along. For instance, you can use the crop tool to get rid of any frame or background. It doesn’t take long to learn how to use and it only really does this one thing. Anyone who’s been meaning to get digital copies of their old photographs, you should definitely try this.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly


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