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Google Chooses Best Apps and Best Games of 2013

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Since the end of 2013 is rapidly approaching, the time has come for the best of this year to be selected. Google has already started doing this by placing two compilations on the Play Store, one of them with the Best Apps of 2013 and one of them with the Best Games of 2013.

The list with the Best Apps includes some with different uses for different types of users, such as finance apps (SigFig), apps for organizing your daily activities (Wunderlist), a salon simulator (Toca Hair Salon 2), cooking apps (The Whole Pantry) or radio apps like Tunlen Radio.

On the Best Games list we can find some very popular games and some very big names. First of all there is Fifa 14, Plants vs. Zombies 2,  Asphalt 8, Clash of Clans or Anomaly 2. Besides these we can find some very attractive games while slightly less well-known. These are: rymdkapsel, Dots: A Game About Connecting, Containment The Zombie Puzzler, Into the Dead, 10000000, Juice Cubes, DragonVale, Rayman Fiesta Run, Heroes of Dragon Age and The Blockheads. How do you guys feel about these lists? Would you have chosen otherwise?

Check out Play Store’s best apps here.

Android 4.4 Nightlies with CyanogenMod 11

Although the guys at CyanogenMod usually take their time before releasing nightlies for new versions of Android, this was not the case for Android 4.4 KitKat. With the Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 having already received their updates, it is now the turn of other devices to receive theirs. A list was released containing the names of all the devices which are about to receive their nightlies soon enough. Among the phones included we can find the Samsung Galaxy S 3 (i9300) as well.

Nightlies are expected to roll out any moment now so make sure you keep an eye out for your device. It should be mentioned that these are very new releases and there is always the chance of discovering certain issues unknown to the developers until then.

Possible Android 4.4 updates for non flagship Samsung devices

According to an image posted by Sammobile, Samsung is seriously taking into consideration upgrading some of its mid-level and low-end devices with the newest version of Android, Android 4.4 KitKat. This probably comes as a result of Google’s desire to make Android 4.4 available for everybody, regardless of their gadget. Some of its features are specifically targeted at this, such as reduced memory consumption on low-memory.

The devices seen in the photo include the Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy Core, Galaxy Fame, Galaxy Ace 2, and the Galaxy Fresh. But you shouldn’t get your hopes up yet. Samsung might not release updates for all of these devices although some of them are serious candidates, such as the Galaxy S 4 mini. It remains to be seen what course of action the Korean company will choose.

Samsung Chromebook released in India

Google’s Chromebook manufactured by Samsung has been released in India. This comes after Google has already released Chromebooks manufactured by HP and Acer. The newly released Chromebook can be acquired for Rs 26,990.

The Chromebook boasts an 11.6 inch display (1366 x 768), a dual-core 1.7 GHz Exynos 5000 SoC and 2GB DDR3L RAM. Besides these, it will have 16 GB of internal storage space plus another 100 GB of free Google Drive storage space for two years. The battery is a 4000 mAh one, capable of powering up the device for 7 hours and there is also a USB 3.0 port. BGR states there were certain deals made between Google and two Indian companies regarding data connectivity.

These were some of the most important pieces of news today. If you enjoyed this then comment and tell us what you think of these developments.

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