Best free Android and iPhone games of the week! (April 16 – 23)

Last week was downright dandy for free mobile games! All-around quality titles showed up, ready to satisfy your gaming cravings. We have lined up 12 free games that came out very recently on Android and iOS, representing various genres and gameplay types.

Highlights include the new Office Space game (humor!), Nonstop Chuck Norris (endorsed by the man himself), a game where cats fight each other in war machines, and a realistic boxing game because nothing gets one going like authentic simulations of virtual sweat.

Everything is packed in the slideshow below, complete with pictures, …


Galaxy S8+ April security update released in Europe, facial recognition feature gets an upgrade

Samsung is in the process of rolling out its first Galaxy S8+ update in Europe. The new OTA includes Google’s April monthly security update, which consists of fixes for 49 CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) found on Android and a patch for 16 issues which are specific to Samsung’s Galaxy devices. 
SamMobile obtained the entire changelog in Dutch, and the translated information suggests that the new update also brings improvements to the algorithms of the facial recognition feature on the S8+.  
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Samsung's Windows powered 12-inch Galaxy Book launches via Verizon on April 21st

At MWC this year, Samsung didn’t introduce the Samsung Galaxy S8 (unless you count a quick video teaser as an introduction). The company did unveil the Samsung Galaxy Book. This is a 2-in-1 tablet that comes with Windows 10 inside. The device is available in two sizes (10.6-inches and 12-inches) and with two different forms of connectivity, LTE and Wi-Fi. Starting April 21st (this coming Friday) you will be able to pick up the device from Verizon Wireless. The nation’s largest carrier will be offering the larger 12-inch LTE model of the Galaxy Book for $1,299.99. Both size devices feature a snap-on …

Xiaomi Mi 6 is now official; phone will be released on April 28th with SD-835 and 6GB of RAM

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is now official. Introduced by Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun this morning, the eagerly awaited handset features a 5.15-inch display carrying a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. The Snapdragon 835 chipset is under the hood with an octa-core 2.45 GHz CPU, and the Adreno 540 GPU. The handset will come with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of native storage. A 3350mAh battery is charged with keeping the lights on. Because the Snapdragon 835 SoC is 25% more efficient than the Snapdragon 820, the Mi 6 should provide users with outstanding battery life.

The dual rear camera setup in back …

Google sends out invitations for April 18th event; new Google Earth will be unveiled


Google Earth, once the coolest way to virtually drop yourself into a far away city or location and “walk” through the streets, is being revamped. An invitation sent out by the search giant indicates that the new Google Earth will be introduced on April 18th. With the current version of Google Earth, you can employ Google Street Level to navigate foreign lands and fly through 3D representations of major cities. With the Maps Gallery you can view real time earthquakes, hiking trails, and watch planes in flight. It seems like more than just a coincidence that Google will unveil the new version …

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 arrives in Europe in late April

It looks like Samsung’s rugged mid-range smartphone, the Xcover 4, might be introduced in Europe and United States around the same time. At least one UK retailer confirmed it would start selling the device later this month, which comes in line with our previous report concerning the Xcover 4’s availability in the US.

According to Clove UK, Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 will be available for purchase on April 24 for £249. Unfortunately, not many things have been improved over the previous model. In fact, the most important are related to the software that runs on the rugged …

Critically-acclaimed adventure game Secret Files: Tunguska is free on App Store until April 20

If you’re a fan of point-and-click adventure games, then you have more than a week to pick up one of the little gems that were launched in the mid-2000s, Secret Files: Tunguska.

Developed by German studio Animation Arts and published by Deep Silver, Secret Files: Tunguska has been briefly pulled from the App Store, and it was re-released last week. The good news is the game is now available for free until April 20, after which it will go back up to its full price.

Tunguska is the first title in the Secret Files series, which comprises three more games: Puritas …

The Xiaomi Mi 6 will most likely be unveiled tomorrow (Update: Nope, April 19)

Update: We seem to have fallen victim to the hype machine. It wasn’t the Mi 6 that was unveiled today, but rather just its release date – April 19, and we sincerely apologize for the confusion. Apart from that, however, we do have a couple of new tidbits of information: TechDroider claims that the Mi 6 will not have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and the phone will be equipped with a Snapdragon 835 SoC only. You can see the official teaser for the event, as well as the original text of the article, below.

As a result of its …

Best new Android and iPhone apps (mid April)

Hey there, app fans. It’s time to do another comb-through of the App Store and Play Store and try to find some fresh new apps that are worth a look, before sinking into obscurity. If you follow us regularly, you know that we do the dirty work for you — just check out the list below and see which apps pique your fancy.

So, this week, we have a brand-new camera app from Apple itself, a cooking app from the fitness gurus at Runtastic, a new social media for music fans and amateur musicians to connect through, and some more cool stuff. You know the drill — check them …

BlackBerry is the first non-Google OEM to push April security patch

While companies like Samsung, LG, Huawei or Motorola are pushing March security updates to its Android smartphones, BlackBerry has already started to roll out April security patch.

Considering the update has just been made available by Google for its Nexus and Pixel devices, alongside Android 7.1.2 Nougat, it looks like a great achievement on BlackBerry’s part.

However, it’s not the first time that it happens because BlackBerry has much fewer Android smartphones that must receive security updates on a monthly basis.

Besides starting to push the update …