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A rumored Motorola tablet could have a feature long awaited by many Android users

Android tablets have not been the best when it comes to actually getting work done. Even with the multiple window support for apps in Android 7.0 Nougat, its hard to switch between them for work. It’s much easier if you have a Windows laptop or tablet. Now, there’s word that an upcoming tablet from Motorola might have a feature that could make working with multiple apps easier.

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March 18, 2017

The report comes from Android Police, who received a slide that shows off this feature from an unnamed but trusted source. The slide shows that this tablet will have a productivity mode, which will allow for Android apps to be pinned on the navigation bar. The slide indicates that users should be able to switch between those apps by tapping on their icons in the nav bar. In theory, this should allow people to switch from a word processing app to a note taking app quickly without having to go to the normal Android home screen.

Keep in mind that this description is just based on what’s shown in the slide. It’s possible there’s more to this “productivity mode” than is shown in this single leaked image. The article also doesn’t reveal anything else about this future Motorola tablet. We don’t know its hardware specs, its size or weight. We also don’t have a release date or price tag. All of this could affect how well this “productivity mode” will work in the real world.

By the way, this product, if it comes to market, will be the first such tablet from Motorola since the release of the Droid Xyboard in 2011, although Motorola’s parent company Lenovo has been selling a number of current Android and Windows tablets.

This new Motorola device could finally bring a work-capable Android tablet to market that may be able to rival the iPad Pro or Microsoft’s Surface products.

Assuming that this new mode will work the way we think it will (and admittedly that’s a big assumption) this new Motorola device could finally bring a work-capable Android tablet to market that may be able to rival the iPad Pro or Microsoft’s Surface products. Most Android tablets are designed to watch content, but a “productivity mode” could offer businesses, schools and other customers a way to actually get stuff done on a tablet. This is something that not even Google has been able to do with its own Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets, so it will be very interesting to see if Motorola can offer its own solution.

In the meantime, what do you think about this leaked slide? Will this future Motorola tablet really offer a better multitasking experience? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Google Phone 9.0 teardown reveals upcoming features – notification channels, picture messaging and more

A Google Phone update doesn’t usually offer too much to talk about. Last week’s version 9.0 rollout apparently had nothing for us to write about, but a teardown has uncovered a few gems within the code. There is evidence of at least a handful of new features present in this new update.

For starters, notification channels are a hot Android O topic, and Google looks to be getting its Phone app ready to take advantage of these. This new feature will allow applications to group notifications into categories. Sounds, vibrations and notification lights could then react differently to each.

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Everything new in Android O: features and changes

March 22, 2017

Plenty of phones have the option to send a prewritten text message when one can’t answer a call, but what about the caller? It’s common to send a message to the recipient, letting him know what the call was about, or its level of urgency. There is code in this APK file regarding “post-call messages”, which would be just what their moniker entails. There aren’t many details on how this will be implemented, but it sure sounds like a helpful tool is in the works.

There is also some code in Google Phone 9.0 that hints at more convenient picture messaging. Here’s the thing: if you’ve ever wanted to quickly send an image during a call, you’d normally need to exit the phone app, open your messaging app of choice, then go about sending your photo. Google Phone 9.0 contains a few different notifications relating to picture messaging, including “Received a photo” and “Sent a photo”.

Lastly, there’s some code relating to dialer codes, too. Not familiar with dialer codes? The idea is that you can dial a series of characters to display information or perform certain actions. Now it seems like the Google Phone app will be able to take advantage of these.

Plenty of codes show up in the teardown, but we don’t know what they do just yet. And while some have been used in the past, we advise that you don’t test your luck. That is, unless you know what you are doing and realize using these could potentially damage your phone and/or void your warranty. Hit the source link to see the codes.

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Samsung Marshmallow offers parental controls and teaches proper phone usage

Marshmallow is not a rare topic here at Android Authority, but it is usually the Android version we refer to when we speak of this sweet treat. Now we have a new Samsung service named after the same dessert – Samsung Marshmallow.

This is a parental control app, but Sammy wants us to look at it as something more than just that. The application is not made to simply enforce rules, it is also designed to teach children proper smartphone usage habits.

It’s easy to set bedtimes, limit internet time, block apps and more. The app also takes things a step further by enticing your kids to be better smart device users. There is a reward system in place, too – kids can earn points with good online behavior, while being naughty will cause a loss in points. After getting enough points, the child can ask parents for a card to use in the gift shot.

The bad news? This is a Samsung exclusive, which means only the company’s own devices will support the app. Here is a list of supported handsets: Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus / S7 / S7 Edge / S6 / S6 Edge / S6 Edge Plus / S5 / Note 5 / Note 4 / A5 / A7 / A8 / A9 / J3 / J5 / J7.

Those interested and carrying a supported device can go ahead and download the app straight from the Google Play Store. Hit the comments to let us know how you like it!

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The wild and crazy John McAfee wants you to buy the “most hack-proof smartphone”

John McAfee is one of those folks that many people label as “colorful” if they are being polite, while others might use the term “crazy” or even worse if they don’t care for him. Like McAfee or not, he definitely is one of the most outspoken figures in the tech world. This week, he officially announced his next venture, which is to release a smartphone that he claims will be the most hack-proof device ever launched.

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First, a quick history lesson on McAfee. He is best known for founding McAfee Associates in 1987, which released the first commercial computer anti-virus software, also called McAfee. He left the company he founded in 1994, and since then he has put money in a number of other tech ventures, as well as other investments.

He also lived in the country of Belize for several years, and in 2012 he came into the international spotlight when the Belizean Police Department started searching for him as a “person of interest” in the murder of one of his neighbors, Gregory Viant Faull. McAfee decided to flee the country instead and ended up back the US where he still lives.

In 2016, a documentary on the Showtime cable TV network portrayed McAfee as a wild and crazy person. It alleged that he was involved in not one but two murders and that he has engaged in rape, drug use and more criminal activities. McAfee has denied the portrayal of himself in that documentary and said he planned to sue the filmmakers. It’s safe to say, however, that McAfee is not your normal, button-down tech geek or executive, no matter which version of the man you believe is real.

Now McAfee believes that, even with his own checkered background, there will be an audience for his privacy-themed smartphone. It’s officially called the John McAfee Privacy Phone, which is about as dull of a name as you could expect. The phone itself will be released by a security firm he leads called MGT. Earlier this week, he posted an image of what he called the first prototype of the Privacy Phone on his Twitter account and it clearly shows that it is running some version of Android.

Of course, we have seen claims about other Android phones that were supposed to be ultra-secure in the past, such as the Blackphone, that have never taken off in terms of sales. What will make McAfee’s Privacy Phone more hack-proof than these other devices? In a chat with Newsweek, McAfee says it’s all about the hardware in the phone. Specifically, he claims owners will be able to remove not just the battery but also the phone’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and geolocation wireless hardware, along with its camera and microphone.

He claims owners will be able to remove not just the battery but also the phone’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and geolocation wireless hardware, along with its camera and microphone.

He adds that the Privacy Phone will be protected from IMSI catcher devices that are designed to intercept mobile phone traffic and location data. Finally, the web browser in the Privacy Phone is supposed to include an anonymizer so when you search on the browser, you won’t get hit by ads.

McAfee is holding off on revealing the specific hardware specs of the Privacy Phone until the week before it is launched. That is supposed to happen sometime later this year. The phone will be priced at a hefty $ 1,100 when it is released. McAfee claims it is mostly targeting enterprise users, but he believes it will also attract buyers who simply want to have a more secure mobile phone experience. He seems very confident it will be a success, so much so that a second version of the phone is already planned for the summer of 2018, which McAfee claims “will be as hack proof as humanly possible.”

He seems very confident it will be a success, so much so that a second version of the phone is already planned for the summer of 2018, which McAfee claims

Putting aside the fact that many companies have tried and failed to push expensive privacy-themed smartphones to consumers and businesses in the past, this new venture has the added baggage of having McAfee attached to it. Really, would you want to buy a smartphone that was developed by a man who has been accused of so much illegal stuff in the past? We would be afraid that if we bought the phone, our info might be collected and used for . . . well, some bad stuff. Even if that was not the case, paying $ 1,100 for a phone with high claims of being ultra-safe to use without real proof is taking a huge risk, no matter who was selling it.

Are you interested in getting the John McAfee Privacy Phone, even with his reputation? Do you think such a phone, even with its hardware and software features, could be as secure as he claims? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Riven, the sequel to Myst, is now available to explore on Android

Riven, the heavily hyped sequel to Cyan Worlds’ breakthrough graphic adventure game Myst, is now out for Android. The adaptation, from Noodlecake Studios, has been remastered from its original 1997 release on the PC to work on touchscreen devices. Noodlecake previously released the Android version of realMyst, a revamped 3D version of the original Myst game, in January.

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October 22, 2016

The game basically begins where Myst left off, as you explore a mysterious series of islands full of odd looking artifacts, while you also search for clues to unlock puzzles. The Android version includes features such as a “Bookmark” system so you can quickly save and restore your progress in Riven if you decide to take a break. You can also zoom in anywhere in the game to get more information and clues, and there are even “hot spot” hints that will help out if you get stuck.

Since the game is being released in the Google Play Store, you will also get access to Google Play achievements that can be unlocked, along with an integrated hint guide. Noodlecake has priced the Android version of Riven at just $ 3.99 in the Google Play Store, with no other in-game purchases or ads, and that’s an excellent value for one of the best point-and-click adventure games ever made.

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Sony Xperia XA1 pre-orders begin ahead of launch in the US for $300

After its official reveal in late February during the Mobile World Congress 2017 trade show, Sony will finally begin selling the mid-range Xperia XA1 smartphone in the US starting on Monday, May 1. Pre-orders have already started for the phone, which will be sold unlocked for $ 299.99. It’s also gone on sale in other parts of the world, including India.

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February 27, 2017

The phone has a 5-inch 720p display and will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Inside, there is a 64-bit MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor running things, along with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage, with a microSD card that can support up to 256 GB of additional storage.

The rear camera is the star feature of the Sony Xperia XA1. It has a 23 MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor with excellent low-light performance support, at ISO 6400. It also has a 24 mm wide-angle F2.0 lens. In addition, the phone has an 8 MP front-facing camera, and a 2,300 mAh battery, but lacks a fingerprint sensor.

The Sony Xperia XA1 will be sold on a number of retail websites, including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, Fry’s Electronics, and others, with color choices of white, black, pink, and gold. It will work with GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, as well. Sony plans to launch the Xperia XA1 Ultra, with a larger 6-inch 1080p display, later this spring, along with its latest flagship device, the Xperia XZ Premium. Pricing for both of these phones have yet to be revealed.

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Huawei is repeating some of Samsung’s old mistakes

Huawei is a big name in the smartphone industry these days, having grabbed a significant share of the growing Chinese market and also gaining ground abroad in European and even North American markets. While the company has been releasing some very solid devices, critics may have noticed that Huawei seems to be falling into some of Samsung’s old pitfalls in the pursuit of catching up with the big two.

For starters, Huawei’s software, while improving, continues to be a weak spot in the company’s otherwise strong handset launches (an all too familiar feeling for opponents of Touchwiz and Samsung Experience). While opinions on the color scheme and look will vary according to taste, EMUI is still playing catchup to the best UIs. For example, it has only just included an app drawer as standard.

Solid processor, check. Impressive camera, check. Nice build quality, check. Top notch software, eh not so much. Sound familiar?

Huawei also still ships with a number of duplicate apps that consumers are probably never going to use, insists on odd tweaks such as “Knock Knock” swipes and knuckle gestures, and includes a ton of extra settings and options tucked away in the UI that, arguably, not many people need. While fun for those looking to customize their device, this suggests that Huawei can’t make up its own mind about which features are the most important for its users. EMUI 5 isn’t bloated per se, but it’s still in need of some refinement before it competes with the best.

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November 4, 2016

Speaking of software, Huawei hasn’t been the fastest at updating its older smartphones to the latest version of Android either, a complaint commonly levelled at Samsung too. While Huawei has released Nougat for some of its latest models, the older P9 and P9 Lite flagships have suffered from numerous delays after the company initially promised a Q1 rollout. Furthermore, the barely two year old P8 and Mate S aren’t going to receive an upgrade to Nougat at all, a bitter pill for the company’s long term fans.

Huawei can and must do better on the software and support front if it wants to win over premium tier consumers in the West.

Despite being less than two year’s old, Huawei has confirmed that the Mate S won’t receive an upgrade to Nougat.

Then there’s the marketing, the confusing crossovers, and the ever growing product portfolio. Huawei claims it’s cutting down on the number of ranges that it offers, but each of these now seems to be split into a wider number of handsets.

For starters, we have the new P10, P10 Lite, and the P10 Plus, a trio of different sized and slightly different spec’d handsets. While offering customers a selection at different price points is partly what has made Huawei so competitive, the Lite variant of Huawei’s flagships has always been a cutdown affair that offers consumers a slower processing package, less memory, and a more basic camera. The Lite is really a different mid-range handset disguised in the wrappings of its top-tier siblings, resulting in a quite different experience.

Huawei’s Lite flagship models are the equivalent of Samsung’s much maligned Galaxy S Mini handsets.

Samsung has done this in the past too. The Galaxy S Mini series repeatedly cut down on the hardware components found inside its flagship namesake, essentially offering customers a cutdown experience just because they wanted a smaller model.

We mustn’t forget the sheer number of tweaked models that the company offers as well, which just lately includes the Porsche Design Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, Honor 8 Pro, P9 Plus and the P9 Lite options that are all floating around out there, and that’s not mentioning the various X and C revisions of the Honor brand too. Here’s an example of how ludicrous this can quickly become. Do you believe that many customers would know that the Honor 6X is actually newer than the Honor 7?

Samsung eventually abandoned its Mini range in favour of improving the marketing of its mid-range models. Huawei has Honor, so does it also need the P10 Lite?

Remember the days of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note Edge and Duos, all of those Active variants, and the seemingly endless range of Galaxy A, C, and J smartphones? This type of convoluted naming scheme does little other than maybe tell consumers that a phone is slightly bigger than one another, and all the small variations make it almost impossible to keep track of the latest handsets.

As far as I’m concerned, the Mate and Note series should be the phablets from Huawei and Samsung, while the P and S ranges are the more reasonably sized flagships. This Plus sized nonsense is just marketing clutter from manufacturers that can’t make up their minds. OK, that’s enough ranting.

The new Huawei P10 is quickly turning into a controversial handset for the company.

Of course, the elephant in the room for Huawei right now is the debacle over the various memory options inside the P10. The latest revelation that Huawei has also skimped out on the oleophobic coating on the P10 screen is another example that makes the company look like it’s cutting corners and/or not undertaking proper quality control. Something that Samsung is all too keenly aware of after the Note 7 battery fiasco. And don’t forget that whole mess with the DSLR photo pretending to be from the P9 and the controversy over the Leica co-branding.

The big problem for consumers is that it makes it difficult to assess the performance and quality of what we’re buying. Samsung’s long running decision to release Exynos and Snapdragon powered versions of its flagship smartphones has left some consumers with similar questions. Performance enthusiasts often pursue benchmarks each year to find out if there’s any major difference between the two, although at least for Samsung the regional distribution of these models ensures that your next door neighbour isn’t going to receive a faster handset just thanks to the luck of the draw.

Huawei was surely aware of consumer interest in the differences between Samsung’s Exynos and Qualcomm powered handsets. If so, it would be naive to think that customers wouldn’t care about RAM and flash differences too.

That being said, it’s not completely unheard of for manufacturers to source components from multiple manufacturers to ensure adequate supply, but usually the end result is two models that are very difficult to distinguish. Apple does this with its iPhone modems, and Samsung, along with other OEMs, have sometimes sourced camera components from multiple manufacturers. I don’t think that I need to mention that Samsung and others have all had to contend with component shortages in the past too, nor that there’s customer backlash every time component differences are uncovered.

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Wrap up

I want to end by saying that these points aren’t intended as a slight against Huawei, as no manufacturer is perfect. Instead this is more an observation about the types of issues now facing the company and how oddly similar they are to others we have seen in the past.

Most of these complaints, if you will, are actually likely a result of Huawei’s massive growth over the years, and should improve as the company adapts to its new market position. Huawei builds quality hardware and now customers are demanding better software to match. However, the growing back catalogue of smartphones is making it harder to provide the longer term support that smaller manufacturers can afford. Meanwhile, selling a record number of handsets and expanding into new territories is clearly putting a strain on Huawei’s component supply channels, but this can hopefully be overcome as its purchasing power grows.

Global expansion is bringing new challenges for Huawei, and the company is going to have to tackle them head on if it is to reach the same heights as Apple and Samsung. If the company succeeds, then we’ll all be better off for the competition.

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Motorola will offer two Moto Mod teams funding to help launch their products

Motorola has been trying to encourage third-party developers to make unique Moto Mods for its lineup of Moto Z phones. This week, the company had 13 of those development teams present their device ideas to a panel of Motorola, Lenovo Capital, and Verizon executives. The final result was that two of those teams may get funding from Lenovo Capital to help launch their products.

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July 21, 2016

One of the winning Moto Mod proposals was Digiframe, which is supposed to add a second e-paper screen to the back of a Moto Z phone to quickly show information like the weather, a person’s schedule, and more. Users can even stick the Digiframe to a refrigerator with its magnetic back to post notes to other people in the house.

Both of these concepts could receive a share of $ 1 million in investment funding from Lenovo Capital.

The other winning Moto Mod idea was the MACAY TrueSound HiFi accessory, which came out of one of Motorola’s hackathon events in New York City. It will allow Moto Z phones to add higher end audio ports that are usually found in more expensive speakers so owners of those phones can have a much better listening experience on their headphones.

Both of these concepts could receive a share of $ 1 million in investment funding from Lenovo Capital, but that decision is not yet final as the group will still have to perform its due diligence before a final investment proposal is made to those teams.

The teams behind Digiframe and MACAY TrueSound HiFi have also been accepted into the new Moto Mods Accelerator Program. It will provide those teams with hands-on assistance from experienced engineering and design partners that might help them launch their Moto Mod ideas into real products that would eventually be sold by Verizon. Four other Moto Mod design teams have also been enrolled in the program. They include the previously announced Keyboard mod, which will add a physical keyboard to the Moto Z phones, and the Edge mod, which will add multi-LED notification lights around the phone.

The other two concepts that were accepted in the accelerator program are a wireless charging Moto Mod, and one that places a solar energy charging mod on the back of the Moto Z phones. It will be very interesting to see if one or more of these concepts will finally come to life as real products that can be purchased by current Moto Z owners.

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Deal: Snag the 16 GB Moto G4 Plus for just $160 at Amazon and Best Buy

A few weeks ago, Amazon was selling the Moto G4 Plus with 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM for just $ 189.99, a $ 60 discount from its normal price. Today, both Amazon and Best Buy have lowered the price of that same phone again, down to just $ 159.99, a discount of $ 90.

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5 days ago

The Moto G4 Plus is still an excellent choice for a budget-price smartphone. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, a 16 MP rear camera, a wide-angle 5 MP front-facing camera, and a fingerprint sensor. It also has a 3,000 mAh battery that supports the TurboCharge technology, which offers up to six hours of battery use after just 15 minutes of charging. The unlocked phone is designed to work with all four major US wireless carriers. You can also download its recent over-the-air update to Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Best Buy discount is slated to end in a few hours, so you might want to hurry if you want to get the Moto G4 Plus at such a low price. It’s also possible that the Amazon price could go up tomorrow as well. Are you interested in getting this phone as a gift for a friend, or maybe for yourself? Let us know in the comments.

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10 best sandbox games for Android

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Sandbox games are a different kind of fun. Instead of focusing on linear game play mechanics and level design, sandbox games allow you to explore open worlds. You can interact with the entire game space, play as you choose, and engage with story only if you want to. A lot of people prefer them over regular games because of their freedom. Here are the best sandbox games for Android!


Crashlands

Price: $ 4.99
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Crashlands burst onto the scene in 2016 and immediately became one of the best sandbox games out there. In this title, you play as an intergalactic trucker. The game starts with you stuck on a random planet. Your job is to defeat bad guys, craft items, and build yourself a home away from home. There is also a quest line where you can save the world while retrieving all of the packages you lost. It’s a huge game that also doesn’t take itself too seriously. You’ll have to shell out $ 4.99 to play it but there are also no in-app purchases.
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The Escapists

Price: $ 3.99
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The Escapists is one of the newer sandbox games. You play as an inmate in prison. Your goal is to move about, collect and craft items, engage with inmates and guards, and eventually escape. You also have to follow the prison’s rules so your stash isn’t discovered. Aside from following the rules, you have free reign to do whatever you want. It also features retro graphics. That can be good or bad depending on what you think about retro graphics. It’s $ 3.99 with no in-app purchases.
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Goat Simulator series

Price: $ 4.99 each
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The Goat Simulator series is a collection of sandbox games that definitely don’t take themselves too seriously. The core premise is that you play as a goat in a world where the laws of physics simply don’t apply. Most of the game worlds are highly interactive and you’ll earn points by doing a variety of different stunts, maneuvers, and tasks. There are four games available, each with their own special flavor. The only potential bad thing about these games are that they generally don’t have a story or any real purpose. You just play.
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Godus

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Godus is an open-world simulator where you essentially play god. Your job is to keep watch over a civilization as they grow. The entire world is at your whim. That means you can help or hinder progress as you see fit. When it comes with interacting with society, you can be a just and loving creator, or you can hurl meteors at them. The choice is yours. It had a rough start at first However, it seems to be a relatively stable game these days. It’s a freemium game in case that matters to you.
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Grand Theft Auto series and Bully

Price: Varies
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Grand Theft Auto games are some of the most popular sandbox games of all time. They’re also pretty fantastic. On mobile, you have five overall options, including Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, San Andreas, and the more recently released GTA: Liberty City Stories and Chinatown Wars. Additionally, Bully was released in late 2016 and it plays a lot like a GTA title. All five games follow a similar formula where you play as a character and you can drive around entire cities to do as you please. There is a linear story that you can follow along with a ton of side quests. Or you can just mow people down for fun. The option is yours and the games are relatively inexpensive for how much content they provide.
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Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Price: $ 6.99 with in-app purchases
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Minecraft another of the most popular sandbox games of all time. For those who have been living under a rock, Minecraft is a game where you mine things, build things, kill things, and use your creativity to its maximum. Players from all over the world have enjoyed the game and its mobile version actually isn’t half bad. It doesn’t have all of the features of the main games, but it’s slowly making its way there and Microsoft has plans for its future. It’s getting better very frequently and it’s still fun to play.
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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath

Price: $ 2.99
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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is an action platformer with an open world and tons of stuff to do. The developers boast a 20+ hour experience that includes towns, various landscapes, and industrial facilities for you to explore. It also boasts a rather unique FPS style game play that turns into a third-person platformer when you’re not in combat. On top of all of that, the game comes with fully customizable controls, a quirky storyline, boss fights, and HID gamepad support. It’s also quite cheap right now. It’s one of the more underrated sandbox games.
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Payback 2

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Payback 2 is one of the more underrated sandbox games. The idea is fairly similar to something like Twizted Metal. You drive a car in an area where other people are also driving. Your goal is to destroy them. It also includes the ability to race helicopters, fight tanks, race cars, and much more. It includes over 50 campaign events, custom events, and more. You essentially drop in and start doing stuff. It’s actually a whole lot of fun. You can try it out for free, but it is a freemium game so do keep that in mind.
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Terraria

Price: $ 4.99
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Terraria is one of the older sandbox games and it’s definitely one of the best. A popular way to describe the game is as a 2D Minecraft. Much like Minecraft, you’ll spend your time building things, mining for resources, crafting items, and killing bad guys. Unlike Minecraft, Terraria has boss fights, over 450 unique enemies, over 30 pets, and more. It’s a title that takes the open world concept very seriously and there is always something to do. It’s relatively inexpensive and you can demo the game for free.
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Titan Quest

Price: $ 8.99
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Titan Quest is an action RPG that was released in 2016. It features a huge world that you can explore and it’s joined with action RPG elements that will have you killing bad guys, leveling up and customizing your character, and collecting tons of gear. There is a linear story that you can follow. It faithfully recreates some famous ancient civilizations, including Greece, Egypt, Babylon, and China. It was insanely good on PC back in 2006 and it’s shaping up to be one of the best sandbox games as well. It’s a little expensive at $ 8.99, but there are no in-app purchases.
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If we missed any of the best sandbox games for Android, tell us about them in the comments!

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