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Neither NVIDIA Shield tablet will get updated to Android Oreo

If you’re looking for an Android tablet, your choices are pretty limited. Besides Samsung, the only company to make a tablet that stands out in the last few years has been NVIDIA. The Shield Tablet and Shield Tablet K1 aren’t new by any means. The tablets came out in 2014 and 2015 respectively, but are still some of the better options on the market. Unfortunately, they won’t see Google’s newest version of Android.

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Manuel Guzman is a software quality assurance worker at NVIDIA. He recently took to Twitter to respond to a fan asking about updates for the tablets and confirmed that they won’t see Oreo. An update to the Android Nougat build currently on the Shield K1 is still coming, but that’s it. It’s sad that the tablets won’t be updated but two years of software updates are what’s generally accepted for Android devices these days.

As for NVIDIA’s other Android device, we’re still waiting to see when Shield TV will get Oreo. Back in August, NVIDIA’s General Manager, Ali Kani said that it was “looking forward to the exciting new features that Android O will bring to SHIELD TV.” Shield TV recently gained access to Google Assistant so it looks like the future is bright there.

What do you think? Are two years of software support enough for an Android tablet? Should NVIDIA be doing more? Let us know down in the comments.

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Google adds video calling through your Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps

As someone who uses an iPhone on a daily basis – no need for the torches and pitchforks – one of the things I appreciate is the ability to make video calls without leaving the Phone or Messages app. That is why I am happy to see Google integrate the same feature into the Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps.

Google accomplished this by incorporating its own Duo video calling service and the ViLTE standard, the latter of which is an extension of the existing VoLTE that focuses on increased video call quality over an LTE network. By default, video calls will be routed through ViLTE, but Duo is the fall-back if your carrier does not support the standard.

There are a few things to keep in mind, the first being that you and the person you’re calling must have Duo installed and activated if ViLTE isn’t used. Next up, you must also have the latest versions of the Phone, Contacts, Android Messages, and Duo apps installed.

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Google also mentioned that it will add the ability to upgrade a voice call to a video call later this year, a small, but appreciable, feature should you or the other person feel the need to have a video chat mid-conversation.

Duo integration

Finally, integrated video calling is rolling out to first-generation Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices, with the Pixel 2 phones also including the feature out of the box. Google said it is working with carriers and device manufacturers to have integrated video calling across a wider variety of devices.

With the feature, it is clear that Google really wants to push video calling further, but the company might also benefit from sorting out its wide assortment of messaging, calling, and video services as well.

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The Essential team talks jittery touch issues, new colors, and Android Oreo in AMA

The Essential team will be hosting an AMA every two weeks, and here are some things that were discussed in the first session just few days ago.

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Touch issues

Will there be an update to address the laggy touch issues?

  • We are aware of the issue related to the display touch scrolling jitteriness and have a patch we are testing internally. I saw the fix in action literally yesterday and the improvement is night and day. I think you guys will be really happy with it. Our plan is to get this out in one of the next upcoming OTA updates releasing a few weeks.

Android Oreo and new features

Is there a timeline update on Android Oreo? 

  • Our QA team is in the process of testing Android Oreo as we speak to insure there are no regressions on the device. We are making great progress and target to have public beta available here within several weeks that you can try out before we release globally. We will make sure to publicly announce as soon as the Beta is available.

Blue light filter?

  • You’ll have it in Android Oreo!

Fingerprint reader gestures?

  • This is in progress. We’re targeting the next OTA.

Double tap to wake and vibration intensity?

  • We’re not working on these right now.

Will you add manual options in your camera app? 

  • Manual mode for camera is on the to-do list, but we’re not ready to put a timeline on it quite yet.

Essential Services app

What exactly is the Essential Services app? Can we see a more in-depth update log about it? What all does it do?

  • Lots of questions about the Essential Services app. This application collects high-level statistics about battery life, ANRs etc that we use to improve user experience. It allowed us to diagnose and resolve the UI freezes folks were seeing. Hopefully you’ll see how it pays dividends in the latest system update.

Modular accessories

When do you expect to support live streaming for the 360 camera?

  • Live streaming is under test right now starting with Facebook and Periscope and is part of our fall OTA release plan with Youtube and others coming shortly after. Working diligently with our partners to make sure this is rock solid for you guys!

Other colors

Can we expect the white version to be released soon?

  • The holiday in China is delaying us a few more days. Look out for news early next week.

What about the green one?

  • We are in testing now, but no release date has been set.

Dev support

Will you release kernal source and system images?

  • I’m hoping to get kernel source out asap. System images are going to take a little longer.

There you have it – to see the full discussion, you can visit the official Reddit thread. Again, following the successful AMA session with Andy Rubin four weeks ago, the company wants to keep the conversation going. That’s why it will be hosting an AMA in r/Essential every two weeks, so if you have any questions for the team, feel free to ask them directly during next week’s session!

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

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Welcome to the 211th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Google decided to not play nice with the new Amazon Echo Show. They pulled YouTube support earlier this week. Google allegedly gave no warning or notification. Google’s return statement indicated that Amazon’s implementation didn’t adhere to the terms of service. In short, the two companies are in a bit of a disagreement. We imagine it won’t take long to resolve.
  • Mozilla Firefox is about to get a lot better on Android. A bunch of things are changing when version 58 hits the Google Play Store. That includes a faster browsing experience, less RAM usage, a visual redesign, and more. The desktop version is getting a similar makeover. The company is also killing off Adobe Flash support in version 56.
  • Twitter is about to double the tweet character limit from 140 to 280. That means people can be awful to each other twice as much with half of the effort! Seriously, though, the feature is currently rolling out to select Twitter users. You can also test the feature yourself by with the Tampermonkey Chrome extension (Google Chrome only).
  • Super Mario Run received a fairly substantial update this week. Included is Remix 10, a new game mode. It sends players through ten short courses in a row. Daisy is also now a playable character. Some other additions include a new section called World Star and the ability to play music stored on your device while playing. The game is also temporarily on sale for $ 4.99. Get it while it’s hot!
  • GO Keyboard is allegedly spying on millions of its users. Research company Adguard ran a bunch of tests. The results weren’t great. The keyboard apparently collects various bits of sensitive information. Many antivirus apps identified some of the GO Keyboard plugins as adware as well. The app also communicates with various tracking networks but a lot of apps do that. Perhaps it might be a good idea to change things up for a bit.

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Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story

Price: $ 3.49
Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story is the next game in the Lost Phone franchise. The player finds a lost phone belonging to a woman named Laura. They must dig through the phone to find out why she disappeared. The player digs through various apps to investigate her life, her contacts, her messages, and even her photos. The mechanics are simple enough. It’s a sleuthing game and thus there isn’t anything particularly difficult about it. It is quite fun, though. The game runs for $ 3.49 with no in-app purchases.


Price: Free / $ 1.98
DirectChat is a nifty little chat companion app. It doesn’t send messages on its own. The app does allow other chat apps to use chat heads. That includes instances where it may not be supported. Thus, you can have them with WhatsApp, Hangouts, Allo, or whatever it is that you use. There are some customization options. a Do Not Disturb mode, a blacklist, a block list, and more. The free version contains ads. The pro version goes for $ 1.98. It removes advertising and adds a few extra features.

Pokemon Playhouse

Price: Free
Pokemon Playhouse is a Pokemon-themed kids game. Children can move around the game and interact with a bunch of different Pokemon. It’s a wildly simple title. There isn’t any reading or math skills required to play. It’s not even educational. The game is just there for fun. Nothing about the game is difficult. However, that can lead to a slightly boring game for kids who enjoy more challenging stuff. In any case, the game is entirely free with no in-app purchases or advertising.
Pokemon Playhouse

Google Family Link

Price: Free
Google Family Link is an app for parents. It allows parents to monitor their children’s activities on their smartphone. They can also do things like lock the phone down during certain times of the day. Thus, you can lock the phone when it’s bedtime. Parents have to make a linked Google account for each kid. Additionally, the kid’s phone has to run Android 7.0 Nougat at least. Some are having trouble porting existing accounts into this one. There are also some bugs here and there. Otherwise, it’s an app to keep your eye on.
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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a new hack and slash action game. It follows the story of Talion and his fight with Sauron’s armies. The game includes action RPG mechanics, tons of gear to collect, and iconic Lord of the Rings characters to recruit. Yes, it is a freemium game. Thus, it has freemium game elements. Other than that, the graphics and sound are decent and the game play is easy enough to learn. It’s worth a shot at the very least.

If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about it in the comments. You can also hit me up on Twitter if there’s an app you think should be here!

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Latest Android Oreo bug disables mobile data on some Pixel and Nexus devices

Android 8.0 Oreo already rolled out to most Pixel and Nexus devices, and although it offers quite a few useful and interesting features, it also has a few annoying bugs on board. The latest one disables all mobile data usage prematurely on some carriers around the world, as reported by a number of users on the Google Product Forums.

Certain carriers provide customers with unlimited access to certain apps like WhatsApp, for example. What this means is that even though you have used up all of your mobile data, you should still be able to use these apps. Unfortunately, it looks like Oreo doesn’t know, this because as soon as you reach your data allowance for the month, mobile data is shut off completely.

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Android 8.0 Oreo could let you use Wi-Fi hotspots more like cellular data

Android 8.0 Oreo could let you use Wi-Fi hotspots more like cellular data

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What’s more, some users are also reporting that the mobile data on their Pixel devices is turned off despite the fact they haven’t yet used all of it. This is a software issue and, thankfully, Google is already aware of it.

A Pixel Community Manager announced on the forums that the company is looking into the issue and will fix it via an update. When exactly it will be available is anyone’s guess at this point, but we likely won’t have to wait for long as the problem was described as “high priority” by the community manager.

Have you been experiencing this issue on your Pixel or Nexus smartphone? Let us know in the comments.

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This is Motorola’s first Android One phone, likely coming to the US

The next manufacturer to join the Android One program could be Motorola, according to a leak from Evan Blass.

Blass just shared a render of an Android One-branded Motorola device. The phone looks identical to the mid-range Moto X4, which Motorola introduced during IFA earlier this month, except for the Android One badge at the bottom of the device. Blass didn’t reveal any other details about the phone, but previous reports suggest we might be looking at the first Android One phone for the United States.

Pieces of the puzzle

Back in January, The Information reported that Google is working with unspecified OEMs to launch Android One in the United States. One potential partner was LG, according to a person familiar to the matter, though The Information stopped short from naming any companies. According to the report, Google was aiming at a $ 200-$ 300 price range, with a release by the middle of the year. That didn’t pan out, obviously.

In April, 9to5Google shared several “rumor tidbits” regarding the US launch of Android One, including the name of the two candidate devices for the initial release: Moto X (2017) and a mysterious HTC E37. The publication pointed at a higher price range ($ 300- $ 400) and a release around October-November.

Could this be the One?

Back to the present, and we now have palpable evidence that Motorola is part of the Android One project. The Moto X4 will be landing in Europe this month for €399, which somewhat matches 9to5Google’s rumor of a $ 300-$ 400 price tag in the US. Phone makers often price devices in Europe at the same nominal price as in the US, just swapping the currency symbol; i.e. €399 >> $ 399.

It’s possible that the Android One Moto X4 will be launched along the new Pixels, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Google and Motorola would want to put some distance between their devices.

It’s worth noting that The Information said that more OEMs could be allowed to release Android One phones in the US after the initial launch (Google seems selective about who gets to participate). As already mentioned, LG and HTC may be interested.

On a – probably – unrelated note, HTC is said to be in advanced talks with Google for a sale or strategic investment.

Mi A1 for the West

The Moto leak comes just days after Xiaomi introduced its own very attractive Android One device, the Mi A1. I called the Mi A1 the most exciting Android device of the moment, thanks to its excellent value for money and potential to bring better software updates to the masses.

Read: Xiaomi Mi A1 first impressions – How’s stock Android on Xiaomi hardware?

The Mi A1 will be sold in 40 countries, but none of these markets are in Western Europe, US, or Canada. It’s possible that the Android One Moto X4 will be the Mi A1’s counterpart in the West, albeit at a higher price.

Regardless of region, it’s clear that there’s a still a huge appetite for affordable, solid devices that stick close to Google’s vision of what Android should be. It could be a great autumn for budget-minded Android fans.

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Android 7 Nougat update tracker – September 6, 2017

The Android 7.0 Nougat update is underway! Following its release in August 2016, Nougat began its steady expansion through the massive Android ecosystem.

As it’s often the case, some phone makers are taking their time bringing Nougat to their devices, so we’re here to answer your questions about it. Read on to find out when will your phone be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat and which phones got it already.

Let’s dive right in!

What’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo? Go in-depth

 When will you get the Android 8.0 update?

What’s new in Android 7.0 Nougat? Read our in-depth review

Before we start

Like it or not, keeping your device up to date with the latest Android version is a waiting game. While Google and its manufacturer partners have made some progress over the past years, it still takes more time than we’d like to get up to date.

The availability of the Nougat update will depend on the decision of the manufacturer, but also on factors like your specific model, your region, carrier, and even where you bought the device from.

Just because your specific phone or tablet is not on the list, it doesn’t mean it won’t get the Nougat update. The opposite is also true.

Key Android 7.0 Nougat update features

The best place to learn about all the features of Android 7.0 Nougat is our full Nougat review. It contains a rundown of all the main changes, the design updates, and other things you should know about Nougat. Below we have our video overview of Nougat and a quick list of key features you should know. You can also take a look at our roundup of all the new Android 8.0 features currently available in the Android O developer preview.

  • Split-screen mode
  • App quick switching
  • Redesigned notifications
  • Notification bundling
  • System UI Tunner
  • Customizable Quick Settings
  • Doze Mode on the Go
  • Multilanguage mode
  • New emoji
  • New Settings menu
  • Do Not Disturb mode
  • Data Saver
  • Seamless updates
  • File-based encryption
  • Improved call management
  • Android for Work

Google Nougat update

In 2016, Google entered the smartphone manufacturing arena with its own brand of phones and, as you’d expect, the Pixel and Pixel XL launched with Nougat onboard. The two Google phones were also among the first to get the following Android 7.1 updates.

If you care about getting updates as soon as possible, Pixel devices (as well as recent Nexus devices) are your best choice. While Google’s track record is not perfect, it’s still a far cry from the performance of Android OEMs. Plus, you can always take matters in your own hands and flash a Nougat update OTA file or factory image on your phone.

The following devices are officially receiving Android 7.1.2 Nougat updates. Click on the links to get the latest factory image.

The following devices received the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, but will not be updated to Android 7.1.2:

Click here if you need instructions on how to manually flash Nougat factory images on your Pixel or Nexus devices.

A full list of Android factory images for Google devices is available here.

You can also flash just the relevant OTA file zip, which should allow you to preserve your date. Find all the OTA file zips here.

Android 7.1.2

Android 7.1.1

  • December 5, 2017: Android 7.1.1 factory images went live for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi and LTE), as well as the Nexus Player.
  • January 2017: The Nexus 6 received its final update – to Android 7.1.1.
  • March 2017: The Nexus 6 was downgraded to Android 7.0 due to unknown reasons.
  • August 16, 2017: The Nexus 6 is getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat again

Android 7.1 Developer Preview

  • October 19, 2016: Factory images and OTA zip files became available for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Pixel C.

Android 7.0

  • August 23, 2016: Nougat began rolling out to Nexus devices and the Pixel C.

Some Android One devices first began receiving Nougat around September 12.

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Samsung Nougat update

As the most popular Android phone maker in the world, Samsung has the final say on how fast tens of millions of people get their Android updates. While the Korean giant improved its update game in the past couple of years, the sheer size of its portfolio means that many devices can go by the wayside.

Devices that will get Nougat across their versions include the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8.

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • November 4, 2016: Samsung revealed a beta program for testing Android 7.0 Nougat on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
  • November 28, 2016: This is Nougat on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • January 17, 2017 – China and UK: Nougat is coming to the stable version of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
  • January 26, 2017 – India, Russia, Germany: The Nougat update is rolling out to users in India and Russia, as well as Vodafone subscribers in Germany.
  • February 17, 2017 – T-Mobile US: T-Mobile has started rolling out the stable Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Samsung Galaxy S7.
  • February 21, 2017 – Sprint US: Sprint has begun its rollout of the Android Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The update comes in at around 1.2 GB.
  • March 7, 2017 – Verizon US: The carrier has announced that it is rolling out the Nougat update to Samsung’s Galaxy S7.
  • March 20, 2017 – Rogers and Telus Canada: Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge get Android 7.0 Nougat on Rogers and Telus
  • April 21, 2017 – US Cellular US: Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge get Android 7.0 Nougat on US Cellular.
  • May 8, 2017 – Unlocked US: Finally, the unlocked version of the Galaxy S7 is getting Nougat in the US.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

  • March 8, 2017 – AT&T US: AT&T rolled out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy S6

  • March 9, 2017 – Europe Unlocked: After a brief delay, the Galaxy S6 began receiving its update to Android 7 in UK, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.
  • March 13, 2017 – India: Nougat rolled out for the Galaxy S6 in India.
  • April 24, 2017 – Verizon US: Nougat is hitting the Galaxy S6 on the Big Red network.
  • May 3, 2017 – AT&T US: Nougat is coming to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active on AT&T.
  • May 4, 2017 – Bell and Rogers Canada: The Android 7 update is now heading to Canadian users.
  • June 5, 2017 – T-Mobile: T-Mobile’s @askdes has confirmed that Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S6 has been approved and should be rolling out shortly.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

  • March 9, 2017 – Europe Unlocked: The Galaxy S6 Edge began receiving its update to Android 7 in UK, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.
  • March 13, 2017 – India: Nougat rolled out for the Galaxy S6 Edge in India.
  • April 24, 2017 – Verizon US: Android 7 .0 Nougat now available for the Galaxy S6 Edge on Verizon.
  • May 3, 2017 – AT&T US: Nougat is coming to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active on AT&T.
  • June 5, 2017 – T-Mobile: T-Mobile’s @askdes has confirmed that Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S6 Edge has been approved and should be rolling out shortly.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active

  • May 3, 2017 – AT&T US: Nougat is coming to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active on AT&T.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

  • August 9, 2017 – Unlocked: the Galaxy A5 (2017) Nougat update is now rolling out.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

  • May 3, 2017 – Unlocked: Samsung has now started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the device.
  • July 7, 2017 – Unlocked: Nougat is rolling out to the Galaxy A5 (2016) in Europe.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

  • June 12, 2017 – Unlocked: Samsung has reportedly started rolling out Nougat to the Galaxy A3 (2016).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

  • April 7, 2017 – Unlocked: Both the 8.0 and 9.7 version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 have started their update process to Android 7 Nougat.
  • June 5, 2017 – T-Mobile: T-Mobile has started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to its Galaxy Tab S2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016)

  • May 11, 2017 – Unlocked: LTE and Wi-Fi versions of the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 are reportedly receiving Nougat.

LG Nougat update


  • November 7, 2016 – South Korea: The Android 7.0 Nougat update for the LG G5 has started its slow rollout.
  • November 21, 2016 – Sprint US: Android 7.0 Nougat update for the G5 has started rolling out on Sprint.
  • February 20, 2017 – AT&T US: LG G5 owners have been reporting that Android 7.0 Nougat is finally rolling out to their devices.
  • November 29, 2016 – T-Mobile US: Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out to LG G5 owners with T-Mobile.
  • November 30, 2016 – US Cellular US: Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out to LG G5 owners with US Cellular.
  • May 17, 2017 – Unlocked US: LG is finally rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the LG G5 in the United States.

LG V10


LG Stylo 2 V

LG Stylo 2 Plus


LG Phoenix 2

  • May 23, 2017 – AT&T US: The AT&T-exclusive LG Phoenix 2 just got Nougat.

Huawei Nougat update

Huawei Mate 8

  • November 16, 2016: A Nougat build for the Huawei Mate 8 was leaked online.

Huawei P9

  • March 2, 2017: EMUI 5.0 and Nougat were promised for the Huawei P9 by the end of the first quarter.

Huawei Nova

Honor 8

Honor 6X

  • March 3, 2017 – Unlocked US: Honor 6X Android Nougat beta program begins in the US.
  • May 3, 2017 – Unlocked: Huawei finally starts rolling out the Honor 6X Nougat update

Honor 5C

HTC Nougat update

HTC 10

Read our dedicated HTC 10 update tracker here.

  • November 25, 2016 – International Unlocked: Unlocked versions of the HTC 10 start receiving a software update to the latest and greatest Android Nougat.
  • January 7, 2017 – T-Mobile US: T-Mobile issues the HTC 10 Android Nougat update to its customers.
  • January 26 – The Android Nougat update for the HTC 10 in Europe has been stopped for a second time after kicking off just two days earlier.
  • February 7, 2017 – Unlocked Europe: Android Nougat began rolling out to HTC 10 units in Europe. The rollout initially went out on January 26, but was put on hold temporarily.
  • February 20, 2017 – Sprint US: Sprint starts rolling out the final Nougat build to the HTC. It includes the latest security patches and network performance improvements.
  • March 30, 2017 – Verizon US: Verizon has begun rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to HTC 10 devices on its network.

HTC One M9

  • December 5, 2016 – Unlocked International – The Nougat over-the-air update for the unlocked version of the HTC One M9 began rolling out.
  • February 2, 2017 – Europe, Turkey and South Africa: Users in these countries began receiving Nougat on their M9s, with more countries to follow.
  • March 21, 2017 – T-Mobile US: Nougat update for HTC One M9 on T-Mobile begins rolling out
  • April 12, 2017 – Sprint US: Sprint users are reporting getting Nougat on their One M9 phones.
  • May 17, 2016 – AT&T US: AT&T updated its support page for the One M9, suggesting that the OTA would begin rolling out in the close future.

HTC One A9

OnePlus Nougat update

OnePlus 2

OnePlus 3/3T

Asus Nougat update

Asus ZenFone 3

  • January 9, 2017 – Unlocked: Asus is rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the device.
  • March 9, 2017 – Unlocked: After the initial January update was halted due to bugs, ASUS announced that the Nougat rollout has resumed for both the ZE520KL and ZE552KL variants of the ZenFone 3.

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe

Asus ZenFone 3 Max

  • May 16, 2017 – Unlocked: Asus announced on its forums that the ZenFone 3 Max now has a Nougat update ready to rollout.
  • July 6, 2017 – Unlocked: Android 7.0 Nougat is scheduled to roll out for ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL).

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom

  • June 27, 2017 – Unlocked: Asus announced on its forums the release of Nougat for the Zoom variant of the ZenFone 3.

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

Asus ZenPad 8

  • May 4, 2017 – Unlocked: Asus is rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the tablet.

Asus ZenPad Z8

  • May 26 – Verizon US: Asus is rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the tablet.

Asus ZenPad Z10

  • September 5 – Verizon US: Nougat is rolling out to the ZenPad Z10.

Asus ZenPad 3S 10

  • July 4 – Unlocked: Asus is rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the tablet.

Motorola Nougat update

Motorola officially confirmed that the following devices will be updated to Android 7:

  • Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
  • Moto G Play (4th Gen)
  • Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen)
  • Moto X Style
  • Moto X Play
  • Moto X Force
  • Droid Turbo 2
  • Droid Maxx 2
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto Z Play Droid

Moto Z Play

Read our dedicated Moto Z Play update tracker here.

  • January 27, 2017 – Unlocked Europe: European Moto Z Play units begin receiving Nougat rollout OTA.
  • February 6, 2017 – Unlocked India: Android Nougat starts rolling out to the Moto Z Play in India.
  • March 7, 2017 – Verizon US: Lenovo and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to Moto Z Play Droid devices.

Moto Z Play Droid

  • March 7, 2017 – Verizon US: Verizon’s Droid variant of the Z Play started its journey to Android Nougat.

Moto Z/Droid

  • November 18, 2016 – Verizon US: The upgrade from Marshmallow to Nougat has begun.
  • November 21, 2016 – Unlocked International: Lenovo confirmed the worldwide rollout of the Nougat update for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The update brings with it Daydream VR support.
  • February 5, 2017 – Unlocked US: The unlocked Moto Z’s Android Nougat update is starting now.

Moto Z Force/Droid

  • November 18, 2016 – Verizon US: The upgrade from Marshmallow to Nougat has begun.
  • November 21, 2016 – Unlocked International: Lenovo confirmed the worldwide rollout of the Nougat update for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The update brings with it Daydream VR support.

Moto G4

  • December 29, 2016 – India: Owners of the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in India can now finally download the latest version of the OS.
  • April 3, 2017 – Unlocked: The Moto G4 finally got its Nougat serving.

Moto G4 Plus

Moto G4 Play

  • April 20, 2017 – Unlocked: A Lenovo spokesperson announced that “Consumers will start to see Android Nougat on Moto G4 Play in June”

Moto M

  • July 1, 2017 – Unlocked: Nougat is now available for the Moto M in India.

Moto X Style/Pure Edition

  • February 2, 2017: Motorola Germany said the Moto X series would get Nougat from May.
  • March 20, 2017: Users in Brazil reported receiving soak tests for the Nougat update for the Moto X Style.
  • June 29, 2017: Users in Brazil are now getting the Nougat update.

Moto X Play

  • June 6, 2017 – Unlocked: Motorola India revealed the Nougat update for the Moto X Play would be released “soon.”

Moto X Force

  • June 27, 2017 – Unlocked: Motorola is finally bestowing Nougat upon the Moto X Force, users report.

Motorola Droid Turbo 2

  • February 24, 2017 – Verizon US: The Motorola Droid Turbo 2, which launched in the fall of 2015, is finally getting that update from its exclusive carrier, Verizon Wireless.

Lenovo Nougat update

 Lenovo K6

Sony Nougat update

Sony Xperia X

  • December 16, 2016 – International: Android 7.0 Nougat rolled out to the Xperia X.
  • January 2, 2017 – Beta: Sony has become the first third-party smartphone maker to release an over-the-air Android 7.1.1 Nougat update to one of its devices.
  • April 19, 2017 – Beta: The Concept team over at Sony announced that the Android 7.1.2 update is available for the Experimental track.

Sony Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia X Performance

Sony Xperia X Compact

  • December 16, 2016 – International: Android 7.0 Nougat rolled out to the Xperia X.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra

Sony Xperia Z3 Plus/Z3 Plus Dual

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

  • January 20, 2017 – Unlocked: Sony confirmed the rollout of Nougat for the Z4 Tablet.
  • February 9, 2017 – Unlocked: After the initial Nougat rollout was halted on January 23 due to technical issues, Sony resumed the update.
  • June 28, 2017 – Unlocked: Android 7.1.1 is arriving to phones in the Xperia Z4 Tablet.

Sony Xperia Z5/Z5 Compact/Z5 Premium

  • January 17, 2017 – Unlocked: Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium now receiving Android 7.0 Nougat.
  • February 9, 2017 – Unlocked: After the initial Nougat rollout was halted on January 23 due to technical issues, Sony resumed the update.
  • June 28, 2017 – Unlocked: Android 7.1.1 is arriving to phones in the Xperia Z5 family.

Xiaomi Nougat update

Xiaomi Mi Max

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

ZTE Nougat update

ZTE Axon 7 Mini

  • March 30, 2017 – Unlocked: The ZTE Axon 7 Mini is about ready to get its big Nougat update, the company announced.
  • June 21, 2017 – Unlocked: ZTE Axon 7 Mini Android 7.1.1 Nougat update begins rolling out.

ZTE Axon 7

  • December 9, 2016 – Unlocked: ZTE offers Nougat preview program for Axon 7 owners in the US.
  • February 7, 2017 – Unlocked: ZTE Axon 7 update brings Nougat, Daydream View support, and more
  • March 16, 2016 – Unlocked US: ZTE Axon 7 gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat update in US

Nextbit Nougat update

Nextbit Robin

Nvidia Nougat update

Nvidia Shield TV (2017 & 2016)

  • January 26, 2017: Owners of both the 2017 and 2016 versions of the Nvidia Shield TV got Nougat.

Nvidia Shield Tablet

  • February 9, 2017: The Shield Tablet moved over from Marshmallow to some tasty Android 7.0 Nougat goodness with the Shield 5.0 upgrade.

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

  • February 9, 2017: The Shield Tablet K1 moved over to Android 7.0 Nougat with the Shield 5.0 upgrade.


Nokia 3

  • July 31, 2017 – International: The Nokia 3 will receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat update by the end of August.

Nokia 6

  • April 15, 2017 – International: The Nokia 6 is reportedly getting an over-the-air update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.


Wileyfox Swift 2x

  • April 10, 2017: Moving away from Cyanogen OS, now dead, Wileyfox began updating the Swift 2x to a new Android Nougat-based operating system.

That’s the wrap-up of our Android 7 Nougat tracker. We tried to catch all major devices, but if we missed something, just let us know!

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Jumping Ship: 5 iPhone features I would consider leaving Android for

Have you ever questioned your choice in smartphone? What about your choice in smartphone platform?

You are reading Android Authority, and we do love Android phones, but once in a while I (can’t speak for anyone else) find myself questioning – would I, or could I, ever jump ship and become an iPhone user? The answer is obviously yes, I could if I wanted to, but what would drive me to do so?

The primary argument of Android vs iPhone used to always come down to the snappiness of the UI, the instant response when swiping between home screens and opening app, and the “clean” interaction with the devices. And it was true; Android phones, with their customized “skins,” bloated interfaces, and unpolished designs, garnered a bit of a bad reputation and a deficit in that argument – primarily with the everyday user. However, Android (and even hardware manufacturers) has come a long way in years past. With the likes of the Google Pixel and the Galaxy S8, lag or stutter is pretty much a thing of the past, and a vanilla Android experience is pretty much as clean as anyone could ask for.

So now, thinking Android vs iPhone, it comes down to specific features between the two that would make one consider trading sides. For me, though I’m an avid Android user, and have been for years, I’m surrounded in personal and professional life by iPhone users. I sometimes find myself coveting the features that they have, and wishing that the interaction between our phones could be a bit more seamless. To be more specific, here are 5 features that I would/have considered leaving Android for.


#1: iMessage

At the top of the list, taking the cake as the primary reason I’d consider switching to iPhone, is iMessage.

iMessage has proven itself to be one the largest selling points of the iPhone. Apple obviously knows that it has a winner here, and they’ve put significant time and resources into making sure it stays a top-dog in the messaging app space. When iOS 10 was released last year, iMessage stole the spotlight, with more new features announced than any other aspect of the device. Other apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Allo and more are always nipping at its heels, but iMessage remains leaps and bounds ahead of its closest competitors.

Outside of the messaging experience itself, iMessage has a ton of functionality to improve your everyday usage.

The app itself is feature-rich. It has a ton to offer its users in the way of messaging, trying to overcome that stigma of communication stripped of any inflection or tone by using animations inside the app such as slam and whisper. Other embellishments inside the app, including full-screen takeovers of balloons, fireworks, or hearts elevate the texting experience from one iOS user to another. There are also some very utilitarian features built right in, like invisible ink which prevents nosy screen-peekers from reading a message that was sent to you, or looking at a photo in your message thread, before you’ve had the chance to do so yourself. Text conversations can contain very sensitive information as we know!

Outside of the messaging experience itself, iMessage has a ton of functionality to improve your everyday usage. With apps designed to be used directly within iMessage, you can do much more without switching around to other apps, especially while you’re in conversation with a group of friends. For instance, if you need to pay a co-worker pack for picking up your lunch bill, you can transfer the money in iMessage. If you’re trying to decide where to go for your next lunch, you can use OpenTable’s iMessage app to propose a few spots for your friends in the conversation to vote on, and then handle reservation all at once. There are ample amount of iMessage apps available to help you get stuff done.

Being surrounded by so many people who use iMessage as their primary messaging app makes it tempting to switch to iPhone, just so I too can partake in some of these features that bring text conversations to another level. On Android, your messaging options are far from limited. Each manufacturer has their own stock messaging app, some carriers have messaging apps, and there are more third-party options than I care to count. However, none of them quite stack up when it comes to the value that iMessage can provide. Google Allo was a good effort, but the lack of SMS functionality and a limited install-base brought that train to a halt early on.

As an Android user, all we can hope is that there can soon be some sort of synergy between carriers and manufacturers by way of RCS to get something close to what iMessage has to offer.


#2. AirDrop

Let’s admit it. Transferring files, photos, and videos, has never been very straightforward or easy for Android users. Sure, we all have our workarounds to get the job done, but there isn’t one simplified method out there that everyone fully understands. To be fair, transferring files from a smart phone to a computer isn’t very easy on any device, even an iPhone. However, iPhone users have a leg up when it comes to wireless transfer with AirDrop.

If you aren’t familiar with AirDrop, it basically allows you to seamlessly transfer files from one Apple device to another via Bluetooth. So if you need to transfer a large amount of photos from your iPhone to your MacBook, or to another iPhone user, it’s incredibly easy. In the normal share menu when selecting files, an AirDrop icon will appear when the option is available.

Transferring files, photos, and videos, has never been very straightforward or easy for Android users.

Though this feature seems sort of minor, I can’t count the number of times this could have come in handy for me. Don’t be mistaken, though. I wouldn’t trade Android’s file management for iPhone’s any day of the week. Whenever I use an iOS device, I painfully resent not being able to simply download a file without having an app for it to live within. But, when I’ve needed to send something to a coworker or to my wife, having AirDrop would have made life much simpler.

When it comes to Android, you have plenty of options to get the file to where it needs to go, it just isn’t quite as seamless of an experience. If you’re an Android user who also uses a Mac, things get even trickier. Google’s official file transfer app for that subset of users is Android File Transfer. When the app works, it works. But, when the app doesn’t work, which is greater than 50% of the time, well, it doesn’t work. Unfortunately, the app hasn’t been updated since late 2013, so needless to say, it needs some love. Fortunately, there are other alternatives such as AirDroid, Pushbullet, or the standards – Google Drive or Dropbox. There’s much to be said, however, about having a file transfer system that works, built in.

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#3: Handoff

A couple of years back, when Apple introduced iOS 8, as well as OS X Yosemite, a new feature called Handoff, made its way onto the scene. We live in a multi-screen world. At any given moment, I could be watching TV, using my laptop to buy something from Amazon, and periodically scrolling through Facebook with my phone. That’s an everyday occurrence for many people. Taking the same concept into the working world, most of us won’t find it unusual that you could be using your phone or iPad in a meeting, and then transition back to your laptop when you get back to your desk.

The idea behind Apple’s Handoff feature is that you can start a task on one device, and finish it on another. When you’re stuck in that meeting, and start typing an email on your phone, you can quickly transition to your laptop to finish the email, attach a document and hit send. The great part about it is that it works both ways. No matter if you start from MacBook and move to iPhone, or if you start from iPhone and move to MacBook.

Handoff works with the majority of Apple’s proprietary apps, including Mail, Safari, Calendar, Keynote, etc. but it also works with a ton of third-party apps as well. For me, this would come in most hand with Chrome. If I’m using Chrome to research something with my MacBook, I could continue that research on the go by picking up my iPhone and resuming with Handoff.

I’m trying to find an Android equivalent for this feature, but to my knowledge, there is nothing available outside of Chrome itself being able to sync tabs when you are logged in. If you know of anything in the Android world that can do something similar, let us know in the comments below!

#4: Apple Pay

While mobile payment options continue to grow in popularity on both the Android and iOS platforms, it’s no surprise that Apple Pay reigns supreme in terms of its wide acceptance with both banks and retailers. In fact, according to the head of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, Apple Pay is now accepted at more than 4 million locations in the U.S. alone.

Mobile payment is something that more and more people are getting used to. As more retailers accept this as a form of payment, and as people get more comfortable reaching for their phone instead of their wallet, social acceptance is continuing to grow. Owning an Android phone, which happens to also be a Samsung phone, I use Android Pay (not Samsung Pay) as often as I can. However, outside of its ever-reaching acceptance, there are a couple of benefits to using Apple Pay instead.

Apple Pay reigns supreme in terms of its wide acceptance with both banks and retailers.

For starters, since Apple Pay only has to worry about its functionality on Apple devices, there’s much better integration with the iPhone’s hardware – Touch ID specifically. So, unlike with many Android devices, you don’t need to draw an unlock pattern or type in your PIN to unlock your phone before you pay. Simply hold your finger on the Touch ID sensor and place your phone near the NFC terminal.

Outside of the ease of payment in the store, Apple Pay can also be used online to make purchases. This is something that can be accomplished with the Android Pay app as well, but again, it comes down to Apple Pay’s immense selection of apps and online destinations that are supported.

And, of course, the other benefit of using Apple Pay, especially if you are a Mac user, is that you can use the same account across all of your devices. If you have the new MacBook, you can authorize purchases via the Touch ID sensor with the Touch Bar, and of course, you can use the Touch ID sensor on the iPad as well.

If you want to learn more about the differences in Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay, check out this post.

#5: Timely & Consistent Updates

Last, but not least, a feature for which I would consider leaving Android would be the timely and consistent updates. There’s no hiding the fact that this has been a pain point among Android users for a long time. It’s easy for people to complain about it taking nearly a year in some cases to get the latest Android OS, but there’s actually a lot that goes into that. If you think about the number of different Android devices that need to add support for the new OS, paired with the number of carriers that need to do the same, it’s easy to see why it might take some time. However, that doesn’t make up for the frustration that comes from being teased with the latest features but can’t get them until months have passed.

On the contrary, with iPhones, the software updates are nearly instant. When Tim Cook or Craig Federighi gets on stage and talks about the latest iOS, you’re almost guaranteed to have it within the next few days. Since Apple has so much more control of their hardware, pushing out updates is much easier and timely than on the Android side of things.

There’s not much else to say here other than, when will I get Android O?!

Wrap Up

Hopefully, after reading this post (or just reading the headline), you aren’t hunting for my address while holding a burning pitchfork. Look, I love Android, and I love Android phones. As much as I can sometimes fantasize (maybe too strong of a word) about owning an iPhone, and what that might mean for my day to day life, it would be very tough for me to actually jump ship. For nearly every feature I’ve talked about here, there is an Android counterpart in some form or fashion. Sure, the experience may not always be as buttoned up or polished, but the Android experience also doesn’t get boring.

Back when I did own an iPhone (years ago now), I found myself yearning for the ability to make even the slightest bit of customization, such as having my app folders at the bottom of the screen instead of the top. Apple is taking baby steps in loosening their death grip on the user experience, but they’ve still got a long way to go if they want to reach a specific audience who doesn’t want to be just another iPhone user. But until that day comes, Android reigns supreme for me, even if I’m willing to admit there’s a few features from the other camp that I sometimes covet.

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15 best games with gamepad support for Android

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The market for games with controller support is growing. Android TV, the Nvidia Shield Console, and other systems are putting games with gamepad support on the forefront and making them more popular. The proliferation of gamepads and Bluetooth controllers have made playing games on your mobile devices with a controller easier than ever before. Why not play some wicked good games with it? Here are the best games with gamepad support for Android.


Price: $ 4.99
Crashlands is one of the best games out there with gamepad support. You play as an intergalactic trucker. An unfortunate series of events lands you on an alien planet. Your goal is to craft and fight your way off of the planet. There is also a story line complete with a bad guy. There are over 500 items to craft, a self-managing inventory, and simple combat mechanics. It also supports cloud saving. That means you can play on multiple devices and even on PC. It’s $ 4.99 with no in-app purchases.


Price: $ 4.99
Machinarium has been around for a while. However, it’s also a classic. This puzzle game has you searching around, finding things, and then putting puzzles together. Your goal is to save your robot girlfriend from some reprobates that have kidnapped her. The game features some charming graphics, a lovable protagonist, and some enjoyable puzzles. It added gamepad support a while ago. It works really well. It’s a pay once game with no in-app purchases. Additionally, the developers plan on adding controller support to their other big title: Samorost 3. Keep an eye out on that!

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Price: $ 6.99 with in-app purchases
Minecraft: Pocket Edition is one of the most popular games out there. It also comes with gamepad support. Most people know what this game is all about. Each world generates randomly. You can do pretty much whatever you want to do. The developers are working fervently to bring the Pocket Edition up to spec with the PC and console versions. It’ll eventually drop the Pocket Edition moniker. It’s still fun right now, though. It’s $ 6.99 for the game. The in-app purchases are optional aesthetic things like character skins.

Modern Combat 5

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Modern Combat 5: Blackout is one of the most popular first person shooters right now. It features good graphics, a campaign mode, an online multiplayer mode, and tons of content to play with. You’ll get to pick from seven character classes. Each one has unlockable skills and abilities. You can even chat with other players via global and squad chats. The game became a hotbed of eSports activity here lately. The in-app purchase strategy is a little more aggressive than we’d like. However, it’s about as good as it gets in the shooter franchise. It also has gamepad controller support!


Price: $ 4.99
NBA Jam might well be the best sports game out there right now. It also happens to have gamepad support. You’ll play two-on-two basketball. It also goes by a more relaxed set of rules. You can do practically anything aside from goaltending. It features a campaign mode that puts you right in the arcade action. You can also engage in local multiplayer as well as online multiplayer against people around the world. It has short play times which suits the mobile gaming style better. It’s also a pay-once game with no in-app purchases. It’s probably the best mobile basketball game out there right now.

Nvidia games with gamepad support

Price: Varies
Nvidia worked hard to bring a lot of games to the forefront. Unfortunately, all of them are for Android TV. However, that means they all have gamepad support. There are some really good games in their lineup. That includes Portal, Half-Life 2, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Resident Evil 5, and more. You’ll need either an NVIDIA Shield Tablet or TV to play them. That’s a little unfortunate. They are also fairly expensive. However, that’s the price one pays for good games.

Never Alone: Ki Edition

Price: $ 4.99
Never Alone: Ki Edition is an action-platformer. This one is narrative-driven. The story line is actually pretty decent. You’re going to play as Nuna and Fox as you traverse various levels. The unique part of this game are the mechanics. You’ll control both Nuna and Fox independently and you’ll need to solve little puzzles in order to progress. It follows a traditional Inuit story. That’s kind of neat. It’ll run you $ 4.99 with no in-app purchases.

Oddworld series

Price: $ 2.99 each
There are currently two Oddworld games available on Android. They both also have gamepad support. The first is Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath. That title will have you running around completing an adventure story while taking down bad guys. It also features both first and third person perspectives. The other is Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee. Munch’s Oddysee will have you taking down bad guys to save Oddworld. Both games are relatively cheap with no in-app purchases.

Riptide GP series

Price: $ 0.99-$ 2.99
Vector Unit has some real winners with the Riptide series. They are a trio of racing games that take place on jet skis. Your goal will be to race them, perform stunts, and make it to the end. The stunts give you boost. Thus, the better stunts you do, the faster you can go. The games get progressively more complex and better as they go. The first one is the weakest of the three. The third one is the strongest. Thankfully, they’re all fairly inexpensive. The second has in-app purchases but you totally don’t need them to enjoy the game. All three games have gamepad support.

Rockstar Games (six games}

Price: Varies
Rockstar Games is an excellent option for games with controller support. They have six games worth playing. That includes five Grand Theft Auto games. The complete list is Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, San Andreas, Liberty City Stories, and Chinatown Wars. They also released Bully for mobile. It plays like a GTA game. The difference is that you play as a kid in high school. The older games like Vice City and GTA III are a little rough around the edges. However, by and large, these games play really well. They are also all pay once games with no in-app purchases.

SEGA Forever games

Price: Free / $ 1.99
SEGA recently started doing something called SEGA Forever. It’s essentially porting many of its classic titles to mobile. Some of the games include Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2, Altered Beast, Kid Chamaleon, and Phantasy Star II. They are all faithful recreations of their console versions. That includes solid controller support. They’re relatively new. Thus, they do have some issues. However, each game is free to download with ads. You can pay $ 1.99 as an in-app purchase to remove ads.

Several Square Enix games

Price: Varies
Square Enix has taken mobile seriously for years and they have a ton of games for the platform. Many of them also have gamepad support, as it turns out. Some of the titles with gamepad support include most of their Final Fantasy titles, Secret of Mana, Tomb Raider I and II, and several others. Most of Square Enix’s games are full replicas of former console games. Many of the ports play very close to the originals as well. They can get pretty expensive. However, they also have no in-app purchases.

Telltale Games (11 games)

Price: Varies with in-app purchases
Telltale Games is one of the most popular developers on Google Play. They also have a ton of games. Some of their hits include Minecraft Story Mode (two season), The Walking Dead (three season), Batman, Game of Thrones, Tales from the Borderlands, and Guardians of the Galaxy. These games are virtually identical to their console variants. That includes their gamepad support. Each one is also an episodic adventure. The games cost varying amounts depending on age and if there’s a sale happening.


Price: Free with in-app purchases
Unkilled is one of the best first person shooters available right now. It has pretty much everything you’d want. That includes over 300 campaign missions. It also has online PvP. That means you can play alone or with friends. It also comes with solid game mechanics, gamepad support, and more. Even the graphics are really good for a mobile game. The developers have done an excellent job adding new content to the game. There is a lot to do here. It is a freemium game, though. Adjust your expectations accordingly.

A couple of Yodo1 games

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Yodo1 is a fairly popular game developer. They’ve had some big hits like Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Rodeo Stampede, and others. As it turns out, a couple of those have controller support. Namely, Pac-Man 256 and Crossy Road. They’re fairly simple games. Thus, you’ll only need the controller for moving around mostly. However, it’s nice to not have to tap and swipe the screen to make stuff happen. These games are kid friendly, cheap to get, and fun to play. What more can you ask for?

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