Android Community Weekly Digest: Dec. 14, 2014

Things have been relatively quiet on the mobile front this week, seemingly the great quiet before the storm. Of course, that doesn't mean nothing of importance passed us by. This week saw one of the biggest updates to Android Wear: official support for watch faces. We've also seen a good number of games land on Android. India also continues to be mired in controversy . This is your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from December 8 to December 14, 2014

Sony releases tutorial vid for unlocking Xperia bootloaders

Unlocking the bootloader is, more often than not, the gateway to squeezing out every bit of functionality from your Android device, specifically via rooting and installing custom ROMs. While not exactly necessary for most users, it has become both tradition and requirement for developers and power users. Trying to endear itself to that crowd as well, Sony has just released a video tutorial that guides users through the process of unlocking an Xperia device's bootloader.

8-Bit Crusaders battle to save kidnapped goddesses from the evil witches

Here is another time-waster Role-Playing Game on Android: Crusaders Quest. Watching the trailer takes me back to my childhood days of endless arcade gaming. This one, complete with the music and the pixelated graphics, will remind you of the 90s. It's a new RPG from NHN Entertainment Corp. that allows you to lead 200 heroes and defeat monsters and witches. Goal is to save the kidnapped Goddesses from the forces of evil.

Level Up! Contest of Champions, Game of Thrones, Scrolls

The holidays are barely a stone's throw away, and game studios and publishers are warming up their engines for the upcoming season. This week has seen the release of much awaited games for mobile devices, from point and click adventures games in a grim and rather dysfunctional fantasy world, to the tapping and swiping madness with superheroes and super villains alike, to a less frantic and more thoughtful game of cards, er, scrolls. Welcome to Level Up!, Android Community's weekly games roundup for December 12, 2014.

Checkpoint Champion burns rubber onto Android

Checkpoint Champion is a new game that has launched for Android gamers that puts you behind the wheel of several different cars. The goal of the game is to finish a series of ten second challenges to win the game. Players will weave through checkpoints on asphalt, dirt, water, grass, and mud.

Odroid-C1 SBC runs Android and has 1GB of RAM

If you are a fan of the Raspberry Pi developer board for its size and features, you might be interested in a new offering called the Odroid-C1. This device is sized similarly to the Raspberry Pi and it runs Android or Ubuntu for the operating system. The small dev board has a 1.5GHz quad-core Amlogic SoC.

Pump up your adrenaline levels with MMX Racing

Monster trucks are cool but you can't drive one anywhere in the city. Your only chance to drive one is on a mobile game like the MMX Racing. You can customize your own truck to your preference. If not a truck, you can drive a muscle car, pickup, SUV, or jeep. Upgrade every part of your vehicle to achieve the kind of monster you want for racing. MMX Racing will definitely pump up your adrenaline as you try to finish the challenging tracks and courses that will require you to jump a lot.

Google Translate adds 10 more languages from Africa, Asia

How many times has Google Translate "rescued" you from a potentially difficult situation when you badly needed to know how to say "how much is this?" or "can I ask you out on a date?" in another language? It's always handy to have the app on hand, especially when you're traveling to another country where communication may be difficult. They have now added 10 more languages to their system, which includes languages from Africa and Asia.

Android team says 2014 was a good year for entertainment

Year 2014 has been great for Android and the rest of the entertainment industry. Google released the Best Apps and Best Games on Android for 2014 last week. We said it's too early to tell and we didn't know the criteria for choosing the best but folks at Google, particularly the Android team, is so busy right now rounding up things and making lists just before the year ends. Google said 2014 was a big year for entertainment. New addictive games have popped up. More movies, songs, and stories have kept us interested and entertained.
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