Six (6) Android Games You Should Play Now not Tomorrow

Got a new device? You need to get some new games. Here are some quick recommendations for great Android games. Some are familiar from other platforms. Some are free. Some are paid, and some have specific hardware requirements. All are listed here.
1.  Minecraft Pocket Edition
Why it is great: Minecraft is an entertaining block-building and survival game. You can play either in creative mode where you build and invent things in your own randomly generated world or you can play in survival mode where you use your wits and resources to survive against the creepers who come out at night.
Note – this does not connect with your main Minecraft account if you play the computer version of the game.
Play for yourself or keep it around to entertain kids. (Turn off in-app purchases if you do this.)
Minecraft is a paid app ($6.99) but you can find occasional sales, in-app purchases run from $0.50 to $1.99.   More »
2.  Lara Croft Go
Based on the popular Tomb Raider series and developed by Square Enix, Lara Craft Go is a relatively simple but very addictive puzzle game you can take with you. The puzzles are designed for short bursts of play, so pull it out in the doctor’s office waiting room or while riding the bus home.
Lara Croft Go sells for $4.99 but is occasionally on sale for $0.99. It allows in-app purchases. If you like this game, you can also check out Hitman Go, which is also from Square Enix.  More »
 
3.  Buttons and Scissors
This is a free puzzle game where you try to cut matching color buttons off of a square of denim. Mechanically this feels similar to Bejeweled, but not completely the same. The logic puzzles offer great challenges for players of all ages.
The other big advantage to this game is that it does not require any connectivity. You can play this game on devices that aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or in that signal dead spot.
Buttons and Scissors is a free download but allows in-app purchases.  More »
 Did you want to try out the new trend in adult coloring books, but you don’t want to carry around coloring pencil and a coloringb book? Try out this app instead. It’s appropriate for kids or adults, and while it’s not the same as coloring in an actual coloring book, it is still very satisfying.
Mandala Coloring Pages is free (with ads) but also allows in-app purchases.  More »
Yes. You can play an Android version of Portal. This is a real console game. As such, it requires a real console. This version will only work on the Nvidia Shield version of Android TV.  The Nvidia Shield starts at around $199 but allows you to stream movies and play Android games on your TV.
Portal starts at $1.99 but this is “introductory pricing.”  More »
If you have a phone with a fast processor and terrific screen display, you can take it for a ride with this virtual reality game. This is a first-person shooter where you aim at balloons. You’ll need Google Cardboard. This is an inexpensive accessory that you can either make or buy for around $15 and will turn your phone into a virtual reality device. Obviously not a game you can play while waiting in a doctor’s office (unless your doctor is awesome) but a fun novelty game to play by yourself or after having one of your friends try on the headset.
VR Cardboard Shooter 3D is a free download.  More »









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What to Do, if You Drop Your Android Smart Phone in Water

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What happens if you get your Android phone wet? Do you panic? Do you throw it in a jar of rice? Do you throw it away? It turns out all of those answers are wrong.

Chances are good if you just splashed a few drops of water on your screen, nothing bad will

happen. So let’s just talk about what happens if you really goof. What if you drop your phone in the toilet or end up caught in a rain storm with your purse soaking wet.
What if you wash it in the laundry? What then?Well, there’s a small chance you won’t need to do anything if your phone is water resistant enough to avoid damage. For everyone else, here are a few things to try:

Step One: Turn off Your PhoneDon’t just turn of the screen. Power it down completely. Hold down the power button until it is off, and if possible, open the case and remove the battery.Generally, phones don’t die just because of water. They die because the water causes a short in the wiring. In order for that to happen, you need to have power. If you can power down the phone and dry it out within 48 hours of water exposure, chances are very good that your phone will see another day.

If you have a case on your phone, remove it at this time. You want to have as much of your phone exposed to air as possible.

You could try a service like TekDry at this point if they are available near you.

Wash Your Phone?

If you dropped it in the ocean, wash it. Salt water will corrode the interior. Same if you dropped it in soup or other materials with particles. Or a dirty toilet bowl. Yes, wash it off in a stream of clean water.



Do not dunk it in a bowl or sink of water.

Avoid Jostling, Tilting, or Shaking Your Phone

If there’s water inside your phone, you don’t want to make it worse by letting it run in new places. Sorry, people who accidentally washed their phone in the laundry.

Do Not Use Rice

Yes, I know the common thing everyone tells you to do is to stuff your phone in a jar of rice.

However, stuffing your phone in a jar of rice is more likely to accidentally stuff rice grains into your phone than it is to aid the phone’s drying process. Rice is not a drying agent. Do not use rice. Other things not to use include a hair dryer, oven, or microwave. (Unless you really just wanted to destroy your phone and you’re mad that the water didn’t do the job.)

Instead, use actual drying agents, such as Damp Rid (available in grocery stores) or silica gel (the “do not eat” packets in vitamins).

Gently pat your phone down with a towel, and then place it on some paper towels. Place the phone somewhere where it won’t’ be disturbed. If possible, place the phone and paper towels in a container with Damp Rid or silica gel packets. You probably have time to run to the grocery store to buy some if you don’t have any on hand.

Wait. 

Give your phone at least 48 hours to dry. Longer if you can. You may want to balance your phone upright and tilt it, so the USB port aims down after about 24 hours to make sure any remaining moisture drains downward and out of your phone. Avoid jostling or shaking.

If you are an adventurous warranty-voider and have the correct tools, you could also try disassembling the phone as much as possible before drying it out.

Water Sensors

How do repair companies know you got your phone wet? Your phone has water sensors in it that can detect if there has ever been water ingress. The sensors in most phones actually just look like tiny pieces of paper or stickers. They are white when the phone has stayed dry, and they turn bright red when the sensor gets wet. If you see bright red on the interior of your phone, that’s probably a tripped water sensor.

Waterproof Coating

Companies like Liquipel can coat phones that would normally not be water resistent. You send them your phone, and they coat it and return it to you.








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