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*Nvidia Shield.

Astonishing news on the game front has arrived today, with an Android conversion of PC legend Half-Life 2 now available. Sadly, through some Nvidia promotional business, it’s only for owners of the Nvidia Shield right now. But that’s sure to change in future, either officially or unofficially.

Here it is:

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If, by some amazing fluke of consumerism, you happen to own an Nvidia Shield, it could be yours for £5.99.

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Huawei’s going into the premium HD five-incher world, with its Ascend P7 combining a 1.8Ghz quad-core Huawei chipset with 2GB of RAM and a full HD display. There’s a 13megapixel Sony sensor around the back of it, plus a high-res 8megapixel front-facing camera that builds upon that offered by last year’s Ascend P6.

The 2,500mAh battery compares well enough with its peers, plus the entry level storage option on the P7 is 16GB — and there’s an SD card slot on it too. Here she is, in a photograph we just took here at the launch event in Paris:

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What’s not so thrilling is seeing Huawei’s bonkers Emotion UI laid atop Android 4.4 here and the lack of the app drawer, but Huawei usually lets you turn off most of its customisations so perhaps it’ll be bearable. Not as amazingly innovative a phone as Huawei was suggesting, so as ever our enthusiasm levels will be determined by its eventual selling price.

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Says it all. Publisher SNK Playmore has released Metal Slug Defense on the Play Store, a game that takes the 2D art style of the classic shooters and shapes it into a modern mobile tower defence game. As well as solo play it offers “Online VS Battles” for those after a bit of multiplayer action, something that could be rather awesome. Could be. Here’s what it looks like:

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Metal Slug Defense is free to download but *sigh* offers in-app purchases. See how you get on with it here.

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Analyst Kantar has pulled its latest set of numbers out of the bag, revealing the makeup of the European smartphone sales scene for the three months to the end of March 2014. It shows that Android was its usual super-dominant self, with Google OS mobiles accounting for 70.7% of all smartphone sales. Apple was in second place, way back on 19.2%, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone system taking 8.1% of sales.

Our mental arithmetic calculates there’s at most 2% left for BlackBerry. Here are some Android phones lining up to be counted:

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Six… seven. In terms of the UK, Kantar says 88% of all mobile phones sold here during the quarter were “smart” models, so everyone’s nearly made the switch from buttons to touch. Read more at Kantar.

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After existing on iOS for (literally) several years, there’s now a version of Cinemaware’s legendary Amiga adventure Defender of the Crown for Android. It costs £1.49 in our money, offering “100% accurate emulation” for Android fans of the ancient Amiga game.

Be careful, though, as some of the early comments from impulsive day one buyers are less than flattering, with one user saying the modern game’s touch implementation of the original’s mouse control is “horrific”.

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But then, back in the 1980s and early 1990s, battling bizarre control systems was all part of the challenge. Defender of the Crown is on the Play Store here.

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Here’s quite an exciting thing for mobile gamers. XCOM is now on Android. People loved it on PC and the “proper” home consoles, with the Android release from 2K Games claiming to offer a full-power mobile recreation of everything that made the strategic combat title such a popular smash.

Here are some men crouching down with guns:

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Apparently it’s more interesting to play than look at. Android XCOM comes with a pretty large price tag, though, costing £7.14 to buy via Google Play. Pity those who paid £39.99 for it on a disc. Get it here.

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If you’ve been holding off buying a Nexus 7 tablet in the hope that a larger version might appear, now might be the time to take the plunge on LG’s G Pad instead. Tesco is selling the 8.3-inch G Pad for just £119 online right now, a stonking discount for what’s still a relatively new and powerful Android tablet with a larger display.

The LG G Pad 8.3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz, plus there’s 2GB of RAM inside and a 1080p display. It’s pretty high-end stuff for that kind of budget-tech price tag.

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We might go for it, pending a bank balance check. Check it out over at Tesco.

Link via HUKD.

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We spent a few happy minutes blissfully playing Mr Flap last night, a game that takes the Flappy Bird mechanic and flips it… folds it… bends it… into a circle. It’s circular Flappy Bird, with players flapping at moving gates that expand to change position as your tiny bird “laps” the course.

That’s all you do. It’s quite hard, as these screenshots of us playing it will demonstrate:

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The game existed as a Flash title before hitting Android, a few minutes research informed us. Mr Flap is free, not covered in adverts, doesn’t demand money for extra flaps and can be found here.

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Pointless, the prime-time BBC quiz show that’s become a bit of a sensation among the post-Countdown afternoon TV crowd, is now on Android. The Pointless – Quiz with Friends app costs £1.49 and features in-app purchases too, so there’s no chance of it finding its way onto any of the Eurodroid telephones.

But if you don’t mind being aggressively monetised by a major corporation, the Pointless app offers multiplayer support via email and Facebook, which is nice, plus there’s a single-player option if you’d rather not expose your fragile ego to the possibility of defeat.

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Pointless – Quiz with Friends has been published by format holder Endemol, so it isn’t some shameless clone. It’s on Google Play here.

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The slow rollout of programme download options on the Android BBC iPlayer app has ended, with the latest version of the BBC’s app now updated to allow all Android devices running the “Ice Cream Sandwich” code or higher to download content for viewing offline or without the modern menace of buffering.

The description below the app says the BBC’s coders have also added “a number of bug fixes for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and other devices,” so you may now party like THIS:

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The iPlayer app’s on Google Play here, if you’re somehow yet to install it.

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Vodafone has today started taking orders for the Vodafone Smart 4 Mini, a new super-budget Android model the network is selling for just £50 with a PAYG SIM. It’s not disastrous on paper either, offering Android 4.2.2 running on a 4-inch screen that manages to output at a resolution of 480 x 800. A bit low, but not bad for a £50 model.

The Vodafone Smart 4 Mini is powered by a dual-core MTK6572 chipset running at 1.3GHz, so ought to be a vast step up from previous models in the Vodafone Smart range, although don’t go capturing any life firsts on the 3.15MP camera.

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You can have it in black or white from Vodafone UK right now.

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