About Matthew Sholtz
Matthew is the Games and Apps Editor at Android Police. He's been gaming his entire life since his first taste of a TI-99 at four years old. Matthew has been an Android user since the HTC Hero and has been covering roundups, reviews, and daily mobile game news coverage for over a decade. He's a person that holds a peculiar yet deep interest in all things to do with handheld gaming and constantly pushes to advance the state of the mobile industry beyond the bounds of its predatory monetization obsession. Matthew is a furious nitpicker and something of an (albeit amusing) curmudgeon, a writer that can instantly find fault in just about anything, yet he chooses to wield this power for good from the comfort of his armchair to ensure the best Android games and apps aren't lost to obscurity.
Jump into a grand journey right on your Android device
The term "adventure game" is a pretty vague classification that many games can fall under, so long as they have adventurous themes like discovery and excitement. Players can use their deductive skills to progress in point-and-click adventure games or explore rich, beautifully constructed open worlds full of exciting things to discover. Some of the best Android games around fall into this genre, and there's a lot to sift through. This is why we have rounded up the best adventure games available on the Play Store, leaving you to install something exciting to play on your favorite Android phone.
Plan your next fishing trip like a pro
Sometimes you need more than steadfast weather apps to fish with the best, something to keep track of the mitigating factors that irritate pros and scare newbies away. Fishing apps can assist with the many tasks that anglers deal with, from competitions to record keeping, all from nifty portable Android phones. But, when there are so many to choose from on the Play Store, it can be challenging to know which apps are worthy of your time. So if you're looking to take to the water with confidence as we inch toward summer, AP has collected these great fishing apps in today's roundup to help everyone get started.
Why stick with stock when there are so many beautiful choices out there?
Android is an open operating system, which means you can change things to your liking, such as switching to your favorite launcher or changing which icons show on the device. This is why we rounded up our favorite icon packs for our favorite Android devices. So whether you're looking for something low-key like Minimal O or prefer something 3D and flashy like Tigad Pro, you're covered in today's best icon packs on Android roundup, as these choices make up some of the best apps on Android.
A running list of the best Android games available today
It can be challenging to find worthwhile games to play on Android, thanks to the cluttered Play Store and the absolute domination of the industry by questionably-monetized games. This leaves sites like AP room to gather its favorite mobile games in one place to ensure everyone can enjoy the best Android has to offer without hours of endless digging. So strap in, grab your favorite gaming phone or tablet, and prepare to set off on a gaming journey worthy of your gaming interests.
Chromebooks come in all shapes and sizes — 10-inch to 17-inch, budget to premium, laptop or tablet — and we'll help pick your next one!
Chrome OS is more than "just a browser" these days. This cloud-focused operative system is now running on everything from tablets and laptops to All-in-One Chromebases and desktops. As basically the only mainstream alternatives to inconsistent Windows laptops and ungodly expensive MacBooks, Chromebooks have turned into the "it just works" laptops for millions of consumers as well as tens of millions of students, educators, and business users.
The king of mobile gaming is back for its crown
It's that time of year again; Asus has a new gaming phone to sell, known as the ROG Phone 7 and the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate. This review will deal specifically with the Ultimate model, taking the highest end for a lengthy spin to see just how well it stacks up to last year's offering and the competition, especially when that competition is heating up.
Find the best weather widget for your home screen
There are countless weather apps available in the Google Play Store, many of which include homescreen widgets. However, it's often difficult to determine which app offers the best widgets for your needs. The description pages for these apps may list features and functionality, but they often leave out one crucial element: screenshots of the widgets themselves. Without seeing the widgets in action, it's hard to know how they'll look on your favorite Android tablet's home screen and if they'll provide the information you're looking for.
Reliable performance in a body that's easy to carry and can hold up to abuse
HP may like to use incredibly disjointed naming schemes, but the HP Chromebook x360 13b shouldn't be ignored just because the name is so bad that you can't tell what it offers over the rest of HP's x360 line. This particular device runs on a MediaTek Kompanio 1380 — perhaps not an SoC you'd expect from MediaTek — yet, I can assure you the chip delivers, making the HP Chromebook x360 13b one of my favorite Chromebooks in my growing stable.
Classic arcade style can be right at your fingertips with these great arcade games on Android
Arcade games are replayable and stylized, traits shared by the best games on Android. Today's roundup covers the varied and creative genres' contributions to your favorite Android phone. Let's look at some great arcade games!
Bide your time with some of the best words games around
If you're a fan of mobile gaming and want to venture into a different genre, the world of word games may be just what you need to switch things up. Not only are word games a great way to pass the time, but they can also help you improve your vocabulary and mental agility. Unlike other types of Android games that may rely solely on graphics or fast reflexes, word games are all about using your brainpower to solve puzzles and create words.
Action games encompass many genres, these are the best
As a prevalent genre across the best Android phones, action games engage the player with excitement and adrenaline, a versatile tactic used by the best Android games that encapsulate many smaller genes within. And since AP likes things lively, we've rounded up the best action games on the Play Store to keep you on the edge of your seat with titles that will assuredly keep you on the edge of your seat.
Puzzle games are a perfect genre for mobile, making up some of the best games on Android, which is why there are so many to choose from. But if you're looking for quality titles that aren't stuffed with horrible monetization, you'll have to do some digging on your favorite Android phone. This is why we compiled a list of our favorites, from brain melters like Baba Is You to comfy puzzlers perfect for winding down after a long day like Railbound. AP has you covered. So strap on your thinking cap. It's time to delve into the realm of enthralling puzzle games on Android.
Not only will your kids have fun with these games, but you'll also get some quiet time
Mobile games often employ less-than-ideal monetization, even in games targeted at children. So it's a bit of a minefield to find the best Android games that are safe for your kids. To help you find the best ones, we compiled a roundup of the best kid-friendly games, whether you're looking for Android games appropriate for four-year-olds or want to dig up a few tablet games worthy of your Fire Tab.
No Wi-Fi, no problem
Mobile games are known for their portability, seeing that we all carry our smartphones with us. Sadly a reliable connection to the internet isn't guaranteed, which means games that require an online connection are much less viable when you're out and about. The good news is that there are plenty of titles that support offline play, making up some of the best Android games around. But in order to keep things simple, AP has compiled a list of the most enjoyable titles that can be played offline, and many of them support Android's best controllers. So whether you're looking to challenge yourself with arcade titles like Super Hexagon or prefer to relax with the slow farming life found in Stardew Valley, you're covered. Let's dig in!
Get in the game from just about anywhere with these fantastic mobile sports titles
In terms of innovating on real-world phenomena, the sports games available on the Play Store go above and beyond. From pleasantly cozy games of pool to huge soccer matches best experienced on current Android tablets, sports games exhibit the creativity of mobile gaming, offering some of the best titles on the platform. Witness the most promising titles in an ever-growing genre in today's roundup of the best sports games, playable anywhere on just about any Android device.
Why use a touchscreen when there's a keyboard at your fingertips
Sure, plenty of the best Android games run on an assortment of fan-favorite Chromebooks, but since these games are primarily programmed to run on a touchscreen, there aren't many that offer keyboard and touchpad support. This is precisely why we here at AP have compiled a list of the best Android games that indeed offer keyboard support on Chromebooks, providing a more classic way to play your favorite Android games. So if you've been on the hunt for titles you can play with the help of a keyboard, this roundup is for you. Enjoy!
Looking to pick up a new smartphone that's great for gaming? These are the best gaming phones on the market
Gaming phones grow faster and more powerful every year. But because they aren't a primary focus in the US, you'll have to hunt the devices down to avoid a lemon. Don't worry; we've already done all the hard work to help you decide which phone will take your gaming to the next level — or at least that next hour without burning your hands. Spring has sprung with a veritable loot box of new and interesting devices, from the classy Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra to the RedMagic 8 Pro and its awesome new boxy design. Kick back, grab your favorite Android controller, and check out all the cool gaming phones to play your favorite Android games.
A curated selection of free mobile games that are actually worth your time
Free-to-play games are everywhere nowadays, but it can be challenging to find the titles worth your time, thanks to the awful monetization F2P games are known for. This is why we here at AP have dug up the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the actual free-to-play games on Android that offer fun without constantly nagging you for money. So if you're looking to play some enjoyable Android games to play on your favorite Android gaming phone, you've come to the right place.
Digging up the best Android apps beyond the titles the Play Store highlights isn't easy. But since we here at AP are constantly immersed in the ecosystem, we've built a comprehensive roundup of the best Android apps, broken up into categories for easy consumption. So think of this roundup as the best of the best, the cream of the crop for each category of app, perfect for your favorite Android phone or tablet.
The Wyze Wireless Gaming Headset is available today for $60, offering 50mm drivers and a 20-hour battery life
Wyze is pretty well known at this point for it smart home tech, especially its cameras, but did you know the company also sells audio headsets? Not only does it already sell over ear and in-ear devices, but today marks the launch of the new Wyze Wireless Gaming Headset, which just so happens to promise ultra-low latency over bluetooth 5.2 or an included 2.4 GHz dongle, packing 50mm drivers for high-fidelity sound. Best of all, this headset retails for $60, making them one of Wyze's most affordable audio devices, ensuring gamers won't break the bank by picking up a pair.