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.
Whether you're looking for a challenge or something chill to while away the days, puzzle games are often a go-to on mobile thanks to their simple designs and controls. This means you won't need a beast of a gaming phone to play most puzzle games, which keeps the genre accessible to all. From hardcore brain melters like Bab is You to titles built to relieve stress like Cessabit, there are tons of quality options out there, and AP has put in the work to dig up the very best Android games so you don't have to. Enjoy!
Save big on the Redmagic 8 Pro gaming phone with this Prime Day sale
I've reviewed my fair share of Redmagic devices, going back to the 5. It has been quite the ride watching as Redmagic grows as a company, bringing forth affordable gaming phones each year. Now that we are on the 8th iteration of the Pro model, it makes sense that it would go on sale for Prime Day. It's a few months old, with an S model coming shortly. But as of today, the Redmagic 8 Pro is still the flagship from the company, a large and in-charge device that delivers quality gaming performance while costing less than the competition.
These are the 7 best Kindle deals you’ll find this Prime Day
There was never a doubt that Amazon would discount its best Kindle e-readers on Prime Day, and now that the yearly sales event is here, it's time to dig into which Kindles are on sale, for how much, and whether the prices are too good to pass up. Spoiler alert, the sales are great, making today one of the best days to snag a new Kindle e-reader or two for friends and family. From the Kids line to the base model, all the way up to the Oasis and Scribe, all Kindle models are on heavy discount today.
Not only will your kids have fun with these games, but you'll also get some quiet time
As the mobile game market has matured, developers have become savvy at using psychological tricks to exploit us into playing one more game or spending one more dollar. Normally, among informed adults, this kind of behavior isn't a problem: capitalists are going to capitalize. But when it comes to games for children, a higher standard must be set. To that end, we've put together a list of some of the best kid-friendly games on the Play Store. 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, Android Police has you covered.
Let's take a trip down memory lane
The selection of Android games on the Play Store provides countless hours of gaming, partly thanks to the number of retro ports. These games bring the pinnacle of pixel RPGs and low-poly graphics to our phones and are easily some of the best Android games around.
Why use a touchscreen when there's a keyboard at your fingertips
Some of the Play Store's best smartphone apps offer multi-platform compatibility, the ability to enjoy your favorite RPGs, Metroidvania adventures, and confounding puzzle games on your new Android tablet. Even Google's latest Chromebooks run games originally designed for Android devices, providing a more traditional keyboard gaming setup. This roundup of the best keyboard-compatible Android games for ChromeOS shows off our favorite titles to experience on your brand-new Chromebook. Take a look and enjoy!
Get in the game from just about anywhere with these fantastic mobile sports titles
The Play Store's finest sports games represent a highly versatile sector of mobile gaming, with titles designed for thrills sitting beside purely zen experiences with relaxation in mind. The storefront's most popular puzzle games can be rather dry affairs, whereas sports games have enough range to also encompass exciting tests of reaction time and real-time skill, all on a sleek new Android tablet. The Play Store has an overwhelming abundance of exciting games cloying for your attention, so we put together this roundup of the best sports games to help narrow things down.
Good things still come in small packages
There was a time when cell phones seemingly only ever got smaller, and likewise, some of us look fondly on those days when phones easily fit in our pockets and purses. Nowadays, we are mostly stuck with glass front and backed behemoths if we are seeking out a flagship, where devices like Asus's ROG Phone 7 surely aren't shy about their size and weight.
Finding the best Android games and apps can be challenging now that we have years of releases to sort through, and the Play Store isn't much help here. This is why we decided to build out our own list of the best Android apps around, offering our expertise in covering said apps for well over a decade, perfect for loading up your favorite Android tablet.
A curated selection of free mobile games that are actually worth your time
Free-to-play mobile games have a bad reputation thanks to aggressive monetization techniques, but there are still worthwhile titles hidden away. We dug through the Play Store to find the best free-to-play games that won't waste your time, perfect if you want to run a new Android gaming phone through its paces.
A Google Play Pass subscription is the best way to avoid advertisements and in-app purchases
Google Play Pass' $4.99 subscription fee includes hundreds of games and apps, which can be overwhelming for newcomers to the service. But don't get discouraged; not only does Google Play Pass provide an affordable way to get paid apps, but it removes all ads and microtransactions from free apps and games. Many of the best games on Android are included in the subscription, but what else do you get?
A running list of the best Android games available today
Finding the best Android apps and games can be tough. Sure, the Play Store houses the vast majority, but you still need to be able to find them within a sea of mediocrity. But here at Android Police we live and breathe quality Android games and have done so for over a decade, which is precisely why we've built a comprehensive list of the best Android games you can find in 2023. Each choice has been hand-picked for its quality, whether you're looking for the next competitive game to play on your favorite Android gaming phone or you're simply looking for a quality single-player experience for your Android tablet or Chromebook.
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 now runs 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.
Android offers millions of apps, and while the Play Store makes it easy to find them if you know their name, yet discovery is still a pain point. This can result in plenty of the best Android apps never getting noticed simply because the market is flooded. Since we here at AP are immersed in everything Android every single day, we gathered some of the lesser-known apps to highlight standouts you may have otherwise missed on your favorite Android phone. So if you are sick of using the same old apps and are itching for something fresh or out of left field, then today's roundup of the best indie apps you've never heard of should cover your needs and then some.
No Wi-Fi, no problem
Mobile gaming is something many do on the go, seeing that we all carry our Android phones with us everywhere. But many of the best mobile games actually require an internet connection, some that are even single-player, and the Plays Store does not offer this info, which means it's anyone's guess if an Android game can be played without a data signal. So AP has done the hard work for you, testing the many awesome games we come across in our coverage to find the cream of the crop that can indeed be played without an internet connection on your favorite gaming phone. So if you're on the hunt for the best Android games that can be played without an internet connection, you've come to the right place.
One of the best things about Android is that it's an open OS that affords users control over a host of features, such as the ability to change the app launcher, the very app you'll interact with the majority of the time using your phone. Not only does this mean users are free to pick and choose which launcher suits their needs best, but this openness also allows for all kinds of theming, from the best icon packs to the best wallpapers. So if you're looking to customize your favorite Android phone with a new launcher that brings a fresh set of features and theming abilities, today's roundup of the best Android launchers has you covered.
Looking to pick up a new smartphone that's great for gaming? These are the best gaming phones on the market
Each year a new crop of gaming phones hits the market, and while Asus and RedMagic easily stand out, there are more than two options to think about, not to mention years of hardware that predates the latest. This is why we here at AP have built this handy buyer's guide to pinpoint exactly which Android phones are phenomenal for gaming in 2023. So if you're looking for a powerhouse of a phone to pair with your favorite Android gaming controller, you've come to the right place. Just make sure to install a few of the best Android games to put your new gaming phone to the test.
Play just about anywhere with your Android and one of these amazing controllers
When selecting the best Android controller, the sheer variety means it can be challenging to identify which controllers are best for you. Most controllers are designed for specific needs, so you'll need to carefully consider features such as form, battery life, and connectivity to play the best games on Android comfortably on your favorite gaming phone. We've spent hours carefully reviewing a variety of controllers and handpicked our favorites to help you decide.
Who needs touch controls when you've got physical buttons?
Google doesn't make it obvious which games on the Play Store offer controller support, a fundamental video game feature, even on mobile. This is why AP has built a roundup of the best Android games that offer controller support. There's a game for everyone, with a mix from Vampire Survivors' hectic roguelike gameplay to relaxing titles such as Stardew Valley. So if you have a hankering for games to play on your tablet with your favorite Android controller, here's a list of the best.
Tired of competitive games? Here are more than a few quality cooperative titles
When looking to play online games, most people are probably hunting for competitive titles. But there's a whole other side of online play that has to do with cooperation, otherwise known as co-op games, and these are titles best played with those new to gaming or those who simply aren't interested in competitive play. Whether it's your significant other you're looking to team up with or an old friend from school, there are plenty of co-op Android games out there. The trick is finding the good ones, and so AP has gathered the best of the best to simplify the process of digging up the finest co-op Android games on the Google Play Store. So don't forget to grab your favorite tablet to enjoy these wonderful mobile co-op games.