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FIFA 14 available for Android devices for free

Yes, that’s right, for free – EA Sports have released FIFA 14 for free on Android devices. The game can be downloaded now from the Google Play store. What’s the catch? It’s those dreaded in-app purchases where EA will be making their money – you can purchase extra game modes and other extras. This is still a good deal though – you can play most of the game for free if you wish, and only pay if you think the extra modes are worth it, or if you enjoy the game and wish to reward the developer.

People who download the game this week will get a free Gold Premium pack, so if you’re interested in the game it makes sense to download it as soon as possible!

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Angry Birds Star Wars II released

The latest in the Angry Birds series of games has been released on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Angry Birds Star Wars II (link is for the free Android version) is again based on the Star Wars universe, with the addition of now allowing users to play as the Pork Side (i.e. you get to fling pigs at the birds!)

Angry Birds Star Wars 2

The game features over 30 playable characters, although reportedly it will require in-app purchases to unlock a lot of these. Users will also be able to buy Telepods, which are special Angry Birds toys which when placed on the camera of the phone will unlock a character in-game.

Check out the video below for gameplay footage.

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Android v4.4 to be known as KitKat

In a surprising move, version 4.4 of Android will no longer be known as Key Lime Pie but as KitKat, after the Nestle chocolate bar. The logic behind this is obvious – most people have never eaten a Key Lime Pie, whilst most have eaten a KitKat. Apparently no money has changed hands between Google and Nestle in either direction, so this is practically a win-win for both companies.

Android KitKat figureThe new version of the operating system is expected to be released in October – the feature list has not yet been announced.

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Samsung announce Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Samsung have finally unveiled their smartwatch at the Ifa consumer show in Berlin. The Galaxy Gear will be available to buy from 25th September for around $300 (£190) and needs to be paired up with a Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet to make full use of its features.

Galaxy GearThe watch has a 1.6″ screen, a camera and two microphones. It can be used to take pictures and make phone calls. According to Samsung, the battery should last a day of regular use. This is a very low amount for a watch – whilst we’re all used to charging our phones every day, we don’t do this with watches. We’d also expect the clock to stay on all the time but it turns off on the Galaxy Gear to save energy.

It remains to be seen if this will be as successful as the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series of devices – personally I think it will take improved hardware before this takes off.