AdaptiveZoom might be our new favorite app opening animation of all time.

Action Launcher has long been one of our favorite third-party Android launchers, and one of the reasons for this is that developer Chris Lacey relentlessly adds new features and settings for us to spend endless hours playing with. The latest v33 update for Action Launcher keeps this trend going, and the big feature this time around is something called “AdaptiveZoom.”

AdaptiveZoom is a new app opening animation for Action Launcher, and while these animations aren’t anything new, AdaptiveZoom is unique in the fact that it naturally fills your screen with the background color of adaptive app icons as they load. It really is quite gorgeous, and it might result in me mindlessly opening apps on my home screen just to see the animation over and over and over and over.

In addition to AdaptiveZoom, v33 also adds Android 8.1′s bounce animation when opening up the app drawer, improved animations and appearance of the home screen indicator, the ability to delete everything on your home screens at once and use empty home screens, and a re-enabling of Action Launcher’s ability to use Android’s Accessibility API.

Lastly, Action Launcher’s Supporter program has been updated with three new exclusive wallpapers and AdaptivePack is being pushed to v4.0 with support for 3500 apps and 1100 unique icons.

Action Launcher’s best hidden treasures: Covers, Shutters, and Quicks

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What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store?

Update January 12, 2018: Check out Ashworld, a cool new adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, then have some goofy fun with Run Sausage Run!


Set in an apocalyptic wasteland, Ashworld is a really intriguing open world game in which you must survive and scavenge for limited supplies and resources while avoiding or fighting aggressive enemies and creatures of the night.

You start off with a top-down view of the world and have the option to explore the world on foot, or in a vehicle. When you discover and enter buildings, the game shifts to classic platformer gameplay as you search for folks to talk to or try and find supplies.

The game is filled with weapons and vehicles to discover and use and features a full slew of story-based missions and side quests to complete — or you can simply go out exploring on your own. The touch controls and animations are smooth which makes Ashworld an absolute joy to play.

Download: Ashworld ($3.99)

Run Sausage Run!

For fans of endless runner games on mobile, check out Run Sausage Run!, a fun new cartoony addition to the Google Play Store.

Certainly inspired to some degree by the forgettable animated film Sausage Party, you play as a sentient sausage trying to escape from being cooked and eaten by making a mad dash out of the kitchen while dodging all sorts of deadly kitchen tools. Your sausage automatically saunters along, and you simply press and hold to make him run, which in turn also makes him hilariously fold over which helps you avoid deadly blades.

Endless runners are a dime a dozen on Android, so it’s rare to find one with an interesting concept and unique art design. There’s a ton of skins and content to unlock in this ad-supported free game.

Download: Run Sausage Run! (Free w/Ads)

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TiVo’s smart features will be rolling out over the next few months.

CES 2018 has been home to a ton of different announcements, but one trend that’s been more prevalent than ever is the integration of virtual assistants in a variety of smart home gadgets. TiVo is one of the companies following this trend, and over the coming months, it’ll be rolling out support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT.

TiVo will launch a Google Assistant app and Amazon Alexa skill in a few months’ time that allows you to use your voice for controlling all of your media playback, but before these are released, you’ll still be able to talk to your Echo or Google Home speaker and control your TiVo box using IFTTT Applets.

This will require a bit more handiwork on your end to get everything set up the way you like it, but with enough tinkering, you’ll be able to use IFTTT to automatically skip commercials without having to raise a finger, pause whatever it is you’re watching when your smart doorbell rings, and dim your smart lights and launch Netflix with a custom phrase.

Exact release dates for any of this have yet to be announced, but once they are, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Google Assistant is coming to Dish Network this year

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Leave is to Evan Blass to give us all the details of the upcoming HTC U11 EYEs. According to his latest leak, the HTC U11 EYEs will be unveiled on January 15 and will be selling for ?3,290 or roughly $510 … Read More

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