Experience a console-quality fantasy MMORPG with AIIA: Dragon Ark

Experience a console-quality fantasy MMORPG with AIIA: Dragon Ark

May 2, 2018

Wizards and warriors aren’t normally a unique sight when browsing the Google Play store, but the ones you’ll find in AIIA: Dragon Ark take it to the next level thanks to the power of Unreal Engine 4. Providing full 3D visuals comparable to console games, CLGameZ’ fantasy MMORPG combines high action with stunning graphics.

Setting you on the path of the mythical Exlion Knights, as your own created character AIIA: Dragon Ark will see you work your way through various dungeons in seek of threatening boss enemies. Sad bosses each require their own strategy of attack on the player’s part, partially helped by the game’s pet assist system known as ‘Arma’.

When not experiencing the story, AIIA: Dragon Ark provides plenty of means for players to hone their skills to become a better hero. The first is a dedicated PVP battle mode which sees you duke it out with others, while a 100 floor challenge tower is the best way to gain special rewards not available anywhere else.

All of AIIA: Dragon Ark is successfully bright to life using Unreal Engine 4. The hitting effects are responsive, graphics impressively-rendered, all helping to better immerse you while traversing this vast, war-torn world. Have you got the skills and brawn needed to save it?


Experience a fantasy story unlike any other. AIIA: Dragon Ark is free to download on Android devices today.

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Retro Gaming on a Modern-Day Smartphone? Yes, You Can

Retro Gaming on a Modern-Day Smartphone? Yes, You Can

Apr 19, 2018

There are literally hundreds of thousands of games that run on Android smartphones and tablets – yet there are those of us who still feel like something’s missing. It may be the simplicity of the games we played as children, it may be the lack of flashy visuals and the focus on the feeling and the gaming experience as a whole. This is probably why so many games from the past have been revived and given life anew through emulators – pieces of software that allow programs created to run on one device (consoles and retro computers, in our case) to run on another one (a modern-day PC or a smartphone). And with them, you can turn your Android phone into a retro console. Here’s how.

With the right software

Among the long list of Android mobile gaming app options available for download today, there are quite a few that will emulate retro systems on the go. The list includes emulators for a variety of consoles – NES, PSX, PSP, GameBoy, and many others – and computers like Amiga, ZX Spectrum, and Commodore 64. All you need to do is download them, find the game you like, load it, and play – these usually come with an on-screen controller to make actually playing them possible.

But you can go further, and turn your phone into an actual gaming console.


The majority of Android smartphones support a standard called MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) that allows users to connect their handsets to a large screen. When connected, the large screen will mirror the phone’s display, allowing users to watch videos, play music, and even games – it’s nothing as complex as Samsung’s DeX, it’s about simply mirroring the content of the screen on a larger display. And if you run the right emulator, and have the right peripherals – like Satechi’s $40 Bluetooth game controller – you will be able to use it to play games just like you were playing them on a console.

Et voilá!

Of course, you will need to experiment a bit with this before you succeed. After all, there are so many emulators and games out there, each one with its own approach – some of them might not even support peripherals at all. One of the safest ones to start with is RetroArch, a cross-platform multi-system emulator that has been confirmed to work with a series of peripherals – like the Xbox One S Bluetooth controller, the 8Bitdo N30 Pro, and many others.

Smartphones have already gathered a series of functions – they double as media players, compact cameras, wallets – and now we can also check retro gaming consoles off the list.

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Behind the Scenes: The Android Mobile Casino Experience

Behind the Scenes: The Android Mobile Casino Experience

Feb 19, 2018

The Prodigious Growth of the Mobile Market
Global Mobile Users: Source – ComScore

It comes as no surprise that mobile Internet now outstrips desktop users by a long margin. This was boosted by low-cost Internet (Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G), cost reductions with Android smartphones and tablets, and a burgeoning middle class in China and India.
Personal Use of Devices: 2017 – Source – OfCom

According to an OfCom communications report, users in the UK and the US spend 66 and 87 hours per month respectively browsing the web on their smartphones. The KPCB statistics for 2015 indicate that US mobile usage accounted for 51% of all time spent on digital media.
Smartphone Market Share – Source: DAZEINFO

Smartphones dominate over tablets, laptops and desktops by a long margin. This was confirmed by OfCom research in 2017.

Android vs iOS – The Growing Divide

The leading mobile operating systems are Android and iOS. In terms of their worldwide market share, Android has led iOS (iPhone) since 2012. The stats reveal the following:

  • Q2 2012 – Android 69.3%; iOS 16.6%
  • Q2 2013 – Android 79.8%; iOS 12.9%
  • Q2 2014 – Android 84.8%; iOS 11.6%
  • Q2 2015 – Android 82.8%; iOS 13.9%
  • Q2 2016 – Android 86.2%; iOS 12.9%
  • The remaining percentages are filled by Blackberry and Windows Phone OS. There are also strong geographic trends. iOS dominates in Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, and France. Android is dominant in Mexico, South America, Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Indonesia.

    Android devices are significantly cheaper than iPhones. According to Forbes Magazine, the typical price of an iPhone is around $687, while that of an Android smartphone is $254.

    The Challenges of Mobile for Web Developers

    AMP HTML, JS, and Cache – Source: AMP

    Web developers face unique challenges when setting up a site that is mobile friendly. Today, websites have adopted a mobile-first policy when it comes to the user experience. Everything begins with smartphone functionality. Website developers that begin with a PC-based platform (desktop) typically encounter problems when they try to optimize for mobile afterwards. Desktop features may be visible to the end user, while they are invisible to the mobile user. The biggest challenge on mobile though is load time. Mobile is significantly slower than desktop and this is problematic.

    Maintain Traffic Flow

    If a website only functions optimally for PC-based users, it stands to lose considerable traffic among mobile users. Web developers must juggle multiple issues such as navigation, functionality, speed, and quality. Menus, clickable links, and design need to be optimized.

    Most of the plug-ins that are currently available are iOS optimized, and create challenges for the UX on Android. Online gaming platforms are dependent on the audio-visual prowess of their offerings to create a wow factor with players. If the games cannot be seen, or optimized on mobile, the online gaming platform loses out. This concept is known as maximizing on-screen real estate.

    Challenges for Online Casino Webs Developers


    Web developers must create mobile friendly platforms for all devices. This includes pixel intensity, responsive design (creates increased liquidity for screen adjustments), greater interactivity with buttons, slide and swipe functionality, tilting, flipping and shaking options.

    Leading online casinos are making it easier for players to enjoy a rich mobile casino experience through a single web page for iOS and Android. The mobile game offering can be accessed from a hub page. This is an effective way to promote the mobile casino’s offerings. This presentation and design eliminates many of the challenges that web developers face with mobile users. The Android and iOS apps each have a unique interface. When mobile players click to play, they will automatically be presented with a full range of gaming options optimised for their device.

    Google’s Mobile First Indexing

    In 2016, Google announced that its search index will rank sites with a mobile-first approach. The algorithmic code of Google’s crawlers understands structured data and ranks pages and sites via the mobile-first index. According to Google, the majority of people are using their smartphones and tablets to access websites nowadays. The lag effect of PC-based ranking remains, however the Smartphone Googlebot is now crawling across websites and ranking them accordingly. Luckily, webpages that have already implemented responsive design and feature dynamic serving are good to go. The mobile first index is here and it’s reshaping the way web developers are creating pages, apps and enhancing their SEO efforts.

    What Are Google AMP Pages and How Can They Help?

    Mobile websites take much longer than PC/desktop to load, and this has been one of the greatest challenges to mobile functionality. A viable solution to the load time challenges with mobile comes in the form of Google AMP pages. AMP stands for accelerated mobile pages, and it is an open source project aimed at enhancing the speed, delivery and quality of mobile functionality. This ensures higher levels of engagement, increased ROI, greater flexibility and quicker load times. Accelerated mobile pages make it much more enticing and engaging for players to go the mobile route.

    Google AMP allows websites to rank better on mobile, and this is good news for search engine optimization (SEO). Since most users abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load, it’s important that sites are mobile friendly. Most mobile sites don’t load in 3 seconds; in fact, most take 10 seconds to load. And if you’re using 3G Internet, this can be as much as 19 seconds. Google AMP is 4 x faster than a standard HTML page and it’s designed for rapid loading. There are no known downsides. To get started, all that’s needed is an extension, plug-in or module on a content management system such as Joomla, WordPress, or Drupal. Then it’s off the virtual casino games – wherever you may find yourself.

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    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

    The Yakuza series is an action-adventure video game developed and published by SEGA. Released in 2005, the story follows a Yakuza named Kazuma Kiryu. After spending ten years of his life in jail for a crime he did not commit, he learns that billions of Yen have been stolen from the Tojo Clan. He then crosses path with an orphan girl, Haruka, who is a target of the clan, and who might also have the key for their lost money.

    In this series, Kazuma Kiryu travels to Hiroshima in search for answers. This is the PlayStation 4 sequel, Yakuza 6- The Song of Life. This action adventure game features a character that gains experience from combats and can be used to level up his capabilities. It is similar to adventure themed slot games available at Magical Vegas. As you play and collect points on the site, you get the chance to level up and enter the VIP club, where you benefit from enhanced offers and perks.

    2012 Plot

    On one snowy night, at Japan’s largest stage, a girl makes a confession in front of tens of thousands of fans. Stating “I’m a family member of Kazuma Kiryu.” That was the moment, Haruka Sawamura, declared her true dream. At the time of her confession, Kazuma has just barely managed to settle a conflict between five of Japan’s largest cities. In the middle of a relentless snowstorm, Kazuma and Haruka reunite.
    After the conflict, for Haruka to live with the children of the orphanage, Kazuma once again decides to cleanse. He has to fulfill a three-year prison term, as compensation in order to attain happiness. But this small gesture creates a massive disbalance in the life of Haruka and her orphan friends.
    Day and night Haruka was slandered, and the public outcry was more severe than expected. This caused Haruka to retire from the world of show business in an unexpected way. Attacks were so severe, that it even reached the children of Sunshine Orphanage. Haruka found herself alone and realized the naivety of her decision.

    2016 Plot

    On being released from prison, Kazuma was informed about the hard reality of Sunshine Orphanage and Haruka’s disappearance. Afraid that she would be a bad influence on the kids of the orphanage, she fled. Feeling guilty of not being able to support her, Kazuma returned to Okinawa and suffered his own uselessness.

    Searching for Haruka, he finds that she’s met with an accident and that she’s in critical condition. Kazuma is devastated. It comes to light that Haruka has been in Hiroshima the whole time. A city where the Himei Association is in control and is not affiliated with the Tojo Clan and Omi Alliance. This is new ground for Kazuma, as this area is out of reach of the Tojo Clan. But, why was Haruka in Hiroshima? Was her accident a mistake? Why did Haruka come to this city? What happened to Haruka while Kazuma was in prison? Kazuma makes it his mission to search every nook and cranny of Hiroshima for answers.

    Yakuza 6: Song Of Life was released in Japan on 8th December 2016 and will be released to the rest of the world on 20th March 2018. For now, you only have to wait to find the answers to all the questions!

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    You’ve seen the film, now play the game: Ferdinand: Unstoppabull is out now on Android

    You’ve seen the film, now play the game: Ferdinand: Unstoppabull is out now on Android

    Jan 4, 2018

    Ferdinand: Unstoppabull is a match three puzzler that serves as the official game of the animated movie of (almost) the same name.

    It’s a match three puzzler as you know and love them. You’ll match blocks together to earn a high score, doing so over hundreds of levels.

    There’s a twist here though. Matching blocks causes your favourite characters – who all feature – to perform a bunch of different dance moves. Snazzy!

    You can upgrade all of these dance moves as well to increase the score they provide when you do them. That will help you beat all your friends.

    Another interesting feature is the ability to have the game play automatically. Not only is this quite unique for a match three puzzler, but the hedgehogs Uno, Dos, and Quatro will play rather than the AI.

    With hundreds of levels to complete, a variety of dance moves to master, and special abilities to unleash, Ferdinand: Unstoppabull is chock full of content.

    So go ahead and grab it right now from Google Play. You certainly won’t regret it!

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    Sweet Kitty is a match-three adventure that will give you a sugar rush

    Sweet Kitty is a match-three adventure that will give you a sugar rush

    Dec 18, 2017

    Sweety the Kitty needs your help to become a master chef in Sweety Kitty. Created and self published by Integra Games Global OU, the adorable match-three adventure game is now available on the App Store and Google Play. Journey around a world full of colourful levels to collect recipes and help Sweety on his harrowing adventure.

    Sweety Kitty features over a hundred unique levels that will see you matching delectable candies, tarts, and pies to earn a high score and complete each challenge. Travel across diverse, beautifully designed locales to collect recipes for Sweety’s recipe book, a family heirloom left to him by his Granny.

    Along the way, you’ll meet up with the evil Rat, who will stop at nothing to see Sweety fail. Help Sweety protect his precious recipes by defeating the Rat in puzzle challenges that will really keep you on your toes. If you run into trouble, you can always call on your friends for help in Sweety Kitty’s multiplayer mode.

    Are you ready to embark on this delectable journey? You can download Sweety Kitty right now from the App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Facebook.

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    Prepare for the nuclear apocalypse in 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure

    Prepare for the nuclear apocalypse in 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure

    Dec 15, 2017

    What would you do if you only had 60 seconds to prepare your family for the pending doom of the entire world? It’s hard to imagine, but you can get some good ol’ video game practice in with 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure, Robot Gentleman’s apocalyptic indie adventure. The game is making the jump from PC to Android, and you’ll be able to test your own disaster scenarios in this dark comedy quite soon.

    60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure casts you as Ted, a family man frantically scrambling to gather supplies before the nuclear apocalypse hits. You’ll need to gather your family members and enough supplies to hold you over in your fallout shelter. Ted’s house is different in each playthrough, meaning you’ll be struggling to find things in time, adding to the tension each time you return to the game.

    Once you make to your shelter, however, another struggle begins. Whatever you manage to bring with you is key to your survival–the first 60 seconds of the game could determine whether you live or die. The game will throw unexpected events at you, forcing you to make tough decisions as you forge a new life in the post-apocalypse. Which of your family members get to eat the precious food rations? Will you venture outside to hunt for more? Do you answer the door when someone comes knocking? Each playthrough presents new decisions that will shape the story in fun new ways.

    60 Seconds

    Eager to try your hand at survival? 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure lands on Android on December 28th.

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    Get your online fantasy fix in Lineage 2: Revolution’s latest update

    Get your online fantasy fix in Lineage 2: Revolution’s latest update

    Dec 14, 2017

    Putting an endcap on what is already sure to be an impressive year for mobile publisher Netmarble, a new update is gracing their chart-topping fantasy MMORPG from today. Bringing with it a wealth of gameplay tweaks and additional servers, the star of the show is the introduction of 50v50 siege battles – available now in Lineage 2: Revolution.

    Pitting clans against each other in two teams of 50, Fortress Sieges act as the headline act within Lineage 2: Revolution’s end of year update. Taking place every Friday from 20:30 – 21:00 PST, the objective is to “imprint” onto the opposing team’s Holy Artefact, with many buffs and rewards awaiting those good enough to do so. Both sides can look forward to Adena, EXP, and Proof of Blood as standard, making every Fortress Siege a worthy endeavour.

    Newcomers needn’t miss out on the thrill of epic online battles thanks to the addition of a new mode known as Open Siege. It plays largely the same but works by placing every participant at an equal combat power and level, meaning that acute skill and strategy is rewarded more so than sheer brawn. Player count is also limited to 30v30 without the need to be part of a clan, making Open Siege the perfect place to hone your online ability in Lineage 2: Revolution.

    Those worried about the popularity of Lineage 2: Revolution’s new modes causing server strain can rest comfortably, with Netmarble introducing three new servers exclusively for North America and European. This will help ensure that players old and new that want to jump in will have the smoothest online experience possible.
    There’s never been a better time to jump in, gear up, and do battle. Lineage 2: Revolution and its end of year update are live now on Google Play.

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    Crane your neck and take a look at the new tasks and vehicles featured in Construction Simulator 2’s latest update

    Crane your neck and take a look at the new tasks and vehicles featured in Construction Simulator 2’s latest update

    Dec 8, 2017

    Whether you prefer doing your digging at a break-neck pace or the speed of a snail, Construction Simulator 2’s newest update accommodates all building styles, adding in more vehicles to control and missions to undertake. Available now as a free download for IOS and Android players, there’s plenty of new reasons to keep on trucking.

    Sure to please players who have already got to grips with the game’s existing heavy duty vehicles, Construction Simulator 2 now touts well over 40 thanks to the addition of two new license partners: The US American truck manufacturer Mack Trucks and machine producer’s MEILLER Kipper. Both brands join the likes of Caterpillar, Liebherr, Palfinger, Kenworth, Bell Equipment, STILL and ATLAS, better bringing players closer to the life of a construction worker.

    The new update also adds plenty of new tasks and projects in which to put pedal to the medal and try out these new building beasts, the perfect opportunity to prove your mother trucking prowess. Those looking to get their forklift fix can also rest comfortably knowing that Construction Simulator 2 replaces its original unit with a real STILL® RX60-80 forklift. So, strap in and load up!


    Last up to the line is a special treat for Android enthusiasts, with the update adding in an experimental external controller support into the game. Construction Simulator 2 has always been about bringing you closer to the grit, and now by linking up a game pad to your smartphone or tablet, the OS will be cleaned up to do just that.

    Construction Simulator 2’s jam-packed update has already touched down, available now for IOS and Android players.

    Join Blob on his latest adventure in Give It Up! 3

    Join Blob on his latest adventure in Give It Up! 3

    Nov 26, 2017

    Give It Up! 3, the latest action-adventure title from Yoozoo Games and Invictus Gaming, recently made its big debut, introducing a host of new worlds, customization features, and multiplayer modes for players to explore. Guide Blob, your amorphous hero, through imaginative colorful levels in his most exciting adventure yet.

    The game is boasting a new and improved 3D aesthetic, with five expansive worlds for you to explore. Players can take their time to play through each level, uncovering every puzzle and surprise hidden therein. You’ll guide Blob through a number of interesting worlds, from jungle areas to even a car chassis. When you begin to tire of single player (which will likely take you quite some time), don’t forget to check out Give It Up! 3’s brand new PVP modes. You can compete against seven other players in League mode, or go head to head against a lone competitor in Arena mode.


    Give It Up! 3 even offers you the tools you’ll need to set yourself apart from the competition. Customize your Blob’s appearance, choosing from a number of different styles asnd props. You can deck your Blob out in some pretty sweet Wolverine claws, or opt for something classic, like a baseball bat. Yoozoo’s also offering players 12 new exclusive skins dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac.

    You can find Give It Up! 3 available to download right now from Google Play.

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    4 Games to try out on the Honor 8 Pro

    4 Games to try out on the Honor 8 Pro

    Jun 2, 2017

    The Honor 8 Pro packs a big punch when it comes to sheer performance. The phone’s 4,000 mAh battery, stunning display, and Kirin 960 processor make the phone a real dream for mobile gamers, too.

    How do you make the most of those killer specs, though? These four games will show you what the Honor 8 Pro is truly capable of.

    1. Perfect for clicking – SPACEPLAN


    The Honor 8 Pro boasts a beautiful 515ppi Quad HD display. The screen is big enough for serious gaming, but small enough to fit in your pocket. If you thought you needed a tablet to get the most out of your mobile games, think again. The Quad screen is super responsive, too, which is incredibly important for mobile gaming, especially when playing those idle clicker games.

    Devolver Digital’s latest game, SPACEPLAN, is the perfect clicker game to take advantage of the Pro’s unique display. The game has beautiful graphics that will look great on the display, and it’s a clicker, meaning you’ll be tap, tap, tapping for a good long while.

    Monument Valley

    2. Stunning visuals – Monument Valley

    If it’s gorgeous, cinematic visuals you seek, the Honor 8 Pro will not disappoint. The Quad HD display features advanced color management that will render your games with the highest fidelity. You can soak in every detail.

    Monument Valley is the best game to put these features to the test. It’s easily one of the most beautiful games on the mobile market, with its bright colors and stunning environments.


    3. Lagging solutions – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    No one likes lag. In fact, the problem has spawned an obsession with framerates among gaming enthusiasts worldwide. That likely won’t be a problem with the Honor 8 Pro, with its lightning fast 8-core processor and Vulcan API, which specifically works to cut lag.

    Test it for yourself with some of the most demanding Android games. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, a console and PC port launched last generation, is easily one of the most punishing games for mobile hardware. That shouldn’t be a problem for the Honor 8 Pro, though, thanks to its hefty processing power.


    4. Epic playing time – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

    Battery life can be just as important as performance for mobile gamers, and the Honor 8 Pro performs in that area as well with 1.5 days* of battery life at full load. That gives you plenty of time for gaming before you have to charge.

    Bioware’s Knights of the Old Republic is the perfect game to put that impressive battery to the test. Clocking in at 40 hours, this mobile port is a fantastic and faithful remake of one of the most famous western RPGs in recent years.

    *Data based on Honor lab tests. Battery life may vary based on usage patterns and network conditions.

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    We tried the Honor 8 Pro for you: Here’s how it went

    We tried the Honor 8 Pro for you: Here’s how it went

    Jun 1, 2017

    The Honor 8 Pro is the latest smartphone from Honor and marks an upgrade from the previously released Honor 8.

    As Honor’s new flagship smartphone competing with the top high-end mobile devices on the market, a lot of work has gone into its sleek design, sharp camera lens and easy-to-use interface.

    After a playtest with the phone, here’s what we found.


    Upon unboxing the Honor 8 Pro you see just how far Honor has gone to make a product competing with the big players. Everything you need is neatly packed in, from the device itself to the charger and important documents.

    What’s most unique however is the inclusion of a Google Cardboard headset. This means straight out of the box, after a tiny bit of set up, you can start experiencing virtual reality. This saves you having to go out and purchase a separate and expensive device, particularly useful if you’re unsure about VR in the first place.


    Design and Display

    The Honor 8 Pro is a big phone – it has a 5.7 inch touch screen in fact. But it’s not unwieldy. It may take some getting used to at first if you’re used to smaller screens, but the 2560 x 1440 Quad HD display offers crisp images.

    The screen’s size also offers more practical benefits, such as an easy to use touch keyboard and a bigger space for game user interfaces, which can make games more easily playable in some cases.

    As for design, its flush 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel dual rear-facing camera, which doesn’t protrude outward, is a particular highlight that completes a real sleek look.

    Battery life

    The Honor 8 Pro packs in a 4,000 mAh battery that’s said to last for 2 full days of regular use and almost 1.44 days of intensive use.


    Having played a few games on the device, including the power sapping Pokemon GO, the phone holds up well to intensive usage. After about an hour of use, power did not suffer greatly, suggesting a few extended gameplay sessions won’t leave you without any power for the rest of the day.

    In case you do start to run low on juice however, there are some smart options to keep your phone running. The typical power saving mode can add a few hours of battery life by limiting background app activity and reducing or disabling some visual effects and sounds.


    But the best feature here is the ‘Ultra’ power saving mode. During testing, selecting this mode offers a tremendous boost to battery life by cutting down the phone to only the most important apps. It automatically selects phone calls, texting and your contacts book – but leaves other slots to add apps of your choice.

    User interface

    The Honor 8 Pro uses Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 user interface. It’s simple and clean to use, and navigation buttons are built into the screen. The simple user interface makes it easy to navigate around your apps and rearrange your library to suit your tastes and needs. Settings are also easy to navigate, making it easy to customise features and set preferences.

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