Top 5 Apps/Games of the Week May 19th-May 26th: Race Illegal 3D, Next Browser and Android 4.3 Video

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  • 26 May 2013
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  • People are still dissecting the Google I/O conference from last week, in search of easter eggs, leaks and goodies that the media missed. Some were found and some not, plus there were some leaks and interesting games launched. More of that is detailed below, but one thing is for sure: the next few weeks will bring us a new Android.


    5) Race Illegal 3D

    If you don’t like that crappy Fast and Furious 6 game, you may want to try another illegal racing title, called Race Illegal 3D. Herocraft has launched this game, that has 3D graphics and lots of nifty features. The developer advertises the game as one of the best in the genre, especially due to the graphics and accurate physics. 20 tracks are available, plus 9 cars and online play. You can tune your car and customize it, check out personal stats and online records tablet.

    You can download the game from here.


    4) Oppo 5 Project Firefly

    Oppo is everywhere in the news these days, since tomorrow they’ll be launching their own online store. Oppo has a custom user interface, as you’ve probably seen on the Finder 5 handset. Well now you can transplant that UI called the Project Firefly Launcher straight to your device. It comes in the form of an APK that can be installed like a normal app. Users can get up to 9 homescreens, a ton of transition effects for both the homescreen and drawer, plus 10 preinstalled wallpapers.

    The launcher can be downloaded from here and there’s no root required.


    3) New Opera for Android

    Firefox and Chrome may not be enough nowadays, so nostalgics can resort to Opera if they want to ressurect the feeling of using probably the only decent browser on… Symbian. Anyway, we’ve got a new Opera for Android out there, out of beta and ready to earn some respect. The browser gets a new design, integrates a new Webkit-based engine and has lots of UI changes. We’ve got data saving features, a new start screen/Speed Dial, with access to most visited pages and a new rendering engine based on Chromium 26.

    The download link is here.


    2) Next Browser

    The folks behind GO Launcher have come up with a fresh web browser dubbed Next Browser, that’s actually a pretty good piece of software. It borrows a few elements from the most popular browsers out there, including Dolphin, Chrome, Opera and Firefox. For example it has a sort of Speed Dial page like on Opera, a most visited sites section like on Chrome and Next View, which is a bunch of contextual RSS buttons. Tabs are available with a quick swipe to the right, while extensions will also be accessed with a swipe in the opposite direction.

    You can download Next Browser from here.


    1) Android 4.3 leaks

    Google I/O 2013 didn’t bring us a major Android release, but fear not, as the leaks are ready to save us. This time we to see this future release of Jelly Bean running on the Nexus 4 and the leak comes from XDA Developers, so it’s pretty solid. The build number is JWR45B and the kernel used here was created in May, so the proof is solid. If you want novelty, well the camera UI has some, like the controls that have been moved to the side instead of the focus area. Everything feels faster in this release, which was to be expected, since the last Jelly Bean releases have brought us extra speed. We’ll have to wait and see…

    I have to remind you that Android 4.3 is rumored to debut in June on a white Nexus 4 or in July on the Nexus 7 2 tablet. Of course, once it comes, we’ll have to get some cool games to benchmark it… probably from the likes of Gameloft and all that.

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