An Easter Egg Edition for the holiday, here are Android Fan Network’s Weekly App Picks from the AFN staff for the week of April 20. These may be apps we can’t live without or apps we just discovered. Either way, we think they are worth sharing with you. If there is an app that you think we may enjoy, send us a tip so we can take a look.
Google Play Games – Gavin
A key advantage that Android has over iOS is Google Play Games. iOS’s Game Center is in desparate need of an update and does not work for most games when trying to save your progress and move to a new device. Google Play Games allows your progress to be synced across multiple devices and even has an Easter Egg for those of us that grew up playing Nintendo and Sega. Using the infamous Konami code, you are greeted with nod to Sega’s poorly translated Zero Wing. Here’s the steps:
- Open Google Play Games
- Swipe across the screen in sequence – up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right
- A retro 8-bit controller will pop-up
- Press B, A, and start in order
- Your acheivement will be unlocked
Unlocking the achievement doesn’t do anything but unlock a smirk for those of us that remember, but still it’s a neat nod to the retro games we grew up on.
Ookla Speedtest – Kevin
With LTE rolled out to all the carriers, everyone wants to know just how fast their network really is and hit the share button for bragging rights. That said, the go to app for any Android fan is Ookla’s Speedtest app. To use, just open it up and hit start. The app will use your location to find the nearest server and start the download test followed by upload.
The fun is reading about Ookla, the company’s namesake and (slightly) evil cat. Long departed, Ookla continues to live on in their app. To read Ookla’s chilling tale, run a speed test and swipe down over the meter when done.
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