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Google Play becomes king of the mobile app platforms. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Google Play becomes king of the mobile app platforms. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Who says iOS has all the apps? According to new data, Google isn’t just kicking butt when it comes to market share, but also mobile apps as well. The search giant’s Play Store now offers a great selection of titles than the App Store, but Apple fans will argue that quality is more important than quantity.

Crossy Road is the ideal smartphone game. Photo: Yodo1 Games

Crossy Road is the ideal smartphone game. Photo: Yodo1 Games

Crossy Road, one of the hottest and most addictive smartphone games available right now, is finally available from Google Play. Just like its iOS counterpart, which has gained App Store fame since its debut last November, it’s free-to-play — but you may have some trouble finding it.

Like all popular apps, Monument Valley faces a piracy problem. Photo: Ustwo

Like all popular apps, Monument Valley faces a piracy problem. Photo: Ustwo

One of the biggest reasons why many app developers continue to snub Android is piracy. The platform’s “open” approach, which allows applications to be downloaded from third-party sources and installed manually, makes it incredibly easy for users to circumvent Google Play and obtain paid apps completely free.

Piracy on Android is so rampant right now that just 5 percent of installs of Monument Valley – one of the best mobile games of 2014, which is currently priced at $3.99 in the Play Store — have actually been paid for.

WATCH will work with iOS as well as Android. Photo: Alcatel Onetouch

WATCH will work with iOS as well as Android. Photo: Alcatel Onetouch

Alcatel Onetouch wanted the world to see its new smartwatch so badly that it actually previewed the device last week ahead of its official unveiling. But at CES in Las Vegas today, the company confirmed a few juicy details we didn’t already know — such as compatibility with iOS devices, and the WATCH’s $149 price tag.

You can now rearrange your Instagram filters to make your favorite easier to find. Screenshots: Instagram

You can now rearrange your Instagram filters to make your favorite easier to find. Screenshots: Instagram

Instagram is today rolling out new updates on Android and iOS that bring an updated design, new features, and five new filters that Instagram says are its best yet. Inspired by the global community, the new filter set is the first Instagram has added in two years, and it’s designed to compliment the capabilities of modern smartphone cameras.

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