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Netflix and Android - chromecast, downloading, profiles - close to perfection!

Netflix and Android have always had a great relationship, but over recent years the app has really gone from strength to strength. The interface is fantastic and the feature set continues to grow in meaningful ways, making it one of my must-have apps.
The first example that comes to mind is obviously Chromecast support. Now this isn’t a Netflix exclusive option, and it is supported well in many media apps, but Netflix and Chromecast work so seamlessly well together that I struggle to think about how I survived before the pairing existed!
Next is the newly integrated ‘Download’ option, which allows users to download content and watch it on the go without a data connection.  Honestly, Netflix kicked it out of the park with this one – it could not be easier to use, it includes all the right settings (save to SD, definition quality control, etc) – and best of all it is all within the existing price brackets. I almost feel they could have charged extra for this service alone – but am ext…

Strategy games for Android - The Top 10

Today, we commence a new feature of the Droid App of the Day site - being 'Featured Articles'. Don't worry, there will still be a new app recommendation every day (see below), but in addition, every now and then we will compile a "TOP 10 LIST" or post other interesting app related content from the world of android devices. 

Today, we take a look at the best strategy games for the Android platform, including some state of the art games and some old classics.

1: Uniwar (£3.09 download)
This is the real king of turn-based strategy games for Android phones, with over 50 maps, plenty of units, an old school hexagonal grid over the map, and some seriously good online play options. As well as traditional one-on-one fights, you can do team play with up to four players on each side. It's available for iPhone, too, and unusually the two versions are compatible – so you can still battle your friends even if they have a different model of phone. Superb!

2: Defend Homeland Full (£0.59 download)
It's not the greatest strategy game for Android, but it is superb value (currently reduced from £2.99), and it's very, very good. If you're after a modern-day real-time strategy game, very much in the vein of Command and Conquer, look no further.

3: Transformers G1: Awakening (£3.09 download)
It's three years old, and relatively expensive, but don't let that fool you, and don't be put off by the Transformers theme – this is one of the best turn-based strategy games available for Android. It's based on the first-generation Transformers TV series from the 1980s (hence the G1 moniker: Generation 1), and includes many favourite robots from that era. Each has different special powers, leading to varied, challenging gameplay.

4: Battle for Mars (£3.09 download)
With plenty of unit and building types, including robots and spaceships, plus innovative game mechanics and a lovely Red Planet theme, this is another grand turn-based strategy game. Again, it supports multiplayer very nicely, too. It has just 25 maps, including a 12-map campaign, so it won't have quite the replay value of Uniwar, but it's still worth picking up.

5: European War (£1.99 download)
If you grew up playing your Dad's copy of Risk, and loved it, European War is for you. Command muskets, cavalry and artillery to conquer 19th century Europe in this turn-based strategy classic.

6: Crusaders (£3.99 download)
Fast-paced real-time strategy action comes to the Holy Land, with clerics and paladins striving to conquer their foes. You might (or might not!) find the politics a bit dubious, but there's no denying that this is a fun and challenging game.

7: Xenowar (£1.25 download)
This one made it to the Top 10 because of the superb value, and the unusual setup. Rather than controlling huge legions of tanks or ships or spacecraft, you have a small squad of individual soldiers under your command. As you'd expect from the price, and the one-man indie developer, the graphics aren't as good as most others, but the very personal humans vs aliens gameplay remains as addictive as it was in the old X-Com classics.

8: Everlands / Everlands HD (£1.49 download)
The pairing of My Little Pony-esque, cute, brightly coloured animals with hardcore turn-based strategy is an unusual one, but Everlands makes it work. Unlock new animals with each level and get stuck in to the highly absorbing and thought-provoking gameplay.

9: Great Little War Game (£1.86 download)
Fun, slightly cartoony turn-based game of tank and infantry battles. The realistic, strategic use of terrain is what makes this one a standout.

10: All Mighty (£0.61 download)
This is a simple medieval fantasy RTS game. It's not world-class but is still well worth picking up for quick multiplayer fun if you like the genre and the price.

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