Statistics show that the average new smartphone owner will install a game on his or her new gadget within a week from its purchase. Smartphone games have become very popular over the last decade – so popular, in fact, that they outperform PC and console games – and they are expected to continue growing in the coming years. Most people don’t know, in turn, that there is more to smartphones than playing games. Of course, playing online video poker at Vegas Palms is the perfect casual fun. And the slots and other games you can play at the Vegas Palms Mobile are also a great way to kill time while on a coffee break. But there are many other ways to have fun with your smartphone that you might not have considered until now. Like the ones below.
Fun With your Smartphone Besides Playing Games
1. Watch TV
Video streaming services are all over the place – some even say that there are even too many of them – but how about live TV? Sometimes, all you want is to see the news instead of actively seeking them out, follow a game show, a documentary, or simply channel surf on your phone. This is where Kodi comes in.
Kodi is an interesting blend between a media player and a smart TV operating system. It is capable of playing local content as well as stream it over the internet. And with the right set of add-ons, you can turn it into your own pocket-sized TV set.
One of the most useful services to watch live TV on your phone is USTVNow. The service has a free plan with 7 channels (ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, NBC, PBS, and My9) and a paid service with 28 (all of the above, plus channels like Spike, SyFy, USA, BBC America, and others) included. Installing the USTVNow Kodi addon is simple: you can find it in the app’s official repository.
2. Read comic books
Traditionally, comic books come printed – but they are no longer confined to paper in the digital age. ComiXology, an Amazon online service, brings all the latest Marvel and DC releases, and much more, right to the screen of your smartphone.
The service comes with a wide variety of free comics, covering various editions of Marvel heroes like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America”, and beloved DC characters like Wonder Woman and Batman. The service also has an “Unlimited” subscription that gives you access to over 10,000 comic books, graphic novels, and manga, for a flat monthly fee of $5.99.
The ComiXology app is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire.
3. Play outside
No, we don’t mean that you should go sit on the porch and dive into Candy Crush there. The vast majority of smartphones have GPS, which makes them fit to serve as a companion in gaming. Think of games like Ingress and Pokémon GO, that require their users to leave their homes to actually play. But there is another interesting game that will take things to the next level – it’s called Zombies, Run!, and it is awesome.
Zombies, Run! is an audio drama and a location-based game in one. All you have to do is listen to it tell you the story while walking around – and soon, zombies will appear. And you will have to run – humanity’s fate may depend on you.
The game was created in collaboration with award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman, and it will require you to walk, jog, or run. In the game, you will not only escape zombies but also collect vital supplies which can be used to build a safe haven (your home). The Pro version of the game costs $19.99 a year and comes with more than 200 story missions to run through.
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