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As the caring parent of our beloved Android OS, and a sea of other technologies as well, Google has always made sure to foster the growth of every brainchild as best it can. The search giant's Fun Propulsion Labs is a perfect example of one such initiative. It is aimed at advancing various, mostly open-source, technologies for game development across a sea of platforms, ultimately showcasing and building upon cutting edge features. Two of the division's technology-showcasing apps - Pie Noon and Zooshi have been engulfed by the Christmas spirit and now have Holiday-themed versions. Both games are developed using C++ and an array of open-source libraries. Best of all, as already mentioned, they are also meant as a proof of concept and reference point for many Google game-development tools and are open-source. The Christmas versions serve as a reminder to developers of what can be achieve with proper use of the Google suite and an open invitation to mod and experiment away with the underlying APIs and libraries. If you are up for the challenge, both github pages are available at the source links, but if you simply want to enjoy Pie Noon and Zooshi for their addictive casual gaming qualities, then your best bet might be to download them on the nearest Android device. The pie-throwing, party blast - Pie Noon is now part of the Android Google Santa Tracker, with snowballs in place of tasty pastries for the Holiday season. The animal feeding Zooshi is also available on the Play Store, but as a standalone app, now with candy-canes, instead of sushi rolls. Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3 | Source 4 |...



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