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Step-by-step guide: How to install Counter-Strike on your Android device

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Since publishing our story about how to make Counter-Strike for PC run on your Android phone or tablet, we’ve received a smorgasbord of messages asking for help on how to install the game.

Well, dear readers and fellow recovering Counter-Strike addicts, ask and you shall receive: Here’s our step-by-step guide — with screenshots and accompanying annotations — on how to get one of the most popular PC games of all time running on your Android device.

1. Use your PC to download the Steam launcher from the gaming platform’s website. Be sure to download the appropriate installation file for your operating system. If you already have Steam installed, you can proceed to step four.

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2. Install the Steam launcher, then create a Steam account.

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3. Next, run Steam, and then type “counter-strike” in the search bar.
4. Buy and install the game that’s highlighted in the screenshot below. Once the installation is complete, you should find the Steam directory in your computer’s hard drive (drive C:, by default).

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5. OK, now on to your Android device. Use your device’s browser to download the latest versions of the CS16Client and Xash3D apps. The link for CS16Client is here, while Xash3D can be found here.

6. Install the CS16Client and Xash3D apps on your device.
7. Use a USB cable to connect your Android device to the computer where Steam is installed.
8. Create a folder called “xash” in your phone’s SD card directory.

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9. Transfer the “cstrike” and “valve” folders from your Steam directory (usually under C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life) to the xash folder in your phone’s SD card.

10. Run the CS16Client app. Untick the box next to “Enable ZBots bots,” then tick “Enable YaPB bots” and tap “LAUNCH CS16-CLIENT!”.

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That’s it! Launching the client will bring up a screen that looks like this:

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At this point, you might be asking: “Okay, so now what?” Now comes the fun part.
1. To start a multiplayer game against AI opponents (a.k.a. bots), click on “Multiplayer,” then select “LAN game.”

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2. Choose “Create game” next and select the map you want to play on.

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3. Once everything is in order, hit “Ok” and you’re all set.

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Was the guide helpful? How are you liking Counter-Strike on your Android device so far? Let us know in the comments!

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Google is under investigation for abusing Android

Dominating the market comes with a price

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Google has often been accused of monopolizing the smartphone market with the use of Android. While Android as an operating system is open source and anyone is free to make or use the system however they wish, Google’s push of its apps is a bigger problem.

Android is maintained by the search engine giant and the code is available for everyone’s use. But, Google pushes its range of apps in stock Android like Gmail, Maps, Play Music, YouTube, and more. Many accuse the company of forcing itself upon users and blocking the competition from a fair chance.

India’s Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been reviewing Google’s case for the last six months. The enforcement agency is currently at a preliminary stage and no official release has been made. Google, as well as CCI, have declined to comment.

The European Commission found Google guilty of dominating the market since 2011 and it’s abusing its standard practice of installing Google apps. The investigation led to a US$ 5 billion fine from the antitrust agency.

Google and CCI have met in recent months and the complaint was filled by a “group of individuals.” The agency has a track record of taking years to finish or conclude a case and we never know when a verdict might actually come.

Although, the CCI did impose a US$ 19 million fine on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position.

Android has a massive 85 percent market share and almost every Android phone ships with Google’s suite of apps. These apps, in return, help the search engine push ads to the user and generate revenue for the company.

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EA is looking into making a mobile version of Apex Legends

To battle with Fortnite

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EA‘s battle royale game is a certified hit. Apex Legends, which was developed by Titanfall makers Respawn, has no fewer than 25 million registered players in just one week. The game is playable for free on multiple platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One), but why not make it available on mobile as well?

Early reports don’t indicate mobile plans for the game, although during the Electronic Arts Q3 2019 earnings call, EA Games CEO said that they are looking into bringing Apex Legends to mobile devices.

Fortnite‘s userbase ballooned when it became available on Android and iOS, so it’s a no brainer than EA also wants mobile gamers to join the fun.

“We are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that,” EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said during the conference call.

There’s no definite timeline for the release of Apex Legends on mobile, but it’s certainly on the drawing board. For now, EA plans to introduce direct purchase options for players to buy items and new legends or heroes. They will also offer the so-called Apex Packs or simply loot boxes for more random items.

Apex Legends is not a pay-to-win game, so these items are purely cosmetic and can be used to customize your hero’s looks in the game.

SEE ALSO: Apex Legends hits 25 million players after one week

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Introducing Bumble’s Spotlight: Pay to get to the top of the page

For just two Bumble coins!

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You can’t buy your way to true love but you can now buy a top spot on Bumble’s swipe page.

You heard that right. Bumble just announced their new feature and they’re calling it Spotlight. For two Bumble coins, which is around US$ 2, you can get your own profile to the top of the swipe page — the most conducive spot for swiping. Your profile stays there for 30 minutes and people won’t even know you paid for the extra airtime.

Similar to Tinder Boost, this new feature allows for a bigger shot at better swiping results. It basically bumps you up in the queue. Remember, though, that you can only pay for being more visible on the app, but the swiping is still left to the other party.

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