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It’s arrived!  The full version of Angry Birds for Android is here!  I’m not sure why, but they haven’t released it in the Android Market yet, they said that’s coming in the next few days.  For now you’ll need to download it from the Getjar website, they tell you.  This game is so popular however it’s taken down almost any site hosting the file from it getting flooded with hits.   So why not try to add one more to that list?

If you want to download the full version of Angry Birds, get it here!  Angry Birds Download

Oh did we mention this comes in at the awesome price of free?!

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As promised, OpenFeint has released another handful of games for Android after their first batch including Fruit Ninja and Mini Squadron saw them reach the top of the paid games charts within 72 hours.

You can see all the new releases using OpenFeint’s Game Spotlight app on the droid, or read the full press release below!

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But What Does It MEAN!?

Posted: September 30, 2010 in Android
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So we’ve got quite a few new Droid users that I know of this week, and with that, it’s time to take it to the basics.

Here’s a compiled list of the most common abbreviations or keywords you’ll see being thrown around on this site and many others, as it relates to Android.

Use this as a reference if you’re ever unsure of an abbreviation or phrase you’re unclear on.

adb: Android Debug Bridge, a versatile tool lets you manage the state of an emulator instance or Android-powered device

ADK: Android Development Kit, What people use to develop anything for the droid such as ROM’s

Baseband: In communications and signal processing, the baseband describes signals and systems whose range of the frequencies measured from close to 0 hertz to a cut-off frequency, a maximum bandwidth or highest signal frequency; it is sometimes used to describe frequencies starting close to zero

Boot Loader: State in which the droid can be flashed from RSD with an appropriate .sdk file that reprograms the phone into a specific ROM or update. This is typically a last resort when the recovery screen cannot be reached to make a much simpler and less risky solution

Boot Loop: simply means something is preventing the phone from completing it’s boot cycle and is stuck between the boot animation and the unlock screen, creating a looped animation. This is often fixed by either reloading a Nandroid, or Reflashing a rom from the Boot Loader.

Brick or Bricked: Jargon for a completely unrecoverable device, (no more than a brick or paperweight)

Bug or Software Bug: an Error or flaw in software that produces a failure or unexpected/unwanted result. Typically created from incorrect code, this is why some ROMs are better and smoother running than others because certain developers have taken the time to input “perfect” code

Busybox: BusyBox is a single multi-call binary that packages the functionality of most widely used standard Unix tools, BusyBox provides a fairly complete environment for any small or embedded system.

ClockworkMod: A recovery program that is often used to apply updates, ROMs, or create a back up or restore a backup file

Deodex: Apk files have respective odexes that devs use to supposedly save space. Deodexing means you convert it back to a .dex file and put it back inside the apk. This allows you to easily replace files (not having to worry about odexes), but the main point was to deodex services.jar so that you can change all text to different colors (such as the clock color to white) and to deodex services.jar, you need to deodex everything.

Dev. or Developer: An individual that creates, or alters a file in such a manner as to advance the program

Flash or Flash Memory: a program technology that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed

Froyo: Short for Frozen Yogurt, is the latest iteration (2.2) of Android, Google’s mobile operating system.

Kernel: The governor of the CPU usage and Battery output, one can upload certain Kernels to achieve greater performance speed of their device at the cost of some battery life

Root: Common word associated with giving a user “super user” access to their phones programming and other various aspects that would normally not be possible, also known as “Jailbroken” for iPhone’s

Nandroid or Nandroid Backup: A file typically created in the custom recovery program, such as SPRecovery, that is a carbon copy of whatever state your phone is in before a drastic change is made. the file then can be moved onto or off of the SD card for later use in case something should go wrong in the ROM or Update, or a Boot Loop occurs

OS: Operating system, I.E. Windows Vista or MAC or ANDROID

Overclocking: Speeding up the CPU past the factory presets to achieve a faster and more responsive device

ROM: Read Only Memory, a program used to make changes to anything from the look of the home screen, to icons to custom boot animation

RSD or RSD lite: Remote Software Download, Motorola’s own tool in flashing virtually any type of program, (so long as it’s in .sbf form) to the Android OS

Shell or SSH: secure shell or ssh is a network protocol that allows data to be exchanged using a secure channel between two networked devices

SPR or SPRecovery: A recovery program that is often used to apply updates, ROMs, or create a back up or restore a backup file

Stock: Simply means an unaltered state, such as when you first purchase your phone from Verizon, or when you do a factory reset

SU: “Super user”, or root permissions

Theme: A set of icons, backgrounds and app trays that change the ascthetics of the overall look of the droid and its applications

TUN/TAP: Refers to a network Tunnel, operates within layer 3 packets, or ip packets. Packets sent by a system via a TUN/TAP device are delivered to a user-space program that attaches itself to the device. A user space program may also pass packets into a TUN/TAP device. In this case TUN/TAP device delivers (or “injects”) these packets to the operating system’s network stack thus emulating their reception from an external source.

Underclocking: Slowing down the CPU mainly to limit battery usage

.sbf: Summation Briefcase File

.apk or APK’s: An .apk file extension denotes an Android Package (APK) file, an .apk file can be opened and inspected using common archive tools

.tar: Similar to a zip file, a tar file archives multiple files into one file

.tgz: TGZ files are commonly used as install packages for Linux.

With that, we’ll be focusing on the Droid X over the next few days, but there will be a few gems thrown in that will include the Droid 1 and Droid 2, so stay tuned!

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We all thought they were going to miss the end of summer, but they squeaked by and released at midnight on the very last day of summer.  With that the official Froyo update for the Droid X has arrived, and is available for anyone to download to their phone right now!

To update your phone:
Tap the menu button from any home screen.
Tap Settings.
Scroll all the way down and tap About Phone.
Tap the first option that says System Update.

After that you should be prompted with the screen above asking you download now or later. (Note if you don’t select either it will automatically download after 25 seconds)

Now you can sit back, relax, and let your phone become among the Android gods with all that Froyo goodness!!

So what about all of you guys that were on the leaked version we handed out to you a few weeks back?  Well you have two options.

First:  You can restore your phone to 2.1 using the SBF file and RSDLite program, and our guide found here.  Once rolled back to 2.1, you would have to reinstall all your apps, and configure all your settings.  You could then follow the normal instructions from this post to pull the update down to your phone.

Second: Do nothing.  You guys are running either system version 2.1.9 or 2.1.13 already depending on what leak you installed, but either way there really should be any major differences between the two.  On top of that, if you wait just a week or so I will be we will see the 2.1.13 version put up for us to download as some kind of update installation.  One thing you should note is this leaked version actually blocks you from getting the official OTA.  If you checked your phone and checked the system update option it would tell you your phone is up-to-date already.  So if you’re worried about getting ANY official over the air updates in the future, I would suggest going with option 1 above.

IMPORTANT: Once you have updated to the official OTA 2.2, you will no longer be able to use the 2.1 SBF that’s in the wild (Not the leak, the actual OTA update).  There is more than a good chance it will brick your phone.  So that means if you update to the official 2.2, you are stuck there.  It’s OK though, because we can root it.  Just be warned in case you ever had any reason to want to go back to 2.1 after getting the official update. (Which I really can’t see why anyone would, but just in case)  (via birdman)

Enjoy!

Source: Droid-life.com

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Good old Pete is back, and as promised, delivered the long-awaited Bugless Beast .5 ROM for any Droid 1 owners to consume.

This thing is packed full of all kinds of features most of us wouldn’t think of even wanting but will be glad to have.  A few important updates are:

  • Automatic app install after wiping data and cache
  • Apps installed to data instead of system for easy uninstallation
  • Includes 3 of his paid market apps:  sound recorder, video camera, testing menu

There’s obviously a ton more going on in this thing than those three options.  For a full writeup on the release head on over to Pete’s site here.  And for his actual changelog, check here.

Please note beforehand, you HAVE to wipe data and cache to install this since it’s basically built from source.  No questions asked on this one, BUT if you pay attention to the first highlight, this ROM will automatically search known locations for previously installed apps and then proceed to automatically re-install them.  So ultimately you’ll be losing your programs settings but the ROM should reinstall the apps you had for you.

With that, this all occurs after the first reboot once the ROM is successfully installed.  You HAVE TO let it do its thing at this point, and not think it locked up or pull the battery.  If you do, you’ll have to re-flash the ROM again.  It’s not only installing your previous apps, but also installing the system apps to your data folder so they can be easily uninstalled if you so desire, as mentioned above.

This is already up in Rom Manager, so go on and grab it now!

Also note this should stop any users from seeing the popup to update their phone to the latest Froyo build as this is built from the current FRG22D build.

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Samsung is just starting up their NYC event hosting the official US launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  The weird thing to me is all these “official launches” lately have just been to show off the device in person and announce when they plan to realistically launch them for sale.

With that we unfortunately don’t have any concrete dates yet, but maybe something will come out of this event before the night is over.

Either way, we do have official confirmation that it will be over the next couple of months that we see these things land on all 4 major US carriers.  I guess that is an official launch then, but we’d still like to know a date we should expect to be waiting outside of the Verizon store to pick one of these puppies up! (Okay maybe not, but I’d like to!)

Full (world’s longest) press release after the jump.

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So on the coat tails of releasing Fruit Ninja today, the online, cross-platform, mobile gaming community, Open Feint, has gone and brought their whole system over to Android.

What does this mean for you?  Tons and TONS of new, GREAT games for the Android are here, and will be flooding into the system over the next few months.

Again, this is the same group that is responsible for launching Fruit Ninja today, so expect many more quality games like that to come your way soon.  And by soon we mean there’s already 4 or 5 in the market, up to 10 will be added by the end of the day, and at least 20 more by the end of the month.  To top it off, you can win REAL prizes from playing these games, and soon to be able to play against other platforms, so you can play your buddy on his iPhone, and kick his butt from your Droid!  Awesome!

Can we say THANK YOU!? Finally the Android platform is getting the recognition it deserves being the number one selling platform, and will continue to enjoy all these quality developers and publishers come to the greener grass of the mobile arena.

To make this simple for all of you, I suggest downloading the Feint Spotlight App.  It’s basically a mini-market for games as well as a community hub for OpenFeint.  From there you’ll be able to see any of the hottest games, added on a daily basis!

Full press release below:

Major Wireless Carriers and OpenFeint Partner To Unleash First Wave of Hit Games on Android

Cross Platform Social Gaming Network to Offer Access to Featured Promotion to Tens of Millions of Android Subscribers

Burlingame, CA – September 15, 2010 – OpenFeint, the leading cross platform social gaming network with 37 million mobile players, is launching 20 games for Android in the next month starting today with top 10 iOS hits including dot (ustwo), Fruit Ninja (Halfbrick Studios), MiniSquadron (Supermono), Super Slyder (Sandlot Games), The Moron Test (DistinctDev, Inc.), and Tic Tac Toe (Posimotion). These games will be offered to major wireless carriers as part of a partnership where OpenFeint will regularly bring high quality games to Android as candidates for featuring. The company also announced the release of its Feint Spotlight app, where Android gamers will be able to discover new games, connect to the community, and win prizes. With over 200,000 daily activations, the Android user base is growing rapidly and will eclipse tens of millions of additional users in 2010.

OpenFeint’s cross platform social gaming network has grown rapidly since being introduced just over 18 months ago, recently surpassing 37 million mobile players and 3,000 games. Game developers gain access to OpenFeint’s leading set of online gaming services and cross promotional tools by implementing the company’s free, open source SDK.

“Android users deserve great games but haven’t had access to enough of them. That changes today,” said Jason Citron, CEO of Aurora Feint, makers of OpenFeint. “Hundreds of thousands of people activate Android phones every day, and there is a clear need for high quality games in the marketplace. The major wireless carriers are partnering with us to select the best games from iOS – like Fruit Ninja – to bring to Android.”

All games utilize the newly cross platform OpenFeint mobile social gaming network and include features like leaderboards, achievements, and friending. iOS and Android gamers can now compete against each other in the games that they love to play. With a cross platform gaming network, gamers are no longer limited to playing games with friends who only use the same smartphone OS.

OpenFeint also announced that it will aggressively market these games in its newly introduced Feint Spotlight app for Android. With new titles being added to the OpenFeint network every day, gamers can use the app to discover the hottest new games and win prizes in future giveaways.

“Android is on track to become an incredible force as one of the largest mobile platforms in the world. Developers will need to unlock this gigantic market to maximize revenue potential for their mobile games. With the help of our wireless carrier partners, we’ve created multiple viral and editorial channels to help our developers drive revenue,” said Peter Relan, Chairman of Aurora Feint.

Developers interested in implementing OpenFeint in their games can learn more and download the free, open source SDK at OpenFeint.com/Developers. Players interested in learning about more OpenFeint enabled games can visit OpenFeint.com.

OpenFeint: Android Launch Month Games
Developer: Appy Entertainment
-Face Fighter Gold
Developer: Bravo Game Studios
-Touch Racing Nitro
Developer: ChewSoft
-Symbolism
Developer: ChickenBrick Studios
-Cestos 2: Party Time
Developer: DistinctDev
-The Moron Test
Developer: Glu Games Inc.
-Super KO Boxing 2
Developer: Get Set Games
-Mega Jump
Developer: Halfbrick Studios
-Fruit Ninja
Developer: Hudson
-Bomberman Dojo
Developer: Mediatonic
-Must.Eat.Birds
Developer: Mikengreg
-Solipskier
Developer: PikPok
-Flick Kick Field Goal
-Flick Kick Football
-Flick Kick Rugby
Developer: Posimotion
-Tic Tac Toe
Developer: Sandlot Games
-Super Slyder
Developer: Supermono
-MiniSquadron
Developer: TastyPlay.com
-Kamikaze Race
Developer: ustwo
-Dot
-Dot Dot

About Aurora Feint, Inc:
Aurora Feint Inc’s software development kit, OpenFeint, allows game publishers to implement services which enable mobile social gaming. With over 37 million registered users and a presence on over 3,000 games, OpenFeint is the largest mobile social gaming ecosystem for iOS devices and Android. Aurora Feint is backed by DeNA Inc and The9.

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