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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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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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So Assurion, our oh-so favorite insurance company for our beloved smartphones from Verizon (should you choose to purchase it through the carrier at least,) has developed an official mobile protection and recovery app for anyone currently subscribed to the insurance through their monthly plan.

Droid-life.com managed to snag up the link where you can download this app right now if you would like and start using it.  You really only need to have the insurance on your account.  With that, Kellex from Droid-life stated that he was able to successfully download and install (and use) this app without having insurance on his account, so there may not be any real check and balance right now if you don’t really have the insurance, and still may be able to use the app.

So what does it do?  Well basically it gives you all the standard features you’d expect from a mobile protection and recovery app.  Some of the features included are:

  • Sound an alarm from a misplaced phone, even if it’s set to silent
  • Locate a lost phone on a map, with turn-by-turn directions
  • Lock a lost or stolen phone to ensure your privacy
  • Remotely erase contacts from a lost or stolen phone
  • Available at no added cost with Verizon Wireless Total Equipment Coverage
  • So as you can see this will be a pretty handy app if you don’t already have a similar service.  I think this is going to cause me to ditch mine and solely use theirs.  There’s just something about using the product from your insurance company that makes you hope if something does happen they have the proof already to back up your claim.  Time will tell on that one though.

    If you’d like to download this app, head to the following URL from your phone.
    http://www.getmymr.com/download

    Then once it’s installed head over to https://www.mymobilerecovery.com/ to test it out!

    Enjoy!

    Source: Droid-life.com

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    Fruit Ninja Has Arrived!

    Posted: September 15, 2010 in Apps
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    We’re finally starting to see some of the popular quality games from the iPhone find their way to the now most popular selling platform, Android!  (Yes I know the screenshot pictures an iPhone, that’s all I could find right now until I take my own for our review)

    Fruit Ninja has over 2 million downloads already through other systems, and has just been released on the Android market!

    This game is highly fun and addicting.  If anyone has a Wii, and Wii Sports Resort, there’s a game on their that lets you slash fruit in a specified direction in a timed fashion.  Sounds very simple and juvenile but in reality it is very addicting and can be very challenging.  Fruit ninja applies the same philosophy, although you’re not swinging a Wiimote around to slash your fruit, you swipe the screen.

    So all in all, without making this a review, I will say that the game is fun and WELL worth the measly .99 cents they charge for it, so go grab up your copy of Fruit Ninja now!

    There’s many imitations of this game, so I suggest scanning the QR code below to make sure you get the right one.

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    Google is throwing out all the stops today when it comes to official app updates.  They released the official update to the Google Voice app to include the updated widgets and support found in the leaked copy from the upcoming HTC G2, and now they went and released an updated version of Maps to include walking directions as well as smart street view among other things.  What does this all mean?  Google explains it as the following:

    Walking Navigation

    Walking Navigation lets you use GPS navigation with walking directions that are more direct and use pedestrian pathways when we know about them. To try it now, choose the “Walking” option from the Navigation icon. Walking Navigation has a few changes that help when you’re on your feet. For example, your phone will vibrate when you need to make a turn. You can even turn off voice guidance and just use these notifications while soaking in the sights and sounds around you. To help you orient yourself with your surroundings, the map will rotate with you as you turn the phone, and walking mode uses satellite view by default. Use it like a virtual compass with satellite imagery to look ahead or help pick out landmarks along the way.

    Streetview Smart Navigation

    If you want a sneak preview of where you’re going, use the new Street View on Google Maps with smart navigation and updated imagery. Just like with Street View smart navigation on your computer, you no longer have to slowly move down a street by tapping arrows along roads repeatedly. Now you can quickly navigate Street View by dragging Pegman from the corner and highlighting where you want to go with a lightly shaded “pancake” on roads or a rectangle on buildings. Let go of the screen when highlighting the front of a building, and you’ll fly there and turn to face it. With a swipe of your finger, you can hop rivers and scale buildings.

    Here’s a video demo from Google on the Streetview Smart Navigation:

    Head over to the market and grab the update now!

    Source: Droid-life

    Get Android Notifications On Your Desktop!

    Posted: September 9, 2010 in Apps
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    Although I wish it had a few more features, this is still a really cool service from an Android developer.

    If you’re running a MAC or Windows you can install Growl (desktop notification system.) This program can essentially send its notifications to Growl.  So especially if you are already a Growl user, then this will fit in perfectly.  (You don’t need this software for this to work, it’s optional, so we haven’t provided any links to avoid confusion, a quick Google search will turn it up if you’re interested.)

    If you’re running Windows or Linux ( or even a Mac still), grab the Android-notifier-desktop software from the project site, here.

    Now you need to get the application on your phone as well, so either search the market for android notifier or you can scan the QR code at the end of this article.

    Once everything is downloaded, run the file you downloaded on your computer and it will install it.  (I only tested this on Windows, so please excuse any differences between what might appear or show up in other operating systems.) Once installed it should put an icon by the clock.  Right clicking this icon will pop up a menu where you can choose preferences, and then set how notifications will be received (wi-fi or bluetooth) and other simple settings like pairing it with Growl.  It’s pretty straight forward and highly easy to use.

    After that is set up (or even while the preferences are still on your screen) you can head to your phone and launch the app that you downloaded.  This should pop up some options as well asking you how to send the notifications from you phone, and towards the bottom you can do a test notification to make sure everything is working probably.  Although they give some advanced setup features here for definitely IP addresses and whatnot, I didn’t feel it was very useful for a user that didn’t already know how to tinker with those settings, so know right after you install it out of the gate you should be getting notifications on your desktop. I tested with both wi-fi and bluetooth and both ways my notifications instantly popped up on my desktop.

    So it install’s and works easy, but there’s a few small downsides to this service.  First, the only notifications you can receive are for missed call, voicemail, text message, and battery level.  Those are all great and important, but I thought a surefire inclusion in this would be e-mail notification.  Most people would think what’s the point being as you need to be on a computer to get these, but since I have an exchange account configured on my phone, it would nice to see that notification pop up on-screen as well so when I was at home on the computer I would know if something important came in via my exchange account which isn’t connected to my home PC.  Other tiny issues I noticed with the desktop software were the blandness of the notifications, I would’ve liked to see something more than the default windows balloon pop up, but I guess that’s what Growl can be used for as it was a much better experience when that was paired up with it, for us at least.

    So all in all this is still a great little service and app that I highly recommend for anyone that spends a lot of time in front of their computer screen anyway.

    Enjoy!

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