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Could Kickstarter become your go to gift giving source for 2012? [POLL]

Happy holidays, Phandroids! As always, people are starting the scramble for perfect gifts and I’m just now adding my own input to our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Some of my picks are a bit odd and unusual, but I think/hope you’ll appreciate that fact as it can be hard to find original and unique ideas.

First things first: less than 36 hours are left to get the special $21.99 with free shipping deal on the Go Groove Pal Bot. Trust me… it’s worth it. I bought one myself and included it in my Staff Picks for Top Gifts this year. You can only get the deal by entering PHANBOT as the promotional code when checking out- check it out here.

I’m kind of a crazy gift giver: most of my gift giving is done with what I like to call Inception-style wrapping. You’ll have to read my staff picks page to find out exactly what that means. While you’re there, you’ll find my gift giving is a bit crazy for other reasons, too. Among my top picks are an Android Watch that doesn’t run Android, a device whose entire existence I complain about constantly, and what amounts to a virtual IOU. Read on for the details, but I’ll share with you ONE of my top picks that I think is incredibly original and unique.

Why not hit up Kickstarter, find a few really cool and exciting projects, and become a backer on behalf of your gift’s recipient. You’ll most likely have to give them an IOU with the actual pledge printed on a piece of paper, but it provides a very unique gift experience and the person can track the progress from funding to fruition. It provides a VIP type of entrepreneurial feeling without requiring a huge investment. Not to mention, you can search specifically for Android related gifts or browse the entire collection of projects to find gift giving opportunities for everyone you know, from your little brother to your grandma.

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I’m also travelling a lot, so I headed up the “Gifts for the WORLD TRAVELER” section of the Gift Guide. I’ll likely add a few more as the holidays roll on, so if you’ve got ideas of your own, please leave them in the comments. I frequently travel for both work and pleasure, so this gift giving category is of particular interest.

Got good Kickstarter projects to suggest as presents? Let us know in the comments!


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Samsung’s Galaxy Music Is A Low-End 3" Smartphone Running ICS With A Dedicated Music Button – Because Why Not?

music1We can easily get caught up in the mad scramble for the latest and greatest, so it’s easy to lose track of the fact that low-end smartphones also have a place in the world. For this one, we’ll let you decide. Who wants a smartphone with a 3″ (yes, that is three inches) 240×320 TFT display, a 3MP rear camera, an unspecified “powerful” processor and 512MB of RAM? Before you decide, I should also point out that this phone has a dedicated music button and, for some bizarre reason, the spec sheet lists a WVGA projector (9 lumens), though it seems incredibly likely that this is a mistake.

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Today’s $0.25 Android Apps are Live – Horn, Nova Launcher Prime, Gravity Guy and More

In what may be the final day of Google’s 25 billion app downloads celebration, we have the new set of apps up for $0.25 download. Today’s bunch includes Horn, one of the most talked about games of the last year. You’ll also find other mega-hits like Nova Launcher Prime, Scramble With Friends, Great Big War [...]

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Day 5 of Google’s 25-cent app deals is now live

It’s Day 5, and the final day for Google’s big 25-cent app sale. The first four days brought us some really hot deals, and day five is no exception. Hit the break for the full list.

Day 4 is still live so grab them before it’s too late.

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Google’s final day of 25-cent apps features Horn, Nova Launcher Prime, Air Control and more

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Google Play's 25-cent promotional sale has gone into its final day with a handful of new apps and games that are just about as good as free. Topping the list are:

Check out our list of Android apps from the first four days below! Many of them have had their prices knocked back up to normal, but maybe you'll luck out. Oh, and be sure to leave a comment if you find any others that are on sale. 

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Netflix updates Android app with ‘WiFi only’ playback to keep mobile data usage in check

Netflix updates Android app with 'WiFi only' playback to keep mobile data usage in check

The smartest solutions to problems are often the simplest of all. In that spirit, Netflix is introducing a feature to its Android app that’ll keep unknowing viewers from chewing up their mobile data plan. New to the settings menu, users will discover an option that restricts video playback to WiFi networks. Netflix has left the setting to user discretion, however, meaning that it must be manually enabled. Once the switch is flipped, you’ll retain the ability to search and browse Netflix over a mobile connection, but you’ll need to scramble for a WiFi connection when it’s time to watch Walter White cook up his latest batch. If you’re unsure of where your usage sits, the WiFi restriction is probably worth imposing — unless you’re with Sprint or T-Mobile, that is.

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Hootsuite Acquires Seesmic, Has Big Plans For Business Customers

2012-09-06_17h41_07In the mad scramble to keep up with all the major social networks, a number of third-party clients have popped up over the years to help you manage everything. Not that Twitter takes too kindly to these sorts of shenanigans. Still, services like Seesmic tried to replicate the native Twitter experience while augmenting it with Facebook integration in one app. When Twitter gutted third-party APIs for consumer-facing apps, Seesmic likely faced some trouble. What’s a struggling independent developer to do? Team up with an even bigger one!

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HootSuite is another popular social network management app, though it seems to have a more broad range of services, including integration with Google+ pages.

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Next CyanogenMod Version Based Off Jelly Bean Will Be Known As CM10

Since Jelly Bean’s recent announcement, there’s been a major scramble for developers to get their hands dirty and work on individual ports for all types of devices. While we’ve seen a port here and there, most folks have been anxiously waiting on what would be done from the CyanogenMod team. Well you should note that the famed development team has already been hard at work on its version of the new Android OS and took some time to share some thoughts on what it has done in preparation for the new CM release. First thing’s first: CM’s version of Jelly Bean will now be identified as CM10 (following CM9 for ICS). Here’s the reasoning behind the thought:

“Many have asked whether JB will be CM9.1 or CM10. Keeping with the pattern thus far, every newly named AOSP update results in a bump to the CM major version. This has the added benefit of fitting into the pattern of [insert codename position in the english alphabet] = CM version. Examples being: G is the 7th letter thus CM7, I is the 9th letter thus CM9 and J = 10″.

Next, the CM team highlights how Project Butter will impact device requirements for the CM10 port. Turns out it shouldn’t be too much of an issue for older existing devices. Here are some additional thoughts regarding the topic:

“The ‘Project Butter’ enhancements to Android are much anticipated and should not be a huge pain to merge. We anticipate some breakage in existing libs but nothing that the reference board devices or some hackery won’t overcome. Essentially, if your device met our criteria for CM9 (512mb RAM, etc) and is already supported, then you should be in line for CM10. There may be some added headaches around hwcomposer, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get source”. 

So there you have it folks. It looks we’re set for what looks to be a smooth ride with the upcoming CM10 version. Hopefully all of you will be ready when the time comes.

source: Cyanogen+


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Zynga’s Zombie Smash now on Android

The extremely successful and popular developers behind some of Android, iOS, and Facebook’s most popular games Zynga have just released their latest game for Android. This is called Zombie Smash and they’ve taken over Android. Check out the video below as it’s highly entertaining and then read on past the break for full details on this addicting new game.

They are calling this a “survival comedy” game and that is exactly what it is. Your skills will be tested as you try to escape the zombies, all while having fun at the same time. This is almost like Left 4 Dead meets castle defense meets physics-based games such as Angry Birds. It really is a unique and fun experience and has raving reviews so far for Android.

Once purchased for $0.99 (ad-free unlike iOS) you’ll be required to download an additional 55MB or so of game data for the impressive graphics used in the game, but that is to be expected with a game of this level. The touch controls should be very intuitive although some reports in the Play Store say they’ve been glitching out every few levels and users need to restart the game — so hopefully that gets fixed.

This is zombie demolition as its finest. Players will slash, swipe, and tap their way through hordes of zombies and Zynga’s provided over 30 specials or upgrades. Things like wrecking balls to crash through waves of enemies, liquid nitrogen and more. Then you have multiple playing modes including a Endless Siege Mode where the zombies will as last as long as you and your fingers can.

Get it today in the Play Store via the link below and let us know what you think. Finally, a game from Zynga that isn’t Words with Friends or Scramble.

Zombie Smash Link

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Zynga Releases Paid Version of Scramble with Friends, No More Ads

Zynga has officially launched a paid version of their newest blockbuster on Android, Scramble with Friends. Finally, no more annoying ads and even the feature of earning coins at a faster rate. It’s $0.99 and if you feel like going up against a Scramble champion (myself), then try to find me. Play Link Cheers AP!

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Zynga Releases Scramble With Friends Deluxe For $0.99, Removes Ads And Lets You Earn Tokens Twice As Fast

scrambledtinyYour down time is Zynga’s bread and butter. Between Words with, Hanging with, and Scramble with Friends, Zynga has a pretty big monopoly on your social gaming. Today, the casual gaming giant is building out new territory in your world with a paid version of Scramble with Friends. This version removes those pesky ads and also doubles your token-earning fun. These tokens, by the way, are not the worst thing in the world.

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If you’re unfamiliar with how tokens work in Scramble with Friends, you earn one token, required to play one game, every twenty minutes. While …

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Scramble With Friends Free now on Android

Casual gaming expert Zynga has released another word-themed puzzle game on Android, with its Scramble With Friends app now up on Google’s Play Shop or Store or whatever it’s called today. The game’s free, although there’s some sort of “token” system inside it to encourage the use of in-app mini payments to access content quicker.

Also, it uses “power-ups” which isn’t what we’d expect in a serene word quiz. But anyway. Here it is:

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Scramble With Friends Free is obtainable on the Play Store here if you’re not against micro-transaction-filled, overly-dramatic word games. It’s apparently quite good.

Link via Apps Rush.

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Scramble with Friends available now – Forget Words with Friends

The extremely popular game Words with Friends has finally received some competition, even if it’s from the same company. Zynga, the company behind Words with Friends, Zynga Poker and more has just released their latest hit and word sensation Scramble with Friends to the Google Play Store here in the US. Get it now and enjoy your new addiction.

This is Zynga’s next big game. Instead of seeing people play WWF everywhere you’ll see Scramble players instead. I gave it a quick try and at first glance is extremely awesome, although I’m getting my butt kicked. Scramble is similar to Words with Friends although you have a two minute time limit to find as many words as possible from a wall of random tiles. You can challenge friends on Android or iOS in 3, two-minute rounds of Scramble and use coins for additional help or to shuffle the board if you get stumped.

Each game requires coins and you only get so many, then have to wait 20 minutes for more. I’d rather just pay $0.99 for the game than wait 20 minutes to enjoy more gameplay. Hopefully they change this system as I see the coin system as the only thing that will hold this excellent and addicting game back.

The rule are simple. Slide your finger on letters to make as many words as possible — in 2 minutes. The only rule is each letter must touch the one before it, no skipping obviously. The coins can give you power-ups and special advantages to help your game, just don’t spend them all in one place.

Get ready to enjoy the latest crave in the world of word games, now available in the US and other areas for Android. Hit the link below and enjoy!

Scramble with Friends Link

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Scramble with Friends now available in the Google Play Store

Scramble With Friends

Zynga has made some extremely popular mobile applications such as Words With Friends and a few others, and today Scramble With Friends has landed in the Google Play Store. Scramble with friends has been available on iOS for some time now, and it is equally as addictive as Words With Friends. The concept of the game is simple, connect the tiles you have to create words, the more letter the more points. Tokens are also collected as the game is played, and these can be used to buy help during the game, for example hints or the ability to free time if you wish.

The download is free, the game is addictive, so hit the break and download it today!

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Scramble with Friends Finally Hits American Google Play Store

If you have been waiting for the American launch of Zynga’s next blockbuster, today is the day. You can now head int the Google Play Store and pick up the awesomeness that is Scramble with Friends. Scramble with Friends is much like Boggle. You are given random tiles and you must find as many word as possible in a short [...]

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Car/guns extravaganza Road Warrior now on Android

Those of you who don’t trouble the word puzzles section of the Android Market might be a interested in the thrills of iOS casual title Road Warrior – which has recently been launched on Android by developer MobJoy. It’s also free at the moment, a promo which will last “for a limited time only” according to the maker.

Road Warrior has had some pretty decent reviews on iPhone, with players enjoying its blend of physics tricks, speed and shooting. And it’s currently sitting on a very high score on the Android Market, too. Here it is:

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I’ll be sticking with my usual mixture of staring at RSS feeds and the occasional game of Scramble tonight, but if that appeals to you knock yourselves out while it’s free.

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