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2 years ago

Fancy review - like Pinterest, only shoppier

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Fancy was featured in Google Play for awhile, offering what looks like a Pinterest clone, but it does a few things differently. Like Pinterest, it showcases shiny products in a visually appealing format and allows users on the network to create categorized collections. Usually these kinds of sites revolve around home and fashion, and though there’s plenty of that on Fancy, you’re just as likely to find cool phone cases and miscellaneous gadgets.

What really sets Fancy apart is that they form partnerships with vendors so if you add something of theirs to your collection, you can often earn promotions usually in the form of coupon codes for discounts on online orders. As you might expect, Fancy has a lot more “buy now” links and the like.

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2 years ago

Spotify planning expansion into Canada, Asia and South America not far behind

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Management filings from Spotify's European parent company have confirmed that Canadian launch is on the way, and that the company's looking at Asian, and South American expansions. While there's no date set for these plans, the filing was written back in April and subsidiaries in each of those regions are already formed. The last geographic expansion for Spotify was in Australia and New Zealand.

As a Canadian, I'm pretty pumped about this, but it all depends on how long it takes for the service to get here. Between Slacker and Songza, there are already a couple of free streaming mobile music services to get comfortable with in Canada. Seeing as Spotify only recently made the radio feature free and unlimited for mobile users, the one real selling point is the desktop client, which can bring up everything from their massive library on demand.  

In any case, it's good to hear that plans are well underway, plus Asia and South America are both huge markets to tackle.  Canadians, having you been holding out for Spotify? Current Spotify users, what's your favorite part of the service? 

Source: WSJ

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2 years ago

Get the latest Android Forums threads on Google Currents

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Google Currents continues to be that sleeper hit of the past year -- we just eclipsed 611,000 subscribers -- and we've just added another section that makes it that much sweeter.

With more than 900,000 members, Android Central's Android Forums are a key (and, if I may add, unusually friendly) source of information when it comes figuring stuff out. Need help rooting? The forums have you covered. Want to chat up the latest leak? That's where it's going down. 

Tonight, we've added our Android Forums to our Google Currents subscription. You'll be able to get all the latest forum threads just as soon as they're started. It's a fast and furious feed, to be sure. But it's an amazing tool that you'll want to be sure to check out.

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2 years ago

Mushroom Age review - handing kids time-traveling cell phones

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Mushroom Age has recently ported its iOS adventure game to Android, offering a younger audience a chance to jump into a world time travel, mystery, and puzzle-solving.

Mushroom Age is ultimately a game of finding hidden objects interspersed with simple puzzles. Tasks can be as simple as finding a single object, but may involve multiple steps, like finding a light bulb so you can see inside of a toolshed to get gas for the lawnmower, so you can cut the grass to find a key. Every stage is a new era with different challenges to complete and more story to unravel.

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2 years ago

ooVoo review - a group video calling alternative to Google Hangouts

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The video chat client ooVoo has recently updated to include a home screen widget and text messaging during video calls. ooVoo’s main bragging point with this update is that it can support four-person video call on mobile, if for whatever reason that’s a regular thing you need to do.

Users can make calls easily from the mobile app, either to land lines (provided you pump some credit into your account) or to users on Facebook or ooVoo. While you’re on a video call, you can send and receive text messages, which is handy for web links, phone numbers, or e-mail addresses that pop up during conversations. ooVoo users can set their status to online, busy, away, or invisible, and include a custom status message if they like.

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2 years ago

Swiftkey launches Swiftkey Analytics to VIP's, want to analyze how you interact with the app

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SwiftKey is somewhat of a favorite around these parts, and already this week we've been treated to an update filled with new features and themes. Today though, for their VIP Forum's members anyway, comes the opportunity to help the developers in their work by downloading the SwiftKey 3 Analytics app. In essence, this is the same great SwiftKey 3 keyboard but that submits anonymous mathematical data to the developers. 

The data collected will indicate how a user interacts with the keyboard and its predictions and analyze typing habits. SwiftKey isn't any old two-bit developer either, so when they say this is all anonymous and mathematical, and that no text entered is transmitted, we're pretty much inclined to believe them. The service is time limited until Sep 25, and entirely voluntary. 5 lucky VIP's who take part will also win themselves some swag. And we all love swag, don't we? If you want to take part and help SwiftKey shape the future of their app, head on over to the VIP forums and grab it now and read up some more.

More: SwiftKey VIP Forums

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2 years ago

Shoot the Zombirds review - get a head start on Hallowe'en

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Shoot the Zombirds is a charming Hallowe’en themed target practice/wave defense game that is doing extremely well in Google Play and has been recently been updated with a few new in-game items. Players have to protect their pumpkin patch from being pecked apart by zombie birds by shooting them down with a crossbow. The overall-clad Pumpkin Boy has only a limited number of arrows, and zombirds only have to get away with a few of the pumpkids before players fail, but luckily there are a bunch of power-ups and upgrades that can be earned over time to aid the cause. 

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2 years ago

N.O.V.A. 3 added to MLG's Xperia Mobile Gaming Arena, shoot things and win money

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If serious gaming is your thing, then no doubt's you'll be already familiar with Major League Gaming. Gameloft's stellar FPS title, N.O.V.A. 3, has been added to the series' Xperia Mobile Gaming Arena, offering up cash prizes for playing the game. Various challenges are on offer, naturally all of which involve a lot of shooting things.

Running until December 16, bi-weekly prizes of $250, $150, and $50 will be awarded to players who occupy the top three places in the rankings. An additional $50 prize goes to the highest ranked player using a Sony Xperia device. 

To take part, you need to link your Gameloft ID to your Major League Gaming ID, and be over the age of 13 residing within the U.S. or Canada. 

Source: MLG via Pocketgamer

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2 years ago

PopCap Games officially announces sequel to smash hit Plants vs Zombies

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Plants vs Zombies has been around for a while now, and is genuinely a smash hit across multiple platforms. Word now comes from the developers, PopCap Games, that a sequel to the hugely successful title is on the way. Slated for release by late Spring 2013, there is a bit of a wait to be had. Android isn't specifically mentioned, in fact no platform is specifically mentioned, but we're sure we'll see it. Check out the press release after the break. 

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2 years ago

LG Optimus Black looks set to receive Android 4.0, eventually

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Will they, won't they, Android update stories are one of the more frustrating topics to read about. Particularly, if you happen to be a proud owner of a device which seems to be teetering on the edge of getting an update or not. When it comes to updates, LG owners are all to aware of the pain, and the waiting, and the pain. While making great hardware, it is absolutely no secret that LG is less than positive with software updates. 

The latest LG news comes courtesy of the guys over at Tech Covet. While official information is often scarce, in this case it is the retail packaging that's doing the talking. This new, sealed Optimus Black proudly wears a sticker saying that it will be upgradable to Android 4.0. Huzzah!

Still treat this with a healthy pinch of salt though. Above all, it's just a sticker on a box. We're not saying it's all a marketing ploy to get the device into peoples hands, before a "sorry, you won't get ICS" statement comes out, not at all. But, until we see the software pushing out to devices, and with LG's track record, it's difficult to get overly excited just yet. 

Source: Tech Covet via GSMArena

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2 years ago

Jetpack Joyride review - the gleeful rampage of a disgruntled bureaucrat

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Jetpack Joyride’s classic one-touch endless running action is finally available on Android! The free game puts you in command of Barry Steakfries, a disgruntled bureaucrat who decides to run amok in his place of employment: a top secret laboratory full of dangerous toys.

Using a jetpack powered by minigun propulsion, Barry dodges the facility’s various security precautions while gaining more and more speed. Along the way, Barry picks up coins which can be used to buy various gadgets as well as plenty of vanity items. Rare spin tokens allow Barry to use a bonus slot machine after wiping out, which can reward him with extra coins, a boost on the next run, or even a second chance.

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2 years ago

Retired Wizard Story review - sheep-nuking at its finest

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Retired Wizard Story launched on Android recently, adding a proactive twist on the Plants vs. Zombies wave defense formula. Instead of sitting back and letting minions do all the defending. players don the robe and wizard’s hat to stop accidentally-enchanted sheep from escaping their pen and ruining their quiet, anonymous retirement. This is done by casting spells with taps, swipes, and dragging and dropping scrolls creates mystical circles of power.

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2 years ago

Agent Dash review - a spy has infiltrated Temple Run

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Earlier this month Agent Dash landed on Android, offering some familiar endless-running gameplay with a new twist. Instead of running away from angry spirits in a jungle temple, players guide Agent Dash through a series of dangerous areas in an ultimate attempt to foil Bond-esque evil geniuses.

Swipe gestures have Dash sidestep, leap, and slide beneath incoming obstacles while he also tries to collect stray diamonds, which are used to purchase new gadgets and unlock new agents. Of course, as a free title, those gems can be bought through in-app purchases. Despite having a lot in common with Temple Run, Agent Dash has quite a few things that set it apart. 

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2 years ago

Dark Gate review - a retro RPG built right for mobile

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A throwback retro RPG by the name of Dark Gate was recently localized for English, and offers all of the classic feel of old-school role-playing games with a bunch of smart optimizations for the mobile interface.

The story starts off that Dark Gates are opening up around your area, unleashing unspeakable monsters into the world. You’ve got to keep the monsters at bay and close the gates to restore peace to the land. There’s a long winding storyline that follows the characters on this mission, but at the end of the day, Dark Gate is like any RPG - kill monsters, level up, get new gear, rinse, repeat.

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2 years ago

Songza review - a playlist for for any occasion

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Songza for Android was recently updated for tablet layouts, following up on the release of Concierge. The music streaming service’s big selling points are its mood-based playlists and time-based suggestions. For example, launching the app on a Friday night in December will probably offer a playlist for Christmas-themed party songs, while Monday evenings are more likely to offer something to unwind from work. Of course, you can browse through the catalog of playlists ranging in subject matter from genre, activities, moods, decades, or culture.There’s even a cute record-store clerk category with playlists such as “This Will Piss Off Your Parents” and “Indie Music That’s Not Too Weird”.

Best of all, the app’s free and there aren’t any audio ads. I’ll try not to ask how they manage to swing that, on the off-chance someone catches on and we’ve gotta start paying $10/month.

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