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2 years ago

Hanging with Friends now available for Android

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If you love Words with Friends, it's time to try Hanging with Friends. If it looks familiar, it should -- both apps are Zynga favorites. Hanging with Friends is a lot like Hangman, only without the whole swinging from a noose thing. You come up with a word (and get bonus points if it's a nice long one), and so does your opponent. Then the guessing starts. Get too many strikes, and you lose a balloon. Lose too many balloons and gravity takes over.

You can connect with and play against your Facebook friends, a random opponent, search for friends or choose people from your contact list. Or you can just hand your phone to someone and play that way.

Hanging with Friends is free, supported by ads. We've got download links after the break.

Looking for a HwF game? Find an opponent here!

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2 years ago

Android 2.3.4 arrives for the HTC Sensation on O2

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If you have an HTC Sensation on O2 in the UK, you've likely been wondering what the heck has been taking them so long to push out the Android 2.3.4 update. Truth is, we don't know. But, they've finally managed to get it together and make it available for download.

Customers of O2 started reporting the update being available as of early this morning and now it seems a full roll out is happening. Go ahead and check for system updates, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find it there waiting for you.

Source: O2; Thanks, Elliot!

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2 years ago

Google Wallet, Troubles with HBO Go! [From the Forums]

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Monday again folks, and we're off to a good start! Plenty of things lined up for this week though, so be sure to stay tuned. Got questions? Need some help? Wanna share some screenshots, wallpapers or just talk Android? Hit up the Android Central forums for it all.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Samsung seeking to block sales of upcoming iPhone in Korea

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What the world needs now is more litigation to stifle technology innovation, and Samsung looks determined to follow Apple's lead and try to make it happen.  In an interview with the Korea Times, and unnamed senior executive from Samsung Electronics has said that Samsung is preparing to attempt to block all sales of the upcoming iPhone in Korea.  He also gives a bit of insight into the mind of Samsung corporate, telling us that Samsung was willing to let the "copycat" argument go so that the relationship with Apple (who uses Samsung parts in many of their products) was not put under stress.  Apple's complaint and subsuquent injunction against Samsung at IFA in Germany, which caused the highly anticipated 7.7 inch variant of the Galaxy Tab to be pulled from the show, created a turning point of sorts, where Samsung has filed against Apple for technology patents in Australia

In Korea, Samsung is preparing to say that unless Apple drops mobile telecommunication functions from it's iPhone, it would be impossible for it not to infringe on Samsung's mobile patents.  The patents in question, as well as the total number, were not identified.  As a result, Samsung wants all sales of the new iPhone blocked in Korea.

It saddens me to see Samsung follow this path.  Competition is healthy for the entire mobile eco-system, and having an "eye for an eye" attitude only hurts the consumer.  Unfortunateley, Apple's current strategy of domination through lawsuits looks like it may have awoken a sleeping giant -- Samsung is one of the largest electronic manufacturing compaines in the world, and likely holds patents that many other manufacturers are infringing upon, as does Motorola (Nokia flashback, anyone?).  In the end, someone with a lot of money will be giving a little of it to someone else with a lot of money, but nobody really wins in these types of war games.

Source: Korea Times (Korean)

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2 years ago

More creditors to join Google Wallet in future version

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Lest you read over it like, erm, some of us did, it's worth a mention that along with the official launch of Google Wallet in San Francisco and New York comes news that the service also has expanded to more creditors. American Express, Visa and Discover "have made available their NFC specifications that could enable their cards to be added to future versions of Google Wallet," according to Google's official blog post.

That means while you're still only currently able to use a Citi MasterCard (or pre-paid card), we should see more options in the future. Hopefully more locales will follow.

Source: Google

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2 years ago

Update brings Google Wallet to Sprint's Nexus S 4G

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Google Wallet has finally arrived on Sprint's Nexus S 4G in the form of an OTA update rolling out now. Samsung says that software version GWK74, which contains some security fixes along with Wallet, is pushing to users sporting the latest software build (GRJ90). If you're a few updates behind, you'll have to try to pull this one manually, as you probaby won't receive a notification. Sit tight if you're not seeing it yet, and sing out below when it hits. 

Google's also putting its best foot forward on this limited launch. Check out the video after the break.

Source: Samsung; Google

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2 years ago

The Pool Party's over: Google shuts down photo sharing app

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It's hardly a surprise, given the disbanding of the Slide contingent, that the Pool Party photo sharing service and app also has been put to bed. Pool Party was never much more than a beta endeavor (at least as far as end users go), and we're willing to bet a bit of the service is found in Google+ anyway.

Pool Party will remain up for a few more weeks, ending service on Oct. 14. Here's the official word:

Dear Phil,

Thank you so much for being a beta tester and early adopter of Pool Party. As you may have seen, Slide recently announced that most of its products will be discontinued over the course of the coming months, including Pool Party. Starting in a few days, Pool Party will no longer be accepting new photo uploads.

Pool Party will shut down completely on October 14th, 2011.

To download your photos, log in to www.poolpartyapp.com.  You can download any photos you've uploaded as well as all photos from any of your pools.  This functionality will be available until October 14th.

Thanks for all your feedback and support,
Pool Party Team

Fare thee well, Pool Party.

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2 years ago

Samsung's new Touchwiz makes adding items to the home screen a breeze

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A big complaint I've had about Android for some time now regards adding items to the home screen. The basic way of doing things is you scroll through a text list, pick something from that list and plop it onto whatever home screen you're currently on. That requires your brain to remember what's already on the home screen, and to know what the new item actually looks like. If it's an icon, that's easy enough. If it's a widget, well, you get what size it is (1x1, 2x2, etc.), but that's it.

Samsung's done us a solid in the latest version of Touchwiz, as seen on the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. It's basically taken the Honeycomb way of doing things and scalled it down for the smaller screen. You can see the full home screen (and even flip though them) as well as see the widget or shortcut you're looking to add.

It's a small but ingenious change. Kudos, Samsung.

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2 years ago

Getting your apps ready for Ice Cream Sandwich [developers]

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With the release of Ice Cream Sandwich looming on the horizon, Android lead tech writer Scott Main has taken some time to talk to developers about how to get Honeycomb-only apps ready for the smaller screen.  When ICS is released, and going forward from that point, the Android code for phones and tablets will be the same, just displayed differently based on screen size.  Because of the different devices available, tools and methods were built into Android to handle how things are shown to the user.   Using fragments and the action bar, apps can be built that show information in one big view, or split into separate screens for devices with lower resolutions.

Scott goes over all the tecnical aspects well at the Android Developers blog (see the source link below), and gives developers a lot of ideason how to get started when the ICS SDK finally arrives.  What you can do right now if you've developed and app for SDK 11 or higher is make sure it's only available for large screen devices in the Android Market, at least until you can implement some of the new changes coming with ICS.  Now all that's missing is the update, which should be pretty soon we think.

Source: Android Developers

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch gets the full root treatment

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If you went out and picked up a Samsung Epic 4G Touch and have plans to hack at it, here's your starting point -- zedomax at XDA has worked out a root method for the new handset, and has full details and downloads to get you on your way.  You'll need to have Samsung Kies and Odin 3 installed and running (boo!), which means this is Windows only for now, but long-time users of Samsung's Android offerings should be used to those requirements.  There's also a note that things are still in the "experimental" stage, so caveat emptor and all that.

Warnings aside, early reports seem to be positive, so if you're ready to get things rolling head to the source link, read the directions and watch the videos, grab the files, and give it a go!

Source: XDA-Developers. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

More discussion in the Epic 4G Touch forums

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