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Zynga’s Hanging With Friends offers multiplayer Hangman gaming [Game Reviews]

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Hangman was a rite of passage in many elementary schools. It was a way to increase a child’s vocabulary while building puzzle-solving skills, two assets that you may have since neglected. Put them both to the test using Hanging With Friends, a new app from Zynga that brings the classic word game to Android.

It’s easy to  [Read More…]

ThunderBolt Gingerbread changelog is up! Update includes customizable dock?

ThunderBolt Gingerbread

Here she be, folks. Verizon’s posted the changelog for the ThunderBolt Gingerbread update. It’ll be build 2.11.605.3, and includes:

New download manager app New app and power management details New desktop UI, including widgets, icons and screens New customizable dock icons

Plus all the other fixes and updates in Gingerbread, and more you can see in the screen above.

Source: Verizon (pdf)

How to convince someone to get an Android instead of the iPhone

T-Mobile, like any other carrier on the planet, would love to offer the iPhone. For whatever reason – money, network demands, or allergies to cutesy icons – T-Mobile USA has failed to secure a deal with Apple to officially deliver the iPhone to its customers. CMO Cole Brodman announced in a blog post yesterday that more than a million T-Mobile customers use the iPhone  [Read More…]

Firefox 7 for Android now available

Firefox for Android

If you’re a fan of the Firefox browser for Android, know that Firefox 7 is now available in the Android Market. Officially, the changelog is as follows:

Improved copy and paste: Copy any site content and paste to other applications, SMS, or text fields Built-in language detection on first run WebSockets API: Powerful tool for Web developers to build responsive Web apps and sites

The list of desktop changes is a  [Read More…]

Sprint’s new Push-to-Talk Service launches Oct. 2

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Sprint Direct Connect — that’s the name of the new Push-to-Talk service coming from Sprint  next week (Oct. 2, to be exact), is bringing a lot of changes to Push-to-Talk as we know it today according to Paget Alves, president-Sprint Business.

“We’ve seen steadily increasing demand for faster data speeds, better and broader coverage, and more applications on push-to-talk devices. Sprint Direct Connect is designed to solve for all three.”

Sprint’s 3G data  [Read More…]

Smartphone buyers chose Android twice as often as iOS in past 3 months

Nielsen numbers

As expected, the Android train keeps steamrolling along.  Nielsen’s numbers for smartphone platform purchases in the past 90 days show users picking Android 56 percent of the time, which is twice as often as iOS, which is the closest competitor.  Apple’s iOS numbers didn’t drop below their overall market share, but everyone elses numbers sure did.  It’s a clear trend — people in love with their Apple products will keep buying them,  [Read More…]

Another app we could do without: ‘Is my son gay?’

Here’s how to flag an app as ‘inappropriate’ in the Android Market

Is my son gay? Is my son gay?

We suppose it should be flattering that there’s currently a  fairly massive Twitter campaign calling for Google — and Android Central — to remove the obviously offensive (and ridiculous) “Is my son gay?” app from the Android Market.

If only it were up to us.

Actually, we don’t even  [Read More…]

T-Mobile to iPhone faithful: How about a nice Android phone?

T-Mobile and Android

This is probably one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time. T-Mobile chief marketing officer Cole Brodman took to the company’s blog this morning to address the persistent rumors (and cries) that the carrier will, should or never will get the iPhone.

The post, titled “About the iPhone – a Letter to T-Mobile Customers,” begins:

We’ve heard from many customers who love their T-Mobile service, but  [Read More…]

HTC, Samsung, and Motorola join ISIS, an NFC rival to Google Wallet

Google Wallet is Google’s shot at introducing near field communications to the world. It’s currently available only in the Nexus S, only on Sprint, and only with a Mastercard. Even with Visa’s recent confirmation that it will support Wallet, Google is up against a big challenge in getting its NFC system widely adopted.

Oh, and did I mention that the very people it hopes  [Read More…]

Xobni launches Smartr Contacts for Android – makes your address book smarter

Xobni

If you came to Android from the BlackBerry world then there is a good chance you’ve heard of the folks behind the newly released contact management app Smartr. Xobni, while having first made their app available on BlackBerry has now launched Smartr to the Android Market after a long beta and alpha testing phase.

Rather then just simply offering you another address book, Smartr organizes your address book and takes it to the  [Read More…]