Cut The Birds, A Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds Mashup Available For Download In The Market

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I’ve recently came across this game in the Android market and for the likes of me couldn’t pin point where I’ve seen these birds before.  I swear the they look oddly familiar.  Oh well, it will eventually come to me.  Cut The Birds offers a bit of a mash up between Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds. Ahh yes, it just came to me :)  You have to slice these birds up before they smash into your device’s screen rendering cracks beyond repair.  You can swipe multiple birds with one swish of your finger.   However, be very cognizant of what you’re doing as bombs will eventually make their way to the air and if you slice one of those by accident, you’re done.  Ready to give it a try?  Check out the QR code available below or you can easily snatch it up from the Android Market.  In any event, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  One has to wonder how long it’s going to take for Rovio to notice how much these birds look a lot like their pig smashing variety.

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Google Music Store’s special “twist” may be peer-to-peer sharing

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On Wednesday, Andy Rubin, our fearless leader of Android, said that Google’s Music Store will offer some kind of special “twist” that will differentiate it from other music store competitors. When speaking to Business Insider, an anonymous record industry insider said the “twist” is a new sharing feature that allows Google Music users to share songs with others “on a limited basis.” Apparently, the catch is that once users purchase a song and share it with friends, the friends will only have a limited time until the sharing will expire, teasing them just enough to make them want their very own copy. This record industry insider also said that Google Music will allow users to “pin” songs to their device, essentially caching songs for play when no network connection is available.

This type of service reminds some people of the free version of Spotify, a music service that also allows users to share music but with the occasional advertisement sprinkled within. Like Spotify, Google must be paying major record labels a large sum of up-front cash to get these kind of rights, smaller indie labels are reportedly not getting any extra funds.

The record industry insider also said that Google Music will allow users to “pin” songs to their device, essentially caching songs for play when no network connection is available, but won’t have on-demand caching like that of other paid subscription music services. It is still unclear as to when Google will launch this new service, but rumors suggest it should arrive sometime this quarter.

[via Business Insider]

[Dev Contest] appbackr Launches “Build the Maze! And then: Break it!” Competition, Offers Early Invite to Additional Distribution on New Appbackr Xchange Platform

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Any developer today, especially a new one, will tell you that attempting to get exposure for that new application can be a frustrating and daunting task.  This is why it is often referred to as a “Maze” for developers. appbackr, the first and only company to offer a digital wholesale approach to funding developers, wants to alleviate some of that headache for you with their new and upcoming distribution platform product, appbackr Xchange. appbackr Xchange takes all of the hard work of sifting out partners to assist app distribution and does it entirely for you.  They’re also taking early invites now.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Xchange analyzes your app and pushes it to the most relevant stores that generate the highest amount of sales.
  • Through partnerships with 100s of app stores and appbackr’s proprietary analytics system Xchange finds the right place for your app.
  • This is the place to get additional distribution for your app – effortlessly. Break the Maze of distribution with appbackrXchange.

In an effort to kick off the new appbackr Xchange program and “Break the Maze”, appbackr wants to make it interesting.  The company is launching a competition for developers to receive the opportunity to “Build the Maze! And then: Break it!”

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Siri’s up and coming rival Iris is getting further developed, thanks to your support

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Yesterday we brought you news of Iris, an Intelligent Rival Imitator of Siri and the product of some Android developers having a bit of fun mocking Apple’s virtual assistant. The app was released to the market this week in an alpha state, but astonishingly it garnered over 18,000 downloads on its first day. Many of you visited our former post and a few of you commented on Iris’s lack of good communication skills, however, it really is important to note, that Iris is by no means a finished product. The developers sort of just threw it out there to test the waters. Due to the the resulting tsunami of downloads, Dexetra is pushing forward on the Iris project and furthering development. The team has already started cooking in more voice actions to the app like calling, texting, searching the web, and they are actively seeking any ideas you have to offer. From the look of things they pushed an update to the current market verision and have already completely overhauled the look of the coming version, just hours after our previous post.

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The Nexus brand seems ‘primed’ to finally become the face of Android

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few days, you are aware that the Galaxy Nexus was made official two days ago. The Nexus line is a pure Google experience phone created by Google so you would think it would be the face (or flagship) of Android. Google created Android so shouldn’t their device be the top selling device? It’s kind of like if Apple licensed iOS to other manufacturers, but still continued to make phones. You would assume that the Apple branded ones would be the top dog.

Most hardcore Android fans will agree that the Nexus phones are actually the best Android phones, but the mainstream has never really adopted them. Android really kicked into gear back in November 2009 with the launch of the DROID (which ironically was a full Google experience phone). Shortly after, the Nexus was introduced, but it wasn’t widely available. Even at that time, I thought it was strange that even though Google created Android, they would have an Android phone that most people didn’t care about except for the hardcore fans. Meanwhile, the DROID quickly became the face of Android.

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AT&T’s Third-Quarter Earnings Are In, Android And Other “Non-iPhone” Smartphones Helped

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AT&T has announced their third quarter earnings and we just wanted to highlight a few things we thought were note Android worthy.  Check out the details below from their conference call and feel free to comment as well.  Note that the overall sales of Android devices more than doubled year over year and more than half (4.8 million) of the handsets were non-iPhone devices.  During the third quarter only 2.7 million iPhones were activated.  If I don’t sound surprised, it’s because I’m not :)

  • $0.61 diluted EPS compared to $2.07 diluted EPS in the third quarter of 2010 and $0.54 when excluding one-time gains in the year-ago quarter
  • 2.1 million increase in total wireless subscribers to pass 100 million subscribers, with gains in every customer category
  • Best free cash flow in two years even with higher capital spending
  • First sequential growth in wireline business revenues in three years
  • Best wireless EBITDA service margin performance in six quarters
  • Sales of Android and other non-iPhone smartphones were almost half of 4.8 million smartphone sales in the quarter
  • Branded computing subscribers (includes tablets, aircards, MiFi devices, tethering plans and other data-only devices) up 505,000, to reach 4.5 million
  • 18.0 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up $857 million versus the year-earlier quarter
  • 11th consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase in postpaid subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber), up 1.4 percent to $63.69
  • Total churn improves; postpaid churn stable
  • Continued growth in strategic business services revenues, up 19.3 percent year over year
  • Fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues, driven by AT&T U‑verse® services
  • 176,000 net gain in AT&T U‑verse TV subscribers to reach 3.6 million in service, with continued high broadband and voice attach rates
  • 19.6 percent growth in wireline consumer Internet Protocol (IP) data revenues to reach  half of consumer revenues, driven by continued AT&T U‑verse expansion

[via AT&T]

ICS in the works for the Xperia Line

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Sony Ericsson has Ice Cream Sandwich on their to do list, bringing the latest OS to phones from the 2011 Xperia line, including phones like the Xperia Arc and the Xperia Play. The official statement from Sony Ericsson Nederland is as follows:

We are planning to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the next Android platform, following Gingerbread 2.3.4. The official Sony Ericsson communication about software upgrades will always be what my international colleagues publish on our Blog:http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/

It’s always good to hear manufacturers keeping their products’ software up to date. It’s necessary, to keep up security, and in the case of ICS, to get all those nifty new features.

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Droid Bionic Will Get Ice Cream Sandwich According To Motorola

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Recently, the Droid Bionic was deemed “unsellable” by Radio Shack and you could say,with the new devices coming out, Motorola just took too long with this one to hit shelves. On a good note, Motorola posted on Facebook that the Bionic will be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. Lets hope that we don’t see the same lag time that it took for Gingerbread to hit and that bugs are worked out before rushing an ICS update. Motorola plans to give a timeline after the final version of ICS is released. I’m already saying Fall of 2012 in my head, but let’s hope I’m wrong.

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Samsung achieves #1 spot in Q3 as shipments top Apple, Nokia

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Reports are saying that Samsung has sold more than 20 million smartphones in Q3 of this year, nudging Apple out of the top spot for the first time since the original iPhone was released. Tuesday, Apple announced that September quarter sales of the iPhone peaked at 17.1 million, 3 million short of analyst expectations. According to The Wall Street Journal’s anonymous source, Sammy banged out 20 million units in one quarter, just under 3 million more than Apple had reported.

Nokia shipped 16.8 million smartphones in the same quarter, down 38% from 27.1 million from a year earlier. Although Samsung has not officially revealed Q3 shipment figures, reports are saying that they have taken the title of #1 smartphone vendor by volume in the third quarter of 2011. We may never see an official Q3 report from Samsung as they have stopped reporting sales figures unless a milestone in achieved. With the upcoming release of the Galaxy Nexus, we only expect these figures to increase.

[via WSJ]

Motorola Admiral with Sprint Direct Connect is official, Available October 23 for under $100

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It was leaked about a month ago, and now it’s official. The first smartphone that is compatible with Sprint Direct Connect, the Motorola Admiral, can be ordered from Sprint stores starting October 23rd for $99.99 (after $50 mail-in-rebate) with a 2-year contract. It will be available through all Sprint sales channels starting Sunday November 13.

Full specs:

  • 1.2GHz processor to unlock full multi-tasking possibilities, including instantaneous page downloads and seamless document editing
  • Quickoffice® to view and edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as Adobe® PDF documents anywhere, anytime
  • 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, flash and 4x zoom
  • Full suite of Google mobile services, including Google Maps™, Google Talk™, Gmail™, Google Voice™ and YouTube™
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 250,000 applications, widgets and games
  • Adobe® Flash® Player to enjoy games, interactive web apps and websites with technical or training videos
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n
  • 4GB internal memory with option to increase with up to 32GB micro SD card
  • Connected music player with access to all your favorite artists, including live, personalized recommendations for songs and videos, as well as news and event updates from the world of music

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