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Plants Versus Zombies for Android! FREE TODAY!

You know it!

You LOVE it!

Go GET IT!

It’s the same cute tower defense game we’ve known and loved for years, and PopCap is FINALLY delivering on their promise to bring it to Android.

Better late than never!

And if you use the Amazon App store it’s FREE for today!

Plants Versus Zombies – Amazon App Store

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Revisiting The Samsung Captivate

After spending a couple weeks with the Fascinate on Verizon, and now using an Epic 4G as my daily driver, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at one of the GSM flavors of the Galaxy S.
The Vibrant on T-Mobile (which our editor in chief Mitchell uses as a back up phone) and Captivate on AT&T were released within days of each other, so I opted for the Captivate.

I’m glad I did.

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The Fascinating Review of the Verizon Fascinate

So here it is.
I’ve lived with this phone longer than any other review phone I’ve ever had.
There are a lot of things to like about this phone, a few things to dislike about this phone, but all in all, we could be looking at Verizon’s best keyboard-less smartphone.

Let’s see what Galaxy S has to offer on Big Red…

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Android App of the Week: Amazon Helps You Get Your eBooks on Your Phone

Apple really went out of their way to try and hurt Amazon’s book store with the release of the iPad. It was a genius Apple move, positioning a sexy tablet against the Kindle, a boring old digital ink reader.

Amazon’s response however was nothing short of revolutionary.

Rather than try to fight Apple, they separated the Kindle service from the Kindle hardware, and allowed any device that can download the app to purchase books directly through Amazon online, effectively turning all of Amazon’s competitors into potential allies.

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Android App of the Week – Barcode Scanner

Running on the Epic 4G and the FascinateAfter last week’s App of the Week I had this conversation with Marc.

Marc: What’s with the barcode at the end of the article?

Me: *Gasp* You don’t know about QR Codes?

Marc: I KNOW what they ARE, just not how they relate to the Android world?

Me: Well… I guess I know what I’m going to cover for next week’s app review…

This app is going to be old hat for you Android power users, but if you’re newer to the Android scene like we are, this is one HECKuva useful program.

Barcode Scanner, by ZXing is a free program that does exactly what the name of the program implies it would do, namely it scans barcodes…

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Nokia Announces New Smart Phones at Nokia World 2010

My Wife wondered why I was up till 3am…

Today was the first day of Nokia World 2010, and even the Keynote speeches showed a company refocusing it’s efforts on producing unique and exciting devices.

Here in the United States, it’s easy to forget about Nokia, as they only make up about 3% of the smart phone market here, but worldwide they’re still the leading manufacturer of handsets. Niklas Savander, Nokia’s Executive Vice President, was quick to deliver this fact, as over 260,000 new Nokia devices are activated everyday. He also over-emphasized the word “new” in that total, giving a nod to the recent Apple vs Google  tussle over new phone activations.

Savander also had a few more choice words for Apple, stating that a single device design ethic was an exercise in compromise, and making the now obligatory reference to their phones being able to be used no matter how you held them.

Four new smartphones were on display, demonstrating a slimmer and faster Symbian OS, and featuring a focus on social web services.  Check them out after the jump…

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We’ve got the Samsung Fascinate!

Verizon's Galaxy S PhoneSo we thought the Epic 4G was pretty epic.

Will the Verizon Galaxy S phone be as Fascinating?

I’m really excited to spend a few days with this gorgeous piece of tech. We’ll be putting it through it’s paces to see how it compares to the other phones in Samsung’s line up.

As I’m on Sprint personally, I can’t wait to put it up against the Epic, and have my own CDMA mini-face off!

If you have any specific questions you want answered about this phone, make sure to drop us a comment!

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Android Users – Update Google Voice RIGHT Now!

If  you’re using Google Voice on your Android phone, The big G has just updated the voice app, and it now includes some really helpful widgets for your home screen!

There’s a new Settings Widget which gives you a button to compose a new message, set your status as “Do Not Disturb”, toggle your GVoice use (Use for all calls, only international calls, etc), and the ability to go directly to the Voice app.

The Inbox widget gives you just that, your inbox on your home screen in a small window to scan through your messages.

As a recent convert to Google Voice myself, these widgets are already proving to be helpful, and are a FAR nicer solution than the shortcut I had previously!

Via Google Voice Blog

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A Request for the Android App Market – Compatibility

In researching apps for our new Android App of the Week posts, I’ve found one quirk of the Android app market that is fairly aggravating.

Apps aren’t marked with any device compatibility.

See, this isn’t a problem for iPhones as Apple only needs to support two different aspect ratios, but Android phones come in a VARIETY of shapes, sizes, and hardware configurations.

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Samsung Fascinate Officially Available Online Tomorrow; In Verizon Stores Thursday

Hey Verizon Wireless subscribers!

Have you been wondering when YOU could take part in the Super AMOLED screen and Hummingbird Processor fun of the Galaxy S line of phones?

Well Samsung is showing you the love tomorrow!

Available for $199 after mail in rebate and with a two year agreement, the Samsung Fascinate is set to join the ranks of other premier Android Smartphones like the EVO and the Droid X.

Also of interest are the accessories releasing alongside the phone including a charging cradle, a car dock, and most interesting to me, a back up battery charger which includes a spare battery, battery charger and Y-cable for charging the phone and spare battery simultaneously.

Now all four carriers are rocking some Galaxy S joy!
Full Press Release after the jump…

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