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Android Quick App: Groupon

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For all of the money and time saving tips and tricks that Android gives us, every service deserves it’s 15 minutes of fame. Yes, there’s LivingSocial and Yelp, and even things like our dear friend GasBuddy, right now, the moment belongs to Groupon.

And for good reason, too. Besides the services that Groupon offers to us, like sweet coupons for all sorts of stuff (food comes to mind), they’ve actually developed a pretty strong Android app to let us all carry a bit of Groupon around with us.

For starters, the interface is really, really green and pleasant to look at. Everything is pretty easily laid out, and it’s not hard to get around. Open up the app and once you move past the giant logo, you’re presented with your coupon of the day. Don’t like what you’re being shown? A simple tap on the "More Deals" tab will pull up a larger, longer, and more comprehensive list of all the deals that’ll lighten your wallet (all while saving you some dough at the same time).

If your city is wrong, the top left corner pulls up a list of all of Groupon’s cities, leaving you to find your city of choice.

Quite possibly the coolest feature I discovered (if this has been out for a while, cut me some slack) is ability to find deals that are within a certain time frame, but only today! You can find all of this by clicking the "Now!" tab, and after your phone gets a rough idea of your location, you can see all sorts of different deals, along with their price and time frame you’re allowed to use them in.

You can also (obviously!) log into your Groupon account, and if you don’t have one, sign in with Facebook, if that’s your sort of thing. The settings menu is a bit bare, but it lets you turn on and off Groupon’s notifications, which is really helpful, especially if you’re not planning buying everyday.

It’s completely free to download and install and it runs pretty well, so if you’re a bargain hunter extraordinaire, you know what to do.

Pictures and download links are after the break.

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mSpot launches Radio Spotter Beta music service, complimentary Android app

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mSpot just took the wraps off of its new Radio Spotter Beta app for Android, which will allow users to listen to their own cloud-based music, as well as tunes from streaming radio stations. It works like this: you can match any song you’re playing from your own collection to a radio station to continue playing similar music, or you can select a specific radio station based on genre directly from the application itself. There’s even a new mSpot Music Android application with the built-in Radio Spotter support, so you can take your stations on the go, too. mSpot provides 5GB of space free to new users, but you can sign up for 40GB for $3.99 per month if you have a larger music collection. The company says an iPhone version of the application with Radio Spotter support will launch later this year. Hit the jump for the full release from mSpot.

The First Combined Streaming Radio and Cloud Music Service, Launches

mSpot Music™ Offers Radio Spotter™

Match the Songs You’re Playing to Hundreds of

Internet Radio Stations

New Service Offers Instant Access to Free Internet Radio Stations Based on Favorite Genres and Artists – Initially Available for Android

Palo Alto, Calif. (May 26, 2011)—Popular cloud entertainment provider mSpot, Inc., today announced Radio Spotter™ Beta – the first digital music service to combine a cloud music and storage locker service with streaming radio. The new service offers two main features: Match the songs you’re playing from your personal online music collections, to similar music playing on hundreds of radio stations across the Internet; or, instantly select Internet radio stations you’ll like, based on music genres or your own artist searches. Radio Spotter puts the metadata in your music collection to work by matching whatever you’re listening to, and quickly adapts to offer new recommendations based on your changing preferences.

“Radio is still the easiest and most popular music discovery tool – people love its spontaneity and variety. Yet, it can take years to discover the best radio stations. We’re giving people a mash up between Cloud music and streaming radio:  It’s a great way for people to find new music and enjoy their own – all in one service,” stated Daren Tsui, CEO and co-founder of mSpot.

How does Radio Spotter work?

  • Put your music collection on the Internet: Go to www.mSpot.com and upload your music collection from your PC/Mac® into your own personal music locker in the Cloud. Now, you can access it anytime, anywhere from your Android or any PC/Mac.
  • Download the mSpot Music Android App on your phone. Your music will appear on your phone.
  • As you listen to your music on mSpot Music, the service will match the songs and artists you’re playing with similar music on hundreds of Internet radio stations. These stations will be available in the “Stations Suggestions” tab. The service keeps track of what you’re listening to and gives you new recommendations as the music you’re listening to changes.
  • Favorite stations can be saved for easy reference on the app homepage.
  • New songs can be flagged for future reference and automatically synced to their online accounts at www.mspot.com for later purchase, through Amazon or iTunes music stores.
  • The “Browse Stations” tab offers an instant selection of Internet radio stations, which are always available through the service without matching songs to your own music collection. You can also search by favorite artists to find radio stations playing music by that artist, or similar artists.
    • Genres range from Alterative and Rock to Dance and Electronic, Pop, Urban, Country, Reggae, Latin, Jazz, Spiritual, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Youth, Bollywood, French and Canadian.

How mSpot Music with Radio Spotter Differs from Existing Music Services:

  • Unlike Pandora and Slacker; Play all of your own music alongside new music that is discovered on real radio stations: Your own music collection is the basis of all the new music you find and listen to.
  • Unlike iTunes; Store your music collection in the cloud so that you can always access it, wherever you are. Your music is connected to the Internet, so you can match your preferences to hundreds of Internet radio stations to discover and play new music for free.
  • Unlike subscription services like Rhapsody, MOG and Rdio; Listening is free. Match the music you already love with music playing on radio stations all over the Internet.
  • Unlike Cloud storage services like Amazon or Google; Listening is not limited to your own music, or music for purchase; your music now connects you to hundreds of radio stations.

Radio Spotter Beta is available in the Android Market for Android users, in the United States only; iPhone, PC/Mac and other internet connected device support will be offered later in 2011, along with new premium features. mSpot Music is available at www.mspot.com for PC and Mac, in the Apple® App Store and Android Marketplace.

mSpot Music offers the following features:

  • Instant access to music collections from mobile, PC/Mac® and Web-ready TV.
  • Smart syncing across devices: No USB cords required; instantly syncs music from the cloud to user’s mobile; avoids playback interruptions.
  • Automatically exports playlist, metadata, cover art, and more from iTunes.
  • Continuous playback, even during spotty cellular coverage.
  • Airplane mode: play cached songs on the phone without network connectivity.
  • “Live Lyrics”: read the words to select favorite songs as they play on mobile.
  • “Streaming only” option for users who want to save all the storage on their mobiles for other media.
  • mSpot Music offers free cloud storage for the first 5 gigabytes (approximately 4,000 songs): Additional storage is available for purchase; 40 gigabytes for $3.99 per month.
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    Thrutu Android Review

    It’s amazing that when you are on the phone to someone, your beloved mobile changes from a high-end multi-tasking portable device to something that barely makes phone calls.

    It’s hard enough getting the touchpad up when you have the phone glued to your ear. And don’t get us started on sending anything while you are speaking to someone on the other end.

    Thrutu knows your pain and has created a great little app that allows you to use your mobile as a smartphone while on the phone. Crazy, we know.

    Thrutu brings new fun and function to the phone call. Share location, contacts, photos and more – all at the touch of a button. It’s so simple that you’ll wonder why phone calls couldn’t always work this way. Thrutu comes with five different buttons, each a fun and easy way to share information and media during a conversation. In the future, Thrutu will offer additional buttons such as social gaming, event planning or the ability to connect instantly via favorite social media channels. The potential for new sharing capabilities is limitless.

    Pros & Cons:

    Pros

    • Conveniently share contacts, photos, camera, and location with the person you’re talking to on the same call

    Cons

    • Requires both parties to have the app to use the features
    • Not the apps fault but requires voice and data at the same time; sorry Verizon (3G) & Sprint (3G) folks :P

    Features & Usefulness:

    Thrutu is a convient way to share contacts, photos, camera, and location while on a call. Provided the other party has the app sharing things is a breeze. Say you’re on the phone with your loved ones and want to share a picture of your kids, this app makes it easy to share the photo (there’s no options to save shared photo however they’re saved to “Downloads” section of SD card automatically). By far the best feature is sharing contacts, as we know default Android does not make it easy to simply share a phone contact. Although many of this apps’ features can be done while on a call in combination of default Android and a few other apps, Thrutu makes it readily available and they are onto something really cool here.

    U.S. carriers with CDMA bands such as Verizon (3G) and Sprint (3G) customers won’t be able to use the app due their lack of voice and data capabilities at the same time. Please note: Sprint 4G customers CAN use the app when on 4G. However with 4G LTE I was told by Verizon COO, Lowell McAdam, that application developers will be able to deliver data apps during voice calls… so you’ll have to wait for that market saturation.

    • Location: callers can see each other’s position update live on a map.
    • Camera: snap and share a photo during a call
    • Gallery: select and share a photo from those already stored on the phone.
    • Contacts: share contact details that will appear instantly in the other caller’s address book.
    • Prod: for the first time, you can convey touch in a phone call! Playfully poke the other person by causing their phone to vibrate during the call.

    Ease of Use & Interface:

    You plus the calling party need the app, which you can easily invite phone contacts to download it! Once on the call, there is a floating menu to the right, slide it open and you have the options to share location on Google Maps, share photos from camera or phone’s gallery, plus one-click contacts sharing, and poke (vibrate other callers phone… please don’t abuse it as it can be annoying)!

    Frequently Used:

    Once installed Thrutu will detect on every call whether the other party can Thrutu back or give options to invite them if they do not.

     

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    Words With Friends Android Review

    Words With Friends. The #1 mobile word game Words With Friends Free is now available on Android. Play Words With Friends Free, the #1 mobile word game, with both your Android and iPhone/iPad-toting friends. Experience for yourself why millions of players are addicted to the word building, triple score seeking, chat bubble sending goodness of Words With Friends.

    THE NEWS

    We have some great news for you Scrabble lovers out there! Words With Friends, the insanely popular iOS game created by Zynga, has finally come to Android, after months and months of excruciating waiting.

    Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your point of view, Words With Friends is one of the most addictive games on the market today. It’s well made, and allows you to play with your Iphone friends too.

    As of about one day now, it is finally available for all to try. There are some user reports of a few bugs being present, but they are forgivable. Check the link out below for the developer’s site, and the link to the Android Market.

    Being that it is cross platform means you can play up to 20 simultaneous games and dominate your iOS friends, all at the same time. Additional features include In-game chat and push notifications will keep you addicted, no doubt. We’ve already played a demo of it on the Xoom, and it looked and felt amazing. Should be good on your Android smartphone too, so fire it up, and get ready for some serious brain flexing!

    Pros & Cons:

    Pros

    • Highly anticipated and super fun Scrabble game
    • Play random boards or opponents or invite your friends
    • Features a Chat

    Cons

    • Very glitchy, sometimes showing combined screens if playing more than one opponent :mad:
    • Notifications system needs work
    • Has very intrusive ad screen and offers no paid version (yet) to get rid of them

    The game-play itself is fairly straight-forward: move letter tiles onto spaces on a board in such a way that they are 1) all in line2) touching an existing word on at least one edge of one tile3) forming a non-proper word anywhere tiles are touching.
    Your points, based on a number displayed on each tile, are a sum of all the points on all the tiles contained in any new words that were created by the placement of your tiles and any modifiers.  The board is set up pretty much like Scrabble.  You have to start in the very middle, and there are spaces on the board that multiply the point value of either a single letter tile or an entire word.  The trick to the game (aside from knowing a lot of words and how to spell them) is to take as much advantage of these multiplier spaces as possible, and to prevent your opponent from doing likewise.  Everybody knows how to play Scrabble, but it’s not like you see a lot of people whipping it out on the subway or when they’re supposed to be paying attention in business meetings.
    The beauty of the game lies in the way it connects opponents.  You can play anyone else on the network (one of the results of Zynga acquiring the game from Newtoy is that now Android users can now play with iPhone users and vice-versa) if you know their user name or can search by email address.  Scrabble-type games existed before this, but WWF cuts through the submenus and options clutter to push you and your opponent’s moves quickly.  You can have multiple games going at once with one or several opponents, committing all your tiles for your turn and getting the phone back in your pocket with a minimum of effort.  All plays are checked against the on-board library, so there’s none of the social engineering that makes Scrabble fun for budding con-artists, and you can keep shuffling tiles around and submitting them until the library finally accepts one and sends it.
    Personally, my only complaints about the game are the fact that no player stats are available and your game history is limited, and that there is no penalty for bombarding the library until you blindly come up with a word like “glime”.  There is no solitaire version, although you can set it to pass-and-play, in which you take turns with an opponent using the same phone (great for fast play, and to make sure your opponent isn’t looking things up).  There are tons of cheat sites and apps available for people to suddenly seem brilliant at Scrabble, but there is no way to prevent that other than choosing better friends.
    The game comes in free version supported by ads, and an ad-free pay version ($3.99).  The ads come after your turn, and the game is certainly enjoyable even with the inconvenience of advertising, but I do prefer the uncluttered pay version.

    Features:

    Words With Friends is Zynga, creators of uber popular Farmville and the likes on Facebook, brings much anticipated iOS crossover game initially demoed on Motorola XOOM tablet. Right off I must admit it disappoints expectations as it is very glitchy, meaning if you are playing more than one opponent words on the game board mixes totally throwing you off… here’s an example. Another popular game like this which does a much better job is Wordfeud. Unlike this game Words With Friends is missing handy feature to “Shuffle” the words which tend to jog recognition of possible word combinations (you have to shuffle yourself).

    Fun Factor & Addictive:

    Aside of the gripes, online multi-player Scrabble-like games like this are hugely successful and addictive. You can play at your own pace, even set notifications to alert you when it’s your turn (but the feature could use some work). You can play random boards even against random players, or invite your friends from your contacts list. Even play friends on iPhone and iPad!

    How to Play Words With Friends:Words-with-Friends

    Just like Scrabble you’re presented with letters to make words on the game board. The best strategy is to spell words that result in high scores taking advantage of Double Letter (DL), Double Word (DW), Triple Letter (TL), and Triple Word (TW) squares. The blank space is a bonus piece, when you lay it down you have the option to choose any letter. Tip: Double-tap the game board to zoom in and out.

    Game Board Legend:

    • DL = Double Letter
    • DW = Double Word
    • TL = Triple Letter
    • TW = Triple Word
    • Blank Space Bonus = Free Letter Choice

    The graphics for this game are crisp and easy on the eyes, Zynga did a good job on this as it beats out a lot of other scrabble games with the look and feel. Things took a turn for the worse when they changed the rules of scrabble, they also have changed the board around making it bigger and all of the bonus tiles have been scrambled. A couple other rule changes you should know as well, the first play doesn’t get a double score, in words with friends you have unlimited attempts at making a word.

    So with all the rules changed and the board changed, for scrabble lovers its kind of an insult. Some other features good, bad and indifferent:

    Nice to be able to invite your contacts list to a game.

    No leaderboard, no records, no scores. 

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    Lookout Launches Lookout Labs And Its First Android App – The Ingenious "Plan B"

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    Lookout Inc’s Lookout Mobile Security app is one of the most popular and trusted security apps on the Market, and while the company is going to continue active development of its flagship product, today it is launching Lookout Labs – a separate Android Market developer account dedicated to "pushing the bounds of mobile apps."

    Plan B

    Introduction

    The first fruit of Lookout Labs’ labor is a brilliantly simple yet very useful app called Plan B. Plan B was only made possible recently, after the release of the official Android web Market. The app is designed to be the last resort for finding a lost (or maybe even stolen – more on that later) phone and getting its latest position emailed to the account associated with the Android Market. It is only useful if for some reason you forgot to install Lookout, Theft Aware, WaveSecure, or any other tracking apps (you do have at least one installed, right? Right?!), because otherwise, you know, you would just use them instead.

     

    Why It Works

    Here is the beauty of Plan B – because of the way the Android web Market works, you do not need to have your phone on you to install apps on it anymore, which makes it possible to push Plan B after the loss, from any browser, as long as you have your Google credentials.

    What It Does

    Immediately after the push, Plan B should start up and start sending you a series of messages zeroing in on your precious baby’s location with increasing accuracy. I put it to the test and immediately following the installation, started receiving the following emails a few minutes apart, identifying my EVO 4G’s location down to 6 meters:

    Note: I have replaced my exact coordinates here for privacy reasons.

    1. Plan B is locating your phone. We will send a map link shortly. http://mylookout.com
    2. Plan B http://maps.google.com/?q=37.3872314,XXXXX&z=16 within 95m http://mylookout.com
    3. … 3 more similar messages here …
    4. Plan B http://maps.google.com/?q=37.38790690898895,YYYYYY&z=16 within 6m http://mylookout.com

    Caveats

    One thing that the Lookout Labs folks were quite specific about was the purpose of this app: to find a lost phone. It is not meant to be stealthy and will show itself very clearly to whoever may be looking at the screen. For this reason, it is probably not the most reliable way to recover a stolen phone, although it can still prove effective if the thief is not constantly checking the screen.

    In the best case scenario, there is a chance it will send out at least a few emails with coordinates before the thief shuts it down. In the worst… say good-bye to your phone forever.

    We reached out to Lookout for the reasons behind this decision and got this in response:

    We have specifically designed this app for the "lost phone" case and for privacy reasons we chose to go ahead and make it clear to whomever may be holding the phone that it is being tracked.

    Security apps with location capabilities always have to be especially careful to avoid cases where the app could be used as a remote surveillance system on an unsuspecting user. For the initial launch of this app, we chose to follow the more conservative route.

    Caveat #2: Plan B is currently only available on select carriers in the United States. The latest list I was able to confirm as working consisted of the 4th major U.S. carriers – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

    Conclusion

    Overall, I’d say Plan B is exactly what plan B is supposed to be – your last resort. When you don’t have another option, and the feeling of desperation starts to settle in, remember Plan B. At that point, there is no reason not to try it.

    Unlike most reviews, I am not going to say "go, try it out right now" because… well, it’s not time to use Plan B until it’s time to use Plan B (unless, of course, you are just testing). Just make sure to leave a mental note in your brain.

    PrankDial Android app Review

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    PrankDial for Android allows you to prank call your friends no matter where you are. US only. Features: library of hilarious prank calls, record the prank call, easily share your prank call with friends, login with your token ID.

    Recent changes:
    – International calling support added for token users
    – Listen to pranks from our user submitted pranks database

    Pros & Cons:

    Pros

    • Bust-a-gut hilarious fun

    Cons

    • Can’t hear the prank call in real-time, listen to it after
    • Can’t record your own prank

    User Review

    By Tia

    Awesome…love it when someone actually keeps listening. We got my mother in law pretty good
    By Luis

    Its fun but need more realistic voices to really get them going . Maybe one of someone getting fired. Lol

    Read more comments on the market

    Features:

    PrankDial for Android is a drop-and-roll-on-the-floor funny app that allows you to call people with preset prank call recordings, change your Caller ID, record the prank call, download and save the call to SD Card for jiggles later and provide link online to the audio. Browse through the library and listen to pranks by type; New, Popular, Annoying/Funny, Conservators, Songs and TV/Movies. Share the prank call on Facebook, MySpace, Google Buzz and Twitter.

    If you sign up for an account it makes saving and accessing good pranks online later a breeze. If you’re the jokester among your friends, this app will easily make you want to purchase additional tokens. Initially you get 5 free tokens (or calls), each day you earn 2 free tokens, plus you can earn more tokens by giving up your email addy to receive promotional info or by posting on Twitter.

    Once you enter the persons number you’re going to prank or choose from your contacts list, then enter any number for Caller ID or again choose from contacts list, be sure to tap the “Record” button, and hit Send. Gripe: you cannot hear the prank call as it’s going on, but wait until the call is over then you’ll be presented with a Playback, Download audio and URL to listen to online.

    If you’re the type without a funny bone and hate getting pranked by this app, they have a feature to put yourself on the Block list.

    • This comedy app allows you to go ahead an pick what friends you want to prank no matter where you may be
    • This app has a few really cool features, including the ability to choose from a library of a bunch of different prank calls.  You can have a gay telemarketer call your friend, someone that has lost their paper, and much more
    • Once you have decided who you want to prank you simple enter in the contact number and then press record so that your call is recorded and you can listen to it once the prank has happened
    • If the prank turns out to be a big success then you can actually share your prank with your other friends and family and all laugh at your friend’s expense
    • You can login to your account with a token ID so you get access to even more features
    • You can change your caller ID so that your friend has no idea that it is you that is doing the prank to them
    • You can sort through the pranks by choosing either the popular ones, the new ones, the annoying ones, the songs and movies ones, and many more
    • This app is integrated with social networking sites so you can share it through Twitter or Facebook

    Conclusion:PRANKDIAL-Choose-Prank

    This is a funny app that you can use to prank all of your best friends.  It actually does a great job of completing the pranks.  You will simply give the contact number and then record the call and then the app will prank your friends.  There is one main problem with the app though, you can’t actually listen to the prank as it is going on.  You have to wait until the prank is over for you to be able to go to the playback and be able to hear what went down when the app called your friend.  Also, if you are the one getting pranked you can’t actually record the call.  Other than these little things though, it is a pretty funny app and you can have some real fun with it.

    This app was given a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars and can initially be downloaded for free but then you can pay money to get more and more tokens to do more prank calls.

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