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Groupon App For Android Receives Total Overhaul, Goes Version 2.0

Popular deals service Groupon has had its Android app facelifted, resulting in a new look, as well as a couple new features and services. Take a look at the brand-new UI:

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As you can see, the app now looks looks decidedly more Ice Cream Sandwich-y, has added a universal share button, and swipeable categories. You'll also notice new categories for Pets and Rewards (spend enough money at certain businesses and you get loyalty rewards). Overall, this was a much-needed refresh.

However, if you've ever used the Groupon app in the past, you'll know it was something a slow mover.

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Draw Something's "Fresh New Look" Could Use Some Help, But A Few Tweaks Could Make All The Difference

With the introduction of Draw Something's "fresh new look!" update a couple of days ago came many design changes, not all of them entirely great. Just for fun, I decided to take a shot at making Draw Something's design slightly "fresher," or at least slightly more sensible. Just like my last design critique, I'll start by taking a look at what issues the current design has, and then make a few suggestions (with some quick mockups) as to what I think could be improved.

What's Wrong

To be completely fair, Draw Something's new look isn't terrible. It's just not what it could be.

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Google Is Giving Away Ugly Ties For Father's Day (Among Other Virtual Crap) - No, I'm Not Kidding

Happy Collectibles Week, everybody! What's that? You've never heard of Collectibles Week? That's okay. Neither have we. Apparently Google is highlighting a bunch of games that offer in-app collectible items because Google knows what anyone who's played a game ever doesn't: that in-app items are the key to a game's success. Special items for Collectibles Week include (and these are all real) an Android habitat in Zoo Tycoon-style game, a "Bunny headphone" in a virtual aquarium and, just for you dads out there: an exclusive Deer Hunter Ugly Tie, coinciding nicely with Father's Day this weekend.

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In all seriousness, it looks like a decent collection of games, if you're bored.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 14: The Perfect Storm Of Battery Suckage

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police podcast - be sure to catch us live every Thursday at 5:00PM PST, too!

Subscribe to the Android Police Podcast:

THE OUTLINE

Carrier 411

Rumor Roundup

Android at Arms (legal news)

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First Aid - American Red Cross App Should Be Installed On Every Phone Ever

With all the cool, fun things our mobile devices can do—from looking up movie info, to games, to social networking, to being amazing cameras—we can sometimes forget that these devices can be valuable and necessary tools. This new app, First Aid - American Red Cross, reminds us to use our phones for important, potentially life-saving purposes, as well as for fun.

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There's really no reason everyone shouldn't have this app installed. The app has information on how to deal with a variety of first aid scenarios, including burns, choking, bleeding, head injury, poison, and strokes, among many others. The app has information and guides, as well as quizzes and tests to see how much you've learned.

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Microsoft Continues To Show Android Love With Its First Game For Android: Kinectimals

When on{x} showed up as an Android exclusive from Microsoft, we figured it was just a fluke. Then Android got its own Xbox LIVE app straight from MS, and things got interesting. Now, Microsoft has launched its first Android game: Kinectimals. Sure, it's not Microsoft's most popular game, but it does show that the company is willing to take Android more seriously. Even at the risk of its own mobile OS.

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The game itself costs $2.99 on the Play Store. If you already own Kinectimals on the Xbox 360, this app will let you unlock five new animals on your console.

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[Deal Alert] Galaxy S III On AT&T Pre-Orders For $150; Sprint Version For $180

While the Galaxy S III pre-order frenzy started early last week, we've yet to see the device going for anything less than retail price. Now, however, Amazon Wireless and Target Mobile both have the AT&T variant for $150 with an updgrade. Normally we see the best deals reserved for folks looking to sign a new contract, so this is definitely the exception to that rule.

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Wirefly has also joined the game and started accepting pre-order for the Sprint variant of the device, albeit for the slightly higher price of $180 for both new contracts and upgrades.

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Specs:

  • 4.8" 1280x720 Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB (AT&T), 16/32GB (Sprint); microSD card slot
  • 8MP f/2.6 rear shooter, front facing camera
  • 2100mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 with TouchWiz UI

To pre-order, hit the appropriate link below.

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[Update: Spain, Too!] Google Announces Books On The German Play Store, Continuing Into Non English-Speaking Markets

Update: Google just announced that Books is now available in Spain, as well. Yay for reading!

Not a bad week for German Android fans. First on the map in Europe with the recently-reviewed LG Optimus 4X HD, and now the release of books for sale in the Google Play store. The soccer team's not doing too badly, either.

Posted today on its Google+ account, Google Play announced the availability of book purchases effective immediately in Germany, including plenty of German-language bestsellers. Unfortunately their German-speaking neighbors of Austria and Switzerland have been left out in the cold with no way to get their deutschsprachige literary groove on, but this is the service's first step another step beyond the realm of English and is unsurprisingly gradual.

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LG Confirms In Bluetooth SIG That Quad-Core Krait E970 / LS970 Headed To North America This Fall

In a Bluetooth SIG listing (a trade certification group), LG has officially confirmed the existence of the E970 and LS970. The former is possibly headed for AT&T (it has AT&T GSM and LTE bands - which could mean Rogers as well) and is packing a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Krait chip, complete with the latest Adreno 320 GPU goes toe-for-toe with the Galaxy SIII in GLBencmark. The 1280x768 resolution is something of an oddity - why the extra 48 pixels? A 13MP rear camera and 2GB of RAM round of this beefy device's specs. It's actually quite similar to the upcoming Optimus LTE2, so we could be seeing a carrier-specific iteration of that hardware here.

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Ubisoft And AMA's New Game Babel Rising 3D Gives You The Power Of God And A Tower Full Of Mortals To Smite

Is it possible to promise more in a game than "the power of God"? Probably not. That's what Babel Rising 3D, from AMALtd, is offering, though. In this game, the puny mortals of Earth are working to build a tower to the heavens and it's your role to stop them. Because that's how the story goes. You have a cornucopia of disasters, plagues and, well, acts of God, at your disposal.

Throughout the game, you can level up your powers (you're not one of those ominpotent-type gods, we assume), mastering the elements. That you created. And now have to learn. Look, it's a game, okay?

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