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October 9, 2012

Native Facebook for Android app nearly ready for release

Facebook
The current Facebook app on the Android platform is more a less a failure, as it is just a HTML5 coded app in an Android web wrapper. Following an update to the app on iOS from mostly HTML5 to native code, it looks like a native Facebook for Android app is in the final stages of testing according to an anonymous source inside the company.

We'll hopefully be seeing an official statement and release from Facebook soon. The Google+ app has set the bar pretty high at this point, we'll see if Facebook can catch up.

[via Android Central]

Angry Birds Star Wars is official, arrives Nov. 8th

Angry Birds Star Wars
Last week I mentioned in a post that Rovio was teasing a possible Star Wars and Angry Birds mash-up. With this latest announcement, it is clearly official that Angry Birds Star Wars will arrive on Nov. 8th for a wide variety of platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone and PC.

Not much is known about the mechanics of this somewhat bizarre re-envisioning of the Star Wars trilogy. We do know that it will be more than just the bird-flinging style that we are used to. Like the recently released Bad Piggies, this title is going to be a true ‘sequel’ when it comes to mechanics and gameplay.

The game will actually follow the storyline of the original Star Wars movies. Taking Star Wars and giving it a light and comical twist has been done before with the popular Lego Star Wars franchise. Even though it’s not completely original in concept, this will probably do extremely well.

Rovio might make a decent amount of money from the Angry Birds games, but that isn't where the real money is found. Merchandise sales have been very kind to the Finnish company, and adding Star Wars merchandise to the list is a genius move. Angry Birds was already one of the most iconic game series in the mobile world. Adding Star Wars to the mix will surely cement its place in history.