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Top Mobile Gaming Apps

With the advancement in power and speeds available in mobile phones in recent years, especially with the introduction of smartphones, phones have gone from devices allowing you make and receive phone calls and messages to smaller, more mobile computers. There is almost nothing that you are unable to do on your cell phone that you can do on your laptop these days, and this has led to a massive amount of apps, games and mobile websites for you to work and relax on the go. Our favourite ways of relaxing on your mobile device are listed below in no particular order.

Although this game has been pulled by its creator in recent times due to "it destroyed my simple life" as Nguyen Ha Dong said on Twitter, it is a fantastically addictive game that sees players have to tap the screen to flap the wings of their bird to navigate through the gaps in the Mario-esque tubes. The game was downloaded more than 50 million times from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store before being pulled and it has spawned numerous copied versions, so those new to the game can still try a version of it.

The joy of the game is that simple to pick up and play, but frustrating to master and get any sort of rhythm and, as such, high scoring going. Despite this, it is still a game I'm struggling to put down on my commute to work!

Another bird featured game that has gained massive popularity since its creation and release late in 2009 is Angry Birds. It has spread from the iPhone to all smartphones and can be played in your browser too, with a film being released in 2016. The game, and its myriad of sequels, have been downloaded over two billion times and have been described as "the largest mobile app success the world has seen so far".

The premise, again, is simple in that you must fling your angry birds from a slingshot to destroy buildings and the evil pigs on the battlefield. The fewer birds used, the higher your score. It is another devilishly simple and massively addictive game that cannot be put down once started.

As a massive online gaming junkie, I regularly play poker and bingo as well as casino and slot games in my free time on my laptop in the evenings and at weekends. Thanks to the speeds of both smartphones and mobile connections increasing in recent years it is now possible to play all of these games on your mobile device while on the go as long as you have stable connection.

There are many different versions of mobile apps and specifically designed mobile friendly websites available for all aspects of online gaming. Of all the games that you are able to play, I love the ability to play free online on my mobile devices as the quick games allow several games while commuting, although I do switch it up on longer journeys with either poker or a long session of online slot games played on my iPhone.

After being released in early 2012 on Facebook, it did not take long for this simple game of connecting three of the same candy together to release them from the board to help complete a set task to migrate to smartphones and become an even bigger worldwide phenomenon. It could even be up to get listed on the !

As of the end of last year, Candy Crush has been downloaded more than half a billion times and it's Facebook page has more than 61 million likes. Everyone is playing it and it is certainly as addictive and challenging, infuriatingly so, as the other games that fill my commute with a combination of fist pumps and expletives! If none of these tickle your fancy try !

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Mobile apps aren't an easy road to riches

Do you realize that there are more than a million mobile apps in the Apple and Google app stores? How many fo them do you think end up being huge financial successes for their developers? That figure is less than one percent according to a . Huge hits like Smapchat gets tons of buzz, and naturally that gets programmers and entrepreneurs excited, but the odds of success are much lower than many would expect.

All of this makes sense of course. There are many areas in the app universe that are very mature these days, like productivity apps and dating apps. Then you have tons of apps for successful online services, news feeds and games. The options are practically unlimited. If you want to play you now have app options along with web options. Consumers have so many options now to be enterained by apps. This crowded space makes things very difficult for app developers to break through.

In order to gain success, several thresholds need to be met, with creativity and originality being at the top of the list. But many apps actually meet that standard as every aspect of our lives are being analyzed to see if they can be made easier or more fun through an app. This of course is a very healthy process and leads to a ton of innovation.

But marketing is also critical. Sure, some apps just explode like wildfire as soon as they are released. And it helps to have connections to influential angels who can turbocharge a product just by sending out a tweet. But if you don't have a Kevin Rose involved, then you need to think long and hard about your marketing plan. Some companies budget serious dollars for the tech development but then hardly have a budget for marketing. In many cases that is a recipe for failure.

So it's great to dream about creating that killer app that will make you rich, but the game of being successful here may be much harder than you think.

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Top casino games for your mobile phone

It seems like no matter what kind of casino you select, slot machines are one of the top casino games. They have attractive graphics and sounds based upon a creative theme. They also offer fun little twists such as bonus rounds and free spins. Therefore, with the availability of slot machine games to mobile phone users, it should be no surprise that these games continue to be a top casino game. Some mobile phone users prefer slot machines because they are quick to play and do not require a great deal of concentration. These characteristics make them excellent for playing while on the go. Mobile casinos offer several different versions of slot machine games for their users. Among these is the game, Thunderstruck. Based upon a Norse mythology theme, Thunderstruck features the god, Thor. An adventurous game, Thunderstruck offers players an option to earn free spins. Also, it has another bonus round where a player’s winnings may be doubled. Mermaid Millions is another mobile casino slot machine that has mythical creatures. With five reels, Mermaid Millions also provides for 15 paylines. The goal of this game is for a player to get at least three of the same symbol in order. One slot machine game for mobile users at is a game known as Double Magic. The three reels of this game feature all of the traditional slot machine symbols found on the first machines. For instance, you can find cherries, lemons, bars and red 7’s. Getting at least one cherry symbol will provide some winnings to players. However, getting more will increase the amount of money won. This slot machine only features one payline which makes it easy to play on your mobile phone when on the go. The maximum payout with Double Magic is 1600 coins which is a nice amount to win if just passing time!

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How use and don't use apps

In many cases, our use of apps is . With kids, one mom described the concept of "app burnout" as her kids got bored and went back to their toys.

That said, there are many sticky apps where people use them religiously.

This is a totally new industry, so it will evolve quite a bit as more people use apps.

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Mobile games will drive holiday shopping

Poker is fun, and tons of people love to play. Like most games, it was a huge leap forward when we could play them on our computers. Then game better networks and amazing online experiences with these games.

Smart phones have taken all of this to a new level. Now you can play games of every kind . You can play by yourself or with other people. Add in social networking, and gaming even becomes a new way of communicating with friends - let's chat while we play a game!

Of course this is going to drive tons of holiday sales, and phones, iPads and other devices fly off the shelves. People of all ages love this stuff, and kids are obsessed with it. Tons of companies are cashing in on as tons of are downloaded for all sorts of devices.

Stuff like iCoud makes mobile gaming even better. Now you can track your games and scores from multiple Apple devices, from your iPhone to your iPad to your laptop. It's just amazing.

The growth here is exponential, so expect some huge numbers from the holiday season and the week after Christmas when people downloads apps on the new gadgets they found under the Christmas tree!

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Weather Doodle now available for the iPad

The Apple iPad may already come pre-loaded with a pretty handy, no-frills weather app, but for those that want their weather forecasts delivered with a bit of style, Tiny Mammal's is just the app for you. Although it's been available for the iPhone since late 2010, the app has finally made its way onto the iPad, and it's currently on sale for only $0.99 (normally $1.99) through May 23rd.

Weather enthusiasts won't find too much to get excited about -- using individual weather stations within cities across the world, you can access basic info like current conditions, the 5-day forecast, and wind speeds and humidity -- but it's in the presentation where the app really shines. Instead of just seeing a static image of the weather conditions, Weather Doodle depicts it using animated art, whether it's the moon glowing, snow falling, or lightning striking from storm clouds. There are three different art themes to choose from (with more on the way), but only one of them comes installed with the app. The other two can be purchased for an additional $0.99 each, which is perhaps its biggest shortcoming. Fortunately, the one theme that is included (titled Paperscape, which looks like a grade-school art project using construction paper) is undoubtedly the best of the bunch.

Still, for as appealing as the simple yet beautiful presentation may be (it certainly makes checking the weather more interesting than usual), the lack of any really cool features prevents Weather Doodle from being a must-have app. It's a great deal at its current sale price, but at its usual $1.99 price point, there's just not enough there to make it worthwhile.

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MOG app for Android is TERRIBLE

I'm seriously kicking around the idea of dumping my in favor of an Android device. I've been playing with the HTC Inspire for the past few days and really loving it. The notification bar alone could be reason enough to say goodbye to Apple for a while, at least anything running iOS. One of the things I loved about my iPhone was the ability to get any music, anywhere. The MOG app was amazing for streaming and allowed for downloads when I would be without a connection. The Android version does the same thing, just much more shittily.

This is one of the problems with Android in general - different apps will behave differently on different devices. That differentiation (wink wink) is good in some ways - there are a lot of options for users - but it can also be a bit painful. Right now my app has a constant "Artist Radio" overlay along the bottom of the screen, no matter which screen I'm on. It blocks the Download button. It blocks the Play Album button. It infuriates the hell out of me. The app also randomly starts playing any time I receive a notification on my phone. Yes, any notification will start whatever music has loaded provided I've used MOG earlier in the day. I have to restart the damn phone to turn it off.

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Angry Birds highlights Android device fragmentation

As cell phones continue to become more and more like what we used to know as a PC, we'll start to see more of the problems crop up that the PC faced. Chief among, it's becoming clear, is fragmentation. With the advent of operating systems like Android and , handset manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to put out better handsets.

With the iPhone, everyone has the same hardware, and because Apple earns profits from both the hardware the software and controls the production of both, there's no real rush to make a new handset. The hardware manufactures for Android and WP7, on the other hand, are in a sort of arms race. Every month it seems there's a newer, faster Droid on the market. Something with a better camera. Something that runs Flash. Something with more RAM. Something better. That race is leading to a serious fragmentation, at least with Android, and it's affecting the user experience.

Angry Birds has become one of the most popular games across several mobile platforms, but the developer has struggled to keep its product functional on all Android devices. The developer, Rovio Mobile, said that it will be creating a second version of the game for lower-end handsets, citing "severe performance issues." While this isn't a huge issue now, imagine two years down the road when there will be ever more hundreds of thousands of apps and a marketplace cluttered with new and old handsets. It will be a mess.

Of course Apple isn't totally exempt from this issue. Its own handsets have changed significantly year after year, giving way to some high-performance applications that simply won't run on the original iPhone or even the iPhone 3G. As time wears on, though, I would expect Apple will see significantly less fragmentation than the operating systems with secondary hardware manufacturers. There have been rumors though, that Apple is creating an iPhone "Lite" as well as the current iPhone 4 and a CDMA version of the phone for Verizon. Sounds an awful lot like fragmentation to me.

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