Matthew Sabatini(169 posts)

Matt has been an Android fanatic since the original Motorola Droid. In addition to designing web pages, running his own company, and going to school, he finds time to write for Android Authority. Matt still owns that good old Droid 1 and a Xoom Family Edition.

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Scramble With Friends by Zynga hits Play Store

by: Matthew SabatiniMarch 24, 2012

Zynga’s Words With Friends took both the Android Market and the App Store by storm just last year. And now, the gaming giant has brought Scramble With Friends to the Google Play store.

The gameplay of Scramble With Friends is very similar to that of Boggle. Simply slide your finger over adjacent letters to form words in all directions. In addition, in the later rounds, Zynga has thrown in word and letter bonuses (Triple Letter, Double Word, etc.).

Upon starting a game with one of your Facebook friends, a random person, or anyone else with a user name, you can start the first round. There are 3 rounds to every game and each round is 2 minutes long. Zynga [...]

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Gabriel Iglesias “Fluffy Guy” app hits the Android Market

by: Matthew SabatiniMarch 14, 2012

Looking for a good laugh? Then this app is definitely for you. The Fluffy Guy application for Android gives you exclusive and up to the minute access to Gabriel Iglesias.

Newest Update

The app was officially released towards the end of 2010 / beginning 2011. However, the newest update includes:

Performance improvements Bug fixes (Always a good thing, especially for Android) Facebook upgrade Foursquare upgrade Better graphics performance Add photos to any comment Ability to refresh more content Ability to load more content Offline Mode – the ability to download all content for offline viewing End date/time for events Email and SMS sharing (to show your [...]
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Privacy & Android – what you need to know. Tips, apps, & more

by: Matthew SabatiniMarch 13, 2012

Smartphone privacy has become one of the most intensely debated issues in the tech world. Most of us already back-up data, install anti-virus software on our computers, and lock our car doors. But why is it that our smartphones are going unprotected? If your device gets stolen or you accidentally download malicious applications, all your sensitive data is at risk. Texts, pictures, emails, and more could all fall in the wrong hands. Furthermore, even if you only download apparently safe and “reliable” apps, who can guarantee you that the developers are being completely honest about what they’re doing with your data?

But do not fret, wherever there is a [...]

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The Best QWERTY Android Phones of 2012

by: Matthew SabatiniMarch 6, 2012

Sure, going full-size touchscreens might be the new trend, but touchscreen keyboards will never beat physical keyboards. In fact, one of the original and best-selling Android devices of all times was a full-qwerty phone, the Motorola Droid. For those of you who don’t know, a “QWERTY” keyboard is a nickname for a device with a full physical keyboard. The name comes from the first 6 keys on the top row of every standard keyboard.

Check out our comprehensive list of of the seven best QWERTY phones of 2012.

Droid 4 (Verizon)

November 6, 2009 — the original Droid was released, and Motorola sold over 1 million devices in the first 74 days. [...]

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Huawei Ascend D Quad XL Benchmarks Leaked: Is It Really the “World’s Fastest”?

by: Matthew SabatiniFebruary 26, 2012

Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei devices, took the stage today (Sunday Feb 26) at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2012, and made some pretty bold assertions and promises. More specifically, the Chairman of one of Android’s rising stars told us that the Ascend D Quad and Quad XL smartphones will be powered by a specially made quad-core chip from Huawei themselves called the K3V2. Not only did Huawei choose not to follow the crowd and put a Tegra 3 chip in their new devices, but they also claim that the Ascend D Quad and Quad XL are the “world’s fastest”. Although they are the first to announce a quad-core phone at MWC 2012, there is reason to believe that [...]

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Top 10 Upcoming Low-Cost Android 4.0 (ICS) Tablets for 2012

by: Matthew SabatiniFebruary 22, 2012

Can there be such a thing as a good cheap Android tablet? Has Ice Cream Sandwich really leveled the playing field so that cheaper hardware can run it smoothly? Ever since the “tablets” have become a must-have item, it seems as if every electronics manufacturer on the face of this earth is trying to get their hands on some of the market share. That’s right, Sony, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Lenovo and even Amazon have stepped up and produced Android tablets. However, no matter how many Android tablets the manufacturers push at us, they all seem to fall very short of the iPad. So why do people still buy them and why are they still being made you [...]

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Press And Hold The Back Button For Bookmarks/History (Tips and Tricks)

by: Matthew SabatiniFebruary 19, 2012
Get To Your History and Bookmarks Faster!

I’ve been using the Galaxy Nexus ever since it was released on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. And personally, I think the phone is incredible. My only issue is that the history and bookmark sections of the browser take a few clicks to get to (You have to go into your open tabs and then hit the bookmarks button). It is not a ground breaking issue, and neither is the solution that I have found. But surely, it is something that I should I would share.

Once you open the browser, press and hold the back button on your Android device. After about a second of holding, your browser should take you into the history and [...]

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SPB Shell 3D Launcher – Android App Review

by: Matthew SabatiniFebruary 19, 2012

One of the best features about Android is having total control over how you customize your device. More specifically, Launchers and Skins give Android users access to tons of new user interfaces and features. In addition, a bunch of Android devices are subject to bloatware. When this happens, the average user probably is not interested in playing around with custom ROM’s or even rooting. Putting aside some of the more well known launchers, SPB Software recently release SPB Shell 3D. The app, which will cost you $14.95 in the Android Market, will bring a whole new look and feel to your Android 2.1+ device. Over 100,000 people, including us, have already downloaded the [...]

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Save up to $140 on Samsung Galaxy Tabs at Amazon (Select Models)

by: Matthew SabatiniFebruary 15, 2012

In the market for an Android tablet? Amazon sent out an email yesterday to its customers with a link to stating that:

“For a limited time, customers can save $80 or more on select Galaxy Tabs from Samsung. Order yours today and get FREE Super Saver Shipping when you buy from (click on link for restrictions). Offer good until February 18, 2012, or while supplies last. The discount is reflected in the price on the product detail page. Applies only to purchases that are sold by and does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the site.”

Although the message states that [...]

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Google’s Acquisition of Motorola Mobility Finally Approved

by: Matthew SabatiniFebruary 15, 2012

Image Courtesy of CBS News

Do you remember back in August of last year when Google offered to buy Motorola Mobility for $40 a share? Soon after the announcement, many people assumed that it was a done deal. However, the complete opposite has happened. Since then, a lot of speculation was tossed around, with many saying that the deal would not be allowed to happen.

Despite the fact that both companies’ board of directors approved the deal, it was not until yesterday (Feb. 11) that the U.S. and European regulators approved Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion ($40 per share). Since the purchase was announced 6 months [...]

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