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Android Community Nightly: November 29th, 2012

Welcome to the first of many Android Community Nightlies we'll be enjoying together in the future. No, we aren't talking about the latest CM or AOKP nightly ROM build either. Instead we'll be focusing on one simple post each evening to let you catch up and enjoy all the Android news from the day. So with that we'll jump right into today's Android Community Nightly full of new games, Android 4.2.1 and more.

Zynga brings Clay Jam to Google Play

Zynga gets a bad rap for making games that are similar to other casual titles on the market, but today we're seeing the company release a new mobile game that's pretty unique. Clay Jam is available today on the Google Play Store, and it's a game that looks to appreciate the finer points of modeling clay. In fact, every model in the game was made with modeling clay, which gives it that hand-made feel that you just can't get with computers.

Zynga internal memo confirms layoffs, closures

The days of pulling out your phone and indulging in a moment of Words with Friends or Draw Something might be coming to an end. Earlier today, Zynga workers were greeted with a notice that they had two hours to pack up and get out. Now an internal email by the company's CEO Mark Pincus confirms that the company plans to cut 5% of its workforce and close the Boston studio.

New details on Phosphor Games’ Horn surface

Here are some things you need to know: Phosphor Games Studio has a new game coming to mobile devices, it's called Horn, and it looks awesome. Part Infinity Blade and part Zelda, Horn is built using the Unreal engine, and from the look of the trailer we have posted after the break, it seems that it will be pushing the limits of mobile devices. In other words, get excited.

Zynga’s Zombie Smash now on Android

The extremely successful and popular developers behind some of Android, iOS, and Facebook's most popular games Zynga have just released their latest game for Android. This is called Zombie Smash and they've taken over Android. Check out the video below as it's highly entertaining and then read on past the break for full details on this addicting new game.

Scramble with Friends available now – Forget Words with Friends

The extremely popular game Words with Friends has finally received some competition, even if it's from the same company. Zynga, the company behind Words with Friends, Zynga Poker and more has just released their latest hit and word sensation Scramble with Friends to the Google Play Store here in the US. Get it now and enjoy your new addiction.

Zynga launches free Hanging With Friends Game for Android

Zynga makes some of the best game apps out there and the company has announced a new free offering that you can get on the Android Market right now called Hanging With Friends. The app is a social game twist on the traditional Hangman game that we have all played at one point. The game play has friends taking turns to create and guess words to stump other players.

Android to get $100 million startup fund

An investment firm in Silicon Valley has announced the creation of a $100 million dollar start up fund for Android territory. The firm, DCM, has identified Android as the hottest thing in the tech world right now and has earmarked on average between $500,000 and $4 million in products that will shape the Android ecosystem from the "A-fund" to help select robot-focused start-ups get up and running. The firm stated that Android's rapid rise around the world, particularly in Asia, was what prompted creation of the fund that they hope will enable developers capitalize on it. DCM believes that Android will continue to dominate in Japan, China and Taiwan and that's where a lot of the money is focused. DCM has offices in both Tokyo and Beijing.

Words with Friends Coming to Android, Able to Play Cross-Platform

Fans of their friends Scrabble-clone game "Words with Friends" shall soon be jumping for joy, because Zynga is bringing the extremely popular game to Android later this month. Not only will you be able to play the game on essentially the same interface as it exists on iOS, you'll be able to connect with players on iOS (and whichever other platforms the game will end up being on.) Android already has an official Scrabble app, but IMHO, it's not as well designed as Words with Friends on iOS, and CERTAINLY not as well designed as Scrabble on iOS.

Mafia Wars Coming to Android This Month says Zynga

Over at LeWeb today, a mister David Ko, current SVP of Mobile at gaming superstar Zynga, is talking about the future of mobile social gaming. He's calling it "the next great frontier," and speaks not only of Zyngas new purchase of Newtoy, We Rule, Words with Friends, and Chess with Friends developers, he speaks of the oncoming massively successful (I suppose he hopes) advent of Mafia Wars on Android.
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