androidleadBig tings a gwaan for Android right now: The "Froyo" update (Android 2.2) is finally being rolled out, and game companies are finally developing in earnest for the smartphone platform, long an also-ran in the world of mobile games. Popcap has announced that it'll be releasing all its game in Android form through the rest of 2010—but even before you get your Peggle or Plants Vs. Zombies fix, there's still some great gaming to be had. Read on to see our five best late-summer choices for Android phones, and when you're in line for that Epic 4G or Galaxy, you'll know just what to cop first...

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT
So the Droid X shipped with a free trial version of the mobile racing standout—which of course meant that the Android homebrew community extracted the .apk of the game, allowing other Android users to play. And, yes, there's video. So when the game's full version finally drops, you'll know what to expect.

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FURRY LEGEND'
Sure, the Android version of the WiiWare game has been around since June, but until there's a glut of Sonic-esque 2-D platformers with a fun cartoonish sensibility, we're riding with something furry. Wow, that sounded far more female-genitalia-focused than we'd intended, but hell, when in Rome, right?

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SKIES OF GLORY
The WWII aerial shooter has been popular on the iPhone, and now it's available for the non-brainwashed other discriminating smartphone users. Ten campaign missions, local and Wi-fi/3G multiplayer, and DLC—but the best part might be the cross-platform fighting. Yes, you read that right. Tired of your friends yammering about their gaming selection? Just blast 'em out of the sky.

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UNO
What? You don't like Uno? You think it's for kids and grandmas? That may be true, but have you ever played Uno...ON WEED? All those colors, man! All that math! All the diabolical joy of making the unseen opponent pick four. And that unseen opponent? What if THAT'S YOU, MAN?

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ANGRY BIRDS
Okay, so maybe the iPhone sensation isn't available for Android RIGHT THIS INSTANT WHILE WE WRITE THIS, but for all we know it will be before we finish this sentence; developer Rovio has said the Android version will be out "this summer" and "late August," so keep checking that Marketplace. In the meantime, you can see one of the Rovio devs playing the physics puzzler and dream about what it'll be like to tune out your girlfriend and lose yourself in it.

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