Google Wallet started to make some noise recently with the news that a Google Wallet physical card might be on the way, and now Google has announced that Google Wallet supports mobile websites. I don’t know about you, but I never purchase anything on a mobile site because I don’t feel like typing in all the information. WIth this new feature, if the site supports Google Wallet, you don’t need to enter your credit or debit card number, billing address or other payment information because it’s already stored in your Google Wallet.
Over the summer we heard rumors that HTC is collaborating with Facebook for a Facebook themed phone. Of course everyone denied it, but it appears it’s definitely in development. It’s codenamed the Opera UL and it popped up in a NenaMark 2 benchmark test. Pocket-Lint has a source that claims the phone has been delayed, but we’re not sure what that means. Back in the summer when we reported that HTC was working on something, it wasn’t expected to be released till 2013 anyway.
You might remember the HTC Status (or ChaCha) that was HTC’s first attempt at a Facebook phone, but it really wasn’t a collaboration with Facebook. Our understanding is this will be marketed as an official Facebook phone. From the benchmark results the specs include a 1.4GHz processor, a Qualcomm Adreno 305 GPU, and a 1280 x 720 display. As to the processor, we can’t tell if it’s dual or quad-core, but we are guessing it’s a dual-core.
Whenever Google releases a new version of Android, we all get excited about the new features, but surprisingly the new wallpapers are always a hit. Well we have all four new wallpapers for you to download and use to your heart’s content. Just click on each image for the full size and then right click, save image as, pick your location, and you will be all set. If you do it this way, you will have to transfer them to your phone. Alternatively, if you want to download them directly to your phone, just load this page on your phone and long press on each download link below, then choose “save link”. These wallpapers come courtesy of the Android 4.2 system dump, which you can also download with the link provided below. Hit the break for more images and the download links.
Interested in building a fairytale kingdom and win the love of a princess? Then look no further than My Kingdom for the Princess 3, which is the third installment of the series. The first two didn’t make it’s way to Android, but iOS users know how popular they were. It was created by one of the top developers, Nevosoft. We’ve covered a lot of game from these guys so it’s no surprise that you will find fantastic landscapes and interesting gameplay. This one is all about time management, simulation, and strategy.
The premise is that three heroes are fighting for the beautiful princess Elizabeth’s hand. All three of them happen to be brothers and it will be up to you to decide who gets the prize. It’s quite simple, just perform multiple tasks, survive treachery, and save the country from ruin. Can you handle that?
Nevosoft does promise some surprises:
Your workers are more diligent;
- Buildings bring in more resources;
- five magical artifacts;
- Unexpected bonuses;
- More charming mini games;
- New colorful interface;
- Unique trophies;
- Beautiful comics;
- Well balanced levels, that gradually become more challenging;
- A wonderful new castle to build – this time with a bear!
You will find both free and paid ($3.99) versions of My Kingdom for the Princess 3. The free version includes a decent amount of the 60 levels that are on the paid version. Check out the trailer video below and hit one of the download links to get started.
Play Store Download Link - Free
Play Store Download Link – $3.99
I’ve got a really cool new puzzle game to share with you guys. It’s called ConnectiXX and it was created by Matthias Lange. We recently reviewed one of his other games called Candy Racer, and I’m quickly becoming a fan of Matthias as this latest creation is a doozy. This one is a connect the dots type of game and is similar to the Japanese game called Hashi. In this game you are presented with a bunch of circles or islands. Each circle has a number in it which represents how many connecting points it must have. You will draw lines between any two circles, and when the line is completed, the numbers in both circles drop by one. So for example, if you have one circle with a 3 in it and the other has a 2, when you connect them with a line, you will now have two circles with a 2 and a 1 in them. Your job is to connect all the circles until you get down to zero for each circle and you can’t cross any existing lines. Are you confused? It’s really hard to explain, but it’s really quite simple. If you watch my hands on video below you will get the idea.
Best Buy recently ran one day specials on the Galaxy S III for both new customers and upgrades. Priced at $99, you can’t argue that it was a tremendous deal. If you’re feeling left out, don’t fret, Best Buy is going to run it again tomorrow, and I am told it’s the final day. On the last two occasions, the T-Mobile version was left out in the cold, but this time it’s not. Unfortunately the Sprint version is stranded for this one. So for tomorrow, November 2, it’s the Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile versions that are on sale for $99. If you’re in the market for a Galaxy S III, I urge you to take this one up. Yes, it’s possible you will find a similar deal this Black Friday, but who wants to deal with the crowds. Just head over to your nearest Best Buy store or Best Buy Mobile and get it done.
Those of you that are sporting CyanogenMod 10 will be happy to know that they are incorporating their own file manager, appropriately named CM File Manager. It maintains the Holo UI and of course leverages root capabilities. So far it looks like it won’t have any network capabilities like the ability to access any of your network drives over WiFi. I’m sure this will be added at a later date, but if it’s something you need, you won’t be able to dump ES Explorer or File Expert just yet.
It was already forked into their project last night, and should show up in the next round of nightlies.
There’s no shortage of casino slot games for Android (or iOS for that matter), but there just might be a new sheriff in town. Blitzoo Games just released SlotSpot, which has been a major hit on Facebook since it launched a year ago. I have to be honest with you, I am not much of slots person, but I know a lot of people not only love them in the actual casino, but they love them on their mobile devices. SlotSpot isn’t your average slot game though. What I mean is that it’s not the simple 3 reels x 3 rows with cherries and gold bars on toy slot machines. SlotSpot has 12 unique slot games ranging from Showgirls, Pirates, Bloodlines, Reel Romance, and more. The slot games consist of 5 reels x 3 rows, with up to 24 combinations for payouts. Many of these combinations will need to be unlocked as you progress through the 40+ levels. If that’s not enough of a difference, how about characters, quests, and storylines that you won’t find in other slot games?
TvoiNet recently released a really cool puzzler called Nia: Jewel Hunter. You play a girl named Nia, who happens to be your average office worker. Unfortunately an earthquake forces her into unknown worlds. Your job is to get her home, but you will have to find all the gold and gems at each level. Right now there are 9 levels from the desert and 9 levels from the underworld plus 2 bonus levels.
Much like any other puzzle game, Nia is quite easy early on, but will progress pretty quickly. In the first chapter, which takes place in the desert, you will find yourself running around a the outside of a 3D temple with many floors. The floors consist of gold and gems that you will need to pick up. You can jump or fall through openings to get to each level, but it’s not as simple as that. You can literally run around all 4 sides of the building, but the problem is you will be blocked at certain sections by a stone partition wall. There will be certain areas of the building that have a button to push that will help you out. For example, you might be able to move these stone partitions or open sliding hatches that give you access to areas that you need to get to. As far as exiting and finishing each level, the exit door won’t open until you pick up one of the gems. You still want the second jem since you need to collect all gems in order to see the two bonus levels. It’s hard to explain so I put together a hands on video below.
Earlier today we posted our review of the latest Tegra game to hit the Google Play Store and TegraZone, called Zombie Driver. In celebration of this release, NVIDIA gave us two 16GB Nexus 7 tablets to give out to our awesome readers. We are going to keep this simple folks. We know it’s Halloween, but we aren’t going to ask you to send us photos of your costumes or any of that. Just follow these simple rules.
- One Nexus 7 will be given out here in the main site and one will be given out in our forums
- To enter the main site contest, comment below telling us what your favorite candy bar is
- To enter the forums contest, go to this post, and reply with what your favorite game is currently
- For chances to win both tablets, you need to enter in both places (although very unlikely, you can’t win twice)
- You have until tomorrow night, November 1 at 11:59PM EST to enter either contest
- We will pick the winners at random and announce them on Friday, November 2
- If you are a winner, you will receive an email with instructions to the one associated with your account
That’s it. Remember you need to enter both here and in our forums for a chance to win both tablets.
Congratulations to our winners:
Main site – Paul Mekelburg who likes Cookies and Cream Hershey Bars
Forums – AZNguyen who likes to play World of Tanks
Thank you all for playing and special thanks to NVIDIA for sponsoring this. Look for another contest soon!!