Plants vs. Zombies 2 now available in the Play Store

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If you’re a fan of mobile gaming, then we have great news for you. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now available in the Google Play Store! While they teased a launch for tomorrowPopCap has gone live with the game. The iOS version, just like the original, was released a few months ago before reaching Android and the Play Store. This time around, the wait has only been about two months.

In case you’re unaware of PvZ is, we’ll fill you in. It’s essentially a tower defense game in which you control, you guessed it, plants that are trying to stop hordes of zombies. The depth of PvZ 2 is quite incredible. Just like the original, there’s a ton of plants to unlock and control and there are just as many zombies to keep the game fresh. Also, this sequel is free-to-play, so you only pay for upgrades if necessary. If you’re interested in Plants vs Zombies 2, hit the break for download links. » Read the rest

Google Places for Business released in the Play Store, manage your Places listing from your device

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Google’s newest self-made app in the Play Store is Google Places for Business. The app allows you to manage your Google Places page by being able to communicate through Google+. Posting hours, contact information, photos, and updates are all supported and will be sent directly to your business’ Google+ page. You can even see statistics for your page, allowing you to know how effective or ineffective your business has been on social media. Hit the break for screenshots and download links. » Read the rest

Samsung releases PEN.UP in the Play Store, allows Note II and Note 3 owners to share S Pen artwork

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If you own a Galaxy Note II or about to buy a Galaxy Note 3, you might want to check out PEN.UP. This app is essentially a social network for S Pen creations. Categories range from animals to characters to food and more. Now you can not only share your works of art, you can check out what other Note owners are creating.

PEN.UP comes pre-installed on the Note 3, but if you have a Note II, you can download it now from the Play Store. Hit the break for screenshots and links.
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Moves, a lighter take on fitness, now available in the Play Store

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If you’re looking for a simple way to track how far you walk, run, or cycle, then I highly recommend Moves. Rather than having to input what you’re going to be doing, Moves uses the accelerometer in the background to detect how you’re moving.

What makes the app by developer ProtoGeo so appealing is the user interface. Your travel is recorded into an easy-to-read downward stream, and thanks to Foursquare’s data, you can select the places you have been. Icons will appear in the stream based on these locations, and will get longer based on the duration of your stay. The top of the screen is where you can see how long you have walked, cycled, or ran. If you’re interested in this intuitive new app, hit the break for download links. » Read the rest

NBC launches official app, features full-length episodes for free and TV schedule

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NBC finally launched an official Android app for their network, and it’s just as polished and well-done as their competitors’ applications. The app features full episodes that you can watch whenever you want for free, closed captioning support, an NBC schedule, and a “favorites” section to easily access the shows you want to watch.

Check out some screenshots below. You can download the app via the link after the break.

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‘Asphalt 8: Airborne’ release set for tomorrow, new trailer online

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Gameloft’s next sure-hit game is set for release tomorrow on the Google Play Store, and will surely garner plenty of sales at initial launch, especially when considering Google’s heavy promotion of the game alongside the new Nexus 7.

This next installment of the Asphalt series introduces some welcome improvements, including spectacular graphics (‘Retina’ optimized), a brand new realistic physics engine, new maps, weather effects, 180 events, 47 cars, and new game modes.

The game also includes simultaneous online multiplayer supported by Google’s new Play Games service which tracks scores in leader-boards and makes it easy to play with friends on the fly.

The game will be available tomorrow on the Play Store for $0.99 and we’ll let you guys know as soon as it’s released. Check out the new trailer after the break.

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‘CallHeads’ app released, allows for less interruption of app activity during incoming calls

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This whole “chat head” concept is becoming pretty popular now, as we’re seeing a number of apps inspired by the same layover-type interface that seemingly works for pretty much anything.

A new app called “CallHeads” gives users the option to use a bubble to display any incoming calls while the user is in the middle of using a concurrent application. You can pull the bubble to different sides of the screen to tell it whether you want to pick up the call, ignore it, or postpone it.

When taking a picture with your phone, now you won’t have to worry about a call coming in and ruining that perfect Kodak moment. More screens and download links after the break.

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New App: ‘Rockmelt’ news reader released to Google Play

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Rockmelt, a news reader for Android, was recently released to the Google Play Store and immediately received rave reviews. The application offers an interface much like the one provided in Google Currents, and features a stream of news stories categorized by themes/interests or specific news sources that you can “follow.”

Content is gracefully placed on the screen and the interface is simple enough for even the biggest smartphone newbies to understand. The search feature allows users to search for specific news sources instead of just picking categories, which will help readers narrow down their selection of incoming content. And of course there are plenty of social media features, allowing users to post content directly to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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EA Brings iOS Hit Monopoly Hotels to Google Play, Lowers Price of Need For Speed: Most Wanted to $0.99

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Today EA brought their freemium iOS hit Monopoly Hotels to Google Play. In the game you play a hotel mogul, building various themed rooms and catching money from the sky to build your hotel up. Upgrading your rooms brings VIP guests like Mr. Potato Head and G.I. Joe to your hotel. Achievements can be unlocked via in-app purchases, but EA has built a game that is fun no matter how you choose to play it.  » Read the rest