Featured Play Store Newbie: Montessori ABC Game For Kids [Education]

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One of the best things to come out of the smartphone/tablet boom is there are a lot of educational apps for kids. It’s amazing how much further ahead my son is than I was at his age. We all want our children to read ASAP, but they need to learn the letters first. Montessori ABC Game For Kids is a new app for toddlers and pre-schoolers that will help them learn the letters, the sounds of each letter, and words that start with each letter.

What makes any education app successful is the combination of education and fun. If the app can give your child entertainment, then he or she will be eager to learn. Montessori ABC makes things interactive with an alphabet game through beautiful flash cards. Your child will tap images and blinking areas to see the spelling of the words as well as hear the sound each letter makes in a word. Every time a letter or object is touched, a cute animated video will appear which will continue to encourage them to keep playing.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Lines & Puzzles [Brain & Puzzle]

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We recently featured Four in a Row HD +Riddles by Alberto Hernandez, and he just came out with another one called Lines and Puzzles. It’s a similar game but it’s based on Gomoku. In case you’re wondering what Gomoku is, it’s similar to Connect Four, but you need to get five in a row and pieces can be placed anywhere you want (non gravitational) as long as it’s on an intersecting line (like the picture above). Lines and Puzzles offers some variations like  3-in-line (tic-tac-toe), 4-in-line, or 5-in-line Freestyle Gomoku. You have your choice of themes which include wood, chalk, printed paper, Go-like (traditional Gomoku), or neon for boards up to 15 x 15.

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Android updates continue to worsen not improve [sigh]

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When it comes to Android, one of the hottest topics has always been how fast updates are. It has been a problem for a while now and there’s no question that Google recognizes that. At last year’s I/O, they announced a new agreement with OEMs that would make them commit to updates over an 18-month period. That didn’t seem to do much, so at this past June’s I/O, they announced the PDK. which is the hardware equivalent of the SDK. It gives manufacturers of hardware and chipsets early access to Android builds so they can get a jump start on current and upcoming devices. It’s still too soon to judge if this will help or not, but I really have to point out that things are going in the wrong direction in a major way.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Pirateville 2 – Pirate Island [Gaming-Casual]

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Last week I told you about Nevosoft’s Pirateville: The Enchanted Box, and now comes Pirateville 2: Pirate Island. It’s a continuation of Sharpshooter Jack’s adventure, but this time he will encounter secrets of the cursed island with its lost treasures and jewels. In order to do this you will have to assemble a team of other pirates to man your vessel and try to figure out the ancient spirits’ predictions. This will all be done through various hidden object games and puzzles.

Features:

  • A gripping adventure in 18 chapters
  • Search for objects in the pirates’ den, the fortune-teller’s home, and on the cursed island
  • New characters and unpredictable plot twists
  • An unexpected ending
Pirateville 2 is a Free download so give it a try. Check out the demo video below and hit one of the download links to get started.

 

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Featured Play Store Newbie: The Bard’s Tale [Arcade & Action]

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Some of you might already be familiar with the PC classic trilogy, The Bard’s Tale. Well in inXile Entertainment just released a mobile version in the Google Play Store and the NVIDIA TegraZone. It just might be the funniest game you will ever play. It might also be the largest in terms of file size to date because the HD version will set you back 3.5GB (1.7GB for non HD version). That’s pretty hefty, but not surprising since the game includes over 20-30 hours of gameplay.

It’s a fantasy RPG, and you play Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. There’s something else about Bard that’s interesting and it’s the fact that he has the ability to cast spells by singing songs. You will encounter all kinds of enemies to fight, but this game throws some bonuses like a lot of cleavage and when was the last time you saw a zombie dance off?

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Contest: Win one of ten Password Genie subscriptions compliments of Security Coverage and TalkAndroid

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It’s time for another TalkAndroid contest and this one is brought to you by Security Coverage, the folks who brought us Password Genie. I recently reviewed Password Genie and found it to be one of the must have apps for your Android device. Security Coverage wants to give our awesome readers a chance to win a one year subscription to their incredible service. We have a total of 10 for a value of $5.99 each.

The rules:

  1. Head over to our forum post and reply by telling us anything you want. It could be a simple hello or maybe you want to tell us how much you love TalkAndroid.
  2. Like Password Genie on Facebook
  3. Like Password Genie on Twitter

You have until Thursday, September 20th at 11:59pm EST to accomplish the above items. On Friday, September 21st, we will pick 10 winners at random and notify them via the email account associated with their username. Good luck!!

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Pirateville – The Enchanted Box [Gaming-Casual]

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There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of hidden object games as of late. It’s just a matter of picking what theme floats your boat. Nevosoft just released another one called Pirateville: The Enchanted Box, which is about a Pirate named Sharpshooter Jack. One day he found a mysterious ancient box, but it was locked. There has to be something important or valuable in it right? As he tries to figure out the secret behind this box, he will meet with spirits and become a psychic as well as escape from prison and learn his destiny. It’s up to you to figure out what’s inside the box. If you love hidden object games as well as some mystery and romance, this game will be right up your alley.

Features:

  • An incredible story of pirates, treasure and an ancient curse
  • Sixty-five challenging levels
  • Colorful locations and interesting quests
  • Challenging mini games
  • Amazing graphics and music

Pirateville: The Enchanted Box is Free so you have nothing to lose. Take a look at the quick demo video below and hit up one of the download links to get started.

 

 

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Quick Rant: Android Portable Media Players Are Not Just A Waste Of Consumers’ Time And Money, But A Waste Of Time And Money From Android Manufacturers As Well

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As Android continues to grow as the preferred ecosystem among people worldwide, we are seeing an explosion of innovative and impressive devices. I’m not talking about an explosion of just smartphones either. We are seeing an explosion of devices designed to improve your TV, full-fledged gaming systems, innovative tablets and even a nifty camera or two. Now while those type of Android devices are impressive and all, there’s a type of Android device that I failed to mention and for good reason— Android portable media players or PMPs for short. Android PMPs are neither innovative nor impressive– compared to other Android counterparts. Generally speaking, Android manufacturers generate buzz and excitement for various products, yet consumers never hear anything about PMPs and see any real excitement or reason to talk about them. Knowing there’s no real push or excitement for PMPs, is it really important for Android fanatics or even the average consumer to go out and buy a PMP? More importantly, is it important for manufacturing giants like Samsung to continue churning out PMPs, despite there being no major push or excitement these devices? I will respectfully say no to both questions.

In the interest of full disclosure— even though I am an editor of this great Android website and have a great deal of passion for the Android ecosystem, I’m by no means an Android fanboy. I own numerous Apple products including an iPod Touch for my commutes on the New York City Subway or for use when working out. I love technology as a whole— but when it comes to having my personal media player on the go— music, video, pictures and gaming for example— I would rather use an Apple iPod Touch before using an Android PMP, without hesitation. The Apple iPod Touch has set the standard when it comes to managing a consumer’s personal media, while giving the same consumers items like an impressive display, abundant number of applications and plenty of accessories for starters. Android PMPs on the other hand often feature uninspired designs, horrendous features (i.e. lackluster displays or Gingerbread) and few, if any accessories available. Simply put, Android PMPs are a waste of money and resources for consumers and manufacturers and that’s why the average consumer should not even bother with Android PMPs. I’m sure many of you are interested in seeing my reasoning for my strong claim, so go ahead and jump past the break to see my thoughts in greater detail.

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Contest: Win a Nexus 7 tablet, $50 Google Play gift card, or a $25 Google Gift Card courtesy of TalkAndroid and Poweramp [Updated with Winners]

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Our friends at Poweramp are celebrating their upcoming update, and they wanted to give our readers a chance to win some cool stuff. We’ve got a $25 Google Play gift card, a $50 Google Play gift card, and for the grand prize, a Nexus 7. All you have to do is comment below and tell us what new Poweramp feature you desire that would make it perfect. That’s actually a tough one since it’s already the best music app available now. You have until Sunday, September 16th at 11:59PM EST to get your entry in. On Monday, September 17th we will pick the winners at random starting with the $25 gift card, followed by the $50 gift card, and finally the Nexus 7. We will announce the winners here and send an email to the account associated with their username. Good luck!!!

I can’t imagine there are too many of you that haven’t tried Poweramp yet, but just in case, hit one of the download links below to find out what you’ve been missing.

UPDATE

Congratulations to the following winners

$25 Google Play Gift Card

cuezaireekaa

$50 Google Play Gift Card

Spyro Giannikas

Nexus 7

Rob Haltmeier

Thank you all for playing and look for another contest soon!!

 

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Featured Play Store Newbie: LandGrabbers Strategy Game [Gaming-Casual]

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Nevosoft is quickly becoming one of the leaders of Android gaming. We’ve already covered a couple of their recent releases, but here’s another one to throw into the mix. It’s called LandGrabbers and it’s set in the Middle Ages when the Crusades were taking place. In this game you’re a brilliant military leader with your own set of troops. Can you conquer the world? This addictive game combines the elements of strategy, simulator, and resource management. There are 27 levels in all that that take place in settings like forests, deserts, and even on an iceberg.

Full features

  • 27 levels in 3 diverse locations
  • Unique level mapping design for deeper tactical capabilities
  • Three incredible enemy armies
  • Five types of buildings with different strategic features
  • Three difficulty levels that will challenge even experienced strategy experts
  • Gorgeous graphics and a catchy soundtrack create a medieval atmosphere

LandGrabbers was recognized as the Best Casual Game of 2011 at the Russian Game Developers Conference. Best of all it’s Free so check out the demo video and hit one of the download links below to get started.

 

 

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