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

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.


  • 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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[Deal] Amazon Wireless offering pair of HTC phones at deep discount for new accounts

Are you hoping to get your hands on a new HTC smartphone? Amazon Wireless has a couple options available if you are ready to open a new account with either AT&T or Sprint.

For potential AT&T customers, you can get your hands on an HTC One X in white for only $19.99. Existing customers can upgrade their phone for $99.99 with a contract extension. If you would prefer to go with Sprint, you can grab an HTC EVO LTE 4G for only $69.99 with a new contract. Those just looking for an upgrade will have to pay $149.99.

Hit the source links to visit Amazon Wireless to see whether you qualify for an upgrade or if you are ready to open a new account and pick up one of these HTC phones in the process.

source: Amazon Wireless – AT&T HTC One X, Sprint HTC EVO LTE

Netflix for Android getting update, new interface similar to iPhone version

Last week, capitalizing on Apple’s release of the new iPhone 5, Netflix released an update to the iOS version of their app. Today they started rolling out an update to the Netflix for Android version, mirroring the changes and improvements they made for iOS. The big changes come in the user interface. Along the top of the screen, Netflix now includes an area for items a user is currently watching so they can just tap on the show to resume. When looking at available titles, two options are available for users. One can single tap on a title to open up a page with information about the show like a synopsis, characters, and episodes if applicable. To actually play a title, you just double-tap on a title. Netflix has also made the search function universal throughout the app.

The updated app is still in the process of rolling out to the Google Play store. When available, it will require Android 2.3. After the break, check out a video from Netflix demonstrating the new user interface or use one of the download links to access the app in Google Play.
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HTC’s DROID Incredible X could become the Nexus 5

Last week we saw a leaked Verizon roadmap that listed the DROID Incredible X, which will sport a 5-inch 1080p display as well as the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus. The latest news out of GSMArena is that an anonymous tipster claims that the same device will also be a Google Nexus device, called the Nexus 5. It’s obviously not the 5th version of a Nexus phone, so it’s a play on the display size, just like the Nexus 7.

Other than the display and CPU I already mentioned, it will also sport 2GB of RAM, a 12MP camera, 64GB of storage, and a 2500mAh battery. These are essentially the same specs as the DROID Incredible X, but the the Nexus 5 will have one glaring difference; stock Android. Speaking of that, the rumor is that there won’t be a major version of Android announced, but we could see Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which would include some bug fixes and other enhancements. I’m thinking the multi account feature that we recently saw might be one of those “enhancements.”

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Intel readying next-gen, dual-core Medfield, LTE devices

If there’s one knock on Medfield-based Intel smartphone chips when comparing them to the ARM-based chips, it’s that they do not support 4G LTE connectivity. Intel is looking to change that “later this year and ramping into 2013.” While Intel’s current Medfield devices feature Hyperthreading making them “appear” to have multi-cores, they’re looking to move into the true multi-core device segment to gain a foothold with U.S. carriers. While they aren’t quite ready to jump to the quad-core offerings, their dual-core phones will still feature Hyperthreading, thus acting like a quad-core device. How will this play out in the U.S. market with so many folks stuck on specs these days? And by the time we see these new Intel devices, are potential buyers going to want true quad-core devices, no matter the marketing speak? We’ll keep you posted with any updates on this front.

source:  TechCrunch

Pantech Announces The Vega R3 Smartphone, The “World’s Best Existing Quad-Core Smartphone”


As we see existing quad-core devices featuring Exynos or Tegra 3 chips, it’s only natural that we start to see offerings featuring the new chips from Qualcomm. Well the newest superphone in all the land is now here: the Pantech Vega R3— a Snapdragon S4 Pro-powered beast. The device features an quad-core APQ8064 1.5GHz chip, 2GB of RAM, a whopping 13MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and 2,600mAh battery. While those features are nothing to sneeze at, the device also features a unique 5.3-inch display dubbed “Natural IPS Pro LCD”, which aims to make that 1280 x 720 resolution really pop compared to the competition. Oh and the device will come with Android 4.0 loaded up— with a Jelly Bean upgrade due not too long after the device’s initial release.

The device has just been announced, but there’s no word of availability just yet— though there’s the expectation the device will be sold starting tomorrow in Korea. Fingers crossed other markets— specifically those of us here Stateside will have the opportunity to see the device someday.

source: Android Authority

Samsung Provides Updated Jelly Bean Update Roadmap To The Masses


In addition to the utter joy of the Jelly Bean update getting out to select Galaxy S III owners, Samsung has announced its latest roadmap highlighting which additional devices are slated for that buttery goodness. As of right now, Samsung has confirmed 15 of its popular devices will indeed receive the Android 4.1 update either “soon” or at some point in the future:


GALAXY Tab 2 7.0 & 10.1, GALAXY Note 10.1, GALAXY SII, GALAXY Note, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus, GALAXY S Advance, GALAXY SII LTE, GALAXY Music, GALAXY Chat, GALAXY Ace 2, GALAXY Beam, GALAXY Ace Plus, GALAXY mini II and GALAXY S DUOS


Most of the devices we see listed shouldn’t be after too much of a surprise. After all, Samsung did say that some devices would skip Ice Cream Sandwich and go straight to Jelly Bean, while other successful devices would without a doubt get the Jelly Bean update. Hopefully owners of some Sammy devices won’t be too scorned since Jelly Bean will not be pushed to those respective devices. But then again, all is not too bad in reality because after all– it could be a lot worse as other manufacturers can attest to.

source: Android Central


Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update for Galaxy S III Rolling Out, Poland Up First

Samsung Galaxy S III owners rejoice.  It looks like Samsung is making good on that promise of an October timeline of rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S III, and even a little earlier for some. Samsung has officially rolled out the update for the international Galaxy S III (GT-i9300) in Poland, available through Samsung Kies initially. As a reminder for those that may be a little foggy on what Android 4.1 brings, there’s the addition of Google Now, Project Butter, and a revamped notification system which is very nice. The update will also bring new TouchWiz functions amongst other features to the Galaxy S III. As we’ve seen in the past with these rollouts, other countries should be following suit in the next few days. Owners of the Galaxy S III in the U.S. may have to wait a bit longer since there’s typically more certification to go through.  However, this is obviously a good sign for for all Galaxy S III owners. We’re looking forward to hearing feedback on how 4.1 is performing on Samsung’s flagship device.

source:  XDA Forums

Sample Photos Taken With Samsung GT-I9260′s Camera Leaked Online


It looks like we’re getting closer and closer to seeing what all the hubbub is of the mysterious Samsung GT-I9260 smartphone. After seeing a user agent for the device leaked last week, an alleged user of the device casually took some photos using the GT-I9260′s camera and uploaded them to Picasa. The EXIF data of the photo clearly highlights a GT-I9260 model number, though the photos were not taken at full resolution, so it’s uncertain if the device has the expected 8MP camera or not. On the flipside,  the photos do show the camera has an F/2.65 aperture and a 4mm focal length, which corresponds with the camera and sensor found on the Galaxy S II, so it’s possible or even likely this new device has the same camera as that found in the Galaxy S II.

All in all, it’s looking like this “Galaxy (Nexus) Premier” is shaping up to be a solid mid-range phone. Here’s hoping we see even more sooner than later.

source: GSM Arena

Due to current iOS Maps failures, Apple is now aggressively recruiting ex-Google Maps engineers

It’s no secret that Apple’s iOS Maps is currently a failure, and that’s probably putting it lightly. In the past days since iOS 6′s release, I’ve seen countless memes, gifs, blogs, posts, etc. all poking fun at it’s failures. Even Motorola joined in on the fun with their “#iLost” ad campaign. With that said, you better believe that Apple has been listening and isn’t just going to sit back and have themselves continuously ridiculed and embarrassed. After all, we know the high pedestal that Apple puts themselves on.

I’m sure Apple sat back and thought to themselves, “what’s the quickest and most effective way to improve iOS Maps?” I’m sure it didn’t take them long enough to turn to Google’s ex engineers that were so instrumental in creating Google Maps, which is hands down better in every way than iOS Maps. According to sources, Apple is targeting plenty of Google’s ex employees who rigorously worked on Google Maps, more specifically a certain contractor that worked closely on Google’s much popular “Street View” feature. According to this engineer, once Street View was mostly finished, this made Google direct their attention to indoor mapping, thus things started to become less interesting for him and his colleagues and thus prompted them to look for work elsewhere. Here’s how he described the situation via Techcrunch:

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