Nyko PlayPad and PlayPad Pro controllers now available at GameStop

Back in June, Nyko and NVIDIA announced a joint project to bring wireless controllers to Android devices. I’ve been patiently awaiting the day until the controller’s release. According to GameStop’s website, it now looks like the day has arrived as you can pick up the PlayPad and PlayPad Pro for $39.99 each. Gaming on our devices these days has become a fairly large industry, and with games becoming increasingly more detailed and rivaling console games, it’ll only gain in popularity.
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Mophie releases first non-iOS smartphone case for the Samsung Galaxy S III

Smartphone cases are one of those things that folks either love or hate. I prefer my phone to roll naked. I just don’t like cases whatsoever. I don’t like the feel of them, the added bulk, weight, the look of them… I could go on and on.  I know, I know. You’re crazy to spend the money on a high-end device and not protect it with a case. Fact is, in owning three different smartphones over the span of the last three years, I’ve dropped my device a grand total of three times. Yes, I’m careful with my phones as one should be. It’s just not worth it for me to attach something to my phone that I don’t like in the first place. This new case might change all that for me however.

You may have heard of Mophie cases before. Up until now, they’ve dealt solely with iOS devices, and what makes this case different than others is that not only does it provide protection for your device, it boosts battery life also. I’m not talking about a few extra hours either. This case boosts battery life on the Galaxy S III by over 100% delivering over 2300 mAh worth of additional juice. That’s obviously a pretty big deal. Getting the additional juice will come at a price though, to the tune of $100. It will definitely make for a sweet stocking stuffer this holiday. Hit the break for the full presser.
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Security Features a big part of Android 4.2

Amongst the many other additions that will be part of Android 4.2, it looks like keeping your device secure will be a priority as well. I know we don’t like the idea of malware on our Android devices, but the fact is, it’s out there. Google is looking to combat that in 4.2 by offering the option of scanning an application before it’s fully installed. Once the app is scanned, if it finds something suspicious within the app, it’ll then prompt you and inform you as such and give you the option to continue. Additionally, the scanner will block the installation completely if the fingerprint matches existing malware.

Google isn’t forcing this however. This is an opt-in type of setup and option. I think it’s a good start by Google offering this option. Our devices these days are worth quite a bit of change and hold some valuable information on them, so keeping everything on the up and up is definitely on the top of my list when talking about my mobile device.

 

source: Android Central

Featured Play Store Review: Hands on with Z-Cross [Arcade & Action]

If you’re looking for an old school shooter, I’ve got the game for you. It’s called Z-Cross and it was created by a new developer called EndoclanSoft. It takes place in space and it’s your job to capture the stolen Z-Particles to restore peace to the Galaxy. There are two options for gameplay: In Mission mode, you will travel to all the planets in the solar system and defend yourself with various enemies and bosses. The Survival mode is an endless battle much like old school games

For either mode, the controls are the same and quite simple. You tilt your phone to steer your ship and you tap anywhere on the display to shoot. In the Mission mode, you will need to collect at least six Z Particles from each mission to advance and there are 3 missions per planet. At the end of the third mission for each planet, the main enemy boss will appear and must be defeated. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to pick up another type of particle called X-Particles. Depending on what type, they will yield you secondary weapons or a protective shield momentarily. X Particles can even get you an extra life. There is a total of 18 stages and 10 boss battles in the Mission mode, and if you collect all the Z particles, you will unlock the Elite Challenge.

The Survival mode is an endless battle in which you need to pick up as many blue orgs as you can while avoiding or killing the enemy. They are also known as Y-Particles, and you can use them to purchase extra lives or weapons in the store. Also as part of the Survival mode, you can share your scores in the online area.

I found Z-Cross to be very addicting and what I like most about it, is that it doesn’t have all the fancy power ups that you find in today’s games. Yes the Survival mode has a little of that, but the Mission mode doesn’t have any whatsoever. To me it’s a cross between Asteroids and Galaxian. It’s totally fun and it doesn’t cost a dime to try. There is a free version that includes three planet regions for the mission mode and only one survival stage. It’s definitely enough to see if you like it, and it will only cost you 99-cents to buy the rest, which is very cheap. Check out my hands on video below and hit one of the download links to get started. As always, let me know what you think.

Note: In the video you will see that part of the screen is cut off at the top left where the score is. The developer already fixed that with the latest update.

 

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Google’s Music Explorer available in the Play Store for some users

Google recently showed off Android 4.2 and some of the cool features that go with it, including some pretty wild camera effects. One of the features they demoed was a Music Explorer that can be used to discover new artists and music in the Play Store. That feature has existed in the Play Store for a while, but Google’s taken it a step further and really improved the interface. As an avid music listener, I think it’s great to have another tool that makes finding new music this easy.

Well it looks like the new Music Explorer is live for many of you. Unfortunately it isn’t working on my Play Store yet, but I’m definitely going to keep an eye on it over the next few days. Is it live for any of you? Let us know how it works in the comments.

source: Phandroid

Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has already moved 3 million units worldwide

Samsung’s original Galaxy Note is an odd device. Many consumers think it’s too big to actually use as an everyday smartphone, and with good reason. Then again, 10 million other people think differently, and the Galaxy Note had no problems moving off the shelves. On the heels of that success, Samsung predicted that the Note’s successor would sell three times faster than the original Note, and so far, they’re right on track because they already sold 3 million units.
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Featured Play Store Newbie: Eggventure Jump [Arcade & Action]

Eggventure was pretty popular on BlackBerry AppWorld and now it has made its way to the Google Play Store. Created by WallWizz, it’s similar to Doodle Jump and Mega Jump. You will start by playing with Eggskimo Eddie. You must guide him upwards and collect as many coins as you can by using your phone or tablet’s tilt controls. You can eventually use the coins you collect to buy different characters like Sheriff Scramble and Boiled Berg The Brave. Each character brings their own special abilities, and there are six characters in all. Coins can also be used to purchase power ups such as wings and jetpacks.

Eggventure offers endless gameplay and you will get a different experience each time you play it. There’s even a global scoreboard so you can see how you rank against everyone else. Eggventure is fun for all ages, but it appears more geared towards the younger audience. It’s simple enough that anyone can play and it’s a great time killer. It’s absolutely free so give it a try. Check out the video trailer below and hit one of the download links to get started.

Features:

  • Collect coins and upgrade your superpowers! Unlock new characters, grab crazy powerups, and evade traps to boost yourself to the edge of the Universe and beyond!
  • Six cute egglings, each with unique power-ups and backgrounds.
  • Many upgradeable power-ups like jetpack, tiny wings, coin magnet.
  • Global scoreboard.
  • Boost your powers even more and unlock characters with in-app purchases.

 

 

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It’s time for another Drop and Dunk test: Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini vs iPad 3

Now that the iPad Mini has been announced, it’s time to pit it against the Nexus 7 in a drop and dunk test. The folks at SquareTrade always do a great job with these and this one is no exception. For this test, they created a dropbot to make sure everything is fair and even. They conducted 3 tests. The first is a drop from 4 feet where the tablets land on their corners, the second is face down from 4 feet, and the third is a dunk in a bath of water for 10 seconds. They even threw in an iPad 3 for the ride. So how will the Nexus 7 fare? Hit the break for the complete video to find out.


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Google Wallet now supports mobile websites

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.


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The HTC Facebook phone is alive and it’s codenamed the Opera UL

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.


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