We are months away from the Google Pixel 5 release date, and we don't know if Google would launch the phone in Fall, as usual, it does, or COVID-19 pandemic pushes the release date even further, as it did with many smartphones this year. But we know enough to start building on a foundation for the description of the phone and its specs. As such we are sure that the phone will be called the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 5XL. However, there could be some changes this year's Pixels when it comes to specs and design. Due to the pandemic, we are still hoping for October as the launch month of the device.
We have not expected a dramatic change in the design of the phone, although, Google may redesign the camera module. Usually, every new phone has at least these two new features - the latest Qualcomm 800-series processor and the latest version of the Android operating system. So, we can safely bet that Google Pixel 5 will land with the Android 11 stable version, and might have this year's latest processor - Snapdragon 865. A few rumors suggest that the phone will house a more mid-range processor and our best guess is Snapdragon 765 or 768G.
Outside of the processor, though, we can be relatively assured Google won't downgrade other established specs of Pixel phones. That means you can safely expect at least 6GB of RAM, at least 64GB of storage, at least a dual-lens rear camera, wireless charging, an IP68 rating, etc.
It's also safe to assume that the battery capacity of the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 5 XL will increase, hopefully by a significant margin. The aforementioned behind-the-scenes drama of the Pixel team strongly suggests that the battery life of the Pixel 4 was a contentious topic, which leads us to believe much bigger batteries are on the way. At this point, if Google doesn't do that, it might as well hang the Pixel line out to dry. A very strong source has confirmed that Google is going to sell the Pixel 5 for $699 as a starting price.
The iPhone has inspired generations, set new trends in the design and tech industry, and set high standards for mobile phone manufacturers. While rumors and leaks are nothing new to the tech world, here are a few rumors we have gathered up. So far, Apple has held its launch event in the second week of September and normally on a Tuesday. This year, we were expecting the launch event to be held on 8 September but as we are going through the unprecedented times of pandemic, Apple had to break its own pattern and launched the iPhone 12 on October 14. If the company decided to stick to its old pattern, the iPhone 13 event will likely take place on 7 September.
With the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max launched this year, we will likely have iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max next year. With the iPhone 12 series offering an OLED display, it is likely to repeat the display for iPhone 13 models. There were reports of a higher refresh rate for the iPhone 13 models with Pro Max having up to 120Hz refresh rate. Some rumors suggest an in-display fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 13 models.
There aren't any rumors about the camera specs but as always, the iPhone will get better and improved camera sensors for the iPhone 13. There is a good reason to predict that the upcoming iPhone series will offer the 5G network support and these probably run on an A15 processing chip and iOS 15 software. Several reports suggest that iPhone 13 would have a smaller notch, yet all the Face ID sensors will be present in the notch area. Another rumor says that Apple filed a patent for a notch-free phone but it will raise concerns for users who are keen to keep their Face ID options.
The year 2020 has begun and with CES 2020 we have already seen lots of advancements in smartphone technology. Folding phones and laptops is already a reality while 5G smartphones are getting a common thing. Due to the growing competition between smartphone companies we are witnessing some great smartphones at a low price. Apart from $1000 phones, there are many budget-friendly phones that can leave you confused if you want to buy a new phone this year. Choosing the best phone within your price range seems more like a dilemma now.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a great phone and affordable at the same time. Despite being so inexpensive it has premium Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a gaming processor with liquid cool technology, Wi-Fi X anteena, and cortex-A76 architecture. It is powered by a powerful GPU that can run high-intensity games at a sustainably high frame rate. The device has a huge 4500mAh long-lasting battery that comes with an in-box 18W fast charger. With looks and feel like a dream of 4-sided 3D curved back, it has a 91.4% screen-to-body ratio. Due to its curved back, it fits comfortably in your hand.
It starts with 6G RAM and multifunctional NFC flagship experience which can handle all challenges easily. With a 3.5 mm headphone jack you can charge your phone while listening to the phone. The splash-proof coating protects the device against accidental splashes and spills that increases phone life and strength. The Redmi Note 8 is the first phone to come up with a 48MP quad-camera. It delivers high-resolution images for up to 3.26m tall poster printing. 64MP ultra-high-resolution camera almost doubles the number of pixels up to 8K resolution. The Redmi Note 8 Pro can also shoot slow motion videos up to 960fps. With a macro lens, you can take up to a 2cm close-up. For the selfie, it has a 20MP camera that comes with AO portrait mode with blurred background adjustments.
HTC is about to launch two smartphones next week at an HTC exclusive event. Dubbed as the HTC "For U," it will be held on January 12 to take veils of the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play. The U Ultra (Ocean) will sport a huge 6-inch display, while the U Play (Alpine) will come in a much smaller 5.2-inch size variant. Some sources are indicating that HTC will also be revealing a third variant in the U series (Ocean Note) with a 5.5" - 5.7" screen size, but we will have to wait and see if that really happens.
The highlight of the Ocean and Ocean Note as per what we have heard so far is the curved display which HTC will introduce to their smartphones for the first time. Camera performance is also supposed to be excellent, with a DxOMark score higher than that of even the Google Pixel phones. Unfortunately, all rumors are pointing towards the fact that none of these phones will have a 3.5mm audio jack. Considering that HTC isn't particularly enjoying a lot of popularity at the moment, that's a very bold decision to say the least.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming for sure and the Galaxy Note 7 debacle has actually made people more interested in the device than ever before as everybody is waiting to see what Samsung does in order to redeem themselves after the embarrassing Note 7 saga. Although it's still quite a few months away, here's what we know/heard about it so far.
Since Samsung confirmed officially that the S8 won't see an early launch in 2017, it is almost certain that the smartphone will be unveiled a day prior to the MWC 2017, on February 26. This has been the tradition with Samsung's S-series so far and they don't seem eager to break it.
Display: 5.5-inch 4K/2K Super AMOLED dual curved panel
SoC: Snapdragon 830/Exynos 8895
Camera: Dual-Lens sensors of 16-megapixels each with f/1.4 aperture and an 8-megapixel front camera
Others: Iris scanner, USB Type-C, support for Google Daydream VR project and according to an official statement by Samsung, "enhanced artificial intelligence service."
The Galaxy S8 could feature a Full-screen dual curved display without any physical buttons in front; although they won't be the first to do so anymore.
We will keep you informed as more concrete support for (or against) these specs are revealed in the course of the next few months leading to February 26.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It has hardly been a month and a half since the Galaxy S7 started to reach customers around the world and there's already new rumors spreading about the Galaxy S8. However, if you just bought the S7 or S7 Edge, fret not, for the S8 is still almost a year away from being released. There have been no indications or even rumors about the next Galaxy flagship from Samsung being released prior to the Mobile World Congress 2017, in February-March.
Although it is just too early to comment on what changes Samsung will bring with their next flagship, one would expect them to focus on the audio quality a bit more; especially since the HTC 10 and the LG G5 have amped up their audio department significantly. A change to USB Type-C is also expected, but we will have to wait and see how popular it becomes in the coming months.
The only smartphone in the market right now with a 4K panel is the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, but the S8 may be set to change that. This impression was brought on by the fact that virtual reality is rising in popularity and Samsung is already quite involved in it. As VR becomes an integral part of their future smartphones, the display will gain even more importance and that may result in Samsung opting for a 4K panel instead of the Quad HD ones that they are using right now.
Rumors suggest that a ½.3" sensor with aperture f/1.4 might be used in the camera of the S8. If it is true, then low-light photography on the S8 will possibly be better than not only the S7 series, but also any other smartphone in the market right now. This concludes more or less everything that is out there about the Samsung Galaxy S8 till date and if interested, you can also check out the recently released S8 concept video.
Author: Saikat Kar.
As we reported earlier, there will probably be only one variant of the Galaxy Note 7 this year and it will have an Edge display. Although the specifications are more or less out by this point, we can never be sure until and unless we actually hear an official announcement on August 2. Nevertheless, here are the important bits from what we know about the upcoming Note so far.
CPU - Exynos 8890 (Overclocked) for Europe and Snapdragon 823 for the US
RAM - 6GB
Display - Quad High Definition (1440p) Super AMOLED Dual Edge display (5.8-inch curved screen)
Battery - 4,000mAh
Rear camera - The same 12-megapixel camera as seen on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but with better software
It may also sport a first of its kind iris scanner, an USB Type-C port and IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. There was and possibly still is a bit of confusion regarding the type of display that the upcoming Note will sport, but all major signs and reports indicate that only an Edge variant will be made available this year. If you are interested, check out our Galaxy Note 7 specifications page for a more detailed list of specs.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is supposed to be unveiled at the company's online Galaxy unpacked event specifically held for the device. But, just ahead of the launch event on August 5, we have another major leak explaining all details of the most premium model in the Galaxy Note 20 series. Last few weeks we have seen multiple renders of the same phone that shows off its design features and available colors from different angles. With this major leak, there is hardly anything left to our imagination. The company will also unveil two more models in the Galaxy Note series - including the basic Galaxy Note 20 ode and the Galaxy Note 20+.
Last month WinFuture.de published a few renders of the Galaxy Note 20 ultra. The renders suggest that the phone will be available in mystic black and mystic bronze colors. The phone is seen to feature a curved-edged Infinity-O display with the cut out placed in the top center. It has the same S pen as the previous model and physical buttons that sit on the right edge of the screen. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 ultra comes with a triple camera system at the rear side that is rumored to support digital zoom up to 50x. The phone will also feature an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Coming to the specifications, the report says that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will run on Android 10-based One UI, and support dual-SIM slots with additional eSIM functionality. It is expected to feature a 6.9-inch (1,440x3,200 pixels) dynamic OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, curved edges, a 19.3:9 aspect ratio, 508ppi pixel density.
It is rumored to be the first phone to come with Corning Gorilla Glass 7 protection. The phone is powered by the 2.7GHz Exynos 990 octa-core processor paired with 12GB of memory. The device also features 256GB or 512GB internal storage. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is expected to have a 10-megapixel sensor for the front camera. The battery is a 4,500mAh battery that can be charged up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. The phone also supports wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S20 was launched in the first half of 2020. Though we don't know whether the next S series would be called Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30 - but we think that S21 will make more sense. Samsung followed sequential numbers until in 2020, the company decided to go for Galaxy S20 instead of S10. It is therefore now harder to know what next year holds for us. Samsung typically launches the S series in February, so we are hoping for the device to be launched somewhere around Feb/March next year.
There are some leaks related to Galaxy S21 ultra that suggest more pronounced camera housing on the rear side of the phone as compared to the Galaxy S20 ultra. The renders also suggest that there will be a centralised punch hole camera at the top side of the display. We are expecting the S21 ultra to be around 6.7 to 6.9 inches with an AMOLED display and a quad HD+ resolution. The phone might feature two telephoto lenses, instead of one. This will increase the camera zoom performance with a 3x and 5x lens being offered. That could mean that you can zoom up to 3x to 5x optical zoom with high-quality imaging results.
Samsung Galaxy S21 will be powered by the next year's Exynos 1000 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 for the US version. The phone will support 5G as all other devices might have 5G support next year. The S21 will come in 128GB and 256GB storage options. It's battery capacity is said to be 5,000mAh. According to a twitter user Ross Young, Galaxy S21 will be available in gray, pink, violet, and white colors, and S21 ultra can be purchased in black, silver, and violet options. A report claims that the Samsung Galaxy S21 series could come in early January 2021.
There is about half a year still left in between now and the release date of the next Pixel flagship smartphones, but that has not managed to put a lid on the rumor jar though! Even before we actually get to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, let us inform you that Google may likely release cheaper versions of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL much sooner. They will both be the "Lite" versions of their costlier siblings, but we are not sure about what Google will sacrifice on those two comparatively budget smartphones, if and when they come out.
As far as the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are concerned though, a few things are almost for certain and one of them is the fact that both the new phones might be launched in October, 2019. If there is another piece of reliable info that can be depended on, then it would be that both the flagship handsets will be sporting Android Q, aka Android OS 10. Not much is known about the Android Q OS yet though, except vague information regarding a comprehensive dark mode, better security and reliable facial recognition support.
Android's new software is set to make life easier for the average user. Google's release of the Android N Developer Preview 2 has brought several changes for Android, with it being dubbed as the best release yet. As you can guess, the update is all about convenience and efficiency. The software will allow you to play your favorite games like Temple run and online casino on sites such as au.royalvegascasino.com at a much faster and smoother pace.
There have also been several UI modifications. The folder design has undergone a revamp, offering a clear indication of what apps are in the folder, compared to the staggered pile in the previous folder design.
Android emoji's have long received criticism, with many users seemingly preferring those on iOS, but thankfully, the new software has given the human emoji's a makeover, and they now look a lot more attractive.
There have been several enhancements to the notification system also. Android N allows users to receive incoming message notifications quickly and efficiently, without having to leave the notification shade. A feature named bundled notifications. The grouped notifications can be expanded into individual notifications with a two-fingered gesture or by simply tapping the new expansion button. The new-found system will undoubtedly tidy things up, as well as speeding things up, allowing you faster replies.
Additional shortcut options are now also available. They can be provided from apps on the launcher, and allow access to various useful features. This includes being able to quickly compose a message when selecting the Messenger app.
Similar to the shortcut innovative, there is also a multi-window support function. It's a being that has long being part of the likes of Apple, Samsung and Acer, but now, Android are finally on board. Better late than never, Android's feature has been described as elegant.
Now, when you wish to open up two apps side-by-side, you can hold the square button to activate multi-window mode, with the initial app you want to have open. Depending on the orientation of your device, the screen will then split in half, either vertically or horizontally. The other half of the display will show a rotating carousel of recent apps you're already familiar with. You are then able to select the secondary app you wish to use, which will fill the remaining half of the screen.
With the final release due out around July, we can expect even more improvements to come. The future looks bright for Android.
Today a few leaked images of the possible Oppo Reno 3 5G and Oppo Reno 3 Pro just surfaced on Weibo. The photos has a blue color phone with a triple camera at the rear side, though it could also be a quad-camera array. There is a small notch in front of the device. The device in the picture doesn't have any logo of the company at the backside, but probably, it will be included before the launch.
The Oppo Reno 3 5G and Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G will be releasing on December 26 just before the end of the year 2019. The phone will likely be available in the market by the January 2020. The event will be held at the Hangzhou International Expo Center in Hangzhou, China. According to the leaks so far, the phone will be available in two different colors. There will be a hole-punch style camera cutout on the front of the device for the selfie camera. The Reno 3 5G is running Android 10 with Color OS 7 at the top. It has 8G RAM, 128GB internal storage. While the phone supports a dual-SIM.
Both Reno 3 devices supports dual-band 5G connectivity. There won't be a 4G-only version of either devices, as far as rumors are concerned, so if you are going to buy Oppo Reno 3, you will be getting 5G phone. The vertically aligned quad camera system is in much the same spot as the one on the P30 Pro. According to the official sources, Oppo Reno 3 is powered by a Snapdrogon 765G processor, while the vanilla 5G model is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset.
This is interesting because MediTek chipset is more powerful than the Snapdragon chip. The device has a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint sensor. Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G has a 4,025mAh battery, while rumors suggest the vanilla Reno 3 5G will sport a 3,935mAh battery. Other specs listed by TENAA include a 48MP+13MP+8MP+2MP quad rear camera (with 5X zoom on one camera), a 32MP selfie snapper, Android 10, and no headphone port.
The CES has always had a special place for the technically bizarre and brilliant creations and this year has not been an exception to that either. Check the following out and let us know which one appealed to you the most, in the comments.
The Rolling OLED TV from LG
If a 65-inch OLED panel coming into existence from seemingly nowhere intrigues and weirds you out at the same time, you are not the only one! The LG Signature Series OLED TV R (65R9) has a rolling OLED panel that rolls out from within the storage base below (which is also a sound system)! Looking at the whole thing unfurl is nothing short of astounding and strange at the same time.
The Happiness Robot
While it may not be human, the Lovot from Groove X promises to be your best friend forever! If you don't find the idea of a penguin-ish robot following you around for cuddles and then sleeping in your arms to be both weird and comforting, this list has nothing on you!
The Talking Toilet
While sitting on the can, have you ever felt lonely and wished that your toilet could talk to you? No? Well, the Kohler Numi 2.0 would want you to change your opinion because it's a talking, smart toilet that no one was really waiting for. Nonetheless, it has an impressive set of functions, powered by Amazon's own Alexa.
That's it for now, but, let's just hope that even more weird, and yet useful gadgets are shown at the CES 2019 this year. If anything weird enough is indeed showcased, we will be sure to highlight it and bring the latest updates right to you.
Apple's all new iPhone 7 is set to go on sale in September. But when in September?
If AT&T's leaked reset schedule is anything to go by, the pre-order date for the new device is going to September 9th and the official release date to the public is going to be the two weeks later on the 23rd.
The design of the 7 is said to be notably similar to that of the 6 and 6S. If so, it will be available with a 4.7 inch screen, with a Plus version boasting a 5.5 inch screen also available. The rounded aluminium unibody frame, available in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold, is set to also remain the same, though there may be a few very minor changes.
Not so minor, and probably the most obvious change to the design of the handset is the removal of the headphone jack. Developers are said to be scrapping the jack to make way for a slimmer model, and more room for hardware upgrades. If the headphone jack is to be removed, wireless Bluetooth headphones, or a lightning port will come with the model. A slimmer design would be a bold move from Apple considering how many smashed displays you see around nowadays.
The seven's next major revamp may just be the home button. Rather than an actual button you, it may be replaced with a pressure sensitive touch pad. Such technology has already been seen on Apple's latest MacBook so it's definitely a plausible rumour.
The camera is set to undergo a massive revamp. The iPhone 7 Plus will see the most significant changes with a dual camera on the horizon, a dual camera would more than satisfy photography enthusiasts as it would produce near DSLR-quality photographs.
Apple has been pretty consistent with its pricing on last two iPhone releases, meaning that many expect the new handset to be priced around £539 for a 16GB, £619 for a 64GB, £699 for a 128gb and if rumours are true, over £800 if a huge 256gb model is released.
Of course these prices are for buying the handset outright so contact prices from retailers like Carphone Warehouse, Mobile Phone Direct etc will vary depending on model, network, and of course stock.
Onto the more technical side of things, the 7's display technology may be a slight improvement on that of the 6 but it is unlikely to stray away from the 1080p LCD screens of the 6. Innovations seen on the iPad may be added, however. True Tone - the colour temperature-shifting feature - may be introduced from the latest iPad Pro. This would allow for more realistic colours.
Another major upgrade from the 6S is the processing power of the 7. Apple's A10 processor as well as the M10 motion co-processor may finally be implemented. This would add up to 50% more processing power, making the handset run a whole lot more smoothly.
Currently, one of the main frustrations the iPhone brings is its poor battery life. And with it, it's irritatingly short charging cable. Well whispers suggest that the 7 may finally sport a wireless charger, however, the reliability of those whispers cannot be voucher for too much. To make up for this though, it is highly possible that the new handset may charge in a fraction of the time it takes the 6S, this is down to the five volts, two amps charging.
If we're talking iMessage, larger emojis are set to become available as well as the option to draw pictures rather than send text. The other leading apps such as photos, music, news and maps are also set to undergo a makeover.
And the quirkiest rumour regarding the seven? It may finally follow in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy by becoming water-resistant. The removal of the headphone jack certainly supports those rumours, as does Apple's previous interest in existing waterproof devices.
Whether AT&T's leaked schedule is correct, or the claims from serial leaker Evan Blass that state the seven will go on sale on September 16 are, one thing for sure is that the handset is definitely set for release in September. The release of the seven may be just weeks away ladies and gentlemen!
The release date of Apple's iPhone 12 is still a few months far, but we have already seen some leaks and rumors coming to the surface. Apple's fans are hoping that iPhone 12 gets some big changes to the design and OS. To be honest, we haven't seen any big improvements in the iPhone series since the iPhone X. Even the iPhone XS was a similar phone with very changes in the hardware here and there. The rumors suggest that Apple might release four phones in the next series that is unlikely. There might be an affordable version for iPhone 12 this year as well, the new iPhone SE become the hottest selling phone this year.
The recent rumors suggest the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max are set to be released around the second week of September. It's almost always unveiled on a Tuesday too, so we can assume that it might be released on September 8 or September 15. Although, some rumors suggest that it might delay due to COVID-19 pandemic but it is unlikely to happen as Apple is a very disciplined company. As of May 2020, the most recent news on this subject comes from a report in The Wall Street Journal, which states that the production of the iPhone 12 has been delayed by around a month.
When it comes to the iPhone 12 price, it's likely to stay broadly in line with the current models. For reference, the iPhone 11 started at $699, the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099. As rumors, there will be four different sizes for iPhone 12 series to choose from. iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch display, iPhone 12 Max, and iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1-inch display, iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display. Apple analyst Ming-Cho Kuo suggests that iPhone 12 will have a metal frame. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max were available in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold alongside the Midnight Green. Those shades may remain for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, but we've yet to hear any firm evidence those colors will return.
The iPhone SE 2020 was launched in April as the first affordable Apple smartphone since the iPhone 8. But the rumors suggest that Apple is working on another affordable smartphone this year - named as iPhone SE plus. You can watch the Apple event on Apple TV or the official YouTube channel. This shouldn't come as surprise if the event doesn't showcase this phone. As the event is only a few hours away, we can see what the rumors have stored for us. Rumors suggest that the phone is still in the process and consumers may not be able to hold hands on it till the half of 2021. The phone inherited its hardware from the iPhone 8, including its 4.7-inch LCD at 1334 x 750 resolution.
The device can pull off the depth in the image using software algorithms making photography with the iPhone an amazing experience. While the iPhone SE 2020 has the leading A13 bionic processing chip, its older camera technology keeps it from capturing the night mode photos taken on the new flagships. The phone has the same thick top and bottom bezels as the older models which are too much according to new designs. The iPhone 8 plus uses a 2,691mAh battery that was certainly larger than the iPhone 8. But that is almost a 3-year-old smartphone. We can expect a better battery with a higher storage capacity with 18w fast charging.
Another leak is about a 3.5mm jack which is not necessarily true but we can hope to see it as it has the same physical dimensions as iPhone 8. One of the major differences between the iPhone 8 and 8 plus was the extra rear camera lens, which was responsible for creating stereoscopic images that could be combined to create a more depth and shadow effect in the images. This enables the first portrait mode photos. Rumors suggest that the iPhone SE plus will have multiple rear cameras to produce more visually attractive images using two or more lenses. Although we haven't heard much about its price, we can guess $399 for the starting price, which is lower than the latest official price of the iPhone 8 before it was discontinued.
The year started off with Nokia bringing back Snake with the revamped version of the 3310 which was great news for retro gaming enthusiasts. Although many of 2017's best mobile games are yet to come since the much awaited next gen mobile chips have not been released as of now, we have nonetheless seen quite a few awesome games already in 2017. Here's a list of the top 5 mobile games released in the year so far, according to us.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (iOS)
January saw The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth make its way onto iOS, a game that iPhone users have been waiting with baited breath since 2016. The twin-stick shooter is outright ridiculous, dark, humorous, vulgar and immensely enjoyable at the same time. There's something about playing as a child whose evil mother is trying to kill him and he is trying to survive everything with the help of his tears that both shocks you and enthrals you at the same time. If you haven't played it already, do so now!
Edo Superstar (iOS)
You step in the shoes of Masaru the ninja monkey in this side-scrolling brawler that's entirely controlled via gestures, swipes and taps. Granted that things may get repetitive after a while, it still is extremely fun as long as it lasts. The many challenges of the game keeps you entertained for a good while, although the controls may not always be as reactive as you would want them to be. All in all, it's a game that's definitely worth trying out.
Super Mario Run (iOS and Android)
2017 seems to be the year of the retro games for the mobile platform because after Snake, Mario makes a comeback with Super Mario Run for the iOS and Android (soon to come). The game can be controlled with just one hand as on screen buttons and joysticks have been replaced with tapping and gesture control. The theme is the same as it had been back in Super Mario classic on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES); collect coins, jump on enemies, eat mushrooms and save the princess.
Warhammer 40,000: Regicide (iOS and Android)
Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is an unique take on chess. Apart from adding vivid animations and brutality to each kill on the chess board during Classic gameplay, there's also an additional mode called Regicide. In Regicide mode, the game transcends the traditional rules of chess in favour of advanced special powers and abilities of the units you control on the battlefield. Playing chess online with other players has never been more interesting.
This War of Mine (iOS and Android)
This War of Mine will make you think about each one of your in-game decisions, both before and after you take them. Surviving with your group during a war in a besieged city feels as brutal as it should. You are not a killing machine in this game, but an actual person trying to survive in a war that he did not start, but is paying for in every possible way. Playing the game and surviving will take a toll at your conscience and you will love it!
Honourable mentions include Sky Dancer, Potion Explosion, Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada and MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL. If you love gaming and wouldn't mind making a bit of money from your favourite hobby, we suggest you try out some of the excellent mobile casino games like Jungle Jim: El Dorado, Sam on the Beach and Planet of the Apes as well. As mentioned before, there's still a lot more to come towards the mobile gamers this year, but these should keep you occupied till then.
2019 is going to be the year of the foldable smartphones without a doubt, and while the technology may still take a few years before it can be more standardized and improved upon, foldable display is the trend that every OEM wants a piece of apparently. On that note, here are all the smartphones that have so far been revealed by OEMs and should be available for purchase in the coming months.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold
It is a huge device and it sports a huge price tag as well at $1,980! Nonetheless, the foldable smartphone sports impressive specs which includes an external OLED display of 4.5-inches and an internal foldable OLED display that measures 7.3 inches, which is only revealed on opening the phone. It supports the latest media and eve latest video gaming technologies, high-graphic online slots included. Powered by the latest processor from Samsung, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage, a 4,380mAh foldable battery and a tri-lens module (16MP+12MP+12MP) at the back, the Galaxy Fold will be available for purchase from April.
The Huawei Mate X
The foldable display on the Huawei Mate X measures 8-inches and on closing, the display stays on the outside, unlike with the Galaxy Fold. If you thought the Galaxy Fold was expensive, wait till you get a load of the Mate X's $2,600 price tag! Powered by the extremely capable Hisilicon Kirin 980 and 5G capabilities, the exact date has not been set for the Mate X's release yet, although it was unveiled at the MWC 2019.
Xiaomi Mix Flex
Revealed only by a teaser, the Xiaomi Mi Flex has gained a lot of attention recently. The prototype has been shown on camera by President of Xiaomi Lin Bin already, so it's only a matter of time before the device becomes official. What makes the Mix Flex Unique is that unlike most of the devices that we have seen so far officially or via rumors and leaks, the prototype was shown as a tablet that could be bended on both sides to leave enough room only for a smartphone display. The double folding smartphone can also be called Xiaomi Dual Flex when it finally comes out, as stated by the Lin Bin himself.
Do note that the rumored LG Bendi, the Moto Razr 2019 and the Oppo Foldable Phone were kept out of this list intentionally, as they have not yet been confirmed by their respective manufacturers. Which one do you find most impressive? More importantly, can you justify the price tags that Samsung and Huawei are putting on these devices? Let us know in the comments.
Although we're still only in the first half of 2019, a sea of games appeared on Google Play. Some of them are good, while some of them are horribly bad without any creativity whatsoever - so mind what you download.
In that respect, I've decided to create a list of the best games for Android that you can find in the store. Most of these titles are extremely popular, and these games were good enough to climb onto the top of the lists even at the beginning of the year. The developers ensured that there are enough genres to choose from, so all the players can have fun playing their favorite games. You can play anything from racing to fantasy games. What's worth mentioning is that gambling games have become quite a spectacle lately, you can even play blackjack for real money online nowadays. Of course, this goes for the older, legal group of gamers.
Without further ado, let's uncover the games you should download and play in secret while pretending you're working hard in the office. Note that some of these require strong phone specifications with the latest version of Android.
5. Trivia Crack 2
The original Trivia Crack was a game that held up for a very long time. Nearly everyone loved it - from kids and teenagers to doctors and lawyers. By playing this quiz-like game, you can test your general knowledge. As you're competing against opponents, you must answer questions from different areas; history, geography, sport, pop culture, science, etc. And the application always asks for your age so it knows how difficult the questions should be.
Well, this year we're witnessing the release of Trivia Crack 2. It is a fantastic continuation of a famous smartphone game, only improved. It kept all the funny characters, animations, and its core - but the developers added even more extra features. Additionally, there are thousands of more questions to make you test your wits. So, if you're a fan of trivia games, don't miss Trivia Crack 2. Plus, it works without any setbacks. You surely won't regret downloading it.
4. Pokémon Go
This game debuted in 2016, and you were probably a part of the hype. It became the most profitable game of the year only a month after its release, and people went crazy for it. There were even countries that expressed great concern for the safety of players. Unfortunately, the Pokémon Go craze died out fairly quickly mostly because of the bugs in the game.
What many people didn't know is that back then the game was still in its beta phase. Additionally, it had only about 150 Pokemon species you could catch. Fast forward to 2019, and Pokémon Go has nearly 300 pokemon species in store for you. Although people have been sleeping on it for a good 2 years, it slowly resurfaced in popularity since the beginning of 2019. All the glitches have been fixed, and everything works immaculately. There are some additional features that weren't there back when many people uninstalled the game from their phones. So feel free to download it - I promise that you'll be pleasantly surprised. The nostalgia will kick in harder than ever.
Obviously, one of the most popular games of this and last year had to find its way to this list. Fortnite is available for Android phones, but you won't be able to download it from Google Play. You can download it only from the Epic Games website - don't worry though, it's perfectly legal. Although it appeared in 2017, the game truly became mainstream in 2018, when it scooped a lot of awards for the best game of the year.
So, you don't have to be tied to your desktop in order to enjoy Fortnite anymore - it will follow you anywhere you go from now on. You do need an Android phone with strong specifications though, so try to keep that in mind. The developers behind the game made sure not to disappoint the loyal fanbase, which is why it works really well.
2. Dragon Ball Legends
If you're a 90s kid, it would be a disgrace not to have this game in your smartphone. The story of Dragon Ball and young Goku first appeared in the mid-80s. However, the popularity of this anime was so immense that it continued up to this day. Moreover, Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon are probably the first two animes to break through to the Western market.
If you owned PlayStation 1 and 2 as a kid, Dragon Ball Legends for smartphones will throw you back to the times of bliss and peace. Remember when your only concern was finishing your homework so you could connect your PS2 to the TV set and play all day? Either way, this game will bring you only the best memories. Also, there are additional features that you didn't see before - it's not all about fighting. There's the PvP mode and the adventure mode, so you can enjoy the storyline of your favorite characters.
1. PUBG Mobile
The only game that could Beat Fortnite and Dragon Ball for the first place is PUBG. Unlike its desktop version, PUBG mobile has only one map for now, but this will probably change fairly soon. The game is totally free, and as usual, you get to fight against 99 other people; only one person can win.
The PUBG creators successfully managed to transfer the excitement of the desktop version to the Android platform. You might have some issues learning how to manipulate the controls, but this is not because the game is glitchy. It's actually because many players are simply not used to playing it without a mouse and a keyboard. Either way, developers left no space for disappointment, so make sure to download it and enjoy.
Who Knows What the Future Holds
It's only the first half of 2019, so who knows what other reputable game makers have in stores for us later this year. Make sure to stay updated so you can join in the hype of upcoming games. Have fun!
What we know so far about the upcoming iPhone release due September 2020?
Fall is always an exciting time for mobile users and especially Apple fans as it usually means the release of their latest flagship phone and more. Apple traditionally hold their September launch event and the internet is always buzzing with rumours and speculation around what we are expected to see, and with the iPhone 11 being somewhat of a disappoint to us tech geeks, let's see what Apple are looking to do with their phone this year.
According to @EveryApplePro and @mweinbach, 120Hz ProMotion is coming exclusively to the iPhone 12 Pro models along with larger batteries. The cameras will also see major improvements including 3x optical zoom and better low light photography. pic.twitter.com/iX82pPNXEl— Apple Hub (@theapplehub) May 10, 2020
With rumours stating about what the new iPhone will look like, well it seems as if the general consensus that there will be a total of four new iPhones coming onto the scene in September - there most since launching the iPhone 15 years ago. They range in size from 5.4" to a whopping 6.7" which will be there biggest iPhone to date also.
Accorinding to GSMArena, and surprising but welcoming news to us consumers is that we will not be seeing a price rise for the iPhone 12 despite rising manufacturing costs due to the global pandemic. That means that prices for the new iPhone will more than likely match those of the iPhone 11 release.
The camera looks as if its going to be having another make over as shown below - this might be the first iPhone in which we see a 3D camera as the rumour mill flies around, and this certainly is exciting for some of us self-proclaimed photographers. Also as shown on the image below, the iPhone 12 might have 4 cameras improving on the 3 cameras that are currently on the iPhone 11.
Technology has really seen a rise in numbers during 2020 due to the lockdown, and particularly online entertainment services like online gambling sites. This is mainly down to the fact that many have found themselves house bound and limited ways on entertaining themselves. Betting Sites on Gamstop has seen this kind of traffic on their sites, especially with the like of Virtual sports and Esports having a similar surge over the lockdown period due to not many sporting events being shown due to social distancing.
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NVIDIA has kept its promise and the Wi-Fi-only version of the SHIELD Tablet has already been updated with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Fortunately, its LTE-enabled sibling won't stay far behind in terms of software, as it is also receiving the freshest variation of the confectionery mobile platform too.
Apart from getting all the bells and whistles that Lollipop is known for, i.e. the ART runtime, Material Design, the battery-friendly Project Volta, etc. Apart from treating its LTE gaming slate to Android 5.0, NVIDIA has also added a little something something from itself the new NVIDIA Dabbler app, for example, is a powerful graphics-editing app, which comes with layer support, custom stensils, and various effects.
The update is rolling out over-the-air just reach and grab it from your gaming tablet's Settings menu. If you don't own a SHIELD Tablet, on the other hand, you can get one as a part of NVIDIA's Black Friday bundle deal.
Since the Motorola re-joined the mobile industry, it was relying on the small budget but last year in December Motorola President Sergio Buniac announced that it would bring a flagship smartphone in early 2020. The company didn't say much about the phone and kept everything so secret - even we had to know about its name (now confirmed) through rumors. But that doesn't stop rumors to surface as the New Year started. Thanks to the renders leaked by OnLeaks and PriceBaba, now we know how the Motorola Edge Plus might look like. After looking at the pictures the first thing you might notices is one of the 2019's most polarizing features - a waterfall display.
For the selfie camera, the smartphone uses a cutout to house the front camera lens. On the back of the phone, you will see a triple-lens camera array arranged in a vertically aligned fashion. Another imagery leak suggests that the smartphone will feature a 108MP primary sensor on the standard variant of the phone. The back of the device doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, and we might expect the in-display fingerprint sensor on the phone. There is also a possibility that the fingerprint reader is integrated with one of the buttons on the side, but that might not be the case.
Furthermore, the leaked renders of the Motorola Edge Plus suggests a headphone jack at the top and a USB-C port at the bottom of the device.
Rumors suggest that the Motorola Edge plus has a 6.67-inch 2,340 x 1,080 display that runs from edge to edge. It will most likely support a 90Hz display refresh rate. It is also expected to come with Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity support. The phone also supports the 5G network.
The Motorola President Buniac said it would be the fastest 5G phone on the Qualcomm's flagship smartphone with 5G speeds greater than 5Gbps. The phone may launch several new applications with the phone including the Moto assistant, Moto Game Time, and Moto audio. Game Time has introduced a customizable toolbar for users to easily access settings and other tools useful while playing games. Some of these features could include notification blocking, brightness locking, and more.
Motorola astonished the tech world last year when it reappeared with its iconic Razr flip phone as a foldable smartphone. It worked well and got lots of attention from its fan base but its success was overshadowed by the more powerful Galaxy Z flip from Samsung. However, in December, the company revealed that they are working on a 5G version of the Razr, and recently they announced a revamp of the upcoming smartphone.
The Motorola Razr was the first vertically foldable phone to hit the market on Feb 6, 2019. It features a 6.2-inch display and a secondary 2.69-inch glass display when folded. Razr was a rather unimpressive mid-range smartphone, packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, Android 9 Pie, and a 2,510mAh battery. The Galaxy Z Flip, on the other hand, had an arguably better display in terms of look and feel, a better processor, more RAM, more storage, a larger battery, newer software, faster charging, and better cameras.
According to the latest rumors and leaks, the second-generation Motorola Razr has the code name "smith". The foldable is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, and a 2,845mAh battery. The rear camera is also getting an upgrade to Samsung's 48MP ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor while the front camera is getting upgraded to a 20MP shooter.
The device will run Android 10 out-of-the-box, presumably with Motorola's many improvements to the Quick View display. The dimensions of the main "Flex View" and closed "Quick View" display themselves, as far as we know, haven't changed from the first-generation model, though we hope that Motorola will introduce enhancements like a layer of Ultra-Thin Glass. Razr will support 5G connectivity, made possible with the inclusion of the Snapdragon 765 with its Snapdragon X52 modem.
The Moto G series has finally a 5G model. This is one of the most popular budget series around, that now caters to people who want a 5G connectivity for their phone. Meet the latest Moto G 5G plus. It's not just a phone for 5G but also a heavy specs step up in a range of other areas. The first phone in the G series was introduced only 9 months ago, and barely a month since the last one. The phone also gets the biggest screen of any other device in the Moto G. It comes with a 6.7-inches diagonally, and it's also got a 21:9 aspect ratio. Plus, this is the first Moto G phone to have a fingerprint sensor mounted on the side.
So, the Moto G 5G plus is the biggest step for a Moto G phone in a while. As per news the company's Motorola Edge just came out and the next Moto flagship Razr 2020 is likely coming soon. The phone was initially launched in the UK and Europe, but not confirmed for the other regions so far. The biggest change is the vertical camera bump and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The placement doesn't feel comfortable; especially if you have small hands.
The Moto G 5G (weird name, right) has a massive six cameras in total, which is a huge number for a budget-category phone. On the rear of the handset there's a 48MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, and 2MP depth-sensing camera, then on the front there's a 16MP main and another 8MP ultra-wide snapper for solo and group selfies respectively. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 765G chipset, which is surprisingly advanced. The phone comes in either 4GB or 6GB of RAM models. The phone is 5G-compatible too as we mentioned earlier. The Moto G 5G plus operates on Android 10, with a Google-made UI, and not a custom overlay as most manufacturers use. If budget is your main concern, and you can wait, this could be your phone but there are certainly better 5G phones out there with a better camera.
Although some of these features may not make it to the final version of the firmware, let's take a look at the best of what we have seen so far in the beta builds of the Android Nougat 7.0 OS for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
The New Look - Everything from the app icons and fonts, to the general color scheme of the device has been changed. Although opinions may differ, we think it looks better now than it ever did before.
Blue Light Filter - This will help relieve the pressure usually accumulated in our eyes from spending long amounts of time looking at a phone screen.
Changes in the Notification Panel - You can rearrange the icons in the Quick Settings panel, change the grid size and move the brightness slider around. A revamped notification panel will also allow you to reply to conversations right from the notifications menu.
Resolution Scaling - You will have the option to choose between 1280 × 720 (HD), 1920 × 1080 (Full HD) and 2560 × 1440 (QHD) resolution for your phone's display, with the default set at 1080p for better power-efficiency.
Put to Sleep - This one is a very useful feature which lets you stop an app from auto-starting, receiving updates, using power in the background or send you push notifications by just long pressing on the icon and choosing, "Put to Sleep."
Performance Mode: The performance of the S7 or the S7 Edge can now be put into the following gears, depending on the task at hand.
Normal: 1080p, video enhancer on, game launcher on, game tools on
Game mode: 1080p, max brightness, game launcher on, game tools on
Entertainment mode: 1440p, max brightness, video enhancer on, UHQ upscaler on
High performance: 1440p, max brightness.
There are plenty of other tweaks, both big and small and we are sure to see a few more before the final build is released.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)