The OnePlus Concept One prototype smartphone is all set to make its debut at CES 2020. The company has created some mystery around its cameras that will be revealed by then. Recently, OnePlus uploaded a video that teased the device and shows its design in 10 seconds. As it is shown in the video, the OnePlus Concept One features an invisible camera setup that no one has manufactured in the industry yet. Wired further explains that OnePlus has teamed up with long-time collaborator McLaren to use the glass technology in mobile devices that are already found in high-end cars and special aircraft windows.
The rear side camera setup hides under the glass of the phone. The tint of the glass reveals hidden cameras once it is triggered by electrical signals. This makes the triple camera array comes on the front side when you open the camera app and hides it when not in use. Wired suggests that the OnePlus concept Once has a race-car-like design, which isn't exactly surprising considering the device is designed by McLaren. The company is still working on the design and it may not reveal shortly. The CEO Pete Lau of OnePlus says, "With this approach, we'll be able to produce smaller amounts of the product and, with feedback from a small group of users, look at the possibility of making a device that's available for users more widely,"
According to the leaks, the OnePlus concept one has the same camera specs as the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition. It will feature a 48MP lens as a primary camera, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, and an 8MP lens to act as a telephoto snapper. The only major difference here is the addition of the special appearance of the glass. When activated, the back of the phone becomes completely black, making the lenses disappear and gives a uniform look to the rear camera. This is the same electrochromic glass used on the optional sunroof on the McLaren 720S supercar. OnePlus was inspired by the car and started working on incorporating the glass in a phone in 2018.
Xiaomi released the Mi 11 a few months ago in December, with an internal release event following in January this year. The company didn't didn't release any premium model at that point, however, today, it introduced two new additions to Mi 11 series that are called Mi 11i and Mi 11 lite. This year's Mi 11 ultra is the high-end premium smartphone that is an upgrade of its predecessor Mi 11 ultra.
According to the leaks, the main selling point of the phone is an 11-inch OLED screen on the rear side of the device to preview selfies, while allowing you to take pictures with the ultra-wide and standard camera sensors. But the screen also provides always-on functionality and display message or phone notifications. The device also comes with a power saver mode that allows you to use the rear display alone. A rear screen isn't just a great design feature, as the phone offers an IP68 rating for the first time.
The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 888 Soc, features a 6.81-inch QHD+OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate and Gorilla glass protection. The phone comes with a massive 5,000mah battery with 67W wired and 67W wireless charging. The phone charging goes from zero to 100% only in 36 minutes.
Mi 11 Pro is powered by the same processor as Mi 11i, features a 6.67-inch QHD+OLED screen but has IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The phone comes with the same battery and charging capacity as Mi 11i. Xiaomi's Pro model also delivers a 50MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 5x 8MP periscope camera. You can also shoot a 1,920fps slow-motion video on the Pro and Ultra models. Other two phones included in the series are simply 4G and 5G variations of Mi 11 lite that features a 6.55-inch FHD+ OLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, a 4,250mAh battery, and 33W wired charging. The two phones share the same 64MP primary camera sensor specs, with 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and 5MP telephoto macro lens. All of these phones come with Android 11 and MIUI 12 out of the box.
Xiaomi unveils Redmi K20 Pro and it has everything you need in a premium smartphone. It is the latest and the first smartphone that cost less than $400 and still powered by the Snapdragon 855. Xiaomi has focused exclusively on the budget category with Redmi series but with Redmi K20 Pro it is going to change the whole Redmi branding for good. It has a similar design to K20 but has high-end hardware specification that makes it even better.
It is the first most affordable smartphone with Snapdragon 855 chipset which will really improve the performance of the phone. The device has a huge 6.39-inch FHD display without any cutout at the front due to a retractable front camera. It features a 20MP sensor for the front camera. The camera pop up under a second, and you can also customize the activation sound. But the most spectacular feature of the device is its evocative gradient background which will make you fall in love with its look and feel.
It has a 48MP primary sensor for the rear camera, an 8MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and a 13MP wide-angle shooter. The Redmi K20 Pro is powered by a 4000mAh battery with 27W wired charging, which takes around an hour to charge from zero to 100 percent. For connectivity, it has a Wi-Fi, a USB-C charging and Bluetooth 5.0. The Redmi K20 Pro will go on sale from tomorrow in China and will be available in red, blue, and carbon fiber color options. The Redmi K20 will go on sale from June 6 in China and will start from $290.
We all love to play video games on our smartphones but playing video games like pubG or other games with complex controls aren't a natural fit for handheld devices due to tapping and swiping limitations. But this is going to change with Xiaomi's latest gaming smartphone released earlier this year. It had a display with a magic touch feature that reduces the friction. The phone relies on the device sensitive display that let you reassign controls to a more convenient location on the display. It works similar to 3D touch on the iPhone and changes the screen's response depending on how hard you push on it, except is more useful.
You can activate the magic touch feature while playing the video game in the landscape mode. To activate in-game you need to swipe in from the top right corner of the screen. It will ask you to choose which two button mappings you would like to change, and where you would like to have them on the display. Obviously, the way you choose is entirely up to you, but the idea here is to reduce finger movement while you are playing the game.
PUBG on mobile is a great example to illustrate the difference between regular display and shark 2's pressure sensitive screen. Originally, PUBG's controls put the sprint button where you naturally place your finger. Magic touch let us create a secondary action right over the sprint button, that when pressed opens the inventory on the right side without lifting a finger. Magic touch isn't limited to one game. You can use it on any landscape-oriented game that has controls. However, this kind of screen is available only with Xiaomi Shark 2. So try buying this phone if you are crazy about video games and even play on your smartphone.
After Samsung and Huawei's foldable smartphones, and other smartphone manufacturers trying to hide the notch, Chinese giant Xiaomi took a completely impossible path altogether. The company unveiled the Mi Mix alpha, a smartphone with a front display that fully wraps around the back. The device is made of a single piece of sapphire glass with ceramics and aerospace-grade titanium allow. So what does the extra display get you? Nothing new in fact. The back display lights up and takes over the front screen's duty when you flip the phone.
Xiamoi says that the Mix alpha is a concept phone, so it is going to have a limited number of sets. The smartphone will go on sale in China in December for $2,800. While the size of the display is unknown, it boasts a 180.6% screen-to-body ratio. The device is powered by a powerful and greatest snapdragon 855+, coupled with 12GB of RAM and 512GB UFS storage. It also supports 5G network support. The device features a 4050mAh battery and supports a 40W wired fast-charging, the company claimed. The Mi Mix alphas is running android Pie-based MIUI 11 software.
The front side of the display doesn't have any camera. Instead, there is a three-camera system at the rear side: a 108MP primary sensor is developed in collaboration with Samsung, a 20MP wide-angle camera sensor and a 12MP telephoto sensor. At the event, Xiaomi also launched the Mi 9 Pro, the follow up the MI 9 handset that the company unveiled earlier this year. The Mi 9 Pro which is almost priced at $250. It is one of the low-cost devices to support the latest 5G network. It also supports 40W fast charging.
It's been some time since Xiaomi revealed a prototype for the Mi Mix Alpha - a phone with an extraordinary screen that wraps entirely around the phone. Now, the tech YouTube Marques had a more in-depth look at the prototype. It may seem like a very attractive product for a prototype, but it still needs some software-level optimization to do the magic trick.
The main attraction of the Xiaomi Mix Mix Alpha is its dazzling scree. It is a 7.9-inch display, measured from end to end with 2088 x 2250 resolution screen. The screen wraps around the phone and has a ceramic strap on the back of the phone that features all the cameras. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 855 plus processor and comes with a 4,050mAh battery that supports 40W fast charging. The phone has a 12GB RAM and 512GB of internal flash storage. Xiaomi decided to do some unusual placement of the software features to utilize the wrapping screen to its full strength. For example, the left edge of the screen showcases necessary information like time/date and notifications.
It has a sort of dashboard for other software features like weather, music control, a step counter, etc. The phone has a 198MP primary camera for taking selfies. Xiaomi placed some digital controls for the volume and power button on the top side. He states that using these buttons can be hit or miss. Xiaomi is still working on the palm rejection algorithm which may cause some accidental presses while using the phone. The company hasn't provided any further information on the availability of the phone yet but rumors suggest that the phone will be available in the market in September 2019 at 19,999 yuan or about $2,800 which is quite expensive for a phone.
Gooligan is a malware that hides within Android applications found mainly outside the Play Store, but it has recently been found that multiple apps available on the Play Store are also infected by it. The malware utilizes two vulnerabilities (Vroot and Towelroot) prevalent in pre-Marshmallow Android builds to root devices and gain access to email information, as well as authentication tokens, including those of your Google account. Gooligan then uses this unauthorized access to install applications from the Play Store itself. This of course, is done to increase the revenue associated with in-app ads. Additionally, the afflicted accounts are made to leave a 5-star review for the concerned app, without the user even being aware of what's going on.
If your device is running on Android Lollipop or an even lower version of the Android OS, Gooligan can affect your device. The secret malware was found by a cyber security firm called Check Point and they have since reported that Gooligan can access Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, G Suite, Google Play and Google Drive on all the 1 million plus devices that it affects right now. In response to the report, Adrian Ludwig, head of Android Securities, has explained that so far, the malware, which is a variant of the previously discovered Ghost Push, has not shown any intent to steal information and has instead been only associated with promoting in-app revenue through falsified reviews and unauthorized app installations. Google has since revoked all affected tokens and has banned multiple affected apps from the Play Store.
In the words of Check Point, "Gooligan potentially affects devices on Android 4 Jelly Bean and KitKat, and 5 Lollipop, which is over 74 percent of in-market devices today. About 57 percent of these devices are located in Asia and about nine percent are in Europe,"
In order to check and see if you are affected by Gooligan, enter your email address and see for yourself at: https://gooligan.checkpoint.com/
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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
At one point, it looked like 2020 would be a bad year for Huawei everywhere outside of the company's home country of China. The tech firm has endured eighteen months of consistently terrible press in the United States of America and Europe, and although it has consistently and angrily denied that it uses its equipment to spy on western nations, the accusations have stung its performance when it comes to sales. After Donald Trump's administration took the unprecedented step of putting the company on the 'Entity List' - effectively a blacklist - there appeared to be no way for Huawei to stay active in western markets. Huawei might now have found a way to avoid that becoming the case.
The main difficulty faced by Huawei under the terms of the blacklisting - or so it appeared - is that it wouldn't have access to Google apps. The entire Google Play store would be off-limits to the manufacturer, which would leave users unable to install or use many of the apps that smartphone users now take for granted. This would include hugely popular communication tools like WhatsApp, and also the apps used by social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. Even accessing social media sites using a web browser would have been difficult, as the majority of web browsers also come in the form of apps that can only be downloaded through the relevant store.
Mobile gamers would also have been affected by the ban. Games like PUBG and Fortnite, as well as the Call of Duty franchise, have had their apps downloaded millions of times through Google Play. Playing games through new Huawei phones would have been almost impossible. Non-app based games, such as online slots or casino games, wouldn't have been affected in theory. Users would still have needed a web browser to gain access to online slots websites, though, and so even they may have remained off-limits. In practice, it would have been hard for users to play paypal slots, play any other games, or perform any activities beyond basic calling and texting. It would have been impossible to justify spending full price on a phone handset that didn't have these features - but now, all of these features may be back on the menu.
According to reports that have appeared in the press this week, Huawei is looking to exploit a loophole in the blacklist ruling. They may not be able to gain access to Google's Play Store, but they might instead be able to place apps in their own 'App Gallery' - and it's thought that Google might grant them permission to place Google apps inside App Gallery and allow users to gain access to them anyway. Google is understood to be keen to continue co-operating with Huawei, and so if the loophole exists, then they're unlikely to take any steps to prevent Huawei from making use of it. The most recently released Huawei smartphones have arrived without core Google apps like Maps or Gmail pre-installed, but affected users may soon be able to download the apps through App Gallery and continue as if the problem didn't exist.
Within Huawei, this is seen as a preferable alternative to attempting to proceed with their own operating system. Huawei can't currently make use of the latest versions of Android, and spent money in 2019 developing an alternative OS called 'Harmony.' The new OS is yet to appear on any Huawei-built smartphone, with the manufacturer instead deciding to continue using the most recent version of Android that it still has access to. This may yet cause issues in the future when Android eventually stop providing support for outdated versions of the software in favor of upgrading more recent builds and producing future variants. The 'open source' version of Android that they have access to is in itself contentious, and if US lawmakers have their way, they may yet lose access to it in the future.
If Google agrees, it wouldn't be the first time they've granted permission for their apps to be used in places where users wouldn't necessarily expect to see them. As Apple users are aware, almost all of Google's apps can currently be downloaded through Apple's app store even though Apple and Google are, metaphorically speaking, at war with each other in the smartphone market. It appears that Google's priority is to make their software available to as many users as possible as opposed to restricting access to only those devices that run approved versions of Android. If they agree to this request, then there would theoretically be little difference between a Huawei phone and, for example, a phone made by Samsung when it comes to app availability, and the impact of the ban would be almost totally nullified.
This isn't the only way that Huawei appears to be getting around at least some aspects of the ban. The terms of the blacklisting specifically prohibit firms from the United States of America from doing any business with Huawei whatsoever, and yet their P40 phone has been found to contain parts built by several different American manufacturers. The P40 was released long after the terms of the ban came into effect, and so it's not yet known whether any of the companies who have seemingly provided parts or technology to Huawei are in breach of prohibition. Theoretically, there should be no US-built components in any Huawei phones, but their presence suggests that the company has found a way to incorporate them anyway. One possible explanation is that the parts were initially sold overseas to a company that isn't covered by the ban. The overseas company would then be free to sell the parts on to Huawei without being encumbered by US law.
Although Huawei reported a loss of around ten billion US dollars last year in the wake of being blacklisted, it's clear that the company has no intention of giving up its presence in American or European markets. Given that it will be involved in the rollout of the 5G network in the United Kingdom, it may even gain more ground in the twelve months to come. Huawei was definitely knocked down by the ban, but they weren't knocked out, and in coming back, it's conceivable that they may ultimately become even stronger than they were before.
Realme is making news again. The company seems ready to compete with giants in the mobile manufacturing industry. It has launched a few mobile phones in almost every price category. Its latest smartphone, the Realme X2 is great phone from the company. The Chinese tech startup is also venturing out in the wearable category and has launched true wireless earphones in the Realme Buds Air.
The Realme X2 was launched in China a few months back and has now made its way to Indian market. It is essentially an upgraded version of Realme XT smartphone which was powered by the Snapdragon 712 chipset. In comparison, the Realme X2 gets the snapdragon 730G processor with Adreno 618 GPU. In the indian market, the Realme X2 will face off against the likes of Samsung Galaxy A80, Oppo Reno 2, Redmi K20, and also the Redmi K30 when it launches in the country.
Other specs of the Realme X2 are pretty similar to the Realme XT. It gets the same 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor to act as the security layer. The phone has a large enough 4,000mAh battery with VOOC flash charge 4.0. This means the phone as a greater charging speed than its predecessor. The device has Android 9 with ColorOS 6.1, but it will be upgraded to ColorOS 7 based on Android 10.
The phone has a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The video camera specs is similar to Realme XT smartphone. With this device you can shoot up to 4K videos at 30fps while the 1080 mode goes up to 60fps. The phone is dual sim and has face-unlock feature as well. The Realme X2 is available in peral green, pearl white, and pearl blue colors and weigh only 182g.
Vivo is ready to launch two brand new phones for its X-series. The two models are Vivo X30 and X30 Pro. Both of these phones have 5G network support and are the first mobile phones to be powered by the Exynos 980 processor. Both phones have a similar design with a punch-hole display at the top right corner of the panel for the selfie camera. The phones are covered in glass on both sides and have some shades. Both have a large 6.44-inch super AMOLED display with a 2400 x 1080 resolution. Under the display, there is a fingerprint scanner and a support for face unlock.
The phones are powered by the latest Exynos 980 processing chip with 5G modem integration which was developed by Samsung and Vivo in partnership. The octa-core processor features cortex-A77 cores and paired with 8GB of RAM on both phones with the option of 128GB or 256GB of storage. The processing chip has support for SA and NSA networks (n41 and n78 bands) and boasts up to 2.55Gbps in the download speed. For connectivity, both phones have support for Bluetooth, NFC, and there is also an audio jack for sound. Vivo ships both phones with a 4350mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB type-c.
Now, you must be wondering that if the specs are the same for both phones, why there are even two models? Well, the phones have different camera specs and price tags. The Vivo X30 has a triple camera - a 64MP f/1.8 camera with a 26.4mm focal length; an 8MP ultrawide angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture, 16mm focal length and a 112° field of view; and a whopping 32MP f/2.0 professional portrait camera with a 50mm focal length. The camera has a super night mode 2.0 to reduce noise and bring a brighter picture even at night.
The X30 Pro also has a 64MP primary rear camera with the same f/1.8 aperture and 26.4mm focal length. It pairs it with an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide angle camera with a 122° FOV and also has a 32MP professional f/2.0 portrait camera with a 50mm focal length. Vivo then rounds it off with a 13MP periscope lens with a 5x optical zoom. The Vivo X30 is priced at ¥3298 (~$472) for the 128GB version and ¥3598 (~$515) for the 256GB version.
Today vivo launched a new smartphone called Vivo Y3. The Y3 is a mid-range smartphone but it is packed with high-end hardware specs and sleek design. Perhaps, the brilliant feature is the triple AI camera that adorns the back. The device is powered by 5000mAh battery. Since the smartphone is a budget phone, it has LCD HD+ display with a 720 x 1544 pixels resolution.
The Vivo Y3 has a water drop notch which features the selfie camera. The device has 6.35-inch screen with narrow bezels on all sides, leaving it a screen ratio of 89%. At the rear side, the Y3 uses a new nano-scale coating process. The device is available in three different color variants; peacock blue, peach pink, and ink bule. The handset has a 16MP HD front camera for taking selfies. There are three AI cameras at the rear side comprised of a 13MP primary camera. The secondary sensor is a 120-wide angle, with the third lens is a depth of field camera. For security, device has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the device. As an extra security layer, the Y3 also feature a face unlock.
The Y3 has a MediaTek MT6765 processing chip paired with 4GB of RAM while there is 128GB of storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB with microSD card. Y3 equally comes with 9V/2A flash charging and support OTG reverse charging. It is great smartphone anyone who play video games as it has built-in game box which provides an immersive gaming experience such as built-in e-sport made 2.0. The device runs Android 9 Pie as its OS. The connectivity options are a micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
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Yesterday, Samsung has just launched its new phablet smartphone, Galaxy Note5 in India at a local event in New Delhi. Priced at INR 53,900 ($800) for the 32GB model, and INR 59,900 ($890) for the 64GB model.
The Galaxy Note5 is the latest in Samsung's line of Note devices. Internally, the phone is quite similar to the previously launched Galaxy S6 but features a larger 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM, bigger 3000mAh battery, and Fast Wireless Charging. It also has the S Pen stylus that the series is known for.
Compared to the previous Galaxy Note 4, the Note5 loses the faux leather back finish, instead opting for the new glass back similar to the S6. The battery is also sealed in this time and there isn't expandable memory, again like the S6. The Note5, however, loses the IR blaster, that both the S6 and the Note 4 have.
The Note5 will be available in Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium starting September,20th.
HTC has officially announced its final list of devices that will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in the period starting from the end of this year (2015) to early next year (2016). The list included One M8 and M9 and lots of other variants.
Unfortunately, the official list didn't include the HTC One M7 (2013), the first One family flagship. The Taiwanese company decided to Cancel the Marshmallow update to the One M7 as the device's support has ended already.
We would like to remind you that the HTC One M7 and One M7 Dual-SIM variants has already got Android 5.0/5.1 updates with all the security and bug fixes.
HTC is still publishing it's main OEM system Apps on the Play store for easier updates regardless of firmware versions, operator approval. Today, HTC just published it's Video Player App for HTC Sense. The App is available to a selected HTC devices.
This is the same video player that's built inside HTC's Sense UI layer, with multiple format decoding, gesture controls (two-finger swipes act as FF and RW for example), streaming, still image capturing, and subtitle support. The player also allows a few simple editing tweaks like trimming and playback speed adjustment for slow-motion videos.
You can download the HTC video player version 6.5 APK from the link below, or wait until the update hits your HTC device via Google Play Store.
Just as Samsung was setting up to restart the sale of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with a new batch of safe devices, a new report from China has come in where a customer in Guangzhou is claiming that his brand new and "safe" Galaxy Note 7 exploded within a day from the date of purchase. Bloomberg reports that Hui Renjie, a 25 year old man from Guangzhou, China, got minor burns on his fingers after his Note 7 exploded. Ironically, it allegedly also burned his Apple MacBook in the process!
According to Renjie, someone from Samsung did contact him after the incident and asked to remove the device, but he declined in favour of going public with the incident. In reply to the incident regarding the exploded smartphone which was supposedly marked as safe, Samsung has issued the following reply via e-mail.
"We are currently contacting the customer and will conduct a thorough examination of the device in question once we receive it,"
It should be noted that Samsung had excluded China from the global recall of the Note 7, by citing the reason that the ones sold in China sport batteries that are different from the hazardous ones supplied by Samsung SDI. We will soon find out if this is an isolated incident, a faked one or if the Galaxy Note 7 really is still as "explosive" as before!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As experts will frequently tell you, megapixel count on a smartphone camera does not amount to much when it comes to picture quality unless it is supported by other more important features. Those important features include a larger sensor, aperture size, quality of the lens, shutter and focus speed, pixel size and much more. The latest flagships from Samsung were built while keeping these points in mind as the Korean company has opted for a 12.1 megapixel sensor with blazing fast autofocus instead of the 16 megapixel sensor from last year
The Galaxy S6 is no slouch in the camera department either and its camera is still among the best smartphone cameras that are available in the market today. However, on being compared with the S7's autofocus speed, the S6 lost by a significant margin. Each time the viewfinder was moved on both the phones, the Galaxy S7 managed to shift and autofocus on its subjects much faster. This impressive feat became even more awesome when the Galaxy S7's autofocus was found to be just as remarkable in low-light scenarios as well. During the unveiling of the S7 and S7 Edge at the MWC 2016 on February 21, Samsung had actually prepared a low-light setup to let people experience how well the S7's camera performs in poor lighting. We will know more when the S7 series starts reaching customers on March 11.
You would think that Samsung would by now be able to decipher what exactly made the Note 7 catch fire, but you would be wrong. Lithium ion batteries do have the potential to explode or spontaneously combust if something goes wrong inside and that was exactly what Samsung and everyone else thought the problem was. However, it was apparently not exactly what they thought it was. What the problem actually was, remains a mystery still today!
According to Samsung, "We recognized that we did not correctly identify the issue the first time and remain committed to finding the root cause."
"Our top priority remains the safety of our customers and retrieving 100% of the Galaxy Note 7 devices in the market."
Experts examining the smartphones and the scenarios are of the opinion that there could be multiple reasons responsible for the explosions and one of the potential culprits could be that the battery case that wasn't sufficiently big to accommodate the battery of the Note 7. A finer problem could lie in the software of the phone itself, which may have failed to direct battery interactions with other hardware parts inside the phone properly. Whatever the reason is, Samsung needs to clarify it publicly, if it hopes to win back at least some of the trust that it has lost due to the incident.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung has just made it official that the exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are a real problem which according to their research and reports, may happen to one in every 42,000 units. Samsung Mobiles president Koh also stated that they have so far found 35 incidents around the world in which the Note 7 had shown signs of excessive heating, catching fire or even exploding while being charged. In light of these incidents, the smartphone will be recalled all around the world as a safety measure and as expected, sales have stopped for now as well.
Samsung hopes to replace all the Note 7 smartphones to their customers in roughly two week's time. The battery related problem will perhaps be solved by the South Korean giant over time, but a massive damage has already been done. The exploding smartphones have not only put a blemish on an otherwise perfect series of Note devices, but the bad reputation will definitely affect the sales of Samsung smartphones in general, especially when Apple is about to unveil the iPhone 7 this month.
Saikat Kar (the-enthusiast)
It is official now as Samsung has confirmed today that the company has indeed started with the mass scale production of an industry first 10nm application processor. This will replace the current 14nm FinFET processors and bring in better power efficiency along with faster performance to flagship devices in 2017. In spite of being based on a similar 3D transistor structure as its 14nm predecessor, the smaller 10LPE manufacturing process allows for an increase of 27-percent in performance and 40-percent in energy efficiency.
If you are wondering when it will be released and which processors it will power, it is unclear as of now, since no comment was made on that subject. All that is known is the fact that it will come early in 2017. Many were of the opinion that the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 would be the one to utilize this 10nm SoC, but other reports are suggesting that Qualcomm is shifting towards partnering with TSMC in manufacturing the SD 830. What is almost certain is that the 10LPE SoC from Samsung will be powering its own brand of Exynos 8895 processors, which will likely debut with the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As expected, Verizon has now joined AT&T and T-Mobile in the decision to stop selling the Galaxy Note 7, at least for a while. It was quite expected as the news reports about new and safe Galaxy Note 7s exploding have been piling up since the last week. In addition to that, various reports are also suggesting that Samsung themselves may have halted the production process of the phablet for now. The good news is that if you own a Galaxy Note 7 then all the three carriers are offering a free replacement, as long as the value of the new smartphone is equal to or less than that of the Note 7. The offer is applicable on both older models, as well as the replacement units.
After the Southwest Airlines incident and the bedroom fire in Lexington, Sprint is the only major carrier in the US which is still continuing to sell the Note 7. Although we would advise against buying a Note 7 at this time, to be truthful, it would be very hard to find one as well. Even if you do however, hold onto your money at least until Samsung comes out in the open with a statement.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung has just made it official that they have an interesting exchange plan for the people who bought the Galaxy Note 7. However the plan is only available in South Korea as of now. A lot of the customer base wasn't satisfied in the way Samsung handled the entire debacle, but hopefully, this plan will convince some of them to stay loyal to Samsung.
According to the plan, if you exchange the Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, you will have to pay half of the original price of that particular handset and even that can be paid via instalments over a period of twelve months. The contract further extends to include that you will have to opt for the Galaxy S8 or some other flagship grade smartphone that Samsung releases next year at full price. When you decide to exchange the S7/S7 Edge for the S8 next year, the contract can be renewed in a way so that the remainder of the instalments will extend up to an additional period of 12 months, until the full price of the S8 is paid off.
While this is a good offer for Samsung loyalists, it might take quite a devotee to opt for a smartphone that one has no idea about or what the competition will be offering at that point of time. Will you go for it if it became available in your country?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you are into mobile gaming, Samsung has a Galaxy Game Pack for you, provided of course, that you using an S7 or S7 Edge. You can call it a Christmas promo or just rewards for staying loyal to the Samsung brand after the Note 7 disaster, but if you play games like Clash of Kings and Hearthstone, you are entitled to receive a number of exclusive in-game content like coins, credits, cards etc. This offer is brought to the S7/S7 Edge users by Samsung through partnerships with the likes of Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Gameloft, Blizzard Entertainment, Goodgame Studios and many others.
The Google Play Store has all the freebies associated with the current offer as well, instead of being exclusively available on the Galaxy Apps Store as we expected. Check the list of games that fall under the Galaxy Game Pack below.
• Clash of Kings
• Asphalt 8: Airborne
• Need for Speed: No Limits
• Olympus Rising
• Empire: Four Kingdoms
• Genies and Gems
• Nonstop Knight
• Plants vs Zombies Heroes
• Hungry Shark World
• Marvel Contest of Champions
• Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung had only recently concluded its research on why the Note 7 started to catch fire and we already have a new report which is suggesting that in light of the new findings, Samsung has decided to delay its previously scheduled release of the S8 from February, 2017 to April, 2017. In case you are wondering as to what exactly Samsung has found which resulted in the company taking such a big decision; know that the Korean electronics giant has held that information from a public revelation, as of now. Nevertheless, if you can't wait for Samsung to release the official statement, take a look at what Instrumental had independently unveiled two weeks ago as the cause of the Note 7 related fires.
The source further details that the exclusive launch event will be held in New York City sometime during the month of April. Apparently, the roughly two month's delay will be utilized by Samsung to gain the confidence of its customer base back through a number of campaigns and strategies. At the global strategy meeting that is currently being held at the headquarters of Samsung in Seoul, South Korea, President Koh Dong-jin has once again stressed on the importance of keeping things under a tight lid, as well as maximizing security on every front prior to the release of the Galaxy S8.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung Music will no longer be on any of the company's smartphones from now on as they have joined forces with Google to make the Google Play Music app default for all future Samsung smartphones. It cannot exactly be said that this would be a huge loss; given there was nothing very special about Samsung's music player to begin with!
The tie-up has also resulted in all S8, S8+ and Tab S3 owners receiving premium Google Play Music services without any charges, for a period of three months. Additionally, owners of all the three devices will be allowed to upload and stream as many as 100,000 songs from their offline collections. The limit on regular subscribers on the other hand continues to remain at 50,000 songs as always.
All the other expected premium and free features of the Google Play Music app like free radio, mood based intelligent music suggestion, podcasts, streaming, etc. will be available right out of the box, as long as you decide to purchase any one (or multiple) of the aforementioned Samsung devices. YouTube Red will also be a part of the three-month deal for the Samsung users. In case you really did like the Samsung Music Player, it is still available for download from both the Galaxy and the Google Play Store.
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Samsung has now officially developed and patented the graphene ball tech which makes lithium-ion cells used in smartphones last a lot longer. As per reports, the utilization of graphene ball can not only make li-ion batteries last up to 45% longer, but it can also make the cells take charge up to five-times faster than before! To put that in a real world scenario, consider the fact that the Galaxy S8's 3,000mAh li-ion battery takes roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes to get fully charged from 0%-100%, but with graphene ball, it would take about 15 - 20 minutes or less to do the same! If that's not incredible, then we don't what is!
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) was the division responsible for developing the technology, but that's no surprise since the division has been behind developing breakthrough tech for quite a while now. Another one of its recent successes include introduction of the cadmium-free Quantum Dot display tech used in Samsung QLED TVs. Does this mean that we will see the Galaxy S9 debut with unbelievably fast recharge times and incredible battery life? Not really! It's just a patent and there's no guarantee that grapheme ball will be ready by the time Samsung goes into mass production with the Galaxy S9.
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Multiple reports surfaced on the internet earlier about the Galaxy Note 8 refusing to turn on once the battery reaches 0% and the phone is automatically switched off and now Samsung has decided to accept some responsibility for this and admit that there is indeed an issue with the battery of certain Galaxy Note 8 devices. It is to be kept in mind that a few Galaxy S8+ users are also complaining about a similar problem and there is no reason to believe that they are wrong either. While this issue isn't as dangerous as last year's Note 7 disaster, it puts yet another blemish on Samsung's ability to supply their users with capable batteries. The good news is that so far, most reports suggest that Samsung has replaced the faulty devices.
It seems at this point that issues are mostly limited to the Qualcomm Snapdragon variants only, although that's not a fact which has been set in stone. Even though they let out a statement earlier which vaguely delivers the message that they might be considering taking responsibility for the bricked phones, clarifications regarding what exactly is the problem has not yet been provided by the OEM.
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The future of the tablet is uncertain as the Android tablet market is not doing well and the iPads are only just hanging on to a fraction of their previous sales numbers. Nevertheless, Samsung has not given up on tablets yet because we have news of two tablets for you today; both running on Android and both manufactured by the Korean giant.
As can be seen from the screenshot, the Galaxy Tab S4 aka SM-T835 has made an appearance on Geekbench with scores that are at par with last-gen flagship handsets (S8, S8+ and Note 8) running on the SD 835. The tablet seems to be running with support from 4GB of RAM and on Android 8.1 Oreo. I will never understand why Samsung keeps on launching their flagship tablets with outdated chips from last year!
The SM-T590, which is most probably the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2018) was also revealed earlier when it went through the Eurasian Economic Commission. It seems like Samsung might have slowed down their tablet release cycles, but they have not given up on them completely.
After years of speculations, rumors, leaks and anticipation, the Korean giant has finally provided a look at their first foldable smartphone prototype during the SDC, as expected. Google is already developing apps for the foldable design and for all intents and purposes, this is what the next step in the evolution of smartphones is going to be. Take a look at the following points to know everything that was revealed during the conference and press meet.
Galaxy X or Galaxy F?
While nothing was mentioned regarding the name of the device, it's probably going to be named Galaxy X, which will likely replace the current-gen Galaxy S9 on the eve of the flagship line-up's tenth anniversary next year.
The Foldable Display
There will possibly be the same 4.5-inch/7.3-inch form factor in the final device as well. In case you are not clear on that, consider it to be an in-folding device (Infinity Flex Display) that has one external 4.5-inch display, which will be active while the phone is closed and you want it to be portable. The main display inside is a massive, foldable panel (7.3-inch) that turns the phone into a small tablet, when required. As Samsung has mentioned that there will be support for three separate apps at the same time, it is probable that the 7.3-inch display will be able to function as two separate ones by separating from the middle (the folding line).
Availability of the phone wasn't confirmed but Samsung did mention that they will go into mass production in the coming months, which means that we will most likely see the device in 2019, which is especially likely if this technology is meant to be used in the Galaxy S10 (likely to be called Galaxy X).
This is anybody's guess really at this point, but expect nothing short of a premium price tag on the device when it comes out and that price tag will most certainly be at least $1,200 - $1,500.
Samsung was beaten to the punch by the Rouyu FlexiPai which was showcased just a week ago, but the FlexiPai sported an out-folding design while the prototype by Samsung is clearly an in-folding phone. The likes of LG, Lenovo, Xiaomi, Huawei and even Microsoft are also working on bringing flexible displays to the market in 2019, so it does look like the next big step in display tech evolution since the flat-screen revolution is finally here.
A New Galaxy flagship is coming along with a new set of leaks roo. Some leaked documents from Samsung HQ in Korea showed that the company is currently in the middle testing stages of the Galaxy S7.
Codenamed "Jungfrau" the Galaxy S7 might see a month or two faster development schedule than the Galaxy S6, courtesy of an improved project management process, dubbed "Agile." This could very well jibe with the previous rumors that Galaxy S7 will be ready in the second half of the year, though it might not exactly hit the shelves in time for Christmas, but rather be announced earlier than usual when 2016 hits.
Samsung Galaxy S7 will be packing the latest Snapdragon 820 and running Google's upcoming Android M release. However, The Korean giant is still developing a firmware build with Android M v5.2 for the S7 based on the latest developer previews (Google didn't release the final M version, yet).
More leaks are coming our way, So stay tuned and follow our News!
Android Lollipop is now on over 300 million android users, before the Marshmallow arrives in the near future. Google's not-quite-current operating system now accounts for 23.5 percent of active Android users, a healthy 2.5-point boost from what you saw just one month ago.
Currently, there are about 30% still on Jelly Bean, and about 38% KitKat, but it's clear that all those new devices and upgrades are starting to add up. The real question is whether or not that momentum will last.
Marshmallow is arriving relatively quickly, and shouldn't suffer from the early performance and battery life woes that kept some people from upgrading last year. If the newer release catches on quickly, Lollipop might not reach the lofty adoption rates of its predecessors.
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Google released the Android distribution report for April,2015. The latest report reveals Lollipop has 5.4% of the world's Android devices, five months after its source code was made available.
There's some good growth for sure, seeing that Lollipop was up and running on just 3.3% of devices in March. The number should keep growing, as device manufacturers are shipping tons of Android 5.0 devices, and current high-end smartphones all come running Lollipop out of the box.
One of the first things that Google announced at its big event today is that Android just keeps on growing. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on stage that at the moment, there are more than 1.4 billion active Android devices in the world. "Active" in this context means that they've been used within the last 30 days.
This number is up 40%, from 1 billion, back in June of 2014. Keep in mind that this doesn't represent the total number of Android devices that were ever sold, it's just those that are still active, or have been so in the last month.
The Google Play Store is now being used on more than 1 billion devices. Again, this means 1 billion phones and tablets have used Google's content store in the last 30 days. So it appears that the Play Store either isn't installed or simply isn't used on a staggering 400 million devices out there.
WhatsApp, the well-known popular mobile messaging service has crossed another major milestone recently. The company CEO announced on Twitter that WhatsApp is now service over 600 million monthly active users.
The CEO was quick to point out that it's active users, that is, people actually using the service everyday, and not just registered users, which would be a bigger number but a lot of those people won't actually be using the service. This makes the milestone all the more impressive and shows once again just how popular WhatsApp is.
Now serving 600,000,000 monthly active users. Yes, active and registered are very different types of numbers...— jan koum (@jankoum) August 25, 2014
Facebook for Android is now being Updated every week with bug fixes and New features, You can Now try out the latest App version of Facebook For Android version 18.104.22.168.7 Alpha Build. This Alpha version will show you what Facebook is preparing for you in the next final version, take a sneak peak at the new features and User interface changes. Current Facebook stable version is 18.0 and Beta version is 19.0 and you can roll-back to the official version or beta version at anytime via Play store.
The New Facebook version 20 packs some minor UI changes, lots of bug fixes and performance improvements. So you'll be running a version that is supposed to be released 3 months from Now.
After downloading the latest Alpha build, Facebook suggests turning on automatic updates as it plans on updating the app a few times a week. Doing so will ensure you're always running the latest version. The APK file provided below is the official APK from Facebook ALPHA program and hasn't been modified.
Xiaomi is about to launch a new variant of its budget phablet, the Redmi Note 3. Although the original Redmi Note 3 was showcased back in November, the upcoming version is better. The Mediatek Helio X10 SoC was quite a beast in the budget segment in 2015, but now it is going to be replaced with an even more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC.
The second change that Xiaomi is about to offer with its new Note is a significantly improved 16 megapixel camera sensor with f2.0 aperture, which is going to replace the previous generation 13 megapixel sensor on its back. These are significant changes that will enhance both the camera quality as well as the overall performance of the Redmi Note 3, both of which are usually high priorities for most smartphone users.
There will be a 16GB model with 2GB Ram and a 32GB model with 3GB RAM just as with the current Note 3. The 4050mAh battery should be more than sufficient to power the device for a whole working day at least, if not more. As far as pricing is concerned, we only know that the 16GB/2GB variant will be available for around $150 or RMB 999.
Among other Asian countries, Xiaomi has decided to launch the Redmi Note 3 v2.0 in India. In fact, a competition is on its way online right now as 100 Indian fans will get a chance to win the Redmi Note 3 if they can complete the 100 "missions" given to them. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was already a great device within the budget segment and from what we know so far, it seems like it's about to get much better.
Goodbye Evleaks, He was the one who first shared to the world, among other things, that Nokia is working on an Android phone, and it was he who showed us the first images of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2. He gave us the first image of the HTC One M8 and was first to show the Nvidia Shield Tablet to the world. Most recently, he's been showing us a stream of images of the yet unannounced Samsung Galaxy F.
Evan Blass, the man behind the infamous Twitter channel, @evleaks, has been steadily supplying the phone industry with fresh leaks of images of yet unannounced devices. Tech journalists and phone manufacturers have been following his Twitter with equal eagerness in the past two years.
All good things must come to an end. Thank you for an amazing two years. [RETIREMENT]— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 3, 2014
Evan however has just announced that he's about to retire @evleaks, which currently has about 187,000 followers. However he said that he's unable to properly monetize it and with his health progressively deteriorating, he feels like he needed to prepare better for the future.
Cyanogen Inc. is going through a complete re-branding, New concept, New Logo and even a New boot animation that will be included on all the company's upcoming custom Android ROMs.
Cyanogen, today, showed a new boot animation that will be integrated with the upcoming Cyanogen OS 12 in a YouTube video that you can watch below. This version of Cyanogen OS is based on Android Lollipop and will include a number of new features headed by Project Volta.
Apple is doing good on the worldwide market shipments. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a decent track record on Apple-related industry predictions, has estimated that Apple has sold more than 73 million iPhones in the last quarter (Q4,2014) only which includes about 42 million iPhone 6 and 16 million iPhone 6 Plus sold.
For Q1,2015, Kuo is expecting the figure to be around 61.6 million, up 41.1% year-on-year, but 15.6% less than the previous quarter, something which isn't exactly surprising given the fact that it was a holiday quarter.
As for the iPad, total Q4, 2014 shipments stood at around 21.4 million, down 17.8% year-on-year, but up 73.8% compared to Q3. That number is expected to be around 10 million for the ongoing quarter.
The 2016 war of wearables devices is about to start. After Samsung leaked its upcoming Gear S2 Round smartwatch on its offiical website, Motorola has leaked the successor of the Moto 360 smartwatch on Twitter. The company posted a render of a mysterious wearable device appeared in one of the manufacturer's official tweets earlier today [The tweet has been removed!].
The unannounced smartwatch features a round body, but different button placement than the original Moto 360. While we were preparing this post, Motorola removed the tweet, thus further suggesting that we saw something we weren't originally supposed to. One of the rumored names in Moto 720 or Moto 360s.
Curiously, the leaked smartwatch appears to feature a screen that's not fully circular - just like the first-generation Moto 360. We certainly hope that this will not be the case when the new Moto 360 debuts, as both LG and Samsung have competitors with fully circular displays already available or on the way.
It seems like every year we hear that mobile gaming will take over all forms of games and will reign supreme. While this isn't likely to happen, one thing we do know though is that it fuels a lot of people's entertainment, makes huge levels of cash for the industry, and provides innovation that pushes games to new levels.
The rise of mobile gaming has been impressive to say the least. Ever since people played Snake on their old Nokia phones, the potential has been there for the handheld device to offer more to gamers. With the improvements of technology and the rise of both iOS and Android, the rise of the app and most importantly gaming apps have taken hold and we are in the age of mobile gaming.
Mobile gaming is now a billion-dollar industry, and has shaped a new model of the way people pay for games. There are a lot of games now that are "Freemium" games, allowing the player to download and play for free, before adding money into the game when they needed it. The key of course is that it is purely the gamers choice whether to add more money into the game with in-game transactions. The thing is though, this idea works.
If the game is good enough to hook the players, it seems that they are more than willing to make in-game purchases to add to the fun they are experiencing. Many in the industry are noticing the potential for profit here, and that in turn fuels the creation of better and more entertaining games that will in turn make more money that can then be put into the production and evolution of games.
This is what fuels gaming today, and the fact that mobile devices can also be used for both virtual and augmented reality show that these devices are still at the forefront of gaming innovation. Just looking at Pokémon Go as an example, you can see just where the technology in the phone is now taking the player, and that is into an even more mobile world.
Mobile gaming on devices has given the players unrestricted access to games while on the movie. Whether it is playing a game like Candy Crush Saga or one of its clones, or even playing roulette on a UK mobile casino while on their dinner breaks, the players are doing so on the movie. It is this flexibility in mobile gaming that is fueling the success of it, and changing the way we game.
While mobile gaming may not take over the world of gaming as we know it, it now has its fair share of the market, and is here to stay. Gaming is hugely popular now in all forms, that includes mobile gaming, and there is one thing for sure, this is a very good time to be a gamer, never have we had such a choice of ways to game as we do now.
The new mobile apps and mobile software have entirely changed the course of mobile gaming. The more the casinos adopt new technologies and betting games, there has been a great influence on the casino industry. In the following article, UK based Sailor Bingo website has summarised how the casino industry has evolved and transformed over the years.
Statistics of Mobile Casino Industry
• According to an online casino report, the revenue from online betting was estimated at $4 billion in the year 2012. However, currently, the casino industry generates $41.4 billion worth of profits through online betting.
• Some of the statistics show that the mobile casino industry is worth $100 billion alone.
• According to an online report published in one of the reputed websites, it is predicted that the tablet-gambling industry alone will reach a commendable mark of £13 billion worth by 2019.
• In 1986, the technology took the horseracing to a next level with betting stores offering drinks and Televisions showing the live coverage of horse races. There were also fruit machines and fixed- odds betting available for the players.
1. Mobile Apps and New Mobile Games
The new age of Smartphones has seen a rapid growth in the online casino sector. There are many inventions in the mobile casino gaming to suit the requirements of the players. It is easier for users to access their favourite casino games on the fingertips. Android and Apple stores are now having a wide range of casino games which are compatible with any kind of device. The statisticians of the mobile gaming industry have estimated that 56% of the USA's population prefer playing games on mobile devices rather than desktops or laptops.
2. From Real Time Slot Machines to Video Slots
There was a time when players had to visit the land- based casinos or betting shops in order to play their stakes on slot machines. Now the technology brings the experience of casinos from your homes and on your mobile phones and desktops. You can choose to play from thousands of themed- based video slots at any of the mobile casinos. You can place your stakes on the video slots and spin the reels to get real money wins.
3. Online Betting and Betting Shops
There are many options available for the players to place their stakes on horse races using the online mediums of betting. However, there is a risk of misusing of funds or identity theft involved in using online betting mediums for betting. When you visit a bookmaker, you can purchase the betting tickets on real time basis and they only deal with cash. Hence, you can have 100% security that your funds in the safe hands.
Smartphones and tablets are now the most popular media for not just online gambling, but gambling in general. And it's not hard to see why; with a host of apps available, punters now have more ways to play than ever before. Here are just some of the many reasons why mobile gaming is so popular...
Play on the move
Almost certainly the biggest advantage that mobile devices offer gamblers is the ability to play on the move. While laptops are essentially mobile, they are also heavier and slower to turn on than your smartphone or tablet.
Whether you're standing up in a crowded train carriage, in the dentist's waiting room, or even in bed, mobile betting gives you a world of ways to win at your fingertips. Just pick up the device, tap the app icon and get started - it's that easy!
The internet gaming industry as a whole used to be considered the poorer cousin of traditional brick-and-mortar casinos.
And while mobile devices don't yet rival the likes of Las Vegas for sheer immersive thrills, the technology is improving all the time. 3D games with real dealers are already popular on mobile because they provide much of the excitement of real-world casinos. This all comes without the need to tip your host, or get past a grumpy doorman who doesn't like the look of you.
Smartphones and tablets are generally cheaper to buy than laptops or desktop computers. Whereas most desktops cost £300-£2000, smartphones range in price from £100 to £500 and tablets are available to buy for as little as £49!
Fast and powerful
Experts have been predicting for a while mobile graphic and processing capabilities would soon surpass those of consoles. While this remains to be seen in 2018, the 2017 release of the Qualcomm 835 processor represents a step change in processing speed for mobile devices. Now smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 boast processing speeds of 2.45GHz, which puts it among the fastest mobile devices in the world.
The latest mobile devices allow punters to enjoy live dealer casinos and talk with other players with pristine graphics and no noticeable latency. With each passing year, there are fewer and fewer reasons to choose either traditional casinos or desktop gaming over their mobile equivalents.
Due to the low costs involved, many operators make casino games especially for mobile devices. Whereas some developers try to emulate the traditional casino experience, others use cute animations and stories that can only exist in the digital realm. The low cost of mobile app development has resulted in a deeper level of creativity that just didn't exist prior to the release of the Apple iPhone (the world's first smartphone).
Bonuses and other rewards
There are hundreds of mobile betting operators. As a result, operators try to outdo the competition by offering an array of attractive sign-up bonuses and in-game rewards. While this is somewhat true of online gaming in general, merchants also offer rewards for downloading their apps, which of course you can only take advantage of using a mobile device.
Some games never get old, and you can never get bored playing them, just like the good old game of bingo. When you combine something like a good classic with modern technology, you get an online game that's taken the world by storm. In this article, we will dive deep into the reasons behind the enormous popularity of online variants.
How the online variant changes the classic
The massive popularity of online bingo forced bingo halls to make some changes to the way they organize their games so they can stay competitive. To encourage players to leave their homes and visit halls, they are transforming them into attractive modern venues. Bingo halls now look like pubs, with music, sofas, and a nightclub atmosphere.
Although the basic rules of the game remain the same, online games have many new attractive elements that make bingo more alluring. We can't say that online bingo is just a substitute for traditional games, it's a more innovative upgrade that gives freshness to the old game.
The popularity of online bingo changes the demographics of players too. The convenience of playing on-the-go, live chat rooms, and free promotions have opened up the game to younger players.
Online bingo is free, and so are many other classics!
What stands out the most in online bingo compared to traditional is free bingo. You can get your free game in different ways. You can have free games in no deposit bingo. You will have to sign-up to the site and get free cash as a welcome bonus, which you can use to buy bingo cards. When you use up bonus cards, you will have to play with your money, but you can expect loyalty bonuses after.
Or you can visit sites that offer entirely free bingo online, for amusement purposes only. All the transactions are in-game currency and no actual money. The essence of these sites is a fun aspect of the game. You can travel the globe, discover different cultures, and meet new people. Every location room is designed with different themes, and players can chat between and during bingo rounds.
You can also play many different classic games for free, like Caesars slots. Sites offer many daily promotions, special features, and 100 free spins if you are a new member. Although you are not competing for real money prizes, you will be competing for status within the game, so there will be no lack of excitement.
Why is online bingo so popular
The most obvious reason is convenience. The possibility of playing anytime and anywhere is the driving force of attracting more and more players. You don't have to travel to the nearest bingo hall and fight for a parking spot. You can play it while waiting for doctors' appointments, between meetings, and waiting for that friend who's always late.
The market is quite competitive. With so many bingo sites competing for customers, you will have a lot of free bingo tickets and exciting promotions. Thanks to generous welcome bonuses, many newcomers who otherwise would not take an interest in the game are now trying it for the first time.
Games have more variety. Bingo halls are limited by space, and they can't offer many bingo games. In an online variant, different games can take place at the same time. You can find everything, from 30 ball bingo to Deal or No Deal Bingo.
You can play 75-ball bingo, aka US bingo, or the British 90-ball version - you have it all. Not only do you have a variety of bingo games, but you also have different themed games that appeal to different players.
Should we expect future innovation?
The online bingo market is growing and continuously evolving. With so many different alternatives, customers will always choose one that stands out from the crowd. That's precisely the reason we can expect future innovation.
Strong competition between brands is always good for spoiling customers, so we can expect more new promotions. If you want to find out what are the future predictions for classic online games in more detail, go here to read more.
The Internet revolutionized bingo. It's more convenient, dynamic, and with various benefits compared to his traditional variant. The growing popularity and competitive market can only lead to one conclusion: the sky's the limit for online bingo now.
Facebook Messenger already had it, and now Google Messenger has GIF support too. Additionally, the GIF support is now built into the default Google Keyboard, although, no other app supports the feature as of now. While you are reading this, keep in mind that the feature is only be available on your phone if you are running Android 7.1 Developer Preview.
Just in case you are running the Developer Preview on one of the compatible devices, here's how you can use the GIF button in Google Messenger. Once you bring up the keyboard, locate and tap on the emoticon button. Now tap on the GIF button to bring up the GIF menu with a few highlighted choices like "Thank you," "Sorry" or "Wink." If the desired category cannot be found, simply type in the right category and search for it.
Although it is solely compatible with Messenger at the moment, we are pretty sure that support for more apps such as Gmail, Hangout and may be a few popular third party apps too will arrive in the final version of the Android Nougat 7.1 OS. The "Image Keyboard Support" is a nice new addition to the upcoming OS, albeit a non-essential one.
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.
This is the first time to see a Google Nexus device lacking behind in Android updates!... The HTC Nexus 9 users has just received their official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OTA update, while other Nexus devices like Nexus 10 is getting Lollipop 5.1.1 update.
Nexus 9 update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is on its way to Nexus 9 owners, and it's around 23MB in size. After applying it, you'll be on build number LRX22L. As the minor version number jump from 5.0.1 to 5.0.2 implies, this one should be all about the bug fixes.