The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are now official and would be the first phones of 2020 by the company. But there are some rumors about a mid-range smartphone OnePlus Z for a few weeks now. So is the new phone predecessor of the company's 2015's mid-range Oneplus X? Earlier the leaks showed us a mid-range OnePlus phone without any name. Later on, it took the name OnePlus 8 lite. But it is renamed as OnePlus Z by the leakers. XDA-developers.com's Max Weinbach came up with the news first. According to him, the company is referring to the upcoming phone as OnePlus Z. The rumor was also supported by one more technology writer so we can rely on the news so far.
The phone was initially planned to be unveiled along with the OnePlus 8 series at the product announcement page, but the management decided to postpone the launch due to the coronavirus situation. It is estimated by the technology enthusiasts that the phone will be launched by the end of June or by mid-July at max. Another reputed leaker on Twitter hints at the launch in July.
The leaked images by OnLeaks and 91mobiles on Twitter show a phone with a punch-hole display, a possible glass rear panel, and what could be an alert slider like other OnePlus smartphones. These rendered images don't seem to show a headphone port, which might be a big disappointment. We have seen premium smartphone ditch the port in recent years, but mid-range devices tend to stay away from this trend so far. The OnePlus 8 series phone tends to keep the cutout on the left side rather than in the center. There will be a dual-camera series rather than the latest triple or quad-camera system trend.
Despite being the mid-range smartphone, the OnePlus Z has some impressive hardware specs. As per leaks, it might be using a MediaTek processor and a 90Hz screen. For security, it includes an in-display fingerprint sensor, 8GB RAM, 128GB to 256GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery, and 30W charging. The camera system includes a 48MP primary camera lens. The phone would retail for around $500 but we might see some price difference according to the regions they are being launched.
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.
OnePlus 8 was released in April, and now in October, we are getting news about the next OnePlus smartphone. A report suggested that the company might go for an early launch. We don't have much information on the release date yet but hope to get it by mid-march next year. The OnePlus 9 is reportedly known as lemonade. We haven't seen any design renders yet, so the design remains a mystery. The company could continue using the OnePlus 8's design. The latest tip was tweeted by TechDrioder. He says that OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have the following model numbers: OnePlus 9- LE2110, OnePlus 9 Pro- LE2117, LE2119, LE2120, Mysterious Device- LE2127.
OnePlus features a 6.55-inch display on both devices this year, so we can expect to have a similar trend in the future. There are also a few reports about a smaller OnePlus 9 model to compete with the iPhone 12 mini, but there isn't any evidence to prove that claim. The OnePlus 8T features a 120Hz refresh rate, which we also expect to feature on the OnePlus 9 series. As for the hardware specs, the phone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 to power the smartphone line mated to at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
As the trend of getting heavier batteries is increasing, we might see a larger battery on OnePlus 9 as well. OnePlus 8 was priced at $699 that made it among the cheapest flagship smartphones in 2002; a year when we saw premium smartphones getting higher than $1,000. OnePlus dropped some dollars from the price tag by skipping features like IP rating and wireless charging capabilities. In a way, that makes sense to have these two features reserved only for pro models. A flagship phone that costs more than $700 needs an IP rating and wireless charging.
We knew that the phone was coming but now it's finally here. Yes, we are talking about the much speculated Essential phone by Andy Rubin. In case you don't know yet, let us tell you that Andy Rubin is the original CEO and the main man behind the Android OS from days when Google didn't even own Android. Essential is his own start-up company and aka the Essential phone. Now that we have cleared that up, it's time to take a look and see what makes this phone special.
Top of the Line Specs
The phone truly doesn't hold back on any specs at all. Take a look at them below to see what we are talking about here.
Ceramic-glass build with Gorilla Glass 5 in front
5.7-inch LTPS bezel-less display with a resolution of 2560x1312 and an aspect ratio of 19:10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage
Dual 13-megapixel rear cameras with a telephoto lens, Laser and Phase Detection Autofocus, dual LED flash and 4K recording
8-mp front camera with 4K recording
Unique Digital assistant
3,040mAh battery with fast charging
Essential has taken on modularity; something in which both LG and Google has failed previously. However, it has taken the Lenovo route in doing so by opting for a magnetic connector at its back to allow for accessories; much in the same way the Moto Z does it. At this time, there are only two accessories available; a 360-degree camera ($199) and a charging dock.
We cannot help but see a striking similarity between the Essential phone and the Xiaomi Mi Mix! What do you think?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset has been unveiled, setting the stage for new flagships in 2018. It's still going to be a few months of course before we see the chip in action inside any smartphone, but till then, here is everything that you need to know.
· Semi-custom ARM Cortex Kryo 385 CPU and Adreno 630 GPU built on Samsung's 2nd gen 10nm LPP FinFET process
· 2 MB of shared L3 cache
· Four performance cores with clock speeds up to 2.8 GHz and four energy efficient cores with a max clock speed of 1.7 GHz
· 25% increase in performance as compared to the SD 835 CPU
· 30% improvement in graphics and video rendering performance by the GPU
· The Adrenon630 can support 120Hz displays of 2K resolutions
· 30% better energy-efficiency
· room-scale 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)
· 3rd generation Vector DSP with HVX, aka the Hexagon 685. It is optimized for AI and imaging workloads
· Support for Google's Android Nueral Networks API, Open Neural Network Exchange and TensorFlow Lite
· Support for 480 fps slow motion 720p video, 60 fps video recording at up to 16-mp resolution
· Ability to capture 64 times more high-dynamic range color information than the SD 835
· multi-frame noise reduction
· accelerated software image stabilization
· temporal filtering with motion compensation
· 10-bit HDR support and support for the Rec. 2020 gamut for 4K/Ultra HD content
· Improved Wi-Fi modem and X20 LTE modem
· Support for License Assisted Access (LAA) for unlicensed spectrum, dual SIM with dual VoLTE, 4×4 MIMO on up to 3 carriers and 5x carrier aggregation
· Diversity-enhanced 60 GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi for stronger multi-gigabit coverage at speeds up to 4.6 Gbps
· 802.11ac Wi-Fi with up to a 16 times faster connection setup, simultaneous dual-band support, and 30% more capacity utilization
If all this didn't blow you over, don't worry because there's a lot more and you can check it all out in details at Android Authority.
Microsoft launched its first Smart augmented reality Glass, called "HoloLens" few days ago along with Windows 10. This augmented reality kit has its own computing power, rivaling that of current laptops, and spacial sound technology for holographic processing, able to understand what you are looking at, understand your voice, and run without any wires, processing terabytes of information in real time. No phone is required, no PC connection, and, as we mentioned, no cables even, which is really crazy.
The Holo Studio was also announced a platform that allows you to create for the new Windows Holographic experience and the HoloLens device in a jiffy. The demonstration showed a quad-copter being imagined and created with Holo Studio, then 3D-printed as a physical object. Wired magazine sat down with Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, and featured the cool new products and services developed under his supervision long and hard, but what attracted our attention were the details about HoloLens.
Microsoft is apparently planning to roll the headgear to influential opinion-makers at first, the kind of folks that would give TED talks, for instance, and engage the ever-critical development community to take a long and hard look at what can be done with the holographic abilities of HoloLens, only then rolling them out to retail, so that your kid can play 3D Minecraft with their buddies. To know More about Microsoft HoloLens, Check out the Infographic below detailing its build and abilities, and also Microsoft's Official Promo video below.
Samsung is rumored to launch its New Note 5 series later this year (September,2015). We have some confirmed and unconfirmed reports regarding the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Note 5 Edge Specifications, Design and components. Here's what we know so far...
Galaxy Note 5 Design & Variants
The New Note 5 series is expected to launch in two variants (Regular and Edge). Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge will pack a dual-edge display, both variants will have the same design as the Galaxy S6 with the same front and back Gorilla Glass 4 panels, metal frame and unibody.
Galaxy Note 5 Hardware
We already reported before that Samsung Mobile has already began mass production of a 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory chips on the market and consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts) too.
These 4GB Ram chips will be Available by Late 2015 and it's reported that the Galaxy Note 5 will pack the same LPDDR4 4GB Ram chips.
The Note 5 is expected to pack the New USB Type-C which is a cable with both ends are the same, allowing for reversible plug orientation. You also don't need to worry about plugging it in upside down. In terms of speed, it's much faster than any USB 3 cable.
Galaxy Note 5 Software
The device will launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Out-of-the-box packing Material Design TouchWiz UI. It will indeed get an update to Android M by early next year (2016). Android M will bring lots of UI improvements and New Features that you can Check them out HERE.
Galaxy Note 5 Display
According to the latest reports, Samsung will start manufacturing Ultra HD Super AMOLED display panels with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels for Galaxy Note 5. Samsung's Semiconductor and Display Technology leaked road-map workshop last year hinted again at having higher-resolution UHD smartphone displays in the pipeline for late 2015.
These panels will use "diamond pixel", a non-standard pixel matrix arrangement that is closer to PenTile, packing a 762ppi pixel density nobody would notice the individual pixels on the screen anyway.
Galaxy Note 5 Price
As always, The Korean giant flagship Phablet will have a flagship price as well. The Note 5 is expected to launch with a Price tag starts from $899 and Note 5 Edge variant with a Price tag starts from $999, kindly note that these prices will varry from market to market.
Galaxy Note 4 Release Date
Looking at Samsung's unpacked events date in the past 3 years, we can surely expect the Galaxy Note 5 to launch sometimes during the period between (September - October 2015). The Korean giant will held a 2nd episode of it's 2015 Unpacked event for the Note 5 and will probably unveil a New Galaxy Gear VR and Gear Smartwatch.
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)
You might know about "Burj Khalifa", a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which is currently considering the tallest man-made structure in the world, standing at 829.8 meter (2722 feet) tall.
Well, what you don't know that this enormous building, Burj Khalifa, was constructed by Samsung Engineering & Construction of South Korea.
Yes, One of Samsung's divisions built Burj Khalifa making it on Top list of the construction firms worldwide. However, there were some partners with Samsung on constructing the tower but the Korean giant made the main design and the engineering work (Photo below shows a Samsung's Engineer working on construction site at burj khalifa, Year 2010).
South Korean's Samsung Engineering & Construction made many other buildings and projects all around the world. You can check the source link below to know more about the Burj Khalifa project in company's official website.
The Galaxy S8 has brought true desktop experience onto a mobile phone, thanks to DeX. However, here are a few things that you need to know about the app, before you decide to buy the S8 or the S8+ based on that feature.
You NEED the Dock
You will have to shell out an additional $160 to buy the DeX Dock because it simply won't work without it. The dock has an HDMI port, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a cooling fan and it even charges the phone. Apart from the monitor itself and the connecting wire, this is the only other accessory you will need.
It Resembles Windows
The experience is not unlike what we are all used to seeing from Windows computers. The app window is at the bottom left corner, just like the Windows button and you can minimize, maximize or multitask on the monitor just like on a fully-fledged PC or Mac.
You May Not Really Need it!
We cannot deny that the idea and the implementation is excellent this time around and even beats the Microsoft Continuum system in a few things. However, since it is not exactly a laptop replacement, we are not sure if you really can find it useful! It's not like you can carry around a monitor in addition to a phone and a dock while travelling. At home or office, you already have a laptop or two, so Samsung may need to find some good uses for it very soon, if they want DeX to be a major selling factor for the Galaxy S8 series.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After all the speculation, rumors and leaks that had been surrounding the two upcoming handsets for months, they are finally here. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the MWC 2018 yesterday and here's everything that you need to know about the two handsets.
The Big Change
Perhaps one of the biggest changes which the S-series saw this year with the S9 and the S9+ was the stark separation between the regular and the "Plus" model. Following Apple's footsteps, the S9 will now come with a comparatively inferior single camera setup, while only the S9+ will be sporting the dual camera setup. Additionally, the S9 will just be having 4GB of RAM, while the S9+ will enjoy better multitasking with 6GB of RAM.
The lenses on smartphone cameras are usually so small that variable aperture has never really been a feasible option, until now. Apparently, both the S9 and the S9+ will be featuring a camera with variable aperture. Which means that when there's ample natural light to work with the user will be able to use f/2.4 for sharper images, but when the amount of light available is too low, the lens will switch to an ultra-high aperture size of f/1.5 to allow a great deal of light to enter though the lens.
Super Slow Motion
Just like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, the S9 and S9+ are capable of capturing super slow-motion videos at 960fps, but at 720p only. It lasts just for a few seconds, but kicks in at the right time by automatically detecting motion.
Not only are the speakers louder this year, the earpiece will also act as a second speaker, making it a stereo combination. The actual sound quality is not much different from what we saw on the Galaxy S8 last year though.
Repositioned Fingerprint Scanner
The fingerprint scanner has been repositioned under the camera this year around, which is an expected and welcome change.
Yup, it's quite similar to Apple's Animojis, with a few added features. Now you will be able to create animated versions of yourself with the AR Emoji feature on an Android smartphone as well, if that sort of thing appeals to you of course.
The S9 and the S9+ look quite similar to the S8 and S8+ with their identical QHD+, 18.5:9, Super AMOLED displays at 5.8 and 6.2-inches respectively, but both of them are packing much more powerful hardware underneath, thanks to either the Exynos 9810 SoC or the SD 845 SoC. All other specs from the S8 and S8+ are almost the same and Samsung has still retained the 3.5mm audio jack thankfully! Color options for the devices include Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple in the US.
Although the pricing details have not yet been revealed, the phones will become available in stores from March 16. As always, pre-orders will open much sooner.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There is less than three months left in the Galaxy S10's launch and yet, we already know nearly everything that anyone might want to know about the device. Of course, most of it is based on leaks, rumors and intelligent speculations, but given the high rate of accuracy which the modern rumors and leaks boast of, we would say the following paints a pretty realistic picture of what is to be expected in February.
3 Variants of the Galaxy S10
Similar to what Apple did with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR earlier in the year, Samsung will likely release three variants of the Galaxy S10 as well, namely the S10, S10 Plus and the S10 Lite (the cheapest of the three).
A launch date in late February is expected, or more precisely, in between February 25 - 28, because that's when the Mobile World Congress 2019 will be held next year. Once it has been launched, we can expect the S10 series to go on sale somewhere in mid-March, with preorders likely starting much earlier.
Depending on the model concerned, the number of cameras will differ, so take a look at the following to know what to expect.
· Galaxy S10 Plus: 2 front sensors + 4 rear sensors
· Galaxy S10: 2 front sensors + 3 rear sensors
· Galaxy S10 Lite: Unknown
Although all the exact specifications are unknown, rumors predict that the primary camera will be a 16mp shooter, alongside a 13mp telephoto lens and a 12mp wide angle lens.
A nearly bezel-less design with just a punch hole cut out for the front camera sensors is what the Galaxy S10 will likely sport and that's being hailed as the Infinity-O display. Expect the display sizes to be 5.8", 6.2" and 6.44" but rumors have also suggested that a 5G capable, gigantic Galaxy S10 with 6.6" display might also exist. All panels will be Super AMOLED of course.
At this point, it is anyone's guess really, but even the cheaper Galaxy S10 Lite will probably start somewhere around the $849 mark, while the S10 and S10 Plus will likely start around $999 and $1199.
In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
The technology is quite old by now, but Samsung doesn't have any phone in the market that has the in-display fingerprint scanner yet unfortunately. The Galaxy S10 will change that for sure by being the first Samsung device to sport an invisible, in-display fingerprint scanner. However, the faster, ultrasonic scanners might only be reserved for the S10 and S10 Plus, while the S10 Lite will have to do with a comparatively slower in-display fingerprint scanner.
The 3.5mm headphone jack will be retained thankfully and so will the Bixby button unfortunately! The international variants will invariably sport the 8nm Exynos 9820 chip, while American, Chinese and some other variants will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 to power them. At least 6GB of RAM is to be expected, with pricier 8GB RAM options also being present. Rumor also has it that the S10 Plus might have a variant with 1TB of internal storage, which is quite believable, give that the Note 9 does have a 512GB variant available already. Samsung's new OneUI will definitely be running on top of Android P on all of the three devices.
Do take a look at the linked videos and images to get an idea of what you can expect, but do keep an open mind because these are after all, still just rumors and speculations, until the device has been released officially.
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.
If you are thinking about the upcoming Mass Effect game, then you probably do not know about Google's ongoing work where the internet giant is planning to bring the Chrome OS and the Android OS together as one. Although Google has not yet made it official, Project Andromeda is very much alive and probably has the alternate name of Fuchsia.
Fuchsia will expand Google's reach to devices of all kind; be it fully-fledged computers or advanced mobile devices. If you are wondering whether Android will be discontinued in the wake of this new OS, it won't be, at least not exactly anyway! Although Andromeda will eventually replace Android as the base OS, the latter will probably be retained as a legacy API within the OS.
The main advantage which Fuchsia will bring over the Android OS is its ability to simultaneously provide updates to all devices running on it. It could potentially eliminate the Android fragmentation issues, ensuring better security and uniformity across multiple devices. Reports indicate that Google is testing out Andromeda on the next gen Qualcomm flagship SD 835 SoC. Whether that means the first Fuchsia powered device will be released in 2017 or not, remains to be seen.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Android P aka Android OS v9.0 is the next version of Android that is being beta tested by Google and a few other OEMs at the moment, prior to its full commercial release. In case you are wondering about the OS, know that there will be a number of big changes this year and they can be summarized as follows.
Overhauled Navigation System
Android P is taking a gesture-based route to navigation, so check out the following gesture commands to get an idea of what to expect.
· Access to the recent apps tab will be granted by a swipe up
· Long swipe/double quick swipe to access the app drawer
Also, the back button will only appear where applicable.
A More Colorful and Faster UI
Circular and colorful icons are immediately visible on the Developer Previews and the improved animation system makes it feel superfast.
Better Battery Life
Every version of the new Android OS promises this and while it might be true, we are not sure if the new OS versions really do make too much of a difference though. Nevertheless, Android P promises to maximize your battery life through machine learning. Adaptive brightness, adaptive battery use and limited CPU usage are all things that Google is aiming for with this version of the OS.
App Actions and Slices
If you use an app for a certain purpose often on your phone, App Actions will recommend and create shortcuts that will help you do it faster the next time around. Slices on the other hand is an even more advanced functionality of the Google Assistant that will make more intelligent decisions, based on your voice commands.
There are also multiple other minor but helpful improvements to the OS as well, like an instant screenshot editor and pop-up zoom while highlighting text. The fact that volume changes made via hardware button is now always mapped to media by default is a very welcome change.
Third Party Smartphones are Also getting Beta This Time
Unlike every other year, Google has surprisingly opened up the early access Beta doors to Sony, Nokia, Xiaomi, Vivo, OnePlus and Oppo via Project Treble. Just in case you are wondering, yes, it's definitely available on all the Pixels as well!
That about wraps it up for now, but this is far from being the complete list. We will keep you updated once the final version releases in August (hopefully).
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.
For months, tech blogs and even Google itself have leaked so many pictures and videos about the Pixel 4 that it became the most-leaked phone ever. In the process, Google tried to hype the consumer's excitement ahead of its launch alongside other new hardware products at an event being conducted in New York on Tuesday. But the company has already fallen for another tap itself: what else can Google say if no one knows it already?
Here is what we already know about Pixel four. The Pixel is expected to have two rear cameras for one. There are already many smartphones in the market but still, one short of the iPhone 11 has 3 rear-camera. The cameras will be featured in the top-left side of the phone into a square-like fixture, closely resemble to Apple's new smartphone design.
The phone is expected to come in standard and XL sizes, with a soli radar chip to enable more secure facial recognition and air gestures, which has already shown in the YouTube video. According to the leaks, Pixel 4 is available in the orange color that was featured in a giant billboard placed in Times Square promoting the launch event. At the time, when companies are launching foldable devices, Google appears to stick to the simple design. To stay competitive in the market, Google has to deliver an experience that is better than other phones. The company has already less than 1% of the global share of the market.
The pixel is largely a niche product, only available in the US, exclusively on Verizon. Customers can buy an unlocked version from Google or another retail store. The Pixel 3 cost around $799 whereas the new iPhone 11 starts at $699. The pixel will run on Google's latest Android operating system. Beyond the Pixel, Google is expected to show off a 13.3-inch touchscreen laptop called the Pixelbook Go, a Google Watch and an update to its Nest Mini speaker system. Pixel Buds, its answer to Apple's AirPods, will also likely get a refresh, with longer-lasting battery life and a mute feature that automatically turns on when someone else is talking.
Google Pixel 4 introduced two tweaks that you should know about.Google has already rolled out December 2019 update for Pixel 4 that is slowly making its way to the users around the globe, and as we all know already that it introduces e-SIM support on T-mobile. Now, XDA-developers have discovered two more important additions in the update. You can call it more like tweak is it improve the existing features. One is related to the GPS that supports dual-frequency now, and another is related to the improved face unlock feature.
The first feature that is already available on several flagship phones these days, delivering more accurate location tracking. The latter feature is pretty interesting too, as Google now uses recent Face Unlock scans to improve Face Unlock security and accuracy over time. In other words, the more you use facial recognition on Pixel 4, the better it gets. Here's to seeing this option on more phones, be it for face unlock or fingerprint scanning.
Unfortunately, Google still hasn't implemented the retina impression for Face Unlock, which means people can still unlock your phone if you're sleeping or eyes closed. We can hope that Google will add this feature shortly.
The current stable version of Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL is Android 10 and by the next September, users will probably get the Android 11. The users of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL are expected to receive up to three major updates in their lifetime in accordance with Google's smartphone update policy.
Google unveiled several devices in the recently organized launched event - also called Launch Night In. The event was held on September 30, 2002 at 2PM ET. In case you have missed it, Here is Google's launch night In event recap at Google's official Youtube channel. There were two devices that highlighted the event. A chromecast running Google TV and a new Google assistant speaker called Nest Audio.
Google's latest smartphone Pixel 5 isn't a premium smartphone. Instead, it's a 6-inch mid-range mobile device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. The phone has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The device runs on a decent 4080mAh battery that comes with 18W charging speed and wireless charging, that can also charge your Pixel Buds. The phone features a punch hole design to house the front camera and has a display with HD resolution with 90Hz display rate.
Google Pixel has the 12.2-megapixel sensor with 1.4µm pixels that we know so well, with f/1.7 aperture. Joining the main camera is a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, with 1µm pixels and f/2.2 aperture. It captures 107 degrees so you can fit more in. The front camera is an 8-megapixels, f/2.0, with 1.12µm pixels. The phone is IPX8 certified, has an aluminium back and Gorilla Glass 6 covering. The phone is available in black and green colors.
The Pixel 4a has a 5G connectivity support. The device supports 5G unlike its regular model and will cost you $150 more if you want a switch. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processing chip and a bigger 3885mAh battery. The phone isn't available in the market yet, but you can signup for the Google Store wishlist. It is expected to be available by the end of this year. You can purchase the smartphone in white or black colors.
When it comes to storing data, SQL servers are one of the top options around thanks to the effective and flexible database capabilities they bring to the table.
Because of this they are widely used to form the informational backbone of many Android apps, although it is also safe to say that not every developer has decided to leverage this type of database.
If you are thinking about harnessing an SQL server for your next project, here are a few key things to keep in mind.
SQL is comparatively simple
The best thing about SQL, which stands for structured query language, is that in comparison to other fully fledged coding languages, it is somewhat simple to comprehend and apply. This is because the syntax used to create statements does not involve any complex or arcane terms, but instead relies on English words, making the learning curve shallow for any experienced developer.
Of course there are still challenges to overcome; for example, poorly optimized or incorrectly composed statements and processes might cause blocking, which in some circumstances will compromise performance. Even so, there are plenty of tools available to detect and deal with these issues rather than requiring manual intervention, which is a bonus.
There are lots of variables
There is not just one type of SQL server, or even a single form of the language itself that accounts for a majority stake in the market. In fact in the case of Android apps, SQLite is more widely used than elsewhere, because it caters to the smaller scale needs of mobile software and can be found powering mainstream services like Apple's iMessage.
This can make choosing the right approach tricky, especially if you are aiming to build and maintain your own server to host the data for your app. Outsourcing this to a third party vendor may make more sense, in which case you can harness the power of the cloud to take care of your database needs while focusing your attention on making your app as impactful as possible.
Testing & monitoring are essential
Once you have your app up and running and have integrated SQL server support to provide it with data, you cannot simply sit back and wait to reap the rewards. This type of system benefits from constant monitoring and maintenance, since over time the way that data is used, manipulated, augmented and transformed will result in changes to server behavior and performance.
The same applies when you decide to make any changes to the database, whether modifying a single query or completing a more comprehensive amelioration. Monitor it persistently and test out alterations before implementing them to avoid conflicts and mishaps.
Alternatives are available
Even if you need a database for your Android app, you do not need to stick with SQL as your only option, given that there are other systems in play.
The likes of Realm DB, Berkley DB and Couchbase Lite help to make this market more competitive and mean that you can pick and choose the approach that makes the most sense for your needs. At the end of the day, successful database deployment is just one of the things Android developers can do to achieve their aims.
Just a week ago, Oppo decided to tease its upcoming smartphone - The Oppo Reno 3 Pro which is also 5G enabled. The device is equipped with four cameras at the rear side and a thin look. But so far, we have more information on the specs of the phone due to official and unofficial leaks. Starting with the official information available on Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G the official website shows a pair of phones with a quad-camera at the back of the device. There is a punch-hole cutout on the left side on the pro model, and a waterdrop notch on the standard Reno 3. The former decision means the Shark Fin pop-up camera spotted on the Oppo Reno 10x zoom edition isn't available.
On the hardware side, according to Oppo's official website, the Reno 3 Pro 5G is powered by a Snapdraogn 765G, while the vanilla model is powered by a MediaTek 5G chip. MediaTek has only one 5G enabled processor at the moment, which is the flagsip-tier Dimensity 1000 chipset. The interesting thing here is the comparison between Snadpdragon 765G and Dimensity 1000, as the Dimensity 1000 beats the later in terms of power.
According to the unofficial sources, TENNA telecommunications the device will have a punch-hole cutout on the left side of the display, with an identical quad rear camera housing. The TENNA listing also gives some detail on the specs, like a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, an in-display fingerprint, a 3.935mAh battery, 8GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. The quad camera system will have a 48MP primary camera, a 13MP, 8MP, and 2MP camera with 5X zoom. The front camera will have a 32MP selfie lens. The device comes with an Android 10 out-of-box. As per leaked images, there seems no headphone port for this device.
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.
We reported before about the Lexus Hoverboard and showed couple of teasers that were published on YouTube showing this cool thing Hovering on air.
Is it Real ? YES... Lexus has officially unveiled its Hoverboard in Spain. It's sadly not as cool as we expected. firstly, It can't be used anywhere you want... it needs a special "Track" in the ground like the train.
In the video ads, Lexus build a special Park for it, The park is made out of wood that has been painted to look like cement, with an embedded magnetic track that had clearly been covered with some sort of plaster in an effort to conceal it. Strike one: the Lexus board can't be used anywhere you want. Marty McFly would be disappointed.
One more let-down, Lexus hoverboard works with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets, which means it needs to be cooled down to around -180 degrees Celsius using liquid nitrogen in order to achieve levitation. so you gonna need a fresh supply of liquid nitrogen with you all the time. You can watch the full story in the video below.
Knowing some smartphone tricks will allow you to do cool things with your phone. Most people only know basic phone functions. There are so many things that you probably do not know your phone can do beyond making calls and receiving texts. Many phones now have the he capacity to support glitch-free online casino gaming. Visit https://www.cdncasinos.ca for more information about technology and casinos. Some of the smartphone functions can be performed quickly through shortcuts. Here are few cool tricks to get the best out of your smartphone.
1. Shortcut of putting smartphone on silence
Receiving a phone in church, meeting, theater or in the middle of something important can be embarrassing, especially when your phone is not on silence. You can put your smartphone on silence quickly than browsing your settings by pressing any side key (volume key or power button). It will be on silent instantly and you choose to answer it or not.
2. Turn Wi-Fi Off using voice command
Voice command is the hot thing at the moment. You can use your Google Now, Cortana or Siri to turn off your Wi-Fi with your voice. Go to your voice app and command it to turn off Wi-Fi.
3. Use flight mode to reduce smartphone charging time
A phone that takes a lot of time on charger sucks. You can speed up charging by activating flight mode. Also, even if you love online casinos, they will have to wait until your phone is fully charged. Flight mode turns off all background activities and uses less battery power, therefore, increases the rate at which your battery gets charged.
4. Use the volume button to take picture
Taking selfies without a selfie stick can be a hassle when you can't tap your screen digital button to capture. However, you can snap pictures by long-pressing the volume button. This function is on many Android phones and iPhones.
5. Improve picture quality using gridlines
You can enhance the quality of the pictures your smartphones capture by activating camera gridlines. The camera will take a perfect shot on things within the gridlines.
6. Reduce your screen time to avoid possible eye damage
The era of the internet and the introduction of smartphones and computers has led to increased screen time for many people. For example, high school students spend close to three hours everyday playing computer games. But did you know research shows that blue light from mobile phones and computers could be harmful to your retina? That means too much screen time can affect your vision in the long-term, but there is a way out to reduce the risks. Take breaks away from the screen and go for an eye exam if you feel that your vision is deteriorating.
Digital signage is the recent technological development that people are using and exploring. However, these are gaining much popularity from many years all around the globe. The main reason for the popularity of the signage displays is that they work appropriately in the business environment. No matter what the type of business you choose or have the displays are the ways of advertising the products that they supply. Well among these years the signage has gained a lot of the traction which is still going on. On the other hand, there are many industries that are employing and adopting this way of communication and advertising the products.
It considered as the best choice of advertising that is used in the businesses which are proved by the users of the digital signage displays. Moreover, they also offer the benefits of advertising of the products that the company provides. It also offers various great advantages that help in enhancing the profit level of the company and the businesses. Easily connecting with the customers, visitors and traders are some of the advantages that are offered by the displays. However, many studies have claimed that they generate the view of the company then the static display formats that are shown.
The displays are helpful in delivering all the information and the innovative features related to the product or the company. However, the users can easily know all the emergency information that has been delivered by the company related to the product structure. The product description is also delivered by the signage displays that are given on a real-time basis, and also the timetables that are available. In addition to all the advantages, it has also increased the completion among all the business sectors that are dealing in the market.
Furthermore, there are times when the customers are not responding to the printed advertisements that are available. The signage displays have become the biggest helping hand in promoting the product of the companies. Through this upgraded platform to increase the company's sales by promotion. Reading this article further you will get to know all the meaning and the information about the digital signage.
Meaning of the digital signages display
It is the digital installation of the product descriptions in various types of multimedia content. However, these are basically used for the purpose of advertising business products and giving certain information to reliable and attached customers. The displays are considered as the sub-segments of the signage that the businessmen make use for the promotion of their products. On the other hand, these are used to display the content on the digital and technologically managed screens. They are widely used for relying on information like news, live weather, etc.
Moreover, the digital displays are known as the popular types of electronic displays of the information. This is the best used to give all the product descriptions to the general public about the private business environment. However, many of the digital signages are used in public places, transportation facilities, retail shops, and many other places. The main reason for placing the displays is that the general public can get aware of the products that are arising in the market. In addition to this, they can also get information about the business world.
Since the digital displays are used by many industries for advertising their products, these act as the benefit for the producers that are producing the goods. They are also used by the retailers to promote their special product offers that they set up for the customers. Apart from public places, this display signage is used in universities for providing information about the college. This is much beneficial in sharing all the communication information to the visitors and the guests that are there in the universities.
Why digital signage displays so popular?
The main reason for the popularity of digital displays is that they are having an easy to watch format than any other formats. However, the moving objects and the visual images strike the mind of the people fast than using any other wording for the promotion of the product. They are even updated by information in the faster way of the products that are available in the market. On the other hand, all the signage screens move frequently and change their messages as per the decided formats. It even benefits the viewers so that they remain updated about the information that is given.
Moreover, people can easily share all the information in the global market because of these screen displays. Among the best reason that is considered is that they can easily promote the format of advertising. Some of the benefits are mentioned below-
- It saves money- though the cost of implementing the technique is more than the printed way of advertisement, there is a surety of generating the return of investment easily in the business. Thus, this is the best benefit that digital advertisement would normally produce. There are many costs involved in printed advertisements that require a huge investment. But replacing the printed advertisements with the digital advertisements the businessmen can save a lot of cost for the advertisement of their product.
- Environment-friendly- reducing the usage of paper for printing the advertisement will result in having an environment-friendly method of advertisement. This is performed by the business units. However, this reduces the management of single paperwork.
- Increases sales- research shows that the digital way of advertisements increases the sales of the product that is advertised. However, this method is particularly done in supermarkets and retail shops. Moreover, this is the best method to make customers aware of the products that the business is supplying. Because of all the information flashed in front of them they can be convinced to buy that product. Thus, it results in increasing the sales of the product.
Hence, these were some of the benefits related to using the digital signage displays for the promotion of the product. So, use this format of advertising to promote your business and give all the information about the product that you produce.
It's been a little over a month since Apple's new iOS 9 was rolled out. Just a few days later, Apple announced that its new operating system had been installed on more than 50% of active iPhones and iPads, which made it the fastest adoption rate in the company's successful history.
It's undoubtedly an exciting time, not only for Apple fans but gamers at large. Why? iOS 9 introduces a series of game-changing (pardon the pun) features and engines which, if proven as successful as tech experts predict, will have an industry-wide impact. After all, mobile gaming is a $25 billion per year industry on both iOS and Android. It's actually expected to surpass console games in terms of revenue by the end of the 2015.
Let's take a detailed look at the iOS 9 features which will make a difference in the way we play on smartphones, and explore what each one means for end users.
3D Touch: Being Under Pressure is Great
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3D Touch is the innovation cornerstone of Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, as it brings brand new ways to interact with the screen. Since their popularization in the late 2000s and up to now, touchscreens have been registering a set series of gestures: tapping, swiping or pinching. 3D Touch brings new gestures into play, which Apple has named "peek" and "pop." iPhone screens now respond to actual levels of pressure instead of mere touch or finger movement. As demonstrated in the Special Event Apple this September, this technology - dubbed "the next generation of multi-touch enables you to preview an email, by pressing lightly, or make it pop up by pressing harder. Similarly, users can access different interface features and shortcuts by applying different levels of pressure.
There are, of course, many more applications to this haptic technology and gaming is perhaps the most interesting area at least according to Wired magazine, which has welcomed it as "Apple's biggest gaming innovation." These new gesture options will effectively enable game developers to make complex games more intuitive and improve on the shortcomings of mobile gaming controls in comparison to other platforms.
Among the first games to take advantage of 3D Touch was an App Store Editor's Pick, futuristic racing simulator AG Drive. While accelerating and breaking your vehicle used to require tapping and holding different points on the screen, developer company ZORG has now mapped acceleration to 3D Touch, adding new depth to the already acclaimed game.
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Another interesting case is multi-award winning platform puzzle BADLAND. Frogmind games recently updated the addictive side-scroller with 3D Touch-based controls which help players navigate stages, as well as new optional "force objects" available in the level editor. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade, is the first game developed specifically for the iPhone 6s. It is based on the popular tabletop strategy game franchise of the same name. In Warhammer, pressure is mapped to zoom controls to allow players to zoom in on the action.
According to the Entertainment Software Association's annual report, casual, puzzle and card games are the most frequently played genres, reaching an impressive 77% of all games played on mobile devices. After the introduction of 3D Touch, developers within these genres have been implementing the technology in the most creative of ways to make their app stand out. While games like Zombie Tsunami have opted to feature 3D Touch merely in mini-games and menus, the potential is great - and smart, innovative use will prove catalytic in making a game more popular.
ReplayKit: Play it again, Sam.
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Although iOS 9's new ReplayKit is a tool for developers, its implementation has certainly been swift and clear to gamers. ReplayKit easily enables videogame creators to implement game recording and sharing features, so that you can share your accomplishments with friends and social networks.
It seems that Apple has wisely picked up on the latest trends in eSports and the growing popularity of game streaming services, such as Twitch.tv. More people than ever -71 million in 2014, as reported by SuperData Research - watch competitive gaming events while e-gaming revenue predicted to hit $465 million in 2017 according to research firm NewZoo. Replaying your own games and watching others' sessions for enjoyment as well as tips and tricks seems to be all the rage right now, and iOS 9 brings that functionality right to your fingertips.
Many iOS games were already touching upon this trend by providing gamers with detailed history and stats on their previous games, such as PokerStars Mobile. The popular poker app, which recently added a range of games for the casino market, dedicates a whole section of their app to a history feature, giving gamers the chance to follow their progress closely. However, the introduction of ReplayKit technology makes this process more visually appealing, by introducing video and also adds the capacity to conveniently edit and add voice-over commentary.
This feature was welcomed by gaming companies and implemented almost overnight, as a number of games have already been updated to include it. One of the first was Gang Nations, the popular combat strategy game for iPhone and Android. It now enables players to record their battles with rival gangs and share them on social networks. Many more games, such as Breakneck and Playdemic's Sims-like hit Village Life followed suit and more are still to come.
GameplayKit and Model I/O: Under the Hood
One of the three game developer-exclusive kits Apple introduced in iOS 9 is the aptly named GameplayKit. It encompasses a series of tools that handle gameplay logic - randomness, simulation, pathfinding... Similarly, Model I/O is designed to light 3D models in both game and app design. Finally, the pre-existing game-specific SpriteKit, SceneKit and Metal have been updated to developers' delight, allowing for better use of the iPhone's central and graphics processors.
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If all this sounds a bit too technical, but don't worry. All you need to know is that in effect, these tools will help developers create more immersive games with more complex rules and ultimately, better gameplay and more realistic graphics than ever. Apple promises that it will bring "console-grade" games to its devices.
For a taste of Apple's SceneKit, used for powering 3D games, you can check out the free fast-paced game Marballistic, where you control a marble ball frantically jumping from platform to platform.
Game Center: Let your Friends Play
Game Center, Apple's social gaming network, has also received a handy add-on. With the advent of iOS 9, Game Center supports guest players. Device owners no longer have to worry about friends borrowing their phone to try out games and messing up their stats, high-scores and achievements. Said friends can now play as guest players - in fact, up to three players can play real-time games and up to a massive fifteen players can play turn-based games on iOS 9.
Battery life and App Thinning: Every Little Bit Helps
iOS 9 promises to deliver up to 4 hours longer battery life than before thanks to under-the-hood performance tweaks and a new feature called Low Power Mode. By automatically disabling unneeded services, Low Power Mode enables you to conserve juice so there's more there when you feel like gaming. This feature seems similar to Sony's Battery STAMINA mode and brings a much needed update to iPhone's battery life, which is promised to also last longer because of hardware optimization.
On top of that, Apple introduced a new technology named App Thinning. It allows for apps to be optimized for specific devices, so that downloaded packages don't include irrelevant files and are, as a result, less chunky. This way, devices are left with more available space, while games are faster to install and launch.
iOS 9's reviews have been stellar, especially in terms of gaming capabilities. Now it's up to the developers to utilize all that it has to offer. As gamers, all we have to do is explore their efforts and decide for ourselves.
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The Apple September Event is finally over and now we know everything (almost) that there is to know about the upcoming gadgets and smartphones from Apple. Since the time for rumors is over, let us delve right into what was unveiled by the company earlier today and list the details revealed by the company regarding the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7
Chipset: It will use the Apple A10 chip which offers a performance boost of 40% over last year's A9 chip, at a clock speed of 2.44GHz (hopefully).
Display: 4.7-inch 750 × 1334 pixels HD Retina Display with enhanced 3D Touch, which was declared to be 25% brighter than the iPhone 6s' screen.
Camera: 12-megapixel primary camera with OIS. It offers better exposure, lower aperture and a sensor that's 60% faster than that of the iPhone 6s. The front camera has an enhanced 7-megapixel sensor with Auto Image Stabilisation.
Battery: Apple claimed that the iPhone would last a user 12-hours while browsing on LTE networks. No other specific details were revealed.
Storage, release date and price: You can pre-order the 32GB, 128GB and 256GB variants of the iPhone 7 for USD 649, USD 749 and USD 849 respectively, starting from September 9. It will go on worldwide sale officially from September 16.
Color Options: Jet Black (128GB and 256GB only), Matte Black, Silver, Rose Gold and Gold.
The iPhone 7 comes with two stereo speakers and the new speaker has been placed on top of the phone. It is also the first iPhone to sport IP67 certification for water-resistance. Expectedly, Apple has done away with the 3.5mm jack, but has included an adapter to connect your old headphones to it via the lightning port, which will directly accept the bundled lightning EarPods. As we reported earlier, the iPhone 7 does not have a physical Home button; instead, there's a solid state Home button now, which is pressure sensitive and provides varying haptic feedbacks depending on the use.
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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 new iPhone 12 hasn't been announced yet but we are expecting it really soon. That's just a rumor for now, but we might expect to see it in an event on October 13. The rumors suggest that there will be iPhone 12 max, iPhone 12 pro, and iPhone 12 pro max, with the entry-level iPhone 12 mini in the series. In such a case, you will have more choice than ever this year, especially with the iPhone SE that was launched in the beginning of this year. Apple's September 15 event focused on the Apple watch 6, iPad Air, a new iPad, and the Apple One subscription services.
Another report on the release date, which comes from "multiple suppliers in China", suggests that the iPhone 12 range won't be announced until late October, with the 4G models hitting stores shortly after, while the 5G iPhone 12 models won't go on sale until November. There are some clouds on the release date, but the most leaks suggest October 13 as the expected date.
We are expecting some big changes from Apple this year, including the 5G network support. With 5G networks rolling out in different regions of the world, the iPhone 12 will be more future-proof than its predecessor. The iPhone 12 series display will be starting from a tiny 5.4 inches to big 6.7 inches. The latest A14 Bionic processing chip will be another upgrade in power and will have a positive impact on the battery life too. For the price tag expect $649 / £700 / AU$1,200 or more.
A recent benchmark suggests that A14 Bionic single-core and multi-core performed better than the Snapdragon 865 that was used in almost all Android flagships in 2020. The overall score is also higher than the iPhone 11 pro max. That said, the scores are pretty good, and the iPhone 12 series is to be much faster than many existing flagship smartphones. The iPhone 12 series is also going to have a slight bump in the RAM area and might go from 4GB to 6GB though the standard phone might stick with 4GB. A few leaks suggest that iPhone 12 will not have a bigger number in battery and might rely on the processing chip for the speed. The phone will be using a lighting cable instead of USB-C.
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.
Credit: Apple's Website
On October 13th, 2020, Apple hosted an event unveiling "the world's smallest, thinnest, lightest 5G phone": the iPhone 12 Mini. This phone was marketed for everything from its compact size and new designs to its impressive nighttime camera mode. In 2020, Apple has presented the world with four new iPhones to the public (impressive after the release of the iPhone 11 series in 2019), which are the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max (only released as recently as November 13th).
This new iPhone series gained a lot of popularity due to its promise of insane bandwidth speed, but it is a wonder to most people how much Apple changed with this new iPhone release. Also, with the iPhone 12 Max Pro standing as the most expensive phone on the market currently, it is curious whether it would be worth the investment. In the month following its release, users have had plenty of time to try the new release and review whether it was a hit or not. Read on to see whether any of the phones in the iPhone 12 series are worth the purchase, or whether you should hold onto your current phone (and money).
Each model in the iPhone 12 series is guaranteed to support "5G in the sub-6GHz spectrum," according to FastCompany's article "Only One of Apple's New iPhone's Supports the Fastest 5G." A big plus of this includes faster streaming, less lag, and FaceTiming using only cellular data instead of being connected to a WiFi network. Apple gives you the option to toggle between 5G and 4G network, which greatly impacts battery life.
Smaller, Faster, Advanced Processing Chip
Apple also totes the A14 Bionic, supposedly the fastest chip in any smartphone on the market. Combined with the 5G, this would make your new iPhone comparable to a new computer or iPad, processing 11 trillion operations per second. This chip claims to be the "first" of its kind in the industry by Apple. It is smaller, lower in power consumption per the amount of work output and 40% higher processing than its predecessor, the A13 Bionic.
According to Apple's website, both the wide and ultra-wide cameras are complete with night mode - making for some incredible night pictures. The new wide camera mode captures 27% more light, creating brighter, clearer and sharper images in the daytime and at night. Apple has introduced a new camera that is on par with a Nikon DSLR, a feat many mainstream smartphones have been trying to achieve. "[The] first camera ever to record in Dolby Vision," Apple has announced on their website.
Considering their size difference and smaller batteries, the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 have both passed a battery test with decent battery life expenditure. A battery life test consists of playing back videos nonstop (on 5G) from 100% battery life until it dies and seeing how long the battery life lasted. The iPhone 12 mini lasted seven hours and twenty-five minutes, the iPhone 12 lasted eight hours and twenty-five minutes (ten hours and twenty-three minutes on 4G), the iPhone 12 Pro lasted nine hours and six minutes (eleven hours and twenty-five minutes on 4G) and the iPhone 12 Pro Max lasted ten hours and fifty-three minutes. The iPhone 12 Pro Max nearly beat the Galaxy S20 Ultra's twelve-hour and three-minute reign.
With Apple raising the bar in just about every category of modern cell phone improvement, it still tried to combine the old iPhone design with the new one. With just about every smartphone trying to make their design bigger and thinner, the iPhone went back to its roots with a smaller design in the iPhone 12 mini. This could be a pro or a con but only time will tell.
However, it doesn't seem that people love the sleek metal design combined with the small size as this makes for a looser grip on your (very expensive) phone. Apparently, the new edges are also sharpened, and several users have reported gripping their phones too tight and scarred their palms.
While Apple has tried to improve the battery life of the iPhone 12, it appears that this has fallen through with the creation of a smaller battery. Several users have claimed they have needed to charge their phone several times during the day, most likely due to however they use their apps and functions. Many people have also reviewed that they haven't experienced a huge leap in faster processing with any of the iPhone 12's, except the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Overall, it appears like most people can save their money on the newest addition to the iPhone family. Unless you are a diehard Apple fan who updates their phones with each new release, you might want to hold onto your iPhone 8 a little longer. On a sidenote, if your Apple device has trouble with oracle form migration, you might find your solution here and how to fix it!
The revenue stats make it clear, mobile gaming is immensely popular. It is estimated that in 2018, revenues of mobile games will hit $70.3 billion, which is more than 50% than the overall gaming revenue of $137.9 billion. Mobile gaming has grabbed hold of the market because it's affordable (many mobile games are free to play) and they're accessible (players can access high-quality games on the go).
But the influence of mobile devices on gaming goes far beyond the financials. They have also had an impact on the wider games industry, changing how developers both on and off mobile devices create and market their titles.
In July 2016, Niantic released a little game called Pokemon GO. The game allowed players to explore the real-world, catching Pokemon, battling for territory, and more. It also features a "buddy" system that allows Pokemon to accompany players as they explore for greater rewards.
Pokemon GO's success has impacted Let's Go Pokemon, the upcoming main Pokemon games for Nintendo Switch. The Poke Ball Plus device allows players to select a Pokemon and take them for a stroll by carrying them "within" the device, earning rewards when they return. The mechanic is directly borrowed from Pokemon GO and shows the impact of that game's success.
You may well be familiar with the concept of SMS/text games e.g Never Have I Ever and 20 Questions, smartphones have allowed SMS integration to be kicked up a notch. These days, there is even greater integration and it's quite common for game developers to text you about updates to their mobile games or even to send you links to install their apps.
The use of SMS even allows gamers - on mobile or on other platforms - to get bonuses for other games. In some cases, this involves rewards when you've referred a new player via text or, like some no deposit bonus casino offers, players are able to activate their bonuses via text. In some casino promotions, free spins are delivered via text, with players able to verify and accept their free spins before jumping into the games they want to play.
Gaming that allows players on PC and console has been a concept for a while, but with the rise of mobile gaming, that has been kicked up a notch. Mobile gaming allows players to play games on the go, but people still want to play with their friends and squad members, making cross-play a winning feature.
The mobile version of Fortnite is just the latest example of this, as its cross-platform play lets players on PC, PS4, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices to play alongside one another. While there are some technical hurdles, such as limits on using keyboard and mouse support to get ahead, it has shown other game developers why they need the feature.
The revenue shows that mobile gaming is only growing in popularity. This means that its influence on the wider industry is only set to grow, not fade. What are the next impacts we could see? Portable console screens? More free to play, casual titles. It will be exciting to find out.
Apart from being one of the world's happiest and economically successful nations, Swedes know how to have fun legally and responsibly. The answer here lies in the legal gambling activities available both on the Internet as well as in the brick-and-mortar casinos. The Swedish government is the one in charge of the gambling activities in the states and thus ensures high levels of security in the field attracting more and more people both in the Northern Europe as well as from all over the world to try Scandinavian casinos online.
Historically, Swedes have been actively gambling from the beginning of the 19th century. This activity became legalized in 1943 with the purchasing and nationalization of Tipstjänst by the Swedish government. Today, the government still runs this industry with new online casino development including https://allacasinononline.com/nya-casinon/ being one of the main attractions of tourists as well as locals.
What Are The Most Popular Games In Online Gambling For Swedes?
As already mentioned, the Swedish government owns and runs all entities connected to the gambling industry. There are four land-based casinos in Sweden, all located in relatively big cities like Stockholm, and Malmö. However, they are not capable of satisfying an ever-growing demand for these services from all corners of the country as well as from abroad.
That is why online developers have been particularly active lately. There is a wide variety of online casinos, betting services, and so on available on the Internet all with outstanding design, customer support as well as aggressive marketing campaigns. Let us look at what kind of games do Swedish prefer the most to get a complete picture of the gambling situation in the country.
Here are some of the games and gambling activities which Swedes tend to adore:
● online slots: progressive jackpot slots are especially popular among Swedes. Swedish gamblers have proved to be successful at winning large-money prizes over the past few years. These include games like Cosmic Fortune and Divine Fortune;
● online poker: Svenska Spel offers its own form of online poker games for real gambling fanatics with poker ranking among the most favorite games of Swedes;
● sports betting: gambling on football, live racing across the country, ice hockey and many others. And everything is legal, do not forget this!
● lotto: with an obvious name for a game of true vikings, Viking Lotto, is active in several states like Denmark, Iceland, and Finland. You can buy tickets to participate in the lotto activities through Svenska Spel's website being the state-run website for casinos.
To wrap it up, online gambling is incredibly developed in Sweden given its lasting history as well as legalization on the state's level. High-security levels, as well as considerable competition among the web developers creating for state's online gambling services, make this industry a thriving one. Whatever your preferences may be, online or offline, you will definitely find an ultimate option for your gambling inner self. Do not let this, though, become more than a fun way to spend your time!
Online gambling has never been more popular than it is today. People around the world love placing bets on sports events, play online poker or spend their time spinning reels and chase 21 in blackjack. One thing is for sure; more players will rely on their mobile phones to gamble on the Internet and further neglect their laptop or PC.
When it comes to mobile gambling, whether it's on Android or iOS, there are a few things to consider to ensure that you have a smooth experience with no drawbacks. Here is what you should look out for in 2020.
Avoid downloading casino and betting apps
When smartphones first became popular, it was all about the apps. Games, social networks, news; users started to download hundreds of apps to their phones because it was the thing to do. Quickly, though, it became apparent that there were some serious drawbacks with native applications. Buggy behaviour, large file sizes, missing features; apps didn't live up to the standard that users were used to from the web.
With online casinos and betting operators, it is very similar. In most instances, downloading such app only gives you limited access to games, and due to their complexity, you will quickly exhaust your phone's local storage.
Luckily, most gambling sites optimised their content for the mobile web, making it possible to sign-up, deposit, play games, and withdraw winning straight in your mobile web browser. If you register with a leading casino brand such as LeoVegas or one of their sister site, you can be sure to have a stellar experience wherever you are in the world.
Mobile slot games and more
Of course, the most important bit of your mobile gambling experience is games. Whether you're at home on the couch, on the bus to work or at the beach, you ideally want to have access to the full range of casino games at your operator of choice.
In 2020, there is nothing to worry about. All major games developers have made the shift to develop games for all platforms. Big Time Gaming, Play'n GO, or Quickspin all produce games with a mobile-first approach anyway. Still, even the industry's evergreens like Microgaming and NetEnt successfully adapted their strategy. They even relaunched older games with new technology to make them work seamlessly on Android and iOS smartphones.
Making deposits and requesting withdrawals
One thing some users worry about - whether it's in gambling or online shopping - are transactions. Often customers start a purchase journey on their phone but complete it on their laptop. For some reason, they feel uncomfortable paying on their smartphone.
First and foremost; whether you deposit money on your phone or laptop, there is zero difference in terms of security. In both cases, your data is handled in the exact same way and protected by the same security standards modern banks use. What's more; payments on your smartphone might even that little bit more secure!
Many gambling websites now accept payments with Apple and Google Pay, making it possible to confirm transactions with your fingerprint. This is a technology that does not exist when making purchases or withdrawing money on your laptop or PC, so playing on your phone might be the way to go.
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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Did you ever try to guess what the "N" in Android N will stand for? If you did, then here's your chance to try and get that idea be adopted by Google itself! That's right, the digital giant has even launched an entire website to register such ideas from people all over the world. This was quite a beginning to the Google I/O that started today. It is also an unexpectedly new move by Google, who have previously been content with just revealing the name of the next Android version at the yearly conference, up till now.
Android N was announced just a few months back in March and considering that Marshmallow was officially released only back in October 2015, it was obvious that Google wanted things to be on their way faster than before. To prove this point further, they released a developer preview as a follow up, which gave a few lucky users the taste of what's to come; improved battery life, split-screen multitasking and even brand new emojis among others. We are not sure if Google is looking for the name of innovative desserts or if they are planning to take a new approach this time around, but feel free to give it a try nonetheless.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
While the name of the next Android OS might still be undecided, the first developer preview of the OS is here. As of now, the developer version of Android O is eligible for being rolled out to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, the Pixel C tablet and the Nexus Player.
Google has already given us the timeline regarding the Developer Preview release schedule for Android O. The first one already came out on March 21 and other three will follow consecutively in mid-May, mid-June and mid-July. It is being expected that Android 8.0 will see the first stable public release from late August or early September at best.
Significant changes seen so far in the OS include changes and improvements in the Notification menu, the status bar, the navigation bar, Quick Settings, App badges, System UI customization options, physical keyboard support, Autofill API, background processes, PIP support and much more. To check out the actual details as made clear by Android Authority, click here.
LG's latest flagship smartphone, the LG G4, has been official for a couple of days now, and crowds have been raving about its design and features. In its latest infographic the company has focused on the more quantifiable aspects of its latest offspring and has presented us the LG G4 by the numbers.
We know already that LG is very proud of its camera and the infographic puts a strong emphasis on its features. The quick power up time, extensive manual adjustments and bright aperture are all shown off in numbers.
The display of the G4 gets a numerical comparison to the G3, one-upping its predecessor in every aspect. The rest of the chief hardware is outlined with all three storage options (internal, microSD, and cloud) shown in brand-color digits. The removable battery is also shaping to be a key selling point as LG rarely misses to point out its advantage over the competition in this respect. Click on the Photo below to view the Full size Infographic.
We know that the Galaxy S8 is going to remain absent from the MWC later this month, but that isn't the case for the LG G6 though. Before LG announces the G6 in Barcelona, here's a rumor roundup for you.
Release date: February, 2017. It will go on sale in South Korea on March 9. Customers in the US will able to buy the LG G6 form April 7.
Display: 5.7-inch borderless QHD+ display with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution (18:9 aspect ratio/564ppi)
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. The S8 will be the first device to sport the 835 chip and it's launching a month after the G6.
Internal storage: 64GB with an expandable micro-SD card slot
Camera: Dual rear camera setup. Front camera may also act as an iris-scanner.
Audio: An improved version of the Quad DAC Audio system found on the V20.
Battery: Non-removable 3,300mAh or better.
Android version: Nougat 7.1.1 or later with Google Assistant
Expected Price: $650 - $700
Water resistance, wireless charging, CPU cooling system with heat pipes, tempered glass back, brushed metal finish, unibody design, NFC, MST, etc.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung release a New Wearable device called the Samsung Gear VR, it's a Virtual Reality headset powered by Oculus, that gives you an incredible experience using your Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note 4 Edge as the Gear VR is only compatible with these two devices.
The important thing to remember about the Samsung Gear VR is that Oculus played a major role in its creation, and this is made obvious by the "Powered by Oculus" marking on the side of the Samsung gadget. Where the two differ, however, is that the Gear VR will require an Android device to work (a Note 4), and that's important because the electronics giant will have to spur enough developer interest to jump-start the category on Android.
Whether Samsung is to be met with success in that regard remains to be seen, so, for the time being, the company is mostly focused on explaining what the Gear VR actually is, and what it's made of. To that end, Samsung has published an infographic on its corporate blog that gives you the basics of the Gear VR in an understandable and easy-to-digest format. Check it out below!
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.