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Turn-Based Strategic Fantasy Game Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion Invades The Play Store

Posted: 14 Nov 2015 10:47 AM PST

image (13)Turn-based games are perfect for mobile platforms. The fact that they're essentially paused after every move means you can play in bits and pieces throughout the day. That same relatively slow pace means that the disadvantages of touchscreen controls are erased, and in fact the UI can be optimized for taps and swipes. If the rest of the game is designed well (particularly to account for a smaller screen), a turn-based game on a phone has the potential to be more engaging than a console or PC equivalent.

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Turn-Based Strategic Fantasy Game Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion Invades The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Makes Hangouts Calls To France Free In The Wake Of Attacks In Paris

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 11:14 PM PST

image (12)After a series of shootings and explosions occurred in Paris Friday evening, Google has made calls to France via its Hangouts service temporarily free. Callers can use the Hangouts app on Android, iOS, and the web to place calls to the country without incurring the normal international charges. The Google+ post making the announcement did not specify any particular countries, so presumably free calls are available from any location where Hangouts can be used.

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Google Makes Hangouts Calls To France Free In The Wake Of Attacks In Paris was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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HTC One X9 Passes Through TENAA, Reveals Specs

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 11:03 PM PST

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After the rumour of HTC planning on releasing another smartphone this year, that rumour now looks like the phone will is real deal.

The HTC One X9 is not a flagship smartphone (that title still goes to the One M9), however it's more of a high-end midranger. It has now been certified by TENAA and as a result, most of its specs got leaked in the process. The phone is set to come with a 2.2 GHz processor (name is still unknown), 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable up to 1TB all powered by a 3000 mAh battery. As for the cameras, it features a 13MP rear, 5MP front camera with LED flash.

At the time of testing, the phone was running Android 5.0.2 instead of Marshmallow so hopefully the consumer versions ends up with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

[GSMArena / TENAA]

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New HTC One X9 leak offers another look at the unannounced phone

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 10:02 PM PST

Another day, another HTC One X9 leak. This time we're getting a peek at the unannounced Android phone from TENAA, which is sort of like China's version of the FCC.

TENAA has posted several images of the HTC One X9 to its website, and the phone looks a lot like the one that surfaced earlier this week. There appear to be a pair of BoomSound speakers on the front of the phone as well as a set of capacitive navigation buttons. On the sides we can see volume and power buttons, and around back there's an oblong camera housing with a flash.

According to today's leak, the HTC One X9 features a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display, 2.2GHz octa-core processor, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, 16GB of storage with a microSD slot for added storage, 2GB of RAM, and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. All of those features are packed into a body that measures 153.2 x 75.9 x 7.99mm and weighs 174 grams.

This One X9 isn't a bad-looking phone, borrowing design cues from devices like the One A9, One V, and Nexus 6P. Its mid-range spec sheet is going to turn off folks that want a flagship smartphone, but that's what the One M10 is for. If it's priced appropriately, the One X9 could be marketed as an affordable phablet.


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Huawei reveals new quick charging that can go from 0-50% in 5 minutes

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 08:02 PM PST

Battery life has been always a sore spot with smartphones, but as innovations continue to take place, we're seeing more and more progress towards better battery life. While larger batteries may not be the common answer to the problem, many manufacturers are implementing quick charging technology into their smartphones, thus reducing the amount of time needed to refuel your smartphone.

Huawei has just unveiled its new quick charging technology that knocks the socks off of current quick chargers. From a numbers standpoint, Huawei's new batteries charge 10 times faster than current batteries. In a demo, Huawei showed a 3000mAh battery charging from 0-50% in just over five minutes. With a 600mAh battery, the technology was able to bring it to a 68% charge in a mere two minutes.

Huawei has a technological explanation for the improvements, but the main gist of the story is that these new batteries charge ridiculously quickly. Huawei has put a lot of effort into testing the batteries, and with any luck, we'll see them in devices in the near future. Though a battery that lasts for a longer period of time would be nice, charging at speeds like this is a solid alternative. Keep up the good work, Huawei.


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AT&T is reportedly testing the Galaxy S7 in two variants

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 07:02 PM PST

Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 may still be young, but the rumor mill never stops churning. The latest report comes from notorious leaker @evleaks, and it claims that AT&T has already begun testing two Samsung Galaxy S7 variants on its network. The variants are titled SM-G930A and SM-G935A, both of which make sense for Galaxy S7 variants.

Other rumors have pointed to a Q1 2016 release for the Galaxy S7. @evleaks is generally pretty reliable, so this adds some extra credibility to the rumors. Mobile World Congress 2016 is taking place at the end of February this year, so it's very possible that Samsung will be debuting the Galaxy S7 there. In any case, we're going to have to be a bit closer to the launch date to get some reasonable spec rumors. Stay tuned.


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Snapchat selfie lenses now available to purchase for $1 each

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 04:32 PM PST

September brought us the release of selfie lenses in Snapchat, which were animated frames that automatically placed themselves over your face. The concept sounds gimmicky, but Snapchat's selfie lenses work surprisingly well in reality. Cashing in on the feature, Snapchat now has a large library of selfie lenses that are all available for $1 per lens. The company is still offering a few basic options for free, but the more interesting and complex selfie lenses are going to priced at $1 each.

Snapchat is one of the hottest social networks and the company is doing a fantastic way of keeping it interesting and profitable. Selfie lenses are just another feature in the vast array of options that Snapchat has. That being said, charging for selfie lenses could end up backfiring in a similar manner to the attempts messaging companies charging for stickers. Judging from past failures, it seems that most users aren't willing to pay for a digital filter or sticker. Selfie lenses are a bit more complex and involved, though, so users may be willing to pay a little extra for them. We'll wait to see what happens.


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