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Randal's Monday mixes point and click adventure gaming with Groundhog Day

Posted: 10 Sep 2016 04:03 PM PDT

imageYou can't swing a dead cat on the Play Store without hitting half a dozen point-and-click adventure games. That's not a bad thing, of course: between the relative ease of porting old adventure games to the platform and the way touchscreen controls are eminently suited to the genre, it's hardly surprising that they're getting a renaissance in the mobile age. The latest original adventure game to make its way to Android from Steam is Randal's Monday, a crass sci-fi romp that's heavy on humor and even heavier on pop culture.

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Randal's Monday mixes point and click adventure gaming with Groundhog Day was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Pokémon GO updated to 0.37, adds Buddy Pokémon and Pokémon GO Plus support, blocks rooted devices

Posted: 10 Sep 2016 12:34 PM PDT

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Pokémon GO may be one of the most-downloaded mobile games of all time, but the fact is that this Niantic Labs creation is dropping in users every day. The Pokémon GO team has seen this, and is adding a few features that were previously announced—Buddy Pokémon and Pokémon GO Plus support. However, it's not all good news; rooted Android devices (and jailbroken iOS devices, for that matter) are now blocked from loading the game up.

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Pokémon GO updated to 0.37, adds Buddy Pokémon and Pokémon GO Plus support, blocks rooted devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung In Talks With NVIDIA And AMD For Mobile Exynos GPU?

Posted: 09 Sep 2016 11:26 PM PDT

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The mobile SoC space heating up dramatically thanks to advancements in IPC improvements, manufacturing processes and competition from other companies. Samsung produces their own Exynos series of SoCs for phones and tablets and now it looks like they want to have an "edge" on the GPU side.

SamMobile reports that Samsung is currently in talks with two of the major desktop GPU leaders; NVIDIA and AMD, after both companies unveiled their newest graphics architectures this year. Samsung is most likely looking to license some of the GPU technologies as the regular ARM Mali GPU found in current and previous Exynos' leaves much to be desired.

However do note that NVIDIA already has experience with low power mobile SoCs as shown with their Tegra 2, 3, 4, K1 and X1 SoCs so it would be a no-brainer for Samsung to license the tech from the GPU.

Now to wait and see when we'll come across this in a real device in the near future.

[SamMobile]

The post Samsung In Talks With NVIDIA And AMD For Mobile Exynos GPU? appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Action Launcher officially hits v3.9, includes Nexus Launcher stuff

Posted: 09 Sep 2016 05:13 PM PDT

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Anyone who asks me what launcher I use will know how much I love Action Launcher. Not only is the feature set massive, but developer Chris Lacy puts a lot of hard work and love into it.

The beta for v3.9 that released back in August brought with it some features from the rumored Nexus Launcher, including swipe up for "All Apps" and the Google "pill" and date widgets. Today, Action Launcher updates to v3.9 officially.

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Action Launcher officially hits v3.9, includes Nexus Launcher stuff was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung may choose NVIDIA to supply GPUs for future Exynos chips

Posted: 09 Sep 2016 05:12 PM PDT

Samsung is looking to change things up in its Exynos processor lineup. The company is currently using the ARM Mali line of GPUs in its processors, but it's now in talks with both NVIDIA and ATI to license their GPUs for a future generation of Exynos chips.

It's being reported that NVIDIA is being considered for providing GPUs to Samsung. This would mark an interesting return to mobile for a company who pushed its own mobile processors (remember the Tegra chips?) but left the sector due to lack of success. Providing GPUs to Samsung would be a great way to make a comeback, since the Exynos brand of chipsets is already established.

Rumor has it that Samsung will also be adding CDMA support to its chips by September 2017, which would mean that the chip could be used in a future device like the Galaxy S9. This could ease Samsung's reliance on Snapdragon chipsets and loosen Qualcomm's monopoly on some regions. And as we all know, more competition is good for everyone.


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