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Dolphin emulator adds Vulkan support for Android

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 01:02 PM PDT

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The Dolphin emulator is an impressive feat of software engineering, capable of emulating Nintendo GameCube and Wii games at higher resolutions and FPS than the original consoles themselves. Over the years, Dolphin has gradually improved game compatibility; they recently reported that every single retail GameCube game boots. Even accessories like the Wii Remote and Wii Balance Board work perfectly, and experimental Android builds of Dolphin have been in development for years.

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Dolphin emulator adds Vulkan support for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung’s Upcoming Galaxy S8 Could Sport A VR-Ready 4K Display

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 12:40 AM PDT

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Samsung is widely expected to release their next flagship smartphone lineup sometime next year so that must mean the company is actively working on the phone.

However, that can also lead to some leaks, reports and rumours about the upcoming product line. One of them being the display. Samsung's Galaxy S and Note lineup have recently been receiving a lot of praise regarding the Super AMOLED display in terms of colour reproduction, accuracy and overall energy efficiency.

Now according to SlashGear, they have received a tip from an insider saying Samsung will move on from QHD displays and will opt for a 4K UHD display for the Galaxy S8. This is quite a substantial move as this will be Samsung's first 4K smartphone. Sony has already released its 4K smartphone, the Xperia Z5 Premium but it wasn't 4K all the time as it downscaled the resolution to improve battery life and performance.

The phone is also rumoured to be fully VR ready, which hopefully means compliant with Google's Daydream VR standard.

I can guarantee we'll be hearing more about the Galaxy S8 in the coming weeks and months ahead.

[SlashGear]

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Kia and Mercedes announce new models with Android Auto support

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 05:08 PM PDT

Android Auto is continuing to be adopted by car manufacturers, though some are stubbornly avoiding the new tech (we're looking at you, Toyota). Kia and Mercedes have announced a bunch of new models that will have Android Auto support.

These are Kia's supported models:

  • 2014 – 2016 Soul
  • 2015 Optima
  • 2015 – 2016 Optima Hybrid
  • 2015 – 2016 Optima Plug-in Hybrid
  • 2015 – 2016 Sedona
  • 2015 – 2016 Soul EV
  • 2016 Sorento
  • 2017 Forte
  • 2017 Optima Hybrid
  • 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid
  • 2017 Sedona
  • 2017 Soul
  • 2017 Soul EV
  • 2017 Sorento

And these are Mercedes' supported models:

  • 2017 A-Class
  • 2017 B-Class
  • 2017 CLA Coupe
  • 2017 CLA Shooting Brake
  • 2017 GLA
  • 2017 E-Class Wagon
  • 2017 E-Class Coupe
  • 2017 E-Class Cabriolet

It's good to see more manufacturers adopting Android Auto, and we hope this trend continues. Using your phone and its superior and constantly-updated software as a car's entertainment center is better than the outdated software that car manufacturers throw into cars these days. And hey, even if you don't get a new car every two years, your entertainment system will constantly get better!


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Action Launcher 3 updated, includes launcher shortcuts from Android 7.1

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 05:08 PM PDT

Action Launcher 3 is getting yet another feature from the leaked Pixel Launcher, and this time it's swipe shortcuts for some Google apps. Swiping an icon causes a menu to open with shortcuts to specific areas of the app, like certain tabs.

The feature is a great way to get to a specific part of the app with one swipe and one click, or swiping without letting go. This comes as an addition to other features from the Pixel Launcher like swiping the dock for the app list, round icons, and more.

If you own Action Launcher 3, head to the Play Store to update it and check out the new features! If not, hit the source link if you're interested in checking it out. This way you won't have to deal with leaked launchers or wait for the official Android 7.1 update.


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[RIP YouTube Gaming] Twitch now supports video uploading through Uploads Open Beta

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 04:59 PM PDT

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YouTube Gaming, Google's direct competitor to Twitch, has had something of a lukewarm response from the gaming community. Many streamers opt to stay on Twitch's site, the advantages over the standard YouTube app and website are minimal, and YouTube's infamous Content ID system can result in channels receiving copyright notices for seemingly anything.

But Twitch is first and foremost a streaming site - broadcasts can only be watched for a few days after the air date before they are removed.

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[RIP YouTube Gaming] Twitch now supports video uploading through Uploads Open Beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Twitch Prime provides ad-free Twitch streaming and other goodies with your Amazon Prime subscription

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 04:24 PM PDT

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Amazon has owned streaming giant Twitch since 2014, but besides a Fire TV app, you would be hard-pressed to find evidence of Amazon's handywork. Today that changes, with Twitch announcing their new premium subscription, Twitch Prime. And as you may guess from the title, it comes free with an Amazon Prime subscription.

To put it simply, Twitch Prime is a bit similar to YouTube Red. You get free game content every month (such as indie games or DLC), as well as discounts on new games sold by Amazon during the pre-order period and first two weeks of launch.

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Twitch Prime provides ad-free Twitch streaming and other goodies with your Amazon Prime subscription was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Wikipedia Android app updated with bottom navigation row

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 03:59 PM PDT

wikipediaAndroid visual standards are a hot topic - just check the comment section every time a point of contention in Material Design springs up. One of the most contentious is top tabs and slide-out menus, as featured in Android since Ice Cream Sandwich, versus bottom navigation links, as tends to be popular with lazy iPhone ports (though they're actually part of the documentation). The latest update to the official Wikipedia app indulges in a little bottom-nav action, and it's...

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Wikipedia Android app updated with bottom navigation row was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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