PhoneArena - News 3 April 2018

Clash Royale League to feature 36 e-sports teams and a $1 million prize pool

Clash Royale League will feature 36 e-sports teams from around the world and an impressive $1 million prize pool, as announced by Supercell – the company behind the mobile game. This will be the highest prize pool featured in a mobile game tournament.If you haven't heard about Clash Royale, you need to step-up your mobile gaming culture, as this is one of the most popular mobile games in the world with over 100 million downloads on Android (no data about iOS downloads but we bet the numbers are similar if not even higher). It's essentially a player-versus-player ...

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15 Best FPS/TPS (first- and third-person shooter) games for Android, iPhone and iPad

First-person shooters are the bread and butter of gaming - this adrenaline-packed genre offers dynamic action and makes us, gamers, feel super-human for at least a while. And with mobile GPUs advancing in huge strides in the past couple of years, with the arrival of the new, extremely powerful GPUs like the Imagination Tech PowerVR chips in the new iPad Airs and iPhone 6s, as well as the high expectations around the powerful new Adreno 530, nothing stops console-like shooters from appearing on mobile.Which are the best first- and third-person shooter games for Android, ...

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Should Samsung re-introduce flat-screen flagships?

Back in the day, Samsung always had two variants for its top-tier phones — a “regular” one and an “edge” one. The latter had that cool-looking double-curved screen, while the “normal” flagships would have a very traditional flat screen, with a full frame around it.Since the Note 7, Samsung went more aggressive with the curvy design and eliminated the choice entirely — if you are getting a top-tier Sammy smartphone, it's going to have a curved screen, there are just no more flat variants.And that's an understandable choice — the Edge models were always much more popular than the ...

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A reasonable price: grab a Galaxy Note 8 (new) for $720!

ProductConditionLocationPriceSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (Exynos, GSM model)NeweBay$719.99Buy hereEver since the Galaxy S9+ came out, everyone's been scratching their heads, asking the same question — “It's all-around better than the Galaxy Note 8, but the latter still costs $110”. Indeed, the only thing the Note 8 has over the S9+ is the S Pen, but no matter how much of a stylus fan you are, it's really, really hard to justify dropping $950 on it.Well, maybe you don't have to. Now that the Note 8 is relatively old, you ...

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Apple working on microLED panels for an upcoming Apple Watch and an AR accessory

Apple has been working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to bring small-sized MicroLED panels for an upcoming Apple Watch and an AR-related product, possibly glasses, according to Luke Lin – Senior Analyst at DigiTimes.The MicroLED displays could be manufactured in two sizes – a 1.3" to 1.4" one to be used in an Apple Watch model, and a 0.7" to 0.8" one for the suggested AR wearable. Production of the Apple Watch MicroLED may begin as early as this year, while there hasn't been a schedule for the production of the smaller ...

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100+ must-have Android apps in 2018

Android is the world's most popular operating system by a long shot and it has a gigantic ecosystem of apps with more than 2 million applications on the Google Play Store, but having so much choice often means that it’s hard to find the essential apps, the ones that truly enrich your experience in a meaningful way.That's what this selection of essential Android apps aims to do: help you discover the very best of the platform without the tiresome trial-and-error.Time and time again, we keep on coming back to these appsThis is not a conclusive list, but we've found that over ...

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Samsung Gear S4 rumor round-up: All you need to know about the upcoming smartwatch

In late March, a new rumor came along to further reaffirm our expectations that Samsung will release the fourth generation of its popular Gear S smartwatch. While the smartwatch market is dominated by Apple, Samsung remains the only other comparably large manufacturer to remain competing on the market and that success can solely be attributed to said device lineup. The Gear S3 Classic, its manly spinoff, the Gear S3 Frontier, and the sporty Gear Sport were all excellent wearables which definitely set our hopes high for the upcoming Gear S4. Of course, the juicy gossip that's ...

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Facebook Messenger gets support for 360-degree panoramas and HD videos

Facebook has been in hot water lately, what with its mishandling of user data. The company even put its plans to unveil a smart speaker on hold after the colossal public outrage that followed recent revelations about Facebook's practices of collecting and handling private user data. But hey, the company's took the time to update the Messenger app with HD videos and 360-degree photo support! So, that's neat... we guess.360-degree panoramas can be differentiated from regular photos by a "Compass" icon that appears next to the photo, AndroidCentral reports. These interactive ...

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Best new Android and iPhone apps (April, 2018)

A new month begins, and a whole mountain of new apps has appeared in the Play Store and the App Store. Don't worry, though, you don't have to look through all of them. We combed through and found the more interesting offerings that came out in the past 30 days.So, what do we have this month around? A ton of AR apps, really. But also some cool photography solutions, a Facebook reader for the Apple Watch, a couple of cool new utility apps for Android, and some more stuff. Check them out below, let us know what you like and if we missed a brand-new app that is actually awesome.New ...

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Google splits AI into its own business

John Giannandrea, senior vice president of engineering at Google, and the executive who's been leading Google's search and artificial intelligence units, is now stepping down. His role will be split between two other executives – Jeff Dean, the co-founder of Google Brain, who will be leading the company's AI efforts, and Ben Gomes, who was running search engineering, and will now take over the search endeavour.The move is likely an effort on Google's part to further push AI into more of the company’s products. John Giannandrea was previously the sole executive running ...

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Samsung Gear Fit2 and Gear Fit2 Pro software update brings new fitness features

If you own one of Samsung's second-gen fitness bands – the Gear Fit2 or the Gear Fit2 Pro – you'll be glad to hear your wearable is getting updated. The newest version of the software, which is currently rolling out worldwide, is bringing in two new features – Weight Management and Fitness Program – as well as some minor UI improvements.The Weight Management feature lets you track how much you exercise and what food you eat, making it easier to track how many calories you take or burn, or both. It's a really useful feature if you ...

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Google Drive update makes file sharing easier

Sharing files on Google Drive is as easy as a few taps or clicks. Where it gets tricky, however, is actually sharing the right information with the right people, and ensuring that all of them have access to it. All of them. This may not sound like a big problem, but believe me, when it comes to spreading files down a chain of 40 people, things can get messy. That's why, following its own example with Gmail and Calendar, Google has updated its "Access checker" tool to make the process easier.With the new update, it is now easier to see who needs ...

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Is Google in the making of a smart display?

Essentially a smart speaker with a display, smart displays are already a thing, and some of the big players – namely Amazon, Sony, and Lenovo – have either released or announced their own. And speaking of big players, where is Google?The company will provide its Google Assistant for both Sony and Lenovo's smart display endeavors, which means there is interest on Google's part in the new niche that smart displays are. However, does this mean we will get a Google-branded smart display in the near future?The answer ...

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Alleged Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 may be unveiled in late April

Following the success of the Star Wars variant of the OnePlus 5T last year, another limited edition OnePlus smartphone is expected to be unveiled later this month. If we are to believe the teaser trailer attached to this article, OnePlus may have already teamed up with Marvel Studios for the launch of an Avengers-themed smartphone.It wouldn't make sense for OnePlus to rebrand one of its older flagships for this partnership, which means an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 is quite possible. Since the Avengers: Infinity War movie is scheduled to hit theaters on April 27, we believe there's a high ...

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Facebook blames "a bug" for keeping users' discarded videos on its servers

Have you ever uploaded a video on Facebook, only to delete it a few hours later, thinking it'd be gone for good? Yeah, well, better think again – Facebook's got a copy or two of that video safe and sound on its servers. Even worse, last week it was brought up that videos from the days that Facebook allowed users to record footage directly on the platform are also kept on the servers, even if they've never been published to begin with. The discovery was made after a user downloaded their Facebook archive and found multiple takes of a draft video they had thought had been discarded.Zuckerberg's ...

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Deal: The Apple Watch Series 1 is on sale for $100 off at Walmart

Apple fans rejoice, as Walmart is running a sale on the Apple Watch Series 1, so if you've been hunting for a good deal on the wearable device now would be a good time to use your hard-earned money.For a limited time, the Apple Watch Series 1 (38mm) is available for just $149, so you'll be saving $100 when you buy it since the smartwatch usually sells for $249. Furthermore, the 42mm variant is on sale as well for $100, which means you'll only pay $179 instead of $279.Both Apple Watch Series 1 variants are available in either silver/white band or space gray/black band color options. ...

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