PhoneArena - News 5 April 2018

"Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery" to launch on April 25 for iOS and Android

We're finally going to get a Harry Potter mobile game, and it will be out on April 25 for both iOS and Android."Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery" will be a free-to-play role-playing game situated in the Harry Potter universe. You'll begin the game by creating your own student of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which you'll then play the game as. When it comes to the gameplay, you'll be able to take part in various activities, such as visit classes, create friendships, which will actually affect how the story of the game rolls out, and, ...

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What to expect from Google I/O 2018?

Oh, boy, what a great tech year 2018 is shaping up to be. Despite the fact that only a third of the year has passed, big companies have already given us so much to be happy about. We saw Samsung's variable aperture wonders, the Galaxy S9 and the S9+, and Huawei's triple-camera beasts – the P20 Pro and the Mate RS Porsche, the latter of which might not make it into the US but have set a high standard when it comes to cameras. Apple has also shown us some of its intentions at its "Let's take a field trip" event, where it announced the 2018-edition of the 9.7" iPad. And the rest of the smartphone ...

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Poll results: whoa, lots of Gear enthusiasts!

With the smartwatch niche being pretty much a battlefield of Apple Watch vs Samsung Gear, we thought a proper discussion about which one is preferred is warranted. And iPhone users do get the choice of using the Gear S thanks to the app being available in the App Store, so it's not like it's a direct Android vs iOS war.One is a square watch that can only last you a day and doesn't have features like automatic workout detection or sleep tracking. The other is circular, has the automatic activity detection, and a three-day battery life to boot, but doesn't have that sweet Taptic Engine, ...

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Samsung Gear S4 vs Apple Watch 4th gen: Preliminary design, features, and pricing comparison

The wearable market is about to get a tad heated this year as two of the major players on the scene - Apple and Samsung - are slated to release their fresh new top-shelf wearables. Of course, you know we are talking about the anticipated Samsung Gear S4 and the Apple Watch Series 4. Without a doubt, these two will be the hard-hitters on the smartwatch scene which is already mostly dominated by those two's previous product offerings - the various Apple Watch and Samsung Gear watches out there are usually our go-to recommendations for potential buyers.With ...

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Are you excited about the upcoming LG G7?

LG is taking its sweet time with its next flagship, that's for sure, but we do know it's coming. The company hasn't really waved the white flag or anything, and some prominent leaksters have been posting tiny tidbits of information about the G7 (or should we call it the G7 ThinQ?).LG has had a rough few years — the G3 was a nice flagship, though the G4 failed to recapture its spark, and the G5 really missed the mark with its modular concept. But last year's LG G6 and LG V30 were pretty nice smartphones. Unfortunately, they were overlooked and underappreciated since the company had lost ...

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Grab a Galaxy S8+ for the price of a midranger right here!

ProductConditionLocationPriceSamsung Galaxy S8+ (Verizon)B-grade refurbishedeBay$489.99Buy HereThe Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are still pretty great smartphones. In fact, compared from the front, you will find little difference between them and the new S9 flagships. They still have the awesome Infinity Displays, thin bezels, curvy sides and all. Of course, you don't get a dual camera or a variable aperture on the back, but the S8 cameras are still quite good. The only downside is probably that awkwardly placed fingerprint ...

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WhatsApp gets voice recording lock and in-app YouTube playback in latest update

WhatsApp is getting a pair of neat, new features in the latest update – voice recording lock and in-app YouTube video playback. These features are rolling out on the WhatsApp stable channel on iOS and are also live in WhatsApp beta for Android, version 2.18.102.The voice recording lock allows users to record voice messages without having to hold down the record button. All you need to do is simply "latch" the lock by sliding the voice recording icon up. This means you can now hold your phone any which way you want, without having to keep your thumb ...

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Huawei's proprietary app store gets a worldwide release

Huawei is a behemoth in the mobile world, second only to Samsung and Apple, but up until now, it didn't have a globally available, in-house app store. Its AppGallery storefront, a counterpart to Samsung's Galaxy Apps, was available only in China, but Huawei has нов opted to bring AppGallery to other countries as well.The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro come with the platform pre-installed out-of-the-box, but owners of other Huawei (and Honor) phones will also be able to download it later this year. AppGallery will be available on all future Huawei phones, starting ...

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Huawei, Xiaomi, and Vivo have big plans for overseas territories

China’s biggest smartphone brands appear to be preparing a big push in overseas territories. The likes of Huawei have made no secret of their plans to one day become the largest smartphone maker worldwide, while competitors such as OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi are also pursuing bigger shipment volumes. And, according to sources, it appears overseas markets are key to all brands’ growth strategies in 2018.Starting off with Xiaomi, the brand is expected to put a heavy focus on India, although other emerging markets will also be central to their strategy of reaching 125 to 150 million shipments. ...

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Samsung may start selling custom phone cases through its theme store

Taking a page from Google's book with Pixel Live Cases, Samsung is reportedly planning on allowing users to purchase custom phone cases through the Samsung Theme Store app. Earlier reports about Samsung's intentions have now been confirmed by the folks over at XDA, who tore down the latest version of the Samsung Theme Store app in search of clues regarding custom cases.It is currently unclear as to how much freedom users will have in designing cases—if any at all—or weather the design and manufacturing processes will be reserved for Samsung and affiliate theme-makers entirely, ...

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I refuse to switch to an iPhone or Galaxy because of this phone

In the past few months I have been switching phones on almost a weekly basis: from reviews to curiosity, I have used anything and everything, from an Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2 XL to more obscure phones. But at the end of the day, I refuse to switch to any of these high-profile phones and keep on going back to one phone that works best for me. This phone is the OnePlus 5 and below you will read my long-term impressions of the phone and why it has been my preferred device for so long. And yes, I am fully aware that the newer OnePlus 5T exists, but there is a special ...

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Advanced gesture support could be coming to the OnePlus 6

OnePlus has teased the introduction of gesture support in the upcoming OnePlus 6. The Shenzhen, China-based company previously introduced gestures a few months back with the launch of the Android Oreo Open Beta 3 update for the OnePlus 5T. Now, however, according to a teaser first posted on the company’s Italian Facebook page, it appears the feature could come as standard on its next flagship.The use of the caption “Speed up your experience with gestures” is perhaps the most direct indication that the feature is coming to the OnePlus 6, although the video itself does also point towards ...

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Apple shares tutorial videos featuring the New iPad and Apple Pencil

Apple likes its short tutorial videos, it really does. The company has been sharing condensed informational videos on its new products left and right this past year, and the new, 6th-gen iPad with Apple Pencil support is no exception. Apple has unloaded a handful of helpful clips on the new product, and they can be found on the official iPad how-to page (linked below).The first video goes over the Split View split-screen feature that allows users to multitask between two apps, while the second one focuses on the Instant Markup feature that lets users ...

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First Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo render confirms front-facing LED flash

The latest reports about the unannounced Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo suggest the smartphone is almost ready for prime time. Since the South Korean giant has already uploaded the phone's manual on its website, it's just a matter of time until the Galaxy J7 Duo goes official.Today, an image showing off the front part of the phone has just been leaked from China. The picture confirms some of the details that we already knew about, such as the front-facing LED flash and the home button meant to house the fingerprint sensor.The Galaxy J7 Duo is surely one of Samsung's unusual devices since ...

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Microsoft Launcher update fixes issues, adds performance improvements, more

The beta version of Launcher app got updated last month with a handful of bug fixes and under-the-hood enhancements, but those using the stable iteration had to wait until now to get all those improvements.Well, if you didn't know what the latest beta update brought for Microsoft Launcher users about two weeks ago, here is what you'll get now:Fixed top crashes and App Not Responding Errors;Support applying icon pack over single custom-set icons;Adjustments to wallpaper settings experience;Fixed several badge count issues;Performance/memory/CPU improvements.Microsoft's Launcher surpassed ...

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