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  • Android P dev preview out: all major features detailed!

    Android Oreo is running on just over 1% of all Android devices right now, but that hasn't stopped Google from announcing the developer preview for Android P. The latest version of Android is available now for developers to try out. And if MWC wasn't a hint, then Google is also telling us that notches are an accepted thing on Android now. Yep, notch support is built into Android P. "Cutout support works seamlessly for apps, with the system managing status bar height to separate your content from the cutout. If you have critical, immersive content, you can also use new APIs to check...

  • Expect new AI chip next year, smart speaker tech everywhere – Arm

    Between instruction sets and hardware designs, Arm influences 99.9% of the smartphone industry. So the company's views are key to understanding where the industry at large is going next. For one, the mobile industry is pushing for ever smaller smartphone chip designs, which will yield greater efficiency and thus better battery life. Top-end phones are all packing 10 nanometre (nm) chip designs -- a strand of human DNA is roughly 2.5 nanometres by comparison. Meanwhile, in the budget space, we've seen 14nm chips from the likes of Qualcomm (e.g. Snapdragon 625, 630, 660) while Mediatek's new Helio P60 (announced at MWC) will...

  • Expect budget smartphones to get AI processors soon

    Last year saw AI chips land inside premium smartphones, as Apple and Huawei sought to beef up tasks like system performance, camera quality and, well... augmented reality emoji. But could this hardware ever come to budget phones? And when could we expect this to happen? We asked Jem Davies, fellow and general manager of the machine learning group at UK chip kingpin Arm, during our trip to MWC. "Yes , so traditionally you would expect a new technology like machine learning or whatever, to appear in super smartphones, premium...

  • Diablo 3 indeed confirmed for Nintendo Switch – report

    A few days ago, Blizzard caused a stir after posting a somewhat provocative tweet, forcing the company to say it didn't "have any current plans to announce" Diablo 3 on Switch. Now, sources have told Eurogamer that the port is indeed in the works, confirming it will be a port of Diablo 3. There was no word on whether the Switch version would add downloadable content as well. The publication's sources said they were surprised to see the Twitter post because "the game's reveal remains several months off". In case you missed the Twitter post in question, it showed a Diablo character...

  • Far Cry 5 will let you create, share scenarios/maps

    Scenario and map editors are all too rare in today's video games, but the Far Cry franchise has kept up with this tradition for the most part. Now, Ubisoft has revealed a drastically upgraded map and scenario editor for Far Cry 5, called Far Cry Arcade. The new suite lets you "build, share and play an endless variety of custom maps", using over 9000 objects (including items from various Ubisoft properties) and being able to tweak aspects like the day/night cycle. Additionally, the firm says that they'll be highlighting top maps and giving you the ability to follow specific creators. A trailer...

  • Gallery: the MWC 2018 smartphones you may have missed

    From Sony and Samsung to LG and Huawei, there are loads of recognisable names at MWC every year, but the huge event also plays host to wares from lesser known brands and devices. Whether it's ZTE's Nubia line, dual-screen smartphones or Ulefone, we take a look at some of the less prominent and/or more innovative devices.  

  • Is Bravo Team the PSVR’s (nay, the PS4’s) worst title?

    Is your PSVR gathering dust? I wouldn't blame you if you thought Bravo Team might be the ideal title to squeeze more time out of the VR headset. Unfortunately, it looks like we might have an early candidate for the worst PS4 game of the year, according to several reviews. Eurogamer's Ian Higton labelled it "astonishingly bad", going so far to say it joins "Rogue Warrior, Turning Point and Hour of Victory as one of the very worst games you could play". Higton specifically calls out the "incredibly limited" field of movement, glitchy traversal mechanics and a "long list" of bugs...

  • LG V30s ThinQ hands-on: will the V30 be cheaper soon?

    The LG V30+ is a really great smartphone in its own right, owing to its durable design, capable wide-angle camera and great audio chops. In lieu of the LG G7 (and in the face of a changing strategy), the Korean firm used MWC to show off its LG V30s ThinQ instead. The tweaked model ups the RAM to 6GB and bumps the storage to 128GB or 256GB. Much like the Nokia 8 Sirocco, LG has decided to keep the Snapdragon 835 processor, meaning hardcore spec junkies will want to wait. Otherwise, in my brief time with the phone, I was happy...

  • This new tech will enable 4K/60fps, HDR in your budget phone

    British chip designer ARM is responsible for 99% of all smartphone tech on the market today, so when the company reveals new designs, the industry inevitably sits up straight to take notice. Now, the company has revealed new designs in its GPU, VPU (video processing unit) and DPU (display processing unit) lineup -- and they look poised to bring 4K/60fps video technology to cheaper/mainstream smartphones, smart TVs and other devices. New graphics for cheaper phones, streaming boxes ARM's Mali graphics range powers everything from Huawei to Samsung flagship phones, but it's also given its budget GPU range a boost with the G-52 and G-31...

  • We go hands-on with Nokia 8 Sirocco, but what about SA price?

    HMD's new range of Nokia smartphones, unveiled at MWC 2018, are all coming to South Africa, including the rather spiffy Nokia 8 Sirocco. But what kind of price can we expect for the new flagship when it eventually hits local shores? HMD Global's Justin Maier refused to give an exact price. Will it be under R15 000 though? "Yes," the representative simply answered. What does Maier make of our assumption that it'll be more expensive than the Nokia 8? "Yes, it'll be slightly more expensive than the current 8," the HMD executive explained, adding that it was dependent on the exchange rate. For the...