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  • Nokia 3.1 Android One phone launches in South Africa

    Nokia's latest challenger to the budget smartphone market has arrived in South Africa. The Nokia 3.1 is the company's new Android One smartphone, priced below the R3000 mark. In this section of the market its competing against the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei, but judging by its spec sheet, it should put up a good fight. On that note, the Nokia 3.1 sports an aluminium frame, a 1440x720 5.2-inch screen, and a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on its front. Internally, Nokia's using the octa-core Mediatek MT6750 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. There is a 3GB/32GB model,...

  • Google releases Android 9 Pie to the world

    This week Google released the ninth major overhaul of its Android mobile OS. You'll know it as Android 9 Pie. As the latest update to Android, the operating system is packed with ease-of-access features and adaptive learning abilities. Google’s official release, posted on its website The Keyword, explained that it has built Android 9 Pie to be a "smarter, simpler experience that adapts to you". “Android 9 adapts to your life and the ways you like to use your phone”, it explained. "We’ve built Android 9 to learn from you -- and work better for you -- the more you use it. From...

  • HMD Global relaunches Nokia’s ‘Snake’ for Facebook

    Remember the game Snake that came built-in on all Nokias once upon a time? It was exciting, addictive and challenging. Now HMD Global, the Finnish company that now houses the Nokia brand, has released a reinvention of the classic 90s game in augmented reality (AR) form, called Snake Mask and Snake Real World. But its not the AR you’re thinking of, rather it is a Facebook camera filter effect that turns you into a snake. You play the game by accessing your Facebook camera, finding the filter and then interacting with your real world environment... as a snake. The game was first announced...

  • Fortnite on Android: good luck sideloading if you don’t have a Note 9

    Reports last week suggested that Epic Games' smash battle royale game Fortnite for Android will launch exclusively with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This week, XDA Developers has unearthed a healthy lump of evidence to support that theory. According to a new report, an APK of the game's installer found on APK Mirror reportedly screens the device its running on before it downloads the files needed to run the actual game. It scans the device's hardware as well as the model code and manufacturer of the device. XDA discovered that the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Essential Phone were not...

  • BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X boast dual rear cameras, face unlock

    There's a brand new BlackBerry in town. Well, if you're in India, that is. The Evolve and the Evolve X are the two latest devices from the company that rock Android but lack a physical keyboard. But physically, both phones are pretty similar. For one, both phones sport a 5.99-inch 2160x1080 display, a USB-C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both also feature a 4000mAh battery and both boast the same selfie camera: a 16MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. Both phones support face unlock too and both run Android 8.1 Oreo. Take a step into the future and evolve with BlackBerry....

  • Android P will launch on 20 August, rumours suggest

    Android P will be introduced to the world on 20 August, that's according to smartphone tipster and Venturebeat reporter Evan Blass. Although developer previews of the mobile OS is available, Google has yet to launch its official stable build to manufacturers. pic.twitter.com/ovby4pC3ph — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 2, 2018 Tweeting a simple calendar with a "P" marked on the date, Blass seemingly hints at the official launch date for the ninth version of Android. The prediction isn't farfetched either. Oreo launched on 21 August 2017. Nougat launched on 22 August 2016. Android P dev preview out: all major features detailed! Android Oreo is running on just...

  • Huawei overthrows Apple as second most popular smartphone maker

    Huawei is now the second-most popular smartphone manufacturer after it shipped 54.2-million smartphones worldwide in Q2 2018. As a result, Apple is relegated to third place after shipping 41.3-million units. "Huawei is shifting to more value-added models, by launching new flagship smartphones with the latest features," IHS Markit noted in a report. "Increasing brand recognition in Europe and Asia is enabling the company to challenge Samsung in many price segments." Samsung remained the world's biggest smartphone maker in Q2 2018, despite its device shipments falling to 70.8-million units. As for other manufacturers, Motorola was placed eighth with 10-million units shipped, growing by 41.5%, while...

  • EGE 2018: 4 proudly South African platformer games showcased

    July's EGE 2018 (Electronic Gaming Expo) was the fourth iteration of the event to grace the Mother City and took over Cape Town’s CTICC. Bustling within its confines was a plethora of attendees snaking their way through the large selection of stalls and stands peddling their various geek-related wares. But of all the bells and whistles vying for my attention, it was the selection of homebrewed games that really tickled my fancy. It was also rather disappointing to see so few featured and I truly hope to see more of our local games present in the future. With that being said...

  • The 7 best friendships in video gaming history

    Did you know that 30 July was International Friends Day? In light of this discovery, we’ve rounded up a list of the best buddy duos in video games. From endearing friendships built through hardship to unbreakable bonds formed over years of troublemaking, we can only ever hope to be as tight as the friends featured on this list. Commander Shepard and Garrus Vakarian | Mass Effect Trilogy Few gaming friendships can rival the unbreakable bond between Commander Shepard and Garrus Vakarian. Forged over the course of three sprawling Mass Effect titles, this duo’s friendship has taken them through thick and thin, and...

  • Nintendo has sold more than 19m Switch consoles to date

    Nintendo has sold more than 19-million Switch consoles to date, this according to the Japanese company's Q2 2018 earnings report. "For Nintendo Switch, hardware sales in every region have been trending upwards since the video game expo, E3, was held in the US in June," the company writes in its report. It has now sold more than six-million more units than the Nintendo Wii U, and less than 20-million short of the failed console's total software sales. Speaking of which just under 87-million software units were sold for the Nintendo Switch as of the end of Q2 2018. As for its top selling...