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The VR arcade of the future will look something like this

I knew I was on solid ground. I knew that no matter if I misstepped, I wouldn’t fall hundreds of feet, plummeting to my death in some CG-Egyptian ruin. And yet, I was shaky, desperately reaching out for a handhold to steady myself, unable to calmly place one foot in front of the other as I attempted to cross a chasm bridged by a collection of meager wooden beams.

“Don’t look down!” my partner shouted from closely behind me, a tall, bald woman not unlike Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in Alien3, with solid birthing hips and a gruff voice that belied her exterior. We’d met only minutes before when ‘she’ was a physical he in the real world, an older, white-haired gentleman of 6’3″ who happened to be wandering through Sundance’s New Frontier exhibit just when I needed a second player to join me in Real Virtuality: Immersive Explorers.

Together, we’d located magical crystals and traveled through time to soar through a futuristic city on a hovercraft, explore ruins by torchlight and overcome treacherous obstacles — all within the darkened confines of the exhibit space.

“It’s basically a full body VR immersion system,” says Sylvain Chagué, co-founder and technology director of Artanim, the Swiss motion capture research institute behind Real Virtuality. “It’s a two-player experience. You are completely immersed in the virtual world. You can see your own body. You can see the other one. You can collaborate together … pass objects from one to another and things like that.”

To pull off this convincing sense of virtual co-op play, Chagué and his partner Caecilia Charbonnier, Artanim’s research director, eschewed the ready-made, room-scale tracking solution provided by HTC’s Vive VR platform and opted instead to build a custom solution. Using 12 Vicon infrared cameras spaced throughout the room, the duo is able to track the small sensors dotted across the Oculus Rift headset, and on the player’s hands and feet; as well as physical objects, like the torch and crystals. A lightweight, hard plastic backpack, also covered in sensors and worn by either player, carries a battery-powered computer that communicates wirelessly, so that you can freely roam in the space without fear of getting tangled in wires.

Artanim’s Sylvain Chagué (at left) and Caecilia Charbonnier

“You basically have two things,” says Chagué of Artanim’s hybrid solution. “You have some data on the Oculus which is very fast data, but doesn’t have position information and it drifts over time. But it’s very low latency. And on the other side, you have the motion capture data which is very accurate, but has slightly more latency. So we combined the two kinds of data by fusing them in order to have both a low latency system and an accurate one.”

The result is a shapeshifting virtual playground that plays on your fear of heights (and spiders) and conforms to the space you and the other player are wandering in. It’s an experience Chagué likens to being in the ‘holodeck’ from Star Trek and for good reason: Artanim has plans to commercialize Real Virtuality by installing it in theme parks across the world.

“The plan is to have almost 100 or 200 square meters (approximately 1,000 or 2,000-plus square feet) so that you have really full spaces to play with,” says Charbonnier. “Of course, the first interest will be for entertainment — theme park attraction. We have a lot of interest for this. … We just started a collaboration with different institutions, for instance the Futuroscope, which is one of the technological parks in France. But some other players in Russia and Qatar, as well.”


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10 best offline Android games

A lot of Android games depend on a mobile data connection. Whether it’s downloading stuff from the server like Clash of Clans, or using it for DRM protection like most Final Fantasy games, it seems like virtually every game is asking you to be within close proximity of a web connection just to make the game run. Not everyone has that luxury so here are ten of the best offline Android games that don’t require a connection to play. If none of these are floating your boat, Google Play has lists for offline games, offline action games, offline simulation games, offline puzzle games, offline casino games, and offline sports games for your convenience. Of course, if we missed your favorite offline Android games, tell us about them in the comments!

BADLAND best offline android gamesBADLAND

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
BADLAND is first on our list and this is about as great of a time waster as you can get. It’s a 2D runner where you must progress forward faster than the screen or else you’ll be consumed and lose. The game features silhouetted graphics and colorful backdrops which look fantastic. There is also a local multiplayer, a sizable single player with over 100 levels, and there is even a level creation tool to let you make your own levels that you can share. There’s a lot here and it’s worth a play.
Get it now on Google Play!

final fantasy 4 best offline android gamesFinal Fantasy III, IV, and V

[Price: $15.99 each]
Square Enix has been back and forth when it comes to online DRM checking, but you can play a few Final Fantasy games offline provided that you’ve logged into them at least once with an Internet connection. Final Fantasy games offer more than 20 hours of game play per title along with deep story lines, various types of character development, and more. They’re not the most exciting games, but fans of the series generally play them for their stories. They cost $15.99 each which is rather steep, but you’re definitely getting a lot of content from each game.
Get it now on Google Play!

Kingdom Rush Frontiers best offline android gamesKingdom Rush Frontiers

[Price: $1.99]
Kingdom Rush Frontiers is the latest title in the popular tower defense franchise and probably the best one as well. It includes a ton of missions that you can complete over three difficulties and three different game modes (Classic, Iron, and Heroic), boss fights, over a dozen towers and heroes, upgrades, and the game even includes a built-in encyclopedia to help your strategies. It’s a fun experience and a must have for tower defense fans looking for offline Android games.
Get it now on Google Play!

Limbo best offline android gamesLimbo

[Price: $4.99]
Limbo is a unique, 2D puzzle game where you must use elements of your environment to solve puzzles and progress forward as you look for your sister in the world of Limbo. The graphics are creepy, silhouetted, and monochrome which adds to the ambiance of the game. You’ll likely be killed a lot by bullets, water, electricity or some combination of all three and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. The only potential downside is the length of the game because it’s not all that long.
Get it now on Google Play!

Minecraft best offline android gamesMinecraft Pocket Edition

[Price: $6.99]
Minecraft may not have story lines, but if you want the biggest bang for your buck then it’s probably this game. You can create whole worlds and play in them offline either in creative mode or survival where you can build stuff, mine stuff, kill bad guys, and do pretty much whatever you want. It’s not as big and immersive as the computer version but the developers have been closing the gap by adding things like Redstone for more unique building. It’s $6.99 but there are no in-app purchases.
Get it now on Google Play!

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smash hit best offline android gamesSmash Hit

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Smash Hit is one of the beautifully done infinite runners out there. It’s a first-person runner where you must throw balls to break obstacles in your path. The catch-22 is that the number of balls in your inventory is also your life total and you lose balls when you’re hit by anything. The muted, smokey colors and unique mechanics give this a wholly different feel from similar games in the genre. It’s free to play with $1.99 being to unlock extra goodies like saving, stats, and more.
Get it now on Google Play!

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic best offline android gamesStar Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

[Price: $9.99]
Star Wars: Knighs of the Old Republic is an action RPG that was ported to Android from PC. The mechanics are a little stiff, but it has a very long story line complete with all kinds of goodies to collect and alternate endings depending on the decisions you make while playing. The graphics are pretty decent, it has support for third party controllers, and the game also comes with Google Play Games achievements. It’s as big game with a lot of content and it should last you a long time.
Get it now on Google Play!

the room 3 best offline android gamesThe Room 3

[Price: $4.99]
The Room 3 is the latest iteration from The Room franchise and it’s the best one yet. It has crisp, gorgeous graphics, unique puzzles, and new elements added to help you solve puzzles that weren’t present in older games. It is a bit short, but this time around the developers have added things like alternate endings which add replay value to make the game longer than prior titles. It also doesn’t have any in-app purchases, supports Google Play Games features (cloud saving and achievements). Do be warned, though, that offline players won’t be able to use the Google Play features.
Get it now on Google Play!

World of Goo best offline android gamesWorld of Goo

[Price: $4.99]
World of Goo is a unique puzzle game where you must build bridges using bits of goo in order to make it to the end. The challenge is using your goo to its fullest potential and getting enough of it across to the other side to earn a 3-star rating all while getting around the game’s physics. There is also a freestyle mode where you try to build the tallest tower that you can and your results are stacked up against players from all around the world. It’s a simple puzzle game, but it’s hard to complete and the mechanics are solid. Best of all, there are no in-app purchases.
Get it now on Google Play!

XCOM Enemy Within best offline android gamesXCOM Enemy Within

[Price: $9.99]
XCOM: Enemy Within is a tactical strategy game where you must move around the map taking down aliens that are trying to kill you. The graphics are really good and the game play is easy to learn. The game itself is rather difficult and should provide a decent challenge in order to complete the whole thing. You’ll also get to research alien tech in order to make yourself stronger and you can upgrade and recruit new team members as well. There is also multiplayer for when you get a web connection again. There are no in-app purchases with XCOM.
Get it now on Google Play!

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Samsung needs to make radical changes to revitalize its Galaxy lineup

Samsung still dominates the Android smartphone market with its Galaxy S series and Note line. But the once powerhouse has been slipping and has changed upper management a couple of times in order to revive its mobile lineup. Last year brought on a revolutionary change for Samsung where they sacrificed expandable memory and a replaceable battery for an all metal and glass build. While that pleased many, it also angered fans like me who prefers functionality over high quality materials. And since then, Samsung changes its upper management again signaling a failure in last year’s lineup.

16GB of memory isn’t enough for most when 5-7GB of that “16GB” is already being used before you turn your phone on. Paying another $100 for an additional 16GB memory is a joke when you can buy a 32GB card from Amazon for $10. Many people still use their Galaxy Note 3, Note 4, S3 and S4, and having a replaceable battery is vital to maintaining power throughout the day. Batteries for those phones are $10 or less and if you have taken care of your phone, the only item you would need to replace is the battery as they have a maximum amount of recharge cycles.


Samsung claims to have “cut back” on the level of modifications to Android with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note5. This simply was not true. All of those modifications require more power, faster processors and more RAM. Those additional TouchWiz features also cause long term stability issues and slow Samsung from releasing major software updates like Android M. No one knows when they’re really going to get Android M especially when you add on carrier customizations and added level of updates. TouchWiz is still in full effect on current Galaxy phones, but Samsung got slightly better about hiding them.

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What Samsung needs to do in order to regain and also add new customers

LG and Huawei are looking to kick Samsung’s butt this year. So is Apple with a complete redesign in its iPhone 7. Samsung needs to go beyond the build materials this time around and actually give users value, updates, affordable accessories, and top level customer service.

Get rid of TouchWiz and stop letting carriers add bloat

Kill TouchWiz. Don’t mess with us anymore and tell us you scaled it back. Just kill it and start over. Follow Motorola’s lead and just give select useful features. No one uses 95% of the junk you install on the phones especially when they are duplicates of Google Play apps. S-Voice, Galaxy App Store, annoying sounds, ugly looks all need to go bye-bye. The investment on wasted duplication software can’t be spent better else where. It’s not only a waste of money, but it is a waste of performance and space.

Keep it simple. All of those TouchWiz additions help contribute to memory issues, overheating, lag, and poor performance. When we pay for 3 or 4GB of RAM, and the fastest Exynos processor according to benchmarks, we expect it to be fast. We don’t want that extra money to be spent on compensating for the terrible software Samsung overlays onto Android. Both the Nexus 6P and 5X outperform Galaxy devices because the software is unadulterated and both devices have far inferior internals.

Samsung also needs to stop letting carriers add in their bloatware. On AT&T, Samsung lets AT&T install over 25 apps that can be disabled, but not deleted, and it wastes over 1.5GB of memory. And to make matters worse, AT&T has to update Samsung’s update to, Google’s update which means the flagships from Samsung regularly take six to twelve months just to get a major update.

Give us our value back in our hardware

Samsung charges the most of all Android manufacturers for its devices, and has set the standard for $650-800 smartphones, but are regularly cutting back on features. Samsung needs to bring back replaceable batteries. And Samsung also needs to bring back microSD card slots, especially when the base model Galaxy S6 only has 16GB of memory. Sure the Nexus 5X has a fixed amount of memory, but it only costs $350 versus $650 of the S6 edge. And the Nexus 5X isn’t the flagship, instead it is a mid-range smartphone.


Samsung also needs to put wireless chargers and headphones “in the box” to give more value. Headphones are vital to most people and it shouldn’t have to be an additional cost when they used to be provided for free. Only Apple truly sticks to giving its customers headphones. Wireless charging technology is here, especially with Samsung devices, and it is time they start coming free in the box too. Flagship prices deserve flagship accessories. The Nexus 6P handily beat the Note5 and S6 in reviews this year, but costs over $200 less which means they have money in the mark-up to give us more. The Nexus 6P even came with USB Type-C which is better than micro USB in every way.


Set up hardware repair centers

Without a doubt, Apple kicks every other manufacturer’s bum when it comes to customer service. Apple retail stores are more than just sales centers. Educational and tutorial classes are offered, and a repair center is there in the store to fix broken screens and bad batteries. It’s one of the main reasons why Apple keeps its customers happy, because they don’t have to be without a phone and can have it fixed within minutes.

Samsung already has stores within Best Buy stores so all it needs to do is invest a little more into taking care of its customers. I have heard way too times why people switched from their Samsung device to an iPhone because there were too many problems that they didn’t know how to fix. As an Android enthusiast, I know if these people had access to experts like Apple offers, their problems could be fixed in minutes too. And that would bring customers back.


Mentality Shift

If Samsung can switch its mentality to, “what can I give to the customer” instead of “what can I take”, all of these changes will come naturally. Arguably, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was its best Samsung phone ever. Since then most of its phones have been great, but they are loaded with issues. Galaxies run well for about a year and then after that you need to upgrade your device. The S3 on the other hand lasted well over two years for many, and that quality stemmed from a mentality of trying to give the customers what they want versus how much profit can be made.

Android enthusiasts are smart enough to see past the all glass and metal build, and want Samsung to go beyond and think harder. Kill Touchwiz and reinvent the overlay on Android. Give headphones, wireless chargers, replaceable batteries and expandable memory. When the Galaxy phones cost so much that you can only afford to replace them once every two years, those types of things matter. And spend a little more to improve customer service which is a must have in today’s day and age.


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Talk Android Apps of the Week: January 24, 2016


It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using over the course of the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on a fantastic payment service, a reliable sugar intake tracker, a third-party Android Wear store and last, but not least, an incredibly addictive game.



The first application up this week is a great new payment service that equips you to transfer funds to family and friends effortlessly. Payfriendz is completely free to use, has a WhatsApp-like feel and enables you to send instant messages to ensure that your transaction goes smoothly.

Whilst it’s doubtful you’ll be giving up your PayPal account in favour of Payfriendz any time soon, the platform does pack some nifty little features that make it significantly more enjoyable to use, like, for example, group chats for mass-payments, which is pretty useful if you’re paying one of your family or friends for an outing they’re organizing. The app also utilizes military-grade security — so you can rest assured that your loot is in safe hands.

Requesting money on the platform couldn’t be easier. Simply send a message to your friend or family member using their username and input the amount. When the funds are sent, they’re instantly transferred to your account. You can then withdraw the money directly to your bank account or spend it online using a virtual prepaid MasterCard.

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Change4Life Sugar Smart


It’s a well-known fact that too much sugar is bad for us, but with almost everything we eat and drink containing the substance, it’s very difficult to keep a record of how much we’re actually consuming on a daily basis. Change4Life hopes to put an end to all that with Sugar Smart.

The application features an extremely straightforward interface, which calculates your intake of sugar every time you put something in your mouth. Simply scan the barcode of the food you’re about to eat/drink, and Sugar Smart will give you the details of its sugar content, subtract it from your daily allowance and tell you what you’ll have left once you ingested it.

Unfortunately, the selection of foods is fairly limited. At present, only 7,500 products are currently in the database, which means that at some point you’ll scan something that won’t register. However, with new items being added continuously, it won’t be too much longer until this issue is resolved.

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Wear Store


The next application we’re focusing our attention on is a must-have for all Android Wear smartwatch owners. Wear Store is a neat-looking, third-party database containing all of the 40,000 apps compatible with the timepiece operating system.

Sporting a design much like the Play Store, each entry comprises of a description, rating and screenshots — so you can find out all about the app prior to installation. If it looks like something you’re after, simply hit the Play button, and it will start to download.

Applications are arranged in different categories, which makes it super-easy to locate specific services. For instance, if you’re looking for a tool to track your workouts, just head into the Health & Fitness section where you will be presented with over 170 great apps to choose from.

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Up last this week, we’re looking an addictive endless arcade game called Floors. All you have to do is tap on the centre of your smartphone or tablet’s display in order to make your character jump and clear the spikes in his path. If you do happen to come into contact with a spike, your player will be sliced in half, and you’ll have to start again. Progress is recorded based on the score you obtain — so the longer you go without being impaled, the more points you’ll be credited with.

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Samsung is opening a VR studio in New York City

The library of things you can play and watch on a Gear VR headset is growing, but Samsung doesn’t think it’s growing quickly enough — it wants to help make some of that content, too. The company has revealed to Sundance Film Festival guests that it’s opening a New York City studio that will create virtual reality experiences. Samsung isn’t saying much about the content in question, but the studio will be located inside an existing Samsung office rather than a wholly separate space. Don’t expect a sprawling movie set, then.

The tech giant also did more at Sundance than showcase VR material. It struck up a one-year partnership with the Sundance Institute to foster movie makers and other creatives. Ideally, VR will play an even bigger role at the 2017 festival — it’ll be more of a central attraction and less of a sideshow to conventional movies.

Source: CNET


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly!

justAnote Android Apps WeeklySponsored by: justAnote

[Price: Free]
This week’s episode of the Android Apps Weekly show is sponsored by justAnote. This is a simple note taking application that works in tandem with your dialer app so you can take quick notes after any phone call. Just place your call as normal and when you’re done, the app should open right up so you can jot down notes if need be.
Notes can be done with text or with your voice by pressing down on the mic icon and talking. You can also customize the theme of your notes and the whole thing is wrapped up in beautifully done Material Design. You can also add phone call notes to your calendar for quick reminders, manage your call logs, and more. It’s also available in eight languages! It’s great for never forgetting what your phone call was about ever again. Give it a shot and show your support for the Android Apps Weekly show!
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Here are your headlines for this week:

  • The Google Play Store is once again giving folks rentals for up to 75% off. With this, you can rent a single movie for up to 75% off so if there’s a title you’ve always wanted to watch, this is a great way to do it. This is likely to promote the video streaming side of the Play Store and you can take advantage of this rental until March 31st.
  • WhatsApp has had an interesting week. First, it was announced that WhatsApp will be dropping their yearly subscription charge. Now, it has been revealed that WhatsApp will begin sharing details about its users with Facebook in order to, and I quote, “improve Facebook experiences”. We suppose it was only a matter of time before this happened and you’ll have a whole new terms of service to read as well.
  • A while back, renowned indie developer Chris Lacy sold Link Bubble and Tap Path to an unknown entity that would be revealed later. Later is right now. The company is called Brave Software and Lacy’s apps are being used as framework for a browser that will pay you for the advertising you see. The idea is to get rid of large, annoying ads and replace them with ads that don’t compromise the experience, but also doesn’t screw over publishers like ad block does. We’ll see how that turns out.
  • Roadhouse Interactive, developers of the popular Warhammer 40,000: Carnage game, has announced that they’re working on an Iron Maiden game. This isn’t the first time a musician or artist has used a mobile game to promote their work, with artists like Avenged Sevenfold and iamyank doing similar titles to promote their work. It’ll be out this summer and it should be interesting.
  • The latest Humble Bundle is now live! After announcing that the mobile exclusive ones would be discontinued, a new Humble Bundle materialized out of nowhere and we couldn’t be happier. This one has a few Pac-Man games, Puzzle Quest 2, Flight Control, and a few other games. You get three games for a buck and every game in the bundle if you pay more than $5.

For even more Android apps and games news, headlines, and releases, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter. We had a metric ton of news that we didn’t have time for this week. If you want to, you can subscribe to the Android Apps Weekly newsletter using the form below and we’ll send it to your email every Sunday afternoon.

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loot and legends Android Apps WeeklyLoot and Legends

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Loot and Legends is a new game that was made for the nerd in all of us. It was designed by Richard Garfield who is known for creating Magic: The Gathering and includes enough pop culture and nerd references to fill a large boat. It’s technically a card collecting game mixed with a board game but you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to collect loot and more. It’s a unique experience that feels fresh in a genre that’s been overloaded the last couple of years.
Get it now on Google Play!

crashlands Android Apps WeeklyCrashlands

[Price: $4.99]
Crashlands is a fun little action adventure game where you play Flux, a trucker who gets stranded on an alien planet. Your job is to deliver packages while outwitting bad guys, crafting all kinds of things from random stuff that you find, and then defeat bosses. There are over 500 items that you can craft, an infinite inventory that manages itself, and RPG elements for character development. Best of all, there are no in-app purchases which means no ridiculous pitfalls!
Get it now on Google Play!

mimicker alarm Android Apps WeeklyMimicker Alarm

[Price: Free]
Mimicker Alarm is the latest application to come out of the Microsoft Garage Project and it’s going to wake you up. It’s a well designed alarm application with Material Design elements that makes you play games with it in order to turn off the alarm. Sometimes it’ll ask you to make faces into the camera, speak various phrases, or actually get out of the bed. If you don’t, the alarm will sound again. It’s well done and it definitely works.
Get it now on Google Play!

lego Android Apps WeeklyLEGO The Lord of the Rings

[Price: $4.99]
LEGO The Lord of the Rings is the LEGO take on the epic fantasy adventure and one of the few LEGO games that actually costs money. This is a point and click, hack n slash game that retells the epic story of The Lord of the Rings except with a few fun little LEGO twists. The graphics are pretty good and the mechanics are solid even if they take a moment to get used to. It features 90 playable characters, various control schemes, and tons of stuff to do. There are also no in-app purchases.
Get it now on Google Play!
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kickstarter Android Apps WeeklyKickstarter

[Price: Free]
After a very long time, Kickstarter has finally graced the Google Play Store with an official application. Thankfully, the extra time seems to have paid off because the application is everything it needs to be. You can quickly browse and search through various categories, quickly log in and back projects you want to contribute to, and despite having a ton of information, the app does a good job of not getting overwhelming. It’s a free app and Kickstarter fans should definitely have this.
Get it now on Google Play!
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Apple and Google surprise Daimler with their progress on cars

You’d think that the head of Daimler would have little to worry about from Silicon Valley right now given his company’s technological progress, but there is apparently a good reason to be nervous. CEO Dieter Zetsche tells Welt am Sonntag that a visit to tech companies in the Valley left Daimler convinced that Apple and Google “can do more and know more” about cars than previously thought. That’s no mean feat when Google’s self-driving car efforts are still rough around the edges, and Apple hasn’t even acknowledged its plans — what do you know that we don’t, Dieter? He’s glad that the companies have “more respect” for Daimler’s work than he suspected, but something tells us that Mercedes-Benz will be stepping up its game regardless.

This wasn’t just a whistle stop tour, though. Zetsche added that he and a managerial team met 70 Silicon Valley companies during their trip, and there were “concrete talks” with at least some of those firms. In other words, it won’t be shocking if the folks in Stuttgart forge a few tech-driven partnerships in the near future.

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Source: Reuters


Google Play Games to lose Google+ requirement in 2016


This may be the year that some significant changes are made to Google’s Play Games service.

Google wants to eliminate permission requirements that are unnecessary and reduce the amount of times users have to sign into apps. To fix the issue, Google is thinking about moving the Games API’s to a new model. However, they’re skeptical because of the issues that could arise for developers. Hopefully this is nothing too major. Here are some of the changes taking place:

The most significant change users may realize is that Play Games will no longer require the need of a Google+ profile. The two services will no longer be connected, meaning that Play Games will provide you a name that is completely unrelated to the name on your Google+ profile. This has been complained about for quite some time and it’s great to see that Google has finally noticed it. Users may also notice that the amount of times they’re required to log-in is significantly lower. Users will only have to sign-in to the service once. Best of all, it will be done automatically when going into a new game for the first time, unless you have more than one Google account tied to your phone/tablet.

The changes will me made sometime in 2016.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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HTC Desire T7 shows up on GFXBench


Up until now, HTC’s Desire series has been composed of only smartphones. Based on a recent benchmark test, this may all change. The Desire T7 is a 6.9-inch tablet with model number IV5001-A. The listing also revealed some of the handset’s hardware specifications.

The HTC Desire T7’s 6.9-inch display has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Powering the handset is a Spreadtrum SC8830 processor containing a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.3GHz. 1GB of RAM is underneath the surface.

The back side of the Desire T7 houses a 5MP camera. The same goes for the front-facing camera. The handset has 16GB of onboard storage space but may include higher capacity models at launch.

The Desire T7 could release as soon as MWC 2016, which is scheduled to start on February 22. This should be HTC’s biggest showcase at the show now that the One M10 smartphone isn’t expected to make it. A good looking affordable tablet may be exactly what HTC needs in its lineup of products, especially considering that the Nexus 9 is well over a year old. Sources say that Desire T7 will hit only emerging markets, leaving the United States and others left behind. We’ll keep you covered on all the news, rumors and leaks leading up to the official announcement. For a better look at the device’s benchmark listing, head on over to the source link.

Source: GFXBench
Via: Phone Arena

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