Archive for : May, 2020

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes confirmation of the Galaxy Note 20, waterproofing the Galaxy Fold 2, Huawei’s life without Google, Android’s short support life, OnePlus enhances Fortnite, a big red Nokia recording button, and Google’s new developer tools.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

Galaxy Note 20 Plus All But Confirmed

it was a safe bet that a ‘Plus’ version of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 20 would be coming, but now the existence of the model has been confirmed with documents from the Chinese regulator. It might not be named, but the model number matches up with Samsung’s corporate naming pattern for the Galaxy Note 20 Plus. James Rogerson reports:

“While there’s little doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus is in the works, we’ve now seen free v bucks generator the closest thing yet to official confirmation of that, as the phone has seemingly appeared on a Chinese certification database.Most Popular In: Consumer Tech

“Specifically, a phone with the model number SM-N9860 was spotted by MyFixGuide in the database of China’s 3C certification agency (an agency which the Galaxy Note 20 Plus would have to be certified by before it could be sold in China).”

More at TechRadar.

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The Waterproof Fold

With its complicated hinge assembly, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was… rather fragile. The Z Flip has improved that, and it looks like Samsung is hard at work to improve the Fold. Recently published patents suggest that waterproofing is on the cards for a future model. Ilse Jurrien reports on the patent, and another design touch:

“The utility patent is mainly about waterproofing the housing of a folding phone. Nevertheless, there are also several product images in the patent that show a smartphone that shows many similarities with the existing Galaxy Fold. Nevertheless, there are also a number of clear adjustments.

“For example, the device is equipped with a cover display that has different dimensions than the existing Fold. It is a narrow, elongated display, intended only for notifications. There have been rumors for some time that Samsung wants to change the front display.”

More at Let’s Go Digital.

Living Without Google For A Long Time

Thanks to Huawei’s inclusion on the US entity list, the P40 family shipped without access to the Google Mobile Services package; that meant no Google Play Store, no Google Maps, no Gmail, no YouTube, basically nothing from Mountain View. After spending a month or two of usage, how did the GSM Arena team feet on? Here’s a long term review of the P40 Pro, including the important PhoneClone utility:

“…the company’s Phone Clone service to transfer over your apps and data from your previous device. This is all pretty standard fare for Android devices, but note that you obviously won’t be able to restore from a Google backup of your prior phone.

Epic Games was due to start a new ‘Mega Sale’ today

You’d think at this point, after selling over 120 million copies, there was no one left in the world that wanted to play GTA 5 but did not already have a copy. But apparently that’s not the case.

Epic Games was due to start a new ‘Mega Sale’ today, which has a number of big name games at up to 50% off and grants you a £10 coupon every time you spend over £13.99.

To promote the sale there’ll also be a series of free games given away, starting with Grand Theft Auto 5. Or at least that was the idea before the site fell down. TOP ARTICLES 1/5 READ MORE Allison Munn’s The Big Show Show season two hopes and secret episodes still to come We are currently experiencing high traffic on the Epic Games Store.

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with excitement for the deal increased by the fact that news of the giveaway leaked days earlier. Give the tweet above we assume some people have been able to get into the site, to some degree, but we haven’t seen anything other than a 500 error message since 4pm. MORE: GAMING Ghost Of Tsushima State Of Play footage looks absolutely beautiful Games Inbox: Are you impressed by the PS5 Unreal Engine 5 demo? Pikmin 3 Deluxe out ‘soon’ on Nintendo Switch claims insider

With the Epic Games launcher also having problems that means you won’t be able to play any games via it either, including Fortnite. All of this only affects PC games, but it’s likely if the problem goes on for much longer the free offer will be extended beyond its intended end date of Thursday, 21 May. Maybe you’ll be lucky and it’s working now

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FNCS will return each season for the remainder of 2020

Epic Games has revealed its plans for competitive Fortnite play for the remainder of 2020 with a major news announcement on April 30.Volume 0% 

As with most if not all other major esports, Fortnite competitions will be moved to online play only. However, because of the limitations of online play, Epic announced that there won’t be a 2020 World Cup.

“Due to the limitations of cross region online competition, there will not be a Fortnite World Cup in 2020,” they revealed. However, the team is hoping that 2021 will see a return of the massive event, which was won by Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf in 2019.

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Bugha shocked the globe by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup.

“We’re hopeful to be able to put on some form of Fortnite World Cup in 2021,” they revealed.

That said, while they don’t know when a return to in-person live events will be practical, online play will see a return of the Fortnite Champion Series, Cash Cups and multiple major third party events.

According to Epic, FNCS will return each season for the remainder of 2020 and will feature the best players across the world.

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We don’t know when a return to large, global, in-person events v bucks generator will be practical, but we’re hopeful to be able to put on some form of Fortnite World Cup in 2021. In the meantime we have more info about online events with FNCS, Cash Cups, 3rd Party Events and Broadcasts.

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“We will iterate on formats to improve player experiences,” Epic said, suggesting that some new flavor will be added to make the matches more enjoyable.

With Cash Cups, Epic free v bucks generator says they will be focusing “on how players earn points, as well as the structure of the tournaments” and make it so players can hop into a game and compete for cash prizes on a routine basis.

Additionally, the “two-step Cash Cups” qualify a group of top players into a final lobby.

Fortnite pros will be aiming for victory.

Finally, official broadcasts will be returning beginning May 2nd at 1pm PST with the FNCS Invitational. Epic claims that there will be even more competitive news to follow during the broadcast.

It seems like Epic is stepping up to ensure that Fortnite players, pros and fans alike are given a lot to look forward to in the months ahead.