Super Mario Run launches on Android

Looks like we won’t have to wait until March 23 to visit the Mushroom Kingdom.

Nintendo has officially released Super Mario Run for Android, launching the game into the Play Store a few hours than expected. The app is version 2.0.0, the same version that was released as an update to iOS users today. That update brings mode playable characters, some adjustments to make the game easier, and some other various improvements.

Super Mario Run is free to start, giving you the first four levels of World Tour and some other modes to check out. If you’d like to progress any further, though, you’ll need to pay $9.99 to unlock the full game. The game includes three modes: the standard World Tour, the competitive Toad Rally, and a Kingdom Builder that lets you design your very own Mushroom Kingdom.

Super Mario sure took his sweet time to Run onto Android, but it’s nice that it’s finally here. Now we can give the game a try for ourselves and see if it’s worth the $10 that Nintendo is asking for the full experience.

Are you going to try Super Mario Run?



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Google updates Allo, Duo, and Photos; plus extras for Brazil

Brazil is a country that’s quickly rising, and it plays host to an enormous new market for tech companies. Google is well aware of that fact, and while the company already has extensive operations in Brazil, it’s making a point to develop services with Brazil in mind. Today brings in a smattering of app updates that include tweaks and optimizations aimed at the Brazilian market.

First up is Duo, which is Google’s simple one-to-one video calling app. Now Google is extending Duo to audio-only calling, allowing it to function even when data connections are poor. This feature will first roll out in Brazil, with a global roll out in the near future.

Allo is also receiving an update. Android users everywhere will now be able to share documents and other files (.pdf, .docs, .apk, .zip, and mp3) through Allo. In Brazil, Google is rolling out the Smart Smiley feature in Portuguese. Smart Smiley uses machine learning to suggest relevant emojis, and it will now function in Portuguese.

Google Photos is receiving an update that’s designed to compensate for weak data connections. Photo backups will now take place on nearly any connection, even 2G networks. On slow networks, such as 2G, lightweight previews of the photos will back up, and the high-quality versions will be automatically backed up when you connect to a high quality Wi-Fi connection. A similar system is in place for sharing photos. Using Google Photos, users can quickly share pictures on weak connections by first sending in low resolution, with the photos automatically updating to high quality when a better connection is available.

These updates come in addition to Google’s announcement of real-time location sharing with Google Maps earlier today. For more information, check out the full announcement at the source link.



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Galaxy S8 continues to leak with new pictures

In a short span of time, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has quickly become one of the leakiest devices around. We’ve seen photos and specs galore over the past few days, but the leaks just keep on coming. In this round, three leaks show off different aspects of the upcoming phone. First off is a picture from @UniverseIce showing off the Galaxy S8′s ability to change the screen resolution.

A second leak from @UniverseIce gives us a glimpse at the retail packaging of the Galaxy S8+, which is quite minimal. A metallic blue “S8+” is emblazoned on a black background, and other than that, the box is largely free from adornments, aside from the usual information printed on the back.

The final leak comes from @evleaks, and is a comparison of the three color options for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ (see featured image). We get a good look at Black Sky, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver, all of which look quite attractive.

Stay tuned for more coverage as the rumor mill keeps on turning.

Sources: @IceUniverse (1), (2), @evleaks



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Panasonic Eluga Pure budget-friendly smartphone launched with 2GB RAM & Android Marshmallow

Panasonic Eluga Pure is a new budget-friendly device from Panasonic which has been announced in Taiwan for NT$ 4,990 (approx $165). The handset will come with a brushed polycarbonate body on the rear and will be coming in Grey color option. There is no information on the Global launch of the device, and the device is currently going for pre-order in the country and shipping will be starting from 27th of March. The handset also comes with the Panasonic Smart App, by which the user can control the other Panasonic products like Smart TV, Refrigerator, Washing Machine, and more.

Panasonic Eluga Pure comes with a 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display resolutions with a 2.5D glass. The handset is claimed to lower the blue light that can be harmful to the user’s eyes. Under the hood, the device is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor with a clocking speed of 1.25GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage which can be further expanded using the MicroSD card slot. The device will come out of the box with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the FitHome UI laid on top. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, 3.5mm Audio port, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port.

Coming to the camera, the device sports a 13MP sensor on the rear with LED flash and is accompanied with an 8MP front camera for selfies and video calls. On the bottom, we can see the speaker with ‘Eluga’ logo on top of it. There is 2,900mAh battery on the back to power the handset which will easily last an entire day on normal usage. From the image, `we can see that power button and volume rocker are placed on the right edge of the device like any other normal device. Are you planning to get this handset from Panasonic? Let us know by commenting in the section below.



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OnePlus 3T in Midnight Black will be available for a limited time

Last week, OnePlus officially debuted a blacked-out version of the OnePlus 3T flagship smartphone called the colette edition.

At the time, the company confirmed that the handset would only be available for a limited time, and only at a colette store in Paris, France. Those 250 units sold pretty well, apparently, because OnePlus has discovered it has a hit on its hands. The company has just announced it will be opening sales of the “Midnight Black” variant, apparently dropping the colette branding, soon.

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black

Specifically, the Midnight Black OnePlus 3T will go on sale at https://hbx.com on Friday, March 24, at 4:00 PM GMT, thanks to a partnership with Hypebeast. There will only be 250 units available again, and when they’re sold out, they’re sold out.

However! OnePlus says fans in North America and Europe who want a chance at buying the Midnight Black variant can do so at a “later date” through OnePlus’s online store.

The Midnight Black OnePlus 3T features 128GB of built-in storage and 6GB of RAM, and it will retail for $479 USD, EUR 479, and GBP 439.

Do you plan on trying to get your hands on the Midnight Black OnePlus 3T?



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Google Maps adds real-time location sharing

The team behind Google Maps is always looking for ways to improve the service, and the latest feature addition is for folks who have found it difficult to share their location to friends and family members in the past.

Google today announced that Google Maps will support real-time location sharing. Users simply need to open the side menu or tap on the blue dot that locates you, then hit the Share Location option. Once you do, you’ll be able to select which contacts you want to share your location with and even choose just how long you want to share your location with them.

Those contacts chosen will be able to follow your location on a Google Maps in real-time. Google Maps will also show an icon over the compass to remind the individual sharing their location that they are indeed still sharing. Users can stop sharing their location whenever they want.

There is also an ability to “Share Trip,” which is an option inside the “More” option at the bottom of the app. With it, users can share their trip progress with a friend or family member and they will be able to keep track of when you’re set to arrive. Sharing will automatically end when you arrive at your destination.

Real-time location sharing is beginning to rollout now worldwide, and it’s available for Android and iOS.



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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Google Family Link

Google Family Link

Description: The Family Link app from Google helps you stay in the loop as your kid (under 13) explores on their Android device. Family Link lets you create a Google Account for your kid that’s like your account, while also helping you set certain digital ground rules for your family.

 

Material Orb Watch Face

Material Orb Watch Face

DescriptionThe new Orb watch face is carefully designed to display time and data though wear 2.0 complications, while keeping it simple, elegant and minimalist.

 

GIPHY Stickers

GIPHY Stickers

DescriptionImoji has joined GIPHY to bring you the best collection of stickers on the interweb. GIPHY Stickers is the fastest, simplest way to make, find, and share stickers across all of your favorite social and messaging channels.

 

Cyklus Watch Face

Cyklus Watch Face

DescriptionThe daylight ring represents the next 24 hours, changing colors at sunrise and sunset. Watch how the length of each day changes with the seasons. The event ring shows upcoming events from your calendar, alarms from your watch and phone, and important weather conditions.

 

Personal Shopping Assistant (Unreleased)

Personal Shopping Assistant (Unreleased)

Description Your personal shopping assistant automatically remembers all the products you shop for on the web, in your apps and in the store. Save your favorites to your boards and get automatic price change notifications. Compare products across sellers on your phone, tablet and PC. Find other places to buy, share with others and more.

 

 Nougat Launcher

Nougat Launcher

DescriptionThis is the unique launcher with that unique features. This launcher search whole applications from your phone. The most important is that this launcher shows your recently messages and recently dialed number.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda APEX HQ

Mass Effect Andromeda APEX HQ

DescriptionCan’t put down Mass Effect: Andromeda’s multiplayer? APEX HQ lets you stay connected outside of the game! Customize your loadout ahead of a match, command Strike Team missions, check your stats and more.

 

Racing Watch Face

Racing Watch Face

DescriptionFeatures of Racing Watch Face: Choose design colors. Define a secondary timezone for digital display. Day & Month. Watch battery. Mobile battery. Weather.

 

GIPHY MoGA. Museum of GIF Art

GIPHY MoGA. Museum of GIF Art

DescriptionThe GIPHY Museum of GIF Art is the first ever virtual reality GIF art museum. The current exhibition in the MoGA is Loop Dreams, the accompaniment to our 2016 IRL exhibition. Works by 20 artists are exhibited in a beautiful, nonlinear environment.

 

Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger

Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger

DescriptionWelcome to Supersonic, an exciting new way to keep up with your friends! Highlights:



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