Jul 20

Nintendo trademark suggests Nintendo 64 Classic Edition

Could we use a different controller?

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Jul 09

What’s your favorite new Android app? [DISCUSS]

The Google Play store is filled with tons of well-known essential apps (See: 100 Best Apps) but it’s not always easy to find brand spanking new apps and games to tickle your fancy. Let’s help each other out!

Jul 06

Qualcomm files patent infringement complaints against Apple, aims to ban U.S. iPhone imports

Qualcomm says the iPhone uses six inventions that Apple isn’t paying for.

Qualcomm owns a lot of IP (intellectual property). Much of it is for things we don’t think about when we are using a phone powered by one of its processors, like network data transfer and battery management. Today, it has filed a complaint with the ITC (international trade commission) against Apple, which it says uses six patented technologies without offering the correct compensation to Qualcomm.

It makes it clear that these are not industry standard patents (which have different rules about how they are used and paid for) but still “play integral roles enabling both high-speed performance and extended battery life.” The patents in question are:

  • US Patent 8698558 (issued 2014) which extends battery life by offering intelligent antenna power management
  • US Patent 8838949 (issued 2014) which helps a phone connect to the network at first boot
  • US Patent 8633936 (issued 2014) which allows for graphic0intensive applications to use less battery power
  • US Patent 9535490 (issued 2017) which monitors and manages network traffic to and from applications
  • US Patent 9608675 (issued 2017) which aggregates multiple streams into a single “data super-highway”
  • US Patent 8487658 (issued 2013) which uses more efficient power interfacing for both high and low voltage circuits

Using a move from Apple’s own playbook, Qualcomm is petitioning the ITC to stop imports and sales of Apple products that use these patents.

“Qualcomm’s inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm. “The patents we are asserting represent six important technologies, out of a portfolio of thousands, and each is vital to iPhone functions. Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology while refusing to pay for it. These lawsuits seek to stop Apple’s infringement of six of our patented technologies.”

Apple and Qualcomm are already embroiled in a legal battle over standard-essential patents, and this just adds fuel to the existing fire. All we can say is that if the patents were fairly granted and any company is using them, it should pay for them. We’re not about to guess how the ITC will rule when it comes to banning iPhone sales, but we know it has not been afraid to do the same to other companies. We also know it’s simply a great bargaining chip to try and receive those backed royalties from Apple, which would naturally go to considerable lengths to keep an import ban from being imposed.

While not directly Android related, this news is important to follow as both companies involved have enough influence to shape the mobile landscape for us all.

Jun 19

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Jun 09

HTC U11 already arriving on doorsteps for those that pre-ordered – did you get yours?

After going up for pre-order a little over 3 weeks ago, the HTC U11 is now landing on some customers’ doorsteps.

Jun 08

Report: Game of Thrones’ season seven finale will be almost 90 minutes

The longest episode in series history

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Jun 01

Mobile Nations is looking for data analysts, growth hackers and more!

Come work with the coolest cats in town! And Kevin.

Ready to make the exciting next step in your career? Mobile Nations has been growing ever since 1999, and we’ve reached the point where we need to bring on some new awesome people to do some new awesome things. Are you a data expert or a deals fiend or an SEO guru? We might just have the job for you.

Mobile Nations Data & SEO Analyst

Us: The leading mobile technology news, editorial, and community network, always growing and exploring new opportunities. World traveler. Virgo.

You: An experienced expert in keyword analysis, search intent analysis, search engine optimization, and content analysis. Must love blogs.

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Mobile Nations Product Growth Hacker

Mobile Nations has been around since 1999, but we like to think that we’re nowhere near done growing. We’ve conquered the smartphone space and now we’re expanding into VR, deals, automotive, and more. Because we’re constantly evolving and improving our content and our sites and our processes, we want to bring on data, metrics, and testing expert to ensure we’re making the most of everything we do. Do you love A/B testing, bounce rates, and funnels? This gig’s for you!

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Mobile Nations Owned Media Manager

Fun tidbit: Mobile Nations’ internal ad and sponsorship units receive more than 400 million impressions every month. Direct sponsorship opportunities allow Mobile Nations to both generate the revenue needed for our operations and serve our readers better with more relevant and less painful ads. With an expanding focus on direct sponsorship campaigns, we want to bring on an expert in monetization and performance optimization to manage scheduling, management, prioritization, creatives, deployment, and reporting.

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In case you missed it we’re also looking for some word people over @ Thrifter:

Thrifter Freelance Writer

Do you love finding good deals? So do we! The newest site in the Mobile Nations family needs your help. Thrifter.com is looking for writers to contribute to our growing deals team with our mission: finding the best deals on the greatest products! It’s more than just mere deals — it’s about helping our readers live a smart and sensible and awesome life. We need proficient and prolific writers who can self-organize and self-motivate their way to finding the best deals on the planet. Is that you?

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May 15

Best Phone For Gamers

Update May 2017: The Samsung Galaxy S8 has surpassed the Galaxy S7 as the best phone for gamers — but the GS7 is still remains a great option! Moto Z Play is still the best for battery life, and the HTC 10 still has the best touch responsiveness.

  • Best overall
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  • Best for battery life
  • Best for touch responsiveness

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It should come as little surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S7 has been dethroned as the best phone for gamers by its follow up, the Galaxy S8. Whether you go with the Galaxy S8 or the slightly larger S8+, you’ll be getting an outstanding device that can handle pretty much any game you throw at it.

It features a brilliant AMOLED display capable of scaling up to QHD+ resolution — that’s 2960 x 1440. Depending on your region, the Galaxy S8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 processor with a beefy 3,000 mAh battery tucked into the phone’s thin frame. It combines beautiful design with raw processing power to create a phone that delivers all the gaming action you can handle with nary a hiccup in gameplay.

On top of just being a fantastic phone with top-tier specs and a brilliant display, Samsung has done a great job of revamping the Game Tools first introduced on the S7. If you’re serious about mobile gaming and can afford the upgrade, the Galaxy S8 or S8+ is a quality investment to make.

Bottom line: Samsung has done a better job integrating Game Tools features with the Galaxy S8. On top of that, it’s easily the best phone you can buy right now.

One more thing: Make sure to turn on the setting that stretches the game to fill the Galaxy S8’s unique aspect ratio.

Why the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best

The best just keeps getting better.

What else can we say? Samsung has gone in and improved nearly every aspect of the things that made the Galaxy S7 the best phone for gamers in 2016, making the Galaxy S8 and easy pick in 2017. The Samsung Galaxy S8 has all physical components needed to handle the most resource-hogging games in the Google Play Store.

Both Game Launcher and Game Tools are back and better than ever, with Samsung making strides to improve their integration into the overall experience of the phone. Game Tools especially, which has been built into the navigation bar and appears any time you load up a game. It includes the same features for turning off distracting notifications while also including important new features for addressing the curved edges of the screen and temporarily turning off the “invisible” home button so you don’t accidentally press it during gameplay. If you’re the type that likes to stream as you game, you’ll love the built-in screen recorder tools which let you record at 720p and use the front-facing camera to record your reactions as you play.

Simply put, the Galaxy S8 is packed with all the specs and features you need for the gaming performance you desire.

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Samsung’s 2016 flagship is still a great phone to pick up in 2017, and you’ll be able to get one at a discounted price with the Galaxy S8 now available.

Featuring a brilliant 5.1-inch AMOLED display powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM, the S7 will have your games looking great and running smooth as butter no matter how much of a resource hog they happen to be. With 64GB of on-board storage and a dedicated microSD slot you should easily be able to load up all your favorite games. Not only will current games run will on this phone, but Samsung’s decision to jump ahead of Google in supporting Vulkan APIs for higher quality gameplay meant the S7 was among the first to usher in a new wave of graphically superior mobile games.

On top of all the standard features that make the S7 an outstanding device, Samsung’s software includes built-in features that make gaming both fun and social. If you’re a serious gamer, you’ll definitely want to dive into the advanced settings and turn on the Game Launcher and Game Tools. They help to optimize the phone for gaming so you never feel bogged down or distracted from your game, and let you share that game with others through live streaming.

Bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy S7 was seemingly designed to be a gamer’s best friend, from the top-tier hardware to its convenient software tools for gaming.

One more thing: There are deals to be had for the Galaxy S7 as carriers and electronics stores look to clear out last year’s flagship.

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We’ve all dealt with the battery drain of extended gaming sessions when you’re gaming on the go. There’s nothing worse than getting all caught up in the heat of the action, only to have a low battery warning ruin things. If you suffer from battery anxiety when gaming off charger, the Moto Z Play is the perfect device to alleviate that stress.

The latest in Motorola’s modular lineup, the Moto Z Play comes with a massive 3,510 mAh battery that’s optimized by a more efficient processor and a lower-resolution display. Granted this your display won’t get quite as bright as other displays, but the color calibration and viewing angles remain great. You’ll definitely enjoy the outstanding extended battery life you’ll get in exchange. When it’s time to top up, you’ll be able to give your phone up to 9 hours of charge in just 15 minutes with Motorola’s TurboPower wall charger.

Still not enough power? Take advantage of the Moto Z Play’s modular design and slap on the Incipio offGRID Power Pack and add an extra 2,260 mAh battery to your phone, along with charging efficiency and the added ability to wirelessly charge both the pack and your phone.

All this battery life business would be pointless if the Moto Z Play was a pain to use, but fortunately that’s not the case. As AC’s Daniel Bader wrote in his Moto Z Play review, if you’re a fan of the Motorola’s past offerings — including their handy gesture and voice controls — you’ll be happy to know they’re all present in the Moto Z Play.

Bottom line: Starting at just over $400, the Moto Z Play is the perfect companion for the mobile gamer with battery anxiety.

One more thing: Other awesome Moto Mods available for the Moto Z Play include a JBL Soundboost speaker, Hassleblad True Zoom camera mod and the Moto InstaShare Projector.

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Serious gamers know that input lag is simply unacceptable. Any amount of lag can have a devastating effect whether it’s a coming down to a photo finish, or a frantic deathmatch shootout. While traditional gaming allows for full controller customization (whether we’re talking keyboard and mouse or controller), mobile gaming on a touch screen ultimately relies on the touch responsiveness of the sensors on the phone.

In that regard, there’s no better phone than the HTC 10. With its 2016 flagship, HTC boasts the 10 has the lowest touch latency of any smartphone on the market — iPhones included. While that’s not typically a frequently touted spec, it does make a difference for gaming.

Beyond touch responsiveness, as mentioned in our official review the HTC 10 is a fairly impressive phone that features outstanding high-definition audio output, a capable 12 megapixel camera, and fast performance thanks to the Quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM. It’s all wrapped up in an aluminum unibody design with a curved back that’s ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand.

Bottom line: Never blame your poor performances on lag again with the super responsive HTC 10.

One more thing: The beautifully designed HTC 10 is available in three stylish colours: Carbon Gray, Glacier Silver, and Topaz Gold.

Conclusion

For the best Android gaming experience, look no further than the Galaxy S8. It’s got all the top-end specs you need to any game in the Google Play Store at the highest settings, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. If battery life is your biggest concern, the Moto Z Play is your best bet, especially with an optional Moto Mod to expand that battery life further. If you think lag is a real drag, the HTC 10’s touch responsiveness is what you want.

Best overall

Samsung Galaxy S8

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It should come as little surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S7 has been dethroned as the best phone for gamers by its follow up, the Galaxy S8. Whether you go with the Galaxy S8 or the slightly larger S8+, you’ll be getting an outstanding device that can handle pretty much any game you throw at it.

It features a brilliant AMOLED display capable of scaling up to QHD+ resolution — that’s 2960 x 1440. Depending on your region, the Galaxy S8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 processor with a beefy 3,000 mAh battery tucked into the phone’s thin frame. It combines beautiful design with raw processing power to create a phone that delivers all the gaming action you can handle with nary a hiccup in gameplay.

On top of just being a fantastic phone with top-tier specs and a brilliant display, Samsung has done a great job of revamping the Game Tools first introduced on the S7. If you’re serious about mobile gaming and can afford the upgrade, the Galaxy S8 or S8+ is a quality investment to make.

Bottom line: Samsung has done a better job integrating Game Tools features with the Galaxy S8. On top of that, it’s easily the best phone you can buy right now.

One more thing: Make sure to turn on the setting that stretches the game to fill the Galaxy S8’s unique aspect ratio.

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May 08

HTC continues to see a decline in revenue ahead of the U 11’s launch

HTC has reported its revenue for the month of April which shows another drop for the company ahead of the official HTC U 11 announcement.

Apr 28

The Galaxy S8 is water resistant, not liquid resistant

Your phone has no fear when it comes to water but be careful with other liquids.

One of the features you’ll find in most top-end phones in 2017 is water resistance. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ from Samsung are no exception. Raining outside? No problem. The Galaxy S8’s IP68 rating means the rain has no effect. The same goes for a splash at the sink, a dip in the pool, and maybe even a spilled soda or beer.

Yes, maybe. Not everything wet is water and even things that are mostly water might be best kept away from your water-resistant phone.

This doesn’t only apply to the Galaxy S8, or even phones in general. Water resistant objects are designed to keep out water — exclusively. Because of the chemical composition of any liquid, anything water resistant might not be beer resistant. Or champange resistant, because science!

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Liquids feel, well, liquidy. But all liquids have other things dissolved into them. Things like magnesium and calcium are in the water you drink and depending on where in the world you are you can have very hard water (lots of calcium and other dissolved minerals) or very soft water (very few dissolved minerals) or somewhere in between. The GS8 is designed to be soaked in good old tap water with no ill effects. You don’t have to worry, but we don’t recommend you take your phone snorkeling. (If you do, send us pics because that’s pretty cool).

Other types of water, specifically distilled water and really hot water, are probably something you don’t want to dunk your phone in. Science also means that distilled water is virtually free of any dissolved minerals and might be able to penetrate where “regular” water can’t. Hot water, on the other hand, can loosen adhesives and gaskets.

A quick rinse to wash away chemicals or sticky liquids isn’t going to hurt anything.

Other liquids like beer or antifreeze — or anything that’s not just plain water — might have chemicals that can penetrate the water resistant barriers or just make a mess in speaker holes, headphone jacks, and SIM card slots. If you get something that’s not water you’d drink on your phone, rinse it gently in the sink with room temperature water as soon as you can.

If you get the ports all gunked up, and it happens to the best of us, don’t go jamming toothpicks or sewing needles in the nooks and crannies to scrape it out. Wipe it down with a damp washcloth and let the fabric scrub away the surface dirt and sticky stuff or take a toothbrush and gently work at it. If you do end up having to dig in any holes with anything smaller than your elbow, be super careful not to cause any damage to parts or finishes. All that is part of being water resistant and needs to stay as intact as it can.

You don’t need to baby your Galaxy S8 when it comes to using it around the water. It’s built for it! Just be mindful for spills and splashes of other liquids.

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