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Fortnite released to Google Play for Android, Epic explains why

Fortnite released to Google Play for Android, Epic explains why

Epic Games launched Fortnite to Android 18 months ago, without releasing the game to Google Play. The game was released to iOS through the Apple app store, but for Android, Epic Games tried to operate through their own website for app downloads. Epic revealed today that they've decided to launch to Google Play - but why the change of heart?

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Samsung 600MP camera sensor to rival human eye, but why?

Samsung 600MP camera sensor to rival human eye, but why?

A release from Samsung this morning suggested that the company was hard at work aiming for a 600 megapixel camera sensor for smart mobile devices. But why? When we've got smartphones right this minute with camera sensors that capture photos better than even the most fantastic point-and-shoot cameras from only a few years ago. Do we really need to put more work into something that already works more-than-good-enough?

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Meet Retrospekt: Old Polaroid made new (Nintendo too)

Meet Retrospekt: Old Polaroid made new (Nintendo too)

This week I got an email about a company called Retrospekt, with an announcement about a pair of Earth Day Polaroid cameras. This wasn't out of the ordinary - companies still license the Polaroid brand name* to make new cameras sort of like the models I was seeing in the email. But these were different. These "new" devices with newly designed casings (special for Earth Day 2020) were made with old-school hardware inside. It was like they were one-off custom refurbishments - but... they're more than that.

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iPhone 12 leak says decade-old concept dreams come true

iPhone 12 leak says decade-old concept dreams come true

Today we're looking a several angles on the 2020 iPhone collection, including renders of all sides thanks to recent leaks. The iPhone 12 device collection was leaked to roll with aesthetics that embrace the legacy of the line, tapping into flat-sided machines not unlike the original iPhone 4. The look embraces aesthetics reintroduced to the world of iOS with the most recent iPad Pro devices, those at first appearing to take on flat sides to give wireless charging side-style magnetic feature power to the Apple Pencil.

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Insiders tip Nintendo Switch supply boost imminent

Insiders tip Nintendo Switch supply boost imminent

Coronavirus quarantine and global pandemic for COVID-19 meant Nintendo Swich units sold in high numbers early this year, here in 2020. Now a report from Osaka / Kyoto Japan suggests that Nintendo has ordered a rise in output from producers of the hardware. Parts suppliers informed of the plans have reported that Nintendo expects to produce approximately 10% more units of "the Switch series" in 2020, over the around 20 million units sold last year.

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Surface Go 2 leaks have begun!

Surface Go 2 leaks have begun!

There's a new Microsoft Surface Go 2 in the making, and some of the first major details about the device just leaked. Leaked benchmarks and a few details about hardware make for a leak collection that portend a release this Spring, 2020. The Microsoft Surface Go 2 is rumored to be revealed and/or released as early as May 2020.

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If this iPhone 12 flat-side leak is accurate, we’re ALL IN

If this iPhone 12 flat-side leak is accurate, we’re ALL IN

A video / set of images of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max family of devices leaked overnight with a vision of the future. The imagery in the video was made, rendered, using leaked information on schematics and features included with the still-in-development iPhone 12 family. The headline "EXCLUSIVE iPhone 12 Pro Max Design Leaks! It's HUGE" sort of buries the lede - the device is basically the marriage of iPhone 11, iPad Pro 2018, and the classic iPhone 4.

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First OnePlus 8/Pro update for OxygenOS gives boost to camera, connectivity

First OnePlus 8/Pro update for OxygenOS gives boost to camera, connectivity

Today the folks at OnePlus released the first major software update for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. This update was released in the period between reveal and release for the OnePlus 8 series, having been first revealed on April 14, 2020, with a release date of April 29, 2020. This device will likely have this software ready to roll for launch at T-Mobile USA locations across the United States.

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Google Fi enables iPhone eSIM on latest models

Google Fi enables iPhone eSIM on latest models

New customers to Google Fi from this point forward will be able to work with an iPhone eSIM system. Users with an iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, or 11 series device will be able to work with an iOS eSIM in place of a physical SIM card for use with Google Fi. This system was previously enabled for some newer Android devices, and was just enabled for some iPhone devices this week.

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OnePlus 8 VS OnePlus 8 Pro hands-on – Cheaper or better?

OnePlus 8 VS OnePlus 8 Pro hands-on – Cheaper or better?

The OnePlus 8 Pro provides the best possible vision for a 2020 smartphone of its size, at its price. The OnePlus 8 represents a similar vision, for less money, with a few key differences that make it an experience more akin to "everything you need plus a bit more." The differences begin at the size of the display - which, when turned OFF, seem quite similar.

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Verizon OnePlus 8 5G UW: No pro, mmWave exclusive [UPDATE]

Verizon OnePlus 8 5G UW: No pro, mmWave exclusive [UPDATE]

OnePlus 8 5G UW will be available in multiple configurations from multiple different places - but only ONE will have full access to all sorts of 5G. Most versions will have access to low and mid-band 5G, while the special unique Verzion OnePlus 8 will have access to mmWave 5G. So depending on where you get your OnePlus device, it'll have differing amounts of access to 5G - so be careful!

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OnePlus 8 Pro Review: No more illusions

OnePlus 8 Pro Review: No more illusions

Today we're taking a peek at the OnePlus 8 Pro, one of two devices released by OnePlus in the "OnePlus 8 family" of devices as of April of 2020. This device comes in several colors, including Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and the one we've got here: Ultramarine Blue. The OnePlus 8 Pro advances beyond its predecessors as it attempts a feat similar to that of the last several OnePlus smartphone releases. This phone attempts to combine the simple, effective marketing of the iPhone with the daring or otherwise cutting-edge feature cycle of the most major brands to come out of China.

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