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Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 flip phone now official

By Evan Selleck

Way back in August of last year, a pair of images surfaced that allegedly showcased the Samsung Galaxy Folder 2, another Android-powered flip phone.

At the time it wasn’t known when, or even if, Samsung actually planned on launching the handset, but today we finally have an answer. The company has officially announced the Galaxy Folder 2 in both black and burgundy (two colors not initially hinted at last year), and it is available in South Korea only.

The Galaxy Folder 2 is similar enough to its predecessor, but this version does have a slightly bigger keypad. It also features a 3.8-inch display, 2GB of RAM, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, and a battery that measures in at 1950mAh. It can support a microSD card up to 256GB, and it’s priced at 297,000 won (about $260 USD). There are LTE and 3G variants, and it’s running Android 6.0.

No word on whether or not Samsung plans on launching the Folder 2 anywhere outside of South Korea. If they did, would you buy it?

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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Comix Zone, Altered Beast

By Steve Raycraft

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.

Tentacles – Enter the Mind

Description: Welcome to the mind of a mad professor for an all-you-can-eat eyeball buffet. Dr. Phluff’s obsession with everything cute has driven him mad, and only you can save him. Tap your way through the layers of the professor’s amazingly twisted mind. Set in a captivating 3D world, odd monsters hide behind every corner.

Comix Zone

Description: You are Sketch Turner, a street-wise comic book artist trapped in a comic book world of your own creation. Journey into this post-punk nightmare and see your enemies drawn before you. Battle the Mutant Queen. Survive the Dead Ship and Lava Mines. Then defeat the super-villain, Mortus, to escape.

Kid Chameleon

Description: You are Kid Chameleon, an ordinary kid given strange and fantastic new powers through the use of magical masks. When the villain of a new arcade game escapes into our reality and only you can stop him! Using the masks, transform into an unstoppable warrior, high-flying superhero, or human tank to bring him to justice!

Run or Die

Description: Run or Die is a fast paced Endless Runner that focuses on movement based abilities (and a huge Ion Cannon)! Players must make decisions in the blink of an eye and react quickly in order to run and jump through a hazardous city environment where every run is different! Can you make it and run to the Lab to save Flow?

Shootout on Cash Island

Description: Bobby from HOT GUNS Team has a job to locate and secure the legendary Money Tree, but as it always happens in this kind of nonsense stories – he’s not the only one looking for it. Use guns, helmets, grenades and jetpacks to find and collect the map pieces placed in the empty jam jars around the island.

Infinity Merge

Description: <span data-sheets-value='{"1":2,"2":"Infinity Merge is a trendy sliding puzzle game. It is a Brain training game where you need to match blocks that have the same number of dots, shape and colour, …read more

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OnePlus 5 vs Google Pixel XL: quick look

By Mitja Rutnik

As expected, the OnePlus 5 features high-end specs and a (relatively) affordable price tag. But how does it compare to other flagships on the market like the Google Pixel XL? In this post, we’ll compare the two smartphones to get a better idea of just how different or similar they really are.

We’ll talk about specs, design, software as well as price, which obviously has a big impact on consumers’ purchasing decisions. That way, you’ll know more about both devices and will be able to decide which one is a better option for you.


Those of you who are familiar with OnePlus probably already know that the company’s products have always had somewhat of a minimalist or simple design. Things aren’t any different with the OnePlus 5, despite the fact that it looks quite different than its predecessor.

The smartphone features an aluminum unibody that has more rounded corners and edges when compared with the 3T. You’ll find the dual-camera setup on the back along with the flash module and the OnePlus logo. The back is also slightly curved, which makes the device sit better in the hand. The fingerprint scanner is embedded in the home button and positioned below the screen, the volume rocker and the textured alert slider are on the left side, while the power button and SIM card slot are on the right.

The OnePlus 5 is the slimmest flagship smartphone the company has ever made — 7.25 mm — and comes in two color options: Midnight Black and Slate Gray. Although it’s quite easy on the eyes, it’s worth pointing out that it looks very similar to one of its rivals.

The Google Pixel XL is also quite a simple looking device that doesn’t stand out from the crowd all that much. It has a metal body with a small glass window at the back that gives it a little bit more character. It’s clear that Google has really played it safe when it comes to design, especially if you compare the Pixel XL to a few Nexus devices.

At 8.5 mm, the smartphone is a little bit thicker than the OnePlus 5 and is available in the Very Silver, Quite Black as well as the limited edition Really Blue color options.

Unlike its rival, the Pixel XL has a fingerprint scanner on the back. What’s better in this case depends on who you ask, as a lot of us have a different opinion on this topic. Other design elements worth mentioning are the volume rocker and power button on the right side, the headphone jack on the top, and the USB Type-C port and speaker at the bottom.

As always, there’s no real winner when it comes to aesthetics. Both smartphones have a metal body and quite a simple design, but are still very different from one another.


The OnePlus 5 sports a 5.5-inch AMOLED Full HD display and is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. It comes with either 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of space. Unfortunately there’s no microSD card slot available on the 5.

Just like the LG G6, Huawei P10, and many other recent flagships, it’s equipped with a dual-camera setup on the back. It features a 16 MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and a 20 MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. According to OnePlus, this is the highest resolution dual-camera system on any smartphone. There’s also a selfie snapper on board that has a 16 MP sensor.

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As previously mentioned, the OnePlus 5 is really thin. Although this is considered as a good thing by many, it does have a drawback as the device packs a smaller battery than its predecessor — 3,300 mAh. We found that the OnePlus 5’s battery is comparable to that of the 3T, though we would certainly opt for a bigger battery over a slimmer chassis if given the chance.

The phone also supports Dash Charge, which means you can fully charge the device in around 90 minutes.

Samsung launches Galaxy Folder 2 flip phone in its home country

By Mitja Rutnik

Back in September, Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Folder 2 flip phone. The device, which was only available in China so far, has now been launched in South Korea as well. Both the 3G and LTE versions will be available with pricing starting at KRW 297,000, which is around $260.

The Galaxy Folder 2 has a 3.8-inch LCD display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. You’ll find the Snapdragon 425 chipset under the hood along with 2 GB of RAM. There’s 16 GB of storage available, which you can expand for an additional 128 GB with the help of a microSD card.

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Samsung’s retro-looking smartphone is equipped with an 8 MP primary camera as well as a 5 MP selfie snapper. It packs a 1,950 mAh battery, ships with Android Marshmallow on board, and obviously features a physical keyboard that you can control the device with.

Samsung hasn’t announced if it plans on bringing the smartphone to any other country in the near future. The chances of this happening probably aren’t that great, as there really isn’t a lot of demand for flip phones, especially in Western markets. Smartphones like the Galaxy Folder 2 mostly appeal to those looking for a simple device with a physical keyboard, and just might bring back great memories of the good old days for some.

Would you consider buying the Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 or any other flip phone? Let us know in the comments.

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Source:: android authority


IPVanish VPN – Try a Top Tier VPN service

By AA Picks

We know you want to find the right VPN for you, so we’re always on the look-out for great providers. This week we’ve had our head turned by the critically-acclaimed IPVanish VPN. Here’s why.

The folks at IPVanish have a very simple approach. No attempts to distract you with bells and whistles — just secure, anonymous browsing at lightning-fast speeds. They take the raw concept of a VPN and just do it right. Very right.

IPVanish receives consistently great reviews from the critics.

Your personal IP address disappears. No logs are kept anywhere of your activity or VPN connections. You can constantly switch between any one of 850+ servers in 60+ countries on a secure, encrypted network…. you’re untraceable. Whether you’re looking to get around media restrictions, or just keep the hackers at bay, IPVanish will oblige.

Even more reassuring, IPVanish receives consistently great reviews from the critics. Here’s a typical 5-star review from an established comparison site:

“For a few years now, this US-based VPN has consistently demonstrated some of the highest levels of performance in the industry.” – BestVPN

Given the next-level service on offer, IPVanish is surprisingly affordable for a VPN. Right now, the monthly cost is reduced to $7.50 per month for Android Authority readers, but there are even better deals to be had on a longer subscription. For a 1-year plan, the price is just $58.49 – the equivalent of just $4.87 per month.

The IPVanish guys are confident you’ll be happy, so there’s a 7-day money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. Reason enough to give it a try.

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The OnePlus 5’s 2X zoom is not actually optical lossless zoom

By Bogdan Petrovan

The dual camera of the OnePlus 5 is one of the phone’s top selling points, so much so that OnePlus built its marketing campaign around the tagline “Dual Camera. Clearer photos.”

Having two lenses working together – a “normal” wide-angle one and a telephoto one – allowed OnePlus to add several cool features, including Portrait mode and a high-quality zoom feature. As usual though, the devil is in the details.

As noted by Dutch website Tweakers and by users over on Reddit, the OnePlus 5’s 2X zoom is not, in fact, fully optical. Instead, the OnePlus 5 actually uses a combination of optical and digital zoom.

That’s despite claims from multiple reviewers and tech publications from around the world, including Android Authority, that the camera offers 2X optical zoom.

It’s not clear how this misunderstanding became accepted as fact – our theory is everyone assumed the feature works just like on the iPhone 7 Plus, which actually does feature 2X optical zoom. The influential Wired, for instance, makes exactly this connection.

The printed reviewer guide we received with our OnePlus 5 unit uses ambiguous language to describe the feature. The text is technically accurate, but we can see how it could create confusion among reviewers.

To our knowledge, OnePlus did not go out of its way to correct reports and reviews that incorrectly mentioned 2X optical zoom. But after reports about it made the rounds yesterday, Carl Pei clarified – sort of – how zooming works on the OnePlus 5’s dual cameras:

Optical zoom is at 1.6x, the remaining 0.4x is realized through SmartCapture multiframe technology.

— Carl Pei (@getpeid) June 21, 2017

What does this mean for the average user? And is this another case of misleading reviewers and customers, akin to the benchmark manipulation OnePlus has been accused of?

In practice, don’t expect to get the same level of detail when using OnePlus 5’s 2X zoom mode, that you would get from an iPhone 7 or other devices with true 2X optical zoom.

As for the truthfulness of OnePlus’ claims… well, it’s complicated. To be clear, we haven’t seen any OnePlus marketing material or official statement that claims the phone features 2X pure optical zoom. But Carl Pei says the OnePlus 5 features “2X lossless zoom,” which is confounding. How can zoom be “lossless” if there’s clearly a digital component to it?

How can zoom be “lossless” if there’s clearly a digital component to it?

Pei mentions “SmartCapture multiframe technology,” which is the marketing term for the suite of image processing features in OnePlus phones. OnePlus doesn’t really detail what SmartCapture is, but according to Qualcomm (which makes the image processing chips in the OnePlus 5) SmartCapture helps “deliver a smooth zoom experience between the OnePlus 5’s two cameras for recording high quality videos from a wide range of distances, with greater clarity” – no mention of “lossless zoom” here.

It seems that OnePlus is playing fast and loose with the term “lossless.” In the end, it might turn out to be correct (at least semantically), but the confusion this issue creates is definitely not helping its image. We’ve reached out to the company for clarification. For now, take the “2X optical zoom” and “2X lossless zoom” claims you see being thrown around with a grain of salt.

For what is worth, we enjoyed the OnePlus 5’s camera features, and its Portrait mode won our comparison with the iPhone 7 Plus and Huawei P10. But that doesn’t mean OnePlus deserves a free pass when it comes to potentially misleading claims. Let us know what you think.

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PowerVR GPU designer Imagination Technologies goes up for sale

By Robert Triggs

Following confirmation that Imagination Technologies is going to lose its biggest GPU customer – Apple – in the coming year or two, many have wondered what would become of one of the UK’s last legacy semiconductor companies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Imagination Technology has now put itself up for sale and already says that it has received interest from potential buyers.

Imagination Technologies develops a range of semiconductor technologies and licenses them to chip designers, ranging from microprocessors and GPUs to networking, DSP, and video hardware. While Imagination may be well known for its 2013 acquisition of the MIPS architecture, it’s the company’s range of PowerVR GPUs that have had the biggest impact on the smartphone business.

PowerVR GPUs have appeared in every Apple iPhone to date and have seen use in a number of SoCs from other vendors too.

PowerVR technology has powered the graphics component inside every Apple iPhone to date and have seen use in a number of SoCs from other vendors too. Apple has been Imagination’s largest customer and makes up approximately 50 percent of the company’s current revenue. However, this arrangement is coming to an end in the next 13 to 22 months.

It’s said that Apple is planning its own GPU design for future iPhones and last month Imagination announced it had started a dispute resolution procedure with Apple over licensing payments. The company is concerned that Apple won’t be able to produce its own technology without infringing on its patents. Following this news, Imagination Technologies put its MIPS and Ensigma networking businesses up for sale, but now the entire company is on the market.

Apple had been in very early acquisition talks with Imagination Technologies last year, but it’s not know if the company is still looking at a purchase. With bids already coming in, it may not be too long until we find out who has bought one of the UK’s few remaining semiconductor companies.

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Source:: android authority


OnePlus 5 Pop-up event in NYC: Magnum, Phones, Lines, & More

By John Velasco

To celebrate the announcement of its latest flagship killer, OnePlus held a number of pop-up events around the world to give anxious buyers the chance to purchase the freshly minted OnePlus 5. This, of course, isn’t a new strategy by any means, but they’re credited as being the one to popularize this particular method of getting devices into the hands of consumers – rather than having to buy online, and then proceeding to wait. With a killer price point attached to the OnePlus 5, especially when you consider the kind of specs it’s bringing to the table, you know that its pop-up events are sure to be interesting.

We managed to check out the festivities that took place over at the New York City pop-up event, which was held at an ice cream shop of all places, and that proceeded to draw crowds that stretched the line all the way around the block. The first person in line, a native New Yorker named Christopher, actually told us that he got to the location at 9:00 AM, which is a pretty extensive wait time given that the event officially started at 7:00 PM later in the day.

It’s pretty intriguing how OnePlus was able to amass such a crowd at its New York City event, and at other popups held around the world, especially when other Android flagships are released, but don’t generate nearly as many people at stores. Then again, since OnePlus’ strategy has been mainly online sales, it makes perfect sense to see the huge turnout when phones are actually available in “stores”.

Once the doors opened to the Magnum ice cream store, the same Magnum ice cream bars you would’ve seen see in commercials, buyers managed to pick up their phones and were given backpacks as a bonus. In addition, they were also able to create their own custom Magnum ice cream bar – choosing the flavors, coatings, and toppings. Inside the store as well, people got the opportunity to check out the phone before buying one.

These pop-events in major cities around the world definitely help to inform the uninformed about the OnePlus name, but also to expose the wider world to something worth lining up for that’s not an iPhone. People passing by the store kept on asking us what was going on and why there was such a huge line, but after telling them the reason, most of them were just puzzled by the name. But then again, that’s the unintended result from having these events, since it gives OnePlus the opportunity to broaden their brand to consumers – outside the hardcore fandom and following.

Don’t forget to check out what happened at the event in our video. You can see for yourself how long the line went around the block!

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Deal: Samsung Gear VR can be yours for $99.99

By Mitja Rutnik

The latest version of Samsung’s Gear VR headset went on sale back in April for $129.99. If you have been thinking of getting it, now is the time to do so. The device is currently on sale on Amazon and can be yours for $99.99 or $30 off its list price.

The Gear VR headset can be used for playing games, watching 360-degree videos, and much more. There are over 700 apps available for the device. Just keep in mind that it is only compatible with a few Samsung smartphones which are the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, and S6 Edge.

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The headset was announced back in March alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus and comes with the Gear VR controller included in the box. To learn more about it, check out our review of the Samsung Gear VR (2017).

If you own one of the smartphones listed above and are thinking of getting Samsung’s VR headset, visit Amazon’s sale page by clicking the button below.

There’s no word on how long the deal will last for, so it’s probably best to place your order sooner rather than later if you want to secure the $30 discount.

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Source:: android authority


Here’s how Niantic will take on Pokemon Go cheaters

By Mitja Rutnik

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Last month, Niantic started “shadowbanning” bot accounts, cheats, and so-called scanners in an attempt to take on Pokemon Go cheaters. Now, the company has taken things to the next level. In a post on Reddit, which you can read below, the creator of the game announced new anti-cheating measures that will mark those using third-party services with a slash in the inventory.

With the announcement of Raid Battles and the new battle features, we are staying true on our commitment to ensuring that Pokémon GO continues to be a fun and fair experience for all Trainers. Starting today, Pokémon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected. We are humbled by the excitement for all the new features we announced yesterday. This is one small part of our continued commitment to maintaining the integrity of our community and delivering an amazing Pokémon GO experience. — Niantic

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Unfortunately, the company didn’t share any specific information on what exactly “may not behave as expected” means. If you use any third-party services that violate Niantic’s terms of service, you’ll probably find out soon enough though.

It looks like the company is trying to do everything it can to make sure players don’t and can’t cheat, which is something that most Pokemon Go users probably don’t have a problem with.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Let us know by posting a comment down below.

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Source:: android authority