Apple held its big annual WWDC keynote today, revealing a slew of new software and gadgets the company has in the works, including some exciting news for the mobile industry. Here are the top three things you need to know about the presentation.
Apple surprised us all today at the Worldwide Developer's Conference, revealing thatMonument Valley 2is out now on the App Store. The company made the announcement as they were demoing iOS 11, the upcoming operating system for Apple's mobile devices.
Hot on the heels of Bouncy Hoops, Noodlecake's latest release, comes Flipping Legend. The prolific indie publisher is hard at work this month it seems with two new games out this month.
If you've got dreams of a big vacation this summer, now's the time to start planning. Things can certainly be overwhelming, especially when you're starting from scratch. Don't be intimidated, though. Once you get started, things will start to fall into place. That's made all the easier by a bunch of helpful apps that truly streamline the process.
We've picked out five of the best apps to help you plan your next trip. Let's get to it.
“Pro” by name and “pro” by nature, in almost every way Honor’s latest upgrade to its smartphone series intends to provide the hardcore mobile gamer with all the features they could ever need to maximize their fun. Not only is it packing much more power thanks to the addition of a 4,000mAh high density battery, but it also ups the display resolution of an already striking 5.7 inch display screen. Both allow the Honor Pro 8 to cater for longer play sessions on the go, however intense a game’s graphics may be.
The clever chaps over at Honor have even designed their latest device while keeping the future of gaming in mind. The Pro’s VR integration means that those who prefer to experience their worlds from the inside as well as out can look forward to being fully immersed without it ever feeling weighty, a handy side-effect of such a sleek yet comfortable outer case design.
Talking with the fine folk over at Honor, we recently discussed the Honor Pro 8’s various new systems and features which seem determined to remedy some of mobile gaming’s biggest drawbacks.
What key differences separate the Honor 8 Pro from the previous Honor 8 model?
• The three products under Honor 8 series are equipped with different features and made available to meet users’ evolving needs and different preferences.
• The Honor 8 Pro is our super flagship product in 2017, it is the highest qualified and best performing smartphone ever created by Honor. It boasts the most outstanding features that a premium phone carries at only EUR500 price range: ultra-thin 6.97mm body with flush 12MP dual-lens camera, Kirin 960 and 6GB RAM, EMUI5.1, 4,000mAh high density battery and so on.
• The Honor 8 is our 2016 flagship product which boasts a futuristic design with 2.5D glass-made body with a 3D grate design on the back, carrying powerful features such as 12MP dual-lens camera, Kirin 950 and 4GB RAM, 3,000mAh battery.
What aspects of the phone make it ideal for gamers?
Users of the Honor 8 Pro could enjoy remarkable gaming experience even with the most demanding games, because:
• Games look better than ever on the Honor 8 Pro’s stunning display
The Honor 8 Pro’s 5.7-inch Quad HD display boasts the highest levels of color accuracy and detail, featuring a high resolution of 515ppi and support for 94.5% of the NTSC color gamut, displaying 16700K colors. Professional calibration brings the best out of the display, with color enhancement technology, sharpness enhancement in the display engine and a 2D image detail enhancer.
• Maximum performance with industry-leading hardware and software
The Honor 8 Pro is the best performing Honor smartphone ever, ready for the most demanding games and applications. Its octa-core Kirin 960 chipset boosts single-core and multi-core performance by 10% and 18% respectively, while the Mali-G71 GPU exceeds its predecessor in graphic rendering by 180%.
The industry leading Vulkan API delivers significant improvements to the Honor 8 Pro over its predecessor Open GL by relieving the CPU’s strain processing image gallery and UI effects, raising the device’s graphical and data processing capabilities. All-round graphic performance is enhanced up to 400%. The device also ships with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
• Gaming Performance Cruise, an exclusive industry-first feature pioneered by Honor
Game performance is often not primarily hindered by raw processing power, but by heat-related issues. When the processor begins to overheat, the CPU will run at a lower clock rate, impacting performance. Honor’s engineers have developed Gaming Performance Cruise in EMUI 5.1, the first feature to ship on any smartphone that intelligently maintains consistent performance, while reducing power consumption and thus heat issues – all to deliver a smoother gaming experience.
Gaming Performance Cruise reduces performance loss and power consumption by 20–30% during gaming and extends smooth playing time by 25–42%*.
Can you tell us a little more about the dual camera system. What are the benefits of this over a single camera lens?
• The Honor 8 Pro is packed with two 12-megapixel lenses, one monochrome and one RGB, which capture images simultaneously. The monochrome lens captures a black-and-white image with impressive details, while the RGB lens focuses on capturing color, leading to great color reproduction.
• The Honor 8 Pro blends in cutting-edge hardware and software. With data processed by the Prime image signal processor (ISP) and merged by a proprietary algorithm, the phone allows you to capture shots with superior detail, depth and color.
One of the big talking points of the Honor Pro 8 is the battery. Could you share some details on it?
• Long Battery Life: The 4000mAh high density (710 Wh/L) battery working alongside the advanced power saving features of the 16nm Kirin 960 chipset brings ultra-long battery life. Honor 8 Pro’s battery life can last 2 full days of regular use, almost 1.44 days of heavy use, enough for 108 hours for music streaming, 18 hours of video streaming, 10 hours of video playing on Youtube, and 7 hours of VR streaming on Jaunt.*
• SmartPower 5.0: The intelligent power saving technology can optimize power consumption of front office applications while ensuring their smooth operation; with its intelligent management of back office applications, SmartPower 5.0 can automatically identify and terminate processes with exceptionally high power consumption, preventing back office applications from activating the entire system too frequently, hence reducing the overall back office power consumption. In the meantime, it manages alerts to optimize power consumption when the phone is on standby.
*Data based on Honor lab tests. Battery life may vary based on usage patterns and network conditions.
This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.
Noodlecake Games launched Bouncy Hoops, their latest mobile game, today. The game's stylish retro graphics are reminiscent of NBA Jams, but the game is pure arcade score chasing. The developers liken it to Flappy Bird with basketballs.
It's a good time to be a Pokémon fan. We're still busy playing Magikarp Jump, and then there's regular Pokémon GO events and the impending release of the legendaries, and now there's yet another Pokémon game to add the mix.PokeLand is coming to mobile platforms sometime in the near future.
Starting today and running through June 13, Fire Emblem Heroes' latest event, Bridal Blessings, is a celebration of . . . weddings? It's an unexpected event, for sure, but offers up a bunch of new updates that are sure to please, regardless.
Lyn, Charlotte, Cordelia, and Caeda have all received new rare, bridal forms that have new movesets to fit the theme. Talys's Bride, the special event Caeda, can use Blessed Bouquet to buff nearby units, while Charlotte, now known as the Money Maiden, strikes at enemies with a giant spoon.
Once you've spent all your Orbs rolling for them, you can try them out in the event exclusive paralogues that have been added to the game. Luckily Nintendo is making that a bit easier with the return of the daily Orb bonus. Players will once more earn two Orbs each day they log in during the event. It's a welcome move that will likely bring renewed life to Fire Emblem Heroes.
Are you going to try out the Bridal Blessings event? Let us know what you think in the comments.
This week is already a real doozy when it comes to mobile game discounts. There are dozens of fantastic deals on the App Store alone, with more sure to follow as the week progresses. Many indie gems are featured this week alongside some bigger titles. We've picked out five that are well worth your time and money. Many have major discounts this week, so now's the time to shop.
We were quite busy this week. A bunch of big mobile games launched over the past few days, alongside a few teeny surprises. There're lots of quality games to load your phone with. We've gone and picked out five of our favorites for the week.
Magikarp Jump is a mystifying little game. Part Tamagotchi, part idle clicker, there's not a whole lot of video game there, per se, but for some reason we can't help coming back to it again and again.
Your goal is to train up a little Magikarp to be the strongest, best jumper by feeding it endless amounts of food and giving it plenty of exercise. It sounds simplistic, but there's actually a good bit going on beneath the surface. We have a few tips to help you rise through the ranks in the game's early hours.
Sorry mobile racing fans -- GRID Autosport has been delayed a few months. The game is now expected to launch this fall on iOS.
Feral Interactive announced that they wanted more time to work on the game's UI and overall performance before launching the game. Considering the game's premium price tag, the team wanted to make sure that they would be releasing a quality game.
The much anticipated Zombie Gunship Survival is here. In this latest entry in the Zombie Gunship franchise, you're tasked with supporting ground troops and protecting your base from the zombie horde. There's a lot of rich base building fun, and plenty of weapons to upgrade.
But all of that choice can feel a bit overwhelming to start. Here are a few beginner tips to help you start to grow your base and become a true survivor.
Legendary Games has just launched Mordheim: Warband Skirmish, a new turn-based action game for iOS and Android.
Using the central premise of Warhammer’s tabletop spin-off Mordheim, the game is set amongst the ruins of the eponymous city after its destruction by a comet. You control a group of scavengers scouring the rubble for valuable shards of space rock, but in the midst of a civil war, the city is fraught with danger. This danger is primarily posed by rival factions fighting over who should sit on the Emperor’s throne (I guess it must be really comfy or something).
Combat involves strategically taking out your opponents using the turn-based system, but it’s up to you what play-style you choose. You can go all Splinter Cell and hide in the shadows waiting for the right moment to loose an arrow, or go full Rambo and confront enemies head-on instead. The mercenary faction you align yourself with will partly determine your approach. There are three to choose from (with more promised as DLC), each boasting a slightly different skill base – the Reiklanders, the Marienburgers and the Middenheimers.
Rival warbands are controlled by players online, so you won’t necessarily get an easy ride. It’s down to you to customise and train your fighters so they’re ready to take on whoever’s lurking in Mordheim’s dodgy alleyways.
Legendary Games isn’t the first developer to adapt Warhammer lore into a mobile game. In fact, there’s a Warhammer spin on virtually every genre. But rather than awkwardly emulating Angry Birds or Clash of Clans, Mordheim: Warband Skirmish stays faithful to the turn-based strategy of Games Workshop’s tabletop triumph.
This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.
If you're tired ofPokémon GObut still want something to satisfy your mobilePokémon fix,Magikarp Jumpmay just do the trick. It's out now on Android devices the world over. While it looks like a simple arcade jumper, there's quite a bit more to it than that.