When Apple announced ARKit, they also revealed that they had partnered up with several companies to create augmented reality (AR) apps such as IKEA where they launched their "Place" app for iOS devices. The app was initially exclusive to iOS devices but now it looks like it is available for Android devices as well.
Unsurprisingly Android's version will use Google's ARCore and is expected to function pretty much the same way. In case it wasn't already obvious, the IKEA Place app lets users superimpose IKEA furniture in their homes. However as it uses AR technology, it will be more detailed than just slapping an image on the screen and will provide users with a more accurate look as to what certain pieces of furniture might look like.
Much to the delight of many gamers, Nintendo confirmed a couple of weeks ago that Super Smash Bros. will be headed onto the Switch later this year. The company did not mention any specific dates, but regardless it appears that Amazon is more than happy to start taking your money.
Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Amazon Germany appear to be taking pre-orders for the upcoming game. According to their listings, they have put a release date for the 31st of December, 2018 which is clearly a placeholder. Nintendo themselves did not mention a release date but we guess if you don't mind pre-ordering this early on, you can go ahead and do so.
Google was expected to offer the Android P developer preview download this month and that is precisely what the company has done today. Factory images for the next major iteration of the Android platform have been released today by the company. Developers and Android enthusiasts can now get it up and running on select devices.
As expected, Android P brings support for the notch, something that Apple popularized with the iPhone X and is now being widely embraced by Android OEMs. Android P will let apps manage how the content is displayed on devices with a notch on the front.
Google’s OEM partners are still in the process of gradually rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to their compatible handsets while the company is gearing up to introduce the next major platform update for Android. It’s expected that Google will offer the first Android P Developer Preview download in the near future as the first Android O developer previews were also rolled out in March last year.
Prolific Twitter leakster @evleaks has tweeted that the first Android P Developer Preview download is being targeted for a “mid-month release,” which suggests that the first preview of the next major Android platform update could be out in a couple of weeks from now.
If you ever played with a Nokia Lumia device back in the day then you will be well aware that they had impressive cameras aided by Carl Zeiss optics. Not only that, the handsets came with one of the best camera apps for Android smartphones, known as Nokia Pro Camera, Lumia Camera, and as Nokia Camera. The app changed names many times but it offered features like manual focus and the ability to adjust the shutter speed as far back as 2013. Nokia is no longer the same company anymore but fans of its devices will surely appreciate the return of Camera Pro in a new way.
Many Android smartphones now offer full-fledged pro camera modes which enable users to tweak advanced settings in order to take the perfect shot. However, the much-loved Camera Pro app was missing when HMD Global rolling out the first batch of Nokia-branded devices last year.
Developing markets are hard to ignore as some of them tend to be extremely populous, which means that there is a lot of untapped potential in terms of gaining new customers. This is why certain brands continue to be popular in developing markets despite them being largely unknown or ignored in developed markets.
This is also why we're seeing more companies start to develop apps that are catered towards such markets, where phones might not be as powerful and internet speeds might not be as fast. The latest app to receive such treatment is Google's Gmail app in which Gmail Go has been launched for Android devices.
Late last year it was reported that Microsoft was testing out its Xbox Party Chat system for mobile devices. Since our phones are pretty much with us all the time, it makes sense that gamers can continue chatting with each other inside the app while on the go, and the good news is that the app has since been launched.
According to Microsoft's description, "The Xbox app brings together your friends, games, and accomplishments from across your devices. Stay connected to your gaming community on the go, control your Xbox One from the app, and buy new games from the store. With your gaming life all in one place, the Xbox app keeps you connected to the games and gamers that matter most."
Late last year, Square Enix announced that they were working on Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition. For the most part this is the same Final Fantasy XV that console gamers have come to know and love, with the main difference being that the game has been redesigned for mobile devices, and that some of the changes include making the characters into smaller, cuter versions of themselves.
Square Enix had initially promised a release last year, but obviously that did not come to pass, and earlier this year a listing on the Google Play Store revealed that the release date could be set for the 9th of February. Turns out the listing was semi-accurate because the game has officially been released and is now available for download via the iTunes App Store or Google Play, depending on your mobile platform.
As you've probably heard, Square Enix will be bringing Final Fantasy XV onto the PC, and last year the company also revealed the necessary hardware that you would require if you wanted to play the game on your computer. However for those who are curious as to exactly how well their PCs will fare, you'll be pleased to learn that the game's benchmarking tool has been released.
In case the name wasn't already obvious, this is a benchmarking tool that tests the hardware on your PC so that you'll have a better idea of how the game performs when running on your PC. For example you could meet the minimum hardware requirements, but does this necessarily make the game playable? That's what the benchmark tries to help you to find out.