Android P initial impressions: Two weeks daily driving Google’s latest OS

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Android P is the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system, and it’s been available to test as a Developer Preview on the company’s Pixel phones for about a month now. I flashed the preview on my Pixel 2 XL a few weeks ago and have been using the phone as my daily driver since.

Overall, this is easily the most polished day-one build Google has released. I’m not having any battery drain issues, annoying app crashes, or random reboots.

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Nokia 1 Android Oreo (Go Edition) Smartphone Unboxing and First Impressions

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HMD Global introduced its budget Nokia 1 Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone in India last week at Rs. 5,499, here we have the unboxing and first impressions of the smartphone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xek_kzd-gBs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXFCDIx3pq4 Box Contents Nokia 1 smartphone in Dark Blue color Nokia WH-108 headset 2-pin charger (5V-1A) Micro USB Cable User manual and warranty information The Nokia 1 has a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737M SoC with 1GB RAM. It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) Go Edition that comes with a range of Go Edition apps optimized for the phone offering a smooth experience. It has a 2-megapixel camera on the front. It has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash on the back. The phone has a polycarbonate back cover which has a smooth finish. There is a Nokia brand in the middle and the loudspeaker grill is present on the bottom part of the back. The body feels cheap, but you can’t expect much for the price. The phone also comes with Xpress On covers in packs of Azure and Grey or Yellow and Pink that are sold separately at an MRP of Rs. 450. Under the back cover there is a 2150mAh battery. There are also two nano SIM slots along with a microSD card slot that …
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SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘ARMS’ Testpunch, ‘Toki Tori’ Impressions, ‘Punch-Out’ and More

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Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for March 30th, where we’re covering the latest Nintendo Switch news, releases, and sales! A happy Easter to everyone, and if you’re spending the time with (or away from) family, then you’ve got plenty of games on the Switch to pass the time. ARMS‘ Testpunch begins tonight, the arcade Punch-Out is now available on Switch, and I reminisce about Toki Tori with its Switch version now available. Let’s dive right into the news, today’s jam-packed:

News

ARMS Testpunch Starts Tonight

Get the Testpunch downloaded, and prepare, as the most obviously-named game since Game of War starts its free trial tonight at 9:00 PM PDT in North America. It ends on Monday night at 8:59 PM PDT, and the game is on sale for $ 41.99 on the eShop until April 6th!

Rocket League sees visual quality improvements in the Tournaments Update

This Tuesday, April 3rd, Rocket League will look a lot better when the tournaments update goes live. The resolution will be 60 frames per second in handheld mode, and 1664×936 in docked mode. Additionally, a new Performance mode will run the game at full resolution, locked to 30 frames per second, and enable Lens Flares, Light Shafts, Dynamic Shadows and Depth of Field. Oh, and there will be video capture!

New Releases:

Toki Tori ($ 4.49)

I got an early copy of Toki Tori, and I gotta say: this game holds up well. First released in 2001 for the Game Boy Color, this puzzle-platformer has you using a variety of tools to collect all the eggs in each level while avoiding harm…or getting yourself stuck because you misplaced a bridge, or used your giant freezing bazooka on the wrong enemy. Or just did things in the wrong set of steps. It’s gonna wrack your brain once you get past the first world, and new hazards keep popping up. It’s a load of fun if you get satisfaction from not only facing difficult puzzles, but solving them.

The tools you get to use are a lot of fun, such as the giant freezing bazooka, or warping a couple of tiles away. Some of the timing-based elements prove to be a bit annoying, such as one early puzzle where you have to time your warp to go past an enemy to beat the level. And the game really throws some devious puzzles at you as time goes on. But, Toki Tori as a protagonist is still super charming, and it feels great to solve those difficult puzzles. Plus, some levels let you shoot your freeze bazooka an unlimited number of times, and watching a yellow chick shoot a freezing bazooka is always fun.

The best modern addition beyond just remaking the game in 3D is the rewind feature. If you die or screw up, you can rewind a few previous steps and fix where you messed up. It helps make the experience so much less frustrating. Combine this rewind feature with the portability of the Switch version, and this is the definitive Toki Tori release. I never thought I’d be talking about Toki Tori 17 years after it seemed like an ill-fated indie Game Boy Color release, but oh does this throw me back to those days.

Arcade Archives: Punch-Out!! ($ 7.99)

The original arcade Punch-Out, complete with green wireframe protagonist, is now on the Switch. While the game that popularized the series is still Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out for the NES, this game is the bedrock of the series. Also, HAMSTER made sure to throw in portrait mode for the game. Prop up your Switch or get a stand to display your monitor in vertical orientation and check out this classic.

Shadow Bug ($ 8.99)

The mobile action-platformer makes its way to the Switch. You dash to move and attack, and just constantly slice your way through enemies to make your way through the game’s whole speedrunning gameplay. It was a lot of fun as a mobile title, and if you never checked it out, the Switch is a good way to play this gem.

Alteric ($ 4.49)

This platformer has you making your way through devilish platforming levels, with a parallel world to navigate, and some tricky physics to play with. If you dig that minimalist, Thomas Was Alone-style look, and want some challenging platforming for your Switch, this might be the time to check out Alteric. It’s pretty cheap, too.

Farm Expert 2018 for Nintendo Switch ($ 29.99)

Originally released on mobile, as one of these riffs on the popularity of Farming Simulator, you can now play a fully-premium version of this on your Switch. There seems to be an extreme pricing premium to get this on Switch (the paid version costs $ 4.99 on iOS), and a real Farming Simulator is on the Switch, but I guess if you want to save a few bucks, this is the way to go.

Devious Dungeon ($ 6.79 launch sale price)

I’ve always had a weird relationship with Ravenous Games, where some of their titles feel like they’re better on paper than in execution, perhaps. Still, Ravenous has good production values, and their titles might click with you better than they do for me. This is a their take on the roguelike action-platformer, with procedurally-generated levels and RPG-style character progression. And deviousness, don’t forget that!

Sales

Unholy Heights ($ 3.99 from $ 4.99 until April 12th)

Look, the reality is that all heights are unholy. Brush up on the Tower of Babel sometime. Keep your buildings to a reasonable number of stories, or storeys for our British audience, such as Rob “The Funnell” Funnell. I actually kind of like that spelling, same with tyre for your car wheels. But I digress. This tower is particularly unholy because your landlord is the devil, and you’re collecting rents. But the realistic part is that you use the rent to improve your living environment. You know, instead of just being some weird dude that spends the money on doing weird landlord stuff. Like being the literal devil. That’s what you do in this game.

Slain: Back From Hell ($ 16.99 from $ 19.99 until April 5th)

Miss a payment in Unholy Heights, then you can go to hell in this game, and get out of hell. Where you can then rent another apartment, and eventually get sent to hell again. Repeat the cycle endlessly. You can transform into a giant wolf in this game and a former member of Celtic Frost (albeit from the Cold Lake era, but still) did the music.

Heroes of the Monkey Tavern ($ 6.99 from %9.99 until April 5th)

Like those dungeon crawlers where you navigate in first person through mazes that are way too easy to get lost in, while you avoid traps, and fight monsters? Well, former reader of the RPG Reload column, this game is for you!

Chess Ultra ($ 9.99 from $ 12.49 until April 12th)

IT’S CHESS ULTRA, BROTHER!!!! flips a table, upsetting everyone at the local library

Actually, this does seem pretty cool. There are 10 AI levels, all approved by a Grandmaster of chess. And there’s cross-platform online multiplayer with the other versions of the game, with a whole Elo ranking system. You can watch and participate in official tournaments! There are tutorials that will help your lizard brain become a galactic brain! Also, there is a free Easter Island chess set DLC! Neat!

Don’t Knock Twice ($ 7.49 from $ 12.49 until April 5th)

Apparently this is a game based on a horror movie released last year starring Katee Sackhoff. Glad to see she’s still getting work well after Battlestar Galactica went off the air. Anybody ever watch Caprica? Feel like that show should’ve been so much better. I liked that the show was DOA soon enough for the creative staff to make an ending montage showing where things would have gone if the show had been good and continued onward. It was a nice bit of closure, for sure. I’m just ranting at this point, the game got way better reviews than the movie did, and the game is cheaper than buying the movie. Choose wisely, friends.

Riptide GP Renegade ($ 4.99 from $ 9.99 until April 5th)

I don’t have anything snarky to say here! Vector Unit makes some fun racing games that look really good, and now multiplatform releases are totally their thing. You can do split-screen racing in your hydrojets with up to four people at once, and do eight-person online races. Also, you can out run the hydrojet police. Hell yeah!

Keep an eye out every weekday for more SwitchArcade Roundups! We want to hear your feedback on Nintendo Switch coverage on TouchArcade. Comment below or tweet us with your thoughts!

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Apple iPad 9.7 6th Generation Impressions!

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The new Apple iPad 6th Generation is here with the same low $ 329 price tag and improved specs! Does this budget iPad deserve a place in your home? 

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Hands On Impressions

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The latest flagship on the block, Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 2S is an updated and upgraded version of the stunning MIX 2. We got a chance to check out the phone for a bit after its launch in China. Follow along for a quick unboxing and first impressions of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S. Hands On Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y2IVNDAUZY Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S specifications 5.99-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 display with DCI-P3 color gamut 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB / 128GB (UFS 2.1) storage / 8GB LPDDR4x RAM, 256GB (UFS 2.1) internal storage Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 Dual SIM (nano + nano) 12MP rear camera with 26mm wide-angle lens, 1/2.6″ Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, Optical zoom, 4K video recording, secondary 12MP rear camera with 46mm telephoto lens, 1/3.4″ sensor size,  f/2.4 aperture, 2X zoom 5MP front-facing camera with real-time AI portraits Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 150.86×74.9x 8.1 mm; Weight: 189g Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C 3400mAh (typical) / 3300mAh (minimum) battery with QC 3.0 fast charging, 7.5W Qi wireless charging First Impressions The box packaging of the Mi Mix 2S …
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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Xiaomi just launched the Redmi 5 smartphone in India last week as the successor of last year’s Redmi 4, and it went on sale earlier this week for the first time. Check out the unboxing and the first impressions of the phone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27rtq2kIVSM&t=1s Box Contents Xiaomi Redmi 5 in Black color 2-pin charger (5V-2A) Micro USB cable SIM ejector tool Clear protective case User guide The Redmi  5 has a 5.7-inch HD+ 1440 × 720 pixels 2.5D curved glass display, compared to the 5-inch 720p screen on the Redmi 5. It is also powered by a faster Snapdragon 450 SoC with 2GB, 3GB or 4GB RAM, compared to Snapdragon 435 in the predecessor. It runs on Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) with MIUI 9.2 on top.  It has a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and selfie flash, same as the Redmi Note 5. It has a 12-megapixel camera on the back with  f/2.2 aperture and large 1.25μm pixel size and has LED flash below the camera and a fingerprint sensor is present below it. It has hybrid dual SIM slot that accepts two nano SIMs or a nano SIM and a microSD, in addition to 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage. It also has an infrared sensor on the top for Remote …
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itel S42 First Impressions – FullScreen Selfie Smartphone

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In a competitive Indian mobile market, itel has launched a new smartphone billed as S42 under its flagship segment, that comes with a slew of latest features including 18:9 aspect ratio display, 13MP selfie camera with Soft Flash, Face Unlock feature, Fingerprint Sensor, Android Oreo and much more that put the itel S42 in line with the current trends. The phone is designed specifically for the Indian consumers to offer a fuller smartphone experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoKctyunXic The itel S42 has a brushed metal finish on the back. The device is sleek, weightless and fits perfectly in our hands. At this price point, we find no problem in the build quality as it feels solid in hand, offers good grip, and goes easy on the wrist too. Moving on to the front, we have 5.65-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio 2.5D curved display. The display is quite bright with good color reproduction, text looks sharp and the viewing angles are good too. The screen visibility under the sunlight is decent enough to operate as well. In fact, the multimedia experience in this device is surprisingly immersive with the combination of good audio and visual. On the Front-Top we have the dual Soft LED flash Earpiece, usual set of …
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Amazfit BIP Unboxing and First Impressions

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You have probably heard of Huami Corporation, if not, it is the company behind Mi Band series which are known for providing smart activity tracking at affordable prices, in which Xiaomi has invested in. Apart from Mi Bands, Huami has its own range of wearables called Amazfit. Recently, Huami launched its budget smartwatch Amazfit BIP globally at US$ 99 (Rs. 6455 approx.). We got to unbox the Amazfit BIP, check out the unboxing and first impressions of Amazfit BIP. Box Contents Amazfit BIP smartwatch in Black color Charging Cradle User Manual The Amazfit BIP comes with an always-on reflective 1.28-inch ( 176 x 176 pixels) color LED touch display covered under 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with anti-fingerprint coating. The 20mm standard watchband is made of soft material and can be changed if required. The Amazfit BIP weighs only 31 grams and has water and dust resistance IP68 rating. It comes in 4 vibrant color options – White Cloud, Onyx Black, Cinnabar Red and Kokoda Green. There is a hardware button on the right side of the watch, which can be pressed to turn on the display and unlock the smartwatch. The smartwatch can show the notifications for calls and apps, it also …
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‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ Initial Impressions: I Can’t Believe How Well This Plays

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We were blown away earlier this month when Epic Games announced that Fortnite: Battle Royale would be coming soon to iOS. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last week and a half, Fortnite has been busy overtaking Minecraft and PUBG in popularity while breaking Twitch stream records. A few of us over at TouchArcade were in the first wave of invites went out earlier today to check out the iOS version. I’ve been playing Fortnite: Battle Royale for a few hours now and it simply blows my mind how well it works in the mobile arena.

I’ll save the long diatribe for how games like Battle Royale and PUBG operate, but to put it simply, you enter a game with 99 other people in a last man standing arena style combat. Along the way, you’ll find weapons and ammo to attack and defend yourself, and accumulate resources to build your way to hopeful victory. Fortnite has been steadily rising in popularity primarily due to how well Epic Games has improved on this formula.

What everyone wants to know at this point is how well Fortnite: Battle Royale plays on iOS. Well, at least on my iPhone X, I can safely say that I’m blown away with just how amazing it plays. Battle Royale’s colorful visuals are well represented in this mobile port and the game runs at a pretty smooth framerate with some occasional popup. The touchscreen controls do take some time to get used to, but the game’s strafe and aim assist do a decent job of compensating for the understandably lost of precision. The same goes for build mode, where the game’s intelligent placement system works well enough in letting me quickly build structures on the fly. Cool control options such as double tapping to lock in running and multiple fire options also do a great job of transitioning to touch screen controls. In fact, my biggest issue with the controls probably has to do with switching between weapons, as having to tap between each one on a small screen takes some practice to be precise.

So, Fortnite: Battle Royale easily passes the visual, framerate, and control tests in my book. But, most importantly, is it still as fun on mobile as it is on other platforms? I’d say the answer to that is a resounding yes. The general length of games are perfectly acceptable for holding a mobile device (although expect some heavy battery drain) and the game’s myriad of cosmetic unlocks combined with the gameplay itself lends the title to an insane amount of replayability.

I plan on continuing my adventures in Battle Royale indefinitely, but there are a few things to keep in mind. My awesome experience was on an iPhone X, so these impressions don’t cover other versions of iPhone or the iPad or controller experience (which I imagine would be quite a bit different from a control standpoint). Also, I haven’t had a chance to play a cross-platform game, which may change the general difficulty depending on your opponents. Even still, based on what I’ve seen and played so far, this is going to be the game to play for quite some time. If you’re interested in checking the game out ahead of its release, be sure to register for a chance to get an invite.

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ Unboxing and First Impressions

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Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, the company’s latest flagship smartphones in India earlier this week. Here we have the unboxing of the Galaxy S9+, the bigger phone in the series with dual rear cameras. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYi1V_sB9cU Box Contents Samsung Galaxy S9+ smartphone 64GB version in Coral Blue color Samsung charger with Adaptive Fast Charging (9V-1.67A/5V-2A) USB Type-C cable USB Type-C OTG connector In-ear earphones tuned by AKG SIM ejector tool Quick start guide and warranty information The Galaxy S9+ has a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) 529ppi Super AMOLED Infinity end-to-end, bezel-less screen that extends to the phone’s sides, similar to the S8+. Samsung says that the display is 15% brighter than the S8+ under sunlight. It also has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It has an 8MP auto focus front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture and 80-degree wide-angle lens, same as the predecessor. There is also an Iris scanner on the front. The version we have is powered by Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor with Mali G72MP18 GPU, even though some markets like the U.S. gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 version. It has 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 256GB of internal storage. We have the 64GB version. It runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) with …
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