NFS 2017 to Feature Offline Single-Player, EA’s Ghost Games Reveals

EA-owned Ghost Games has confirmed that a new Need for Speed game will release later this year, with the return of a feature whose omission had infuriated many: the option to play offline.

“You will be able to play through a single player experience completely offline,” the developers said in an official blog post. “Before you ask, and we know you will, this does mean you will be able to pause the game.”

In two previous entries, Need for Speed had become an always-online experience, in a bid to merge the single-player and multiplayer experience. It seems EA is willing to backtrack on that mission, though there’s every chance that you will lose out on some single-player features while you’re offline. We won’t know for sure until EA Play, the company’s E3 off-shoot, rolls around in June.

On the face of it, it’s still a nice acceptance by the studio, after delivering two NFS titles – 2013’s Rivals, and 2015’s eponymous reboot – that essentially held you hostage.
Alongside, Ghost Games also revealed a few other details of their new racing game. For starters, the new NFS will be playable in daylight, as opposed to the 2015 instalment that took place entirely at night/dawn.NFS 2017 to Feature Offline Single-Player, EA's Ghost Games Reveals

Secondly, car customisation will stick around after making a return. “It’s not going away and it will play as strong a role as ever as we move forward into the next game and beyond,” it added.

In addition to that, it will stick with its open-world policy: “Whether you’re checking out your freshly customised ride or smoking the competition in an event up in the canyons, you’re going to want a world that not only looks beautiful, but offers you the space in which to do the things you want.”

And lastly, dirt racing also looks to be a part of NFS 2017. “We’re dialling up the action and allowing you to tear up the tarmac, and dirt, to your heart’s content,” Ghost Games said.

 

Google Play Music’s New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn’t That Exclusive

 

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New Google Play Music feature now rolling out
Samsung Galaxy S8 users getting the New Release Radio station
Some users able to use the new feature on non-Samsung devices
For Samsung Galaxy S8 users, Google Play Music is the default music player and streaming service. Now, Galaxy S8 users are receiving a brand new feature dubbed New Release Radio, which is a personalised radio station with new music releases and updates on a daily basis.

The latest New Release Radio feature has steadily been popping up on Galaxy S8 devices with “Samsung Exclusive” tagline. The pop-up describes the new feature, “Listen to brand new music, personalised to your tastes and listening history – with new recommendations every day.” The feature was first spotted by a Reddit user, and was reported by Sammobile.Google Play Music's New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn't That Exclusive

Engadget, however, points out that the feature may not be limited to Samsung Galaxy S8 users as some users have been able to add the “New Release Radio” station to their libraries. Some Reddit users also claim that they were able to add the new feature to their libraries while using Google Play Music Web interface as well as on non-Samsung devices. Unfortunately, there’s no word whether the feature will be kept as an exclusive for Samsung Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) devices or to be made available to all users in the long run.
We can expect an update on the status of availability of the “New Release Radio” station for non-Samsung devices.

Samsung and Google jointly announced their new partnership back in April, and it gave some benefits to Samsung users. They were allowed to upload 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free, which is almost double the limit for owners of non-Samsung devices.

 

Two Nokia feature phones reach TENAA, likely 105 and 130 successors

The new Nokia 3310 was a blast from the past, but HMD is interested in feature phones for more than just the nostalgia. Two new Nokia handsets – TA-1010 and TA-1034 – have landed at the TENAA facilities.

These are believed to be the successors of the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130. They don’t offer much in the way of features, instead they are pure simplicity. The new 105 doesn’t even have a camera! Still, the original 105 used to cost €11 (before taxes), so we’re probably looking at a similar cost here (the new 3310 is kind of pricey).

New Nokia 105 (TA-1010): in Black New Nokia 105 (TA-1010): in Black New Nokia 105 (TA-1010): in White New Nokia 105 (TA-1010): in White
New Nokia 105 (TA-1010) in Black and in White

As for the new Nokia 130, this one does have a camera and is a dual-SIM device (dual-standby). TENAA doesn’t list any more features, though we think the list is pretty complete – again, these are S30+ phones, there is not much to them. It seems that they don’t even have 3G, which could be a problem soon as some carriers have started sunsetting 2G.

New Nokia 130 (TA-1034) New Nokia 130 (TA-1034) New Nokia 130 (TA-1034) New Nokia 130 (TA-1034)

Nokia Feature Phone Lineup to Get a New Addition Soon, Certification Site Tips

 

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  • A new leak points to another Nokia feature phone
  • Images of the phone were spotted by TENAA
  • The feature phone goes by the model number TA-1017

The reincarnation of the Nokia 3310 was met with adulation and nostalgia across the globe. The feature phone launch reignited hopes for the dying category in the market, and now as per new reports, Nokia-licensee HMD Global is looking to launch a new feature phone in the coming months.

A Nokia-branded feature phone going by the model number TA-1017 was spotted on the Chinese regulatory site TENAA. By the design of it, it’s a rather ordinary looking feature phone, probably looking to be admired for its durability. At the back sits the speaker grille and camera lens, however there is no flash support seen. At the front is the small display with the physical keyboard taking up much of the space.Nokia Feature Phone Lineup to Get a New Addition Soon, Certification Site Tips

The listing claims that the feature phone does not support 3G connectivity, but there might be another more expensive variant that will offer support. It is expected to run the S30+UI and dual-SIM support is not yet sure. There’s no word on availability or price of the feature phone yet. To recall, HMD Global launched the Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM feature phones back in December, ahead of the launch of its first Nokia Android smartphone – the Nokia 6 – in January.

Nokia is expected to launch several other smartphones this year. So far, the company has launched the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3, and Nokia 3310 (2017) in many countries. At the start of this month, Nokia launched the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 in India, and made the cheapest variant available offline as well as online in the country. Consumers will have to wait till July to get their hands on Nokia 6 and Nokia 5. The Nokia 5 will be available offline, while the Nokia 6 will be exclusively available via Amazon India.

 

New rumor says Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) will feature dual camera setup

 

According to a new rumor, the Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) will feature a dual rear-camera setup. The rumor comes in the form of tweet from a Chinese tipster who goes by the Twitter handle @mmddj_china.

 New rumor says Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) will feature dual camera setup

In his tweet, the tipster refers to the C7 (2017) as the fourth dual camera device that the South Korean tech giant is working on – the other three probably are the Galaxy C10, Galaxy J7 (2017), and the Galaxy Note8.

The tweet also says the device will launch soon. This may well be true given that the handset has already been certified by the Bluetooth SIG as well as the WiFi Alliance (WFA).

iPhone 8 could feature a rear-facing laser system for AR and better autofocus

 

Moreover, with the use of the laser system, depth detection for AR apps would be easier as well. The report further states that Apple has bought vertical-cavity-surface-emitting-laser components for use with the VCSEL system expected on the phone. As per sources, the Cupertino-giant would have to spend only $2 extra per device. So, on Apple’s side, it would prove to be beneficial. However, the report says, “Whether the sensor will be included in that phone, or a 2018 iPhone, depends on the progress the Apple engineers make in integrating the laser system into the phone”.iPhone 8 could feature a rear-facing laser system for AR and autofocus

This means even though Apple employees are working hard, we may not see the laser system in this year’s edition of iPhone. Moving on to the iPhone 8’s front-facing camera, it is expected to come with a 3D sensor and facial recognition technology. As some of you may know, renowned industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had said that this camera would be ‘revolutionary’. Besides this, the report says that the iPhone 8 would arrive with a Touch ID. However, it doesn’t specify whether the fingerprint scanner would be embedded into the display or it would be placed on the rear panel of the device. Contrary to this report, yesterday a publication claimed that Apple will ditch the fingerprint scanner on iPhone 8. Instead, it would rely on a face recognition system.

Now, truth to be told, so many rumors emerge every day that it is hard to keep a track. Also, the authenticity of this information as questionable since it comes from unofficial sources.

 

Upcoming Xiaomi phones to feature Samsung AMOLED screens

Samsung Display and LG Display are in a tug of war for customers for their OLED offerings and the Samsung side just scored a win – Xiaomi placed an order for 6” rigid AMOLEDs. 1 million are set to be delivered this December, then 2.2 million in January.

This comes after the company allegedly tried to source 5.5” flexible OLED panels from LG, but the deal fell through as LG Display’s manufacturing plant will start production three months later than expected.

Xiaomi already used such a panel for the Mi Note 2 (1080p resolution) and was expected to use a newer generation (QHD resolution) for the new Note. Keep in mind that the flexible/rigid here means whether the phone will have curved screen edges or not – we’re not talking flexible phones here.

Anyway, Samsung has tens of millions of AMOLED panels to produce for the iPhone 8. And there’s talk that Apple will move to using exclusively OLED displays in 2018 (though it’s up in the air who will score that order).

 

Jio’s 4G VoLTE Feature Phone With Smartphone-Like Features Leaked in Video: Price, Specifications, Features, and More

 

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  • Details of the long-rumoured Jio feature phone have leaked once again
  • Features and specifications of the mobile have been tipped
  • The Lyf/ Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone is expected to launch on July 21

Jio’s 4G VoLTE feature phone with smartphone-like features is expected to make an appearance at Reliance Industries’ AGM next week, and a new leaked video reveals what might well be the mobile many have been waiting for. The leaked video shows a Reliance Retail’s Lyf-branded feature phone – which may or may not be the long-rumoured Rs. 500 Jio 4G feature phone that has been spotted before – but could well be the phone that the telco that’s shaken up the industry reveals next week. The video and an accompanying report reveal specifications, features, and software details of the upcoming Lyf/ Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone. Among the notable features of the mobile seem to be custom OS, and support for Internet tethering.

Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone specifications

According to a report by TechPP, the Reliance Jio 4G feature phone will be sold under the Lyf brand, the sister-brand of Jio, owned by Reliance Retail. As rumoured previously, the feature phone is said to have a 2.4-inch colour display, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, up to 128GB microSD card support, dual SIM functionality (Nano SIM + Standard SIM), 2-megapixel rear camera, and VGA front camera. The leak also suggests the presence of 2000mAh battery, FM radio, Bluetooth 4.1 + LE, and video calling on the Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone.

 Jio's 4G VoLTE Feature Phone With Smartphone-Like Features Leaked in Video: Price, Specifications, Features, and More

On the software side, the mobile is said to come with ‘KAI OS’, a customised version of the HTML5-based Firefox OS. It will reportedly have an app store named ‘KaiOS Plus’. It will also have an integrated voice assistant with support for Indian languages. In addition, a report by Telecom Talk claims the Lyf/ Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone will be provision for Wi-Fi tethering too, meaning a user will be able to connect multiple devices using the handset’s Internet connection. TechPP, on the other hand, says the handset will have app-specific USB tethering.

The leaked images only show the phone will have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, without specifying the make. Previously, Qualcomm and Spreadtrum have been said to be supplying the chipset for the device. The Jio 4G feature phone is also said to come with access to Jio apps such as Jio TV, MyJio, JioCinema, and JioMusic.

Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone price

According to an earlier HSBC research note, the Jio feature phone price in India will be Rs. 500, after subsidising the manufacturing cost. Like we mentioned earlier, it’s not clear if the leaked mobile is actually the Rs. 500 Jio phone.

Reliance is said to have placed an order of 18-20 million units for the handsets with Chinese vendors such as Zhejiang Techain Electronics Technology Co., Shenzhen CHINO-E Communication Co, Crave and Megaphone. The  Lyf/ Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone is expected to be unveiled on July 21 at parent company Reliance’s AGM, but hit the market in August.

The upcoming Jio feature phone will be targeting the feature phone market, which has remained out of the company’s reach due to the prohibitory costs of smartphones. It will help the Mukesh Ambani-backed company increase its user base, whose growth was the slowest in April since it launched operation. This happened as the services went paid, even though the services remain extremely affordable due to the Jio Summer Surprise and Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offers. More recently, the company revised its plans to provide more data and more validity at the same price, and launched a new plan that provides the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer benefits for another 84 days at Rs. 399.

HTC shows off HTC U 11 Edge Sense feature

 

HTC U flagship smartphone, which has recently been tipped to be branded as HTC U 11, has appeared in a teaser video revealing the touch-sensitive edges it will be featuring.

The HTC U smartphone was earlier referred by codename “Ocean,” but a new leak shared by Evan Blass has confirmed the smartphone will be called HTC 11 and will come in five different colour variants–white, black, blue, red, and silver.

The handset was also speculated to come with a touch-sensitive frame and HTC’s new interface, Sense 9.

The video given below adds credibility to the speculation. In the video, the HTC U 11 features the touch-sensitive edges on either side of the display. As what is revealed in the video, the edges are designed to perform different actions based on the gestures of the user.

In a twitter post, HTC confirmed to unveil the smartphone on May 16.

In January, HTC launched two smartphone, HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, under its flagship series called “U.” However, the firm hold off the launch of “Ocean” smartphone.  It was speculated that HTC wanted to power the “Ocean” phone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, and since Samsung bid on SD835 production until the Samsung Galaxy S8 is announced, HTC had to delay the device’s launch.

Based on the codename “Ocean,” the new arrival is speculated to feature a 5.5-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) displayThe HTC U 11 is slated to be unveiled on May 16

Like the two previously released models, the HTC U could also come with 4GB RAM, offering 64GB/128GB of internal storage option. The internal memory can further be expanded up to 2TB via a microSD card.  In terms of camera, it may also sport a 12MP rear camera with Sony IMX362 and a 16MP IMX351 front camera. Unfortunately, HTC ditched the headphone jack in the “U”, based on which the upcoming model is unlikely to feature a headphone jack.

Additionally, the phone is also believed to house with artificial intelligence called HTC Sense Companion, which will help enhance smartphones’ performance learning from customers’ usage.

HTC says the Sense Companion will help users save battery life by reminding them to charge the phone during the day when it spots a busy calendar, while also suggesting extra clothing and leaving more time to travel if bad weather is forecast.

Gionee S10 to Feature Four Cameras, Leaked Live Images Tip

 

Chinese mobile maker Gionee seems set to launch its its next flagship smartphone soon, the successor to the Gionee S9. Said to be called the Gionee S10, it was leaked in images on a certification website in the recent past, and now live photos and additional information have poured in, tipping details about the cameras to be present in the device. According to a new report, the smartphone can be seen in Gold colour and is reported to feature four cameras – two on the front and two on the rear.

As per the live photos spotted on Weibo (via GSMArena), the Gionee S10 can be seen featuring dual camera setups on both the sides of the handset. Going by the previous TENAA listing, the rear side of the smartphone was said to pack dual 13-megapixel cameras on the rear. In addition, it was also earlier reported that Gionee S10 will sport just a single 16-megapixel camera on the front.

gionee s10 back leak Gionee S10
However, according to a report on MobileXpose, the front-facing dual camera setup reportedly includes a 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensor combination and the rear side will have the 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera sensors. Interestingly, as per GSMArena, the above mentioned dual camera specifications could be true just for the front-facing camera instead, which means the front cameras could reportedly be either 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel or 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel shooters.

The rest of the specifications of Gionee S10 tipped by previous leaks include Android 7.0 Nougat, a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, a 2GHz MediaTek 6755 octa-core processor, and 4GB of RAM. The Gionee S10 is expected to come with 64GB of inbuilt storage, which will come with expandability via microSD card (up to 128GB). The phone will house a 3700mAh battery as per the TENAA listing, and the fingerprint sensor is expected to be mounted in the home button itself. The Gionee S10 is also expected to be made available in Black, apart from the Gold colour.

All of the aforementioned specifications are not official and we recommend readers to take it with a grain of salt.