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Mobile Game Dragon Ball Legends Can Be Downloaded Now

Dragon Ball Legends Mobile Game Can Now Be Downloaded

The mobile game Dragon Ball Legends is now available for download.  Dragon Ball Legends is the latest video game entry in the mega-popular anime.  It is now available for download for free on Android and iOS devices.

Dragon Ball Legends: The Mobile Game

This is a fast-paced card battling game that pits players against one another with intuitive one finger controls.  It lets is players duel against one another all over the globe.

The game was first introduced in March.  It broke records for pre-registration at Bandai Namco with over 4.5 million users.  As an offer to celebrate, players who will start on the release date will get Goku, Frieza, a rare character, and chrono crystals.

Reactions on the New Dragon Ball Legends Mobile Game

Reactions on this game will vary, depending on what type of mobile games you prefer.  This will be a good game for player who prefer card battling games.  But if you are a kind of player whose preferences are games with precise movements, or  those with active battle actions, then you will probably find this game boring.  The game uses the same old boring formula as in  Tekken mobile.

Dragon Ball Legends’ Game Play

Its game play focuses on player versus player battles that will take place in real-time.  Fans around the world will be able to play against each other.  The game is about tapping on cards with your thumb.  This is what intuitive one-finger game is all about.

All of its stages will be in 3D presentation.  We can be assured of a top notch presentation, at the least.  So for Dragon Ball and Tekken mobile (and other games of its type) fans, check out this new mobile game from Bandai Namco, the Dragon Ball Legends.

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Best Mobile Apps For 2018

Best Mobile Apps For This Year

A lot of mobile apps are available this year, and here are some of the best mobile apps.  This was based on the number of downloads and users these apps have for 2018.

WhatsApp Messenger

This app comes free with Facebook.  WhatsApp does everything.  Its video calling piece is in beta testing. You might be surprised to know that you friends are into it.  WatsApp is a fast and easy way to keep in touch and chat with your friends.  With this app, you can send and receive photos, videos, documents, and voiced messages.

Dark Sky

Dark Sky is a daily weather app.  This app’s predictive weather notifications will keep the rain and snow from keeping you off guard.  If you are using this app, you will always be prepared for whatever weather conditions the day might have.  With the help of Dark Sky, you will no longer find your self wearing a sundress during a heavy downpour.

Fitbit

Fitbit is considered to be the best fitness app.  It is the easiest way to track daily exercises.  It can log your daily food intake.  Fitbit offers the ultimate in fitness gamification.  You can even challenge your friends.  So stay healthy and be fit with Fitbit.

PicsArt Photo Studio

Considered to be the best photo app, PicsArt Photo Studio delivers in an easy to use and attractive app.  There is pretty much you can do with a photo.  You can do Mash ups, filters,shape overlays, collages, and frames.  Plus, PicsArt supports raw pictures.  This means you do not need the in-app buys.  This app will test your imagination.  It will allow you to turn ordinary photos into unique works of art.

Spotify

This is considered as the best music app.  Spotify makes it easy to find new music.  You can even connect with your friends using themed playlists.  These themes may be for genres, moods, and weekly highlights of new tunes picked just for you.  So enjoy a pleasurable listening experience with Spotify.

Nova Launcher

This is one of the best Android launchers that has been in Play Store for many years.  Nova launcher has been around for over half a decade.  While scores of launchers have risen and fallen at that time, Nova launcher has remained if front of the pack.

The launcher is smooth and lightweight.  It has tons of customizations.  Numerous icon packs are available in the Play Store to change its looks.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant is an artificial personal assistant. Developed by Google, this artificial personal assistant allows its user to communicate, navigate, and get a lot of things done.  You can use your Google Assistant on your Android or iOS devices.  It is available for all kinds of Android smartphones that run Android Marshmallow, Nougat, or Oreo.  Google Assistant is also available even for smartwatches.

Google Drive

This app is a massive cloud storage service that gives you free space to store and access your files in the cloud platform.  You can browse through all the files and folders you saved in your Drive.  You can also share, move, download, rename, or print any files from the application.

These are some of the best mobile apps for 2018 which you should try out.  These apps are popular with everyone.  And this popularity is what made these apps the best.  Mobile apps are there for you to enjoy and they can help make your mobile experience easier.  For those who have not tried these apps yet, better download them now.  And experience the feeling of being “in” and updated with advancements in technology.

 

 

Fortnite Mobile: Epic Games Showcases iOS Gameplay

Game developer Epic has officially gave its gaming fans the first look of Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode on mobile. This development came in following Epic’s announcement earlier that game is coming on smartphones.

 

To date, Epic has announced that Fortnite’s famous Battle Royale mode has acomplete cross-play. Also, the mobile version of the game is bet coming on iOS including the page to sign-up now live.

 

Fortnite’s Battle Royale is coming to iOS, Android later

 

You can easily check the game’s popular trailer which reveals the gameplay. The game studio, however, did not disclose the specific specs for each smartphones.

 

A number of report claims that the mobile app is running on iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, iPad Pro, or a newer Apple device with iOS 11 is required to play.

 

Meanwhile, Epic vowed that the Fortnite mobile would certainly give gamers a unique gaming experience. One of the key improvements of the game is the graphics quality. Equally important also is both the controls and user interface, respectively.

 

Apart from this, gamers could easily relegated and avid fans of the game can sign-up already. Signing-up today would make any gamer join the Fortnite’s upcoming mobile test. Avid players of the game could also opt-in for cross-play with PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Apple Releases Important iOS 11.2.6 Update

Cupertino-based Apple’s iOS 11.2.5 was criticised because of some bugs. Now the company has released the iOS 11.2.6. This begs the question if the iOS 11.2.6 fixes the serious problem in the previous mobile OS.

iOS 11.2.6 Details

 

If you are an iPhone 5S or later user running iOS 11.2.5, then most likely you can download the iOS 11.2.6. Aside from the iPhone, iPad mini 2 or later including the 6th generation iPod touch or later can download the latest iOS.

 

Normally, Apple is prompting users whose devices are compatible with the latest iOS versions. This includes iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and you can install iOS 11.2.6 automatically.

 

But if in some instances, the automatic download has not been triggered, you can trigger the update by going to Settings> General> Software Update.

 

Also, Apple iOS beta testers can download the latest mobile OS. Apple device owners can unroll their device for an update to appear. This is possible for Apple users running the major new iOS 11.3 beta.

 

As to the question, if iOS 11.2.6 has fixed some issues in the previous version of the iOS, users say that Apple fixed some issues. Apple’s iOS 11.2.6 has reportedly fixed the Telugu character vulnerability.

 

However, this problem is only felt by experienced by iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users running iOS 11.2.5.

Google App Beta Rolls Out With Screenshot, Annotation Tool

Google users will soon experience a new screenshot tool. This news has surfaced after reports indicate that the search giant is now testing the tool. What’s good about this news is the screenshot tool feature will soon be rolled out to its global audience.

 

Here’s what you need to know about Google App’s new tool

 

And this means that Google users will experience grabbing a screenshot captured by the mobile OS. Hence, Google users can quickly edit or perhaps shared the grabbed images.

 

However, the company pointed out that the new screenshot tool works only inside of the Google app. This includes both the main screen and the links that a user visited.

 

For tech-savvy users, Google’s screenshot tool and its functionality seem to break. This scenario was likely to exist when a user is browsing multiple links on a website.

 

Although in general principle, most of the users don’t actually treat the app like a web browser. The pen is also one of the features of the search giant’s screenshot tool. Using the pen, you can write on the grabbed images.

 

 

You can also crop photos. Both the pen and crop features are indeed useful for doing quick editing. The tool’s sharing feature to your social media contacts is also commendable.

 

In addition to the pen feature, you can also crop images as necessary, which is a very useful feature for showing friends or social networking contacts only the part of the screen they should see.

Microsoft Rolls Out Party Chat For Xbox App On Android and iOS

Software giant Microsoft has released a new app for its gaming console Xbox. The app which is called as the Party Chat is an Xbox app. Microsoft released the Party Chat app after several months of testing, a report said on Thursday.

With Xbox’s Party Chat app, players could now send messages through text and voice if they are inside a party.

So how does Party Chat app works?

According to Microsoft, the new Xbox app works on both Android and iOS mobile operating system platforms. And just like any app on the gaming console running on Microsoft Windows 10, it works with parties.

This means that a party chat could be initiated if players would navigate the “Parties” section which could be found at the top of the screen. The only thing that players should do is to select the “Start a Party.”

After doing so, Xbox players could send information via voice or text chat after they have successfully joined a party. The software giant also said that the app’s feature offers players other functionality. This includes, among others, the feature to change audio device and mute other players.

Meanwhile, gamers described the Xbox app’s feature as fitting for players who want to chat with friends while playing the game. It can be recalled that this feature was not available on console because it is limited only to mobile.

Download now the app and Microsoft will soon be rolling out an update in the coming days.

New Samsung Phones Will Have An Active FM Radio Chip in US, Canada

Samsung users in the US and Canada may soon enjoy using their mobile phones. Why? Because the mobile company is planning to team up with NextRadio to enable the FM service.

Samsung partners with NextRadio for FM service

 

Reports say that Samsung smartphones will be installed with FM chips. These new phones will be sold in both US and Canada. Tech users claim that all smartphones are manufactured with an FM chip. However, manufacturers do not unlock these FM chips, rendering them useless.

Samsung is not the only mobile company that NextRadio agreed. Before the South Korea-based company, LG has teamed with NextRadio back in August. Apart from LG and Samsung, Sprint also partnered with NextRadio app back in 2013.

 

So how about the Cupertino-based giant Apple? There was an instance that Apple was asked to activate the FM capability in their iPhones. According to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, he once asked Apple to activate the FM chips inside iPhones. But the company said most of its iPhones don’t have FM capability.

While the concept of radio seems outdated for some, it has many uses. First and foremost, radio is free. And the NextRadio app which connects to FM stations across US and Canada is using meagre resources compared to the mainstream streaming services.

 

Lastly, in case of emergency, FM radio is by far the most reliable to send and receive information. Despite the many uses of radio, most of the smartphones have no access to FM radio because they lack the hardware capacity to unlock the FM chips.

 

Back in February 2017, the FCC said that it wanted all smartphones to activate the FM chips so that users would be able to maximize its use such as access to local radio stations.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread still tops Android OS market

 

Is it a cause for alarm that Google’s latest operating systems, the 4.1 Jelly Bean and the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, have been lagging behind the old 2.3 Gingerbread OS?

According to reports, the Gingerbread OS only feel by 2% from the previous month. This number still puts it on top of the most used Android OS. This figure also shows that devices running on 2.3 Gingerbread OS are still being used by half of Android users all over the world.

Google’s latest Jelly Bean went up by only 0.6%, while the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich only gained 3%.

Interestingly enough, tech companies running on Google’s Android OS have been using the Ice cream Sandwich for their new smartphones and not the Jelly Bean. Though they have been slowly rolling out updates, many are still stuck with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Do you want to know how bad it is for Jelly Bean? Even the Froyo, the Android 2.2 OS, is ahead of it with 12.9% of Android users that are still using it.

Is there something wrong with the 4.1 Jelly Bean OS or is it really because of the slow roll out of the upgrades that Jelly Bean is lagging behind?

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Application Trends that Will Turnup The Mobile Industry in 2012

This article was contributed by Alia Haley.

New Trends in Mobile Industry

Every year we get to see a different trend for the mobile device industry and the mobile application development. While 2010 saw the rule of the smartphone, 2011 marked the advent of tablet PC, mobile devices and related apps. There is a now greater scope for mobile advertising and location-based services. We present here our predictions of the mobile application and app marketing development trends for this year.

Demand for business applications

The recent trends indicate that the spotlight in 2012 will be on serious business applications. A majority of the business people, nowadays, are hooked onto their smartphones and high end mobile devices to save time and multitask. There has been a huge increase in the total number of business apps download which has resulted in a good deal of revenue for apps stores, developers and marketers. Application development will be pretty high this year as more and more consumers are demanding high-end utilities. The gaming apps will continue to be popular but the real focus will be on social networking and content sharing.

Applications for mobile payment

Mobile consumers now use their mobile devices to make online payments. Credit cards and debit cards have taken a back seat after the introduction of mobile wallet. Many banks have started offering mobile payment options to the customers and this trend will continue to grow this year too. Companies now prefer to use custom made enterprise business apps. Hence there are immense work opportunities for enterprise app developers and companies. There is parallel development in the mobile security industry too to cope up with the recent trend.

Cloud computing

Cloud computing is the latest ‘in’ thing and it seems that everyone is hooked to it. Majority of the industries have started offering cloud-based services. There is a huge demand for such services and 2012 will probably see the creation of a large number of cloud-based app providers and third party cloud sync providers. There are some concerns regarding security and it seems that developers need to be very serious about mobile security and related issues when it comes to cloud-based enterprise apps.

Location-based applications

Location-based applications and mobile content sharing are becoming more important nowadays than before. Almost every enterprise is using social network monitoring tools to build brand image, learn all about consumer behavior and sell the products and services. The latest mobile devices support GPS and therefore location-based content will be beneficial to the mobile advertiser and mobile marketer.

Unique mobile applications

The major app stores are full with millions of mobile apps of various types and categories. Any app developer will find it very difficult to make his app stand out from the hugely crowded market of every conceivable type of app market. So the developer must offer something unique but at the same time it must be easily understandable, usable and engaging. There is a sudden demand for Microsoft windows phone apps which has created a new market for the developers. The trend of new apps is steadily growing and is expected to boom in 2012.

About the author: Alia Haley is a tech freak blogger. She has a weak side for gadgets and bikes. Recently an article on Apple iMac attracted her attention. Beside this she is busy in writing an article on Free Android Applications.