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Fortnite Battle Royale is officially out on iOS

Victory royale on the go

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The war for battle royale supremacy rages on. While the decision for best BR game is still out, Fortnite Battle Royale is cashing in on a market that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds already holds — the mobile arena.

Previously, Epic Games’ Fortnite released a beta version of their battle royale game for the iOS. On launch, the mobile app was released on an invite-only basis. Despite the relative laxness of the invite system, the beta version was a speed bump in making their stake on mobile.

After only a short time in beta testing, Fortnite is finally ready for a wider release. Starting today, Apple users running iOS 11 or later can download the game and get in on the action. Compatible devices include both the iPhone and the iPad.

(If you’re holding out for the Android release, there’s no word yet on when it lands. Users speculate that it will launch later this year, though.)

Before Fortnite’s wider launch, only PUBG enjoyed an official release on mobile. Despite its popularity, players reported that bots filled the game to the brim. One can only hope that Fortnite won’t suffer the same computer-controlled fate.

Amid uncertainties, Fortnite is still doing well for itself. Following a blockbuster February in sales, the game has run through a flurry of updates and milestones. It has since added 50-versus-50 battles, sniper-only modes, new weapons, and massive cosmetic options. Epic Games has even launched a dance contest to add to their growing list of dance emotes.

Fortnite is on a roll. Its mobile release is only the latest (but not the last) move to cement its legacy past that of PUBG’s. Fortnite on iOS is now available on the App Store.

SEE ALSO: Is Fortnite Battle Royale a worthy PUBG console alternative?

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Google’s Locked Folder can protect your NSFW photos

Protect everything with a password

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Where do you keep your secret photos? Though there are several options for users, the usual storage suspects don’t have the most robust protection against prying eyes. Google, after a Pixel-exclusive phase, is rolling out a password-protected folder feature for all Android users of Google Photos.

The feature will separate selected photos from the main library. Users can then put them inside a password-protected folder. They can also protect against invaders using a fingerprint. When protected, the selected photos won’t show up when scrolling anymore.

Users can toggle the feature on by going into the Locked Folder option in Utilities. Currently, the Pixel’s camera app can take photos and directly send them to the protected folder. Unfortunately, the feature doesn’t work on other camera apps. At least for now, that is.

The feature does have its drawbacks. For one, protected photos are only locally saved. If you somehow lose your phone, those photos are lost forever or worse especially if a third party gets it for themselves.

Obviously, the Locked Folder has its more innocuous uses. But it’s definitely a way to hide NSFW photos.

Google initially launched the feature only for Pixel phones back in June. Of course, as most Android features go, the developers promised a more widespread rollout coming soon after. Well, that time is finally now. The feature is set to roll out sometime this fall.

SEE ALSO: Google starts rolling out Material You apps

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Next Android update is Android 12.1, not Android 13, rumor says

Just a minor update

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One of the highlights of the year is a new Android update. Like clockwork, Google updates the biggest mobile operating system in the world. It’s gotten so popular that the entire industry speculates on the codename each update is attached with even if the company stopped doing them years ago. The hype is there. However, Android users might have to taper their expectations next year. Instead of Android 13, Google might launch Android 12.1 next year.

Reported by XDA Developers, the rumor speculates that next year’s Android update will just be a minor one of the upcoming Android 12 this year. According to one of the publication’s recognized developers, Google attached an “sc-v2” tag for the next Android update, instead of “T” for “Tiramisu,” the internal codename for Android 13. For those who still follow the internal codenames for Android, “sc” refers to Snow Cone, the internal codename for Android 12. As such, it’s natural to assume that the next update is just Android 12.1, rather than Android 13.

It’s been a while since Google released minor updates in lieu of major updates. However, it’s no surprise. Android 12 is already a big update, relative to the past few updates. The update features a revamped design called Material You. Google can believably improve the new update more before launching a major one.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 is Snow Cone

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Google starts rolling out Material You apps

More coming this month

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There is no one more excited for Google’s upcoming products than Google itself. Though the company hasn’t officially launched its products yet, Google has persistently teased everything in the weeks and months leading to their debuts. Now, the company is slowly rolling out Material You apps ahead of the Android 12 launch.

Material You refers to Android’s design revamp for the upcoming Android 12 update. An evolution of Google’s smooth Material Design, the new design personalizes the user interface and the phone’s apps according to the user’s preferences. Android 12 is all about customization.

Of course, since the update also affects apps, Google is also rolling out apps that reflect the new design. Despite the lack of Android 12, the new apps are coming out ahead of time. Officially announced by Google’s Workspace blog, Google Drive will start the new push with its rollout starting today. After Drive, Google Meet will come out on September 19, and Google Calendar will launch on September 20. Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets have already rolled out a week ago.

The new apps will feature new navigation bars, floating action buttons, and a new font called Google Sans. The new font will make readability easier for smaller font sizes.

Android 12 is set to launch soon. Additionally, Google is already launching teasers for the upcoming Pixel 6 series featuring the new, in-house Tensor chipset.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 will make Chrome more colorful

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