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Google reveals official name for Android N

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After weeks of releasing beta versions to the wild for testing and collecting submissions for Android N names since the Google I/O 2016 developer conference in mid-May, Google has finally named its next major mobile operating system update. Android N will now forever be known as Android Nougat, following today’s announcement on Snapchat and Twitter.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise — several popular tech blogs had expected Google to choose Nutella or Nerds. But that would have required a licensing deal, and the last time Google went after a brand name was with KitKat, released three software iterations ago in 2013.

Android versions have indeed come a long way since the release of Android Cupcake (and subsequently, Donut) in 2009. In the past, the most popular operating system in the world, with over 80 percent global market share, has been named after a sweet treat or dessert, taking the name of Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, and currently Marshmallow.

Android Nougat brings some significant user interface changes, including a redesigned notification panel and camera app, as well as a host of fresh features like a VR mode, split-screen multitasking, and support for a new application program interface (Vulkan) that should lead to better gaming performance. Its latest beta build is available to eligible Nexus devices, the General Mobile 4G (Android One), and the Sony Xperia Z3. The market-ready version of Nougat is expected to roll out in August or September.

Now, for some bad news: Android Marshmallow still has a dismal number of installs, despite launching in September 2015. Only 10 percent of Android devices are running the current version of Android, according to Google’s data; KitKat remains the most widely installed at 31 percent. That’s not to say Nougat users are guaranteed to be in the minority for a long time, but that may be the case.

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OPPO Find X2 Pro now comes in Green Vegan Leather

OPPO’s finest in a new skin

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OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Leather

OPPO’s finest is back but in a new skin. The OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Vegan Leather Edition is now official and it’s coming to Singapore.

That isn’t just any kind of leather. With an IP68-rating, it’s splash, dust, and waterproof. OPPO says the new color variant takes inspiration from the concept of “healing.” The company believes it is a soothing and refreshing color that exudes comfort.

The complete the look, the phone also includes a custom-made vegan leather built-in middle frame. It uses environmentally-friendly materials along with a unique three-layer leather stitching technology.

OPPO’s finest

The OPPO Find X2 Pro is the culmination of OPPO’s innovations over the years. Here’s an excerpt from our review:

“The Find X2 Pro delivered in every aspect, especially in those that are most important to us. Just by holding the phone, you can tell that OPPO spent a lot of time refining the product. The Find X2 Pro has one of the best spec sheets found on smartphones this year as well.”

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G Green Vegan Leather Edition is priced at SG$ 1,699 (US$ 1237), and will be available from this Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Singtel, Starhub and M1 stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Store, and at all OPPO Concept Stores.

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The OPPO A53 launches in Singapore

A new budget phone?

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OPPO A53

OPPO is strengthening its lower-midrange/near-budget lineup with the addition of the OPPO A53. The phone which first launched in India is now coming to Singapore.

The OPPO A53 features a 6.5-inch HD+ Neo Display with 90Hz screen refresh rate and up to 120Hz touch sampling rate.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It’s expandable up to 256GB via a MicoSD. The MicroSD card slot sits right next to the dual-sim card slots. It has a 5000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charge.

Coming to the cameras, up front situated inside a punch hole is the 16MP front-facing camera. It has all the AI Beautification features we’ve come to expect from OPPO smartphones.

On the rear is a triple camera setup. There’s 13MP main camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and another 2MP camera for macro photography. Again, it’s peppered with the usual AI and camera features found on OPPO units.

Pricing and availability

The OPPO A53 will retail in Singapore for SG$ 329 (US$ 240) and will come in Electric Black and Fancy Blue. It will be available beginning Saturday, September 26 on OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada stores, OPPO Concept Store, and authorized retailers in Singapore.

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Stunning cyberpunk game Ghostrunner out soon

Hack, slash, and dash through a cyberpunk dystopian landscape!

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If you haven’t had enough of some good-good cyberpunk games on the waiting list, you’re in luck. One More Level, 3D Realms, and Slipgate Ironworks have developed a first-person parkour action game called Ghostrunner. The game was revealed at Gamescon with co-publishers All in! Games and 505 Games encouraging players to apply for the game’s private beta.

Ghostrunner seems to be scratching the cyberpunk itch with players being able to explore a stunning cyberpunk dystopian city. The game lets players swiftly take down enemies with their katanas, show off death-defying acrobatic abilities, and hack into the network of the city with some help from the Architect.

Ghostrunner features NVIDIA RTX Ray Tracing which offers stunningly immersive visuals usually reserved for AAA studios. Not only that, the game features sick synthwave soundtracks by the acclaimed Daniel Deluxe to dash and slash to.

 

Ghostrunner will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for SG$ 40.00 / THB 899.00 / MYR 99.00 / IDR 345,000 / VDN 733,000 / PhP 1,619 on October 28. It will come to Nintendo Switch on October 27.

PlayStation Plus subscribers and all PC players can enjoy 20% off when pre-ordering Ghostrunner. Meanwhile, Xbox One players can hack into 10% off when pre-ordering the game. If you pre-order Ghostrunner, you’ll be get special perks of getting two katanas with one being exclusively designed for each launch platform and won’t be available when the game launches.

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