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Pokémon Go Plus wearable is out, doesn’t really do much

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The Pokémon Go Plus accessory is finally available, and it’s here to rid users of the nuisances Pokémon Go players have been experiencing since its launch. No, the wearable won’t cure the broken tracking system or the in-game errors, but it’ll make creature catching a little less of a headache.

With a single button that lights up for notifications, the accessory allows players to leave their smartphones tucked away while both devices are connected through low-energy Bluetooth. It can be attached to any part of your clothing or the bundled bracelet — really depends on how proud you are of your Pokémon Go addiction.

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It’s all as simple as it looks. Once paired with your phone, the Plus will flash a blue light when a PokéStop is in the vicinity. Press the lonesome button at that moment, and you’ll acquire all the available goodies. When a green or yellow light comes up, that means a Pokémon appeared in your area. Green means you’re about to catch a Pokémon you’ve seen before; tap the button, and the game will automatically throw a regular Poké Ball for you. Yellow signifies a pocket monster you’ve yet to own, so you’ll have to bring out your phone in order to catch it.

Successfully collecting from a PokéStop or securing a Pokémon will be confirmed by multiple flashing colors; failure leads to a string of red lights. Since there’s no screen to speak of, you have to check your phone’s notifications or the game’s journal to find out exactly what happened.

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As you can tell, the Pokémon Go Plus is essentially a supplement to the mobile game, and can in no way stand alone. There’s also a bunch of functions you can’t pull off, such as battling gyms and sorting your items. On the bright side, users will have a much easier time hatching eggs, as the wearable device can record distance without the phone’s display being on.

Excited to purchase one of your own? Hold on, because here’s the bad news. Availability is quite limited, and even if you do find one, it’ll cost you $35. That’s an outrageous amount for a piece of blinking plastic with nothing but a button.

If you must have it, Nintendo’s Official UK Store, Amazon.com, and GameStop.com might have it in stock.

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Source: Pokémon Go

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Google is under investigation for abusing Android

Dominating the market comes with a price

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Google has often been accused of monopolizing the smartphone market with the use of Android. While Android as an operating system is open source and anyone is free to make or use the system however they wish, Google’s push of its apps is a bigger problem.

Android is maintained by the search engine giant and the code is available for everyone’s use. But, Google pushes its range of apps in stock Android like Gmail, Maps, Play Music, YouTube, and more. Many accuse the company of forcing itself upon users and blocking the competition from a fair chance.

India’s Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been reviewing Google’s case for the last six months. The enforcement agency is currently at a preliminary stage and no official release has been made. Google, as well as CCI, have declined to comment.

The European Commission found Google guilty of dominating the market since 2011 and it’s abusing its standard practice of installing Google apps. The investigation led to a US$ 5 billion fine from the antitrust agency.

Google and CCI have met in recent months and the complaint was filled by a “group of individuals.” The agency has a track record of taking years to finish or conclude a case and we never know when a verdict might actually come.

Although, the CCI did impose a US$ 19 million fine on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position.

Android has a massive 85 percent market share and almost every Android phone ships with Google’s suite of apps. These apps, in return, help the search engine push ads to the user and generate revenue for the company.

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EA is looking into making a mobile version of Apex Legends

To battle with Fortnite

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EA‘s battle royale game is a certified hit. Apex Legends, which was developed by Titanfall makers Respawn, has no fewer than 25 million registered players in just one week. The game is playable for free on multiple platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One), but why not make it available on mobile as well?

Early reports don’t indicate mobile plans for the game, although during the Electronic Arts Q3 2019 earnings call, EA Games CEO said that they are looking into bringing Apex Legends to mobile devices.

Fortnite‘s userbase ballooned when it became available on Android and iOS, so it’s a no brainer than EA also wants mobile gamers to join the fun.

“We are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that,” EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said during the conference call.

There’s no definite timeline for the release of Apex Legends on mobile, but it’s certainly on the drawing board. For now, EA plans to introduce direct purchase options for players to buy items and new legends or heroes. They will also offer the so-called Apex Packs or simply loot boxes for more random items.

Apex Legends is not a pay-to-win game, so these items are purely cosmetic and can be used to customize your hero’s looks in the game.

SEE ALSO: Apex Legends hits 25 million players after one week

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Introducing Bumble’s Spotlight: Pay to get to the top of the page

For just two Bumble coins!

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You can’t buy your way to true love but you can now buy a top spot on Bumble’s swipe page.

You heard that right. Bumble just announced their new feature and they’re calling it Spotlight. For two Bumble coins, which is around US$ 2, you can get your own profile to the top of the swipe page — the most conducive spot for swiping. Your profile stays there for 30 minutes and people won’t even know you paid for the extra airtime.

Similar to Tinder Boost, this new feature allows for a bigger shot at better swiping results. It basically bumps you up in the queue. Remember, though, that you can only pay for being more visible on the app, but the swiping is still left to the other party.

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