Nokia 6 Android phone launched in China

HMD Global has officially launched the first Nokia Android phone, called the Nokia 6.

The phone features a 5.5″ 1080p display, a 16 megapixel rear camera, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM and Dolby Atmos technology. It features a Snapdragon 430 processor with X6 LTE modem. Android Nougat is pre-installed right out of the box.

Nestor Xu, Vice President Greater China, HMD Global said

“China is the largest and most competitive smartphone market in the world. It is no coincidence that we have chosen to bring our first Android device to China with a long-term partner. JD.com is known for its upwardly mobile customer base and it has for many years believed in the Nokia brand and sold millions of our products to Chinese customers. Launching our first smartphone device, in such a strategically important market, with JD.com a trusted online retailer marks a signal of intent.”

The phone is exclusive to JD.com in China and will be priced at 1,699 yuan.

Source: HMD Global

Nokia E1 passes certification

A new Nokia phone, known as TA-1000 has passed the China Compulsory Certification. In a listing from HMD Global, the device comes with 5V/2A charging support, which means the device will most likely not feature fast charging.

This handset will most likely be the Nokia E1, which may come with an entry-level Snapdragon chipset, 1GB of RAM and Android 7.0 Nougat.

More details is to be expected soon.

Source: AndroidPure via GSMArena

Nexus 6P now facing bootloop issues

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Google’s Nexus 5X, manufactured by LG had a defect where it would bootloop after installing Android Nougat. Now it seems like the Huawei Nexus 6P joined the bootlooping club.

The Nexus 6P was previously reported to have battery issues, and now the bootlooping issue is another concern. Like the Nexus 5X, the phone freezes at the Google logo and reboots. This process is repeated until the battery is fully depleted.

Unfortunately there is no known remedy for this problem, however Google confirmed on Reddit that they are aware of the issue.

We understand that a very small number of users are experiencing a bootloop issue on your device. We are continuing to investigate the situation, but can confirm that this is strictly a hardware related issue. For those of you that are currently experiencing this, please contact your place of purchase for warranty or repair options.

Source: Reddit via XDA Developers

Sony announces ForwardWorks plans

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SIE’s new division ForwardWorks, dedicated to making games for mobile devices has announced its plans for the year ahead. The company revealed all the details in a presentation last Wednesday.

The first game that will be available is Everybody’s Golf, which was a game available on PlayStation consoles. The developer of the game will be Dorikomu and will be available in Spring 2017.

The next game is DASH which is from the popular series Yu Namama on the PSP. It is an action puzzle game which is set to be released in 2017. Other games, such as Arc the Lad, Wild Arms, Parappa and others are currently TBA.

ForwardWorks is also partnering with 3rd party developers like Nippon Ichi and Square Enix to bring games like Disgaea and other series. There will also be another game from Square that will be announced later.

ForwardWorks’ original game will be called Sora and the Sea of Aida (rough translation) which is based on six girls that challenge the space fish.

Project FIELD is a new platform, which consists of smartphones and tablets, cards with IC chips and trading card games. The first game produced for Project FIELD will be from the Yokai Watch series.

More information is set to be announced soon, but as of now these games are more taiored to the Japanese audience. So guys, what do you think about their upcoming plans?

Sources: PlayStation.Blog Japan, ForwardWorks, Sony Japan

Amazon Go to launch in 2017

Amazon is set to launch an all new kind of store next year called Amazon Go.

The store uses “Just Walk Out Technology” to use an app on your phone to pay for items as you walk out of the store. This eliminates the need for checkouts and even staff.

It uses the same technology found in self-driving cars, that is computer vision, sensor vision and deep learning. The technology detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. After leaving the store, Amazon will charge your account and send a receipt.

The store is located in 2131 7th Ave, Seattle, WA and is currently only available to Amazon employees. The store is set to launch to the general public in early 2017.

Nokia to make Android phones in early 2017

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Nokia is set to make a comeback as the company formalises a licensing agreement with HMD Global to bring Nokia branded phones running the Android operating system.

The company also launched a new section of its site today, available at http://www.nokia.com/en_int/phones. This marks the return of Nokia branded smartphones and tablets after Microsoft acquired its phone business and killed off the brand in favour of its Lumia brand for smartphones.

Nokia has launched Android based devices before, with the Nokia X, a budget Android phone with Microsoft services, and the Nokia N1, an iPad like tablet.

So guys, are you waiting for the killer Nokia Android phone?

Source: The Verge

Sony launches PlayStation Communities mobile app

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Sony Interactive Entertainment has yet again launched another PlayStation mobile app and this time it’s all about the PS4 Communities feature.

The Communities feature, introduced in PS4 version 3.00 has now made its way to Android and iOS as a mobile app. You can use the app to post or reply to posts in a community, discover new ones based on the games you play and get notifications from the communities you are participating in.

One thing you cannot do however, is moderate your own communities. Hopefully Sony updates the app soon with these features.

The app is now available to download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.