Yesterday (July 15th), many of those who pre-registered for the release of Tales of Crestoria received a notification the gacha RPG was available on Android. Of course, Bandai Namco decided that Google's pre-reg system exists to be abused, so the game wasn't actually available, but was instead released while the servers were still in maintenance. This resulted in the Play Store listing being flooded with 5-star reviews before the game was playable since the "release" was tentatively called a pre-load by eager fans sticking it to anyone that left a 1-star review after receiving a release announcement for an unreleased game.
Launched late last year, the Nest Hub Max packs a lot into a single device. It's a Google Assistant smart speaker with a 10" HD display, and now it even supports group video calling via Duo and Meet. As part of the Google Store's new daily specials event, you can pick up a Nest Hub Max 2-pack for $383 ($75 off).
If you've wanted active noise canceling headphones to tune out the world, but could never afford to shell out $300 or even $350 for the luxury, you now have an alternative to waiting around for sales. Mobvoi, known for its cut-price Wear OS watches and ANC earbuds, has come out with its TicKasa ANC over-ear headphones that aim for lofty feature targets but for less than half the cost of a top-tier pair of cans.
Reliance’s Jio Platforms has been on a funding spree over the past few months with some sizable investment coming from Facebook, Qualcomm, and other global names. Joining this extensive list is Google, which will pick a minority stake in India’s biggest telco to create custom software and hardware solutions for India’s growing appetite for smartphones, particularly in the lower-end segment.
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Out of nowhere, Saber Interactive's off-roading simulation game MudRunner has popped up on the Play Store. If you're unfamiliar with the game, it's a sequel of sorts to Spintires, a quirky proof of concept where you drive Soviet-era trucks through heaps of realistic mud. MudRunner offers similar physics-based off-roading gameplay, but it's wrapped up in a much more polished package, and you can pre-register right now for the official Android release planned for July 15th.
Xiaomi introduced a plethora of products in an online-only event today, including the much-leaked Mi TV Stick and a new pair of wireless earbuds, but the company also launched a new lineup of budget phones, the Redmi 9 series. It consists of three devices costing between €100 and €170, the Redmi 9, the Redmi 9A, and the Redmi 9C. They all come with 6.53-inch screens and are powered by MediaTek silicon.
Mozilla has been working on a VPN for a long time, first experimenting with such a service in 2018. But lately, there's been more movement. The company has been beta-testing its latest take on virtual networks since last year, with an Android app available since early 2020. Today, Mozilla has announced that it's officially launching the paid service in a few countries.
Oppo promised a delivery of massive power yesterday. Today, it brings on the surge with the announcement of four charging products: a 50W wall charger based on its SuperVOOC standard, a conceptual 65W AirVOOC wireless pad, a 110W mini flash charger, and a 125W full-size flash charger.
Google's latest Stadia Connect presentation was today, and there were game announcements aplenty. Some big-ticket titles like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Hitman, and Hitman 2 are coming this year (with Hitman 3 landing January 2021). Indie hit Hello Neighbor and its prequel Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek are coming this year, too, and both will be included in Stadia Pro subscriptions.
Microsoft has been hard at work on Outlook for Android, even if some of that work is going towards pushing adoption of Bing. A few new features are rolling out to the app today, including a long-awaited function that has been on the iOS version since last year — reading your emails to you.