Qualcomm may have accidentally revealed the ZenFone AR device, Asus’ latest smartphone offering and the second handset to come with support for Tango, Google’s augmented reality technology. Through a blog post, the chip maker giant inadvertently spilled the beans on an upcoming press conference to be held by Asus on January 4th of this year during the annual Consumer Electronics Show happening in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada this week.
Yup, you read that number right. According to a YouTube video posted by the official user account of Pokemon Go, players all across the globe have indeed walked a staggering 8.7 billion kilometers since the widely popular mobile game was first launched last summer. To put 8.7 billion kilometers into context, that is roughly equivalent to about 200,000 trips around our blue planet.
Part of what makes Motorola’s Moto Z line of smartphones so cool are the Mods, and recently, the phone maker has decided to unveil a couple of new additions to the magnetic modules. Meet the new 3,000 mAh Mophie JuicePack, which comes with a USB Type C port for independent charging, priced at $80, and a car dock (made in collaboration with Incipio) that allows users to charge their Moto Z handsets and at the same time open mobile apps (sort of like Google’s Android Auto).
After holding its first ever special in-game Halloween event, Pokemon Go saw its revenues improve 2.3 times compared to the previous week’s numbers, according to data by analytics firm SensorTower. Moreover, the mobile game’s daily revenues were its best ever since September 10th, according to App Annie’s numbers.
As promised nearly a month ago, Lenovo has officially launched its newest phablet offering, the Phab 2 Pro. For those not familiar with this device, it has the distinction of being the first smartphone out in the market to come with support for Google’s Tango augmented reality tech. The handset comes with a price of $500.
The biggest social media giant in the world is making some major changes to its in-app camera, infusing it with augmented reality driven features made popular by Snapchat. The new features included animated face masks, superimposed graphic elements, and geofilters, plus filters that incorporate artistic themes inspired by Van Gogh (among many others) as well as a number of new reactive filters that react depending on how the user moves his body.
The phenomenal popularity of the mobile game Pokemon Go may be starting to cool off -- according to the latest information from SurveyMonkey, the app has lost nearly a quarter of its users in the United States. It is hard to pinpoint the exact cause, but it may involve a combination of tracking issues, bans on cheating players, and simple consumer fatigue.
There were reports earlier that the Pokemon Go game installed on iOS powered mobile devices asked for full access to a user’s Google account when signing up. But now, the developer of the game, Niantic Labs has rolled out an update that should modify the permissions needed. When requesting for information, the game now limits its permission to “Know who you are on Google” and “View your email address.”
Niantic Labs, the developer of the massively popular game Pokemon Go, has full access to mobile users’ Google accounts, that is if they used their Google account to log into the game from a mobile device built by Apple. Whoops. To its credit, Niantic has said on record that it did not access anything other than user IDs and email addresses, and has promised from here on that it will significantly reduce the access it requests.
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