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  1. Anand Mahindra took to his Twitter and shared a picture of a shayari (couplet) to explain the importance of mobile phones in everyone's life today. However, he committed one mistake thinking that the couplet was actually written by Gulzar. Turns out, Gulzar didn't write it and the internet pointed it out soon after Anand Mahindra shared it. He shared an image that said, "Khud se zyada sambhal kar rakhta hoon mobile apna, kyunki rishtey saare ab isi mein kaid hain (I care more about my phone than myself because all my relationships are trapped in it).” Thank you Gulzarji, for giving me the logic for remaining wedded to my device! ððð½. (Even if this was a tongue-in-cheek comment, it's true that mobiles help us stay connected!) pic.twitter.com/P3NTrQ0Z16 — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 9, 2019 He also wrote a caption saying, "Thank you Gulzarji, for giving me the logic for remaining wedded to my device!” Now, this isn't a line by Gulzar and netizens have flooded Mahindra's post soon after it was shared online. Here's what they have to say: This one is already listed in #NotByGulzar database #NBG @ThePuccaCritic https://t.co/7LxSrAkCg8 pic.twitter.com/XE4IluUCeY — Pavan Jha (@p1j) December 9, 2019 @anandmahindra -Incorrect credit and interpretation too . The quote is a sarcasm and not endorsement of the utility of mobile phones. — Rahul Ekbote (@rahul_ekbote) December 9, 2019 It's so true [not sure if he actually said it though :) ] — Rohit (@RohitMishraa) December 9, 2019 Are you sure that these lines are from Gulzar saab?? Seems has his name on credits only. — Vjdorby (@Aazaad_Hind1857) December 9, 2019 A very beautiful quote @anandmahindra sir. But just want to point out that I couldn't find any reference of Gulzar sahab making this shayari, so unsure of its verification. Sometimes people make a quote with popular figure's name and their picture and people tend to believe it. — the_millennial (@kunal_kaklij) December 9, 2019 Gulzar may not have written these lines. #WhatsappUniversity — Prithvi (@The_BeardMan_) December 9, 2019 Gulzar has penned the lyrics for a lot of Bollywood films such as Parichay, Mausam, Aandhi, Masoom, Maachis, Slumdog Millionaire, Omkara, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Raazi. He is one of the most celebrated writers and lyricists of our nation. While Anand Mahindra committed a mistake by sharing the couplet but whoever wrote it, did write the truth. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  2. PUBG Mobile has been a phenomenon ever since it launched for free for smartphones. In a rather major development, PUBG Corp. revealed today that the game has now hit 600 million downloads across the globe, making it one of biggest mobile games on the planet. 600 million players from all over the world have downloaded PUBG MOBILR! A special thank you to all our players for your ongoing love & support â¤ï¸we could not have done it without you! pic.twitter.com/uILCHekBN1 — PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) December 2, 2019 The game gained major popularity in India and other Asian countries due to the free-to-play model. As of last July 2018, the game had 400 million downloads and grown by 200 million downloads since then. PUBG mobile may not be the top downloaded game right now as that title is still being held by Pokemon Go with over 1 billion downloads. To put things into perspective, the PC version of the popular Battle Royale game had around 50 million players as of July 2018. © MensXP The game is likely to grow in download counts and player base as the game expands to more regions in the coming year. As of now, it is the third most downloaded smartphone game and it looks like it won't be slowing down anytime soon. PUBG Mobile has also announced its plans for 2020 by announcing an esports tournament that will have a total prize pool of $5 million. View the full article
  3. Photo: Reuters SHANGHAI: China on Sunday put into effect new regulations that require Chinese telecom carriers to scan the faces of users registering new mobile phone services, a move the government says is aimed at cracking down on fraud.The...
  4. India has billions of mobile phone users and all of us will be paying up to 40-percent more to make calls and use data from this month. And the price is not limited to one or two carriers but includes all the major players including Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone. This particular price hike will increase the tariff prices for the first time since 2016. Vodafone and Airtel have been incurring losses for a long time now and they have a January end deadline to pay up thousands of crores in additional statutory dues. Jio, however, is stepping in, to help sustain the industry and has hence confirmed that it'll be increasing the prices too. The telecom industry in India is burdened with over Rs 7 lakh crore of debt and the world's lowest average revenue per user, as noted by the Economic Times. © Reuters Analysts have predicted that this would be the biggest price hike in India's telecom industry and we'll even have to start paying for voice calls which is now being given to us for free. Both Vodafone and Airtel will increase the rates for only prepaid customers starting December 3. There's no word about the prices and it remains to be seen as to what'll happen with the postpaid subscribers. Jio will increase its prices starting December 6. Vodafone Idea says the charges will be in line with our commitment to provide simple, convenient and affordable products. Airtel said the tariff increase will range from 50 paise a day to up to Rs 2.85 per day. Jio also noted that its new prices will be up to 40-percent higher, although it has promised to provide up to 300-percent more benefits. © Reuters We'll soon be curating a list of all the new tariff plans and the best ones to choose from. We doubt if the new prices will significantly the data usage for its subscribers, although you'll certainly be paying more than the current rates. Source: Economic Times View the full article
  5. Reyan Reynolds took to Twitter to share that he has become the "owner" of Mint Mobile, without disclosing much details."Newst @_MintMobile customer. Also, owner of the company," said the Deadpool star, adding that he would be paying himself $15 a...
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  7. One of the biggest, unanswered question for years has been 'Whattis mobile number?' but looks like we finally have the answer, well actually, an answer. First, I'm just going to leave this here, just because - So, Ranveer Singh asked a simple question with a not so simple picture and it has even the police interested in it. "Whattis mobile number? Whattis your smile number? Whattis your style number? à¤à¤°à¥à¤ à¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾ dial number?" Whattis mobile number? Whattis your smile number? Whattis your style number? à¤à¤°à¥à¤ à¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾ dial number? pic.twitter.com/REfiqSTS95 — Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) November 6, 2019 Perfectly goes with the picture, for sure. We all know how quirky Ranveer actually is, his tweets won't be boring, of course, but just wait, it gets funnier. People had some hilarious replies to his question, like this - pic.twitter.com/qOZQKnE7bP — Vishal (@Aadha_CA) November 6, 2019 And, this - ð pic.twitter.com/9neXm7zDjF — Naina (@nainakehndi) November 6, 2019 I don't even know what this is - Dial anyone get cashbackð Dear Ranveer,#BSNL_dega_5pe6 â¤ï¸enjoy longer conversations with your dear ones and earn rewards of upto Rs 50 p/m â¤ï¸6 Paise for every call made of more than 5 Minute duration.Offer valid from 1st Nov 2019 to 31st Dec#SWITCH_TO_BSNL @deepikapadukone pic.twitter.com/8rTBZRIy5d — Naman (@Naman_BKN) November 7, 2019 But, the one that takes the cake came from a police department. Nagpur City Police has the perfect answer for Ranveer, and it's so funny, I think even the actor would be impressed. 100 â https://t.co/CENlaH0F6n — Nagpur City Police (@NagpurPolice) November 6, 2019 This picture probably sums up Ranveer's reaction to this tweet - © Twitter For the last few years, police departments of various cities have invested in something extremely important - a social media presence. Every now and then we get some of the best tweets we've seen from official Twitter accounts of police departments from all over India. I think, there's been like an unspoken competition among the cities, but I'm pretty sure Nagpur Police just defeated them with these three digits. I'm not the only one who's impressed. Nagpur police in full speedððð — Shailesh Malpande (@svmalpande) November 6, 2019 Give that person a raise! Nagpur city police rocks Atleast on Twitter Kudos to the man handling this — Akhandanand Tripathi / Kaleen Bhaiya (@godoftrolls1) November 6, 2019 What is this picture, but yep. Ranveer : pic.twitter.com/63ZF6cxAZr — Srikanth (@srikanthbjp_) November 6, 2019 Century. . 100 out of 100 marks for this! LOL! . . — One Of Four (@charlogdude) November 6, 2019 Get on it, bro. @RanveerOfficial डायल à¤à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ à¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾?ð — Praveen Ghule (@GhulePraveen) November 6, 2019 Uhh. Nagpur police be like: pic.twitter.com/gnoPi6GfuK — Alok Hota (@AlokN_Hota) November 7, 2019 Oh, for sure. Nagpur police is lit 𥠗 Karansingh Rathour ð®ð³ (@alpha_ksr) November 6, 2019 View the full article
  8. Everybody wants to be good at mobile photography and Adobe is making it easier for everyone to take impressive pictures. The software company announced a mobile camera app that will be coming to iOS and Android devices soon. The final version of the app will launch in 2020, however, it is currently available as a preview. © Twitter Adobe has been bringing mobile versions of its popular desktop applications to mobile phones as the company already has a camera pp called Lightroom CC. However, the Photoshop Camera will work in a different way as Lightroom will use Adobe's artificial intelligence engine, Sensei. With the application, mobile photographers will be able to take and create stunning images and use Photoshop features powered by AI. The app will let users take an image, edit and export images from the app itself. There will also be preset filters and different editing options that will adapt according to the style of the image. The Photoshop Camera app will be able to automatically detect portraits, food, landscapes and other subjects. For example, users will be able to change a photo taken in the day as if it was taken at night. Similarly, in Landscape images, users will be able to change the lighting, colour and even replace entire skies. © Adobe To be fair, we've seen some of these features on smartphones where users can replace entire skies or recognise subjects using AI. What Photoshop Camera does is integrate all of these features into one single application. The standout feature is that the application will have creative “lenses” that adds animated and 3D objects to an image. We will be using the app soon to find out if it is any good or exceptional as a photography app. It could be a game-changer for many smartphone users or could just be a gimmick like any other third-party camera app. View the full article
  9. “Aaj khush toh bahut hoge tum, haiiin?” Sorry, we couldn't help but throw that dialogue at you (all with Big B's iconic intonations and voice modulations for that added feel), for all the happy details we have to share! As per the latest developments and a report by HT, it is being said that the Yogi Aditya government hasn't banned mobile phones in colleges and universities across Uttar Pradesh after all. Last evening, following an update from IANS, we had reported that the Directorate of Higher Education in Uttar Pradesh had issued a circular which stated that no student or teacher will be allowed to carry or use mobile phones inside college and university premises. © Twitter/Samachar However, another recent report from HT claims that the Deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh Dinesh Sharma has denied any such developments, and stated that no such order of ban has been issued by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath or his government. “Yes, the students are expected to keep their phones on silent or switch off mode during classes so that teaching is not disturbed. That order already exists,” Sharma said. © Facebook Even the Director of Higher Education in UP Dr Vandana Sharma has denied that any such order has been passed by her office. “No order has been issued by my office till date to ban cellphones in universities and degree colleges,” she told HT. Whew! We are very happy for our UPwallah students because they will no longer have to suffer from any withdrawal symptoms now that it has been confirmed that no mobile phone ban exists in the first place.
  10. Before we start, solve this riddle. What's the thing you first set your eyes on every morning and before calling it a night? It always remains within an arm's reach and blinks animatedly a number of times throughout the day. You can eat, shop and discover the unknown with its help, and for most humans, life depends on this complexly easy parallelogram that is reborn every time it dies. (Answer at the end of this article) © Twitter/Yogi Adityanath Now, while you rake your brains for an answer to that one, let us tell you that all the UPwallah students are in for some sorry days ahead, because the Yogi Adityanath government just announced a blanket ban on the use of mobile phones inside all the colleges and universities across Uttar Pradesh. Hours ago, the Directorate of Higher Education in Uttar Pradesh issued a circular to make the announcement which states that no student or teacher will be allowed to carry or use mobile phones inside college and university premises. © Facebook The reason being cited, for this move, by the UP Directorate of Higher Education, is that the decision has been taken to ensure "better teaching environment for students across all colleges and universities in the state." Apparently, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his ministers noticed a lot of teachers and students 'wasting time' on mobile phones, and thus, this move has been taken. If you remember, a few months ago Yogi Adityanath had also banned the use of phones during his official meetings, for similar reasons. © Facebook People, young and old are pissed at this new development and are voicing their reservations online. Mobile phones were the only thing stopping yogi govt to provide better facilities in schools and colleges. — Khan Saabð (@CanadianSaab) October 18, 2019 Valid point. DU wifi de rha hai ki bache pade online se, video download kre, content access kr ske idhar inko dekhoð knsi desh ki university me mobile ban hai, and sab india se upar rank ki hai, kya correlation theory pad liya hai inhone — sagar sameer (@sagar_sam9630) October 18, 2019 That's the real concern. Only allowed inside jail for prisoners ð¤ð¤ð¤ — The-Ly-Mama (@Sanjay_0112) October 18, 2019 Could this be one of the reasons? so no one makes the video what ABVP goons are doing in colleges — Maneesh Agarwal (@ManeeshMAgarwal) October 18, 2019 Even parents are against it. How come How will the students converse with their parents or peers when in need What's the use of providing Wifi in all campuses then Most of the studies are done on mobiles and laptops Ridiculous decision. I, as a parent of PG girl student and UG boy student, disprove of it — VK Sharma (@vinoks) October 18, 2019 Now ban books too. Kudos. The most regressive government, how will their kids ever compete with those from metros who enjoy all facilities and know how to multitask??? — Meetendra Kumar (@meetume2) October 18, 2019 Well now a days mobile phone is not only a technology or accessories. it's became part of our life.i am not denying the part of misuses of it but why we are not focusing on how it can support students specially girls for their safety. — k@sumant (@ksumant2) October 18, 2019 Verbose. Or not. @DayaYaduvanshi @Ank_Twisted @_amitkatiyar @Anshit20 à¤à¤°à¥, CM à¤à¥à¤¨à¥ हॠया à¤à¥à¤¤à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾à¥¤ — Shubham Singh (@bot_Askay) October 18, 2019 Makes sense, but we hope this is not the real reason. Sahi hai, they dont want any girls to record videos of crooks like #chinmayanand — Gaurang Patel (@gaurang_patel) October 18, 2019 Bohot bada balidaan hai. balidan dena hoga — Abhijeet (@abhijeetwa) October 18, 2019 Answer: The same bloody phone which has been banned by the Yogi government!
  11. PUBG Mobile has had its fair share of controversies in India. But there's no denying that the game has a strong e-sports presence in the country too. PUBG Mobile just wrapped up the regional finals of the PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) 2019 esports tournament, and the Indian PUBG Mobile team, 'Team SouL' claimed the victory after six long matches. PUBG Mobile's regional finals were held in Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi on the 14th and 15th of this month. After a few hard-fought battles, 'Team SouL' won the contest to become the India champions of the Spring Split segment. Congratulations "Team SOUL" on winning the PUBG MOBILE Club Open India Finals! Also, Team IND and Team Indian Tigers who have advanced to the Prelims of PMCO Global Finals! See you guys at BERLIN! And a BIG THANK YOU for all in making this event a huge success! pic.twitter.com/AoyT0qCBvN — PUBG MOBILE INDIA (@PUBGMOBILE_IN) June 16, 2019 The winning team came out on top amongst 15 other competitors with a total of 256 points. Their victory also helped them grab a $60,000 cheque as the winning prize money along with tickets to Berlin where they'll be representing India in the PMCO Global finals. It's worth pointing out that 'Team SouL' was on the second position trailing behind 'Team IND' after match 11 on day 2. The winning team managed to push their score by a huge margin in the final match of the day 2. 'Team IND' then managed to get the second position with 246 points whereas 'Team Indian Tigers' came third. © Twitter In addition to the winning team, the second and third place winners also received Rs. 0.95 lakh and Rs 12.9 lakh, respectively. The stakes are as high as they can get right for 'Team SouL' as they now stand a chance to win a massive prize pool of $2.5 million i.e. Rs 17.48 crore. The dates for the finals are yet to be finalised, so stay tuned for more info.
  12. The mobile gaming experience has mostly been viewed as a 'second-tier' experience when compared to PC and console gaming. In fact, I can even say that a lot of people still don't consider mobile gaming even a thing. Well, that's exactly what games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile, and phones like the Black Shark 2 are here to prove otherwise. Yes, gaming phones, in case you haven't heard of them, are a thing now and we have started seeing a lot of these on the market lately. Razer has what it calls the 'Razer Phone' and ASUS has its own 'ROG Phone'. Even Nubia has launched a bunch of gaming phones and it's expected to launch another one very soon here in India. And then, of course, we have the Black Shark 2. Well, I myself wasn't really sold on the whole idea of buying a gaming phone, until I used the Black Shark 2. Yes, I've been using the Black Shark 2 for a few weeks now and I have a few things to say about the phone and just gaming phones in general. So, let's get on with it. Design & Build Quality We live in a world where even gaming laptops are now cutting down on the flashy looks to make it look like an ordinary piece of hardware. But the companies making these gaming phones are not shying away from showing off the striking hardware. Just like most other gaming phones on the market, the Black Shark 2 also looks very flashy, if I may. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla You don't necessarily have to hold the device in your hands to tell how it's different from other smartphones out there. The looks will give it away. Black Shark, in particular, is going with green accents. So, the Black Shark 2 has a bright green chamfered edge that runs all the way around the phone. And the back of the gaming is also equally striking, if not more. Heck, the Black Shark 2 even has an illuminated logo on the back that lights up. Even the case which you can buy for the phone as an accessory has green accents that glow in the dark. So, as for the looks, I'd say Black Shark is going with something that would attract gamers. Coming to the build quality, well, it's built like a tank. The moment you take it out of the box and hold it in your hands, that's when it'll truly hit you that you bought yourself a true gaming phone. The chamfered edges and the back texture make for a really good in-hand feel. I am sure it's not the kind of design that would resonate with everything, but you've bought the phone, then you're probably the target audience here. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a kickass design and an amazing build quality. As a gamer, I go crazy on flashy lights and edgy designs on my gaming gear and using the Black Shark 2 truly makes me feel I am using something that's meant to be used by, you know, gamers. It'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're that person in the room with a gaming phone. Display The display is probably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaming. That's where you see the game and interact with it, so it's best if you have the best possible display. The same goes for gaming phones too. So, does the Black Shark 2 has a good display? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, it does. For starters, it's a 6.39-inch FullHD+ AMOLED panel. It's an OLED panel with good resolution, so you'll be seeing deep blacks with sharp imagery. Even the colours look nice and punchy, which is, again, good for gaming. But that's not all. Black Shark has decided to throw in some extras to wow all the gamers. First things first, the display of the Black Shark 2 hides the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Yes, it has an in-display fingerprint, and it works just as you'd expect any in-display fingerprint scanner to work. I am not a huge fan of these scanners, but I think it works just fine. That main attraction, however, is the MasterTouch feature. Simply put, Black Shark 2's MasterTouch is similar to Apple's 3D Touch. However, unlike the 3D Touch on the iPhones and the iPads, the MagicTouch feature is more useful and can be used to play games. So, the way MasterTouch feature works is, it lets you configure two pressure-sensitive zones on the display and map it to any custom function in games like PUBG Mobile. © MensXP In the screenshot attached above, for instance, I've mapped the left zone to 'scope' and the right zone to 'fire'. Now when I apply more pressure anywhere inside these zones regardless of the on-screen buttons, the display will register it as 'scope' or 'fire' command for me. Get it? Yes, it takes a little time to get used to it once you've mapped it. However, it'll be hard to go back to a phone without this feature since you'll be so used to it. Not going to lie, it makes up for intuitive gameplay experience and therefore, I am inclined to believe that it's not just a gimmick. It actually works. Apart from that, the Black Shark 2 is also said to have the world's lowest latency touch display. The display has a report rate (not to be confused with refresh rate) up to 240Hz and response time of just 43.5ms. Yes, it doesn't have a faster refresh rate panels like the ones found on the ROG Phone or the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but Black Shark thinks gamers will care more about the response time. I personally didn't find any noticeable difference in the gameplay experience, but I'll talk a bit more about this in the performance section. Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a really good display that's also very functional when it comes to gaming. The MasterTouch feature did sound like a gimmick to me during the launch event, but now that I've used it, I think it's going to be hard for me to play PUBG Mobile on a phone that doesn't support it. Now, that's one way of retaining customers. Good job, Black Shark! Performance Oh yes, the performance! Well, let me get the specifications out of the way first. The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is the most powerful processor you can get on an Android phone in today's date. The phone also packs up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, so there's plenty of memory and storage to play games. Now, these are some of the specs that you can also get on some other phones on the market like the OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla If you head over to Black Shark's website, you'll see that it's full of fancy words like 'Multilayer Liquid Cooling', 'Gaming AI', 'Ludicrous Mode', and whatnot. These are the things that actually make Black Shark 2 a truly capable phone, at least according to the company. But none of that would make any sense if the performance isn't good, right? Well, Black Shark 2 is one of the fastest Android smartphones you can buy today. It's not just for gaming, by the way. Even when you're using the phones to do day-to-day stuff like browsing the web, taking pictures, etc., you'll notice how smooth everything really is. The animations are buttery smooth and I am yet to notice a single lag or a frame drop while using it. The experience has truly been amazing. If you're someone who likes to go by the numbers, then here are some benchmark figures for you - © MensXP Coming to gaming, I am happy to report that things are just as smooth and solid. Trust me, I played a lot of games before I said that, so you can take my word for it. Playing games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., was truly amazing. As I said, I have not had a single frame drop on me ever since I switched this phone on for the first time a few days ago. And if you ever feel like you want more power for some reason, then you can also turn on what Black Shark likes to call the 'Ludicrous Mode', which essentially overclock both the CPU and GPU to give you a performance boost. Yes, you can do all geeky stuff on this phone with just a tap of a button. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Black Shark 2 also has 'Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0' which basically takes advantage of an oversized cooling plate, covering all major components to reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 14-degrees. Despite all the fancy cooling system, I have to admit that the phone did run a little hot while playing games. It wasn't too hot to handle, but the phone did feel a little warm to touch, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting after hearing all the fancy components. Nonetheless, it's not really a deal-breaker, so let's move past that. The Black Shark 2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and I was actually quite surprised to see the phone running a stock version of Android. It doesn't have any fancy skin on top of Android except for a couple of additions like the 'Shark Space'. You can trigger the 'Shark Space' by flipping the slider on the right side of the phone. It's very similar to the alert slider found on the OnePlus phones. The 'Shark Space' will essentially dump everything from the memory to allow for a smooth gaming experience, and it can even stop buzzing the phone with notifications and calls, if you want nothing to interrupt your gaming experience. The 'Shark Space' will also let you display things like 'FPS counter' while playing games, in addition to letting you monitor things like CPU load, WLAN signal strength, etc. You can access all these features by swiping down from the top right corner of the display. It's just a software, but it's things like that, which truly makes it feel like you're using a gaming phone. I mean, I can't expect to do all that on, say, my Pixel 3a or the iPhone XR. Of course, that's not the only reason to buy the phone, but you'll want to use it time and again once you have it. Battery Life The Black Shark 2 has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 27W/4.8A quick charging. That means you'll have enough battery for all the games you want and also have the ability to charge the phone quickly when it runs out of juice. As for the battery performance, I wasn't expecting too much since the phone has a lot of powerful internals to push, but it surprised me with its two-day battery life. Of course, you'll find yourself charging the phone more often if you play a lot of games, but with day-to-day usage, you can easily get through two days without an issue. But again, it's a gaming phone, so I am guessing you'll be playing a lot of games as I did, so I suggest you keep the charger with you at all times. By the way, there's no support for wireless charging, but that's not really surprising and the phone charges rapidly with the included the charger. Camera © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Cameras on gaming phones have always been an afterthought, to be honest. None of the gaming phones that I've experienced in the past have had a good camera, so I wasn't expecting the Black Shark 2 to have good optics. I am sure Black Shark thinks the same because there's absolutely no mention of the cameras on Black Shark 2's official website. Anyway, the Black Shark 2 has two cameras at the back. There's a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP 2x telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera software is very similar to what you'd get with a stock version of Android. Very basic, yet very functional. As for the performance, I'd say it's better than what I had expected. It's not exceptional or anything, but the images, I'd say are better than average. All images turned out nice and sharp with plenty of details. I did notice some issues with dynamic range and some shots even turned out over-exposed, but this is a good shooter for being a gaming-centric device. I mean, I don't expect photographers to carry this phone around, so I am not going to go hard on it for not having exceptional cameras like the Pixel phones. Long story short, you won't be disappointed with the cameras on the Black Shark 2. They're better than what you normally get with gaming phones. Here are some samples so you can judge them yourself - Other Features This is the part where I'd usually end my review by giving my final thoughts, but there's still a lot to talk about the Black Shark 2. I have to mention that the phone offers a really good audio experience. It has stereo speakers, which is awesome and it gets really loud. It's great for listening to music or watching movies, etc., with a group of people. For gaming, of course, you'll be using a pair of headphones, but sadly the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. Yes, it's really disappointing to see it being removed from a gaming phone, but you do get a dongle inside the box if you want to continue using your old pair of cans instead of switching to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. And there are things like the ability to add gaming pads to the phone to enhance your gaming experience. These gaming pads don't come with the phone, so you do have to buy them separately as an accessory. However, they will certainly enhance your gaming experience and I can confirm that with the time I spent using them at the launch event. You can also hook the Black Shark 2 to a TV or a monitor and use the gamepads to play games, which is also a nice touch. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Black Shark 2 is now available in India for a starting price of Rs 39,999. For the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you'll be shelling out as much as Rs 49,999. And of course, you'll have to pay more for the accessories. So, it's not really the most affordable smartphone out there, but it truly offers a lot for the money. All things considered, the Black Shark 2 is actually a kickass smartphone for the price. Look, I wasn't really sold on the idea of buying a dedicated gaming phone, but Black Shark 2 has made me think otherwise. Yes, you can get other phones with similar specs on the market, but what you're paying for the Black Shark 2 is not just for the power, it's for the true gaming experience. Everything from the way it feels in your hands to all the additional gaming-centric features like the ability to immerse yourself in the game without having to worry about notifications, etc., is definitely, something that's worth checking out. Heck, you can even overlock the phone with a tap of a button to get more performance, which is just insane. Overall, I'd say that Black Shark 2 is not the phone you need. But I can say that you'll keep coming back once you've experienced everything that it has to offer. It's targetted towards hardcore gamers who want nothing but the absolute best gaming experience. As I mentioned before, it's one of those phones, that'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're THAT person in the room with a gaming phone. Now, it's up to decide if you want to be that person or not.
  13. The mobile gaming experience has mostly been viewed as a 'second-tier' experience when compared to PC and console gaming. In fact, I can even say that a lot of people still don't consider mobile gaming even a thing. Well, that's exactly what games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile, and phones like the Black Shark 2 are here to prove otherwise. Yes, gaming phones, in case you haven't heard of them, are a thing now and we have started seeing a lot of these on the market lately. Razer has what it calls the 'Razer Phone' and ASUS has its own 'ROG Phone'. Even Nubia has launched a bunch of gaming phones and it's expected to launch another one very soon here in India. And then, of course, we have the Black Shark 2. Well, I myself wasn't really sold on the whole idea of buying a gaming phone, until I used the Black Shark 2. Yes, I've been using the Black Shark 2 for a few weeks now and I have a few things to say about the phone and just gaming phones in general. So, let's get on with it. Design & Build Quality We live in a world where even gaming laptops are now cutting down on the flashy looks to make it look like an ordinary piece of hardware. But the companies making these gaming phones are not shying away from showing off the striking hardware. Just like most other gaming phones on the market, the Black Shark 2 also looks very flashy, if I may. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla You don't necessarily have to hold the device in your hands to tell how it's different from other smartphones out there. The looks will give it away. Black Shark, in particular, is going with green accents. So, the Black Shark 2 has a bright green chamfered edge that runs all the way around the phone. And the back of the gaming is also equally striking, if not more. Heck, the Black Shark 2 even has an illuminated logo on the back that lights up. Even the case which you can buy for the phone as an accessory has green accents that glow in the dark. So, as for the looks, I'd say Black Shark is going with something that would attract gamers. Coming to the build quality, well, it's built like a tank. The moment you take it out of the box and hold it in your hands, that's when it'll truly hit you that you bought yourself a true gaming phone. The chamfered edges and the back texture make for a really good in-hand feel. I am sure it's not the kind of design that would resonate with everything, but you've bought the phone, then you're probably the target audience here. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a kickass design and an amazing build quality. As a gamer, I go crazy on flashy lights and edgy designs on my gaming gear and using the Black Shark 2 truly makes me feel I am using something that's meant to be used by, you know, gamers. It'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're that person in the room with a gaming phone. Display The display is probably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaming. That's where you see the game and interact with it, so it's best if you have the best possible display. The same goes for gaming phones too. So, does the Black Shark 2 has a good display? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, it does. For starters, it's a 6.39-inch FullHD+ AMOLED panel. It's an OLED panel with good resolution, so you'll be seeing deep blacks with sharp imagery. Even the colours look nice and punchy, which is, again, good for gaming. But that's not all. Black Shark has decided to throw in some extras to wow all the gamers. First things first, the display of the Black Shark 2 hides the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Yes, it has an in-display fingerprint, and it works just as you'd expect any in-display fingerprint scanner to work. I am not a huge fan of these scanners, but I think it works just fine. That main attraction, however, is the MasterTouch feature. Simply put, Black Shark 2's MasterTouch is similar to Apple's 3D Touch. However, unlike the 3D Touch on the iPhones and the iPads, the MagicTouch feature is more useful and can be used to play games. So, the way MasterTouch feature works is, it lets you configure two pressure-sensitive zones on the display and map it to any custom function in games like PUBG Mobile. © MensXP In the screenshot attached above, for instance, I've mapped the left zone to 'scope' and the right zone to 'fire'. Now when I apply more pressure anywhere inside these zones regardless of the on-screen buttons, the display will register it as 'scope' or 'fire' command for me. Get it? Yes, it takes a little time to get used to it once you've mapped it. However, it'll be hard to go back to a phone without this feature since you'll be so used to it. Not going to lie, it makes up for intuitive gameplay experience and therefore, I am inclined to believe that it's not just a gimmick. It actually works. Apart from that, the Black Shark 2 is also said to have the world's lowest latency touch display. The display has a report rate (not to be confused with refresh rate) up to 240Hz and response time of just 43.5ms. Yes, it doesn't have a faster refresh rate panels like the ones found on the ROG Phone or the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but Black Shark thinks gamers will care more about the response time. I personally didn't find any noticeable difference in the gameplay experience, but I'll talk a bit more about this in the performance section. Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a really good display that's also very functional when it comes to gaming. The MasterTouch feature did sound like a gimmick to me during the launch event, but now that I've used it, I think it's going to be hard for me to play PUBG Mobile on a phone that doesn't support it. Now, that's one way of retaining customers. Good job, Black Shark! Performance Oh yes, the performance! Well, let me get the specifications out of the way first. The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is the most powerful processor you can get on an Android phone in today's date. The phone also packs up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, so there's plenty of memory and storage to play games. Now, these are some of the specs that you can also get on some other phones on the market like the OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla If you head over to Black Shark's website, you'll see that it's full of fancy words like 'Multilayer Liquid Cooling', 'Gaming AI', 'Ludicrous Mode', and whatnot. These are the things that actually make Black Shark 2 a truly capable phone, at least according to the company. But none of that would make any sense if the performance isn't good, right? Well, Black Shark 2 is one of the fastest Android smartphones you can buy today. It's not just for gaming, by the way. Even when you're using the phones to do day-to-day stuff like browsing the web, taking pictures, etc., you'll notice how smooth everything really is. The animations are buttery smooth and I am yet to notice a single lag or a frame drop while using it. The experience has truly been amazing. If you're someone who likes to go by the numbers, then here are some benchmark figures for you - © MensXP Coming to gaming, I am happy to report that things are just as smooth and solid. Trust me, I played a lot of games before I said that, so you can take my word for it. Playing games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., was truly amazing. As I said, I have not had a single frame drop on me ever since I switched this phone on for the first time a few days ago. And if you ever feel like you want more power for some reason, then you can also turn on what Black Shark likes to call the 'Ludicrous Mode', which essentially overclock both the CPU and GPU to give you a performance boost. Yes, you can do all geeky stuff on this phone with just a tap of a button. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Black Shark 2 also has 'Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0' which basically takes advantage of an oversized cooling plate, covering all major components to reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 14-degrees. Despite all the fancy cooling system, I have to admit that the phone did run a little hot while playing games. It wasn't too hot to handle, but the phone did feel a little warm to touch, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting after hearing all the fancy components. Nonetheless, it's not really a deal-breaker, so let's move past that. The Black Shark 2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and I was actually quite surprised to see the phone running a stock version of Android. It doesn't have any fancy skin on top of Android except for a couple of additions like the 'Shark Space'. You can trigger the 'Shark Space' by flipping the slider on the right side of the phone. It's very similar to the alert slider found on the OnePlus phones. The 'Shark Space' will essentially dump everything from the memory to allow for a smooth gaming experience, and it can even stop buzzing the phone with notifications and calls, if you want nothing to interrupt your gaming experience. The 'Shark Space' will also let you display things like 'FPS counter' while playing games, in addition to letting you monitor things like CPU load, WLAN signal strength, etc. You can access all these features by swiping down from the top right corner of the display. It's just a software, but it's things like that, which truly makes it feel like you're using a gaming phone. I mean, I can't expect to do all that on, say, my Pixel 3a or the iPhone XR. Of course, that's not the only reason to buy the phone, but you'll want to use it time and again once you have it. Battery Life The Black Shark 2 has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 27W/4.8A quick charging. That means you'll have enough battery for all the games you want and also have the ability to charge the phone quickly when it runs out of juice. As for the battery performance, I wasn't expecting too much since the phone has a lot of powerful internals to push, but it surprised me with its two-day battery life. Of course, you'll find yourself charging the phone more often if you play a lot of games, but with day-to-day usage, you can easily get through two days without an issue. But again, it's a gaming phone, so I am guessing you'll be playing a lot of games as I did, so I suggest you keep the charger with you at all times. By the way, there's no support for wireless charging, but that's not really surprising and the phone charges rapidly with the included the charger. Camera © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Cameras on gaming phones have always been an afterthought, to be honest. None of the gaming phones that I've experienced in the past have had a good camera, so I wasn't expecting the Black Shark 2 to have good optics. I am sure Black Shark thinks the same because there's absolutely no mention of the cameras on Black Shark 2's official website. Anyway, the Black Shark 2 has two cameras at the back. There's a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP 2x telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera software is very similar to what you'd get with a stock version of Android. Very basic, yet very functional. As for the performance, I'd say it's better than what I had expected. It's not exceptional or anything, but the images, I'd say are better than average. All images turned out nice and sharp with plenty of details. I did notice some issues with dynamic range and some shots even turned out over-exposed, but this is a good shooter for being a gaming-centric device. I mean, I don't expect photographers to carry this phone around, so I am not going to go hard on it for not having exceptional cameras like the Pixel phones. Long story short, you won't be disappointed with the cameras on the Black Shark 2. They're better than what you normally get with gaming phones. Here are some samples so you can judge them yourself - Other Features This is the part where I'd usually end my review by giving my final thoughts, but there's still a lot to talk about the Black Shark 2. I have to mention that the phone offers a really good audio experience. It has stereo speakers, which is awesome and it gets really loud. It's great for listening to music or watching movies, etc., with a group of people. For gaming, of course, you'll be using a pair of headphones, but sadly the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. Yes, it's really disappointing to see it being removed from a gaming phone, but you do get a dongle inside the box if you want to continue using your old pair of cans instead of switching to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. And there are things like the ability to add gaming pads to the phone to enhance your gaming experience. These gaming pads don't come with the phone, so you do have to buy them separately as an accessory. However, they will certainly enhance your gaming experience and I can confirm that with the time I spent using them at the launch event. You can also hook the Black Shark 2 to a TV or a monitor and use the gamepads to play games, which is also a nice touch. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Black Shark 2 is now available in India for a starting price of Rs 39,999. For the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you'll be shelling out as much as Rs 49,999. And of course, you'll have to pay more for the accessories. So, it's not really the most affordable smartphone out there, but it truly offers a lot for the money. All things considered, the Black Shark 2 is actually a kickass smartphone for the price. Look, I wasn't really sold on the idea of buying a dedicated gaming phone, but Black Shark 2 has made me think otherwise. Yes, you can get other phones with similar specs on the market, but what you're paying for the Black Shark 2 is not just for the power, it's for the true gaming experience. Everything from the way it feels in your hands to all the additional gaming-centric features like the ability to immerse yourself in the game without having to worry about notifications, etc., is definitely, something that's worth checking out. Heck, you can even overlock the phone with a tap of a button to get more performance, which is just insane. Overall, I'd say that Black Shark 2 is not the phone you need. But I can say that you'll keep coming back once you've experienced everything that it has to offer. It's targetted towards hardcore gamers who want nothing but the absolute best gaming experience. As I mentioned before, it's one of those phones, that'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're THAT person in the room with a gaming phone. Now, it's up to decide if you want to be that person or not.
  14. PUBG Mobile hype is causing some serious trouble in countries like India where a lot of people are currently dealing with gaming addiction. While some people have been arrested, others have even lost their lives or ended up with broken marriages. But PUBG Mobile developer Tencent Games, on the other hand, is enjoying by cashing in on all the hype. According to a new report from intelligence firm, Sensor Tower, Tencent has crossed $4.8 million a day in May. Yes, the company literally made $4.8 million a day i.e. over Rs. 33 Crores a day from PUBG Mobile and it's clone called Game For Peace that it launched in China. © PUBG Mobile With that, Tencent is now said to own the world's highest grossing mobile app and the highest grossing mobile game, which is just insane. Do make a note that these are just estimates, but even the exact value is expected to be somewhere in the same ballpark. The total amount is said to be 126-percent higher quarter on quarter in comparison to the $65 million that PUBG Mobile grossed in April 2019. It's also worth pointing out that the estimate excludes Android revenue from China. Of the total revenue earned by Tencent from PUBG Mobile and the new Game for Peace, over $101 million came from Apple's App Store and $45.3 million from Google's Play Store. The revenue from both games, when put together, is about 17-percent more than $125 million made by Honor of Kings, which is yet another smash hit title published by Tencent. © PUBG Mobile Sensor Tower's Head of Mobile Insights, Randy Nelson, who shared all this information, said, “App Store and Google Play users worldwide spent an average of $4.8 million per day last month between both PUBG Mobile versions. The chief rival to both of Tencent's titles, Fortnite from Epic Games, had its best month so far in 2019 on iOS, but its total player spending of $43.3 million was only about 43 percent of Game for Peace and PUBG Mobile's combined take for May.”
  15. Battle Royale games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite, as we all know, hit mobile gamers hard. With over millions of active players, these titles are still going strong even after all these years. Well, if you're tired of playing the same old battle royale titles, or if you're planning to get aboard the battle royale hype train, then we've got some amazing options. Let's check them out - 1) Crossfire Legends If you like PUBG Mobile, then you'll most likely enjoy Crossfire Legends too. It's a fantastic game and it's developed by Tencent, the guys who made PUBG Mobile. Just like PUBG Mobile, Crossfire Legends' BR mode also lets you dive into a solo, duo or a squad game. Crossfire Legends got great weapons and amazing visuals, so it's definitely worth checking out. In addition to the BR mode, this particular game also offers a few different modes such as Team Deathmatch, Mutant mode, and more. Availability: Android & iOS 2) Call Of Duty: Mobile This one's a fairly new game. Heck, it's not even available for all users, but it's still worth adding to the list. Call of Duty: Mobile, though it's only available for select registered users, has gained a lot of traction. It's got a Battle Royale mode, Team Deathmatch, etc. Call of Duty: Mobile differentiates itself as a tactical shooter, making it one of the very titles out there offering a tactical shooting experience. We've already put up a detailed write up explaining about the key differences from PUBG Mobile and you can check it out right here. In case you haven't tried the game yet, here's how you sideload the game and play it right now. Availability: Android & iOS 3) Fortnite Fortnite is in-part responsible for creating the battle royale hype, so we had to add this to the mix. Unlike PUBG Mobile, this one's a super stable game and a lot of fun to play. Although Fortnite is a battle royale title, the gameplay is slightly different. The only downside to the game is that it's not available on the Google Play Store, so you'll have to get it from the Epic Launcher. It's available directly from the App Store though. Availability: Android & iOS 4) PUBG Mobile Well, lastly we have PUBG Mobile. Yes, the game that popularised the Battle Royale genre. The game lets you jump off to an island with 99 other players and get into an epic battle to get the 'Chicken Dinner'. The game has a bunch of different weapons, looks great, and even works on phones with not-so-powerful specs. One of the best things about this game is that it's constantly updated with new skins, items, etc., so there's always something to look forward to. Give it a try if you haven't already, but keep your play time in check. Availability: Android & iOS
  16. Black Shark 2, the gaming phone that we've been waiting to get our hands on for a long time, is finally here in India. It packs pretty much everything that you'd expect from a gaming phone in 2019 like a powerful Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB of RAM and more. Let's check it out. To start with, the Black Shark 2 packs a 6.39-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 2340×1080 pixels resolution. It's doesn't have a 90Hz display like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the display takes advantage of features like “Fast Finger” and “Magic Touchh”, and has a 43.5ms response time. The “Magic Press” tech, in case you're wondering, works like Apple's 3D display, meaning you'll be able to press down harder on the display to actuate different functions. © Black Shark Internally, the Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's 7nm Snapdragon 855 chipset, coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It also features Liquid Cooling 3.0 for even improved heat dissipation. There are 2 vapour chambers and a copper plate inside the phone to keep things cool while gaming. As for the optics, the Black Shark 2 sports dual rear cameras with a 48MP (f/1.75) primary sensor and 12MP (f/2.2) secondary sensor. On the front, there's a 20MP (f/2.0) selfie shooter. The phone also comes equipped with a huge 4,000 mAh battery for which Black Shark is also including a USB Type-C 27W fast-charger. © YouTube All these beefy internals are packed inside a body that looks kickass from the outside. The company says the phone's ergonomic design resembles that of a sports car. Seriously, the Black Shark 2 looks like a true gaming phone with its curvaceous build and metal+glass design. Oh BTW, the phone also comes with LED strips on the edges and a glowing Black Shark logo at the back. Black Shark 2 Accessories In addition to the phone itself, the company also showcased a bunch of accessories to go along with it. There's a fancy cooling fan attachment and switch-style dual controllers. Lastly, you can also get an HDMI to USB Type-C cable and use the “console mode” to hook it up to, say, a TV. Pricing and Availability The Black Shark 2 gaming phone has been launched at Rs. 39,999 in India for the base variant with 6GB RAM & 128GB storage. You can also get your hands on the 8GB+128GB variant for Rs. 49,999. The phone will exclusively be available for sale on Flipkart from 4th June.
  17. 'Gaming Addiction' is something that we've been hearing a lot lately, thanks to the influx of popular online multiplayer titles like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite and more. But if you find yourself locked in a room gaming all the time ignoring the world, then you have a serious illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That's right, WHO has revised the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), and it now, for the first time, includes 'Gaming Disorder' as an addictive behavior disorder. The revision takes effect on January 1, 2022. © Pexels The International Classification of Diseases is a system for classifying diseases and disorders for purposes of epidemiological research, health care management and billing, and clinical treatment. There's a chapter that's set aside for “mental, behavioral or neurodevelopmental disorders,” and gaming is listed there now. You'd be surprised to find out that 'Gaming Disorder' is now listed right after 'Gambling' in ICD-11 and uses the description word-for-word, replacing “gambling” with “gaming”. It says, “Gaming Disorder is a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior ('digital gaming' or 'video-gaming'), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline.” The proposed disorder manifests in three different ways - © Pexels Those with gaming disorder may show “impaired control over gaming,” “increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities,” and “continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurence of negative consequences.” In response to WHO's decision, a lot of industry experts from around the world called out the organisation and asked to rethink its decision. “It's not based on sufficiently robust evidence”, the experts said. Well, we don't know about the experts, but we do believe that we all should collectively do something about “gaming disorder” and the growing concerns around it. We can't let games like PUBG Mobile mess up relationships and put people's lives in jeopardy. It needs to be stopped.
  18. The good folks over at Tencent Games have been working hard to bring some of the most popular games to mobile phones. They first started off with PUBG Mobile, which turned out to be a staggering success. The company also worked with Activision to bring 'Call of Duty' to mobile phones. Now, if the new reports are anything to go by, then it looks like Tencent is working with its US unit Riot Games to develop a mobile version of 'League of Legends', the world's most popular game. That's right, it looks like you'll soon be able to play 'League of Legends' on your mobile phones, and it's a huge deal. © Riot Games According to Reuters, multiple sources have confirmed that the mobile version of 'League of Legends' is Tencent's next big project. In fact, the company is said to have been working on the game for over a year now. The sources noted that Riot Games had declined Tencent's proposal to make the mobile version of 'League of Legends' years ago, following which the developer made multiple similar offerings like 'Honour of Kings', 'Arena of Valor', etc. The 'Honour of Kings', in case you don't know, was launched back in 2015 and became the world's highest grossing multiplayer online battle arena game. © Riot Games 'League of Legends' is nearly ten-years-old and is said to be the most popular title with a long history. “'League of Legends' is like the World Cup, whereas 'Honour of Kings' is just the Asia Cup,” one of the sources said. Right now, we're not entirely sure when this mobile version of the game will launch. However, it'll most likely bring in more Asian players, who're known to play more mobile games over desktop or console. Needless to say, it'll also pour in more revenue. 'League of Legends' brought in $1.4 billion in revenue last year, which is just insane. Source: Reuters
  19. When Activision announced the Call of Duty Mobile, I was kind of sceptical. As excited as I was, it mostly sounded as if Activision was trying to jump the bandwagon of PUBG Mobile. The last thing I wanted was Activision and Tencent fleshing out a half-baked title. Well, the battle royale mode of Call of Duty Mobile went live yesterday for beta users on Android, so I decided to check it out. Honestly, it only took me just a few rounds of the game to realise that it's very different from PUBG Mobile. In a good way. In fact, I'd say it's exceptional. Here's why I think so: © Call of Duty Mobile A 'Scout' Or A 'Clown'? Pick Your Poison! As soon as you start the battle royale mode, you won't be dropped in a server for matchmaking. Instead, you'll get an option to select and customise your loadout, which I found to be very similar to the Team Deathmatch mode of the game. Within the loadout screen, you can also choose to select your 'Class'. © Call of Duty Mobile Yes, there are a total of six classes to choose from. You can either play as a Scout, Clown, Medic, Ninja, Defender or Mechanic. Depending on the class you choose, you'll get special perks. Playing as a 'Scout', for instance, you'll get a 'Sensor Dart', with which you can see the hostile position in the radar map. As a 'Medic' you'll be able to set up a medical station that heals you and allies continuously. Yes, it's very similar to the 'Lifeline' Legend in Respawn's 'Apex Legends'. I am not going to get into details and spoil the fun, so I suggest you check out other classes and their perks once you get your hands on the title when it arrives. It's awesome! © Call of Duty Mobile The ability to select the class of your player by itself is a huge differentiator which makes this game very different, and in fact, much better than PUBG. Don't get me wrong, PUBG's simple BR approach isn't bad. But I was kind of getting bored with it. If you're too, then you'll love the Call of Duty Mobile's Battle Royale mode. Where We Droppin' Once you select your loadout and you're good to go, you'll find yourself in the lobby waiting for other players to join in. You'll then be joining 100 other players before getting dropped into the map. If you're playing in a squad or duos, one of the players will be a designated 'Jump Leader', who'll get the players to a select spot in the map. Again, very similar to Apex Legends' 'Jump Master' feature. © Call of Duty Mobile Instead of taking a parachute, as you would in PUBG Mobile, here you'll be gliding down with the help of a wingsuit. Is it better? Hell yes! I was able to fly across the map and land exactly where I wanted to every single time. It's quick and incredibly smooth. From there on, it's pretty much the same gameplay experience. You'll have to collect weapons and other loot and jump right into the action. Your character will automatically pick up all the necessary items from the ground, so you don't really have to worry about it. Just make sure you improvise and look for better loot as you progress through the game. I want to say the experience is very similar to PUBG, but that's not really the case. A Tactical Shootout Call of Duty Mobile offers a military-style tactical experience. Unlike PUBG Mobile's fancy skins, all players are well-camouflaged from the start, so it's incredibly hard to find out where they are. You really have to rely on the sound of the footsteps or their weapons. © Call of Duty Mobile Depending on the 'Class' you chose earlier in the game, you'll be able to use the perks and get some tactical advantage too. I spent most of the time playing as a 'Scout' player, so I was constantly using it to scan the area and find enemies. It was a lot of fun. The game also has vehicles, and trust me, there are a lot of them. From a two-person ATV to a squad Helicopter, there's literally a lot to choose from. Just make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. © Call of Duty Mobile Before wrapping it up, I'd also like to point out that you can revive your teammates even once they've died. Yes, this isn't something you can do in PUBG Mobile. In Call of Duty Mobile, you can pick up your dead teammate's 'Dogtag' and revive them to bring them back into the action. It's very similar to how you can revive your teammates in some modern battle royale titles like Apex Legends, Fortnite, etc. The Final Say Call of Duty Mobile is a kickass battle royale title that lets you explore to your fullest abilities. It's unlike any other tactical game I've played on mobile, so I'll give full marks for that. If you've played Call Of Duty 4's 'Blackout' mode on PC, Xbox One or PS4, then you'll find yourself right at home. It's very similar to that, which is just awesome. As I mentioned earlier, I was getting bored with PUBG Mobile, to be honest, so I had an amazing time with all the new features like the ability to select classes, customise loadout, etc. If you're bored of PUBG Mobile or Fortnite too, then you'll have a great time slaying enemies in Call of Duty Mobile. Well, at least until there's a new battle royale game in town.
  20. Well, we're pretty sure you're sick of all the unfortunate news surrounding PUBG Mobile during the course of the last few months. From people getting arrested to some of them even losing their lives, we've literally seen it all. As it turns out, even Tencent Games (developer of PUBG Mobile) is tired of all that bad press and has introduced a new feature to curb gaming addiction. Yes, the developers have introduced a new feature called 'Gameplay Management' that seeks to restrict how much young users are allowed to play the game. © PUBG With this new feature in place, the players who mark themselves as under 18 will receive an advisory when they start the game saying “those under 18 should avoid over-engaging”. In addition to that, the game will also send pop-up alerts at intervals telling them to put down their phones and take a break. Much needed, isn't it? In an official statement, Tencent Games manager Vincent Wang said, “Our team wants to ensure our community is equipped to make informed choices when it comes to 'PUBG Mobile. It's our proactive step in ensuring that hundreds of millions of players worldwide can continue to enjoy 'PUBG Mobile' in a sustainable manner." This new 'Gameplay Management' feature has already been deployed in countries like Indonesia, India, Nepal, the UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. We hope it arrives in other countries soon too. © PUBG We aren't seeing this feature for the first time, BTW. The Chinese version of PUBG Mobile already had a similar feature that restricted young players to spend too much time in the game. In fact, it's said that the Chinese government had even provided Tencent with limited access to the national citizen database so they can verify a particular person's age. Anyway, we really hope this new feature proves to be useful and the young players manage to take some time off the game.
  21. EA's new battle royale title became a breakaway gaming hit of this year. The game quickly became one of the top titles of 2019 by attracting over 50 million players in just a few months' time. Now, the company wants to bring it to mobile devices. Yes, it's finally happening. In its earnings call, EA noted that “it's in advanced negotiations to bring Apex Legends to China and to mobile.” Unfortunately, they don't have an ETA for the same, but we believe that it'll arrive sooner rather than later. After all, they'd want to continue the momentum of the game and attract some players to take on the likes of PUBG Mobile and Fortnite. © Respawn EA didn't confirm whether it's planning to bring the game to both Android or iOS, but we assume the game will arrive on both platforms. It is, however, worth pointing out that the game may arrive first on iOS before making its way to Android. Given the success of Fortnite and PUBG Mobile on mobile platforms, it only makes to sense bring the game to both platforms. © Respawn Anyway, let's hope Apex Legends doesn't end up becoming a new found addiction for mobile gamers. Seriously, the last thing we want to see is people getting arrested for playing games. But let's face it, PUBG Mobile is going to have some serious competition because a lot of playing ditched PUBG to play Apex Legends when it arrived on PC and consoles earlier this year. Source: Gameinformer
  22. There hasn't been a crazy PUBG Mobile news about people getting arrested, or someone losing their life playing the game in a long time. Yes, we thought the PUBG Mobile addiction storm had settled, until we heard the news about this crazy woman who's now seeking a divorce from her husband. Why, you ask? Well, it looks like he attempted to stop her from playing the game. As bizarre as it sounds, we hate to admit that it's a real thing. A woman in the UAE has sought a divorce from her husband over a battle royale game. Welcome to 2019? According to Gulf News, the director of the social center at Ajman Police, Captain Wafa Khalil Al Hosani told that they recently received this case where a woman in her 20s wanted to divorce her husband over not being allowed to play PUBG Mobile. Apparently, the husband noticed his wife's increasing addiction to the game. He then decided to stop her from playing it so she could focus on the family. The woman, according to the captain, justified her demand for divorce by saying that she was being deprived of her right to choose her means of entertainment. She said, “she derived pleasure and comfort from the game”. © Tencent She also noted that her game timings were well under limits, and she had disabled the chat option to stay away from strangers during the games. The man, however, maintained his stand and noted said he wasn't trying to deprive her of anything. He just wanted to take the necessary measures and keep the family together. He clearly didn't see the divorce coming, did he?
  23. PUBG Mobile is currently one of the most popular games in the country, with millions of active players, and a fair share of controversies. They all go hard when it comes to all the customization and in-game rewards, so Tencent has decided to launch new subscription packages with better rewards. With the latest PUBG Mobile update 0.11.5, the new Prime and Prime Plus subscription are now live in India. These new subscription packages will allow players to purchase Unknown Cash (UC), discounts, and also the option to buy items with Battle Points (BP). The option to buy these subscription packages should show up as soon as you start the game. Here are all the details - © PUBG Corp. Both PUBG Mobile Prime and Prime Plus subscription will get you particulars like UC and the option to buy items with BP. Of course, the rewards are going to be greater with the Prime Plus subscription over the regular Prime subscription. So, with Prime Plus subscription, you'll get the option to keep the items purchased with BP permanently, more UC, RP, etc. What's not included in the Prime subscription are daily free RP points, and other miscellaneous items like one-day advance room card, premium crate coupon, and more. So you'll essentially be shelling out more on the Prime Plus subscription for additional rewards. © PUBG Corp. The PUBG Mobile Prime and Prime Plus subscription package price for Android-based devices starts from Rs 85 per day. For Prime Plus, you'll have to pay Rs 400 per month and the amount goes up to Rs 850 after the first month. For iOS users, the monthly subscription is for Rs 79 and Rs 419 for Prime and Prime Plus respectively. The amount for Prime Plus goes up to Rs 799 after a month.
  24. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has been in hot waters for a while now in India. From being banned to people getting arrested for playing it while the ban was in force, there has been a lot of chit-chat about the game. But now after a lot of criticism on social media, the ban imposed by the state of Gujarat on PUBG Mobile has finally been lifted. The decision came straight from the police commissioner A K Singh, after taking feedback from the public. © PUBG Corp. “Today is the last day of the proclamation we had issued. Yesterday, this matter came up for review and we decided that as the exam session is over and the direct trigger to initiating the action is not valid any more, we will not renew the proclamation. We have also taken public reaction into account, said the commissioner.' The game, in case you don't know, was banned for being violent and for inciting violence. It was also leading to accidental deaths, kids stealing money to buy in-game items, and more. Of course, banning the game wasn't an ideal solution, but that's apparently what the majority of people wanted. © PUBG Corp. Well, now that the ban has been lifted, let's not get carried away and spend all of our time playing it. It's high time that we, the players of the game, give it some thought and take some responsibility of our actions. Unless you are looking to dive in professionally, gaming is just a form of entertainment. Too much of it is not good for both your physical as well as mental health. As it turns out, you may even end up getting a game banned or end up in a jail for playing too much. So, let's focus on creating a healthy gaming environment, and enjoy ourselves while we are at it.
  25. Last week Rajkot police issued a notification to ban PUBG Mobile citing the game to be 'addictive' and harmful for youngsters. Well, if you thought that people would get away playing the game after the ban, then guess what? You were wrong. Within just five days, Rajkot police have arrested 10 youngsters for playing the battle royale game and violating the ban in different parts of the city like Junagadh, Nana Mava Road, Vaswani Road, Atmiya College Road and Jagannath Chowk areas. All these youngsters were aged between 19 and 25 years, and they were playing the game in a public place. © PUBG Mobile The accused were arrested and their mobile phones were seized. They were released on bail later. However, it does send out a stern message that the ban won't remain just on paper. While speaking to TOI, Police Inspector VS Vanzara of Rajkot taluka police station said, “All these students were arrested for violating the notification issued by police commissioner. They were released on bail later.” The ban notification, in case you're wondering, was issued on March 7 by the Rajkot police commissioner, and it's currently in effect in the city. Anyone caught playing the game would be liable to action under sections 144 and 37(3).
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