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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. When it comes to gaming and audio, most gamers tend to choose an over-the-head headset that delivers great surround sound. I use one myself. However, I find it extremely difficult to use one when playing on mobile or even my iPad. There are quite a few options out there that you can use but not many come in an earbud form. The HyperX Cloud Earbuds are one of those that wants to challenge its bigger brothers and has crafted earbuds for people who like to game on the go. These earbuds in our initial use provide balanced sound with a profile that makes it ideal for daily use. It comes with a case to store the earbuds so that you don't get them easily tangled and offers one of the best overall experience when it comes to portability. I've been using the earbuds particularly for playing PUBG mobile and even when playing single-player games on the PlayStation 4. It has a solid mic for communication with fellow teammates and can also be used for listening to music. The earbuds come with various fit options so that it can fit snug as a bug for every ear type. Design © HyperX In terms of design, the Cloud Earbuds have a very long wire, approximately four feet and has black rubberised earbuds.The tips are grey in colour, has triangular attachments and is translucent. The earbuds also have something along the lines of 'wings' that basically aides in keeping the earbuds in place within your ear. It's a very popular design that has been seen previously is music oriented earphones like the 1More Triple driver earphones; however, this is the first time we've seen something like this from HyperX. Apart from the basic design, the earbuds look fairy similar to other earbuds you may have seen before. You can however adjust the length of the words thanks to a plastic clip. There's even a button that can be used for various purposes such as making calls, play/pause music or even fire up Google Assistant. The beauty of these earbuds is that it can double up as a regular earphone as well. How Is It For Gaming? © YouTube Even though the HyperX earbuds look fairly simple and regular, the earbuds are compatible with any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Having said that, regular earphones often have the bass boosted or has muddled sound which is not the case with these earbuds. It provides the best sound balance possible with more emphasis on sound effects. When playing PUBG mobile, I could clearly hear my enemy's footsteps that gave me the extra edge. © HyperX The HyperX earbuds can also be used for gaming on consoles such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While playing Apex Legends and Red Dead Redemption 2, the sounds were crisp, clear and full of substance. The microphone was also great to use on the PlayStation 4 as friends in my party could hear me clearly without any muffled sounds. Having a goof microphone is essential for online gaming and the HyperX Cloud earbuds have nailed it in this department. Music As we mentioned before, these earbuds puts more emphasis on sound effects and when it comes to music, that statement remains true. We listened to some Weeknd, Drake and George Fitzgerald where the sound was not up to the mark as compared to other earphones. It puts vocals at the front and centre which is alright if you listen to a lot of pop music. However, I would not listen to bass heavy tracks on these earbuds if I were you. The Final Say For Rs 5,990, the HyperX Cloud Earbuds is the perfect investment for mobile gamers. If you want that extra edge when playing PUBG mobile or any other competitive game on your phone, you shouldn't look any further. While it is primarily meant for mobile gaming, you can even use it for single-player games on consoles.
  5. Tencent is probably not happy about the state of PUBG Mobile in India, as the game has found itself in the news for all the wrong reasons. The negative stories around the game have been pilling up and it doesn't seem to be getting better as a new story has showed up online. © PUBG According to a new report, a 15-year-old boy in Jalandhar has apparently stolen Rs 50,000 from his father's account to spend on PUBG Mobile. The teenager, who's a student of class 10th, used the money to buy himself a gamepad to play the title. As for the rest of the money, he is said to have spent it on the game's cosmetic items like skins, weapons, etc. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The matter was brought to light when the father filed a complaint with the local police. As it turns out, the boy used his father's account to transfer money to his friend's Paytm account, which was later used to buy the items online. The boy has since confessed on the matter and even revealed that he had deleted all the OTPs and transaction texts to keep his father in the dark. The cyber cell ended up launching an investigation, but the father dropped all the charges after discovering that his son was behind the whole fiasco. No wonder PUBG Mobile has been receiving a lot of flak lately. It's incidents like these that puts the game in a weird spot. In case you don't know, the game was recently banned by the Rajkot Police, and the authorities might take the necessary actions against the players found playing it in the banned region. Source: Hindustantimes
  6. If you have been following the news around PUBG, then you are probably aware of the fact that it's been receiving a lot of flak for being highly addictive. Earlier this year, the Gujarat government banned school kids from playing PUBG, and now, it looks like the Surat district administration has imposed a ban on PUBG Mobile because of the increase in violent behaviour among the children. According to the administration, the game was affecting the academic performance of the students The circular to ban the game has reportedly been sent to a number of primary education officers of the district. The primary objective is to reduce the number of cases coming from PUBG Mobile addiction. As per the notice, the ban will be imposed in Rajkot from March 9 to April 30. Anyone can file a complaint and inform the nearest police station against whoever is playing the game. The police is said to take action under the Central Government Act Section 188. © Tencent Mobile Jagruti Pandya, Chairperson of Gujarat Child rights body, has also issued a recommendation to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in order to ban PUBG Mobile in the state. Jagruti was quoted saying, "The NCPCR had sent a letter to all the states and recommended a ban on the game. All the states are required to implement it. Looking at the negative effects of the game, we had recently sent a letter to the state government recommending a ban on the game." Source: Timesnownews
  7. Tencent Games recently pushed an update for PUBG Mobile, which introduced zombies in the game as a part of their limited time event. It's a result of a collaboration between 'Resident Evil 2' and Tencent, and it's quite intense. You might want to check out some tips and tricks to survive the zombie attack. If the YouTube creator MrGhost Gaming is to be believed, then it looks like we'll be getting a new zombie mode where the players themselves might get to become zombies. © PUBG Corporation Yes, you read that right. PUBG Mobile could soon be getting an update following which you'll be able to play as a zombie and hunt down other normal players. There's no official word from PUBG Corp. or Tencent as of now, but the mode is being speculated to arrive with the next update. © PUBG Corporation In one of his recent video, MrGhost Gaming claims that PUBG Mobile published a Facebook post last month collecting feedback and new ideas for the zombie mode. The post seems to have been deleted now as we couldn't find it on PUBG Mobile's official page, but the video does suggest that the developers were onto something similar. © PUBG mobile/MrGhostGaming As a zombie, you won't be able to pick up any weapons or other items, and you'll be dealing with the human opponents using only melee attacks. It's also being speculated that this new mode might be made available in custom rooms, so you can play with your friends. It is said to arrive with the version 0.13 or the 0.14 of the game, so keep your eyes peeled for the same.
  8. PUBG Mobile is undoubtedly one of the most popular titles which you can play on both Android and iOS devices. Millions of players are showing up on PUBG's servers to play the game on a daily basis. Despite the staggering success, the game's developer and publisher Tencent Games is currently dealing with a lot of criticism, thanks to the reports which claim that the game is highly addictive and is affecting the mental health of the players. © Tencent Mobile Following the serious backlash, Tencent Games has now decided to impose a digital lock that will lock out players under the age of 13. Tencent Games is said to have imposed the restriction to support the Chinese government's crackdown on gaming addiction, and players below 13 years of age will need a parent or guardian's permission to play. Tencent is said to be using technologies like facial recognition and player ID checks to ascertain the age and identities of the players. They are using similar technology to ban players in 'Honour of Kings', which is yet another popular Tencent Games title. In addition to the digital lock, Tencent has already imposed limits on how long players can play the game, streaming restriction, and more. © PUBG Corporation As of now, only the Chinese version of the game seems to have the digital lock. The ban has been imposed in 12 Chinese cities including Beijing, Chengdu, and Changchun. But considering how Indian parents have been complaining about the game's addictive nature, we think it's only a matter of time until we see a similar digital lock being imposed on the Indian version of the game as well. In a statement released following the backlash, Tencent said, "To foster a healthy and balanced in-game environment, we are developing numerous new features and enhancements which enables us to provide an environment for players to enjoy PUBG Mobile in a rewarding and responsible manner. We are honoured to have a passionate community of PUBG Mobile players in India and globally and continue to welcome their feedback to make PUBG Mobile the best game ever!" Source: Xinhuanet
  9. Now that Season 4 on PUBG mobile is coming to an end in two days, the Battle Royale game is all set to bring new content for the upcoming season. © MensXP Tencent Gaming, the company behind the mobile version of PUBG is yet to release the official patch noted, however, information about the new season has been leaked. The new update is expected very soon and here's everything you need to know about PUBG Mobile Season 5: 1. Fire Theme Leaked stuff for season 5 with background leaks from Reddit credit to @minisideman pic.twitter.com/o9voaWBwPE — PubgmCommunity (@PubgmCommunity) January 10, 2019 Images for the content that will be used in Season 5 have been leaked, even though it is yet to be made official. Some images of cosmetics, weapon skins and unlockable items have been leaked. One of the images shows a burning forest, which indicates that the game may follow a theme of fire. Now that the winter and snow theme has been used in the previous update, this speculation sounds quite plausible. 2. New Outfits Also clothing that most likely will be coming along with season 5 pic.twitter.com/OwvN3R5yvA — PubgmCommunity (@PubgmCommunity) January 10, 2019 One of the more prominent leaks surrounding PUBG Mobile Season 5 has to do with some exciting outfits. There's going to be a birthday cake costume (sounds outlandish), a full-gold bodysuit and some traditional Japanese outfits. 3. New Weapon Skins More leaked skins. pic.twitter.com/IvfiL8DMXe — PubgmCommunity (@PubgmCommunity) January 12, 2019 Along with new outfits, weapon skins are also going to be a part of the new update. This includes gold skins for UMP and AKM, a black and white dragon skin for the Kar98k, and more. Skins for vehicles are also finding their way online where we will see an ice cream truck skin for the Volkswagen van. 4. A New Weapon Here is 0.10.5 update preview 1. New Royale Pass Season 5 2. MK47 Mutant 3. Laser Sight 4. Vikendi Custom Room Other small changes like Old voice back and now you can mute spawn island broadcast etc. pic.twitter.com/Ihyz94Aiiz — Shahid Khan (@shahidkhan1137) January 12, 2019 We will finally see the addition of a new weapon in the next update. The Season 5 will bring the MK47 Mutant assault rifle which has already been available in PUBG PC. © Twitter The patch that will add Season 5 to the game will be called PUBG Mobile Patch 0.10.5, however, details about its availability are not known yet. However, if previous updates are any indication, the new season will start to roll out a few days after Season 4 ends i.e. January 17th.
  10. PUBG has taken over the Indian gaming scene ever since it was available for free on smartphones. In fact, the game has seen over 200 million downloads and since then brought the PUBG MOBILE India Series 2019 tournaments to India. © OPPO The tournament has a total prize pool of Rs 1 Crore where the highest prize will be Rs 30 Lakhs for a team. The tournament is being sponsored by OPPO and if you want to take part in the tournament, registrations are open until January 23, 2019. After registrations, players will have to compete against other squads and there are no limits on the number of teams participating. The in-game qualifier will begin from January 21st to January 28th and will be followed by Online Playoffs with 2000 teams. The grand finale will be held on 10th March with the final 20 teams. Previously in October 2018, OPPO had sponsored India's biggest eSports Championship - 'Player Unknown's Battlegrounds MOBILE Campus Championship 2018' with a prize pool of INR 50 lakhs. The championship saw over 250,000 registrations over the span of three weeks from 1000+ colleges spread across 30 cities. © MensXP In order to play, your PUBG Mobile account should be above level 20 and is open to all Indian residents. The tournament will be a squad-only battle and players will have to compete in different maps. The winning team of the tournament will win Rs 30 lake while Rs 10 lakh is reserved for the second spot. The third-placed team will receive Rs 5 lakhs There are several individual awards in the grand finals set to be won as well â MVP Award – Awarded to the player with maximum number of MVP â The Exterminators – Awarded to the team with maximum kills â The Healers – Awarded to the team with the highest number of revives â The Redeemer – Awarded to the player with the highest amount of health restored â The Lone Ranger – Awarded to the player with the maximum survival time â The Rampage Freak – Awarded to the player for the maximum number of kills in one game. Will you be taking part in this tournament? Let us know in the comments if you want to win Rs 30 lakhs and of course a Chicken Dinner.
  11. Indian students, especially ones in college are familiar with the term 'ban'. From mobile ban to fun ban, the list goes on forever. PUBG or 'PlayerUnknown's Battleground' is a widely popular game that has changed the way we play games on our mobile phones. When you club these two trends, you get a PUBG Ban! An image of what seems to be a legal notice has been doing the rounds on Facebook stating that PUBG Mobile has been banned in India. It mentions that the game is "creating a lot of nuisance and irrespective activities and many students spoiling their own lives". © In wider circulation Even though the circumstances would make us believe the PUBG Mobile ban notice is for real, looking at the details makes us question the authenticity of the letter. While this may sound legitimate, it's completely fake. Firstly, there is no authority called "High Court of Maharashtra". Secondly, a judge named K. Srinivasulu doesn't exist according to Gadgets360. Incorporating ellipsis (three dots) is another instance of proving that it is not a professional document. © PUBG Corp From the first impression of the circular, it becomes pretty evident that the circular is not an official one. There are a lot of grammatical mistakes, and even the format does not match with the previous official circulars of the Indian judiciary system. For now, you have nothing to worry about. PUBG is running perfectly fine, available for download and nobody can enforce you to stop playing it right now. The Vikendi map is available as well, as it's always fun to play with snow, especially around the Christmas. © Reddit Though, other smaller organisations have taken a hard stance against playing PUBG. Students of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) aren't allowed to play the game on campus or in the hostel because the warden issued a particularly threatening circular. On the sidelines, PUBG Corp has shut down around 30,000 accounts accused of using Radar Hack cheat codes on their battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battleground or PUBG on Thursday. The Radar Hack is a cheat that allows players to see the positions of all other players on the map, giving them an instant advantage.
  12. Gaming is becoming a huge category in India for companies to launch peripherals that cater to gamers. With massive growth in mobile gaming in India, there's now a need for dependable headphones and earphones that cater to games like PUBG. HyperX has launched the Cloud Earbuds specifically for mobile gamers. © HyperX The earbuds offer a far better sound experience than a normal headphone/earphone you would normally use. The earbuds include a rubberized, tangle-free cable connection that features a 90-degree angled plug optimized for handheld mode. For added mobile convenience, the in-line mic can also be used for mobile calls and features convenient single button control for calls and streaming media. © HyperX The earbuds are compatible with most gadgets that have a 3.5mm jack (CTIA Standard connector). These earbuds are outfitted with Hi-Fi capable 14mm drivers that should result in clearer highs, mids and lows. If you want to know more details about the earbuds, here are the full specifications below. Specifications Headphone o Driver: Dynamic 14mm with neodymium magnets o Frequency response: 20Hz–20,000Hz o Impedance: 65 Ω o Sound pressure level: 116dBSPL/mW at 1kHz o T.H.D.: < 2% o Weight: 19g o Cable type and length: 4 pole, 1.2m In-Line Microphone o Element: Electret condenser microphone o Polar pattern: Omni-directional o Frequency response: 100Hz-6,300 Hz o Sensitivity: -42dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz) HyperX Cloud Earbuds is priced at Rs 5,990 (MRP) and is available in retail and e-tail stores with a two-year warranty.
  13. Now that PUBG Mobile has got the update for the new map, many users are impatiently waiting for the new 'Vikendi' Snow Map. The new update brought some new features such as reporting suspicious behaviour from spectator mode. However, the new map is generating a lot of excitement amongst users. © PUBG The Vikendi snow map is a 6x6km map that is smaller than Miramar and Erangel while being larger than Sanhok. Even though the update has been rolled out, the new map is not currently available to play for users. PUBG Mobile official Twitter account has now detailed information about Vikendi and its availability. © PUBG The new map will be available on PUBG Mobile from December 20 at 5:30 AM (IST); however, it will not be available for matchmaking straight away. The map will be available to users for matchmaking exactly 24 hours after its availability i.e. December 21 at 5:30 AM (IST). Cruise around in #Vikendi. Available on December 20th 00:00 UTC for download, and on 21st 00:00 UTC for matchmaking! https://t.co/0T7kURtAzz pic.twitter.com/VfNXI8Yfra — PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) December 18, 2018 © PUBG The new map will be available with all the classic features such as solo, squad and duo modes. There are even new vehicles such as a snowmobile that can be used to traverse Vikendi's environment. You can even see footprints/vehicle tracks of enemies on the snow for the purpose of tracking. This newly added feature of tracking is said to bring a breath of fresh air to the already popular battle royale game. Along with the map and vehicles, PUBG Mobile is also introducing a new weapon called the G36C Assault Rifle (AR). The new AR is going to replace the uber-popular weapon SCAR-L for the VIkendi map.
  14. Yesterday, PUBG Mobile servers were down in order to accommodate the new snow map that is being introduced to the game today. Now that the servers are back online after maintenance, you can now update your game to get the latest features and the new Vikendi map. © PUBG In order to play the latest map and take advantage of the new servers, you will first need to update your game from the Google Play Store or the Apple App store. The update size is 1.6 GB and once you have downloaded the update, you will have the latest version i.e. 0.10.0. You will also need to update in-game in order to start playing the new map. © YouTube The latest update is now rolling out and there are some changes introduced in the game. For example, users will now be able to report suspicious behaviour after they die as they will now be able to spectate the enemy. The new snow map is 6km by 6km in size and is smaller than other maps in the game with the exception of Sanhok. Other updates include support for Arabic language and cross-server matchmaking. Users will also get other rewards if the game is updated before December 25. In order to encourage players to play the new map, Tencent gaming will offer an Outfit Box (7d) and in-game credits of 1,888 BP. © YouTube Do keep in mind that even though the new update is rolling out, the new map won't be available to play yet. The availability is scheduled sometime this week and some sources suggest it will be available to the public on December 20th. Having said that, the above features part of the update will be active for the game with the ability to play the Vikendi map soon. For more details about the update, you can read our overview here.
  15. PUBG, more specifically the 'PUBG Mobile', is the most popular game on the planet and has gathered quite some steam in India. A new update that was released for the PC version of the game introduced a new map called Vikendi. The new map is covered with snow where players can track each other in the snow. © YouTube The new map is now coming to PUBG Mobile with some of the features. For example, the green ghillie suit has now been replaced with a similar outfit but is completely white. This will let users blend in with the snow environment to get an added advantage over enemies. The feature to track enemies may not be able to make it on the Mobile version as it is graphics intensive and requires a lot of juice which smartphones lack. The new map will also have snowmobiles for users to traverse the environments and also introduce new weapons. © YouTube PUBG mobile servers will not be active today as Tencent will be applying the new update and the new map to its servers from 5:30 am to 2:30 pm IST. The new update will also provide rewards for players who update their games before 25th December. Tencent will be giving away Outfit Box III and 1,888 BP points for users who will update the game before the above-mentioned date. © PUBG The new map will be available from the main menu and PUBG mobile will also get a new snow theme. New important features now include giving users the ability to report suspicious behaviour while spectating after dying. PUBG Mobile's new version will also get added Season spending rewards and added Firearms Finish Upgrade system.
  16. Now that smartphones are capable of handling games with high fidelity graphics, smartphone companies are now looking to launch gaming-centric phones. PUBG Mobile has grown exponentially in the Indian subcontinent and the ROG smartphone is banking on its success. The ROG smartphone is India's first gaming smartphone that competes with the Razer Phone, Xiaomi's Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic. ROG © ASUS ROG stands for 'Republic of Gamers', a division in ASUS that makes high-end gaming PC components such as motherboards and cases. The company is now trying to replicate the same ethos on the ROG smartphone that has all the bells and whistles including RGB lighting. It has a very distinct aggressive look that screams 'Gamer smartphone' when you look at it from every angle. It has RBG lighting at the back that can be customised just like you would on a motherboard and has two USB Type-C ports for better functionality when gaming. Specifications The ASUS ROG smartphone has specs under the hood you would expect from a flagship smartphone. It as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor clocked at 2.96 GHz (the fastest speed-binned 845 SoC) and is coupled with 8GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage, the smartphone comes in one configuration for India i.e. 128GB. To back up these components, the ASUS ROG phone has a 4,000 mAh battery which is enough for mobile gaming and daily usage. The coolest feature of this smartphone is its display as it has a 6.0-inch AMOLED screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The cool part is that the screen has a refresh rate of 90Hz which is ideal for gamers who need that advantage while playing online shooters. Gaming Features And Accessories © BCCL To make things for gamers, ASUS ROG phone has air triggers on the body of the smartphone that acts as additional buttons. The ultrasonic touch sensors can be configured to specific keys in a game to perform certain actions. It basically acts as shoulder buttons i.e. L1/R1 you would see on PlayStation controllers. ASUS has also incorporated a GameCool vapour-chamber cooling system, to keep the innards cool when gaming. It comes with a detachable AeroActive Cooler for extra cooling in the ROG Phone. Other accessories include TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode (works like Nintendo 3DS), a Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming and a Gamevice controller. © BCCL The ROG Phone also has a specific gaming called the 'X mode'. When turned on, it basically boosts up the performance of the smartphone and hides all notification that may interrupt gameplay. It also pushes the clock speed on the processor for a smoother gaming experience. Pricing And Availability The ASUS ROG phone will retail in India for Rs 69,990 (8GB+128GB) and will be available exclusively via Flipkart. Accessories like the Professional Dock will be available at Rs 5,499, GameVice at Rs 5,999, TwinView Dock at Rs 21,999, Desktop Dock at Rs 12,999, and ROG Phone Case at Rs 2,499.
  17. 'PUBG', the battle royale game that has become a huge mobile game in India has now seen more downloads than any other game on iOS and Android. The game's popularity led to Playtopia to conduct a tournament for college students in Bangalore. The tournament was organised in partnership with the creators of the mobile version of PUBG i.e. Tencent games. The tournament saw 2.5 lakh participants from over 1,000 colleges across 30 cities. © Playtonia The winning prize pool for the tournament was Rs 50 Lakh while the winning team i.e. 'The Terrifying Nightmares' from Mumbai got a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh. There was also at least 3,00 people in attendance at the tournament. Playtonia involved over 200 students through its Playtonia Ambassador Program for promoting the championships across 1000 colleges across India. This resulted in extensive response and within a span of 2 weeks. © Playtonia 'PUBG' has become one of the ultra-popular games in India that have been a part of the mobile gaming boom in India. eSports analytics provider Newzoo reports that 89% of all mobile game revenues come from India. India is currently the fastest-growing mobile games market in the world and is set to grow from a revenue of $1.1 billion in 2018 to $2.4 billion in 2020.
  18. Samsung has once again stressed that it's working on making foldable phones ready for mass production and that it intends to be the first company to launch a foldable phone. The company has been working on foldable phones for years now and we've already seen many patents and leaks, suggesting that the company is close to accomplishment. "We are focused on bringing innovations favoured by consumers, rather than just becoming the world's first. In terms of the foldable phone, however, we do not want to miss the first spot," said DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division. At MWC 2018, he said the company was taking its time to polish the form factor and experience, declining to give a release date. © DJ Koh / Reuters Even Chinese phone maker Huawei is gunning for the "world's first" foldable smartphone. A recent report says development is underway and Huawei is hoping to unveil the handset in November. Apple is also said to be playing around with foldable display prototypes. The Samsung prototype, which bears the internal code name "Winner," features a screen that measures about 7-inches diagonally, according to people in the supply chain. "We want to hear that Samsung Electronics made a quality product when we showcase a foldable phone on the market," Koh said, claiming the release is getting closer. © YouTube The road to a consumer-ready foldable phone has been long and challenging from both a design and engineering perspective and it's been years now in the making. Other companies like ZTE have already introduced folding phones, as the Axon M was released in the US and features two, non-flexible displays. Koh also dismissed reports that the company has been considering combining the Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note series. He also added that the S10 won't be the first Samsung phone to sport 5G, but the company doesn't want to miss out on rolling out 5G and hence, will release a separate model. © ZTE "For the immediate future, there won't be a change in launching the S series in the first half and Note series in the second half of the year," he said. In preparation for the 5G era, Samsung is preparing for a shift from smartphones to smart devices, this may include Bixby powered smart speakers and deeper IoT integration. Source: Yonhap News
  19. Arguably one of the biggest names in Indian cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to garner praise for his brilliance on the field and gets criticised every time he fails to live up to the expectations of a billion fans. Such is India's obsession with the Jharkhand cricketer that no matter what he does - both on and off the field, it becomes a subject of public interest. A calm and cool campaigner who rarely allows his emotions to get the better of him, Dhoni is quite a private person in his life away from the playing field. While his teammates are often seen glued to their gadgets, Dhoni has often been accused of staying away from mobile phones. © BCCL In fact, there have been a lot of cricketers who've claimed in the past that it is hard to get in touch with Dhoni on the phone. Clearing the air for the very first time, the former Indian captain revealed: "Me and technology, there is a big divide. I don't use phones so much and there are lot of stories I don't pick up phones". "But I do use technology as well. When I am shown some videos, you wonder if I am playing it right. Technology has to be used in right way," the 37-year-old cricketer said. © BCCL Dhoni's reluctance to use technology was one of the main reasons why he was missing from VVS Laxman's retirement bash in 2012 which further raised questions on the rapport the two cricketers shared. "You think it's a controversy but people who know me always complained that I'm someone who is quite difficult to get hold of. That was one of the reasons why Laxmanbhai could not get hold of me," Dhoni claimed. "That's not something new. I have tried to improve but it seems I have not really improved," he added. Dhoni was part of the Indian side that defeated England 2-1 in the T20I series before suffering a loss in the ODIs. While his teammates are busy preparing for the second Test at Lord's, Dhoni will be seen in action during the 2018 Asia Cup which is slated to begin from 15th September in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  20. While the recent trend is towards Battle Royale games like PUBG and Fortnite, racing games have improved drastically as well in the last few years. The gap between the iOS and Android games has narrowed down and thanks to top-notch hardware, the games have improved massively in terms of graphics as well as controls. Much like fighting games, racers can be played with the greatest nonchalance and the utmost skill and expertise. Whether its a lap race, time trial or multiplayer real-time racing, we've got you covered. Here are the top racing games one can play on their Android / iOS mobile! 1. Need For Speed: No Limits © Electronic Arts Need For Speed: No Limits is a free racing game that delivers short but intense races as you blast through an underground street racing circuit. You can build the ride that shows your style with an unbelievable range of cars and customizations. The graphics are cutting edge and the game is well optimised for every type of hardware out there. Being free to play, NFS: No Limits features a variety of in-game and premium currency systems, as well as a fuel system. You can also earn the premium currency by participating in daily challenges. Download from Play Store 2. Hill Climb Racing 2 © Gamezebo The first iteration of the game was a blockbuster hit and players were glued to the game like no other. It features a simple premise, colorful graphics, and simple controls. You'll be racing up and down hills against opponents. Unlike the other games listed here, this one is the least resource intensive and even though the graphics are basic, it definitely does not look outdated. The game includes a campaign, an online multiplayer mode, achievements, daily tasks, and challenges. It also follows the freemium model, wherein, the game is free to play, but you may have to buy a few high-end customizations and boosters. Download from Play Store 3. Riptide GP Renegade © Vector Unit This game features a single-player career mode as well as online and local multiplayer races. As a disgraced racer, you must make a name for yourself in the illicit racing circuit while slowly climbing your way back up to the top. The other two games in the series, Riptide GP and Riptide GP 2 are also really good. Renegade is the best among them, though, and runs for $2.99 with no in-app purchases. Download from Play Store 4. Traffic Rider © Soner Kara It's a first-person motorcycle game that has you bobbing and weaving through congested traffic. Traffic Rider is all about hair-raising near-misses, with players scoring extra points or bonus time for dodging past cars and trucks. The graphics are average, they definitely don't look outdated, but aren't very detailed either. The plus point being, the game can smoothly run on low-end hardware as well. While this game isn't very addictive, it does deliver a lot of thrill. Download from Play Store 5. Asphalt Xtreme © Gameloft The latest Asphalt game takes the action off the road in Asphalt Xtreme, with players racing through canyons and dunes in a variety of game modes. The game also has licensed cars from Jeep, Ford, and Dodge. The game also features online multiplayer racing, over 400 career events, 500 mastery challenges, and limited time events to keep things interesting. This game is also based on the freemium model and there are a lot of good customizations up for sale. Download from Play Store 6. Asphalt 9: Legends © Gameloft This game features a top roster of real hypercars from manufacturers like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and W Motors. Gamers can start their street journey in Career mode by completing over 60 seasons and 800 events. Gamers can race against up to 7 rival plays from all over the world in the online multiplayer mode. It comes with improved visuals, upgraded controls, larger customisation options, and more. Players will also get an improved multiplayer interface and upgraded rewards for competing in multiplayer races. Download from Play Store
  21. We often complain about not having enough speed on 4G smartphones, however, have you ever wondered if we never had access to it at all? Cuba, a hardened communist community never allowed access to mobile internet, and has finally started to roll it out to its citizens. © Pexels It's a huge step for the little Caribbean island country that has a population of 11.5 million people. The national telecom firm, ETECSA plans to roll out access to the service by the end of 2018. At least half of the country's population will get access to mobile internet before the end of the year. Before the eventual rollout, it is prudent to point out that most of Cuba's citizens relied on a local service called “El Paquete Semanal” (the Weekly Package) to receive world news. Citizens would also resort to YouTube videos, smartphone apps and pirated movies through data traffickers that would cost money every week. © Youtube Cuba has always restricted access to the internet services and Reuters reports that until 2013, one could only get online by visiting select hotels. The connectivity would always be slow and cost $2 an hour. As of now, there are nearly 400 government run Wi-Fi hotspots available for citizens as well as cybercafes. In the past, Cubans have been able to gain access to the internet for their homes, however, even they are being asked to wait. © Pexels But not everything is rosy, as Cuba only has 3G mobile internet available as of now, which means that Cubans will not have access to the high-speed mobile internet like we get here in India. Data packages also cost a lot in Cuba as embassies reportedly pay $45 a month for 4G of data. That is an extremely high tariff considering the average state monthly wage is $30. When compared to India, some of the lowest tariff rates in the world are offered for 4G internet plans, where companies like Jio have been able to disrupt the market. It is expected that as mobile internet is made readily available for Cuba's citizens, prices are expected to drop soon. Source: Reuters
  22. A woman uses the internet on her mobile phone at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, July 10, 2018. Photo: Reuters HAVANA: Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service...
  23. Pakistani security personnel patrol outside the Alama Iqbal International Airport ahead of the arrival of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif from London, in Lahore on July 13, 2018. Photo: AFPLAHORE: Mobile and internet services have been...
  24. India is one of the few countries that completely skipped the computer age. In the developed markets, users slowly evolved; first they used the huge PCs, then laptops and then moved on to smartphones. On the other hand, only a tiny percentage of people have ever had exposure to computers or laptops in India. We joined the internet in a humungous number via the Smartphone. India has been a lucrative market for Smartphones in the last decade and there has been no sign of this trend going down, until now. The budget and midrange segment have the highest demand and occupy majority chunk of the market. This is also the reason why companies like Xiaomi, Vivo, OPPO, and Samsung have been filling up the market with as many products as possible. © Reuters While smartphones sales are booming, a silent trend has been picking up massively since last year. The Feature Phone segment, which everyone thought would die out, is making a comeback. Even the cheapest smartphone costs at least Rs 4,000 - 5,000. Jio announced the JioPhone which practically costs nothing when combined with the telecom operators data services. The end user is not only getting 4G coverage but also a supporting handset, bringing down the total cost of having an internet connected phone drastically. Jio has already announced the next iteration, JioPhone 2, which is expected to hit the market soon. © Reuters JioPhone runs on a fairly new OS called KaiOS. It is specially made for feature phones and has been running on many more devices made by TCL, HMD Global, and Micromax. Even though it is a "Feature Phone OS", it can run apps like Google Maps, Google Assistant and more integrated apps like WhatsApp, YouTube and Facebook are in the pipeline. © DeviceAtlas According to data revealed by DeviceAtlas, KaiOS has gained 15 percent market share in India over the last one year. In comparison, Apple's iOS stands at 9.3 percent. Counterpoint Research says almost 23 million KaiOS devices have been shipped so far. © KaiOS Kai Technologies Inc, the developer of KaiOS has received an investment of US$ 22 million from Google and is a part of its "Next Billion" initiative. Currently, Kai has a tech facility in Bengaluru with a team of nearly 30 engineers who are working on servicing the JioPhone. “We want to ensure that Google apps and services are available to everyone, whether they are using desktops, smartphones, or feature phones.” Anjali Joshi, vice-president, product management, Next Billion Users, said in a statement. Source: DeviceAtlas
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