Apps News - Page 5
Facebook is at it again with another app attempt at trying to kill off Snapchat, this time round reports have said that Facebook and Instagram are internally testing a new app called "Threads" which is designed for close friends.
According to The Verge, Instagram has been testing this "Threads" app which is "designed to promote constant, automatic sharing between users." On The Verge article they have posted mock-up screenshots which indicate that the app will be focused around a singular feed where friends can view each others 'stories' or 'statuses'.
The Verge also states that the app will work as a companion to your Instagram account, and will invite users to "share their location, speed, and battery life with friends, along with more typical text, photo, and video messages using Instagram's creative tools". This app will ultimately be designed at communication between your close friends on Instagram, which means it falls a direct competitor to Snapchat who says they are the app for "real friends".
For quite some time now Apple has led the way in the ease transferring files from one user to another. Now Google is about to enter the game with their own app Fast Share.
According to a report by 9to5Google, the company is currently in the works of preparing their own file sharing app. This app is designed to make the transferring of files between Android phones and Chromebooks easy for the user. The feature has been titled Fast Share and it is planned to replace the NFC-based Android Beam. Fast Share is set to release widespread across Android and Google devices in the final version of Android Q which is planned for later this year.
Fast Share will use Bluetooth to discover and connect with the desired device and then establish a direct Wi-Fi connection between the users. The direct connection will allow for files to transferred extremely quickly and will act much like Apple's AirDrop feature. At the moment there is no word on how Google plans to achieve smooth cross-platform compatibility with their large range of devices or if this feature will require the most updated version of Android.
Sensor Tower Store Intelligence has reported that Mixi's Monster Strike has surpassed the worldwide gross revenue of $7.2 billion. Making it the highest grossing app of all time.
Sensor Tower has reported that Monster Strike has become the most earning mobile app on both the App Store and the Google Play Store, beating once leader Puzzles & Dragons from GungHo Online Entertainment. Puzzles and Dragons amassed around $7 billion since its release back in 2012, while Monster Strike has already surpassed that figure with $7.2 billion since its release in 2013.
The report also touches on Monster Strikes year-over-year percentage in Q3, the increase was up 6 percent. The apps audience is primarily focused in Japan, and total downloads have reached over 45 million to date.
If you are on the new dark mode craze and you have realized that now dark mode is an essential feature for any app, you will be glad to know that the Gmail app is about to get support for it.
Recently, the Google app, Files by Google, Google Drive and Google Keep recently got support for the dark mode theme. Looking at the most recent Gmail APK, we have the first signs of the dark mode coming to fruition. The above images showcase the extent of the dark mode in Gmail v2019.06.09. At the moment the dark mode theme flickers on at off at its own will, and there is no toggle button support yet.
Dark mode is also not supported in the main window of Gmail, and is only available in the settings. While this might seem quite pointless, it is still the first steps we are seeing of dark mode coming to Gmail. I'd expect that dark mode will roll out to Gmail within the next coming updates.
LG has just introduced something very new: the world's first IPS-based display with a super-low 1ms response time in its new UltraGear series gaming monitors.
The new LG UltraGear monitors come in both 27-inch and 37.5-inch varieties with different resolutions, aspect ratios, and refresh rates. They will use the same high-quality Nano IPS technology from LG with support for DCI-P3 color gamut as well as NVIDIA's G-Sync technology.
As for specs, we'll begin with LG's new UltraGear 27GL850 which uses a 27-inch IPS panel with a native 2560x1440 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms GtG response time. LG's larger UltraGear 38GL950G is the one I want (and need in my life) with a larger 37.5-inch panel and an interesting 3840x1600 resolution, 21:5:9 aspect ratio, and slick 175Hz refresh rate (overclocked). The 38GL950G is DisplayHDR 400 certified while the 27GL850 supports HDR10.
Ubisoft have announced the pre-registrations and pre-orders for their coming app 'Mighty Quest For Epic Loot' are now available for users.
Mighty Quest For Epic Loot pits players in a new action-RPG that is fast-paced, thrilling and rewarding. Players will battle their way through masses of undead skeletons and many other different enemies, while attempting to dodge and maneuver their way around obstacles and other nasties that are attempting to ruin players' fun.
The title also allows players to customize their character in the regards of skills, items, weapons, armor and artefacts. Ubisoft will be rewarding players who sign-up to the game with a bonus item, and if pre-registers reach 1 million players will receive the unique pet 'Bradley, the Doomsday Messenger'. Mighty Quest For Epic Loot is available on both the App Store and the Google Play Store.
League of Legends is one of the biggest games on the planet with 100 million monthly players, and that's only on PC. That could soon be changing as rumors have surfaced saying the game is being developed for mobile.
League of Legends (LoL) recently had Tencent buy a considerable amount of the companies shares in Riot Games, and as a result the LoL has seen a considerable amount of Chinese players join the scene. Since LoL is only on PC at the moment, Tencent wants to capitalize on the hot mobile market for MOBA games, essentially expanding their reach across the Chinese and Western markets.
Reuters has reportedly spoken to sources close to Riot Games who have said that Tencent and Riot are currently in the works for developing a League of Legends app. The sources say that this project has been under way for over a year now, but completion might arrive in 2019. If this news is accurate, Tencent will certainly penetrate the mobile market and other MOBA-like apps will certainly take a hit player-base wise. Hopefully more official news is announced sometime soon.
It has been a bit over a year since Valve released their dedicated desktop chatting service under their Steam umbrella. Now the company has brought out an official messaging app.
The new app has already been made available on both Android and iOS, and comes under the title of 'Steam Chat.' As expected, the app encompasses everything that was included within the desktop version of Steam Chat but instead aims to be much more accessible for the user.
Since Valve are moving more into communication and a better user experience across their Steam platform, it will be interesting to see if they can develop a service that would be good enough to pull gamers from communication programs such as TeamSpeak or Discord. It could be possible that Valve are aiming to spit out the ultimate communication platform that will render these programs obsolete, and keep Steam users on their platform.
A new update has been issued out to the official Nintendo Switich Online app, the update brings the app up to version 1.5.0 and adds some new features.
The new update doesn't add a whole tonne of new features to the app but it has enough substance to consider it an update to the app. Version 1.5.0 brings "Various performance and usability improvements implemented, including changing the button display position." The update also adds numerous fixes to bugs and increases what is required operating system wise for both Android and iOS.
According to the patch notes, users that have the Nintendo Switch Online app will be required to have iOS 10.0 or later or if they on Android have 5.0 later. If you want to get onto the Nintendo Switch Online app, a link to the Google Play Store can be found here, and a link to the Apple Store version can be found here.
We have reported on the progress of Niantic's Pokemon Go app for quite some time now, and now another analytics report has come out claiming the company has reached another milestone.
A new report has come out from the analytical website Sensor Tower, the report says that just before the third anniversary date for Pokemon GO the app has reached a new revenue milestone of $2.5 billion. According to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence, Pokemon GO has raked in a staggering $2.5 billion in player spending since its creation back on the 7th of July, 2017. Sensor Tower also reports that there has been a $700 million dollar increase in revenue since the apps last anniversary.
This means that Pokemon GO has earned around $78 million per month since its last anniversary. Moving on to 2019 statistics now, since the first quarter of 2019 Pokemon GO has grossed $205 million, which averages out to an insane $2.3 million per day. When comparing to 2018's first quarter, Sensor Tower claims that there is a 40% increase in revenue year-over-year due to 2018's Q1 sales being $147 million. If you are interested in more information about Pokemon GO, check out the Sensor Tower Store website here.