Super Mario Run is out on the Play Store

Super Mario Run is Nintendo's second smartphone game, the first being Miitomo. The company no doubt annoyed some Android users when it announced Super Mario Run at the iPhone 7 launch event, only promising that the game would be available for Android at some point. Now the game has finally arrived on the Play Store.

  

Super Mario Run on Android is starting on version 2.0, which includes four colored Yoshis as additional playabale characters.

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Google updates Allo, Duo, and Photos; plus extras for Brazil

Brazil is a country that’s quickly rising, and it plays host to an enormous new market for tech companies. Google is well aware of that fact, and while the company already has extensive operations in Brazil, it’s making a point to develop services with Brazil in mind. Today brings in a smattering of app updates that include tweaks and optimizations aimed at the Brazilian market.

First up is Duo, which is Google’s simple one-to-one video calling app. Now Google is extending Duo to audio-only calling, allowing it to function even when data connections are poor. This feature will first roll out in Brazil, with a global roll out in the near future.

Allo is also receiving an update. Android users everywhere will now be able to share documents and other files (.pdf, .docs, .apk, .zip, and mp3) through Allo. In Brazil, Google is rolling out the Smart Smiley feature in Portuguese. Smart Smiley uses machine learning to suggest relevant emojis, and it will now function in Portuguese.

Google Photos is receiving an update that’s designed to compensate for weak data connections. Photo backups will now take place on nearly any connection, even 2G networks. On slow networks, such as 2G, lightweight previews of the photos will back up, and the high-quality versions will be automatically backed up when you connect to a high quality Wi-Fi connection. A similar system is in place for sharing photos. Using Google Photos, users can quickly share pictures on weak connections by first sending in low resolution, with the photos automatically updating to high quality when a better connection is available.

These updates come in addition to Google’s announcement of real-time location sharing with Google Maps earlier today. For more information, check out the full announcement at the source link.


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Galaxy S8 continues to leak with new pictures

In a short span of time, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has quickly become one of the leakiest devices around. We’ve seen photos and specs galore over the past few days, but the leaks just keep on coming. In this round, three leaks show off different aspects of the upcoming phone. First off is a picture from @UniverseIce showing off the Galaxy S8′s ability to change the screen resolution.

A second leak from @UniverseIce gives us a glimpse at the retail packaging of the Galaxy S8+, which is quite minimal. A metallic blue “S8+” is emblazoned on a black background, and other than that, the box is largely free from adornments, aside from the usual information printed on the back.

The final leak comes from @evleaks, and is a comparison of the three color options for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ (see featured image). We get a good look at Black Sky, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver, all of which look quite attractive.

Stay tuned for more coverage as the rumor mill keeps on turning.

Sources: @IceUniverse (1), (2), @evleaks


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Comcast adds D-pad and voice control to Xfinity TV Remote app

There are a lot of things to dislike about Comcast, but adding features to an app is always appreciated... even when it's Comcast. The Xfinity TV Remote app is getting an update today, and it includes two features brought over from the X1 Remote app: a D-pad and voice control.

Here's the full changelog. It's less of a log and more of a paragraph.

X1 customers! We've brought the voice control, D-pad, and keypad features from the X1 Remote app over to TV Remote.

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Starting today, Google Allo Android users everywhere will be able to share documents and other files

Google Allo looks to be garnering some love today with the addition of document and file sharing support. It has been six months since Allo's initial release on Android where the lack of file sharing was a gaping hole in the app's features. While today we thankfully see this issue addressed, better late than never is something many of us Google fans will be all too familiar with.

If you take a close look at your Allo app, you will see a new sixth icon (fifth in the row) shaped like a paper clip.

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OnePlus 3T in Midnight Black will be available for a limited time

Last week, OnePlus officially debuted a blacked-out version of the OnePlus 3T flagship smartphone called the colette edition.

At the time, the company confirmed that the handset would only be available for a limited time, and only at a colette store in Paris, France. Those 250 units sold pretty well, apparently, because OnePlus has discovered it has a hit on its hands. The company has just announced it will be opening sales of the “Midnight Black” variant, apparently dropping the colette branding, soon.

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black

Specifically, the Midnight Black OnePlus 3T will go on sale at https://hbx.com on Friday, March 24, at 4:00 PM GMT, thanks to a partnership with Hypebeast. There will only be 250 units available again, and when they’re sold out, they’re sold out.

However! OnePlus says fans in North America and Europe who want a chance at buying the Midnight Black variant can do so at a “later date” through OnePlus’s online store.

The Midnight Black OnePlus 3T features 128GB of built-in storage and 6GB of RAM, and it will retail for $479 USD, EUR 479, and GBP 439.

Do you plan on trying to get your hands on the Midnight Black OnePlus 3T?


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Google Photos adds new backup option for spotty cellular connections

At today's Google for Brazil event in São Paulo, the company introduced several new features for its products - such as audio calling in Duo. Another announcement involves new backup options for Google Photos, designed to make backing up on poor connections less tedious.

As you may know, Google Photos has a few options for backing up images and video to the cloud. You can hold off all backups until you reach a Wi-Fi connection, backup only photos on cellular data and use Wi-Fi for video, or backup everything on any connection.

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Google Duo is finally getting an audio-only call option, rolling out first in Brazil

At Google's event in Brazil today, the search giant made several announcements related to some of its products. One of those was that Duo is getting an audio-only call option, finally. It's been a long time coming, but at least it's here.

The rollout will start in Brazil and then make its way to rest of the world in the coming days. Audio-only calls has been a long requested feature by many users — I mean, full video chats are not always convenient, especially in low-signal areas.

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