Google’s latest smartphones have a new 12MP sensor and new software features for its historically excellent camera system. It also has an AI-powered call screening feature that will answer calls for you. The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL also now have wireless charging.
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Run An Empire is an augmented reality game that motivates you to run. It tracks your location and makes areas you run through part of your virtual empire. As you run, you can invade other territories and earn coins to improve your kingdom. Available for both iOS and Android.
Samsung’s latest phablet has a much needed 4,000mAh battery, either 128GB or a crazy 512GB capacity, microSD slot and USB-C port. Like the S9 and S9+, it’s water- and dust-resistant and has a variable aperture camera. Its stylus can also be used as a remote control.
The first phone to offer an upgrade path to 5G, which promises speeds up to 10x faster than LTE. In addition to its upcoming 5G Moto Mod, it packs all-day battery life, dual 12mp depth-sensing cameras, fast charging, and a bright 6″ AMOLED display. Drops 8/16/18 at Verizon.
The S9 and S9+ have a camera that can switch between f/1.5 for low light or f/2.4 for daylight, and can capture 960fps slow-mo video. The S9+ also gets the Note 8’s second wide angle camera. They still have the borderless display, headphone jack and microSD slot.
Justin Fincher’s Skyline is an Android app inspired by the Pixel 2’s live wallpaper. Enter the name of a place or a set of coordinates and it will generate a wallpaper using the location’s terrain. The wallpaper moves slightly when you swipe on the screen or rotate your phone.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp might just be Nintendo’s most faithful mobile game port yet. Available for both iOS and Android, it retains much of the spirit and gameplay of its 3DS counterparts. Make friends, collect items and upgrade your house, albeit at a smaller scale.
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