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Huawei’s HiGame is Now Available Across the MEA Region

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Huawei’s Middle East and Africa Internet Service Department announced that the Android mobile game store HiGame is now available across the region on the Mate 9 as well as other Huawei devices. The platform which launched in China in October 2013 is now pre-installed on the Mate 9.

The gaming applications are provided by third party developers who are carefully selected to ensure all games are as entertaining as they are engaging. Certain games are even educational and a few will be exclusive to the HiGame store including ‘MOBA Legends’ and ‘The Arabian Nights’.   

As part of Huawei’s dedication to offering the best in class software, all games go through rigorous testing to check for safety and quality. The interface is personalized, simple and user friendly with features such as a rating system, ‘Top Charts’ lists and location services that feature popular games based on geography.

Note: This article was last updated on Jan 9, 2017 @ 14:12

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HONOR Announces the HONOR Magic V

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HONOR has announced the launch of the HONOR Magic V, its first 5G foldable flagship smartphone, boasting industry-leading design, a revolutionary display, and dynamic performance powered by the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. Featuring an advanced ultra slim floating waterdrop hinge, a wider exterior display, and the latest Magic UI 6.0, the HONOR Magic V takes a huge leap forward in innovative foldable smartphone design, with a range of features and functionality that set it apart from existing foldable on the market. The HONOR Magic V will be available in China.

“We are thrilled to launch our first 5G foldable flagship, the HONOR Magic V, which demonstrates our expertise and innovation in system design and our commitment to always delivering a best-in-class user experience,” said George Zhao, CEO of HONOR Device Co, Ltd. “HONOR has strong ambitions to become the top-performing smartphone brand in the premium foldable market and we are confident our first flagship foldable will be very competitive compared with existing models.”

Designed using an advanced waterdrop hinge technology that’s the slimmest compared to similar products in the market, the HONOR Magic V features an industry-leading symmetrical body, delivering a transformational user experience and creating a new benchmark in foldable smartphone design. The HONOR Magic V boasts a 6.45-inch 44° curved OLED display when folded, achieving a wider 21.3:9 aspect ratio which sets it apart from other foldable on the market.

This makes the device exceptionally user-friendly and functional, as the screen functions as a traditional smartphone, rather than appearing long and narrow. Equipped with an innovative waterdrop hinge, the HONOR Magic V unfolds to an extra-wide 7.9-inch creaseless display, delivering a more immersive tablet-like experience that is ideal for viewing content, multi-tasking, and increasing productivity while working.

The screens on the HONOR Magic V support a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and deliver up to 1.07 billion colors, enabling users to enjoy a wide range of stunning colors and visuals in vivid clarity. With a screen refresh rate of up to 120Hz, viewers are guaranteed an immersive entertainment experience no matter whether watching movies, browsing the web, or gaming. The HONOR Magic V is the first foldable smartphone to receive the IMAX Enhanced certification. Crafted with high-strength titanium alloy, zirconium liquid metals, and high-strength carbon fibers which reduce the density of the device, the HONOR Magic V is extremely lightweight and balanced when held in the palm of a hand, enabling users to explore its full potential and functionality, whether folded or unfolded.

The HONOR Magic V is the first foldable smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm’s all-new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G processor, delivering outstanding flagship performance. Backed by the latest Adreno GPU, the HONOR Magic V delivers an increase in GPU performance of 30 percent compared with the previous generation, enabling more productivity at faster speeds. The HONOR Magic V is also equipped with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, increasing overall processing speeds and storage capacity.

Ensuring users can enjoy uninterrupted connectivity and network performance when switching between Wi-Fi and cellular networks, the HONOR Magic V supports the new LINK Turbo X, offering blistering download speeds. The HONOR Magic V has an intelligent cooling system comprising the latest third generation graphene and an AI intelligent thermal management system to cool down the phone more effectively while maintaining efficiency.

HONOR continues to make advancements in imaging with the HONOR Magic V, which features a quad-camera array powered by AI with a 50MP rear camera and a 42MP front camera that delivers stunning photography and videography in three modes – Night, HDR, Zoom. Supported by HONOR Image Engine, an advanced imaging system enhanced by AI, the HONOR Magic V delivers best-in-class multi-camera computational photography every time, no matter where you are or what you are shooting.

Debuting the latest HONOR Magic UI 6.0, the HONOR Magic V offers a range of enhanced, customized features to provide a smart life experience. Magic UI 6.0 comes with HONOR’s AI Engine, Magic Live. Through context awareness, profile prediction, and a large knowledge graph, Magic Live gives the HONOR Magic V the ability to act as a personal assistant, intelligently learning a user’s habits and behaviors to provide tailored recommendations, for example, travel reminders such as check-in times and boarding gate updates. Magic Live will become even more intelligent in the future, supporting the user in scenarios such as office work, study, health and fitness, lifestyle services, and many more.

In addition, the HONOR Magic V supports Multi-Windows, allowing the screen to split into multiple windows and enabling users to enjoy different types of content at the same time and customize and arrange them in their preferred style. Thanks to its AI Smart Intelligent System, the HONOR Magic V automatically detects and recommends content for Multi-Windows based on usage, enabling enhanced personalization and entertainment.

Equipped with a dual-security system (HTEE+QTEE), the HONOR Magic V will be able to meet security requirements for key services all over the world. The HONOR Magic V also has an independent security chip to deliver maximum security for passwords and biometrics like fingerprints. Featuring a dual-circuit battery design, the HONOR Magic V is powered by a whopping 4,750mAh battery for all-day use. The HONOR Magic V supports 66W HONOR SuperCharge, enabling the battery to be juiced up to 50 percent within just 15 minutes.

HONOR Magic V is available in three stunning colours: Black, Space Silver, and Burnt Orange.

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Samsung Launches the Galaxy S21 FE 5G

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Samsung Electronics has added the S21 FE 5G to the Galaxy S21 series. The S21 FE 5G is a smartphone that delivers select fan-favourite Galaxy S21 premium features in a well-rounded package to empower people to explore and express themselves. It is equipped with some of the most-loved aspects of the Galaxy S21 — eye-catching design, powerful performance, pro-grade camera, and seamless ecosystem connectivity.

“At Samsung, we are focused on bringing the latest mobile innovations to even more people,” said TM Roh, President, and Head of Samsung Electronics’ MX (Mobile eXperience) Business. “We saw an incredible response to Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S21 lineup. So we applied the same approach with S21 FE 5G, equipping it with the premium features that matter most to our loyal Galaxy fans — because we’re focused on delivering a smartphone that meets their most important needs.”

The S21 FE 5G continues the Galaxy S21 legacy with a premium, signature design. It all starts with the iconic, fan-favorite Contour-Cut frame that seamlessly integrates with S21 FE 5G’s camera housing for a stylish, unified look. Samsung is giving consumers even more ways to express themselves with four new, fashionable color options — Olive, Lavender, White, or Graphite — all of which include a stylish haze finish. And the S21 FE 5G features a sleek and slim 7.9mm-thick body, so it can easily slip into a pocket to keep up with any on-the-go lifestyle.

Samsung users said power and display are critical to keeping up in today’s 24/7 world. That’s why S21 FE 5G comes equipped with Galaxy’s latest, super-fast application processor – the same powerful processor used in the S21 series. Dedicated gamers and streamers will be wowed by the S21 FE 5G’s ultra-crisp, high-quality graphics, and picture quality, and the S21 FE 5G’s new 240Hz touch response rate takes all their favorite games to new heights with lightning-fast reaction capabilities. And those games will look incredibly smooth thanks to S21 FE 5G’s 120Hz refresh rate, which provides the highest resolution on a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display.

Long-lasting batteries are also a top priority for busy, on-the-go Galaxy users; so S21 FE 5G is outfitted with an all-day battery built to last from work to home and everywhere in between. S21 FE 5G’s powerful battery is reinforced with 25W Super fast charging capabilities so you can charge your battery by more than 50% in just 30 minutes, and enjoy the S21 FE 5G’s brilliant high-speed performance without interruption.

The Galaxy S21 is renowned for its industry-leading camera, and S21 FE 5G is equipped with the same pro-grade setup used to capture the world’s most vivid photos. Photography amateurs and pros alike can effortlessly edit, post, and share scroll-stopping content. It also includes an improved Night Mode setting compared to S20 FE. Now, users can enhance low-light shots while out with friends at night and capture super-clear photos in the darkest conditions. And when you want to get everyone in the shot, S21 FE 5G provides Samsung’s best selfie experience yet. Use S21 FE 5G’s advanced 32MP front camera to snap a high-quality selfie of all your best friends. Then let its enhanced AI Face Restoration capabilities make you all look your best. Plus, with Dual Recording, you can stay on top of the action in front of and behind you — just start recording, and your camera captures views from both lenses at the same time.

Thanks to Samsung’s intuitive One UI 4, you can design your ideal mobile experience — one that’s uniquely suited to your needs and allows you to express who you are, securely. Packed with deeper customization options and stronger privacy controls, you get to call the shots. With expanded capabilities, your home screens, icons, notifications, wallpapers, and more can all be reimagined. Take, for instance, widgets, which have been redesigned and upgraded to offer deep personalization options. Samsung believes a truly tailored experience goes beyond just look and feel. To ensure peace of mind, S21 FE 5G is built with a new privacy dashboard that brings security and privacy controls into one convenient place, making the experience of One UI 4 on the Galaxy S21 FE 5G as seamless as it is secure.

Starting on January 11, 2022, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G will be widely available through Samsung.com, carriers, and retailers online. Availability will vary by market.

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BlackBerry OS Phones Will Start Working After January 4

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BlackBerry was an early leader in the smartphone industry, but after the introduction of the iPhone and countless Android devices, the company quickly fell behind in market share. BlackBerry eventually switched its phones to Android, starting with the 2015 BlackBerry Priv, but the company kept its own mobile operating system functional for a while longer. However, the servers keeping BlackBerry OS alive are finally being turned off this week.

BlackBerry first announced back in September 2020 that its legacy services would stop working on January 4, 2022. The original statement reads, “devices running BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier software, BlackBerry 10 software, and BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier software through either carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no longer reliably function” after January 4.

BlackBerry’s Android-powered devices, such as the KeyOne, Key2, and Key2 LE, will continue to function as they do now (though most of those aren’t receiving security updates). However, all devices running the company’s own operating system will lose access to BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Password Keeper, BlackBerry ID, PIN to PIN device messaging, hosted email addresses, and just about everything else that relies on external servers. It’s also not guaranteed that access to emergency calling will continue working, but with most carriers migrating to VoLTE, that was going to break anyway (if it hasn’t already).

If you’re still rocking a pre-Android BlackBerry phone, it’s probably time to move onto greener pastures. There aren’t any newer BlackBerry devices worth switching to, as the newest option is still the Key2 LE from 2018, but the Unihertz Titan Pocket is one option for a modern Android device with a physical keyboard. OnwardMobility is supposedly still working on a 5G Android phone with the BlackBerry brand, but there’s no telling when that will be available, or if the phone will be any good.

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